The Private University Experience at Park University

Mission, Vision & History


Park University is a private university that provides access to a quality higher education experience for a diverse community of learners. We prepare you to think critically, communicate effectively, demonstrate a global perspective and engage in lifelong learning and service to others.


Park University provides 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, Missouri, Park University is a comprehensive, independent private university and a national leader in higher education. Park University now serves 16,290 students annually at 41 campus centers in 21 states, including 35 campuses on military installations and worldwide through our online programs.

A pioneering institution since 1875

How we're different

At Park University, we stand out in the higher education arena. Our flagship campus in Parkville, Missouri was built by students who quarried stone from the school’s land and built the structure as a means of earning money for tuition. Historically, our students have worked hard to accomplish their goals, which still rings true today.

Here, we pride ourselves on being an institution that provides educational opportunities to those who have a desire to learn and a drive to advance their careers. We offer an affordable education at an accredited, private university, where classes are kept small enough so you can experience one-on-one interaction with your instructors.

We know our students reside nationwide. The good news is that we are where you are. We offer 41 campus center locations around the country and online degree programs. With a wide variety of degree programs offered at our campus locations, we make sure your education is accessible and relevant to your career goals.

Diversity is a key value at Park University. Our demographically-diverse population of non-traditional adult students has, for many years, served as a central component of our educational mission.

When Park University was founded in 1875, we openly enrolled both women and men, which was unusual at the time. Two of the initial 17 students were Native Americans.


The school became a pioneer among higher education institutions for implementing racial integration. In the 1950s, African-American students were welcomed in our residence halls.

To this day, Park University continues to educate generations of students from diverse backgrounds, providing affordable access to a private college, recognized as a leader in higher 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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Choose from more than 90 degrees in business, criminal justice, education, healthcare, and other fields, with a variety of concentrations to fit your needs. Classes are offered online or face-to-face, with flexible schedules to fit your busy lifestyle.

Park University offers transfer credits for time served in the military or experience in the workplace. Ask an admissions representative for more information.

Why Choose Park University

At Park University, we choose you. For your continuing education, you should choose a university that will work with you to earn your degree while still maintaining your other obligations and responsibilities.

As a working adult or community college student, it’s important to consider the next steps as you plan your academic and professional goals. If your company or school is an Access to Education partner, take the time to contact us today. We are excited about what you will accomplish!