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Avila University Offers Accelerated Online Nursing Degree Program to Help Address Missouri’s and the Nation’s Critical Nursing Shortage

Avila University is pleased to announce it is now offering an Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) degree. This degree completion program is for students with some college experience or who hold an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in any field other than nursing. All students will receive a personalized degree completion plan that equips...

Derrick Alexander Named Avila University Head Football Coach

January 12, 2023, KANSAS CITY, MO – Today, the Avila University Department of Athletics named former Kansas City Chiefs standout and Avila assistant football coach Derrick Alexander the university’s new head football coach. “We are very excited to welcome Derrick back to Avila University as our head football coach,” Avila University Director of Athletics Shawn...
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U.S. News & World Report Names Avila University a Top Performer on Social Mobility

After assessing an all-time high of 1,500 U.S. bachelor’s degree-granting institutions on 17 measures of academic quality, U.S. News & World Report has named Avila University #51 in Top Performers on Social Mobility for Midwest regional institutions in the 2022-2023 edition of Best Colleges. While a college degree is still considered the surest path toward...
A group of Bishop Ward students in front of their school with Josh Parisse.

33 Bishop Ward Students Granted Full-Tuition Scholarships to Avila

33 Bishop Ward High School students were each granted a full-tuition scholarship to Avila University through a recent partnership with KC Scholars, which will provide full-tuition scholarships to 800 students over the next eight years. “The atmosphere was one of excitement and celebration! Smiles, happy tears, and “can you believe this?” energy and laughter. Everything...
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Atenas Mena, ‘14 Climate and Environmental Health Advocate

Avila Alumna, Atenas Mena is the Co-Executive Director/Environmental Health Director of CleanAirNow (CAN). She is a proud first-generation college student, Mexican American, the daughter of immigrants, and grew up in Kansas City, Kansas. Mena graduated from Avila University with a Bachelor’s in Nursing in 2014 and a Master’s in Nursing Leadership from Missouri Western State...

Avila University Eagles Football Program Ranks 15th in the Nation with the Opportunity to Play in the NAIA Post-Season Tournament

A Win on Saturday Clinches First-Ever Tournament Berth KANSAS CITY, MO – This weekend marks a historic opportunity for Kansas City’s only college football team, the Avila University Eagles. A win over Friends University on Saturday, November 12, 2022, will secure the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference’s (KCAC) automatic bid in the NAIA National Tournament for the...
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