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.