William Woods University is an American co-educational, independent, private university in Fulton, Missouri with 3,800 students. The university was founded 1870 and although independent, has a historical affiliation to the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).The university offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in a variety of disciplines in campus and outreach settings and online. known as the Female Orphan School. William Woods University is named after Dr. William Stone Woods of the National Bank of Commerce. In 1901, the institution is named William Woods College, in honor of the physician and banker whose interest in the education of young women compelled him to endow the institution with substantial and repeated gifts throughout the century.