William Jewel College is a private liberal arts college in Liberty, Missouri. Founded in 1849, William Jewell began its existence as a Baptist college and the first men’s college west of the Mississippi. One of the founders, Robert S. James, was the father of both Jesse James and Frank James. The school broke with the church over questions of evolution and homosexuality to become independent in 2003.
Classes at William Jewell are intense, academically rigorous, and highly personalized. The student-faculty ratio is 11:1, and the average class size is only 16. There are about 1,200 students studying full-time at the college.