About UMKC

Kansas City, Missouri

Second only to Rome, Italy in the number of fountains erected, Kansas City is known as the City of Fountains. With more than 200 fountains, these beautiful pieces contribute to the cultural and arts atmosphere the city provides. Kansas City has also made great contributions to the world of jazz and the fantastic cuisine of barbecue.

By joining the Kansas City community, you will be within minutes of cultural and entertainment districts such as the Country Club Plaza and the Power and Lights District, as well as the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, the Jazz Museum and other great local and cultural activities. You will also be able to sample the local flavor at some of our fabulous restaurants. Kansas City is also home to Royals baseball, Chiefs football, Sporting KC soccer and the Kansas Speedway.

By joining the UMKC School of Medicine, you will become a member of the greater Kansas City community and enjoy the benefits our community has to offer – great cultural events, concerts, food, sports teams, shopping and nightlife. Whether you are visiting as a prospective student visit or for an interview day, we encourage you to schedule some time to explore the city that may become your home. We look forward to welcoming you to Kansas City.


UMKC Volker Campus

Located four miles south of the Health Sciences Hospital Hill Campus, the Volker Campus offers a collegiate, urban setting in the midst of the city.  Students in the B.A./M.D. program spend the majority of the first two years on this campus, while students in graduate and professional program may only visit this campus to access various student services such as the Student Union or the Student Success Center.

Volker Campus is a short walk to the Country Club Plaza shopping area, a six-minute drive to historic Westport and 12 minutes from the Crossroads Arts Districts. The campus houses the majority of the university’s 13 academic units, in addition to Swinney Recreation Center and the Miller Nichols Library.

The School of Medicine does require first-year B.A./M.D. students to live on the Volker Campus, which offers suite-style residence hall rooms in the Oak Street Residence Hall.