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Celebrating 100 years
For a century, Avila University has been making a difference in the lives of students from around the corner and around the world. Driven by our mission to provide a high-quality, values-centered education inclusive of all, Avila provides much more than a Catholic academic environment. Concern for the whole person, service to others, and appreciation of diversity: these core qualities represent Avila’s determination to balance the needs of the individual with the needs of the world.


Be inspired
Anyone can educate you. We want to inspire you to do great things that benefit the greater good. You can choose from more than 60 majors and programs, but whatever you choose, we promise a great education and something even harder to find: inspiration.


Discover the best of you
Avila is a teaching institution, which means the primary focus of Avila faculty and staff—from advising to classroom interaction, from study-away trips to collaborating with students on research—is aimed at helping undergraduates learn. 

Learn while having fun
While much about Avila University focuses on learning in classrooms, clinics, and laboratories, we know that learning also occurs when students are engaged in activities outside the classroom. These activities can be as diverse as theater, internships, athletics, music, service projects, study-away, and student organizations. Avila provides opportunities for students to develop their minds, hearts, and spirits and challenges them to apply their talents.


Explore the world
College experiences at Avila extend beyond campus. In addition to service learning and service hours, students participate in real-world internships, interact with community business owners and managers, and travel the world. This extended campus creates additional opportunities for students to learn, grow, and build their professional network. 


LOCATION: Kansas City, Missouri


AFFILIATION: Roman Catholic, sponsored
by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet

1,098 students

GENDER RATIO: 67% female,
33% male



AVERAGE CLASS SIZE: 15; nearly 100% under 30

COMMUNITY SERVICE: Six years in a row on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll; Avila students put in 120,000 service hours in 2015.

ACCREDITATION: The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association; specific accreditation in Radiologic Science, Social Work, Education, and Psychology

MEN’S ATHLETICS: Baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, soccer, track & field

WOMEN’S ATHLETICS: Basketball, cheer, cross-country, dance, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, volleyball

See more at avila.edu.