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.

> Parent Orientation Registration Form
 

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. 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. 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.

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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
    816-781-7273

    Days Inn
    209 North 291 Highway
    Liberty, MO 64068
    816-781-8770

    Fairfield Inn
    8101 N. Church Road
    Kansas City, MO 64158
    816-792-4000

    Hampton Inn
    8551 N. Church Road
    Kansas City, MO 64157
    816-415-9600
    Click to reserve a room at the Jewell rate

    Holiday Inn Express
    8320 N. Church Road
    Kansas City, MO 64158
    816-781-5555

    Sleep Inn & Suites
    Indoor Water Park
    1840 North Church Road
    Liberty, MO 64068
    816-335-4402

    Super 8 Motel
    I-35 and MO Highway 152
    Liberty, MO 64068
    816-781-9400

    Stone-Yancey House (B&B)
    421 N. Lightburne
    Liberty, MO 64068
    816-415-0066

    TownePlace Suites by Marriott
    130 S. Stewart Road
    Liberty, MO 64068
    816-415-9200

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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. 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.

    Stress Calendar – Fall Semester
    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 17, 2019
    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 2
    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 11-September 18
    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 for classes. Students need to spend the first four to five weeks on campus without interruption, as this assists them in the critical transition to college. Please try to encourage your son or daughter to stay on-campus for these first important weeks.

    Fall Break – October 10-13
    No classes. Students get a much-needed break.

    Midterm Examinations and Papers – October 2-9
    This is a stressful time for students because they have many assignments or tests coming all within a week or two of one another. In addition, this may be the first mediocre or poor grades that the student has ever received.

    Advising Days – October 29 & November 6
    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 27-December 1
    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 10-13
    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.

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  • Office Directory

    The Business Office

    • Accounts Receivable (payments and bills): Kim Langston, 816-415-5989
    • Accounts Payable: Becky Gudehus, 816-415-5015
    • Payroll: Kathy Leblanc, 816-415-5988
    • Finance Director: Barb Walters, 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, 816-415-5974

    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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