Best colleges in Kansas City

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Kansas City's higher education serves up a blend of new and traditional experiences

Kansas City's higher education serves up a blend of new and traditional experiences Missouri colleges are some of the best kept secrets from out-of-state students. But those who were fortunate enough to grow up in Kansas City are well aware of the incredible educational opportunities right in town. Also home to some great eats, Kansas City is known for inventing the delicious barbecue blend of tomato sauce and molasses. Sound strange? That's because you haven't tried it yet. Once you do, you'll claim Kansas City residency for life.

When you're ready to unwind, have a night out on the town at the Power and Light District, the premier entertainment, shopping, and upscale dining found in the heart of downtown Kansas City. Sit back and relax with a rack of ribs at Oklahoma Joe's Barbecue, rated a top pick by Kansas City visitors or pour a glass of Merlot at Pirtle Winery, the perfect atmosphere after a week of the college grind. When you're ready for sights, step into the past at the National World War 1 Museum at Liberty Memorial or spend some time gnawing on a turkey leg at the Renaissance Festival. Kansas City is waiting to bring new friends, experiences and educational opportunities into your life. Will you make the move?

*U.S. News & World Report, 2015 Best Graduate Schools list *Wikipedia, "Kansas City, Missouri" *www.kcmo.gov *www.powerandlightdistrict.com

Best Four Year Universities in Kansas City

Rockhurst University
Kansas City, MO

Rockhurst University offers 62 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 758 students graduated with students earning 398 Bachelor's degrees, 292 Master's degrees, 46 Doctoral degrees, and 22 Certificates.

William Jewell College offers 54 degree programs. It's a very small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2019, 246 students graduated with students earning 246 Bachelor's degrees.

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Kansas City Art Institute
Kansas City, MO

Kansas City Art Institute offers 13 degree programs. It's a very small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 133 students graduated with students earning 133 Bachelor's degrees.

Avila University
Kansas City, MO

Avila University offers 72 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 400 students graduated with students earning 248 Bachelor's degrees, 123 Master's degrees, and 29 Certificates.

University of Missouri-Kansas City offers 148 degree programs. It's a large, public, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 3,328 students graduated with students earning 1,735 Bachelor's degrees, 856 Master's degrees, 621 Doctoral degrees, and 116 Certificates.

University of Saint Mary
Leavenworth, KS

University of Saint Mary offers 49 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a outlying town. In 2019, 420 students graduated with students earning 214 Bachelor's degrees, 165 Master's degrees, and 41 Doctoral degrees.

Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary offers 47 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 375 students graduated with students earning 229 Master's degrees, 59 Doctoral degrees, 47 Bachelor's degrees, 31 Certificates, and 9 Associate's degrees.

Park University
Parkville, MO

Park University offers 145 degree programs. It's a large, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2019, 2,681 students graduated with students earning 1,769 Bachelor's degrees, 549 Master's degrees, 261 Associate's degrees, and 102 Certificates.

Calvary University
Kansas City, MO

Calvary University offers 46 degree programs. It's a very small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 60 students graduated with students earning 33 Bachelor's degrees, 22 Master's degrees, and 5 Associate's degrees.

Concorde Career College-Kansas City offers 11 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 308 students graduated with students earning 232 Certificates, 66 Associate's degrees, and 10 Bachelor's degrees.

Best Community Colleges in Kansas City

WellSpring School of Allied Health-Kansas City offers 6 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, two-year college in a large city. In 2019, 127 students graduated with students earning 103 Certificates, and 24 Associate's degrees.

Pinnacle Career Institute-South Kansas City offers 24 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, two-year college in a large city. In 2019, 135 students graduated with students earning 132 Certificates, and 3 Associate's degrees.

Kansas City Kansas Community College offers 95 degree programs. It's a medium sized, public, two-year college in a midsize city. In 2019, 1,288 students graduated with students earning 744 Certificates, and 544 Associate's degrees.

Johnson County Community College offers 107 degree programs. It's a large, public, two-year college in a midsize city. In 2019, 3,132 students graduated with students earning 1,809 Associate's degrees, and 1,323 Certificates.

Metropolitan Community College-Kansas City offers 73 degree programs. It's a large, public, two-year college in a large city. In 2019, 3,738 students graduated with students earning 1,962 Associate's degrees, and 1,776 Certificates.

List of all colleges in Kansas City

School Average Tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
Rockhurst University Logo Rockhurst University Kansas City, MO
5/5
23 : 1 2,990
William Jewell College Logo William Jewell College Liberty, MO
5/5
11 : 1 739
Kansas City Art Institute Logo Kansas City Art Institute Kansas City, MO
5/5
12 : 1 699
Avila University Logo Avila University Kansas City, MO
4/5
23 : 1 1,526
University of Missouri-Kansas City Logo University of Missouri-Kansas City Kansas City, MO
3/5
28 : 1 16,388
University of Saint Mary Logo University of Saint Mary Leavenworth, KS
5/5
17 : 1 1,240
Lex La-Ray Technical Center Logo Lex La-Ray Technical Center Lexington, MO     31
Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Logo Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Kansas City, MO
3/5
84 : 1 3,038
WellSpring School of Allied Health-Kansas City Logo WellSpring School of Allied Health-Kansas City Kansas City, MO   64 : 1 193
Park University Logo Park University Parkville, MO
3/5
97 : 1 11,415
Aviation Institute of Maintenance-Kansas City Logo Aviation Institute of Maintenance-Kansas City Kansas City, MO
4/5
  200
Calvary University Logo Calvary University Kansas City, MO
3/5
18 : 1 430
Pinnacle Career Institute-South Kansas City Logo Pinnacle Career Institute-South Kansas City Kansas City, MO   59 : 1 356
House of Heavilin Beauty College-Blue Springs Logo House of Heavilin Beauty College-Blue Springs Blue Springs, MO     132
Concorde Career College-Kansas City Logo Concorde Career College-Kansas City Kansas City, MO   42 : 1 508
Donnelly College Logo Donnelly College Kansas City, KS
2/5
22 : 1 303
City Vision University Logo City Vision University Kansas City, MO
2/5
  83
Kansas City Kansas Community College Logo Kansas City Kansas Community College Kansas City, KS
2/5
39 : 1 5,998
House of Heavilin Beauty College-Raymore Logo House of Heavilin Beauty College-Raymore Raymore, MO     28
Cass Career Center Logo Cass Career Center Harrisonville, MO     24