Ask any of our 16,000+ students what they love about UMKC and every person may give you a different answer.
We are the largest comprehensive, fully accredited university in the Kansas City area. Our faculty are leaders in their fields – and they're within reach. Our 14:1 student-to-faculty ratio means professors know their students' names and take mentorship seriously.
Our students come from all 50 states and 85+ countries, enriching our community with diverse perspectives. And with more than 125 academic areas, our students have a lot of opportunities to explore on their way to discovering and creating their perfect career.
We're at the heart of a thriving urban area, and the city's life and energy influence everything that happens here. We are Kansas City's university. And we can't wait for you to join us.
UMKC earns national and international attention for the quality of our faculty, students, research and community leadership.
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As an urban university focused on research and community service, UMKC is rich in relationships – from local businesses to alumni and friends throughout the region.
In 1936, 80 students became UMKC's first graduating class. Now, we host more than a dozen commencement ceremonies each year to accommodate all of our graduates. Our story is one of partnerships and progress, expansion and education. Dive into UMKC's history.
UMKC has an ambitious vision for the future, and we invite you to learn about the direction we are heading and the values we hold dear.
UMKC will become a model urban research university characterized by signature graduate and professional programs; a dynamic undergraduate population; a highly diverse faculty, staff and student body; and active engagement with its city and region.
UMKC's mission is to lead in life and health sciences; to deepen and expand strength in the visual and performing arts; to develop a professional workforce and collaborate in urban issues and education; and to create a vibrant learning and campus life experience.
We, the community members of UMKC, are proud to contribute to a student-centered urban university, serving our mission of learning, discovery, research and service, inspired by our commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion and respectful interaction.
Our key values:
Learn more about UMKC's values (PDF).