Higher Education

University of Kansas

In 1866, the University of Kansas welcomed the first class of 55 students to an unfinished building on a treeless ridge called Mount Oread.

Today, our enrollment sits at 28,500. From that single building, we have grown to five campuses — the Lawrence campus, the Edwards Campus in Overland Park, and medical branches in Kansas City, Wichita, and Salina. The once barren landscape has grown into a wooded campus considered one of the most beautiful in the nation.

We embrace our role as the state’s flagship university and a premier research institution, serving the state, nation, and world. We celebrate the energy and compassion that infuse the Jayhawk spirit. And we remain true to our historic values: the elevating force of education, the transformative power of research, and the healing power of service.

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Kansas State University

It doesn't matter if you ask a longtime professor, recent graduate, passionate alumnus or a fresh-eyed freshman. Pick a member of the K-State community at random and ask him or her what it means to be a Wildcat, and you will most likely get a one-word answer:  Family.

K-Staters consider themselves family, and that belief shines through contributions as diverse as our members. Researchers invent solutions to problems that could save a life halfway across the world, and students band together on a Saturday morning for community service. Thousands of Wildcat fans pack our stadiums shouting in unison, and our leadership guides us in ways befitting the obligations of a land-grant university.

In fact, these obligations could be considered our family values, and the many ways we achieve them are the Wildcat Way. We invite you to come along for the ride, because there's always room for one more in the K-State family. 

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University of Missouri

What makes a Tiger: Respect, Responsibility, Discovery, and Excellence.

We commit to acting ethically, welcoming difference and exchanging ideas openly.

We are accountable to ourselves, each other and the public we serve.

We foster the lifelong process of seeking knowledge and greater understanding.

We reach for excellence through diligent effort and collaboration.


Looking for a vibrant community offering endless opportunities to learn and grow? It’s always a great time to be a Tiger. Try an online campus tour or schedule a virtual chat with current students to discover why you’ll love MU.

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Avila University

Inspired by our founders, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, our campus fosters a community of inclusion, understanding, and peace. Avila’s Buchanan Initiative for Peace and Nonviolence is a shining example of how we as a campus put these values into action. Our Thornhill Gallery hosts artists, activists, and humanitarian organizations seeking to promote understanding and collaboration. With our newly-opened Avila community food pantry and Eagles Aware sexual harassment program, are creating a safe environment that will allow you to concentrate on what matters most: your education. You’re welcome here.

Avila’s class sizes might be small, but the knowledge you’ll receive from our highly accomplished faculty won’t be. Our professors pair academic expertise – 70 percent have their Ph.D., or the highest degree in their field of study — with real-world, practical experience to give you a well-rounded set of skills sought out by employers. And with our Student Success Center, Learning Commons, and other resources, you’ll have the assistance you need on campus to solve any challenge in or out of the classroom.

Excellence and Avila: a tradition for over 100 years.

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Baker University

In 1858, Baker became the first university in Kansas when it accepted students to its campus in Baldwin City, Kansas. Baker’s BBA programs are flexible enough that you can earn your degree while continuing to work full time and still live your life. You can earn your BBA in about two years.

More than 30 years ago, Baker became a pioneer and regional leader in developing flexible, accelerated degree programs for working adults. Flexible scheduling and online programs, a dedicated certifying official, and responsive academic advising have led Military Advanced Education magazine to recognize Baker as one of America’s top military-friendly universities.

Whether you are returning to school after a few years off, pursuing a graduate degree, or starting college straight out of high school, you’ll find your spot at Baker University. 

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Rockhurst University

Located in the cultural heart of Kansas City, RU’s beautiful 55-acre campus is where more than 3,000 students call home.

Consistently ranked as one of the top regional universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report.

More than 97% of students receive financial assistance and scholarship opportunities.

With an 11:1 student-to-faculty ratio, students receive the personal attention and support they need to grow in knowledge and in character.

Rockhurst’s bachelor's courses are designed to shape students into leaders who think critically and engage in the world around us. Our academic programs are divided among our three colleges, designed to advance student excellence in any of our 50-plus majors.

Part of our three colleges, Rockhurst graduate programs further develop professional leaders with hands-on curriculum, nationally recognized faculty and flexible schedules for continuing education. This includes our specially tailored online programs.

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