William Jewell College

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500 College Hill

Liberty, MO 64068

Phone: (816) 781-7700
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Aug. 15
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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#146 Overall Score: 44 out of 100. National Liberal Arts Colleges

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William Jewell College is a private institution that was founded in 1849. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,052, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 200 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. William Jewell College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 146. Its tuition and fees are $31,000 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

The Jewell experience focuses on enhancing a student's ability to apply learning to complex ethical, scientific and cultural problems.The College places a high value on experiential learning and gives students the opportunity to "live what they learn." Students who complete the 35-hour liberal arts core plus three applied learning experiences receive a second major in Applied Critical Thought and Inquiry (ACT-In). As a result, students can graduate with double majors in four years. The ACT-In option is a reflection of the College's philosophy that education must take students beyond thinking and inquiring to action. Every student who successfully completes the sophomore year is eligible to receive a Journey Grant to fund a transformative experience. Journey Grants support self-designed research projects, study-away opportunities, internships, civic engagement initiatives or service projects at home or abroad. Students can pool grants to create substantive collaborative projects. Another distinctive program is the internationally recognized Oxbridge Honors Program, the only one of its kind in the nation. Supported by the Hall Family Foundation, it combines British tutorial methods of instruction with a year of study in Oxford or Cambridge. William Jewell students are consistently recognized for their achievements. Since 2005, the College has claimed two Fulbright Scholars, three Goldwater Scholars, three Rhodes Scholar national finalists, a Truman Scholar and two finalists, a James Madison Fellow, a George J. Mitchell Scholarship and a finalist, a Gilman Scholar, a Point Foundation Scholar, two USA Today Scholars, a National Institutes of Health Fellow, and nine student and recent graduates to Teach For America. Jewell's academically rigorous undergraduate Nonprofit Leadership major is one of only 13 nationwide. The Pryor Leadership Studies Program includes course work, community service projects and internships that help students enhance their leadership skills in a variety of settings. Research is emphasized in all disciplines as students present posters and papers at national conferences, submit collaborative research projects with professors to scholarly journals and present at an annual research colloquium day.The Harriman-Jewell Series is considered one of the great performing arts series in the country. More than 900 world-class performances and 21 American recital debuts, including Luciano Pavarotti in 1973, have come to Kansas City by way of this program. The Center for Justice and Sustainability is at the heart of the College's mission to cultivate leadership, service and spiritual growth. The Center's role in this mission is to raise awareness of social, economic and ecological challenges within our world, inviting students to spend their lives creating solutions to these complex and interconnected issues. The Center's Village Partners Project is being viewed as a national model for service-learning. It brings together Jewell students, faculty and staff with partners in rural Honduran villages for a wide range of community-identified development projects over time. Community service has long been an important value at William Jewell, with students, faculty and staff volunteering more than 61,000 hours of service in 2012-2013. Finally, William Jewell College believes graduation in four years should be an expectation of all students. The Four-Year Graduation Guarantee ensures timely completion of a great liberal arts education, positioning our students for transition into graduate school or career choices ahead of most peers. Students who follow academic advising guidelines are guaranteed to graduate four years(8 consecutive semesters) from their original matriculation. Students following these guidelines who do not meet graduation requirements after four years may take up to 16 additional credit hours required for graduation within one year of the originally projected graduation date, free of tuition and fees.

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School type private, coed college
Year founded 1849
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $62,464,700


When applying to William Jewell College, it's important to note the application deadline is August 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 15. The application fee at William Jewell College is $25. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 60.9 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 60.9%
Application deadline August 15
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at William Jewell College is 11:1, and the school has 65.1 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at William Jewell College include: Health Professions and Related Programs; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Education; Psychology; and Biological and Biomedical Sciences. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 75.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 11:1
4-year graduation rate 61%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Health Professions and Related Programs 27%
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 17%
Education 8%
Psychology 8%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 7%

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Student Life

William Jewell College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,052, with a gender distribution of 42.1 percent male students and 57.9 percent female students. At this school, 84 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 16 percent of students live off campus. William Jewell College is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,052
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA II

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Campus Info & Services

William Jewell College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, and health service. William Jewell College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at William Jewell College, 75 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at William Jewell College.

Students who have cars on campus 75%
Health insurance offered No

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Paying for School

At William Jewell College, 77.3 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $20,311.

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Tuition and fees $31,000 (2013-14)
Room and board $8,020 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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