Avila University’s history dates back to 1866 when six Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet arrived from France to start a small school serving Kansas City. The Sisters incorporated the school as St. Teresa’s Academy, naming it in honor of St. Teresa of Avila. In 1916, the school was relocated and became St. Teresa’s College, a two-year college for women. The University of Missouri later accredited the college in 1921, and the school grew to become affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital’s School of Nursing in 1930.
In 1940, while celebrating the 75th anniversary of the arrival of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet to Kansas City, the school became the 4-year College of St. Teresa. As enrollment increased, the college outgrew its mid-town location and moved to its current and much larger campus in South Kansas City, Missouri in 1963. That same year, the college’s name was officially changed to Avila College. Reflecting the institution’s growth, diversity of programs and educational excellence, the college became Avila University in 2002.
From its roots as St. Teresa’s Academy to the accredited private institution it is today, Avila University has continuously provided students of all backgrounds with an invaluable education. Offering competitive tuition rates, Avila has expanded to serve students on campus and online with a variety of career-focused degree programs.
Since its founding, Avila University has remained true to its Catholic roots and has operated on its original collection of core values:
Service to Society
Avila University, a Catholic University founded and inspired by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, provides undergraduate and graduate education in the liberal arts and professional studies, preparing lifelong learners who make meaningful contributions to the global community.
We emphasize inclusive learning and embrace individuality.
Development of Leaders
We believe the real strengths of leadership are in collaborative accomplishment and genuine caring.
For more information on Avila’s online degree programs, contact an enrollment counselor today.