William Woods Enrolls Record Number of Students
|8/19/2010||Mary Ann Beahon|
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Approximately 990 undergraduate students will attend classes at William Woods University this fall, marking the largest on-campus student body in school history. Classes begin Monday (Aug. 23).
This year William Woods welcomed 340 new students from 31 states and eight countries (Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Ireland, Taiwan and United Kingdom).
In addition to the large incoming class, retention played a major role in the larger number. Of students enrolled last fall, 76 percent returned for classes this fall. The national average retention rate for four-year private schools is 71.5 percent, with retention rates in some states dipping as low as 44.4 percent.
“We are very pleased with the number and caliber of the incoming class, but we are even happier with the retention figures,” said Dr. Jahnae H. Barnett, who is celebrating the 20th anniversary of her installation as president this fall. “Both numbers speak to the value of a William Woods University education.”
Barnett was informed Tuesday that William Woods University is one of the top 100 universities in the Midwest, according to the 2011 edition of Best Colleges by U.S. News Media Group.
The overall enrollment has more than quintupled in the 20 years Barnett has been president. In 1990, before WWU added undergraduate and graduate programs for working adults, 713 students attended William Woods. Overall, WWU now enrolls 3,800 undergraduate and graduate students who take their classes in locations throughout Missouri and at sites in Arkansas.
“Each year we see an increase in not only the quantity, but the quality, of students we enroll,” Barnett added. “The continued health of the university—from both a financial and an enrollment perspective—is a strong indicator that William Woods is leading the way in higher education.”
She said the enrollment figures were particularly impressive, considering the current state of the economy and the financial aid challenges students throughout the United States are experiencing.