Avila University

Avila University

Avila University was founded in 1916 as the Saint Teresa College for women. It became the College of Saint Teresa in 1941, and in 1963, the institute was shifted to a new location and renamed Avila University. It currently occupies a 50-acre campus in Kansas City, Missouri.

Avila University offers bachelor's degrees in more than 30 fields of study. Master's degrees in science, business administration and arts are also awarded to the students. The academic divisions of the university are:

  • College of Humanities & Performing Arts
  • School of Behavioral & Social Sciences
  • School of Business
  • School of Education
  • School of Graduate Studies
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Science and Health
  • School of Visual & Communication Arts

The athletics teams of Avila University are known as the Eagles. Students participate in sports like soccer, baseball, basketball, football, golf, softball and volleyball. The Eagles compete in the NAIA and the Heart of America Athletic Association.

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Contacting Avila

Avila University
11901 Wornall Rd
Kansas City , MO 64145-1698
General Phone: (816) 942-8400

Avila Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management128business, business management, accounting, finance, international business, MIS, marketing
Education and Teaching63education, education of learning disabled, elementary school teaching, middle school teaching, teacher education and development
Therapy and Counseling63psychology, counseling psychology
Nursing and Emergency Medicine37various nursing
Medical Support and Technology23radiation therapist
Liberal Arts23English, general studies, political science, sociology, history
Media7communication studies
Drama and Performing Arts7drama
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy7health and fitness
Law7legal assistant
Family and Social Work5social work
Science5biology, biological and physical sciences, chemistry
Computer Science and Engineering4computer and info science
Medical Administration3health care facilities management
Art Studies3art studies
Religion and Philosophy2religion
Medicine2medical preparatory
Music1music performance
Mathematics0mathematics, mathematics and computer science

Number of programs and degrees for Avila in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree22935
Master's degree1615
Associate's degree01
Postbaccalaureate certificate02

Avila Student Body

In 2007-2008, Avila had a total enrollment of 1,831 students (1,496 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 43%
Women 57%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 56%
Graduate 44%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 65%
Black 14%
Hispanic 4%
Asian 2%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 4%
(Foreign Students) 9%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 12%
20-21 16%
22-24 21%
25-29 20%
30-34 10%
35-39 6%
40-49 10%
50-64 5%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)


Avila Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 69 %

Avila Room and Board (2007)

Avila offers campus housing for 352 of its 1,496 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Kansas City, Missouri for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Missouri Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Avila Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal505530
SAT Math480533
ACT Verbal2025
ACT Math1924
ACT Composite2024

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT5%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT92%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Avila Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 20,150
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 20,150
Room and board $ 5,900
Room charge $ 2,900
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,000
Books and supplies $ 800
Other expenses $ 2,800

Financial Aid:
Avila participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 244900)

Avila Faculty

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured and not on tenure track2737

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Instructorcalendar year0*1*
All faculty totalcalendar year0*1*

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year7$61,3326$58,019
Associate professoracademic year7$62,5307$52,878
Assistant professoracademic year12$51,54518$48,302
Instructoracademic year1*4$46,967
Lectureracademic year0*1*
All faculty totalacademic year27$56,79536$51,035

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Avila Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Heart of America Athletic Conference
Basketball Heart of America Athletic Conference
Baseball Heart of America Athletic Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports27127154

Avila Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Commerce, General
Finance, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Education, General
Education/Teaching Individuals - Specific Learning Disabilities
Elementary Education and Teaching
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Teacher Education/Profess Development, Subject Areas, Other

Family And Social Work
Social Work

Legal Assistant/Paralegal

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
General Studies
History, General
Political Science and Government, General

Mathematics and Computer Science
Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Medical Administration
Hospital and Health Care Facilities Administration/Management

Medical Support And Technology
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other

Music Performance, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing, Other

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Biological and Physical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General

Therapy And Counseling
Counseling Psychology
Psychology, General

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What Sets Avila Apart:

Number of students
(vs. colleges of similar size)
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Number of degree programs
(vs. colleges of similar size)
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% students on athletic fin. aid
(vs. all colleges)
Top 7%Avila % students on athletic fin. aid
% of degrees in art studies
(vs. all colleges)
Top 7%Avila % of degrees in art studies
% of degrees in therapy and counseling
(vs. all colleges)
Top 15%Avila % of degrees in therapy and counseling
Female % of student body
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 18%Avila Female % of student body
Dorm rooms per full-time student
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 19%Avila Dorm rooms per full-time student
Selectivity (based on % of applicants accepted)
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 20%Avila Selectivity (based on % of applicants accepted)

checked Roman Catholic affiliation
checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Offers credit for life experience
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
checked Offers weekend classes
checked Career counseling
checked Student employment services
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Offers campus housing
checked Offers a board (meal) plan
checked Has ROTC (army)
checked Offers athletic scholarships

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