Colleges and Universities
Overland Park is home to the state’s largest institution of higher education – Johnson County Community College where more than 44,000 students are enrolled in credit and continuing education each semester. The University of Kansas and numerous other colleges and universities have satellite campuses in Overland Park where working professionals can acquire an additional academic degree, keep up with current business trends or embark on a new career path. Many of the institutions offer evening and weekend classes affording Overland Park residents the opportunity for life-long learning. You don’t even have to enroll as a full-time student to take advantage of the knowledgeable faculty, extensive libraries and research tools at Overland Park’s higher learning institutions.
The Johnson County Education Research Triangle (JCERT) was created in 2008 by a 1/8-cent, voter-approved sales tax increase that supports focus on research, science and technology for the county. Funding from this tax goes to support buildings, programs and research at the KU Edwards Campus Business, Engineering, Science and Technology (BEST) Building in Overland Park, Kansas State University International Animal Health and Food Safety Institute in Olathe and the KU Clinical Research Center in Fairway . The Triangle will have economic impact of more than $1.4 billion over the next two decades and will attract millions of dollars in private and public donations and research grants.
Johnson County Community College (JCCC) is one of the country’s largest, single-site community colleges. Founded in 1969, JCCC an undergraduate enrollment of 18,373, 1,000full-time faculty and staff, and 1,900 adjunct faculty and part-time staff.
JCCC is nationally recognized for its academic programming and workforce development initiatives. The college offers more than 80 certificate programs and 400 continuing education courses. JCCC works directly with local companies, community members and economic development organizations to tailor training courses based on specific needs. While academia is JCCC’s main focus, the college also offers 7 varsity sports programs (men's and women's soccer, men's and women's basketball, baseball, softball, and women's volleyball), is home to the renowned Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art and offers a premier Performing Arts Series. In 2019, JCCC opened the Fine Arts and Design Studio (FADS) building, strengthening the resources it can provide to students.
JCCC Education Centers:
Opened in 1993, The University of Kansas Edwards Campus caters to working professionals and local area students who want to continue their education. With approximately 2,000 students and 250 faculty members, KU Edwards offers undergraduate and graduate programs, focusing on late afternoon and evening classes to cater to the working professional.
In 2012, KU Edwards Campus opened its Business, Engineering, Science and Technology (BEST) building, an initiative of the Johnson County Education Research Triangle, where it offers programs focused on business, engineering, science and technology.
KU Edwards is also home to the University of Kansas Confucius Institute, a prestigious international network of universities and institutions devoted to enhancing the understanding of Chinese language and culture in our region.
Other colleges and universities in Overland Park and nearby:
- Baker University
- Cleveland University Kansas City
- Emporia State University Metro Learning Center
- Friends University Kansas City Education Center
- Kansas State University Olathe
- Midwestern College
- National American University
- Ottawa University Kansas City
- Pittsburg State University Kansas City
- Rasmussen College
- Saint Paul School of Theology
- University of St. Mary – Kansas City