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What is the difference between an academic and an admissions appointment?

An academic appointment is when the prospective students meet with an academic advisor to discuss a major they may be interested in. An admissions appointment is when the prospective students meet with an Office of Admissions staff member to discuss admissions information, student resources, majors, student involvement, housing, financial aid and scholarships, tuition, and answer any general questions you may have about UMKC as a whole.


Can I just get an academic appointment?

We would like for you to get all of the information possible about UMKC and all we have to offer. An academic appointment is only a portion of the information you need to be fully informed about attending UMKC. If you would only like to schedule an academic appointment, please visit the specific UMKC School and department you are interested in.


Do you read transcripts?

We are unable to read transcripts during your daily visit. An academic advisor may be able to read your transcripts if you have applied and been admitted (this can be different depending upon the academic area). For more information on transcripts, click on the following links for transfer agreements with local colleges and course equivalences.


How do I know if I am considered a transfer student or a first time college student for the daily visits?

A Transfer student is a person who has attended a 2 or 4 year college/university after high school graduation and has 24 or more credit hours. If you have attended another college or university and have less than 24 credit hours, you will fall into the first time college student category.


Do you meet with graduate students to discuss admissions?

All graduate students interested in admission into any of our numerous graduate programs will need to meet with an academic advisor in their area of graduate studies interest. If you are interested in graduate studies and would still like to take a campus tour only, please contact the Welcome Center at 816-235-8652.


I am an international student. Do I come to the Office of Admissions to visit campus?

International students will want to meet with the International Student Affairs Office to schedule a visit to campus. Those with permanent residence status can schedule a visit through the Office of Admissions Welcome Center.


I am interested in the 6-year medical program. What time do i need to arrive to campus?

If you are interested in the 6-year medical program and would like to visit the Volker campus, please plan on arriving for your visit no later than 11 a.m.


What is the difference between coming for a Weekday Visit and a UMKC Preview Day?

The weekday visit is held Monday through Friday at 9 - 10:45 a.m. and 11 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. for first time college students, and at 1 - 2:45 p.m. for transfers. During a weekday visit, prospective students will be scheduled to meet with a staff member from the Office of Admissions and take a student-led campus tour (lasting 1 hour and 45 minutes). By request, we can schedule prospective students with an appointment to meet with a representative from their area of academic interest. To schedule a daily visit, please visit the Weekday Visit Registration form.

The UMKC Preview days are held on select dates throughout the semester. It is held in a large group format that starts at 8 a.m. and concludes at 12:30 p.m. During a UMKC Preview Day, prospective students will attend sessions on admissions and financial aid, scholarships, academic areas of interest, take a student-led campus tour, as well as attend two student services sessions of your choice. To schedule for a UMKC Campus Preview, please go to the UMKC Preview Day Registration form.


How long is the campus tour?

The campus tour is a 75 minute long walking tour of the Volker campus.


I have special needs. Who do I alert about my visit and any arrangements I may need?

Please contact the UMKC Welcome Center at 816-235-1210 or welcome@umkc.edu to arrange any special needs you may need accommodated during your time on campus.


I am a new student to campus. Can I set up my classes to enroll in school while on a daily visit?

Classes are not scheduled during daily visits. If you are interested in making arrangements for your class, please speak to your academic advisor. For first time college students entering for the fall, you are required to attend orientation prior to setting up your classes. Transfer students can attend orientation or contact their advisor directly.


Is a daily visit considered orientation?

Scheduling a daily visit is NOT considered attending an orientation. A daily visit is for prospective students or those students that have been admitted but may still be deciding if UMKC is for them. To attend an orientation, please follow this link to register.


How do I get information about financial aid or housing?

During your daily visit, financial aid, scholarship, as well as housing information are all covered in the UMKC Admissions overview.


I submitted my visit request over 5 days ago and I have not heard from anyone. What should I do?

Contact the Welcome Center at 816-235-8652 to check the status of your visit. You can also email us at welcome@umkc.edu.


I am coming from out of town. Where can I stay prior to my visit?

There are several hotels in the area that have a UMKC discount that can be applied to the room. Visit the area hotel page to find links and information about lodging in the area.


Do you offer Saturday visits?

Daily visits are only offered Monday - Friday at 9 - 10:45 a.m. and 11 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. for First Time College Students, and at 1 - 2:45 p.m. for transfers. We have several UMKC Preview Days on Saturdays throughout the semester. Please visit the UMKC Preview Day registration page for more information.


How far is the Hospital Hill campus from the Volker campus?

The Hospital Hill campus and the Volker campus are approximately 5 miles apart. For more information about the campus, please visit our campus maps page.


Where can I find more information about UMKC?

For more information on freshman requirements and general UMKC information, please visit our online UMKC viewbook.