William Jewell College: Narrative Description

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500 College Hill
Liberty, MO 64068-1843
Tel: (816)781-7700; 888-2JEWELL
Fax: (816)415-5027
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.jewell.edu/


Independent Baptist, 4-year, coed. Awards bachelor's degrees (also offers evening program with significant enrollment not reflected in profile). Founded 1849. Setting: 200-acre small town campus with easy access to Kansas City. Endowment: $55 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $7799 per student. Total enrollment: 1,310. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 11:1. 1,127 applied, 73% were admitted. 32% from top 10% of their high school class, 60% from top quarter, 91% from top half. 18 valedictorians. Full-time: 1,264 students, 59% women, 41% men. Part-time: 46 students, 61% women, 39% men. Students come from 32 states and territories, 12 other countries, 16% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 4% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 6% 25 or older, 62% live on campus, 8% transferred in. Retention: 86% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; psychology; communications/communication technologies; social sciences and history. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early action, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Recommended: essay, minimum 2.5 high school GPA, 2 recommendations, interview. Required for some: SAT Subject Tests. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: Rolling, 11/15 for early action. Notification: continuous, 12/1 for early action.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. Comprehensive fee: $22,600 includes full-time tuition ($17,500) and college room and board ($5100). College room only: $2150. Full-time tuition varies according to class time and course load. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 47 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 32% of eligible men and 34% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Christian student ministries, College Union activities, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, UNITY, Amnesty International. Major annual events: homecoming, Hanging of the Green/Lighting of the Quad, Undergraduate Research Colloquium. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 906 college housing spaces available; 725 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through junior year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Charles F. Curry Library with 260,119 books, 207,784 microform titles, 868 serials, 27,617 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $1.3 million. 160 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

A suburban community, Liberty is 13 miles northeast of Kansas City and enjoys all of the cultural and recreational advantages afforded by its proximity to a major metropolitan area of 1.5 million people. Several points of interest are the State Ballet of Missouri, the Kansas city Symphony, and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Kansas City also offers professional football and baseball. The Harriman Fine Arts Program provides great performances from such artists as Itzhak Perlman, Paul Taylor Dance Company, and Yo Yo Ma.

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