U.S. News & World Report names Jewell No. 6 Best Value School


William Jewell College was named a U.S. News and World Report Best College in the 2021 rankings, tying for No. 8 in the Best Midwest Colleges category. Jewell was No. 6 in Best Value Schools, determined by U.S. News’ top-ranked schools for academic quality, then compared to the net cost of attendance. In both categories, Jewell was the highest placement of any Kansas City-area college.

U.S. News & World Report has been ranking colleges and universities since 1983, compiling data on more than 4,000 schools. The publication then analyzes the best 1,450 schools on 17 measures of academic quality and ranks them within categories. Jewell is in the Midwest Regional Colleges category, comprised of the 86 top-ranked colleges in 12 states. Colleges are rated by metrics including graduation and retention rates, academic reputation, faculty resources, class size, financial resources per student, acceptance rate, social mobility, student excellence, graduation rate performance and graduate indebtedness.

To acknowledge the pandemic’s disruption to higher education, U.S. News addressed areas that impacted students and families this year, giving less weight to ACT/SAT scores and more weight to outcomes. Forty percent of a school’s rank comes from its success at retaining and graduating students, graduate indebtedness and social mobility factors (enrolling and graduating large proportions of disadvantaged students awarded with Pell Grants).

For more on the U.S. News & World Report rankings and methodology, visit here.