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8700 NW River Park Dr
Parkville, MO 64152-3795
p. 816-741-2000
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Park University

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Park University, located in Parkville, Missouri, was founded as a small, private college affiliated with a local Missouri church in 1875. With land donated George Park, the founder of Parkville, Missouri, the college began as a great experiment. Initially, students who attended the college were offered free tuition in exchange for a half-day’s labor in the town’s farms, printing presses, and electrical shops. However, this experiment eventually failed and the college reverted to a more traditional educational structure.

Today, Park University is spread across the nation with over forty different campuses in the United States. Most of the small satellite campuses are located on or near military bases as Park University caters especially to members of the military and their families. A large portion of Park University’s academic programs are available online, and many students opt to attend Park University without ever setting foot on campus.

While the school was originally associated with the Presbyterian Church, it has since dropped that affiliation and focuses mostly on its relationship with United States Military. The school has only been known as Park University for a little over a decade as its name was changed in the year 2000.


Park University offers both on-campus and online bachelor’s degree programs in a variety of different subject areas. Often, these programs can be paired with a minor program to customize a degree. Students can pursue a bachelor’s degree in a variety of liberal arts subjects such as communication, English, fine arts, education, criminal justice, mathematics, music, or psychology.

Some students choose to pursue a career certificate instead of a bachelor’s degree with a major and minor. Many occupations do not require employees to have extensive post-secondary education. These careers simply require students to receive certification: a process which can take as little as one year. Homeland security, criminal justice, military history, and some business programs are offered as career certification programs.

Some courses are offered in accelerated versions at the Kansas City campus of Park University and online. These courses can be completed in eight weeks rather than sixteen week sessions. Park University also has a reputable Honors program. Students in the Honors program have access to classes with smaller sizes and varying styles of education.

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Admission to Park University is typically started with an online application. While students are able to visit the campus in Parkville to apply, many students who attend Park University live in different states and hope to attend one of Park University’s many satellite campuses. For these students, applications for admission must be completed online or mailed to the university.

Park University requires its applicants to have completed high school or an equivalency test such as the GED. While the school does not require SAT or ACT scores for admission, students are greatly encouraged to take these tests. Because of the school’s close relationship with the military, active-duty members are very likely to be admitted.

After an application is received, the university will usually contact the student regarding his or her admission within one week. After a student is accepted into the university, he or she can choose to meet with a guidance counselor in person, establish an online relationship with an academic advisor, or research degree opportunities through the online catalog before enrolling in classes.


The Park University campus that is located in Parkville, Missouri is only able to accommodate a little over a thousand students. However, the total enrollment of Park University is well over ten thousand students. This makes the Park University student body a very unique community. While students who live on campus do share a close bond, they are the minority. Most students who attend Park University are working professionals or active members of the military, and, therefore, they have little involvement with on campus activities and events.

For the students who do live on campus, Park University does offer a wide variety of clubs, social groups, and events to promote community and campus involvement. Sports clubs are groups of individuals who gather informally to play sports at an amateur level. There are also many social activism clubs on campus whose mission is to raise awareness for important current events and social trends.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


Park University provides students with fifteen different options for varsity sports. Both men’s and women’s sports are available for athletes. The Park University mascot is the Pirate, and Park University team members proudly sport the college’s covers of canary gold and burgundy.

Park University has men’s and women’s volleyball programs as well as soccer, baseball, basketball, softball, and track and field. The athletes at Park University are affiliated with the American Midwest Conference of the NAIA. The coaches at Park University are able and encouraging individuals who emphasize not only physical health for all the athletes at Park but also emotional and spiritual health. Athletics are revered at Park University, and many of the varsity athletes secure prestigious awards and recognition throughout the school year. In the 2008-2009 school year, twenty-four Park University varsity athletes received twenty-five athletic awards through the NAIA.

Local Community

Students who live in Parkville, Missouri often travel to the surrounding cities of Kansas City and St. Louis, Missouri. These cities have a great deal to offer college students living in the state of Missouri. St. Louis is relatively small for a “big city.” However, it is filled with many attractions for college students on a budget. The city park known as Forest Park has a zoo, an art museum, a museum of natural history, an outdoor theater and miles of walking trails. All of the venues in Forest Park boast free admission for Missouri residents and college students.

St. Louis is also home to several different professional sports teams. The St. Louis Cardinals, the St. Louis Rams, and the St. Louis Blues have enormous fan bases and attract tens of thousands of visitors each year. St. Louis is also home to many other museums, galleries, shopping centers, dining establishments, and recreational experiences. The Arch and Six Flags over St. Louis are only a day’s drive away from Park University.


