U.S. News & World Report ranks Jewell No. 2 Best Value College


After analyzing 1,500 colleges and universities, U.S. News and World Report named William Jewell College to its 2024 Best Colleges. Jewell was the highest ranked college of any category in the Kansas City area:

  • No. 2: Best Value Schools
  • No. 8 (tie): Best Regional Colleges Midwest

Of the 83 schools in the 12-state Midwest regional category, Jewell ranked as the No. 2 Best Value College, moving up 20 spots from last year. Best Value Schools are determined by a college’s academic quality alongside the net cost of attendance for a student who received the average level of need-based financial aid. 

Jewell tied at No. 8 overall in the Best Midwest Colleges category. In an effort to place more emphasis on social mobility and outcomes, new factors were added to this year's rankings, including first-generation graduation rates, first-generation graduation rate performance and proportion of college graduates earning more income than a high school graduate. U.S. News also evaluated factors such as peer assessment, graduation rates for Pell students, first-year retention, financial resources, student-faculty ratio and others.

This marks U.S. News & World Report’s 90th year to rank colleges and universities. Review Jewell’s ranking here, and see the U.S. News & World Report rankings and methodology here.