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Reviews 230 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Sophomore

Local Area: The plaza is very popular, but not exactly my thing. There are some districts that are really cute, but I'm not absolutely in love with anything.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: It's a bit of a walk to get anywhere to eat off campus if you don't have a car. If you do, there are some cute places to go. I am vegan and I didn't have to struggle much to find restaurants with options for me.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: My admissions counselor really took the time to understand my situation. When I told him I did not have enough coverage to attend the school, he offered me a grant to cover the remainder of tuition. He also was accommodating to my parent's poor credit-which meant I couldn't take out outside loans. Overall, far better financial aid help than the first college I attended.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Very classic dorm style living- if you get good roommates, you won't be miserable. If you don't, the environment really doesn't help. Public bathrooms and showers were not my favorite. Also, an awful light yellow color covers the cinderblock walls... However, it works for the year.

4 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: Lots to do, super affordable, beautiful place to live.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: Expect what you would almost anywhere else, in terms of getting along with people. You will make fast friends, grow into other friendships, and have people you don't get along with. That's just part of life.

Style of dress seems like a silly thing to consider when looking for a college. As an art + design school, students have their own aesthetics but often dress for their major - meaning we dress appropriate to the materials we work with. I'm not going to wear my nicest clothes when I am oil painting.

Everyone has different interests within their areas of study. We all do a lot of research for our studio practice and it keeps conversations really interesting, intellectual, and creatively challenging.

We spend the majority of our time in our studios. Outside of that, you will meet students through electives, liberal arts, campus organizations, etc. There are a lot of arts events happening around the city where you can meet and network with people outside of the KCAI student body. The art scene is really supportive.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: I loved my education at KCAI! I had great instructors, took amazing classes, and had three awesome internships. My favorite experiences were interning for The Studios Inc and learning about the ins and outs of running a large residency and exhibition space. I also studied abroad in Florence, Italy - where I took art conservation. It was an incredible six weeks that I wish I could re-live every year. I have some amazing life-long friends who are all doing really interesting things. It's fantastic to see how each individual student pursues their goals after graduation. I am excited to see where we will all be 10, 20, 30 years from now.

5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: I went to a university for my freshman year, and then to community college before attending KCAI. This was by far the best experience I had. Everyone is friendly, helpful, and willing to go the extra mile for you.

The courses here are challenging, and you will learn an amazing amount. The faculty are personally invested in each students success, and give a lot of their time outside of class to working with us. The class sizes are smaller so you get individualized attention in your studio and liberal arts classes, and they are large enough to create healthy creative dialogue, and competition. You are surrounded by people who are equally passionate about art + design, and it create an amazing atmosphere to learn in. All of our faculty are practicing in their field, and are knowledgeable about the history of their medium, current practice, and technical craft.

4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Kansas City was not a place I imagined myself living or going to college, but once I visited campus I knew this was where I wanted to be. The facilities are fantastic, the faculty are full time, the attention is on undergraduate students, and we have so much flexibility to explore our interests. There are great internship opportunities with artists, galleries, design firms, animation firms, museums, etc.

Students receive outstanding opportunities for graduate level studies, including scholarship and acceptance to top programs.

We have numerous visiting artists every year; great networking opportunities, and opportunities to show our work in local galleries.

Students pursue varying careers. Many take time to continue their studio practice after graduation, before committing to a 9-5. Applied arts graduates have great career options. My friends from Graphic Design for instance have high paying jobs in places like San Francisco, New York, Austin, etc.

4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: We don't have a student health center on campus, but we do have a lot of information available to student about low cost and emergency clinics close to campus. If you have insurance through your parents, there are two major hospital systems, one that is only a few minutes from campus.

Our Student Services provide great training for the staff, faculty, and students in regards to sexual misconduct.

Crime on campus is actually minimal for a mid-town area. Usually it's because someone left their laptop in their car, or they were walking home past 1 AM alone. That would happen anywhere. I never experienced any reason to be uncomfortable or feel unsafe while I was a student.

3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: The selections above are very limiting. We don't have college sports teams as an art + design college. We have a basketball court that is alright. We are near a large city park that hosts a variety of intramural sports, and we do have students who participate. Surprisingly, there is a fitness club on campus. The dorms are always working on improving the workout facilities, and we have a relationship with a larger area university that allows students to pay for a membership to their athletic center. When I was a student there was an intramural soccer team called the Black Lungs that may still be part of the college.

5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: I paid $600 a month for a 300 square ft apartment in TX. In Kansas City, I currently rent a 1,000 square food apartment, 2 bdrms, with one other person and my share of the rent is $300! Renting a one bedroom will run you around $500 per month, but if you live with another person you can live for as little as $250 a month. Most students live within 2 miles of campus.

5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: I grew up in Houston, and now I travel for my job. One of the things I miss the most when I travel is the food in Kansas City because there are very few places that I have visited that have as many fantastic options. There is a little bit of everything, and it is all amazing. I am gluten, dairy, soy free. I have my favorite spots that include BBQ, Mexican, Mediterranean, Thai, Vegetarian, there is great Indian food, brunch spots, local fare, vegan bakery and coffee shop, burger joints, etc. Seriously good food, and very affordable.

4 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: There were always a lot of fun parties to go to. People hang out in their apartments, or houses they rent. Someone turned their apartment into a gallery, and passed it on to another student. A girl in my class had the best annual Halloween party, and again, as art students the costumes were always amazing!

3 Recent Alumnus

Administration: Everything is pretty normal, and what you would expect from a college. I never had any major issues with the rules and regulations of the school.

4 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: A strong portfolio benefits you the most, as it is an art + design college.

Don't wait until the last minute to apply for outside scholarships, start doing that early and it will help you a lot.

Be prepared to take out loans. Federal financial aid has a lot of re-payment options that can really benefit you after graduation, so do the research to better understand the financial investment you are making.

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: A rainbow of people here. Most of the students are LGBTQ+ friendly. Pronouns need more work, and non-binary labels and thought (Niche, I'm looking at you). There's a half-half thing here- half the people like to dress up everyday, half don't. Half the people are dating, half aren't.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Made some awesome friends, great projects, had some cool and inspirational teachers, plenty of opportunity, etc. Went to the Opera recently for a class, and before made bags with leaders faces on them. The classes are hard but are remembered well. time outside of class is even more memorable. It's just awesome.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The courses are really customable, and the academic advisors are really helpful. The courses are all ace and are led by excellent teachers. The Liberal Arts here have the most memorable and awesome teachers.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Depends on whose party you go to- UMKC, Rockhurst, or KCAI.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: There is only the one dorms to house in, and it's around 9-13 thousand depending on what kind of room you want. I heard they might remodel soon, so that's cool. There's a small fitness room in the dorms. It's alright, but if one has the money, a better gym is like a 10-15 minute walk away.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I haven't lived off campus but it seems like its okay, better than dorms.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are a pretty good number of restaurants because it's a city but they are not in the immediate area.

4 College Freshman

Administration: We actually go to class because there are attendence policies.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: I don't really go to parties involved with people from my school. They were okay if you're pretty social or pretty drunk.


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