Transfer Application Process

If you've earned college credits at another college or university after high school and want to attend UMKC, these are the application instructions for you.

1. Read the UMKC transfer admission requirements.

If you have taken college courses after graduating from high school, UMKC considers you as a transfer student. Students who have already graduated from high school are not eligible for freshman scholarships but do qualify for other scholarships

If you earned all your college credits as a dual credit high school student, you should follow the freshman application process.

  • Transfer students need to have an overall 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale in all coursework, which includes repeat coursework attempted at previous institutions.
  • Transfer students without a 2.0 or higher college GPA must submit a petition for admission.
  • Some academic programs have higher GPA requirements. See academic unit and department requirements below. If you have any questions, contact the Office of Admissions

For students with 24 or fewer hours of transferable college credit, admission decisions are based on a combination of Freshman Admission Requirements and college coursework attempted. These students must also send in official high school transcripts and ACT or SAT scores.

Some academic units and departments have specific admission requirements in addition to general university requirements.

Program Credit Hours College GPA
Accounting 24 2.5
Business Administration 24 2.5
Civil Engineering 24 2.5
Dental Hygiene 60 2.75
Mechanical Engineering 24 2.5
Nursing 24 2.75
Pharmacy 57 2.75
R.N.–B.S.N. 60 2.5

2. Review application deadlines.

  • Transfer students are strongly encouraged to apply by the priority application deadlines:
    • Fall Semester: June 15
    • Spring Semester: November 15
  • Students with more than 60 transferrable credit hours are exempt from the deadline and are encouraged to apply as early as possible.
  • Some majors have special application processes and additional deadlines. See "Special Application Processes" below.
  • Transfer students who apply for admission and submit/postmark application materials by the scholarship priority deadline of February 15 (Fall Semester) or November 15 (Spring Semester) will automatically be considered for renewable university scholarships.

  • All application materials MUST be submitted or postmarked by December 1 for Fall Semester and November 1 for Spring Semester. 
  • Admission to the Conservatory is a two-step process.
    • You must first be admitted to UMKC and then separately admitted to the Conservatory. 
    • Complete the general application 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.

All application materials MUST be submitted or postmarked by March 1.

Supplemental application for the Institute for Urban Education:

  • 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.

3. Complete and submit the general UMKC application.

Submit the application for admission and the $45 non-refundable application processing fee. You can request an application fee waiver by contacting the Office of Admissions at 816-235-8652 or admissions@umkc.edu. 

Completing the application process does not serve as a statement of acceptance or admission to the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

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4. Send official transcripts, supplemental applications and status documentation.

  • Students enrolling in the Fall Semester must submit documentation by July 1. Application materials — including official college transcripts and nonrefundable application fee (if not already paid online) — must be postmarked by the deadline.
  • Transfer students must send in all official college transcripts from all colleges and universities where coursework was attempted.
  • Transfer students with 24 or fewer hours of transferrable college credit must also submit official high school transcripts and ACT or SAT scores.
  • Transfer students with 60 or fewer hours of transferrable college credit must submit official high school transcripts and an ACT or SAT score. These must be sent prior to the start of the semester so that federal financial aid can disburse.
  • 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, Joint Service Transcript 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 
    • Electronic transfer: through your academic institution
  • 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.
  • If misrepresentations are found, UMKC reserves the right to rescind offers of admission.
  • Scholarship offers with academic requirements will be reviewed and verified before financial awarding.

Some academic programs have different deadlines and additional application requirements. Make sure you submit any additional application materials. See "Special application processes" under Step 2.

  • 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

5. Explore options for paying for college.

  • Transfer students who apply for admission and submit/postmark application materials by the priority deadline of February 15 (Fall Semester) or November 15 (Spring Semester) will automatically be considered for renewable university scholarships.
  • The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form is required for many kinds of financial aid and can be completed online at fafsa.gov. The UMKC priority deadline is February 1. The UMKC FAFSA code is 002518.
  • UMKC has competitive scholarships available that require an additional scholarship application. Learn more about scholarships

6. Learn more about how your credits might transfer.

For a summary of the general education curriculum options available to transfer students, check out this general education guide for transfers (PDF).

We strive to make your transition to our campus as easy as possible. If you have any questions about agreements between UMKC and your community college, email transfers@umkc.edu

Evaluate your how your credit hours could transfer to UMKC using Transferology.

Transferring to UMKC from a Missouri two-year college? Did you complete at least 15 credit hours before transferring? You may be eligible to earn your associate's degree while working towards your bachelor's degree here at UMKC. Learn more about Missouri Reverse Transfer.

Questions?

Contact the UMKC International Student Affairs Office at isao@umkc.edu or 816-235-1113

For advisors or faculty with questions regarding transfer and articulation at UMKC, please contact transfers@umkc.edu

Learn more about the rights and responsibilities of a Transfer Student. 

You can check your application status online at anytime.