William Jewell College in Liberty recently tied for eighth of 87 schools in the Regional Colleges Midwest category of the U.S. News college and university national ranking.
Founded in 1849, William Jewell earned 86 out of 100 in the magazine’s ranking system. The college was the highest ranked school in the Kansas City area. Jewell also ranked No. 18 in the magazine’s Best Value Schools. Other Missouri schools ranked in the top 10 for regional colleges in the Midwest included Cottey College in Nevada ranking No. 1, and College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout at No. 4. Closer to this area, Rockhurst University ranked No. 24, and MidAmerica Nazarene University came in at No. 117 in their categories.
U.S. News ranked the schools according to 17 metrics. The measurements emphasized the ability of a college to retain and graduate its students from different socioeconomic backgrounds and graduates' average debt. It also considered class size, undergraduate academic reputation and each school’s investment in instruction and student services.
Larger universities were ranked separately. The University of Missouri and the University of Kansas tied for the No. 122 spot. The University of Missouri-Kansas City was No. 249.
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