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Jewell is committed to fostering a diverse community of critical thinkers. As a student, you will be given the tools you need to analyze and adapt to change, to be relevant, valuable and influential in everything you pursue both globally and locally. Our students are problem solvers, and they're changing the world.

Location, Location, Location

Jewell's campus is located in beautiful and historic Liberty, Missouri. Just a mere 15 miles from downtown Kansas City, you’ll have easy access to another thriving community with a myriad of cultural and career opportunities. You can connect with 82,000 employers and take advantage of Jewell’s partnerships with alumni and local leaders. Internships, research programs and mentors are right at your fingertips. Pack your bags and become part of the Jewell community—we'll make sure you feel right at home.

Serving International Students

The Office of Admission, in partnership with the Office of Student Life, serves your needs from the time inquiry, to the time you graduate. In many cases, our relationships with international students continue far beyond college, as many seek to live, work or pursue further studies in the United States.

The following are just a few of the ways we serve international students:

  • I-20 created and sent to admitted students and advising offered in regard to F-1 visa application process
  • Orientation for new and transfer students upon arrival to campus
  • Arrangements for campus housing during academic year and, by request, during breaks
  • Assistance with application for social security number, as required, for on-campus employment
  • Assistance with opening a bank account
  • Assistance with application for off-campus internships and employment through CPT (Curricular Practical Training) or OPT (Optional Practical Training)
  • Assistance with obtaining a Missouri driver's license

In addition, the College has a faculty member dedicated to the needs of international students who serves as a Faculty Advisor and advocate.

International Students Applying for Admission

The application process for an international student differs from prospective students who are citizens or have completed their secondary education in the United States. Students who would require a visa (usually F-1) in order to enroll at an American college or university are considered international students. The primary difference has to do with the required proof of English proficiency and Documentation of Financial Support for international students. Students in the United States on any type of visa other than F-1 must take the necessary steps to apply for and obtain their visa before enrolling at the College.

All steps must be completed and sent to the Office of Admission by the following deadlines in order for a formal admission offer to be granted:

  • Fall Term: July 15
  • Spring Term: December 1
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    Submit official or attested copies (in English) of your secondary and postsecondary transcripts. You must submit a minimum secondary school GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) in a college preparatory curriculum. In addition, if you have postsecondary work from a foreign college or university, you must contact World Education Services (WES) at www.wes.org and request that a course-by-course evaluation of your postsecondary work be sent to William Jewell College. College credit may be awarded based on the evaluation provided by WES.

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    If you have not yet completed postsecondary coursework and wish to be considered for an academic merit scholarship, you must send your ACT or SAT scores to Jewell.

    • ACT Code: 2394
    • SAT Code: 6941
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    International students must show satisfactory English language skills to be successful at William Jewell College. There are a number of ways to show your proficiency, including:

    • TOEFL Score of:
      • 550 (paper-based test)
      • 79 (web-based test)
    • Minimum IELTS score of 6.5
    • Minimum 450 verbal component of the SAT
    • Minimum 22 on the ACT
    • Grades of B or higher in English composition courses where English is the institutional language of instruction
    • Successful completion of a NAFSA recognized program in English as a second language
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    Submit official Documentation of Financial Support showing your ability to pay for a William Jewell College education and support yourself throughout your educational program. The college cannot send an I-20 to an admitted student until it is determined that the student will have the financial support required to cover the costs of attendance.

    Please note, will work closely with you throughout this process to determine your financial responsibilities financial responsibilities in advance.

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Financial Aid

International applicants must submit the 2017-2018 CSS Profile in order to qualify for financial assistance from William Jewell College. Please note: International students are not eligible for Federal Student Aid programs.

  • Jewell Grant

    Complete the CSS Profile

    Based upon financial need according to CSS Profile results.

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  • Talent-Based Scholarship

    Complete the Talent Scholarship Application

    In addition to academic scholarships, we offer awards for music, debate, theatre, journalism, and more, regardless of your major.

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  • Academic Scholarship

    • Requires ACT or SAT for consideration
    • Requires professionally evaluated international transcript or transcript from American high school, college, or university for consideration
    • Academic Scholarship levels are considered on an individual basis by the Scholarship Committee
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