to be more.

We do more than educate.


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We inspire.

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to do great things.

Mission & Values

The Avila University Mission


Avila University, a Catholic University sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, is a values-based community of learning providing liberal arts, professional, undergraduate and graduate education to prepare students for responsible, lifelong contributions to the global community.

Our approach to education brings out the best in our students, so they can bring out the best in others.

living the mission booklet

Read some inspiring stories of how Avila's faculty and staff are living out the mission of Avila (PDF).


Community Values

  • Excellence in teaching and learning
  • The Catholic identity of the University
  • The sponsorship and contribution of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet
  • The worth, dignity and potential of each human being
  • Diversity and its expression
  • Commitment to the continual growth of the whole person
  • Interaction with and service to others

Purposes of Avila University

Address …
… the broader educational needs of the greater Kansas City area by exploring, initiating and supporting partnerships within the community.

Foster …
… development of the whole person for lifelong learning and service to the global community through curricular and co-curricular programs.

Offer …
… liberal arts and professional undergraduate and graduate programs grounded in scholarship with well-defined educational outcomes that emphasize communication and thinking skills, knowledge, and personal, social and spiritual development of each student.

Promote …
… student learning by emphasizing teaching-learning strategies which actively engage the student in the learning process.

Pursue …
… academic excellence by providing an educational experience rooted in the Catholic tradition and in the spirit of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, both of which emphasize collaboration, examination of social justice issues, responsiveness to needs of others, and respect for the worth and dignity of each individual.

Serve …
… a community of learners with diverse backgrounds and needs by providing a variety of educational formats.

Strive …
… for excellence through responsiveness to ongoing assessment, evaluation and self-reflection.

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