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    B
  2. Value
    B-
  3. Diversity
    A-
  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 a private college located in Kansas City, Missouri. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 627 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Kansas City Art Institute acceptance rate is 65%. Popular majors include Illustration, Painting, and Animation, Video Graphics and Special Effects. Graduating 58% of students, Kansas City Art Institute alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $23,300.
About Kansas City Art Institute...
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

Acceptance Rate
65%
Application Deadline
February 1
SAT Range
940-1230
ACT Range
21-25
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

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Cost

Net Price
$29,003/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $24,541/ year
  • $30-48k
    $25,366/ year
  • $49-75k
    $29,261/ year
  • $76-110k
    $30,887/ year
  • $110k+
    $30,569/ year
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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
627Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
5%
Pell Grant
34%
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
81%
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
$30,200/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
58%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
88%
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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KCAI is challenging but you get a lot out of an education here. It is not for the faint at heart. There is a huge focus on foundational skills and you spend your first year trying everything. It is kind of like a boot camp for art. If you love to work hard and you really want to get better, this is a great school to do that.

It is also located in a really great part of a pretty neat city. A lot of people end up sticking around after college because Kansas City tends to be pretty supportive of artists and creatives. There is also a lot of opportunity after graduation, much more than just a studio artist.
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If you take your studio courses here seriously you will succeed as an artist and gain an incredible understanding of yourself and the mediums you use. On the other hand, the liberal arts courses made me want to rip my hair out but many who enjoy those subjects enjoyed the classes and did very well in them! It just wasn't for me. Professors here are major hit and miss but you will be well off in the fiber department! Pauline and Kim are incredible and can teach you so much if you apply yourself and show commitment. I found the worst parts of attending KCAI to be the safety aspect and some of the so called "art" people can get away with producing here. I've seen it too many times when students will let food rot on a table for a week and then present it as a successful art piece. Lastly, I had three friends on separate occasions experience aggravated theft just a street away from the campus in daylight. This is NOT a safe area!!
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.