vila University is a private university in Kansas City, Missouri sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. It offers Bachelor’s degrees in thirty-six majors and Master’s degrees: Master of Science in Counseling Psychology, Master of Science in Counseling Psychology/Art Therapy, Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Organizational Development, and Master of Arts in Education. Avila University is just minutes off an interstate highway network and is convenient to Kansas City’s many attractions. Its eleven buildings are situated on 50 acres in suburban South Kansas City, Missouri, and include three residence halls, field house for basketball and volleyball, sports complex for baseball, softball and soccer, library, theatre, chapel, and classroom facilities. Of the 1,831 students attending Avila University, 34 percent are minorities.


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Student life at Avila is quite active with more than 40 student organizations available to the student body, including the Black Student Union, Group Activities Programming, Residence Hall Association, and Campus Ministries.

Carondelet Hall was the first residence hall built at the current Avila University location. In the summer of 2007, the third floor was also renovated. Ridgway Hall was built only a few years after Carondelet Hall and has the same floor plan and room dimensions. In the summer of 2008, all three floors in Ridgway were renovated in a similar manner as Carondelet. Jeanne Collins Thompson Hall opened Fall of 2007. Thompson Hall features suite-style housing with each suite containing four bedrooms, two bathrooms, living room, and kitchenette.

Avila Athletics participates in HAAC and NAIA. They have over 11 varsity sports including Football, Men and Women’s Soccer, Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Women’s Golf and Men’s Golf (starting Fall 2010), Women’s Softball, and Women’s Volleyball. They also have winning Cheer and Dance Teams. Also starting Fall 2010, Men’s and Women’s Cross Country

Financial aid for students is readily accessible at this school. Financial aid distribution is at fifty-three percent scholarships per grants and forty-seven percent loans per jobs. If you are not a need based student, non-need distribution for financial aid is determined by Academics, Art, Music/Drama, Athletics, Religious Affiliation and Alumni Affiliation. Financial aid forms are FAFSA and Institution’s own financial aid form. In the same way, need based financial aid distribution is determined through Academics, Art, Music/Drama, Athletics, Religious Affiliation and Alumni Affiliation.

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