Colleges in Kansas City

Colleges in Kansas City

Kansas City is the most populous city of the state of Missouri. Often called the “Heart of America,” KC is the closest city to the geographical center of the US and more than 140 federal agencies maintain a presence there. KCMO is also home to a variety of higher education institutions, both public and private, for the student population.

The University of Missouri-Kansas City is one of four UM campuses, and one of two with a medical school. Serving more than 15,000 students, UMKC is the largest higher education institution in the Kansas metropolitan area. One of the oldest in the area, founded in 1849, is William Jewell College, a private liberal arts college, but there are a number of institutions that were founded in the late 1800s, including Park University and Kansas City Art Institute.

A number of institutions in Kansas City have religious affiliations, including Avila University, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Nazarene Theological Seminary, and Saint Paul School of Theology. Affiliated with the Christian church, Calvary University offers associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees, as well as a Master of Divinity through the Calvary Theological Seminary, while Rockhurst University is a private nonprofit Jesuit institution that is routinely regionally ranked.

The Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, located on 23-acres of KCMO land, is a graduate school that’s been open since 1916. Baker University also hosts a School of Professional and Graduate Studies in Kansas City, MO, which primarily caters to nontraditional students.

Kansas City is largely vehicle-dependent, but certain areas of the city have high walkability ratings, such as Westport and the Downtown Loop. The city also maintains a bus rapid transit line and a Metro Area Express (MAX), as well as streetcars. The nearest airport is the Kansas City International Airport.

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With campus overlooking the Missouri River, Park University is a 4-year private school in the Kansas City area. Park grants bachelor’s degrees in 48 academic majors and is also home to eight associate degree-granting programs. In addition, every...

“…At Park University, professors are more about hands-on learning. Also, they prefer not to make students memorize terms or definitions, but to help students understand the information they receive. I was given the opportunity to explore and I have...” – Syerra from Holden, MO

Johnson County Community College is a public, 2-year institution located in Overland Park, Kansas. Academics at Johnson County feature a wide variety of course delivery methods, including self-paced, face-to-face, online, hybrid, internships, and...

“…The teachers at Johnson County Community College, like the students, are greatly diverse. They come from all different backgrounds and experiences and have a lot of knowledge to share! In the classes that I have taken, the teachers have put a lot of...” – Jennifer from Shawnee, KS

The University of Missouri-Kansas City is a 4-year public school and the largest university in Kansas City. Part of the University of Missouri system, UMKC offers undergraduate degrees in over 125 academic fields of study and is home to an honors...

“…Most teachers care about you learning, however sometimes don't expect you to know much since we aren't at Mizzou I guess so that offends me esp considering I could have went to Mizzou if I wanted.” – Jasmine from Kansas City, MO

Avila University is a private, 4-year institution established in Kansas City, Missouri. Academics at Avila are rooted in experiential learning, and students have the opportunity to take part in undergraduate research and internships. Full-time,...

“…In my opinion school is school no matter where you are or if you're in high school or college. However, I love living on campus and my roommates are great. The school is fairly small and I though I don't know everyone, it is a very friendly campus...” – Brittany from Blue Springs, MO

Founded in 1910, Rockhurst University is a private institution with “selective admissions.” As a member of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, students at Rockhurst have the opportunity to tap into their faith through retreats,...

“…rockhurst is a great university for someone looking to make close relationships with their professors and know them on a personal level. also, meeting new people is super easy because of the size of the university and there are students from all over...” – Anna from Overland Park, KS

The University of Saint Mary is a private, Christ-centered institution established in Leavenworth, Kansas, with a satellite campus located in Overland Park which hosts undergraduate degree-completion and graduate programs one evening per week. USM...

“…A small college. You get to meet new people and learn new things. USM is a good school to start at.” – Kenny from Reno, NV

The Kansas City Art Institute is a private school of fine arts and design based in Kansas City, Missouri. KCAI primarily promotes a learn-by-doing program with their professional, studio-oriented majors, such as Creative Writing, Sculpture, and...

