Park University

Founded in 1875 in Parkville, Mo., a suburb of Kansas City, Park University has developed into a comprehensive, independent institution that is a national leader in higher education. In 2000, Park achieved university status and now serves more than 18,700 students annually at 42 campus centers in 21 states and online, including campus centers in Parkville, Independence and Kansas City, Mo.; Austin and El Paso, Texas; Barstow and Victorville, Calif.; and military installations across the country.Serving an ethnically diverse student population and non-traditional adult learners has, for many years, been central to Parks educational mission. Even in its first year, Park University enrolled women students as well as men, something that was unusual at the time; and two of the original 17 students were Native Americans. Park was also an early integrator when it welcomed African-American students to live in Parks residence halls in the 1950s.Park continues to increase access to higher education by offering the quality undergraduate and graduate degrees students desire at locations, times and delivery formats that best serve their needs. The University has been ranked as the No. 1 value among private colleges and universities by Parents & Colleges, an online resource for parents of college-bound students, and has been ranked the seventh-most affordable private university/college in the nation, and first in the Midwest, for tuition and fees, according to U.S. News and World Report. In addition, the University has been selected to the Colleges of Distinction list for four consecutive years.Providing such access has developed considerable diversity among the student population, with more than 430 international students from 65 countries, and a 41 percent student representation from racial, ethnic and cultural groups typically underrepresented in colleges and universities. The University has repeatedly been recognized as one of the top 100 American colleges/universities in the nation graduating Hispanic, African-American and American-Indian students. In addition, extracurricular activities and championship-caliber athletic programs complement Parks outstanding scholastic programs.Park University offers numerous degree programs online, and it maintains a long-standing relationship with the U.S. military for which it has been recognized as one of the largest providers of online undergraduate education to military learners worldwide. Since 2009, Park has received international recognition each year by Military Advanced Education magazine as one of its Top Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities, citing Parks innovative academic degree programs steeped in excellence. In addition, Park is ranked No. 4 among all private colleges/universities in the country as Best for Vets by Military Times magazine.Parks PromiseServing those who serve their community and country with personalized, globally-relevant education for life.Mission StatementPark University provides access to a quality higher education experience that prepares a diverse community of learners to think critically, communicate effectively, demonstrate a global perspective, and engage in lifelong learning and service to others.Vision StatementPark University, a pioneering institution of higher learning since 1875, will provide leadership in quality, innovative education for a diversity of learners who will excel in their professional and personal service to the global community.

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Private, Coed 1875 N/A Semester $72.1 million 8700 N.W. River Park Drive, Parkville, MO 64152 (816) 741-2000
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Missouri Parkville 553