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Avila University


In 1910, the school relocated to Main Street and in 1916 became St. Teresa’s College, a two-year college for women. The school’s faculty of 15 sisters initially outnumbered the students. Five years later, in 1921, the University of Missouri accredited St. Teresa College. In 1930, the school became affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital’s School of Nursing, a professional emphasis that continues.


An Avila University education prepares graduates for responsible life-long contributions to the contemporary world. The curriculum has well-defined outcomes and is designed to involve the student in the learning process. Through coursework and campus activities, the Avila student learns to communicate effectively, to employ higher level thinking skills, to acquire knowledge in the liberal arts and a field of specialization and to develop personally, spiritually, and socially. Choose from more than 60 majors.

Housing services

Avila has four residence halls - all with different attitude - to help you settle in near class and take advantage of all that the campus has to offer.

Medical services

Avila Health Services are available to all students, faculty, and staff of Avila University. The center is funded by the university operating budget and services are available free of charge. 

Campus life

Our campus is nestled on 50 acres off Wornall Road and Interstate 435 in a suburban setting, just minutes from Kansas City’s rejuvenated downtown. 

Student clubs

  • Student Senate
  • Honor Societies
  • Performing Arts Organizations
  • Campus Programming and Service Organizations
  • Literary & Media Organizations
  • Special Interest Organizations
  • Academic Organizations
  • Health & Wellness Organizations

Avila University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Grandview, Missouri, United States

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