University of Missouri-Kansas City

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University of Missouri-Kansas City
founding 1933
Sponsorship US state of Missouri
place Kansas City, Missouri
Students 14,499 (2009)
Employee 2,802 (2009)
including professors 1,165 (2009)
University sports Summit League

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (often just UMKC ) is a college in Kansas City, Missouri , USA . It belongs to the University of Missouri System .


The proposed Lincoln and Lee University

The college has its roots in the Lincoln and Lee University movement started by the Methodist Church and its Bishop Ernest Lynn Waldorf in the 1920s. The university suggested that Abraham Lincoln and Robert E. Lee was to be built in honor was on the border between Kansas and Missouri provided at the place where the Battle of Westport, the biggest battle west of the Mississippi in the American Civil War took place. The center of the college should be a national memorial, with a grave each for the unknown Northern State soldier and the unknown soldier from the Confederation. The initiators of the university said it was a place where "North and South, and East and West" met. Further college building plans would be pursued by Kansas City leaders, and finally, in 1930, after the Methodists took possession of the Kansas City Dental College, the two plans merged and the name Lincoln and Lee, the University of Kansas City "selected for a four-year college to be developed. This was built on a plot of 40 acres (approx. 16 ha).

The University of Kansas City

The two groups of initiators continued to argue, and eventually the intended name Lincoln and Lee was abandoned. The college announced that it would begin operations as soon as 125 students were enrolled. Teaching began in October 1933 with 17 faculties and 264 students.

The University of Kansas City grew rapidly and soon included other pre-existing private higher education institutes. The Kansas City School of Law , which had been founded in the 1890s, merged with the new university in 1938. The Kansas City-Western College of Dentistry followed in 1941 and the Pharmaceutical College in 1943. The Kansas City Conservatory of Music was added in 1959. In 1953 the administration college, 1954 the pedagogical college and 1958 the department for further education were established.

Today's University of Missouri-Kansas City

Seal of the UMKC

On July 25, 1963, the university became part of the University of Missouri system with $ 22 million in active assets, including 23 buildings, to the state University of Missouri . The university had 3,300 students and 175 teachers at the time of the transfer. At the time of the acquisition, Missouri already owned the universities of Columbia and Rolla , so the name of the college was changed to University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). The UMKC then became the School of Graduate Studies in 1964 , the Faculty of Medicine in 1970, the School of Nursing in 1980 , the School of Basic Life Sciences in 1985 , renamed the School of Biological Sciences in the 1990s , and finally the School of Computing and Science in 2001 Engineering founded.


Academic departments

University of Missouri-Kansas City campus

Today the UMKC is divided into the following departments:

The medical faculty is known regionally for its six-year course in which students only need six years to take both a Bachelor of Arts and an MD exam. The faculty is located on Hospital Hill , away from the main university campus , where it is connected to the Truman Medical Center , a major research hospital .

According to Ingram's Magazine , a Kansas City business paper, the UMKC law school has more prospective judges than any other university in Missouri. It is also one of the six American law schools, along with Yale, Harvard, Columbia, Virginia and Cincinnati, that have produced a US President, Harry S. Truman, and a Supreme Court Justice, Charles Evans Whittaker .

Other areas

The university is home to a major literary magazine called New Letters, as well as a public radio program that is received across the United States: New Letters on the Air . As a partner of the National Public Radio, UMKC has been broadcasting live and recording live on its university radio station KCUR for 50 years . In 2004 the Fungal Genetics Stock Center moved to the UMKC and is part of the biological faculty. The FSGC was founded in 1960 and sends research material to more than 45 countries. It participates in various genome research programs and publishes the peer-reviewed journal Fungal Genetics Newsletter . The university's drama school, with its Master of Fine Arts degree, is considered one of the better in the country and is widely recognized in the theater world.


The UMKC sports teams are the Kansas City Roos . The university has been a member of the Summit League since July 1, 2020.

Significant members of the college

Significant Past and Current Members of the College:

Notable graduates

Web links

Commons : University of Missouri – Kansas City  - collection of pictures, videos, and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Brief history
  2. Link Names for Schools - The Kansas City Star - December 16, 1930 - p. 1.
  3. ^ KCU, MU Plan a Merger - Kansas City Times - February 26, 1963
  4. Web address here
  5. website of FGSC
  6. also online here

Coordinates: 39 ° 2 ′ 0.8 ″  N , 94 ° 34 ′ 32.1 ″  W.