The 2013 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” named William Jewell at number 140 among the country’s top tier of 251 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 academic reputation, graduation and retention rates, class size, faculty resources, student test scores, financial resources and alumni giving.
In the 2013 rankings, William Jewell College was noted for its faculty-student ratio of 11 to one, 70 percent of classes with less than 20 students, and a full-time faculty rate of 72 percent. 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, listed among The Princeton Review’s “The Best 377 Colleges” for 2013 and selected as one of the country’s top service-oriented institutions of higher learning by Washington Monthly. 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.