William Jewell College in Liberty has been named No. 6 in the annual U.S. News ranking of best colleges in the Regional Colleges Midwest category.
The annual rankings of U.S. colleges and universities is based on a wide range of criteria, from graduation and retention rates to faculty assessment and even average graduate debt.
In Jewell’s category, Cottey College in Nevada, Mo., was number one, followed by Taylor University in Upland, Ind. and Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Ill.
William Jewell College was listed with a total undergraduate enrollment of 779 for fall, 2021. It boasts balanced gender distribution with 50 percent male students and 50 percent female students. Eighty-nine percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated or -affiliated housing and 11 percent live off campus. In sports, William Jewell College competes in NCAA II.
Other local institutions in the listings included Park University at 127 in the Regional Universities Midwest category.
William Jewell is in the news for other reasons. On Oct. 1, the college broke ground on a major capital improvement project, The Link, a multipurpose building that will be just part of a major reimaging of the southeast portion of the campus, including rebuilding of the football stadium with hillside seating, a new entrance and hillside terraces featuring a new Kemper Art Walk. More information is available on this webpage, Link capital improvement, and a virtual tour at this link.