Students Say

The University of Missouri—Kansas City offers a slew of majors and programs. The "outstanding" business programs include the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, which has helped students launch dozens of money-making ventures. If you have stellar credentials, the School of Medicine's unique six-year B.A./M.D. program provides a fast track to a medical degree. Also notable are UMKC's fine arts programs, especially the Conservatory of Music and Dance. Otherwise, UMKC offers the kind of experience that is pretty typical for a regional state school.

Overview

Applicants
4,377
Acceptance Rate
64%
Average HS GPA
3.32

GPA Breakdown

26%
Over 3.75
18%
3.50 - 3.74
13%
3.25 - 3.49
15%
3.00 - 3.24
20%
2.50 - 2.99
7%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
480 - 680
SAT Math
500 - 680
ACT Composite
27 - 27

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Overall

Students Say

The University of Missouri—Kansas City offers a slew of majors and programs. The "outstanding" business programs include the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, which has helped students launch dozens of money-making ventures. If you have stellar credentials, the School of Medicine's unique six-year B.A./M.D. program provides a fast track to a medical degree. Also notable are UMKC's fine arts programs, especially the Conservatory of Music and Dance. Otherwise, UMKC offers the kind of experience that is pretty typical for a regional state school. "Administrative processes are chaotic." "Some professors are really good and give a lot of insights." They "go out of their way to help." "They are the experts in their field and are fully absorbed in the subject matter." Other faculty members "are not very good and clearly do not love to teach." "UMKC is pretty much straightforward," explains a discerning business major. "They accept a lot of different types of students, try hard to bring in professors who can teach them, and give them a degree for an affordable price. It is never going to be Harvard, or Caltech, or even MU in Columbia but, for many people, it is enough to get them going. It is a service that hits an appropriate market."

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
14:1
Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
2 - 9
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
25%
Graduate in 5 years
46%
Graduate in 6 years
51%

Majors

  • Architecture and Related Service

  • City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • American/United States Studies/Civilization

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting and Related Services
  • Business/Commerce, General

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer Science
  • Information Technology

  • Education

  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Secondary Education and Teaching

  • Engineering

  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures, General

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Dental Hygiene/Hygienist
  • Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General
  • Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Administration, Other
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics and Statistics, Other

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Security and Protective Services

  • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration

  • Social Sciences

  • Economics, General
  • Geography
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology
  • Urban Studies/Affairs

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Dance, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Jazz/Jazz Studies
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Music, General


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Harry S. Truman
33rd President of United States

Clarence Kelly
Director of FBI

Ruth Warrick
Actress

Kay Waldo Barnes
First Female Mayor - Kansas City

Vinson Cole
Internationally known Tenor

Robert Getchell
Hollywood Film writer

David L. Hayes
Cardiologist

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
73
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Bang For Your Buck

The University of Missouri—Kansas City tallies its tuition based upon credit hours. The fee goes toward everything from your actual classroom education to the Student Union and transportation costs. Naturally, nonresidents are responsible for meeting higher payments. UMKC also participates in the Midwest Exchange Program, meaning residents of designated surrounding states may attend at a reduced rate. Further, UMKC posits that room and board on campus will cost $11,428 and roughly $8,670 for off-campus housing. The university also estimates that students will likely need $6,140 to cover personal expenses.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$8,584

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$7,093

Average Need-Based Loan
$8,046

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$25,888

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
57%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$6,920

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Nursing Scholarships
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships
Need-Based United Negro College Fund

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Nursing Loans
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall

Students Say

For many students here, UMKC is the default choice because it is "nearby and cost effective." Students tend to hail "from Kansas City or the surrounding areas." At the same time, this campus is "extremely diverse." Ethnic minorities make up an ample contingent of the undergraduate population. There are students from all across the country. "There are many international students" as well. While UMKC is home to plenty of newly-minted high school graduates, "there are quite a few students in their thirties and forties" and "it is not strange to see nontraditional students in every class." At UMKC, you'll find "focused" business students, art students who "drink expensive coffee," and pretty much any other kind of student you seek. By and large, students are "serious, committed to making good grades, and very busy trying to fit everything into their schedule," "but not so driven that they don't have time to relax and enjoy life."

