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William Jewell among Princeton Review’s ‘The Best 368 Colleges’ for 2009
Contact: Rob Eisele816-415-7574
July 28, 2008

William Jewell College has been named one of the nation’s 368 best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review. The New York-based education services company features William Jewell in The Best 368 Colleges, the just-published 2009 edition of its annual “best colleges” guide. Only about 15% of the country’s 2,500 four-year colleges are included in the annual guidebook, which features profiles on the schools and student survey-based rankings in various categories.

The Princeton Review cites Jewell’s “extremely intense” Oxbridge Honors Program, which offers instruction in the English tutorial style. Also noted are “strong academics, a personal atmosphere, and a close-knit community,” along with access to faculty and small class size.

“Undergrads benefit from William Jewell’s leading efforts in experiential learning,” the guidebook noted. “Also, the nationally recognized Harriman-Jewell Series arranges student tickets to a sweeping and really amazing array of performing arts events to Kansas City.”

Student survey-based rankings placed William Jewell at number 15 among the top 20 colleges nationwide for town-gown relations, which measures the quality of an institution’s relationship with the city or town in which it is located.

Other highlights of The Princeton Review’s 2009 rankings of William Jewell College:

• “Profs interesting”-90 on a scale of 60 to 99
• “Quality of Life”-89 on a scale of 60 to 99, based on “how happy students are with their lives outside the classroom”
• Academics-88 on a scale of 60 to 99, based on “how hard students work and how much they get back for their efforts”

“We chose schools for this book primarily for their outstanding academics,”said Robert Franek, vice president of publishing at The Princeton Review. “We evaluated them based on institutional data we collect about the schools, feedback from students attending them, and our visits to schools over the years. We also consider the opinions of independent college counselors, students and parents we hear from year-long. Finally, we work to have a wide representation of colleges in the book by region, size, selectivity and character.”

The ranking lists in The Best 368 Colleges are based on The Princeton Review’s survey of 120,000 students attending the colleges in the book. The Princeton Review posts the book’s ranking lists on its website at www.PrincetonReview.com

With its academic culture and focus on student achievement, William Jewell College promises students an outstanding liberal arts education that cultivates leadership, service, and spiritual growth within a community inspired by Christian ideals and committed to open, rigorous intellectual pursuits.

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