Welcome to the Jewell Family​

As the parents and families of Jewell students, we recognize the important role you play. We believe partnering with you will positively impact your student’s collegiate experience.

Partnering for your student's success

Like you, we want your student to thrive and be an active part of the Jewell community. These resources, recommended by people who have been in your shoes, will keep you informed about Jewell activities, help you understand what life is like on our campus and offer ways you can stay involved in your student's college experience, no matter the distance.

Orientation Just for Parents

Each fall during Orientation, we have special sessions just for you. You can see firsthand what your student will experience in the Responsible Self Class by attending a mini session with a professor, learn about Greek life at Jewell and hear from a panel of faculty and staff on what you should know as your student transitions to college. And you'll want to have your camera ready as your student take the ceremonious First Walk Around the Quad behind bagpipers. It's a time-honored tradition that's repeated on Commencement Day.

The First-Year Experience

This program is designed to help students have a smooth transition to college life. Read more about Jewell's First-Year Experience and Orientation.


What You Need to Know

These resources will help you navigate your Jewell experience as the parent of a Jewell student.

  • The Academic Achievement Center is a terrific resource for Jewell students who want to stay on top of their academic progress. Make sure your student never misses a meeting with his/her Academic Advisor. The academic advisor will partner with your student to prepare a plan for graduating in three or 4 years.
  • Career Development and Internships can help students explore areas of interest, find internships, perfect resumes and identify potential job opportunities.
  • Paying for college doesn’t have to be a daunting task. Educate yourself on the financial aid process, scholarships, grants and student loans. The Guide to Federal Student Aid provides a lot of important information.
  • File the FAFSA as soon after January 1 of the same year for which you are applying for financial aid. Here are some tips for filling out the FAFSA.
  • Be familiar with FERPA, Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, so you'll know what information you can access on behalf of your student.

Academic Calendar

Keep track of holidays and important dates with our downloadable semester calendars.

Cardinal Care Packages

Share your support by sending a custom Cardinal Care Package to your Jewell student for mid-terms or finals week. We will personalize it for your student and deliver it to their room. Read more or place your order.

Jewell and Kansas City

Why is Jewell vital to KC?

It's a strong partnership between neighbors, between two communities that are stronger together. See what Kansas City business leaders have to say about the value of William Jewell's critical thinkers in advancing the community.

Parent Orientation

Join us!

Make plans now to attend Parents Orientation on August 18. Attend a class with a professor, learn about Greek life and hear from a panel of faculty and staff on what you should know as your student transitions to college.

Register Today

Resources for Parents

  • Staying Healthy

    Jewell has a Health Center located in the Wellness Center in Ely Hall. It is staffed by a nurse practitioner through The Liberty Clinic) Monday through Friday. Students only need a validated Jewell ID to use this service. Learn more about our health services.

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  • Counseling Services

    William Jewell College offers counseling services to provide students with psychological services in a safe, supportive environment.Students often seek therapy in an effort to cope more effectively with mental health issues as well as the multi-faceted demands of college life. Read more about Counseling Services.

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  • I wish my parents knew...

    We asked students to complete this sentence. Their answers offer a glimpse into the minds of Jewell students.

    I wish my parents knew:

    • to consider the little things (like toothpaste and haircuts) when sending me money
    • how powerful a little note or a package in the mail can be
    • the Dining Hall food does not taste like hers. I miss home cooking!
    • how cool it is to be able to bring home 10 friends with only 5 minutes notice
    • that I really will be okay on my own
    • that I haven’t forgotten about them just because I haven’t called in three days
    • how much I love getting a note in the mail just to say hi.
    • sometimes I go to meals in my pajamas…sorry mom
    • that I really do study
    • that I appreciate you doing my laundry when I bring it home
    • I appreciate it that they trusted me enough to respect my choices and let me be myself
    • they are worth coming home for
    • how thankful I am
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  • Lodging

    The Liberty area offers a number of hotel/motel options, as well as a few bed and breakfasts.

