UMKC Orientation students at orientation events

Orientation Leaders

UMKC Orientation Leaders can't wait to meet you in person! At Orientation, you will be paired with an Orientation Leader, a current UMKC student, who will show you the ropes around campus. They will continue to be a great resource during your first semester — and maybe longer.


If you have questions about Orientation, contact the Office of Admissions by email or at 314-387-0226.



















Senior Orientation Leader

Denton Williams - Communications
Richmond, Missouri

His advice for incoming students is to not let fear get the best of you. Get involved, change your mind, challenge your perspectives - don’t let anything hold you back. This is your time. A planner helps, though.

Orientation Leaders

Aaron Bowen - Mathematics
Grandview, Missouri

His advice is to take at least one day every week to relax.

Alexis Bridges - Biology with a Chemistry minor
Florissant, Missouri

Her advice for incoming students is to stay curious, never settle, and make some friends and memories that will last a lifetime.

Dara Alvarado - Criminal Justice and Criminology
Shawnee, Kansas but is originally from Ecuador

Her advice for incoming students is to get involved and to find yourself, and that you will have a blast.

Elizabeth Harms - Business (Marketing/Entrepreneurship/Real Estate)
Lawrence, Kansas

Her one piece of advice is to get involved, create friendships, and make UMKC home.

Grace Matthews - Health Sciences
Olathe, Kansas

Her advice to incoming Roos is to get involved in anything that sparks your interest and to explore all that the city has to offer while making sure to take time out of your day to study. Maintaining balance in your life will create so many opportunities for you to make memories with lifelong friends.

Jazmine Matthews - Biology (Pre-Dental)
Grandview, Missouri

Her piece of advice for incoming students is that when things get hard, make sure to seek for help - there are some things that you cannot do by yourself.

Jacob Sumner - Biology (Pre-Dental)
Desoto, Missouri

His advice for incoming students is to study a little bit each and every day, if you wait for the week of an exam, you likely won’t do very good!

Jordan Davis - Sociology and History
Topeka, Kansas

His piece of advice for incoming students is to not let your experiences be limited by a certain personal image that you want to portray - instead, let whatever experiences you have shape who you become.

Katie Kaufmann - Pre-Nursing
Kansas City, Missouri

Her advice is to get to know your professors and to take advantage of the small class sizes that UMKC has.

Megan Barb - Pre-Nursing
Olathe, Kansas

She feels that her advice for incoming students can be summed up in a quote by Thomas Edison - "Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time."

Montanna McDaniel - Psychology
Kansas City, Missouri

Montanna»s piece of advice for incoming students is to not be afraid to take time off and adjust your schedule around when YOU are the most productive and creative.

Whittne Ballinger - Elementary Education
Richmond, Missouri

Her tip for incoming students is to take advantage of all of the amenities that UMKC offers you.