Frequently Asked Questions
Orientation is designed to help students feel ready to start college at UMKC. You will make connections with other students, talk with advisors and faculty, and learn about campus resources. You will also enroll in classes (with the exception of August/January Orientations), pose for your student ID photo, reserve textbooks, purchase a dining plan, and meet with representatives from Financial Aid and Scholarships and Residential Life.
Orientation is mandatory for all incoming first-time freshmen students. Incoming transfer students 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 Advisor before scheduling their first semester of classes. For more information about Summer Transfer Orientation, visit our Transfer Orientation page. For more information about Spring Orientation, visit our Spring Orientation page.
Summer Orientation: Students pay $45 for Orientation; the fee for each family member or guest is $25 per person. 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. Please 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.
Spring Orientation: There is no fee for students, and their family members or guests to attend Spring Orientation.
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.
Parking passes will be mailed to students who register for weekday Orientation programs. A parking pass is not required for Saturday Orientation programs.
We recommend that students and their families/guests dress casually and appropriately for the weather. Many activities involve moving around campus, so comfortable shoes and appropriate outdoor clothing are highly recommended. Feel free to wear UMKC gear, or purchase it at the UMKC Bookstore during the Orientation session!
Summer Orientation Only: On Campus Options
Experience the true UMKC lifestyle by staying in a residence hall the night before Orientation. This option is only available during our June and July Orientation sessions. The cost is $25 per person. Basic 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.
Spring and Summer Orientation: Off Campus Options
View a list of hotels in the area. When making your reservation, ask if the hotel has a special rate for UMKC guests.
The first day of class for Spring Semester 2017 is Tuesday, January 17, 2017. The first day of classes for Fall Semester 2017 is Monday, August 21, 2017. The first day of class is important, but that's only one day to talk about--there are so many more!
UMKC has many ways for you to get involved and connected when the semester begins. To learn about the events, clubs, and organizations that can help you feel a part of the UMKC community, check out the Office of Student Involvement as well as our UMKC Academic Calendar.
Save the date! Welcome Week takes place the first week of Fall Semester 2017! During Welcome Week, we plan fun activities from pizza parties to community service events for all incoming Roos. We want you to feel 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, August 20, 2017.
The Admissions Office does not maintain a waitlist for Orientation dates that have been closed because of capacity. Students may change dates leading up to their Orientation, which may open a previously closed date. Please continue to visit the Orientation website for the most up to date information.
What if I have more questions about Orientation?
You may contact a staff member in the UMKC Admissions Office by email.