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...

“…Very helpful staff that works with you until finances, classes and boarding is accomplished to your liking. The campus setting is fabulous on a bluff over looking the Missouri River, downtown Kansas City with beautiful historic buildings. The...” – Kristina from Independence, 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...

“…Johnson County Community College is extremely helpful to all students. When you attend this college, you feel comforted knowing that everyone else wants you to succeed as well. This school is very career oriented and everyone is focused on succeeding...” – MMM

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...

“…It is the in-between of a large university and a small university. The professors are amazing. The campus is basically Kansas City.” – Julie from O Fallon, 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,...

“…I'm very excited to be attending Avila University. The staff and faculty are so friendly and supportive. Also, there are many clubs and activities to choose from! ” – Katie, KS

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 very small school that gives students as much attention as possible. This school also pushes all students to do community service and be involved in activities as much as possible. They're also very welcoming and made me feel like I...” – Quartney from Chicago, IL

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...

“…This is a small school, with a tight knit community. Everyone is very accepting. This school is in the middle of a city that loves art, and has many awesome opportunities!” – Mittens

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...

“…It is great for students who work during the day and are trying to further their education while still working full-time. Unfortunately, the process of getting financial aid and enrolling seems to be a full-day adventure. ” – Amy 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...

“…I am currently enrolled at MidAmerica Nazarene College in Kansas. They have a excellent Football program. The coaches are great. They have made me feel welcomed.” – Jeffrey from Beloit, WI

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...

“…Super personalized help due to small classes.” – Carolyn from Lee's Summit, 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....

“…calvary is a small, intimate school that offers more personalized teaching. calvary's faculty and staff demonstrate a real ability to encourage and care for their students. calvary has a good variety of ways to be involved at the school.” – Rebekah from Delavan, WI

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...

“…Nationally recognized as one of the top Chiropractic universities in the country. Great instructors and staff. Beautiful new campus, state of the art facilities.” – Charles from Fontana, KS

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...

“…Saint Luke's is a small school which is a plus because you get to know your instructors. They also have a state of the art simulation lab that helps students learn and practice techniques in a safe fun way. Both of these things greatly increase the...” – Emily from Grandview, MO

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...