Location
Kansas City, MO
Undergrads
810
Tuition
$31,992
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 124 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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2 College Freshman

Diversity: Diversity regarding to ethnicity is scarce. There are way more American individuals than African Americans, Asian, Latino, etc. I wish there were a variety of us instead.

3 College Freshman

Majors: You get a basic application and most freshmen who don't live in KC already have to live in the dorms, so there's filling out that application too. Both are done online, largely. Pretty simple if you know your stuff. Just have general information and if you get confused, you can always ask your admissions counselor for help and they're pretty quick to guide you to whomever you need to talk to and to answer your questions.

3 College Freshman

Majors: I am not in my intended major right now due to the requirement of first getting through Foundations Year, but right now, it's alright. Lots of work demanded of you. Very challenging stuff. Sometimes very hard and other times may feel easier. Depends on the teacher and the classes. Just manage your time and you'll be fine.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: You're given a lot of work, but it's to discipline you. You can't come here and party all the time. You'll fail of course. Time management is key here, especially in the foundations year. Professors are great, curriculum is well-planned and extensive. Registration, for me at least, was pretty easy to get through.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: I feel safe, mostly. There has been issues with drugs in the dorms before, but the security caught on quickly and resolved the issue quietly. It's just when I get off campus that I feel the need to be very wary due to persistent theft and an almost-kidnapping that happened extremely close to campus.

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3 College Freshman

Weather: Weather can be really nice but when winter's around, it can be horridly cold, icy and it's sometimes scary (at least for me) to walk around during those times, but usually, the campus is closed when it's too bad to get out.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The cost is reasonable, although there is a range so you will get what you are willing to pay for. Unless you have a car, it isn't really convenient, however. The Plaza is the best place if you're looking for a bite to eat.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The school has some pretty strict policies about just about everything, but most of the people who care about them are in their offices all day. Campus security tries there best to keep everything in order, but there usually aren't any problems ad you get to know them since it is such a small school.

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1 College Freshman

Athletics: There are no athletics at the school. The Black Lungs are a group of guys that hang out and play soccer together, but that is pretty much it.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: The fiber program is one of the stronger majors on campus. They got a new building in 2011 so the facilities are top notch, and the faculty are great and helpful. Workload is heavy, but you will love doing it because it is always interesting. Job opportunities are a bit hard to find though.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There seems to be easy access to drugs and alcohol, but students are good about keeping it off campus or saving it for the weekend. Teachers are pretty hard on people if they come to class tipsy or loopy. There is no peer pressure to do it.

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4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The biggest attractions for the art students are the Nelson-Atkins museum and the Kemper museum. The Plaza is a short bike ride away and has some excellent restaurants and art fairs. You're pretty safe, even at night- the biggest crime problem here seems to be theft. There is the Royals stadium, and lots of parks around. People are nice to students, and students get good discounts in stores.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Dorms rooms are good sizes, with a hang out room, laundry and bathroom facilities on every floor which are cleaned everyday. Each floor has a theme, and the atmosphere is friendly. Cost is a bit high because freshman are expected to live in the dorms, but the convenience is hard to beat with it being in the middle of campus with the cafeteria on the first floor.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There is a wide variety of housing options very close to the school. Since KCAI is small, there is only enough space for freshman- everyone around caught on and decided they could make some good money giving students a place to live close to school. Since their are so many options, places keep their prices reasonable with different incentives to live there, such as pet options, space, and quality.

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4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Keep asking for money. They are not going to give you a scholarship unless you ask for it. That being said, when you do receive your financial aid, it will be a considerable amount, and most students get quite a lot of money. Until you call them and they say they really can't give you anymore because you got everything they can give you, keep trying.

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4 College Freshman

Computers: There are computer labs sprinkled across the campus. Each one has about twenty Macs, and they have guaranteed internet as well as printing opportunities. Word and Adobe programs on each. Printing is reasonable, but can get pricy when printing lots of pages at $.10 a page. For printing high quality pictures, they have a special printing center, but office depot is cheaper and the same quality. The network can be a bit wonky, but is fast most of the time, when you can get it. Having a laptop is a very good idea.

College Freshman

Greek Life: There is no Greek life.

1 College Freshman

Nightlife: The school doesn't support a nightlife, but there are plenty of options around if you look.

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4 College Freshman

Majors: The foundations program is nice, while also very work intensive. Everyone feels that they should have nicer facilities because of the tuition they are paying, but it is a smaller school. After surviving my first semester, I did come back and am doing it over again- I just love the school and it's teacher too much to leave! I hope to be able to support myself with my artwork, and am pretty concerned about it, but the staff here is very helpful and will give you tips and tricks for making your dream a reality.

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3 College Senior

Diversity: The school is mostly white people, but there are groups and clubs for specific races including Latino and African American. Everyone is very accepting of every race, religion, and sexual orientation. We have a lot of transgender and gay people and everyone is welcome and accepted. This is a private school so there are definitely a lot of trust fund babies, but there are also others who have to work while going to school to afford it. Since this is an art school and very liberal, I feel republicans might feel a little outnumbered here.

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Freshman are the only ones who live in the dorms, everyone else lives off campus. The neighborhood around the school is not very safe, but the school does a good job at informing students about the unsafe things happening in the neighborhood and how to prevent it. The housing is incredibly affordable, I'd say about $400-600 average and possibly less if you have roommates. If you need help finding a roommate student affairs is very helpful and keeps a list of all the students looking for roommates. They also give advice about what areas are more safe and which landlords are more helpful.

3 College Senior

Computers: We only have one computer lab with limited open hours. Sometimes it is a hassle to get things printed out if your like me and wait until the night before something is due! It typically closes at midnight and doesn't open until 8:30am, but sometimes they surprise you by closing early or opening late. Having your own computer is a must and a printer is incredibly helpful! However, the computer lab computers have great programs on them: The entire Adobe Suite and some of the computers have Rhino 3D Modeling. We also receive the Adobe Suite for free to install on our personal computers.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are many options for appartments near the school. The closer you want to the school the earlier you need to get it. They go anywhere from about $450-$800 for an appartment.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: They are very strict when it comes to drinking, drugs, and letting people into the dorms. They will give you a warning and put you on academic probation for your first offence but on your second offense they will kick you out of the dorms.

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2 College Sophomore

Diversity: Pretty much everyone here is white but everyone is very accepting of eachother in the ways that they are different. There are a lot of gay/lesbian/transgender people here. They are accepted nicely.

2 people found this useful Report
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