    Comfort Suites
    8200 N. Church Road
    Kansas City, MO 64158

    Days Inn
    209 North 291 Highway
    Liberty, MO 64068

    Fairfield Inn
    8101 N. Church Road
    Kansas City, MO 64158

    Hampton Inn
    8551 N. Church Road
    Kansas City, MO 64157
    Click to reserve a room at the Jewell rate

    Holiday Inn Express
    8320 N. Church Road
    Kansas City, MO 64158

    Sleep Inn & Suites
    Indoor Water Park
    1840 North Church Road
    Liberty, MO 64068

    Super 8 Motel
    I-35 and MO Highway 152
    Liberty, MO 64068

    Stone-Yancey House (B&B)
    421 N. Lightburne
    Liberty, MO 64068

    TownePlace Suites by Marriott
    130 S. Stewart Road
    Liberty, MO 64068

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  • Help alleviate your student’s stress

    Parents make a difference. The more aware and informed you are of your student’s college experience, the more effectively you can provide advice and support. College can be an educational experience for both students and parents. Asking questions and having an open dialogue with your son or daughter can be mutually beneficial. It can also lead to your student being more successful at William Jewell College.

    • Stay in touch – Call regularly, email, send a letter or care package.
    • Ask Questions and Listen – Ask your student specific questions about their college experience. Listen carefully to what they tell you. Make sure you feel you are getting answers from them about how they are doing in class and how they are doing socially.
    • Surprise Your Student – Surprise them with an unexpected gift, visit or communication during a stressful time. This does make a difference.
    • Use College Resources – If at any point you believe that the stress is getting the best of your student, contact Student Life and ask them to help.

    Stress Calendar
    The transition from high school to college is a stressful time for new students.  That stress manifests itself in different ways depending upon the individual.  We encourage parents and family members to be sensitive to the potential stress being experienced by their William Jewell student.  We also encourage parents to anticipate the stressful points throughout the first-year, when their student may need extra support and encouragement.  Please keep the following events and dates in mind as your student begins his/her William Jewell First-Year Experience.

    Leaving Home - August 18, 2018. This can be a very disconcerting experience for some students. Students often experience anxiety over fitting in within a new community. They also might deal with anxiety related to getting along with a new roommate as well as worry over achieving academically.

    Labor Day – September 3, 2018. No classes. Students have been on-campus a little over a week. Please encourage your student to stay on-campus over the extended holiday.

    Three to Four Weeks Into the Semester - September 12 – September 19. This is a critical timeframe within the student’s experience at college. Typically, the roommate “honeymoon” period ends; homesickness can set in; and shock related to the academic rigor and demands of college begins, as students receive their first big assignments that they must complete for classes. Students need to spend the first four-five weeks on campus without interruption, as this assists them in the critical transition to college. Please try and encourage your son or daughter to stay on-campus for these first important weeks.

    Fall Break – October 11-14. No classes. Students get a much needed break.

    Midterm Examinations and Papers - October 3-10 . This is a stressful time for students because they have many assignments or tests coming all within a week or two of one another.  This can also be a stressful time because grades are often the first mediocre or poor grades that the student has received in their life.

    Advising Days – October 30 & November 7. Students meet with advisors. No classes.

    Second Guessing and Self Doubt - Shortly After Midterms. After confronting some of the challenges of college, some students may begin to regret their choice and talk about transferring to another college they considered or one attended by other friends.  This can be normal behavior for many students.  We encourage parents to discuss with their student that these challenges exist on all college campuses in one form or another and to stick it out.  Things will get easier.

    Thanksgiving Holiday- November 21 - November 25. For many students, returning home for the first time can be a stressful or awkward time. Some students may wonder if their friends from home have changed while they were away. Students also may struggle to relate to you and the rules associated with being at home once again.

    End of the Semester- December 11-14. Papers and final assignments are due.  Final exams occur and require students to study intensely to prepare. 

