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University of Missouri-Kansas City

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Introduction

The University of Missouri Kansas City (UMKC) is a public university in Kansas City, Missouri. The main campus is located in the Rockhill neighborhood of Kansas City. UMKC was first built as University of Kansas City, a dual tribute to Abraham Lincoln and Robert E. Lee. It is located close to a large battlefield of the Civil War. One of the more interesting buildings on campus in Epperson House, a Tudor-Gothic mansion with a history of ghosts. UMKC has been growing rapidly in recent years, with a current student body of over 17,000.

A Reputation for Excellence

UMKC boasts a low student to faculty ratio, with approximately 12 students to every member of the faculty. Around 95% of faculty members hold the highest degree in their field of study. There are more endowed chairs and professorships at UMKC than any other school in the University of Missouri system.

Academics

Schools and colleges include College of Arts and Sciences, Conservatory of Music and Dance, Henry W. Bloch School of Business and Public Administration, School of Biological Sciences, School of Computing and Engineering, School of Dentistry, School of Education, School of Law, School of Medicine, School of Nursing, School of Pharmacy, and School of Graduate Studies. Within these schools and colleges there are more than 50 majors in 125 academic areas.

Unique Academic Opportunities

The School of Medicine is known for its combined Bachelor’s/Doctorate program, which only takes six years to complete in total. UMKC is also home to the Fungal Genetics Stock Center, a research and publishing facility which offers multiple internships and work opportunities for students.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Admissions

Incoming students are expected to have studied 4 years of English, 4 years of math, 3 years of science, 3 years of social studies, 2 years of a foreign language, and 1 year of fine arts before beginning their university program. Students with a strong combination of class rank and test scores can receive automatic admission: for instance, students in the top 6% of their graduating class and an ACT over 17 or a composite SAT over 850 is eligible; so is a student in the top 53% and an ACT over 24 or an SAT over 1090. Students who graduate in the top 10% of their class and meet the core curriculum requirements are admitted regardless of test scores.

Exceptional Cases

Students who do not meet the automatic admissions requirements may be admitted on a trial basis, however, especially if they have other strengths or skills of note to contribute to the UMKC community.

Priority Deadlines

Priority deadlines remain the same from year to year: February 1st for the fall term, November 1st for the spring term, and May 1st for the summer term.

Further Requirements

There are additional admissions requirements for students in some academic programs, such as the Conservatory of Music and Dance, Engineering, Pharmacy, and the combined Baccalaureate/MD program.

Financial Aid

In addition to the wide range of state and financial aid options open to any college or university student in Missouri, UMKC offers several of their own need- and merit-based scholarships. The majority of UMKC students receive aid of some kind.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 3717th for the average student loan amount.
Secrets to getting the best scholarships and financial aid in Missouri.

Students

Demographics

There are more than 17,000 students enrolled at UMKC at any given time; about 2/3 of those are undergraduate students and 1/3 are graduate students. There are nearly a thousand international students from over 65 countries, creating significant cultural and ethnic diversity at the university.

Student Media

The literary magazine at UMKC , New Letters, produces both a print version and a nationally syndicated radio show, New Letters on the Air. New Letters provides a wide range of internship opportunities for students interested in media work.

Residential Life

The main student dining hall is located in the University Center and features standard dining hall fare. There are a number of coffee shops, conveniences stores, and fast food outlets on campus as well.

Around 900 undergraduate students live on campus. For students who choose to do so, residences include:

Oak Street Hall, a hall constructed in 2004 to house approximately 560 students in suite-styles accommodations with a blend of both single and double rooms It features music rooms, kitchenettes, and recreational facilities such as a pool lounge and television lounges.

Oak Place Apartments consist of suite-style apartments with kitchens and between 1 and 4 bedrooms apiece. The complex features a fitness center, multiple computer labs, and television lounges.

