KCOM welcomes and encourages any person who would like to visit our campus and see firsthand how we are changing the face of healthcare. To meet with an admissions staff member, please call 660.626.2237, toll-free 866.626.2878, ext. 2237, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have been invited for a DO interview, please see our Interviewing at KCOM page for details and instructions.
Traveling to Kirksville
Most applicants who plan on flying to Kirksville use one of the following major or regional airports, and will drive from the airport to Kirksville.
- Kirksville Regional Airport
Located eight miles from campus, Cape Airlines has flights to and from Saint Louis and Kirksville. Flights can be scheduled through Cape Air’s website as well as instructions for booking a continuous flight. Some local hotels in Kirksville offer shuttle service, be sure to ask when booking your stay. Cab services are available if hotel shuttles are not offered.
Follow HWY 63 North to Kirksville.
- Kansas City International Airport
This airport is 183 miles from campus. When driving east from Kansas City, take I-435 east to I-35 north. Follow I-35 north to Highway 36 east. Then follow HWY 36 east to Macon and travel north on HWY 63 to Kirksville.
Do not follow GPS, which will direct travelers to run at Brookfield, MO. to HWY 11 east. The road is very narrow and unsafe.
- Lambert-Saint Louis International Airport
198 miles from campus with two driving route options:
- Driving west from St. Louis, take I-70 from the airport miles to Columbia, MO, then turn North on HWY 63 to Kirksville.
- Driving west from St. Louis, take I-70 from the airport to HWY 61 North to Hannibal, MO. Take HWY 36 west to Macon, then HWY 63 north to Kirksville.
Flights to and from Saint Louis and Kirksville can be schedule through Cape Airlines. Some local hotels in Kirksville offer shuttle service, be sure to ask when booking your stay. Cab services are available if hotel shuttles are not offered.
- Des Moines International Airport
Approximately144-150 miles depending on one of two driving routes.
- More 4-lane highways (150 miles): Drive north to Fleur Drive and turn east on I-235. Follow to HWY 163 east and follow to Ottumwa, IA. Take HWY 63 south to Kirksville.
- Scenic Drive (144 miles): Drive south of the Des Moines International Airport on Fleur Drive to HWY 5. Turn east, and follow the signs for HWY 5 for approximately 90 miles until you intersect with HWY 2 in Centerville, MO. Turn east and follow the highway approximately 20 miles to HWY 63 south. Turn south and follow HWY 63 for 35 miles to Kirksville.
Columbia Regional Airport
Take the airport road west to HWY 63. Follow HWY 63 north approximately 102 miles to Kirksville.
Taking Amtrak to La Plata, Missouri
Consider taking the train to La Plata, MO. La Plata is located 13 miles south of Kirksville. Please visit Amtrack to review the train schedule into La Plata (LAP).
Once you arrive in La Plata you will need to make travel arrangements to your hotel. Check with your hotel to see if they offer a shuttle service from the train station to the hotel. If a shuttle is not available, you will need to arrange for a cab to take you to your hotel.
Kirksville shuttle and cab services
STAT: Shuttle Airport Taxi
“Fastest Service to Local Plane & Train”
Owner: Glen Moritz
660.216.1311 (text or call)
Available 7 days a week, Please book ahead
Adair Central Cab Company
Maps and parking
When you arrive at A.T. Still University, please feel free to park in our designated visitor parking lots, shown in yellow on the Campus map. Please do not park in the numbered parking spaces on the east side of the Tinning Education Center (#9) and on the north side of the Interprofessional Education Building (#7). All numbered parking spaces are reserved. Please refer to the Campus map (pdf) for available parking areas.
Explore the Kirksville community:
ATSU’s Thompson Campus Center include a full-size basketball court (volleyball available), two Stair Masters, one NordicTrac, two elliptical runners, three treadmills, three stationary bikes, one rowing machine, two racquetball courts, an outdoor trail, 12 paramount selecterized weight machines, a climbing wall, free weights, sauna, whirlpool, and full locker room facilities. Activity classes are subject to availability.
The Kirksville Aquatic Center offers indoor and outdoor swimming and pool activities throughout the year. There are water aerobics classes, swim lessons, and discounted multi-visit punch passes available. During the summer months the outdoor pool is open, which includes a 120-foot water slide, an interactive play area, the teacup and mushroom, water cannons, Zero Beach entry, and 25-yard lap lanes.
Thousand Hills State Park is a mere 3 miles away from ATSU. “The park’s central feature is the lake, which boasts a variety of recreational opportunities, including swimming, fishing, boating and skiing. While the reservoir supplies water to the community, the park’s natural features recall a time when woodlands and savannas covered northern Missouri. Visitors can experience some of these natural wonders by hiking the park’s trails. Hiking, mountain bicycling and nature study are popular on-land activities.”
The Adair County Public Library, conveniently located in Kirksville, offers children’s books, large print books, books on audio tape, videos, music compact discs, magazines, newspaper index, educational compact discs, and books on compact discs. There are also many community activities sponsored by the library.
Moving to Kirksville/the Kirksville Community
Welcome to Kirksville! You might not realize it, but you are going to live in an amazing community for the next couple of years. The Kirksville community and the Northeast Missouri Region are home to some of the most beautiful scenery the Midwest has to offer. With its rolling hills, state forest, and parks, Adair County shines with breathtaking vistas.
In this wonderful town, full of beauty and charm, you will meet and make some of your closest friends. Away from the rush of the urban environment, the quietude of rural Missouri is a perfect place to forge long-lasting relationships with other students, faculty, and staff, as well as within your own family. The next couple of years in Kirksville hold unlimited potential. We are happy to welcome you to your new home!
One of the responsibilities of ATSU Admissions is to ensure that incoming students and their families are supported in their move and transition to Kirksville. We recommend an online search for listings of Kirksville businesses (including user recommendations) which may be helpful to you as you plan your move to Kirksville and settle comfortably into the community. Other vendors/services can be viewed on the City of Kirksville and Kirksville Chamber of Commerce web sites.