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.