“…The teachers are really into their work. The love the subjects they teach and thus I feel like I'm really learning a lot about the subjects. Everything is clear and straight to the point, yet very in depth. ” – Britney from Hannibal, MO

Kansas City Kansas Community College is a 2-year community college. KCKCC offers degrees and certificates in over 110 areas of study. The college also includes a technical education center and the Pioneer Career Center, which provides continuing...

“…KCKCC is a good school to either take basics or get an associate at. The teachers offer a lot of help. Also a lot of diversity so you always meet new people.” – Allison from Kansas City, KS

MidAmerica Nazarene University is a private, Christ-centered institution established in Olathe, Kansas, and it is one of eleven Nazarene education institutions in the country. Students attending MNU are required to attend chapel, and traditional...

“…Of course you think well it's college you have to learn something but no! This is a fun and exciting university to be at whether I'm in the class room or working on campus I always fill like I have learned something at the end of the day. ” – Rory from Colorado Springs, CO

Originally founded as a radio licensing academy, Grantham University is a for-profit online university designed for first generation students and students serving in the military. Grantham is home to four colleges of Business, Nursing, Engineering,...

Metropolitan Community College-Kansas City is a public, 2-year institution established in Missouri. The college offers nearly 90 academic discipline options, awarding associate’s degrees and technical certificates for job placement and college...

“…I am learning a lot at Longview Community College. Actually, I am currently a freshmen going into my second semester and my previous English course I took first semester was actually my most challenging class I have ever took. The teachers love to...” – james from Kansas City, MO

One of the first schools of osteopathic medicine in the United States, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences is a graduate-level medical school with campuses in Kansas City and Joplin, Missouri. As one of the largest med schools in the...

Founded by the Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica with a mission to offer higher education opportunities to immigrants and the working class, Donnelly College is a private Catholic school in Kansas City, Kansas. Featuring a remarkably...

Founded by the Southern Baptist Convention, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary is a Christian institution in Kansas City, Missouri, training students for ministry. All of Midwestern’s undergraduate programs are held at the seminary’s Spurgeon...

“…Caring Christian Community of people, that takes pleasure in the spiritual and educational success of their students. Warm loving educational experience. Family” – Angela from Kansas City , MO

Calvary University is a Christian college with campuses in Missouri and Colorado that utilizes The Bible as its educational foundation. Calvary is home to over 50 bachelor’s degree programs and every class includes The Bible as a required textbook....

“…This is one of the best places to get you basic Bible classes. The Professors here really know their stuff and it's a joy yo sit under the,” – Kenneth from Forest View, IL

Cleveland University-Kansas City is a school of chiropractic and health sciences in the Kansas City, Kansas, suburbs. In addition to three associate degree programs, CUKC offers a bachelor’s degree in Human Biology as well as a master’s degree in...

“…Many professors teach in an organized way. Scheduling allows me to still spend time with my family. I'd like to be more involved in research as soon as possible.” – Jacob from Kansas City, MO

Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences is a school of nursing Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri offering both undergraduate and graduate degrees. In addition to Saint Luke’s Bachelor and Master of Science in Nursing programs, the college also...

Established in 1938, Kansas Christian College is a private, Christ-centered institution located on a six-building campus in Overland Park. KCC offers traditional associate’s and bachelor’s degrees in six fields of study and four online degree...

Affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene, Nazarene Theological Seminary is a missional Christian graduate school in Kansas City, Missouri. NTS confers master’s degrees in Divinity, Theological Studies, Transformational Leadership, and Intercultural...

Affiliated with the Methodist church, Saint Paul School of Theology is a Christian seminary with two campuses in Kansas City and Oklahoma City. In partnership with the Church of the Resurrection, Saint Paul offers master’s degrees in Divinity,...

Established in 1901, Central Baptist Theological Seminary is a private, Christ-centered institution located in Shawnee, Kansas, with satellite teaching centers in Wisconsin, Tennessee, and Michigan. Central offers four academic programs including a...