Roo Welcome

Kick off your new semester with Roo Welcome! A chance to connect with new and returning Roos, Roo Welcome lets you explore campus resources, make new friends, learn about involvement opportunities, and get connected to your Roo community.


Spring Roo Welcome

Tuesday, January 16 - Friday, February 2

Welcome home new Roos, and welcome back returning Roos!

Roo Welcome unites new and returning students to celebrate UMKC's vibrant campus life, while also energizing them as they transition to the new semester ahead.

Questions? Contact the Office of Student Involvement (OSI) at (816) 235-1407 or

Roo Welcome Schedule of Events

Roo Welcome takes place during the first three weeks of the semester. 

Wednesday, January 17

  • New Student Meetup, 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. | Student Union Theater Lobby (1st Floor) 
    • Meet and build community with other new students during Roo Welcome! Food and drinks will be provided, along with opportunities to talk with Welcome Leaders about their experience at UMKC.
    • Open to all new and returning students. 

Thursday, January 18

Saturday, January 20

Tuesday, January 23

  • Student Organization Fair, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Student Union 3rd Floor, Student Org Space
    • Open to all students, the student organization fair is a connection point for students and our 300+ student organizations. Students will be able to explore the student organization space in the Student Union and talk with student leaders representing their clubs and organizations. Explore all of our student organizations on Roo Groups

Wednesday, January 24

  • Paint a Pig w/ Financial Wellness, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Student Union 2nd Floor, Starbucks Lounge
    • Learn more about the resources and services provided by UMKC Financial Wellness while painting your very own 'piggy' bank. 

Thursday, January 25

Friday, January 26

  • Roos After Dark: Student Union Takeover, 6:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. | Student Union, various rooms
    • Welcome (back) to campus, Roos! Join the Office of Student Involvement for a night of fun, games, food, and activities for everyone. Activities include:
      • Trivia by Big 5 Trivia
      • Karaoke 
      • Movie Screening (TBA)
      • DIY Art & Crafts
      • Arcade Games
      • Lawn Games
      • Billiards & Video Game Lounge

Saturday, January 27

Wednesday, January 31

  • Spring into Success, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Atterbury Student Success Center, 2nd Floor
    • Join Academic Support and Mentoring for a lunchtime cocoa bar while learning about academic support resources and services provided on campus. Meet and chat with Peer Academic Leaders, Supplemental Instruction, Career Services, First Gen Roos, and the Writing Studio. 

Thursday, February 1

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Faculty, Staff, and Community Partners

We encourage UMKC faculty and staff, departments, offices, and community partners to get involved in our Roo Welcome programming. Help us welcome new and returning Roos to campus.

Learn how you can help