Freshman Application Process

If you're currently in high school or you've graduated high school and have not attended college, you're on the right page. These are the requirements and processes for you to apply to UMKC.

1. Read the UMKC freshman admission requirements.

Admission to UMKC is based on completion of the high school core curriculum, class rank and ACT or SAT scores. For students attending high schools that do not rank, high school core GPA will be used when making admission decisions.

  • 4 units of English
  • 4 units of Mathematics (Algebra I or higher)
  • 3 units of Science
  • 3 units of Social Studies
  • 2 units of a single Foreign Language
  • 1 unit of Fine Arts

Class rank is ACT composite score SAT Critical Reading and Math Score
Top 6% 17 900-930
Top 14% 18 940-970
Top 22% 19 980-1010
Top 31% 20 1020-1050
Top 38% 21 1060-1090
Top 46% 22 1100-1120
Top 52% 23 1130-1150
Top 53% or lower 24 or higher 1150 or higher

For example, if your class rank is in the top 31%, then you need to achieve either a composite score of 20 on the ACT or a score of 1020-1050 on the SAT Critical Reading and Math sections. UMKC does not superscore.

Missouri residents who graduate in the top 10% of their class and who have met the 17 core curriculum requirements are admissible to UMKC regardless of ACT or SAT score. Missouri residents who graduate from a high school that does not provide class rank must have a 3.5 cumulative GPA in the 17 core curriculum courses.

Students who graduate from high school more than five years from the time of application and have fewer than 24 transferrable college credit hours may be considered for admission as a mature adult. Students who qualify must submit high school transcripts, GED or HISET, college transcripts for any college coursework and ACT/SAT scores or a test waiver.

Applicants who do not meet the UMKC admission requirements may be considered for provisional or trial admission. If offered admission, students may be required to participate in an academic support program. Additional documentation may be requested before a final admission decision can be made. UMKC reserves the right to rescind an offer of admission if any misrepresentations on the application or in the supporting documentation are found.

Provisional or trial admission are not options for students interested in the following degree programs:  Six-Year Medicine, Conservatory, Architecture and Urban Planning, Computing and Engineering.

2. Review application deadlines.

  • All application materials — including official high school transcript, ACT or SAT score and nonrefundable application fee — must be postmarked by the following deadlines:
    • Fall Semester deadline is June 15.
    • Spring Semester deadline is November 15.
  • Some majors have special application processes and deadlines. See "Special application processes" under Step 3 (Review the application process) for more information.
  • Freshmen who apply for admission and postmark application materials by the scholarship priority deadline of January 15 will automatically be considered for renewable university scholarships.
  • Students in the following programs are not eligible for these scholarships: Six-Year Medicine, Pharmacy, Architecture and Urban Planning.
  • Freshmen seeking consideration for the Trustees' Scholar Award must apply for admission and postmark application materials by December 1. Late application materials cannot be considered.

3. Review the application process.

  • Official ACT and/or SAT scores. The ACT code for UMKC is 2380. The SAT code for UMKC is 6872.
  • Official high school transcript/s. Transcripts are considered official if they are received in a sealed envelope or sent electronically to the Office of Admissions through either Parchment, National Student Clearing House, SCOIR or eScrip-Safe.

  • All application materials MUST be submitted or postmarked by December 1 for fall semester and November 1 for spring semester. 
  • Applying to the Conservatory is a two-part process:
    • You must first be admitted to UMKC and then separately admitted to the Conservatory.
    • Apply online to UMKC first. 
    • You'll complete the Conservatory application, including the supplemental process within the UMKC application for admission.
    • Refer to the Conservatory application process for information regarding the online application and audition process.

  • No additional application materials are required for the Six-Year Law Scholars Program. However, you must have a minimum ACT score of 26 or SAT score of 1240 and a minimum high school core GPA of 3.5.
  • In your application, select Six-Year Law Scholars as your program of study. Students admitted to this program will select and declare their major at Orientation.
  • Students interested in law who do not meet the above criteria can be admitted as Pre-Law students in the College of Arts and Sciences. For more information, please refer to the Pre-Law information.

