William Jewell College has been named to Forbes magazine’s 2013 list of “America’s Best Colleges.”
In partnership with the Center for College Affordability and Productivity, Forbes has issued its sixth annual ranking. “What sets our calculation of 650 colleges and universities apart from other rankings is our firm belief in ‘output’ over ‘input,’” according to Forbes senior editor Caroline Howard. “Our sights are set directly on ROI: What are students getting out of college.”
The private liberal arts college in Liberty, Mo., was ranked in the No. 346 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 (37.5%), which evaluates alumni pay and prominence; student satisfaction (22.5%), 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 National Science Foundation and the Fulbright.
William Jewell College was also named among “The Best 378 Colleges” in the 2014 guidebook by The Princeton Review.
For more information on the Forbes rankings and methodology, go to www.forbes.com/top-colleges/.