William Jewell College has been named to Forbes magazine’s annual list of “America’s Best Colleges.”
In partnership with the Center for College Affordability and Productivity, Forbes has issued its fourth annual ranking of “America’s Best Colleges.” In this report, the CCAP ranks 650 undergraduate institutions based on the quality of the education they provide, the experience of students and how much they achieve.
The private liberal arts college in Liberty, Mo., was ranked in the number 233 slot overall out of 650 institutions nationwide. Jewell was listed at number 196 among private colleges, and at number 50 in the Midwest. The rankings represent the top 20% of all U.S. undergraduate institutions.
“Our annual ranking of the 650 best undergraduate institutions focuses on the things that matter the most to students: quality of teaching, great career prospects, graduation rates and low levels of debt,” wrote Forbes special projects editor Michael Noer.
The rankings are based on five general categories: Post-Graduate success (30%), which evaluates alumni pay and prominence; Student Satisfaction (27.5%), which includes professor evaluations and freshman to sophomore year retention rates; Debt (17.5%), which penalizes schools for high student debt loads and default rates; Four-Year Graduation Rate (17.5%); and Competitive Awards (7.5%), which rewards schools whose students win prestigious scholarships and fellowships like the Rhodes, the Marshall and the Fulbright.
William Jewell was also recently named to the 2012 edition of The Princeton Review’s The Best 376 Colleges.
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