Herman and Dorothy Johnson Hall is a traditional dormitory with separate wings for male and female students. The residence features music practice rooms, lounges, and outdoor green space.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Athletics

The athletics department at UMKC is known as the Kangaroos, or the Roos for short. The Roos compete on the intervarsity level in NCAA Division I and the Summit League. The mascot, Kasey Kangaroo, was originally drawn by Walt Disney. Colors are blue and gold. Intercollegiate sports for men include basketball, baseball, soccer, tennis, golf, track & field, and cross country. Women’s sports include basketball, soccer, softball, tennis, golf, track & field, and cross country.

The Swinney Recreation Center contains an Olympic sized swimming pool, a weight training center, five basketball courts, indoor and outdoor tracks, squash courts, and more.

Alumni

Well-known UMKC alumni include Texas State Senator Brian Birdwell, jazz trombonist Robert Brookmeyer, Tool drummer Danny Carey, founder of the Tuskegee School of Music William Levi Dawson, Dallas Mavericks player Tony Dumas, Missouri Supreme Court judge Zel Fischer, Pulitzer Prize winner and cartoonist Mike Keefe, Florida Governor Rick Scott, US President Harry S. Truman, and Supreme Court Justice Charles Evans Whittaker.

Faculty

Well-known faculty include Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Rhodes, violinist Benny Kim, classical composer Chen Yi, opera singer Vinson Cole, and jazz saxophonist Bobby Watson.

Bibliography

  • About Us. Academics. University of Missouri Kansas City. Web. 12 July 2011.
  • Degree Programs. Academics. University of Missouri Kansas City. Web. 12 July 2011.
  • Fiske, Edward B. Fiske Guide to Colleges 2011. Chicago: Sourcebooks, 2010. Print.
  • Pope, Loren. Looking Beyond the Ivy League: Finding the College That’s Right for You. New York: Penguin. 2007. Print.

Information Summary

Ranks 18th in Missouri and 702nd overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Missouri and 294th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 1 0.01
Robbery 1 0.01
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 53 0.34
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 4 0.03
Arrest 10 0.06

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 3,498 0.76
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 108 0.02
Forcible Rape 265 0.06
Robbery 1,665 0.36
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 6,848 1.48
Larceny 15,305 3.32
Vehicle theft 3,392 0.74

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Kansas City, MO 64110
Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population17,842 (17,842 urban / N/A rural)
Households7,198 (2.30 people per house)
Median Household Income$30,224
Families3,759 (3.08 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Research Universities (high research activity)
UndergraduateArts & sciences plus professions, high graduate coexistence
GraduateDoctoral, professional dominant
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentMajority undergraduate
Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District2905

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 592nd for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $8,103 $8,103 $20,850
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,353 $1,353 $1,353
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $270 $270 $695
FT Graduate Tuition $6,073 $6,073 $15,680
FT Graduate Required Fees $979 $979 $979
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $337 $337 $871
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $28,396 $28,396 $41,143
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $27,076 $27,076 $39,823
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $18,704 $18,704 $31,451

Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields

  In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Medical Degree — Tuition $21,862 $43,725
Medical Degree — Required Fees $1,433 $1,433
Dentistry Degree — Tuition $27,051 $53,912
Dentistry Degree — Required Fees $1,380 $1,380
Optometry Degree — Tuition $18,400 $40,457
Optometry Degree — Required Fees $1,353 $1,353
Law Degree — Tuition $16,533 $32,643
Law Degree — Required Fees $1,353 $1,353

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $9,029 $7,626 $9,029 $7,626 $21,197 $17,654
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,376 $1,180
On-Campus – Room & Board $10,201 $10,535
On-Campus – Other Expenses $6,240 $5,462
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $8,370 $8,272
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $9,450 $8,454
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $9,450 $8,454

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$35
Graduate Application Fee$35
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 4,367 (1,710 male / 2,657 female)
Admitted 1,441 (590 male / 851 female)
Admission rate 33%
First-time Enrollment 1,078 (450 male / 628 female)
FT Enrollment 1,060 (442 male / 618 female)
PT Enrollment 18 (8 male / 10 female)
Total Enrollment15,718

