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Jewell ranked nationally among top 50 liberal arts colleges for post-college earning potential
Contact: Rob Eisele816-415-7574
July 29, 2010

William Jewell College in Liberty, Mo., has been ranked among the top 50 liberal arts colleges in the nation in terms of the future earning potential of its graduates. William Jewell is the only liberal arts college in the region ranked in the top 50.

In its 2010-11 College Salary Report, PayScale, a Seattle-based online compensation data company, ranked William Jewell at the number 49 position for salary potential of its graduates. The company looked at nearly 1,000 U.S. institutions of higher learning and broke them down into categories such as “Top Liberal Arts Colleges,” Best Engineering Colleges,” “Top Private Research Universities” and “Top State Universities.”

In the “Top Liberal Arts Colleges By Salary Potential,” William Jewell came in at number 49 among 152 colleges ranked. The survey listed a $47,100 starting median pay level for Jewell graduates and a mid-career median pay level of $84,000.

“We have always told our students and prospective students about the true value of a liberal arts education,” said Dr. Rick Winslow, vice president for enrollment and student affairs at William Jewell. “The results of this study confirm that value in terms of future earning potential.”

Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, Calif., holds the number one slot for salary potential among liberal arts colleges, with graduates reporting a starting median pay scale of $68,900 and a mid-career median pay level of $126,000. At the bottom of the list is Kentucky’s Asbury University, with starting and mid-level median pay levels of $33,900 and $47,300, respectively.

The findings are based on a survey of U.S. employees who have obtained bachelor’s degrees. Only graduates who are employed full-time and paid with either an hourly wage or an annual salary are included. For more information on the survey methodology, go to www.payscale.com/best-colleges/salary-report.asp

“Graduates of the top liberal arts colleges get into a variety of careers,” the PayScale survey states. “From poet laureate to state senator, a liberal arts education broadens your mind and job possibilities.” PayScale’s web site states that the company owns the largest database of online employee salary data in the world.

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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