When considering institutions of higher education, there are many factors that help students decide where to apply for admission. There are the obvious items on their checklist: program offerings, tuition costs, campus facilities, faculty credentials and so on. Then there’s the wildcard: location. For some, location is a more important factor. In situations where all things are equal, location oftentimes becomes the deciding factor.
So, why do out-of-state students choose to matriculate in Kansas City? It could be because KC is consistently ranked as one of the best places in the nation to live. Or, it might be city’s world-famous barbecue, championship sports teams and thriving arts scene. Honestly, this gem of a city in America’s Heartland has so much to offer that the list of things people love about it goes on and on.
A survey of current Cleveland University-Kansas City (CU-KC) students narrowed down that long list. Here are the top 5 things Cleveland students love about Kansas City:
#1. Professional Sports
As 2015 World Series Champions, the Kansas City Royalsare kings of the KC sports scene. The Royals have electrified the city with a “never-give-up” brand of baseball that has become the envy of the league. Across the parking lot at the Truman Sports Complex is Arrowhead Stadium, home of the Kansas City Chiefs. The Arrowhead experience on game day features the NFL’s loudest and proudest fans, as well America’s best tailgating. Soccer and NASCAR fans won’t be disappointed as Kansas City boasts Sporting KC, the 2013 MLS Champion, and hosts two races at Kansas Speedway each year.
# 2. Arts & Culture
With its vibrant visual and performing arts scene, Kansas City is a cultural mecca. From the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, ranked as one of the top museums in the country, to the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, home of the city’s ballet, symphony and opera companies, there’s something for everybody. First Fridays at the Crossroads Arts District is an art lover’s delight with open special viewings at more than half of the city’s more than 100 art galleries and exhibition spaces, along with street performers, food trucks and more. Live theater is abundant at the Kansas City Repertory, Unicorn and Starlight theaters among others, and the annual Renaissance Festival draws thousands of visitors every fall.
#3. Food & Restaurants
Fast becoming known as a culinary crossroads, Kansas City is about more than just its world-famous barbecue. Yes, the savory sensations being served at Arthur Bryant’s, Gates, Joe’s KC and Jack Stack (just to name a few) have wowed U.S. presidents and dignitaries of all kinds who visit the “Barbecue Capital of the World.” However, ask any foodie and it’s clear that Kansas City is serving up world-class cuisine all across the metro at award-winning restaurants like Bluestem, The American, Garozzo’s, Avenues Bistro, Piropos, Bo Lings and Port Fonda.
#4. The People
Known for its “small big city” charm, Kansas City is one of the most hospitable places around. The majority of its people are polite and go out of their way to offer a helping hand. Whether it’s a handshake, a wave “Hello” or an invitation to dinner, Kansas Citians are just downright neighborly. It’s no wonder Kansas City was ranked #4 on Travel & Leisure magazine’s list of “Friendliest Cities in America” in 2015. Want a good example of Kansas City’s friendly atmosphere? Stroll the streets of the Country Club Plaza and enjoy not only the people, but also one of KC’s best shopping and dining experiences.
It may not be a city that never sleeps, but Kansas City is not light on nightlife. Destinations like the Power & Light District, Westport, Prairiefire and the River Market are pulsating with entertainment of all kinds every night of the week. With live-music venues (Record Bar, Crossroads KC and Knuckleheads), comedy clubs (Stanford & Sons and ComedyCity), piano bars (Howl at the Moon and Ernie Biggs) and dance clubs (Mosaic Lounge and Aura Nightclub), Kansas City has it all. (Plus, there’s a flourishing craft beer scene — pioneered by Boulevard Brewing Company and including Kansas City Bier Company, Big Rip Brewing Company and Cinder Block Brewery — that adds flavor to the nightlife in Kansas City.)
That’s five good reasons to choose Kansas City as the location for your education, straight from students who love the choice they made. If you’re considering a career in chiropractic or the health sciences, then consider Cleveland University-Kansas City — proud to call the KC metro home for more than 90 years. Take our virtual tour today to learn more about the CU-KC campus and the Kansas City area!