There’s more than one way to be admitted to UMKC. Explore your options under our test-optional process.

At UMKC, we understand that standardized test scores are not always the best measure of a student’s academic ability or their motivation to pursue higher education. Therefore, UMKC is implementing a test-optional admission process, effective for students applying for Fall 2020 and beyond.*

Under the UMKC test-optional admission process, applicants with a 2.75 or higher high school core GPA may be admitted to UMKC without submitting an ACT or SAT score. Depending on core GPA and completion of the High School Curriculum core courses, students may be fully admitted to UMKC or conditionally admitted to one of the academic support programs below.

Some students may wish to submit an ACT or SAT score to be considered for scholarships or admission to certain academic programs. 

Students interested in the following academic programs are not eligible to be considered under the test-optional process and must submit an ACT or SAT score:

  • Architectural Studies
  • Conservatory
  • School of Computing and Engineering
  • School of Dentistry
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Nursing and Health Studies
  • School of Pharmacy
  • Honors College
The following types of students must also submit an ACT or SAT score:
  • Students interested in automatic scholarships
  • Students who are homeschooled
  • Student-athletes

*Pending University of Missouri System Board of Curators approval. 

Conditional admission to academic support programs

Students who apply test optional but do not meet certain core curriculum requirements may be admitted to UMKC conditionally, pending completion of an academic support program. These programs are meant to help the student transition smoothly to UMKC.

The Peer Academic Leadership (PAL) Program connects incoming students with a dedicated Peer Academic Leader as they begin their studies at UMKC. We strive to empower each student to achieve personal, academic and financial success
by connecting students to resources and partners in their educational journey.

The Summer Bridge Scholars Program is an academically rigorous, eight-week summer experience to prepare first-time college students for success at UMKC. In addition to earning college credit and improving their academic skills, Summer Bridge Scholars develop a sense of connectedness to the UMKC campus and the larger Kansas City community.

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The RooMentum Program is a dual admission program for first-time college students who do not qualify for direct admission to UMKC, but demonstrate the potential to be successful after completing preparation coursework at a community college.

Students who participate in the RooMentum Program are fully enrolled at both UMKC and Metropolitan Community College. Those who successfully complete the program transition fully to UMKC by their second year of college.

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