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The Metropolitan Community College (MMC) was originally founded in 1914 as a polytechnic institute in Kansas City, MO. After its transformation into the Kansas City Junior College, it became the first two-year college in the United States to award associate’s degrees. In 1964, the junior college developed into Metropolitan Community College and since the name change, MMC educates around 18,000 students every year. It has developed into five campuses across the city. One of these campuses is the Metropolitan Community College Blue River campus, located in Independence, MO.


Over 70% of the students at Metropolitan Community College plan to obtain an associate’s degree and then transfer to a four-year university upon graduation. The associate degrees offered are Associate in Applied Science, Associate in Arts, Associate in Business, Associate in Criminal Justice Associate in Teaching, Associate in Computer Science, Associate in Engineering, and an Associate in Science. Students should ideally choose what four-year university they wish to attend and make sure they are taking transferable classes. Students should speak with their academic advisors often to make sure they are on the right course and taking the correct classes.

Metropolitan Community College has five different campuses: Blue River, Business and Technology, Longview, Maple Wood, and Penn Valley. Each of the five different campuses offers MMC students something unique in classes and programs. The Blue River campus hosts a variety of general education programs. Blue River also provides first-rate music training with over 30 classes, speech and theater courses, the Public Safety Institute, Community Education, and Firefighter training.

Music Program

Blue River provides an Associate in Arts: Music Technologist. It is perfect for students who wish to learn musical education, musical therapy, soundtrack development, audio engineering, music arranging, composition, conducting, and film scoring. Students have a choice of over 30 musical classes, which include a range of vocal and instrumental courses. Classes also include music theory, music appreciation, and the evolution of jazz. Performance in a local band, ensemble, symphony, or chorale will receive college credit.

Speech and Theater Program

The Blue River Campus also provides its students with an exciting speech and theater program. A theater or speech degree is not offered, but speech and theater classes may be used to fill various course requirements for an Associate in Arts degree. Film acting, television and stage acting, theater management, communications, and production are just a few of the courses Metropolitan Community College offers its students. The theater courses are designed to give students the skills needed to find a theatrical career in the workforce or obtain a four-degree in the theater or speech field.

Public Safety Institute

The Public Safety Institute will build a student around the Police and Fire Academies. These training facilities will teach students to become police officers and firefighters at one of the best training grounds in the Midwest. The Law Enforcement Program is less expensive than the normal CEU (continuing education unit) hourly rate. Metropolitan Community College charges just a nominal fee for every CEU hour. The only exceptions to these charges are new detectives, instructor development, and first line supervisors.

The Fire Academy is recognized by the Missouri Department of Public Safety and the Internal Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC). This gives Metropolitan Community College recruits the qualification to work as a firefighter in most states. All instructors are firefighters who have served in the local fire departments. Each student will receive training for not only immediate real-world needs, but also training for needs the public may need in the future. Each candidate must pass the Physical Ability Test and take the B-5 Fire Service Entrance Exam from International Management Associate for Human Resources. Metropolitan Community College students will be charged for these tests at a discounted price.

Unique Programs

The United States Department of Education has provided the Upward Bound Program for low-income students and first generation college-bound students from Independence and the surrounding area. Students receive free tutoring, enrichment classes, financial aid assistance, career and academic counseling, and a variety of other open services. This particular program has been a great help to high school students who have no financial ability to attend college. If a student would like to apply for this program, he or she should begin to apply in high school if possible.

Financial Aid

Nearly half of all MMC students acquire scholarships and grants each year. Federal loans and grants are available, as well as an A+ scholarship provided by the state. The A+ scholarship will financially aid students whose GPA remains above 2.5, goes to class, is a full-time student, and gives 50 hours of free tutoring

The Upward Bound Program mentioned in the “Unique Programs” section can also assist local students who may be in need of financial assistance.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 5452nd for the average student loan amount.
Secrets to getting the best scholarships and financial aid in Missouri.


Metropolitan Community College is for everyone, regardless of age or position in life. Around 3,000 students attend the Blue River Campus every semester. The diversity leads from high school graduates, international students, to older adults returning to complete their education. Students from over 50 countries and transfer students take advantage of the quality education MMC has to offer. Many students live close to campus, even though there official student housing is not available.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Local Community

Independence, Missouri is full of rich history and friendly people. Civil war sites and covered wagon rides are only the beginning for this city. Independence is also home to the Oasis Water Park and original American architecture. Citizens of Independence and the surrounding area are invited to take both credit and non-credit courses. They may take courses to build their education, receive career certification, or simply for fun.


Each class is taught by a caring professional who is devoted to their individual students. Because class size averages around 18 students, the professors know every student’s name. Many have won awards and will use their knowledge to help each student succeed in their academic endeavors.


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Information Summary

Ranks 96th in Missouri and 3671st overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 342 0.29
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 2 0.00
Forcible Rape 45 0.04
Robbery 110 0.09
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 1,178 1.00
Larceny 4,785 4.08
Vehicle theft 728 0.62

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near , MO
Surrounding communityFringe rural area (less than 5 mi. from an urban area)
Total Population11,050 (9,957 urban / 1,093 rural)
Households4,274 (2.52 people per house)
Median Household Income$51,100
Families3,038 (3.01 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Urban-serving Multicampus
Undergraduate PopulationMixed part/full-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingMedium two-year

General Characteristics

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

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 4275th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2013-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $2,460 $4,530 $6,150
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $180 $180 $180
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $82 $151 $205
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $3,840 $5,910 $7,530
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $14,452 $16,522 $18,142
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $8,840 $10,910 $12,530

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $2,460(N/C) $4,380(N/C) $5,850(N/C)
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2013-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,000(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $4,000(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $800(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $800(N/C)

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NJCAA

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 CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2987th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2013-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $54,407 ($51,741 male / $56,345 female)
Number of FT Faculty 38 (16 male / 22 female)
Number of PT Faculty 199
FT Faculty Ratio 0.2 : 1
Total Benefits $640,755

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