From world-famous barbecue to the Crossroads Arts District and a thriving downtown, Kansas City blends big-city excitement with Midwest charm. Come explore with us and make Kansas City your own.

Ask our students what they love about Kansas City, and you'll get hundreds of answers.

Of course, there are a few landmarks you'll have to see for yourself. Sample fresh produce and goods at the City Market. Then hop on the Streetcar and check out the local arts scene at First Fridays in the Crossroads District. Savor the slow-cooked goodness of world-famous barbeque at Joe's Kansas City. Immerse yourself in the history of Negro Leagues baseball and the 18th and Vine Jazz District. Or check out any of these top spots students and alums recommend.

It's easy to get around town — just show your student ID and hop on Ride KC buses for free. And if you're looking to get a few steps in, there are museums, shopping, trails and restaurants all within walking distance of campus.

Come explore with us and make Kansas City your own.

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