20301 East 78 Highway
Independence, MO 64057
Top Ranked (2022-23): View Rankings
  • The academic resource center at Blue River can assist students with strengthening basic skills. Free tutoring is available, as well as math and writing labs. There is also computer-assisted instruction. Blue River's computer labs are open to students who need access to computers for projects such as term papers or research. The newly-renovated student development center at Blue River houses the offices of academic advising, counseling, financial aid and student employment services. Students can meet with the student development staff for one-on-one assistance, or work individually in the self-serve areas. Depending on the needs of the individual student, the student development center provides the level of service needed for students to achieve their goals. The student development professionals are on hand to help students make good, sound academic and career planning choices.

School Highlights

Metropolitan Community College-Blue River serves 3,583 students (44% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 47:1 is higher than the state community college average of 14:1.
Minority enrollment is 22% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 40%.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 3,583 students
  • Student:teacher ratio: 47:1
  • Minority enrollment: 22%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Top Rankings

Metropolitan Community College-Blue River ranks among the top 20% of public schools in Missouri for:

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Attribute

School Overview

The teacher population of 76 teachers has grown by 8% over five years.
Metropolitan Community College-Blue River
(MO) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associate of Arts Colleges
Associate's--Public Urban-serving Multicampus
Institution Level
Less than 2 yrs
At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control
Public
Public
Total Faculty
76 staff
139 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Metropolitan Community College-Blue River has grown by 14% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 47:1 has increased from 38:1 over five years.
The Metropolitan Community College-Blue River diversity score of 0.38 is less than the state average of 0.59. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
3,583 students
2,581 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
47:1
14:1
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# Full-Time Students
1,582 students
1,171 students
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# Part-Time Students
2,001 students
1,410 students
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This chart display the Full-time students and Part-time students enrollment breakdown of Metropolitan Community College-Blue River.
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# Enrollment Undergraduate
n/a
222 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
3,583 students
1,171 students
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# Full-Time Graduate Students
n/a
35 students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
n/a
1,170 students
Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
184 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
n/a
n/a
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% Asian
1%
2%
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% Hispanic
7%
5%
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% Black
5%
10%
This chart display the percentage of Black students in Metropolitan Community College-Blue River and the percentage of Black community college students in MO by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
% White
78%
60%
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% Hawaiian
1%
n/a
% Two or more races
6%
4%
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% Unknown races
2%
19%
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Diversity Score
0.38
0.59
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
23%
32%
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in 4 years or more than 4 years)
n/a
1.12%
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$31,900
$31,000
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Tuition and Acceptance Rate

% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
65%
83%
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Median Debt for Graduates
$7,078
$9,562
This chart display median debt for students who have completed a certificate or degree in Metropolitan Community College-Blue River and average median debt for community college students who have completed a certificate or degree in MO by year, with the latest 2011-12 school year data.
Median Debt for Dropouts
$3,859
$4,734
This chart display median debt for students who have not completed a certificate or degree in Metropolitan Community College-Blue River and average median debt for community college students who have not completed a certificate or degree in MO by year, with the latest 2011-12 school year data.
Acceptance Rate
n/a
83%
SAT Reading
n/a
525
SAT Math
n/a
475
SAT Writing
n/a
510
ACT Composite
n/a
22
ACT English
n/a
22
ACT Math
n/a
20
Source: 2020 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Metropolitan Community College-Blue River's ranking?

Metropolitan Community College-Blue River ranks among the top 20% of community college in Missouri for: Least debt for graduating students.

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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 3,583 students
  • Student:teacher ratio: 47:1
  • Minority enrollment: 22%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

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