B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    B-
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    C-
  5. Athletics
    NG
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    B+
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    C+
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    B
Kansas City Art Institute is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
Athletic Conference
Address
4415 Warwick Blvd
Kansas City, MO 64111
Website

Kansas City Art Institute Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

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Test Scores and GPA for Kansas City Art Institute

Cost

Net Price
$30,929/ year
National
$15,403
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $26,769/ year
  • $30-48k
    $31,094/ year
  • $49-75k
    $30,614/ year
  • $76-110k
    $34,066/ year
  • $110k+
    $32,310/ year

Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
9:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
71%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.17 responses
57%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.14 responses
43%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.14 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
631Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
5%
Pell Grant
45%
Varsity Athletes
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 11 responses
Report
  • Artsy
    45%
  • Interesting
    36%
  • Hard-working
    18%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
85%
Poll
95%
of students say they don't have Greek life.19 responses
Poll
87%
of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.23 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 12 responses
Report
  • Artistic
    67%
  • Small but friendly
    17%
  • Technically and conceptually challenging
    8%
  • Underfunded
    8%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$25,800/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
66%
National
48%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
92%
National
83%
80%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.10 responses
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Kansas City Art Institute Reviews

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Unlike many private art schools, KCAI is a solid school. They have an actual campus and very generous financial aid opportunities. The freshman foundations program is extremely rigorous. This is both a good thing (you will learn very quickly whether or not a career in the arts is for you) and a bad thing (the freshman studios are not great, the workload can be overwhelming, and KCAI cannot keep up with the demand for mental health services). Some departments have excellent studios, while others seem to hardly exist. The dorms and off-campus housing are bad and limited, though they are building a new dorm. The liberal arts courses are very interesting but also limited. Campus security is EXTREMELY poor; you may as well be fending for yourself. The student body is moderately diverse, but don't expect KCAI to have a diverse staff.
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KCAI offers fun events during the later hours, such as PB&J Night (my personal fave), where you can go to the living center and (usually around 9pm) you can make your own PB&J for free! It's a great event to be apart of (especially if you've run out of nighttime snacks in your dorm room). Parties at KCAI usually are fun, hilarious, and a bit weird but overall, they bring people together. The KCAI nighttime events I've been to usually end with a ton of smiling faces and people laughing their heads off, all in good humor and good vibes.
The Kansas City Art Institute is a great private institution for those like me: open-minded, understanding, artsy, fun-loving, caring, and free-spirited individuals. The amount of art courses offered are immense and diverse, including even liberal arts courses like Art History and Creative Writing. The professors are well-experienced, intelligible, and strive to make amazing artists out of their students. The class sizes are typically small, ranging from 15-25 students per class. Depending on your chosen course, classes can be mostly hands-on; usually, liberal arts classes are the only classes that are textbook, notes and lecture-only. Classes span from 2-D arts, such as Illustration and Painting, to 3-D arts, like Ceramics, and media-based arts, such as Animation and Film.