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Park University

Park University is an independent, non-profit private institution of higher education based in Parkville, Missouri and has 40 campus center locations in 21 states and online. Established in 1875 as a small religiously-affiliated college, it has now expanded into a comprehensive master level institution and one of the top providers of education courses for the U.S. military.

Location

Address
8700 NW River Park Dr
City
Parkville
State
MO

Stats

Total Undergrad enrollment
10247
Total Graduate enrollment
902
In State Tuition Fees
10500
Out State Tuition Fees
10500
ACT Score
23
Grade Point Average(GPA)
3.3
Male Female Ratio
53:47
Acceptance Rate
29%
Student Faculty Ratio
11:01

Additional Information

College Type
Private
Religious Affiliation
N/A
Campus Housing
Yes
Mission Statement
Park University provides access to a quality higher education experience that prepares a diverse community of learners to think critically, communicate effectively, demonstrate a global perspective and engage in lifelong learning and service to others.
Mascot
Pirate
Colors
Canary And Wine (Gold And Burgundy)
Conference
American Midwest

College History

History

The school which was originally called Park College was founded in 1875 by John A. McAfee on land donated by George S. Park with its initial structure being the stone hotel Park owned on the bluff above the Missouri River. The original concept called for students to receive free tuition and board in exchange for working up to half day in the college�s farm, electrical shop or printing plant. According to the terms of the arrangement if the �Parkville Experiment� did not work out within five years, the college grounds were to revert to Park. There were 17 students in the first school year and in the first graduation class there were five women. McAfee led until his death in 1890. His son Lowell M. McAfee became the second president of Park until stepping down in 1913. The first international student at Park University arrived in 1880 from Japan. The defining landmark of the campus is Mackay Hall, named after Carroll County, Illinois banker Duncan Mackay who donated $25,000 in materials for the structure shortly before his death. The building was constructed using limestone mined on the campus grounds and built with the labor of students. Construction began in 1883 and was finished by 1893. Today the building is the main focal point of the campus and dominates the hillside, overlooking the town of Parkville. It is on the National Register of Historic Places. For many decades the school was affiliated with the Presbyterian Church but it no longer has that affiliation.[when?] The college has had a relationship with the military since 1889. However, the relationship was greatly expanded in the late 1960s with the establishment of a Military Degree Completion Program and later in 1972 with the Military Resident Center System. Park�s total enrollment has grown from its small base since 1996 when it first began offering online courses. In 2000 it was renamed Park University.

College Specialty

Specialty

Park University provides access to a quality higher education experience that prepares a diverse community of learners to think critically, communicate effectively, demonstrate a global perspective and engage in lifelong learning and service to others.

Campus

Campus

800-acre (323.7�ha)

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