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Academics

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."

Student Body

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."

Campus Life

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.

Overview

Applicants
Acceptance Rate

Test Scores


Testing Policies


Deadlines

Regular — June 1


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
:1
Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
23%
Graduate in 5 years
43%
Graduate in 6 years
48%

Majors

  • ARCHITECTURE AND RELATED SERVICES.

  • City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning.

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP 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.

  • 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 and Electronics 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 PROGRAMS.

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

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • HOMELAND SECURITY, LAW ENFORCEMENT, FIREFIGHTING AND RELATED PROTECTIVE SERVICES.

  • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration.

  • 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.

  • 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
Certificate
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
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Alexander Norbash
Neuroradiologist and founding chair of the American College of Radiology (ACR) Head Injury Institute

James Polsinelli
Co-Founder of Polsinelli Law

Heather Humphrey
Senior Vice President of Evergy

Jerry Bauman
Editor, Pharmacotherapy Publications

James B. Steele
Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner for journalism; contributing editor for Vani

Nancy Thayer
New York Times bestselling fiction author

Jawole Willa Jo Zollar
founder of internationally acclaimed dance ensemble, Urban Bush Women

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
23%
Graduate in 5 years
43%
Graduate in 6 years
48%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics


Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$6,935

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$8,844
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$770

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$2,040
Transportation for Commuters
$1,348

On-Campus Room and Board
$10,864
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
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

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
11,315
Foreign Countries Represented
55

Demographics

9.04%
Asian
11.73%
African-American
9.98%
Hispanic
55.90%
Caucasian
3.16%
Unknown
5.13%
International

58% female
42% male
21% are out of state
57% are full time
43% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
15%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
49%

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority
Other

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Propel

Type of Program
For LD Only

Director
Scott Laurent

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Documentation Required for LD

We look for a wide range of testing that substantiate the diagnosis, typically a WAIS and other work up. Not required for Admission.

Documentation Required for ADHD

A letter from a qualified medical professional describing the condition and a description of its impact. Not required for Admission.

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
338
Number of Honor Societies
32

Number of Social Sororities
7
Number of Religious Organizations
13

1% join a fraternity
4% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

2% 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

Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
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.


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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Alice Arredondo
Director of Admissions

Address
5100 Rockhill Rd
120 Administrative Center
Kansas City, MO 64110

Phone
816-235-1111

Email
admissions@umkc.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
UMKC Student Union
Swinney Recreation Center
Atterbury Student Success Center
Miller Nichols Library
Royall Hall

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Nelson Atkins Museum
Plaza Shopping Area
Brookside shopping area
Power & Light District (Downtown KC)
Jazz Clubs

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday through Friday
8am to 5pm
816-235-1111

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 Coach Directly

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
Public transportation available. Nearest airport is Kansas City International (MCI) 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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