Kansas City Art Institute: Narrative Description

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4415 Warwick Blvd.
Kansas City, MO 64111-1874
Tel: (816)472-4852
Free: 800-522-5224
Admissions: (816)474-5224
Fax: (816)531-6296
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.kcai.edu/


Independent, 4-year, coed. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1885. Setting: 18-acre urban campus. Endowment: $18.4 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $5160 per student. Total enrollment: 614. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 9:1. 440 applied, 83% were admitted. 7% from top 10% of their high school class, 25% from top quarter, 49% from top half. Full-time: 581 students, 56% women, 44% men. Part-time: 2 students, 100% women. Students come from 38 states and territories, 14 other countries, 36% from out-of-state, 2% Native American, 7% Hispanic, 3% black, 4% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 9% 25 or older, 25% live on campus, 10% transferred in. Retention: 92% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic area with the most degrees conferred: visual/performing arts. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Off campus study at New York Studio Program, AICAD School Exchange. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Option: deferred admission. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.5 high school GPA, 2 recommendations, portfolio, statement of purpose, SAT or ACT. Recommended: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous until 8/1.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $35. Comprehensive fee: $28,126 includes full-time tuition ($20,380), mandatory fees ($946), and college room and board ($6800). Full-time tuition and fees vary according to program. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $850 per credit hour. Part-time mandatory fees: $46 per credit hour. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to program.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Most popular organizations: Student Union, Student Gallery Committee, Ethnic Student Association. Major annual events: Department Openings, Visiting Artist Series, Student Film Series. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 160 college housing spaces available; 155 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Option: coed housing available. Jannes Library and Learning Center plus 1 other with 32,235 books, 133 serials, 101,688 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $245,000. 100 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

See University of Missouri - Kansas City.

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