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A Nonprofit Higher Education Institution

Mission, Vision & History


Park University provides access to a quality higher education experience that prepares a diverse community of learners to think critically, communicate effectively, demonstrate a global perspective and engage in lifelong learning and service to others.


Park University, a pioneering institution of higher learning since 1875, will provide leadership in quality, innovative education for a diversity of learners who will excel in their professional and personal service to the global community.


Founded in 1875 in Parkville, Mo, a suburb of Kansas City, Park University is a comprehensive, independent institution that is a national leader in higher education. In 2000, Park University achieved university status and now serves 17,000 students annually at 41 campus centers in 21 states, including 35 campuses on military installations, and online worldwide.

Pioneering institution since 1875

How we're different

Diversity is a key value at Park University. Serving a demographically diverse student population with non-traditional adult students has, for many years, served as a central component to Park’s educational mission. At its founding, the University openly welcomed enrollment by both women and men, something that was unusual at the time. Two of the initial 17 students were Native Americans.

Park was a pioneer among higher education institutions for implementing race integration, welcoming African-American students to live in Park’s residence halls in the 1950’s. Park University has educated generations of students from diverse backgrounds providing affordable access to a private education.

Park University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, (KAN214F), 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604 (800-621-7440).

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Online Military Education (OME) is a website recognized for ranking colleges and universities that accept the G.I. Bill. OME ranked Park University No. 15 on its “Best Online Colleges for Military and G.I. Bill” list. OME awarded Park this distinction citing a “wide range of military friendly degree programs in a huge selection of class formats and locations…With a low net price, Park University provides a flexible, high quality education at an affordable cost.”

Park University has been selected as the No. 4 “Best for Vets” private college/university in the country by Military Times in its “Best for Vets: Colleges 2017” rankings. The ranking is a reflection of the services and support the University provides to active duty military, veterans and their families.