The 2014 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” named William Jewell at number 146 among the country’s top tier of 248 national liberal arts colleges. William Jewell was ranked among colleges that focus almost exclusively on undergraduate education and that award at least 50 percent of their degrees in the arts and sciences.
The U.S. News college rankings group schools based on categories created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The magazine’s annual rankings are based on such factors as assessment by peers and counselors, retention, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance and alumni giving rate.
In the 2014 rankings, William Jewell College was noted for its faculty-student ratio of 11 to one and 65 percent of classes with less than 20 students. The “Best Colleges” rankings and methodology can be found at http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges.
Also this fall, William Jewell was named among “America’s Best Colleges” in a ranking published by Forbes magazine and listed among The Princeton Review’s “The Best 378 Colleges” for 2014. Only about 15% of the country’s four-year colleges and universities are considered for these top-tier rankings. William Jewell is the only national liberal arts college in the Kansas City region.