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Be inspired

The future is in our history
Avila’s path began in 1650 in LePuy, France. Guided by a belief in the dignity and potential of every individual, the original six Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet nursed the sick and helped the homeless. With this commitment to one’sneighbors, the Sisters founded Avila in 1916, and today they serve as con-stant reminders of the University’s mission. Avila University’s values are part of its Catholic heritage, but they’re not just Catholic values. Concern for the whole person, service toothers, 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. But at Avila 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. Inspired leadership takes more than a great education. It takes an understanding that you’re better served when you’re serving the greater good. And that kind of inspiration not only brings out the best in you, it brings out the best in everyone. Whatever your career path, we know Avila graduates experience success and make an impact.

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. Avila’s faculty and staff are engaged primarily in activities that advance undergraduate students’ desires to become their best.
Learn while having fun
When you hear a reference to “developing the whole person” at Avila you can take that seriously. While much about the 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 not only provides opportunities for students to develop their minds, hearts, and spirits, but we challenge students to apply and practice their talents by making contributions while having fun outside the classroom.

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




At a Glance
LOCATION: Kansas City, Missouri


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


ENROLLMENT: 1,029 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 125,000 service hours in 2014.

ACCREDITATION: The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association; specific accreditation in nursing, radiologic science, social work, education, and psychology

ATHLETICS: Baseball, basketball, cheer, cross-country, dance, football, golf, soccer, softball, track & field, volleyball

CONTACT: 816-501-2400

WEB: avila.edu