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Accreditation and Recognition

William Woods University enjoys the best of both worlds when it comes to reputation — attracting students, faculty and partners nationally for signature programs, while making a significant impact locally and statewide in fields such as business and education.


The country’s most established colleges and universities routinely open their doors to peers for an accreditation process — a way of ensuring that students and families receive a quality return on their educational investment.

Higher Learning Commission

William Woods University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association, which is one of 6 regional institutional accreditors in the United States:

Higher Learning Association, a Commission of the North Central Association
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604-1411
Tel: 800.621.7440

Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs

The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) Baccalaureate/Graduate Degree Board of Commissioners awarded William Woods University, in Fulton, Missouri accreditation of its business programs and separate accreditation of its accounting program. ACBSP accreditation certifies that the teaching and learning processes within the undergraduate and graduate accounting and business programs offered at William Woods University meet the rigorous educational standards established by ACBSP.

Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
11520 West 119th Street
Overland Park, KS 66213
Tel: 913.339.9356

  • Council on Social Work Education (undergraduate social work)

  • Missouri State Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (teacher certification programs)

For more information regarding our accreditation please contact:

Aimee Sapp, Ph.D.
573.592.4391 or 1.800.995.3159 ext.4391
William Woods University
One University Avenue
Fulton, Mo 65251


  • American Association for Paralegal Educators

  • American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers

  • American Bar Association

  • American Notary Association

  • Baccalaureate Program Director’s Association

  • Campus Compact

  • College Entrance Examination Board

  • Commission for Accelerated Programs (CAP)

  • Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)

  • Council of Independent Colleges (CIC)

  • Council on Social Work Education

  • Independent Colleges and Universities of Missouri (ICUM)

  • Mid-Missouri Associated Colleges and Universities

  • Midwest College Placement Association

  • Missouri Association of Financial Aid Personnel

  • Missouri Colleges Fund, Incorporated

  • Missouri Consortium of Social Work Education Programs

  • Missouri Professors of Educational Administration

  • Missouri School Counselors Association

  • Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants

  • National Association of College Admissions Counselors

  • National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO)

  • Tuition Exchange, Inc.


While third-party honors and recognition have become a staple of how colleges gain attention, we at William Woods University ultimately measure our success by what alumni and their employers report about our graduates. We thank all faculty, staff, alumni and funders for the hard work that has earned the following recognition for William Woods University:

  • Ranked 23rd among the top 50 most affordable online MBA programs by Best Value MBA

  • Ranked Among the Best Regional Universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report

  • Ranks among the top online programs in the country by U.S. News & World Report

  • Recognized for its online degree programs for quality and affordability by U.S. News & World Report, ranking 7 th in MO and 141 st in the U.S. for its online bachelors

  • Ranked 14 th by Affordable Colleges Online (AC Online) among private, non-profit colleges for affordable online degree programs

  • Ranked 2 nd in midwest by U.S. News & World Report for graduates with lightest debt load

William Woods University Accreditation Badges

Alumni Success

  • 94% of recent William Woods University MBA graduates are working full-time or continuing their education.

  • 83% of recent William Woods University MBA graduates are employed in a position that requires an MBA; nearly 20% earn more than $100,000.

  • A William Woods University alumna is the trainer of the Denver Broncos mascot "Thunder".

William Woods University Signature Programs:

  • Our American Sign Language program is listed among "Best Colleges Offering American Sign Language".

  • Our Masters/Doctorate in Education alumni include more than 600 school leaders ranging from superintendents and principals, and special education administrators in school districts across the state of Missouri.

  • Our Equestrian Studies graduates lead some of the top facilities in the equine industry.

  • William Woods University has lab facilities on campus that allow undergraduate students to analyze DNA.