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Park University is a mid-sized, private university founded in 1875. It is located in Parkville, Missouri, which is on the Kansas border just Northwest of Kansas City. The Latin motto of the university translates to faith and work. This is the cornerstone of the university’s foundation of finding faith through education. The campus is home to over 11,000 students, which includes over 250 global students from at least 60 countries. The entire university consists of 16,500 students online and at all of the 41 campus locations.
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Overview of Park University
While business, education, and health sciences are at the center of academic offerings, Park focuses on the entire college experiences. Students have access to 700 acres of nature on the campus grounds, which is also just steps from the Mississippi River. Over 40 organizations and clubs are available to all students, as well as 16 varsity team sports, academic honor societies, student media and various centers, such as the International Center for Music.
Students can live on campus for easy access to classes and student offerings including a fitness center, fresh market, outdoor tennis and basketball courts, academic support center, counseling center, disability services, wellness resources, and success coaches.
|School Type||Private not-for-profit|
|Campus Setting||Suburb: Large|
|Student Faculty Ratio||15:1|
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Tuition Cost & Financial Aid
New, first-year students can expect to pay $11,190 for tuition. This price is the same for in-state and out-of-state students. Another nearly $14,000 will be needed for rent, daily living expenses, class supplies, books, and more. Approximately 93% of students receive some form of financial aid to help make their higher education a reality. If a student wishes to go out to eat, spend time on entertainment and lifestyle activities in the city, or to take regional trips, they will require even more funds.
Park University also offers a Flat Fee Solution. This tuition payment program is for transfer students who come to Park from another college or university. These students are eligible to pay only $9,000 for one-year’s access to unlimited undergraduate courses online. This program allows students to work from home and save a significant amount of money.
|Average net price||2018-2019|
|Average Total Aid||$7,766|
|Students Receiving Financial Aid||93%|
|Room & Board||$8,480|
- Tuition In-State - $11,190
- Tuition Out-of-State - $11,190
- Books and Supplies - $1,560
- Room & Board - $8,480
- Other - $3,500
Park students have access to over 70 degree programs and more than 650 online courses. The university works closely with both those transferring to the university and those who wish to transfer to another school after some time. All majors are available in a few colleges, including liberal arts and sciences, education, and health professions and management. A number of departments and schools are offered through the colleges to provide greater specialization opportunities such as nursing, business, public affairs, social work, sociology, and psychology.
Degrees and certificates are available in more than 80 areas. Students can also select from flexible course types, which include weekends and nights. All programs work to ensure program participants develop essential skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving, independent and creative learning, and much more. It is even possible to participate in study abroad programs to complete an even more in-depth college experience.
The student-to-faculty ratio is 15 to 1 with a relatively low four-year graduation rate of 26%. The six-year rate of graduation is slightly better at 34%, but the retention rate is only 55%. These less-than-desirable figures may be related to the high number of students transferring both in and out of the university. It is also possible students work full-time as they follow their academic pursuits.
Student Population Total
Student Population 11,415
Most Popular Programs & Majors
(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)
|All Business Majors||846 Total Graduates / 48%|
|Business Administration and Management, General||489 Graduates|
|Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General||154 Graduates|
|Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management||62 Graduates|
|Management Information Systems, General||60 Graduates|
|All Psychology Majors||258 Total Graduates / 15%|
|Social Psychology||225 Graduates|
|Psychology, General||33 Graduates|
|Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services||182 Total Graduates / 10%|
|Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration||182 Graduates|
|All Computer Information Science Majors||158 Total Graduates / 9%|
|Computer and Information Sciences, General||149 Graduates|
|Information Technology||9 Graduates|
|Health Professions and Related Programs||96 Total Graduates / 5%|
|Health/Health Care Administration/Management||67 Graduates|
|Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse||29 Graduates|
|All Other Diplomas||13%|
Outcome & Salary
In addition to academic assistance services, Park University offers career services and assistance with personal growth and development such as learning values, ethical decision making, civic engagement, wellness and health practices, collaboration in a respectful manner, following community standards, and that consequences exist for each and every action.
Students will also receive a variety of career assistance and development from day one. Coaches are available for custom approaches to establish and meet goals. The center will assist with career planning, exploring, preparing, interviewing, resume writing, and advising on in-person and online social interactions. It is also possible for students to engage directly with potential employers, receive professional training, and attend workshops. Internships and full-time jobs are both available.
|College Grads Early Career Salary||$49,800|
|College Grads Average Salary||$69,248|
|College Grads Mid Career Salary||$70,600|
|Return on Investment (ROI)|
|10 Year Salary Earnings Potential||$692,480|
|20 Year Salary Earnings Potential||$1,398,480|
|Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year||$58,780|
|10 Year Projected ROI||$633,700|
|20 Year Projected ROI||$1,339,700|
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|National Average Salary||$38,792|
|10 Year Projected Income||$387,920|
|20 Year Projected Income||$775,840|
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