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
RecommendationsN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
TOEFL
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference Western Athletic Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Western Athletic Conference

ACT Test Admission

327th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 94%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 21 / 28
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 26
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 21 / 27

SAT Test Admission

1330th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 5%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 490 / 670
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 490 / 670

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity1,394
Meals per Week15
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 211 244 110 165 6 1,769 238 2,770
Accounting 16 4 1 5 1 42 8 77
Advanced Legal Research/Studies, General 14 1 1 16
Advanced/Graduate Dentistry and Oral Sciences, Other 1 4 1 6
American/United States Studies/Civilization 2 2
Anesthesiologist Assistant 8 1 9
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 1 9 10
Art/Art Studies, General 1 1
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 5 11 4 14 66 14 114
Biostatistics 2 5 1 8
Business/Commerce, General 25 27 14 20 1 227 29 347
Cell/Cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences, Other 6 1 4 12
Chemistry, General 4 6 24 2 64 6 109
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning 1 6 7
Civil Engineering, General 6 3 5 2 32 3 53
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist 1 1
Community College Education
Computer Science 35 2 2 4 13 3 59
Conducting 1 1
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 2 1 2 37 4 46
Creative Writing 12 12
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 18 5 31 4 61
Curriculum and Instruction 3 5 2 1 50 5 66
Dance, General 1 10 1 12
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist 1 1 38 1 43
Directing and Theatrical Production
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 2 15 1 18
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 8 8
Economics, General 10 6 1 2 24 4 47
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 1 16 1 1 25 5 49
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 56 4 3 2 17 7 89
Elementary Education and Teaching 7 1 29 3 40
Endodontics/Endodontology 1 1 2
English Language and Literature, General 3 2 1 33 4 43
Environmental Science 1 1 2 17 3 25
Finance, General 1 1 1 13 16
Fine/Studio Arts, General 1 2 24 1 29
French Language and Literature 2 2
Geography 1 1 2 1 5
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other 1 2 1 4
Geology/Earth Science, General 1 1 9 1 13
German Language and Literature 1 1 2
History, General 1 1 1 32 2 37
Information Technology 1 4 5
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching 2 1 18 3 24
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 1 31 10 40 96 25 203
Mathematics and Statistics, Other 4 1 2 14 3 24
Mechanical Engineering 1 1 1 3 24 4 35
Music History, Literature, and Theory 1 1
Music Performance, General 3 2 1 1 43 7 57
Music Teacher Education 13 13
Music Theory and Composition 2 1 6 9
Music, General 1 2 15 2 20
Natural Resources Management and Policy 1 1
Oral Biology and Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology 1 2 3
Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery 1 2 3
Orthodontics/Orthodontology 1 1 2 4
Periodontics/Periodontology 2 2
Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Administration, Other 1 2 2 2 7
Philosophy 2 8 1 11
Physics, General 2 1 12 2 17
Political Science and Government, General 4 2 31 2 39
Psychology, General 3 12 10 7 72 11 116
Public Administration 2 5 4 1 25 5 43
Reading Teacher Education 6 6
Real Estate 2 8 1 11
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 4 21 9 6 256 25 323
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 1 5 5 1 12
Secondary Education and Teaching 2 2 1 29 2 36
Social Work 11 1 1 29 3 46
Sociology 8 1 2 1 15 6 35
Spanish Language and Literature 1 1 3 1 18 3 27
Special Education and Teaching, General 1 9 3 13
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 11 10 2 60 6 90
Tax Law/Taxation 16 1 17
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other 1 1 2
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology 6 1 7
Urban Studies/Affairs 1 6 7

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 585th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $83,288 ($89,526 male / $63,343 female)
Number of FT Faculty 697 (384 male / 313 female)
Number of PT Faculty 1,206
FT Faculty Ratio 0.6 : 1
Total Benefits $29,183,001
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