Located in the heart of Kansas City, Mo., the University of Missouri-Kansas City is a public research university focused on urban issues. At UMKC, your mind will be opened to knowledge, diverse people and outstanding experiences, allowing you to further explore those areas of your life in which you are already engaged. Here's what else you'll find at UMKC:
14,818 - undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at UMKC
1400 - students live on campus
81.2 - percent of undergraduate students received financial aid or scholarships in 2009
120+ - majors and programs
54 - percent of classes have fewer than 20 students
27 - average class size
12:1 - student to faculty ratio
16 - NCAA Division I sports teams
94 - percent of classes have fewer than 50 students
Our students are awarded $150 million in combined financial aid each year, which means more than three-quarters of our students qualify for aid. The University also has scholarships ranging from $250 to fully paid expenses per year for students who exhibit superior academic or leadership skills.
UMKC offers suite-style residence halls and apartments. All are less than ten years old, co-located on Oak Street and within easy walking distance to classes, the library, the New Student Union, Swinney Rec Center, the Country Club Plaza, which offers shopping, dining and entertainment options, and the Nelson Atkins and Kemper Art Museums. We are a community of 1,400 learners from around the world, so you'll be sure to make great friends.
Research shows that UMKC students who live on campus have an overall GPA of 3.10, while those who live off campus average a 2.68 GPA.
Of course Kansas City provides fun opportunities, but you don't need to leave campus to have a good time. Whatever you enjoy doing outside of the classroom, you'll find it at UMKC. Whether you're interested in joining a fraternity or sorority, an academic or religious club, green organizations or volunteering for community service projects, we've got hundreds of ways for you to get involved.
You won't just be a face in the crowd at UMKC. Your professors will know you by name. Our student to faculty ratio is a mere 12:1, which means you will have time for feedback and one-on-one time with your professors. Our faculty are also experts in the subjects they teach, since 95 percent of our educators hold doctorate degrees or the highest possible degree in their field of study. In addition, many of our faculty have won prestigious teaching awards from the President of the University of Missouri and the Governor of the State of Missouri.
There's no reason to wait until after graduation to enter the job market. At UMKC, you'll get a head start on the competition through class participation and local internships. Not only is the University within blocks of Fortune 500 companies, but a large portion of our students make contact with their future employers during their time at UMKC.
Get involved with research projects from your first day on campus. Through Students Engaged in Artistic and Academic Research (SEARCH), our undergraduate students have the opportunity to perform research in scientific theories or artistic endeavors, as a faculty mentor helps guide their academic exploration.
Our graduate and professional programs also have a strong reputation and provide students access to professors involved in ground breaking research, ensuring you'll bring up-to-date skills and education to your career.
For the University of Missouri‐Kansas City Campus Crime and Fire Safety Report, go to the UMKC Police Department web page. The report contains information on campus security and personal safety, including crime prevention, university police law enforcement authority, crime reporting policies, disciplinary procedures, and other important matters about safety on campus. It also contains statistics for the three previous calendar years regarding reported crimes that occurred on campus, in off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by the University, and on public property within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.