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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Depending on where you look and what company you decide to go with, housing off campus can be awesome. The school owns a property called Checkers that is a few minutes away from the main campus that is injunction with a local housing management company that is a great option. There are a variety of Housing Management companies that are amazing and very accommodating .

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Off-campus dining is amazing. In Kansas City, there are a number of local, ethnic, and fusion cuisines as well as fast food places. A lot of amazing places are small little corner restaurants on Broadway and Main st. We have the Country Club Plaza, which is a 10 min. walk from campus, that has a variety of retail stores and more well known restaurants like The Cheesecake Factory, P.F Chang's, Bo Lings Chinese Please!, Ingredient, Season's 52, etc. We have a variety of bars and bar food restaurants in Westport, which is a 15 minute walk from campus. We have the crossroads in the downtown area (You should take a bus or drive down there) that has a variety of restaurants. There are many places in Kansas City to enjoy amazing food. My favorite places are iPho Tower, Chai Shay, Lulu's Thai Noodle Shop, The Filling Station, The Beer Kitchen, Blanc Burgers, The Local Pig, Cafe Gratitude (a vegan/vegetarian restaurant), and for an amazing coffee shop - Broadway Cafe.

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3 College Junior

Administration: This is a dry campus. We do not allow any alcohol or drug contents on campus. If caught with drugs or alcohol, you go through the appropriate steps and an investigation will take place. The appropriate administrative authorities will contact and make the final decision about your offense. (You may have academic probation, scholarship probation, or you can get suspended or expelled from campus).

If you fail to pay tuition, you may not attend any classes until you do. If you fail to pay fees or charges onto your account before the next class registration takes place, you are not allowed to register for the next semester classes.

Plagiarism and offending honor code is taken very seriously. You can get expelled or get an academic probation. Attendance is also taken very seriously, if you miss a certain amount of days, you will drop one letter grade down. If you are late more than 2-4 times, that counts as an absence.

Creating new student organizations is fairly easy, you need a faculty supervisor, at least 5-7 students already interested in your organization and filled paperwork that can be found in the events administrator's office.

Because it is a private school, we do not allow students to have visitors under the age of 18 and over the age of 25 for the safety and protection of students. You must have a filled and approved permission form for any guests staying over night in the dorms and you must sign guests in at 9 pm at the front desk for non-overnight guests (they are only allowed to stay until 1 am and must sign out when they leave).

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2 College Junior

Scholarships: Financial Aid is great the first year you attend, but as tuition rises, there seems to be less and less help from the school to cover those costs in your merit and other scholarships.

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3 College Junior

Party Scene: Depending on whether or not you like going to big parties with loud music, or just chilling with some friends, a lot of students have parties off campus. Personally, I like small get togethers with friends that I know for safety and fun purposes, some times at house parties there are a few weirdos. Sometimes, depending on where the big part is being held, a homeless person might just end up at the party for free drinks and a warm place for the night, which can get kind of weird. You just have to be careful with where you go and how far it is from where you live.

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3 College Junior

Campus Food: As a freshman you have to purchase the meal plan as part of your living situation in the Living Center. As upperclassmen you have the option to purchase 5 or 10 meals a week plans. Every weekday has a set lunch menu, dinner varies, breakfast is typical. During breakfast and brunch, you can request cooked eggs (easy side up, sunny side up, etc.) There is always a salad bar and sandwich options every lunch and dinner. Cereal is always offered. There is a variety of options for soft drinks, juices, and coffee (caffeinated and non caffeinated). All meals are offered at a set time, which can become a bit frustrating in terms of a student's schedule. Many students usually don't eat dinner until 6 or 7, and the meal plan only offers dinner from 4:45-6:15.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: The Living Center on campus is old and isn't as up to par in terms of heating/air conditioning units. The rooms are smaller for what you pay for, the plumping system for the building is old and doesn't function as well. However, the cafeteria is in the same building on the lower level and it is convenient to wake up 10 minutes before class and grab some food and then head to class. The Living Center is pretty much at the center of campus and has a lot of community events centered around it. Going to class takes 2-5 mins walking. Security is great with ensuring the safety of all students.

College Freshman

Athletics: We're an art school so not state of the art stuff. There's a fitness room and a lot of running space. And some people play football or soccer out on the green. But, that's it.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Some companies are worse and some are the best. Always ask other renters or neighbors about the apartment or landlord. Some are the worst with terrible places with health violations that they somehow get away with, available for great prices. Some are more expensive but awesome. Some are houses rented out by single owners. Research your apartment, see it in person. There are a lot of options but they dwindle fast as spring approaches. The ones closer go quicker, too. Some are safe and some not- again do your research. The school has some links but there is better luck with aps or just walking around.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: It's great. There's the Plaza, which is big money but they have nice restaurants for special occasions or dates or job opportunity. There's Westport, which has smaller restaurants and bars and cafes and is a bit cheaper. There's the Crossroads but that's downtown, so one'll need a car. All have great options and prices ranges. One'll need to walk around and check them out.

4 College Freshman

Administration: They really are strict about attendance, but that depends on the teacher. Missing class, whether 15% or 30% will either droop it significantly or fail one. Sometimes they don't accept any excuse even if it really wasn't the students fault for missing or not notifying the school about their absence. Some teachers aren't all that tolerant or understanding of any mental health issues or conditions so people should watch out for that. Otherwise, the teachers are awesome and the admin are really helpful. Most just really want to help and forward a student's career and learning.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: I applied early and had a great portfolio and grades. Art schools appreciate good grades and test scores; there are even merit scholarships for a good ACT score. Anyways, I got a good scholarship and even more money when my admissions advisor gave me a form that asked for more money. She was awesome helpful. KCAI gives great scholarships but, of course, one must keep their grades up, which isn't hard if your a good student with time management skills and don't always do parties or drugs. There is also workstudy, which one should apply for early if one wants a job and a job that they like with maybe good pay.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: There are two places to eat- the cafeteria or the Nerman café, otherwise one is wasting money at the vending machines. Off campus is Quick trip, as any student will quickly find out, and the Plaza or Westport, but those are a walk away. The best value is probably buying one's own food but freshmen do not have access to a kitchen so that's not a possibility. The meal plan is good, because it makes the students eat regularly and actually eat. QT or the vending machine are for snacks, but they can rack up the money. The cafeteria menu is varied- pasta, Chinese food, tacos, pizza, corndogs, grilled chees sandwiches, soup, salad, potatoes, cereal, etc.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: When it comes to on-campus students and faculty, the school is rather safe. The institute sits right in the middle of Kansas City so crime is always an issue. However, as long as you stay in lighted, crowded areas and don't venture outside at night alone, you should be fine.

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4 College Junior

Local Area: Overall, its a great area. The college is right next to a couple art museums, parks, and the Kansas City Plaza District.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There is very little on-campus parking. Most of the students and faculty members have to parallel park off the streets. Some of the apartments around the area can be rather expensive. However, if you are fortunate to find living outside of the plaza district, the off-campus freedom is very nice and welcoming.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: the teacher want to help the students which creates a great setting for learning

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: there are many internships student can apply for. many people receive job offers because of the school name

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2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: there is no greeks at the school

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: there's always something going on and clubs. it's a very close campus so you get to talk to different people and make friends.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: It's not the best but those have some good days. The food is sometime bland or cold.

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3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: not sure since I don't go but I hear it's fun

3 College Sophomore

Majors: It was some what hard process because they were looking for someone with the right skills but it worth it.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I enjoy being around other who share the same interest

3 College Sophomore

Academics: since it's a art school there little choices but that's why I go there

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