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Forbes names William Jewell among 'America's Best Colleges'
Contact: Cara Dahlor816-415-5223
August 20, 2012

William Jewell College has been named to Forbes magazine’s annual list of “America’s Best Colleges.”

In partnership with the Center for College Affordability and Productivity, Forbes has issued its fifth annual ranking.

“Our annual list focuses on educational outcomes, not reputations,” according to Forbes special projects editor Michael Noer. “The rankings focus on the things that matter the most to students: quality of teaching, great career prospects, high graduation rates and low levels of debt.”

The private liberal arts college in Liberty, Mo., was ranked in the No. 262 slot overall out of 650 institutions nationwide. Jewell has been listed in Forbes annual rankings of “America’s Best Colleges” every year since the magazine began publishing the list in 2007. The rankings represent the top 20 percent of all U.S. undergraduate institutions.

The rankings are based on five general categories: post-graduate success (32.5%), which evaluates alumni pay and prominence; student satisfaction (27.5%), which includes professor evaluations and freshman to sophomore year retention rates; debt (17.5%), which penalizes schools for high student debt loads and default rates; four-year graduation rate (11.25%); and competitive awards (11.25%), which rewards schools whose students win prestigious scholarships and fellowships like the Rhodes, the Marshall and the Fulbright.

For more information on the Forbes rankings and methodology, go to

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.

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