William Jewell College is a private, four-year liberal arts college of 1,100 undergraduate students located in Liberty, Missouri, United States. It was founded in 1849. Today, the 200-acre campus sits at the edge of both urban and rural landscapes, with rolling hills and Midwestern countryside in one direction and the Kansas City skyline in another.
The college focuses on student achievement, emphasizing critical thinking, research, experiential learning and leadership. Consistently ranked among America’s best colleges in U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, The Princeton Review, Washington Monthly and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, Jewell is cited for small class sizes, low student debt, high graduation rates, commitment to service and overall value. Apple recognized Jewell as a 2015-2017 Apple Distinguished School for innovation, leadership and academic excellence. The college has a 10:1 student-faculty ratio and offers more than 40 academic majors and 10 pre-professional programs.
William Jewell is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. William Jewell College also provides an Oxbridge Honors Program. Oxbridge majors take tutorials in their major, study abroad in Oxford or Cambridge, and take comprehensive exams during their senior year. The College offers a Journey Grant Program in which students can qualify for a minimum $2,000 grant to use their junior year of school to help create an educational experience like study abroad, leadership and service projects, internships, research, business projects, etc. William Jewell has enjoyed a number of accolades, most recently including U.S. News & World Report ranked William Jewell No. 155 among the country’s top tier of national liberal arts colleges for best academic value in its 2015 edition of “America’s Best Colleges. Jewell was named by The Princeton Review as one of “The Best 379 Colleges” in its 2015 edition. Only about 15 percent of four-year colleges in the U.S. appear in the student survey-based rankings.