Consumer Information + Compliance

Academic information and policies

Retention / Graduation Rates  

  • First- to second-year retention rates: fall 2013 to fall 2014 = 77%; fall 2014 to fall 2015 = 76%
  • Graduation rate (first-time freshman who graduate within six years): 2014 = 53%; 2015 = 66%
  • Fall 2015 full-time undergraduate student demographics: 67% Female; 33% Male; 48% PELL recipients
  • Fall 2015 ethnicity (students elect to self-report): Black = 5.58%; American Indian or Alaskan Native = 0%; Asian or Pacific Islander = 2.95%; Hispanic/Latino = 7.13%; Not reported/unknown = 9.46%; Two or more ethnicities = 11.94%; White, Non-Hispanic = 62.95%

On a survey given to all graduating seniors between 2013 – 2016, KCAI students report that they plan to attend the following graduate and professional programs:

Southern Illinois University–Painting
School of Visual Arts, New York City–Photography
Southern Methodist University–Animation and Art History
UMKC–Art History
School of Visual Art–Illustration
Arizona State University–Ceramics
Washington University-Fine Arts
Southwestern College-Art Therapy
University of Kansas-Art History
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Kansas City Art Institute-Art Education

AICAD Membership

The Kansas City Art Institute is a member of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design, a consortium of 35 leading art schools in the United States.

The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. In fall 2007, the Higher Learning Commission awarded KCAI a 10-year reaccreditation.

Equal Opportunity Institution

It is the policy of the Kansas City Art Institute to provide equal employment and learning opportunities to all qualified applicants regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, age, parental status, veteran status, disability or any other basis as required by federal, state or local law.

Although certain facilities are not fully accessible to persons with disabilities, KCAI employs all means necessary to ensure that qualified students with disabilities will gain access to all resources necessary for a full education.

To ensure access to classes and housing, we ask that persons with disabilities accepted for admission identify themselves within one month of acceptance and indicate the type of accommodation needed.

Assessment of Student Learning

KCAI is committed to demonstrating educational achievement and improvement through ongoing assessment of student learning. Each major, the freshman Foundation program and certificate programs have defined goals for student learning and effective processes for assessment of student learning. Every spring, all faculty members evaluate the performance of each senior in accordance to the learning outcomes defined by their discipline. Results are then analyzed to improve teaching and learning and to inform budget and planning processes. The liberal arts faculty also assess the general education student learning outcomes of a random, representative sample of the graduating senior class on.  Learn more

Student Complaints + Grievances

In accordance with the U.S. Department of Education Program Integrity Rule, 34 CFR 668.43(b), institutions of higher education are required to provide contact information for complaints.

MDHE Policy on Complaint Resolution

Higher Learning Commission

Students’ Right to Privacy – Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
KCAI conforms to federal regulations known as the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, or FERPA. The purpose of FERPA is to provide rights to students and their families with regard to access and privacy of academic records. FERPA guarantees students at the postsecondary level the right to inspect and view their academic records. It also prohibits KCAI from releasing information from a student’s record to any third party unless the student authorizes the release. The full FERPA policy can be found here: KCAI Student Policy Library.


KCAI is in compliance with the Principles of Excellence for Educational Institutions Serving Service Members, Veterans and Spouses, and Other Family Members and provides an annotated Student Shopping Sheet to students who are eligible to receive Federal military or veterans education benefits.