William Jewell College is a private, four-year liberal arts college of more than 900 undergraduate students located in Liberty, Missouri, United States. It was founded in 1849 by members of the Missouri Baptist Convention and endowed with $10,000 by William Jewell. Another founder was Robert S. James, a Baptist minister and father of the infamous Frank James and Jesse James. It was associated with the Missouri Baptist Convention for over 150 years until its separation in 2003 and is now an independent institution. Although the college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, it was placed on probation in late 2017.