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University of Missouri-Kansas City: Narrative Description


5100 Rockhill Rd.
Kansas City, MO 64110-2499
Tel: (816)235-1000
Free: 800-775-8652
Admissions: (816)235-1111
Fax: (816)235-1717
E-mail: [email protected]
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State-supported, university, coed. Part of University of Missouri System. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees and post-master's and first professional certificates. Founded 1929. Setting: 191-acre urban campus. Endowment: $181.2 million. Research spending 2003-04: $35.6 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $14,800 per student. Total enrollment: 14,256. Faculty: 993 (602 full-time, 391 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 13:1. 2,569 applied, 69% were admitted. 30% from top 10% of their high school class, 59% from top quarter, 84% from top half. Full-time: 5,421 students, 60% women, 40% men. Part-time: 3,972 students, 59% women, 41% men. Students come from 45 states and territories, 46 other countries, 24% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 4% Hispanic, 14% black, 5% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 3% international, 30% 25 or older, 13% live on campus, 12% transferred in. Retention: 72% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: liberal arts/general studies; business/marketing; education. Core. Calendar: semesters. ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at other campuses of the University of Missouri System. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $35. State resident tuition: $6495 full-time. Nonresident tuition: $16,272 full-time. Mandatory fees: $755 full-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load, program, and student level. College room and board: $7505. College room only: $5100. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 75 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local sororities; 20% of eligible men and 17% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: African-American Student Association, International Student Council, Alpha Phi Omega, Activities and Programs Council. Major annual events: International Food and Culture Night, Welcome Fest/Roo Fair, Greek Week. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 1,700 college housing spaces available; 867 were occupied in 2003-04. Option: coed housing available. Miller-Nichols Library plus 3 others with 1.3 million books, 2.4 million microform titles, 7,222 serials, 451,563 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $6.3 million. 671 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:

One of the country's largest railroad centers, Kansas City is also a great manufacturing city and an important distributing point located at the confluence of the Kansas and Missouri Rivers. All forms of commercial transportation are convenient. Extensive cultural activities are available. Recreational facilities are numerous. Swope Park is one the largest municipal playgrounds in the country that contains 1,705 acres, two golf courses, tennis courts, picnic grounds, a zoo, swimming pool and a lagoon for boating. Kansas City is the home of the Chiefs of the National Football League and Royals baseball team of the American League. The Country Club district in the southern part of the city has gained international attention as a model for city planning. Each home in this district is planned to harmonize with its surroundings, and careful selection of European art objects beautify street corners.

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