Welcome to the Jewell Family​

Partnering for your student's success

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.

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.

Parents Weekend April 22-24, 2022

ParentsWeekendShirt.pngOrder your T-shirts here by Sunday, March 6Students or parents may pick up shirts in the Student Life Office from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., April 19-22.

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, Cardinal Day and Summer Fling.

For information about health services, immunizations and exemptions, visit our Health Center web page.


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. To learn more about student employment on campus and review open positions, visit our Student Jobs web page.
  • File the FAFSA as soon after January 1 of the same year for which you are applying for financial aid.
  • Be familiar with FERPA, Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, so you'll know what information you can access on behalf of your student.

News and Information

Fall 2021 Jewell magazine cover

  • Several times a year we email a parent newsletter. If you are not on the list and would like to receive this, email parents@william.jewell.edu. View the Fall 2021 newsletter.
  • Keep track of holidays, breaks and important dates with our downloadable semester calendars.
  • Jewell Magazine is distributed to parents, alumni and friends of William Jewell College, highlighting Jewell people, programs, news, athletics and more. View the latest issue.
  • Read our news releases or see upcoming campus events at jewell.edu/news-events.
  • See photos of events, student life and athletics at photos.jewell.edu (or click on the camera at the bottom of any web page). You can download digital images for 99 cents or order prints that will be delivered to your home. 
  • Follow us! You can find the links to our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Linked In accounts at the bottom of every web page.

Making Kansas City Better

Business leaders and alumni share ways William Jewell College is indispensable in cultivating critical thinkers and engaged citizens for the Kansas City region. Hear from the area's corporate leaders.

Resources for Parents

  • Staying healthy

    Jewell has a Health Center located in Browning 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.

    Visit our coronavirus page for campus updates and safety protocols.

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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. Visit local lodging options.

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    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. Here are some ways you can help your student:

    • 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.

    Second Semester – Full of Hope!
    If students have successfully negotiated first semester, second semester typically holds fewer stressful times.

    Residence Halls Open – January 16 (2 p.m.)

    Martin Luther King Jr. Day (no classes; campus open) – January 17

    Sorority Recruitment – January 14-16

    Fraternity Rush – January 17-22

    Spring 2022 Classes Begin – January 18

    Midterm Examinations and Papers – March 1-8
    This is a stressful time for students because they have many assignments or tests coming all within a week or two of one another.

    Registration Opens for Summer Classes – March 1

    Housing Registration for 2022-2023 – Beginning of March
    Many first-Year students find that housing registration can be a stressful time because they must choose who they will live with and where they will live.  The variety of choices for housing are typically limited for rising sophomores, as juniors and seniors are prioritized for housing selection.  Sometimes this creates stress as your student doesn’t feel like they have their first choice for housing. Please remind your student to check their Jewell e-mail, Moodle announcements, and the Student Life Office Instagram about campus housing registration.

    Spring Break (no classes; campus open) – March 12-20

    Good Friday & Easter Monday (offices closed on April 15) – April 15 & April 18

    Undergraduate Colloquium Day / Honors Convocation (no classes) – April 22

    Parents Weekend – April 22-24

    Last Day of Spring 2021 Classes – May 6

    Finals Preparation Day, No classes – May 9

    Final Exams – May 10-13
    Papers and final assignments are due.  Final exams occur and require students to study intensely to prepare.

    Baccalaureate/Commencement – May 14

    Summer Planning – May
    “Will I have a job?”  “Where am I going to live?”  “Should I take summer classes?”  These are some of the common questions that can create stress for students.

    Summer School Begins – June 6

    Independence Day Holiday (offices closed) – July 4-5

    Summer Classes End – July 30

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

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    The Business Office

    • Accounts Receivable (payments and bills): Heidi Tulipana, 816-415-5989
    • Accounts Payable: Becky Gudehus, 816-415-5015
    • Payroll: Kathy Leblanc, 816-415-5988
    • Finance and Budget Director: Debbie Green, 816-415-7572
    • Student Loan Coordinator: Carrie Heston, 816-415-5991
    • 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, 816-415-5975

    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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