At UMKC, you'll find countless opportunities — both in and out of the classroom — to explore and create alongside others with the same appetite for success.

Why UMKC?

If you ask our students and alumni that question, you'll get hundreds of answers. Here are some of our favorites.

Get personal attention from faculty

At UMKC, small class sizes mean your professors know you by name. Our faculty members love what they do and put in the extra time to share that passion with students both inside and outside the classroom. If you're looking for professors who double as mentors and friends, you've come to the right place.

Gain real-world experience

In addition to practical, hands-on learning in your classes, we also partner with companies across Kansas City to help you get an internship. Still deciding on your career path? With more than 125 academic areas, we can help you identify which career paths align with your strengths and goals.

Meet people from all walks of life

Another thing we often hear from our students and alumni is that they love our diverse community. Walk across our campuses and you'll find dozens of different races, nationalities, religions and cultures represented. And they have learned and grown exponentially as people by exploring the world through the eyes of their classmates.

Live in the heart of the city

Our students don't take our location in the heart of Kansas City for granted. They spend their weekends eating world-famous barbecue, seeing some of the biggest names in music, exploring urban art galleries and cheering on our Division I sports teams.

"How I perceive research is how Dr. Lee has taught me. She's the most approachable faculty I've ever encountered."

Mayanka Chandra Shekar, Ph.D. student, about mentor Professor Yugi Lee

Computer Science '20