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William Jewell among Princeton Review's 'The Best 366 Colleges' for 2008
Contact: Rob Eisele816-415-7574
August 20, 2007

William Jewell College has been named one of the nation’s 366 best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review. The New York-based education services company features the college in The Best 366 Colleges, the new 2008 edition of its annual “best colleges” guide.

The guidebook cites Jewell’s “highly selective and extremely intense” Oxbridge Honors Program, which offers instruction in the English tutorial style. The Review noted that “the distinctive quality of the Jewell student body is a repeated emphasis on thoughtfulness and self-reflection,” and scored the college among the top 20 in community relations (#2) and “happiest students” (#15). Only about 15% of the four-year colleges in America appear in the guidebook, which features profiles on the schools and student survey-based rankings in various categories.

“The main factor in our selection of schools in the book was our high regard for their academic programs,” says Robert Franek, vice president of publishing at The Princeton Review. “We evaluated them based on institutional data we collect about the schools, feedback from students, and visits to schools over the years. We also considered the opinions of independent college counselors, students and parents we talk to and survey. Finally, we worked to have a wide representation of colleges in the book by region, size, selectivity and character.”

The ranking lists in The Best 366 Colleges are based on The Princeton Review’s survey of 120,000 students attending the colleges in the book. Students rated their schools on several topics and reported on their campus experiences. Ranking list categories range from best professors, administration and campus food to lists based on student body political leanings, interests in sports and other aspects of campus life. The Princeton Review posts the book’s ranking lists on its website at www.PrincetonReview.com

The Best 366 Colleges is the 16th edition of The Princeton Review’s annual “best colleges” guide. The Princeton Review is known for its education, admission and test-prep services.

With its rigorous academic culture and focus on student achievement, William Jewell College promises students an outstanding liberal arts education that cultivates leadership, service, and spiritual growth within a community inspired by Christian ideals and committed to open, rigorous intellectual pursuits.

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