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  • Technology and Computer Information

    Did you know your student will receive a free iPad when they arrive at Jewell? Visit our Technology Resources page to learn more about our technology initiatives, support and equipment.

    This summer, your student received the following letter from Jewell highlighting our iPad distribution:

    Dear New Student:

    Now that you are registered for fall classes, I want to share important information about our Jewellverse initiative. This letter contains details about receiving your iPad, student professional development opportunities, key policy statements and information technology recommendations.

    The main iPad student distribution days will take place in Curry Hall, Main Level, during the following dates and times:

    • Friday, August 17:  1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, August 18: 9:00 a.m. – noon.

    Plan to spend around 30-45 minutes because there are a few steps that you will need to go through before starting your Jewellverse experience. Some students will receive their iPad prior to these dates as part of a planned group or athletic team distribution. Their supervisor, coach, or advisor will notify these students about the specific distribution date and time. New first-year students should pick up their iPad prior to Saturday (August 18) noon because you will need it for First-Year Orientation that begins promptly at 1:00 p.m.

    Here are some things you need to know before you pick up your iPad:

    • You must bring your student ID; you will not receive your iPad without it.
    • You need to acquire an Apple ID prior to receiving your iPad. Go to http://support.apple.com/kb/ht2534 to learn about establishing an Apple ID. Students are encouraged to NOT use your Jewell email address for your Apple ID. If you do not want to enter credit card information at this time you must follow the directions for creating an account on an iPad in the link above and be sure you follow the instructions to select “none” when asked for billing information. You can add a credit card to your billing information after you receive your iPad. You will need to know your Apple ID and password when you come to receive your iPad. Not having this information will delay the process.
    • We strongly recommend purchasing insurance to cover loss or damage to your iPad.  You will be responsible for maintaining the iPad in good condition and turning in the same iPad, charger and cord we issue to you when the time comes. Additional information on insurance options will be available in Curry Hall when you pick up your iPad.
    •  Help with setting up your iPad will be available as part of the process in Curry Hall.
    •  The device you are receiving is a space grey iPad Pro (10.5”, Space Grey) with 64 GB memory and a power charger. We strongly recommend you selecting a protective cover  or accessories to protect the iPad Pro.

    Student support will also be available at the eHub on the lower level of the Pryor Learning Commons throughout the academic year. The eHub will be staffed with students trained in tech support and development. This service will help with questions on device usage and project development.

    When you receive your iPad you will need to sign a College Issued Technology Terms and Conditions policy. We recommend you readthis policy statement prior to picking up your device so you are aware of the terms to which you agree to follow when signing the policy statement. This policy statement is being sent as an attachment to this message. You are also encouraged to review the attached Student Digital Resources Information, which contains updated recommendations, so please take a moment to review it.

    If you have questions about when to pick up your iPad or about the process, please feel free to contact Elise Fisher, Director of Teaching and Learning Technologies at (816) 415 -7641 or fishere@william.jewell.edu.

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  • Office Directory

    The Business Office

    • Accounts Receivable (payments and bills): Kim Langston, 816-415-5989
    • Accounts Payable: Carrie Heston, 816-415-5991
    • Payroll: Kathy Leblanc, 816-415-5988
    • Finance Director: Barb Walters, 816-415-7572
    • Student Loan Coordinator: Kathy Thomas, 816-415-5972
    • Mailing Address: William Jewell College. Campus Box 1019, 500 College Hill, Liberty MO 64068
    • Fax: 816-415-5014

    Financial Aid and Scholarships: finaid@william.jewell.edu, 816-415-5974

    Registrar (transcripts, class registration): theregistrar@william.jewell.edu, 816-415-7843

    Family emergency: Tracy Hart, Student Life Office, 816-415-5963

    Academic assistance for your student: Pharamond Guice, Coordinator of Academic Achievement Center, 816-415-7675

    International study: Sara Round, Director of Global Studies and Journey Grants, 816-415-5963

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