Colleges of the Year: William Jewell College

At a Missouri liberal-arts school, many shepherds watch over the freshman flock

It would be tough for a freshman to slip through the cracks at William Jewell College. That's because this 1,400-student Baptist liberal-arts school in Liberty, Mo., has caulked up every crevice where a newcomer might stumble. Jewell's mentor program reaches out to incoming students even before they pack their bags. Its introductory freshmen seminar has all the first-year students highlighting their copies of St. Augustine's Confessions on the same night. And the college assigns all newcomers as many as five contacts--two faculty members and three students--to check on their adjustment.

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