University of Missouri--Kansas City

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5100 Rockhill Road

Kansas City, MO 64110

Phone: (816) 235-1000
2013-2014 Tuition
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#201 Overall Score: 28 out of 100. National Universities

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University of Missouri--Kansas City is a public institution that was founded in 1929. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 10,626, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 93 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of Missouri--Kansas City's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 201. Its in-state tuition and fees are $9,456 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $22,203 (2013-14).

At the University of Missouri—Kansas City, students can choose from more than 120 academic programs and majors, including master's degrees from the Henry W. Bloch School of Management and the schools of medicine, computing and engineering, and education. Outside the classroom, UMKC students can explore more than 175 clubs and about 15 Greek-letter organizations.

There are about 16 varsity sports teams, named the UMKC Kangaroos, which compete in the NCAA Division I Western Athletic Conference. The university developed the team name in the 1930s, when community excitement about the Kansas City Zoo's purchase of two baby kangaroos grew, and when Walt Disney himself drew a cartoon of the Kasey Kangaroo mascot. Although he never graduated, former President Harry Truman attended the UMKC law school for two years and later received the school's first honorary degree. Today, he is the namesake of the university's Harry S Truman Center for Governmental Affairs.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

UM-Kansas City provides instruction, research, and service for continuous state and regional progress. It is the only university in western Missouri offering graduate and professional study at the highest academic level. UMKC's programming focuses on three areas: Lead in the Life and Health Sciences, Deepen and Expand Strength in the Visual and Performing Arts, Develop a Professional Workforce; Collaborate in Urban Issues and Education from model undergraduate education to graduate and professional study. With emphasis on graduate and professional study, including an innovative Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program, UMKC prepares scholars for the challenges of the 21st century. In partnership with the Kansas City community and its educational institutions, UMKC is active in the region's economic and cultural development. UMKC also provides lifelong learning, including graduate and non-credit classes for business, education, and government, through its video network. UMKC began as the private University of Kansas City, established in 1929; now dominated with professional schools that merged with UKC over time (see below); became part of the University of Missouri System in 1963. Our array of Health Science schools is unique; UMKC is one of only 25 institutions in the nation granting degrees in four health science areas. Additionally, the Conservatory of Music has earned national and international recognition through its music and dance performance, composition, teaching and scholarship. UMKC's Conservatory has been the most comprehensive music and dance educational center in the Midwest since 1906.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1929
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2012 Endowment $187,671,949


When applying to University of Missouri--Kansas City, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 15. The application fee at University of Missouri--Kansas City is $45. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 67.6 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 67.6%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at University of Missouri--Kansas City is 13:1, and the school has 53.4 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of Missouri--Kansas City include: Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Health Professions and Related Programs; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; and Physical Sciences. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 73 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 13:1
4-year graduation rate 23%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 13%
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 12%
Health Professions and Related Programs 12%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 7%
Physical Sciences 7%

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Student Life

University of Missouri--Kansas City has a total undergraduate enrollment of 10,626, with a gender distribution of 41.7 percent male students and 58.3 percent female students. At this school, 8 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 92 percent of students live off campus. University of Missouri--Kansas City is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 16,019
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

University of Missouri--Kansas City offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. University of Missouri--Kansas City also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at University of Missouri--Kansas City, 94 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at University of Missouri--Kansas City.

Students who have cars on campus 94%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At University of Missouri--Kansas City, 68.1 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $6,234.

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In-state tuition and fees $9,456 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $22,203 (2013-14)
Room and board $11,500 (2013-14)
Financial aid statistics
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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