NKC Schools Early College Academy

Our partnership with North Kansas City Schools (NKC Schools) encourages eligible high school juniors and seniors to enroll in classes at UMKC and get the chance to earn college credit and experience.

Why NKC Schools Early College Academy?

Easy application process

Apply through our admission portal, then your high school guidance counselor will help you choose classes that fit your academic goals and schedule.

Multiple areas of study

We offer a wide range of classes that let you dive deeper into your interests or explore new ones. You can also take classes that fulfill UMKC general education requirements.

On-campus experiences

Enjoy all the benefits of going to college such as academic support and mentoring, student activities and events

How to Enroll

Enroll in NKC Schools Early College Academy to experience college first-hand and start earning college credit.


Explore course offerings

Follow the steps to explore the range of classes we offer. Search classes.



Complete and submit the free program application through our admission portal. Apply now.


Determine your schedule

Meet with your high school guidance counselor and a UMKC advisor to select classes that fit your academic goals and schedule.


Attend Orientation

Attend Orientation to learn more about UMKC, how to get around campus and have your questions answered. You'll be sent a link to sign up for Orientation after you're admitted. You can also view the High School College Pipeline ECA Abridged Handbook.

Earn Scholarships After Graduation

Graduates of KCPS who are admitted to and attend UMKC as a degree-seeking student are eligible for a $1,500 annual, renewable District Scholarship as well as additional awards.

UMKC scholarships for NKC Schools grads