Undergraduate Student Experience
This is the place to explore “you.”
No matter what it is you are passionate about, you can find your place here. Our students come from many different walks of life, and we offer a wide variety of experiences both inside and outside the classroom: Teach reading on a Lakota Indian reservation. Sequence DNA. Groom a champion show horse. Travel to South America for a service-learning project. Learn to communicate in American Sign Language.
We are a small community that packs a surprising amount of richness into a four-year education: sports, Greek life, concerts, culture, and, of course, academics. Whatever your passion, when you land on our leafy, green campus in the heart of Missouri, you’ll find a common thread: The genuine and heartfelt commitment of a caring academic community. Expect to discover who you are and who you want to be, and to find committed mentors who will show you the way. William Woods University will amaze you, challenge you, coach you, befriend you, and walk along side you as reach your goals — and flourish for years to come.
Expand your soul.
Few universities offer a program like our LEAD award, a $5,000 grant for residential students that you earn by expanding your worldview with new experiences ($2,500 for commuter students). Attend lectures, international films and concerts. Cheer for the Owls at a baseball or softball game. Enjoy a French play or an art show in our museum-quality Mildred M. Cox Gallery. Grow spiritually and serve those around the Fulton area and around the world through our Faith Service programs. Join any of our 40 plus student organizations. It all adds up to a significant amount of financial aid and a more well rounded you.
Get a head start.
You can get a jump on your freshman year by enrolling in our three-week Freshman Advantage program, held each summer. You can bond with your fellow freshmen, meet upperclassmen students, get to know the campus, possibly experience Greek life, and earn some academic credits too.
Learn by doing.
There’s a long tradition of education through action at William Woods. Internships and collaborative research opportunities abound. Our unique Mentor-Mentee (“M&M”) program is a yearlong research project in collaboration with a faculty Mentor. The outcome could be a presentation, a class you teach, or a research paper published in an academic journal. Or it may be an original work of art, showcased in our own Kemper Arts Center. Just as important as the work itself is the bond you develop with your Mentor and the personal/professional growth you experience in the process.
Find a challenge.
It may be joining the William Woods University Honors program and sharing your love for learning with like-minded classmates or bringing home a blue ribbon at a national equestrian show.
Perhaps, it is something completely new and different, like a semester of study in a foreign country. Few things will grow your perspective on the world better than actually getting out and seeing some of it. Woods Around the World, our active Study Abroad program, has sent students all over the world to learn, grow, serve and gain a new understanding of history, culture, geography and world affairs.