  • Early Assurance applications are due March 1. Qualified applicants are encouraged to APPLY EARLY in the process as complete applications are reviewed on a rolling basis in the fall with admission decisions being made as early as October. For more information, please visit the School of Pharmacy Early Assurance website.

  • All application materials MUST be submitted or postmarked by March 1.
  • Supplemental application for the Institute for Urban Education includes:
    • Supplemental IUE application
    • Personal statement of 750 words addressing interest and commitment to urban education
    • Two letters of reference
    • Completed FAFSA
    • Completed UMKC general scholarship applications
    • A formal interview
  • Learn more about the supplemental application process for the Institute of Urban Education.

Clinical Entry-Level Program deadline: February 1 (Fall semester admission only)

RDH to BSDH Degree Completion Program: February 1 (Summer semester admission only)

4. Complete and submit your application.

Students applying to UMKC may submit one of the following applications: UMKC General Application for Admission or the Common Application. Please only submit one of these applications.

Students applying to the Six-Year Medical Program cannot submit the Common Application. Students applying to the Conservatory are encouraged to submit the UMKC General Application for Admission.

A $45 non-refundable application fee will be collected at the time of application. For information on application fee waivers, please contact the Office of Admissions at 816-235-8652 or admissions@umkc.edu.

Students applying to UMKC must meet admission requirements, and submitting the application does not guarantee admission to the university or to a specific academic program.

UMKC Application

Common Application

5. Submit any supplemental application materials.

Some academic programs have different deadlines and additional application requirements. Make sure you submit any additional application materials. See "Special application processes" under Step 3.

6. Send your official transcripts, test scores and additional documentation.

  • Students enrolling in the Fall Semester must submit documentation by July 1.
  • Applicants for admission must submit official ACT and/or SAT scores and official high school transcripts. 
  • All admission decisions are contingent upon receiving final official transcripts/test scores, acceptable completion of all remaining coursework and proof of graduation from high school. Final transcripts/test scores will be used to verify self-reported information. UMKC reserves the right to rescind offers of admission should final transcripts and test scores not align with self-reported data.
  • Scholarship offers are made after the receipt of official transcripts and test scores.

  • The ACT code for UMKC is 2380. The SAT code for UMKC is 6872.

  • Transcripts are considered official if they are received in a sealed envelope or sent electronically to the Office of Admissions through Parchment, National Student Clearing House, SCOIR or eScrip-Safe.
    • Mail:
      UMKC Office of Admissions
      Administrative Center
      5115 Oak St., Room 120 
      Kansas City, MO 64112
    • Via secured email to: umkc-admtranscript@umkc.edu 

  • Students who are permanent residents need to send a copy of the front and back of their Permanent Resident card ("green card").
  • Students who are refugees or are present in the United States based on asylum status need to send a copy of their I-94 that shows either the Refugee or Asylum status stamp.
  • DACA students must submit the I-797 form. 
  • You can send documentation via mail:
    • UMKC Office of Admissions
      Administrative Center
      5115 Oak St., Room 120 
      Kansas City, MO 64112

7. Explore options for paying for college.

  • Freshmen who apply for admission and postmark application materials by the scholarship priority deadline of January 15 will automatically be considered for renewable, freshmen-only scholarships.
  • Freshman students seeking consideration for the Trustees' Scholar Award must apply for admission and postmark application materials by December 1.
  • The Free Application for Federal Student Aid form is required for many kinds of financial aid. Complete an online form at fafsa.gov. The UMKC priority deadline is February 1. the UMKC FAFSA code is 002518.

8. Learn how credits will transfer.

  • Students can gain credit through: Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and/or Departmental Exam.
  • A maximum of 30 hours from these programs above may be used toward completing undergraduate degree requirements. Check online to see which test credits are accepted at UMKC. 
  • Credit can only be awarded based upon official scores reports sent to UMKC Registration and Records, Administrative Center, 5115 Oak St., Kansas City, MO 64112. You can learn more about credit by examination from Registration and Records.

Questions?

Phone: 816-235-8652 or toll-free: 1-800-775-8652

admissions@umkc.edu

Phone: 816-235-1113 or toll-free: 1-800-775-8652

isao@umkc.edu

You can check your application status online at anytime.