Park University: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

Learn what degree programs Park University offers. Research its academics, and read about its admission and financial aid info to make an informed education decision.

About Park University

Park University, founded in 1875, is a private university that has 40 campus centers across the U.S. The main campus is located in Parkville, MO, but there are also online courses offered for students who are not close to campus. U.S. News & World Report ranked the university as the nation's 7th most affordable private university or college in the nation in 2010.


The Parkville campus is divided into three colleges and schools and has an average class size of 12 students. There are several different types of degrees offered, including an associate's degree in nursing and Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Fine Arts programs, as well as minors and certificate programs. Undergraduate students can choose from bachelor's degree programs in such fields as math, political science, biology, early childhood education, social work and fine arts. Students may also complete online certificate programs in terrorism and homeland security or military history, or they can earn graduate certificates in six areas of study. In addition, Park University has undergraduate and master's degree programs available through online study. The university also offers students study abroad options in more than 30 countries.


Students who wish to apply to Park University online can do so from the university's admissions website. Students applying as first-time freshmen need a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale and should submit ACT, SAT or Park University assessment scores for placement. For applicants who don't meet the 3.0 GPA criteria, SAT scores should be about 940 for math and critical reading, and ACT scores should be about 20 or higher.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Undergraduate tuition for 2011-12 was $330 per credit hour. Students interested in the associate's degree in nursing program paid a separate tuition rate of $20,857 per year, while those in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing completion program paid $575 per credit hour for nursing courses; non-nursing courses were $355 per credit. Students who are on active military duty are eligible for a tuition discount.

Students who wish to apply for scholarships can do so through Park University's website and should be prepared to attend a scholarship interview day, which is a day during which prospective students can see the campus and be interviewed by the faculty.

School Type 4-year, private not-for-profit**
Degrees Offered On Campus Associate's in nursing, bachelor's degrees, certificates*
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semesters***
School Setting Large suburb**
Student Body 11,759 total; 10,996 undergraduates in 2011**
Student Housing Available**
Schools and Programs 3 schools and colleges; about 50 undergraduate majors*
Student-Faculty Ratio 12 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study for Undergraduates (Number of Recipients) In 2011: Bachelor's: Business administration (595), social psychology (372)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 39% in 6 years***
Admission Rate 76% in 2011**
Entering Class Size 180 in 2011***
First-Year Retention Rates 67% for full-time students in 2011**
ACT Score of Admitted Students Middle 50% ACT scores: 19-25 in 2012**
Application Due Date Regular application, August 1; priority application, April 15***
Tuition $9,290 per year in 2011-12, including tuition and fees**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2010-11: Federal grants (32%), state/local grant/scholarship (22%),
student loans (57%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 80% in 2010**

Sources: *Park University, **IPEDS Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics, ***College

School Contact Information

  • Address: 8700 N.W. River Park Dr., Parkville, MO 64152
  • Phone: (816) 746-2530
  • Website:

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