UMKC Orientation students at orientation events

Frequently Asked Questions

What will I do at Orientation?

Orientation is designed to ensure that students feel ready to start college at UMKC. You will make connections with other students, talk with advisers and faculty and learn about campus resources. You also will enroll in classes, pose for your student ID photo, reserve textbooks, purchase a dining plan and meet with representatives from Financial Aid and Scholarships and Residential Life.

How long will the program last?

You and your guests will hear and do a lot at Orientation, all of it vital to your success at UMKC. Expect to be on campus the entire time.

All Freshman Orientations:
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Transfer Orientation:
June 23 will be from 2 – 8 p.m. July 31 will be from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Who should attend Orientation?

Orientation is mandatory for first-time freshmen. Transfers with less than 24 credit hours are highly encouraged to attend a Freshman Orientation program. The college experience is new for them, and the information shared at Orientation will be critical to getting a strong start at UMKC.

We understand that transfer students have "been there and done that"...but not at UMKC. We strongly recommend that transfer students attend Orientation, but it is not mandatory. However, all transfer students are required to meet directly with their academic adviser before scheduling their first semester of classes. For more information, visit our Transfer page.

Where is Orientation?

Orientation programs will start in the Miller Nichols Learning Center which is centrally located on Volker campus.  We suggest that you park on the fifth level of the Cherry Street Parking Garage, 5005 Oak St., and follow the pedestrian walkway from the garage towards the Student Union.  Continue walking east on 51st Street to the Miller Nichols Learning Center.  Signage and staff will be in place to escort you from the garage to Orientation check-in.  You will walk around campus throughout the day so be sure to wear comfortable shoes and clothing that is appropriate for the weather.


PLEASE NOTE: While UMKC is making a better home for its students, you may experience construction delays when traveling to campus. This update is specific to construction that will impact driving to Cherry Street Garage. Construction will take place on Oak St. between Volker Blvd and E. 50th St. (north of Cherry St. Garage). Oak Street will be condensed to one lane creating stop and go traffic. Please click here to find alternate directions to the Cherry Street Parking garage.

Orientation Map (PDF)

How much does Orientation cost?

Students pay $45 for Orientation; the fee for each family member or guest is $25. These nonrefundable fees support Orientation and other activities that help acclimate you to UMKC. The fees are billed directly to each student's UMKC account and will be reflected on the first billing statement. Note that if a student attends Orientation but ultimately does not attend UMKC, they will receive a billing statement from UMKC and will be expected to pay the balance.


The fees associated with Orientation help pay for the expenses involved in hosting the comprehensive one-day program, including continental breakfast, lunch, snacks, mailings, information folders, bags, pens and the official UMKC Orientation T-shirt. The fees also support activities and programming during the first few weeks of school. These activities ensure that the 2,000 new undergraduate students feel welcomed by the UMKC community and transition smoothly to campus.

Do I need to pay for parking?

No. Parking passes will be mailed to students who register for weekday Orientation programs. A parking pass is not required for Saturday Orientation programs.

What should I wear?

We recommend that you dress casually and appropriately for the weather. Many activities involve walking around campus, so comfortable shoes are highly recommended. If you really want to impress us, paint your face blue and gold.

I would like to stay overnight in Kansas City. What are my options?

On Campus

Experience the true UMKC lifestyle by staying in a residence hall the night before Orientation. The cost is $25 per person; linens are provided. Room fees are billed directly to the student's UMKC account and will be reflected on the first billing statement.


If you want to spend the night in a residence hall, mark the box on the online form when you register for your Orientation. Note that requests for overnight accommodations must be made at least five days prior to the Orientation date. Once registered, UMKC staff will contact you directly with details.


To help you plan, please review the following procedures:

  • You must confirm your plans with UMKC staff at least three days before arrival. Your stay is not confirmed until you receive notification of room number and residence hall location.
  • Arrive no later than 8:30 p.m. so residence hall staff can help you get situated.
  • Cancellations must be made by 2 p.m. on the day of arrival or the student's account will be billed.
  • If students stay overnight in a residence hall but ultimately do not attend UMKC, they will receive a billing statement from UMKC. They will be expected to pay the balance because the service was provided.
  • An ID will be required at check-in. Each guest will receive one set of bed linens and one pillow.
  • Guests are required to check out BEFORE attending Orientation.

Off Campus

View a list of hotels in the area. When making your reservation, ask if the hotel has a special rate for UMKC guests.

When is the first day of class?

The first day of class is Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. But that's only one day to talk about...there are so many more!


We plan fun and exciting activities — from pizza parties to community service events — for new Roos during Welcome Week. We want you to feel a part of the UMKC community! Mark your calendar for Convocation, a formal ceremony in which the chancellor officially welcomes the incoming class. Convocation is immediately followed by UnionFest, a celebration of food, fun and music. Both events are Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015.

Academic Calendar

What if I have more questions about Orientation?

Contact a staff member in the Office of Admissions by email.