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Student Experience

Putting Our Students First

As a medical student, you'll experience some of the most rewarding, exhilarating and challenging years of your life. We’re here to support you while you prepare to care for patients, advocate on their behalf and serve communities.

You Belong Here

The KCU student community is routinely cited as one of the most welcoming of its kind — and it shows. The relationships you build with your peers will make you a better student in and out of the classroom — and provide you with a professional network for life.

Where Our Current KCU-COM Students Call Home

28 Countries
164 Colleges and Universities
37 States

Explore Your Purpose

At KCU, you’ll find countless opportunities to develop skills and connections that support your dream of becoming a physician.

Get Involved

Let your network become your lifeline.

Your student experience is defined by the connections you build outside the classroom. Joining clubs and student organizations allows you to engage in your personal and professional interests while giving back to the community. Every club completes at least one service project each year.

Explore 40+ clubs and organizations


Change the lives of others — and yourself.

Service is an integral aspect of campus life at KCU. Beginning with our annual WE CARE Community Service Day, you’ll be immersed in giving back through outreach programs, service-learning experiences and volunteering. Your efforts contribute to local health outreach — including serving those experiencing houselessness — and to global health initiatives.

Discover Our Service Learning Opportunities


Build hands-on skills from the beginning.

As a medical student at KCU, you gain hands-on experience through clinical clerkships, faculty-led research opportunities, and participation in a student-run clinic. Such opportunities translate directly into your ability to place in top residency programs across the country.

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The Support for You to Succeed

Our vibrant campus community is here to help as you prepare to serve the needs of patients in communities around the world.

Embracing Equity and Inclusion

We are committed to maintaining a diverse, equitable and inclusive learning community.

Our Office of Diversity and Inclusion strives to foster a transformative, welcoming, equitable and inclusive environment for faculty, staff and students who bring varied human characteristics, backgrounds, interests and points of views.

LGBTQIA+ Initiatives

Racial Equity Initiative

Voices and Stories

Wellness and Balance

Your ability to provide quality patient care depends on your health and well-being. We offer many resources to provide you with the support you need to flourish personally, professionally and academically. Attend de-stress events with therapy dogs, access free mental and medical telehealth services, make use of on-campus counseling and more.

Student Health and Wellness Resources

Kansas City University developed a new THRIVE Program, designed to teach, coach and connect future health-care professionals with the goal to strengthen resilience, reduce burnout and facilitate social belonging.

From the Blog

KCU’s Student-Run Clinic serves Kansas City’s houseless community with foot clinic

As medical students, members of KCU’s Student-Run Clinic know that feet can be a window into a patient&rsqo;s overall health. In an effort to improve the health and wellness of Kansas City’s underserved and unhoused community, the Student-Run Clinic designed and implemented a unique experience in foot health called FreshStep.

KCU alumnus establishes first scholarship specifically for LGBTQ+ students

“Many marginalized and disenfranchised groups are overlooked within medicine, hence the importance of a scholarship recognizing and embracing the sexual and gender diversity within our student body. Acknowledging a deserving student for their LGBTQ+ advocacy nourishes my soul,” Ron Holt II, DO (COM ‘93) explained.

KCU Global Health combines clinical skills and compassion

When KCU student doctors entered a makeshift clinic in the aldeas of Guatemala, they were greeted with a standing ovation. In this community comprised of all ages from newborn babies to elderly abuelas, access to medical care is something to applaud.

Take the Next Step

KCU offers medical training opportunities for qualified applicants with a dream of becoming doctors.