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
10,462
Out of State
22%

International
6%
Foreign Countries Represented
68

Demographics

5.88%
Asian
14.17%
African-American
7.59%
Hispanic
63.83%
Caucasian
3.60%
Unknown
6.04%
International

57% female
43% male
22% are out of state
65% are full time
35% are part time

Overview

Students Say

The "urban" campus here is "right in the middle of the Kansas City metro area." It's "beautiful," though a few buildings "could improve." Socially, some students tell us that UMKC "has the feeling of a small town in a big city." It's "easy to blend in," they say. "Everyone mashes up in a pleasant enough way," "and there is a sense of community." "There are some small parties," and there is a faint smattering of Greek life. Other students see things differently. They describe an atmosphere with "very little interaction" because so many students "go to school and then go straight home." School spirit isn't the greatest either. "I never know when sports games are happening, and no one is ever talking about it," complains a junior. Off campus, Kansas City itself is an affordable place to live, and it provides a wealth of entertainment opportunities and "great food." (We recommend the ribs.) Downtown Kansas City and The Plaza "are great hang out zones." Theoretically, you can walk to quite a few worthwhile places Nevertheless, and despite the fact that parking is "atrocious," students warn that a car is a real necessity around here.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
25%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
74
First-Year Students living on campus
63%

Campus Environment
Large Urban
Fire safety rating
76

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority
International Student
Other

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
266
Number of Honor Societies
31

Number of Social Sororities
8
Number of Religious Organizations
23

4% join a fraternity
6% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

1% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Kangaroos)
8 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Golf
Soccer
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Kangaroos)
10 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups: www.umkc.edu/lgbt

Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

Among the many ways University of Missouri—Kansas City, promotes green living is its impressive bicycle plan. In addition to an on duty bicycle mechanic in The Hub, an on-campus cycling station, the school has two self-service repair stations. There are nearly 300 bicycle parking spots as well as indoor lockers. The Clean Commute Program loans out fifty bicycles to UMKC students so everyone can participate in this green, healthy, and fun method of transportation. The school’s dining services purchase locally grown food when possible, and even provides herbs and produce grown right on campus at the UMKC Garden Collective! Dining services use no-rinse products to reduce wasted dishwashing water, biodegradable cups, and 100 percent recycled napkins. In 2013, the university joined the U.S. Food Waste Challenge to encourage students and staff to help reduce food waste. The school has a strong recycling program, ranking thirteenth nationally in the 2012 RecycleMania Competition. The University estimates it has diverted over 1,800 tons of waste away from garbage dumps since 2005 by recycling 66 percent of all waste. Since 2008, UMKC has reduced carbon emissions by about 25 percent, and the school is working hard to decrease emissions even more. In 2012, the school earned a Silver STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System) rating. UMKC has multiple rain gardens that both divert storm water and create on-campus wildlife habitats.

Green Rating
96
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
33%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Cash-Out Parking
No

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
No

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
No
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
195

Average Number of PC's per Lab
50

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
Yes

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Tamera Byland
Director of Admissions

Address
5100 Rockhill Rd
Kansas City, MO 64110

Phone
816-235-1111

Email
Welcome@umkc.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
UMKC Student Union
Swinney Recreation Center
Robot Cafe at Miller-Nichols Library
Minsky's restaurant
Planet Sub restaurant

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Nelson Atkins Museum
Plaza Shopping Area
Gates Barbeque Restaurant
Power & Light District (Downtown KC)
Jazz Clubs

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
Other

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Bus transportation available. Nearest airport is Kansas City International airport.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From the airport to UMKC: 71 South to 169 South to 35 South to Southwest Trafficway, left on Ward Parkway and then a right on Rockhill Road.
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Key Stats

4,377
Applicants
10,462
Size
64%
Acceptance Rate
1170
SAT Scores

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