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  • Park University – Online, Undergraduate, and Graduate Degrees. Park U, 2011. Web. 23 May 2011. <http://www.park.edu>.
  • Stevens, Walter B. Centennial History of Missouri. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub., 1921. 41. Print.

Information Summary

Ranks 55th in Missouri and 2201st 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 7 0.13
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 18 0.32
Larceny 106 1.90
Vehicle theft 6 0.11

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4548th for the average student loan amount.
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Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Parkville, MO 64152-3795
Surrounding communityLarge suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population23,371 (21,569 urban / 1,802 rural)
Households8,610 (2.69 people per house)
Median Household Income$62,769
Families6,512 (3.08 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (medium programs)
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate with arts & sciences (business dominant)
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-time four-year
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringMaster's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District2906

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1689th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $10,500 $10,500 $10,500
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $100 $100 $100
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $350 $350 $350
FT Graduate Tuition $8,640 $8,640 $8,640
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $480 $480 $480
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $23,248 $23,248 $23,248
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $22,496 $22,496 $22,496
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $16,096 $16,096 $16,096

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $9,290 $10,480 $9,290 $10,480 $9,290 $10,480
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,800(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $7,045(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,550 $3,700
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $6,400(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,550 $3,700
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,550 $3,700

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$25
Graduate Application Fee$50
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 663 (295 male / 368 female)
Admitted 639 (284 male / 355 female)
Admission rate 96%
First-time Enrollment 205 (84 male / 121 female)
FT Enrollment 188 (73 male / 115 female)
PT Enrollment 17 (11 male / 6 female)
Total Enrollment10,978

Admission Criteria

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

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NAIA
NAIA Basketball Conference Independent Midwest Region
NAIA Baseball Conference Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conf
NAIA Track & Field Conference Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conf

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 Capacity405
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$3,525
Board Fee$3,624

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 72 424 300 53 15 1,625 20 2,562
Accounting 4 1 17 22
Accounting and Business/Management 11 4 4 72 91
Agricultural Business and Management, General
Art Teacher Education
Art/Art Studies, General
Athletic Training/Trainer 1 1
Aviation/Airway Management and Operations
Biological and Physical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 4 1 9 14
Building Construction Technology
Business Administration and Management, General 33 113 82 17 3 360 622
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
Business/Managerial Economics 1 1
Chemistry, General 3 3
Communication and Media Studies, Other 3 1 19 23
Community Organization and Advocacy
Computer Science 1 9 1 1 26 39
Computer and Information Sciences, General 7 9 1 2 28 48
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 30 34 3 132 200
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 2 7 9
Economics, General 2 1 3 7
Education, General 1 1 9 20 34
Education, Other 1 2 3
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Elementary Education and Teaching 1 1 2 18 23
Engineering, Other 1 6 7
English Language and Literature, General 1 9 11
Finance and Financial Management Services, Other 8 1 2 1 35 49
Fine/Studio Arts, General
Fire Services Administration 4 4
Geography 1 8 9
Geography, Other
Graphic Design 2 1 1 9 13
Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator
Health Services Administration 2 2 1 1 15 22
Health/Health Care Administration/Management 25 12 45 83
History, General 1 1 2 4
Hospital and Health Care Facilities Administration/Management
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General 77 32 3 4 174 294
Human Services, General 1 1
Information Science/Studies
Interior Design 1 7 8
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching 4 5 9
Legal Studies, General 6 6
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 5 5 10
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management 2 6 1 38 49
Management Information Systems, General 26 28 10 1 116 190
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 3 8 5 1 44 61
Mathematics and Computer Science
Mathematics, General 6 6
Military History
Music Performance, General 6 2 2 10
Nutrition Sciences
Office Management and Supervision 1 1
Physics, General
Political Science and Government, General 1 3 4
Psychology, General 3 2 1 21 28
Public Administration 6 14 4 1 54 79
Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 12 1 38 54
Secondary Education and Teaching 1 6 7
Social Psychology 1 54 71 3 1 221 356
Social Sciences, Other
Social Work 3 8 11
Sociology 5 5
Spanish Language and Literature 1 1 3 5
Special Education and Teaching, General
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 1 23 26
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other
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Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2171st for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $61,102 ($63,427 male / $57,491 female)
Number of FT Faculty 133 (68 male / 65 female)
Number of PT Faculty 1,224
FT Faculty Ratio 0.1 : 1
Total Benefits $3,086,591

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