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Study at Avila University

Why Avila?

HOME AWAY FROM HOME. Going away to college is exciting. But, it can also be a little scary. No worries. At Avila, it'll take you 10 seconds to make friends. Your professors, other students, coaches, RA, advisor, and even Ron, our President, will make you feel welcome and answer your questions. You'll find it doesn't take long to make Avila your home. The friends you make at Avila will be your friends for life!

STRONG ACADEMICS. At Avila, we receive a broad education that sets a strong life foundation. We are taught advanced critical thinking and communication skills, enabling us to compete in an ever-shrinking world. Avila degrees are highly respected in the community, and when we graduate, we'll know that we are prepared to take on any challenge. DIVERSITY. College is meant to be fun and at Avila, it's the people who make the difference. Not only will you find other students who share your same interests, but also students who will introduce you to new experiences. We have students from Japan, Africa, China, South America, the Middle East and a dozen other countries. We also have students from almost every state, bringing their regional differences with them. The diversity rate at Avila is among the highest for universities in the Kansas City area and we're proud of that mix. At Avila, your world will expand.


Advisors are professors in your academic area and they meet with you every semester to plan your classes and make sure you are meeting the requirements of graduation. You get your own time to discuss options and ask questions. Your personal advisor is the best resource for networking, internships, and job searches. They can also write recommendation letters for you (because they actually know you, not just your social security number on a class roster).

Avila University was founded in 1916 as the Saint Teresa College for women. It became the College of Saint Teresa in 1941, and in 1963, the institute was shifted to a new location and renamed Avila University. It currently occupies a 50-acre campus in Kansas City, Missouri. Avila University offers bachelor's degrees in more than 30 fields of study. Master's degrees in science, business administration and arts are also awarded to the students. The academic divisions of the university are:
  • College of Humanities and Performing Arts
  • School of Behavioral and Social Sciences
  • School of Business
  • School of Education
  • School of Graduate Studies
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Science and Health
  • School of Visual and Communication Arts
The athletics teams of Avila University are known as the Eagles. Students participate in sports like soccer, baseball, basketball, football, golf, softball and volleyball. The Eagles compete in the NAIA and the Heart of America Athletic Association.

Profile of Avila UniversityAvila can be found in Kansas City, MO (a large city). One of the defining characteristics of the school is its status as a Roman Catholic school. Avila is a private, not-for-profit institution. The Master's degree is the highest degree at the school.

Course Topics

Avila offers a wide range of choices in programs of study. The most common majors at the school are in art studies and therapy and Counselling.

Avila Selectivity

Avila does not have an open admissions system. Not everyone who applies is accepted. The school turned down 48% of potential students in 2007. Only 25% of students scored 465 or lower in 2007 on the verbal SAT test. Math SAT scores at Avila centered around 480 to 530, but ranged both higher and lower.

Student Enrolment

In 2007, 1, 831 students were enrolled in the school.

Student Life
Full-time students are the norm at Avila. The school offers students meal plans. Avila student athletes compete in Heart of America Athletic Conference competitions. The school offers athletic financial aid to more of its students than do most colleges.

Avila Programs and Degrees
General CategoryGeneral CategoryMost Common Majors
Business and Management87business management, business, marketing, accounting, finance, international business, MIS
Therapy and Counselling65psychology, Counselling psychology
Education and Teaching51education, elementary school teaching, education of learning disabled, middle school teaching, teacher education and development
Nursing and Emergency Medicine34various nursing
Medical Support and Technology27radiation therapist
Liberal Arts18history, political science, English, sociology, general studies
Art Studies14art studies
Science10biology, chemistry, biological and physical sciences
Media9communication studies
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy8health and fitness
Law7legal assistant
Medical administration6health care facilities management
Drama and Performing Arts5drama
Computer Science and Engineering4computer and info science
Music1music performance
Mathematics0mathematics and computer science, mathematics
Religion and Philosophy0religion
Medicine0medical preparatory
Family and Social Work0social work
Contact:Avila University

11901 Wornall Rd

Kansas City, MO 64145-1698

General Phone: (816) 942-8400


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