Avila University

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About Avila University

Avila University, located in Kansas City, Missouri, was founded in 1916 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. Named after the 16th-century Spanish mystic St. Teresa of Avila, the university is committed to providing a values-based education. Offering a diverse range of undergraduate and graduate programs, Avila emphasizes the integration of liberal arts into professional disciplines. Affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church, the university’s mission is rooted in Catholic values, promoting social justice, community engagement, and ethical leadership. The campus, situated in a suburban area, boasts modern facilities that blend traditional and contemporary architecture. Avila University fosters a vibrant student life with numerous organizations and activities, encouraging leadership development, community service, and cultural involvement. As the Eagles, Avila competes in intercollegiate athletics in the NAIA and HAAC. The university places a strong emphasis on community engagement, encouraging students to participate in service-learning opportunities and instilling a sense of social responsibility.

Entry Requirements
  1. Undergraduate Admissions:
    • Application Process: Prospective undergraduate students can apply to Avila University through the online application portal.
    • High School Transcript: Submitting an official high school transcript is typically a fundamental requirement. This transcript should demonstrate successful completion of required coursework.
    • Standardized Test Scores: Avila University may require standardized test scores, such as the SAT or ACT. Some universities, however, have become test-optional in recent years, so it’s advisable to check the current policy.
    • Letters of Recommendation: Providing letters of recommendation from teachers or counselors is a common practice.
    • Personal Statement or Essay: Writing a personal statement or essay is an opportunity for students to express their academic and personal goals.
    • Extracurricular Activities: Highlighting involvement in extracurricular activities, community service, and work experience can strengthen an application.
  2. Postgraduate Admissions:
    • Application Process: Postgraduate (graduate) admissions typically involve a separate application process. This may be submitted online, and the application requirements can vary by program.
    • Bachelor’s Degree: A completed bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution is usually required for admission to a master’s or doctoral program.
    • Transcripts: Official transcripts from all previous academic institutions attended are generally required.
    • Letters of Recommendation: Graduate programs often require letters of recommendation, preferably from professors or professionals in the field.
    • Standardized Tests: Depending on the program, standardized tests such as the GRE or GMAT may be required.
    • Resume/CV: A resume or curriculum vitae outlining academic and professional experiences is often necessary.
  3. English Proficiency for International Students:
    • English Proficiency Tests: International students whose native language is not English are typically required to demonstrate English proficiency through standardized tests such as the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System).
    • Minimum Scores: Avila University, like many institutions, may have minimum score requirements for English proficiency tests. These requirements can vary by program and level of study.
    • Exemptions: Some students may be exempt from English proficiency testing if they have completed their education in an English-speaking country or meet other specified criteria.

Campus location


11901 Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO 64145, United States

Email Address
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+1 816-942-8400

Monday to Thursday between 9am and 5pm

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Industrial connection part & work opportunities

Industrial Connection

Avila University boasts strong ties to the industry, opening doors for student internships, research, and future careers. Here’s the gist:

  • Lots of connections: Avila has teamed up with various businesses and organizations, from Fortune 500 companies to local NGOs.
  • Internship guarantees: Every student gets a chance to intern or participate in research before graduation, applying their classroom knowledge to real-world situations.
  • Industry-focused learning: Avila’s programs, especially in business and technology, are designed to align with current industry trends and demands, ensuring graduates have the skills employers need.
  • Experienced professors: Many of Avila’s professors are active professionals, bringing their expertise and industry insights into the classroom.
  • Strong alumni network: Avila graduates hold positions across diverse industries, providing valuable connections for career advice and potential job opportunities.
  • Dedicated career support: Avila’s career services department assists students with resume writing, interview preparation, and job search strategies.

Examples of Avila’s industrial connections include internships with Boeing, Bayer, Ford Motor Company, Sprint, Cerner Corporation, Garmin, National Security Agency, and FBI.

By combining academic rigor with real-world experience, Avila’s extensive industry connections give its graduates a significant advantage in the job market.

Work Opportunities

Avila University prioritizes student success by offering various work opportunities that enrich their academic journey and prepare them for future careers.


  • Guaranteed internship or research experience for all students before graduation.
  • Diverse partnerships with Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, and NGOs across various fields.
  • Gain valuable real-world experience, apply classroom knowledge, and build professional networks.

On-Campus Jobs:

  • Positions in library services, dining services, student support services, administrative offices, and more.
  • Develop valuable skills, gain financial benefits, and contribute to the university community.
  • Flexible schedules to accommodate academic commitments.

Work-Study Programs:

  • Financial aid opportunity for eligible students to earn income while contributing to the university.
  • Combine part-time employment with financial aid packages to manage expenses.
  • Valuable experience and contribution to academic and professional development.

Volunteer Work:

  • Opportunities to contribute to the local community and gain valuable experience.
  • Develop interpersonal skills, teamwork, and leadership qualities.
  • Broaden perspectives and enhance understanding of social issues.

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