William Jewell College is committed to bringing together talented students and gifted faculty mentors within a vibrant community sparked by a rigorous and intentional liberal arts curriculum. A full range of personal and professional development experiences are presented by the selective national liberal arts college’s location within the Kansas City metroplex of more than two million.
Prestigious Fellowships/Scholarships (past and present)
Expanding the Journey
With the addition of the Applied Critical Thought and Inquiry major to the William Jewell curriculum, more students than ever before are seeking the opportunity to participate in study-abroad or study-away programs as part of the experiential components that the unique major provides. Read More
William Jewell students consistently earn high-profile national recognition:
In the period from 2006 to present, the College has claimed a Fulbright Scholar, four Goldwater Scholars, two Rhodes Scholar national finalists, three Truman Scholars, a National Institute of Health Fellow, a George J. Mitchell Scholarship, a Council of Independent Colleges American Graduate Fellowship finalist, a Point Foundation Scholar, a James Madison Fellow, a Gilman Scholar, a USA Today Scholar and eight Teach For America corps members. | Read More
William Jewell College is enjoying an increasingly high profile as an institution of stature among quality regional liberal arts colleges. Among many recent honors:
U.S. News & World Report ranked William Jewell at number 140 among the country's national liberal arts colleges in its 2013 edition of “America’s Best Colleges.”
Jewell was named by The Princeton Review as one of “The Best 377 Colleges” in its 2013 edition. Only about 15% of the four-year colleges in the U.S. appear in the student survey-based rankings.
Forbes Magazine listed William Jewell among “America’s Best Colleges” in its 2012 report. Jewell was ranked in the number 262 slot out of the country's top 650 institutions, and at number 196 among private colleges. The rankings represent the top 20% of all U.S. undergraduate institutions.
Washington Monthly magazine named William Jewell College to its list of nationally ranked liberal arts colleges that contribute to the public good. Jewell claimed the No. 74 position, moving up from its No. 145 rank last year. In the category of community service participation, Jewell ranked No. 30 nationally.
Kiplinger's Personal Finance named Jewell among its top 200 best values in private colleges for 2011-12. The publication cited Jewell's high four-year graduation rate, low average student debt at graduation, good student-to-faculty ratio, excellent on-campus resources and overall great value.
The internationally recognized Oxbridge Honors Program
, supported by the Hall Family Foundation, combines British tutorial methods of instruction with a year of study in Oxford or Cambridge.
The innovative Applied Critical Thought and Inquiry
major (ACT-In) allows students to graduate with a secondary major by completing the liberal arts core plus three applied learning experiences.
The Harriman-Jewell Series
is considered the Midwest’s premier program in the performing arts. Luciano Pavarotti made his international solo recital debut as part of the series, and each year’s schedule includes the best and brightest dance and theater companies, orchestras, ensembles and recitalists.
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.
Jewell students enjoy all the amenities of a small-town campus setting with big-city access. Just 20 minutes from downtown Kansas City, the 200-acre campus is perched above the historic town of Liberty among the rolling hills of western Missouri.
Enrollment: Approximately 1,100 full-time students
Type of College: 4-year, private, residential, coeducational liberal arts
Degrees offered: Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts; more than 60 academic degrees including major in nonprofit leadership, pre-professional programs and self-designed majors
William Jewell College’s location near the Kansas City metroplex of more than 2 million allows students to get real-world experience by completing internships. Some of the companies that have welcomed William Jewell College interns in Kansas City and the world beyond include:
|American Humanics, Inc.
Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City
Big Brothers/Big Sisters
Boy Scouts of America
Camp Quality-Greater Kansas City Chapter
Cape Cod Foundation
Carlyle and Associates
Charles F. Curry Company
Children’s Therapeutic Learning Center
Cochran Head & Co.
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Federal Bureau of Prisons
Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
Francis Family Foundation
Greater Kansas City Community Foundation
GuideStar USA, Inc.
Hallmark Cards, Inc
Harvesters Community Food Network
Hillcrest Transitional Housing
Historic Downtown Liberty Inc
International Visitors Council
Kansas City Brigade
Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Wizards
National Association of
People to People International
RCA Group, Inc
State of Missouri
State Street Corporation
Target Direct Marketing
U.S. Department of Commerce
Waddell & Reed
YMCA of Greater Kansas City
Walk Around the Quad
The Pipes & Drums of Ararat Shrine bagpipers lead each incoming class around Jewell's historic campus Quad.
The same tradition is repeated at Commencement as each graduating class takes a final Walk Around the Quad, symbolizing the end of the Jewell journey.