William Jewell College was established in 1849 in Liberty, Mo., at the edge of the American wilderness. Today, the 200-acre campus sits at the edge of both urban and rural landscapes, with rolling hills and Midwestern countryside in one direction and the Kansas City skyline in another.

The Jewell Journey is rich with opportunities for students to live what they learn. Students can engage in our Center for Justice and Sustainability, collaborate in our new Pryor Learning Commons, design their own Journey Grant anywhere in the world, be a Division II student-athlete, research with a professor, join the 2014 national championship Debate Team or launch an entrepreneurial venture through our Idea Exchange.

We focus on student achievement, emphasizing critical thinking, research, experiential learning and leadership. Consistently ranked among America’s best colleges in U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, The Princeton Review, Washington Monthly and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, Jewell is cited for small class sizes, low student debt, high graduation rates, commitment to service and overall value. Apple recognized Jewell as a 2015-2017 Apple Distinguished School for innovation, leadership and academic excellence.

Approximately 1,000 full-time students

Jewell allows students to personalize their educational experience to align with their personal interests and passions

  • 10:1 student-faculty ratio
  • 65 percent of classes contain fewer than 20 students
  • More than 40 majors
  • Graduate Program (M.S.Ed. in Differential Education)
  • Pre-Professional Programs
  • Dual-Degree Programs

Dr. Elizabeth MacLeod Walls, president

Jewell’s Student Activities Office offers students a chance to affiliate with nearly 70 student organizations including Academic Honorary, Discipline-Specific, Greek, Multicultural, Political, Special Interest and Spiritual.

The Cardinals compete in 20 men’s and women’s sports at the NCAA Division II level in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

The Jewell community proudly contributed over 82,520 hours of service in 2015-16.

Honor, Community, Excellence, Courage, Justice, Respect, Faith, Liberty, Diversity & Inclusion