Congratulations on your admission to the University of Missouri – Kansas City! We are excited that you have selected UMKC to pursue your higher education goals. We look forward to welcoming you to Kansas City.

You've been accepted to UMKC. What are your next steps?


1. Admission letter

You will receive an email letting you know that an update has been made to your application status. A link in that email will take you to your application status page where you'll find your official admission letter. If you are (or will be) an F-1 or J-1 student visa holder, this is also where you will find your supporting documents for your visa application. (It may take a couple of weeks after admission before your immigration documents will be uploaded and attached to your admission letter.)

Learn more about pre-arrival


2. U.S. student visa

If you will need an F-1 or J-1 student visa to travel to the U.S. for your studies, your next step is to start the visa application process.

Learn more about your student visa

If you are experiencing a delay in scheduling an appointment for a visa, let us know so we can help with late arrival or admission deferral.


Transferring your immigration record to UMKC
If you are already studying at another US institution on an F-1 visa, or if you entered the US on another school's I-20, you will need to complete the UMKC Transfer-in form and upload it as a document in your application portal.
Transfer-in form (PDF)

3. Check-in session

This step is only for students who will attend UMKC with an F-1 or J-1 student visa.

Once you have obtained your visa, you will need to pre-register for an immigration check-in session with our international advising team. Attendance at this in-person check-in session is a required first step once you've arrived in the United States. You will need to register for your mandatory check-in session and submit a copy of your F-1 or J-1 visa in order to enroll in classes.

Learn more about the Check-In Session


Submit these documents before you attend your scheduled session

  • Signed UMKC I-20 or DS-2019
  • A copy of your I-94 form (this will only be available to you after you've arrived to the U.S.)
  • Final, official transcripts and certificates of completion, if they have not yet been submitted

Please arrive for your session 15 minutes in advance — late entry is not permitted.


4. Enroll in classes

After you have registered for your check-in session, you will be eligible to meet with your academic advisor who will help you select classes. Enroll in classes through your academic advisor, the Office of the Registrar or through your Pathway student account.


Undergraduate academic advising

New undergraduate students must complete a pre-enrollment survey in order to get enrolled in their first semester at UMKC. The link to this survey will be added to your Pre-Arrival Checklist within your application portal. For F-1 and J-1 students, this survey will only be available to you after you've registered for your check-in session and uploaded a copy of your student visa (step #3 above).

Undergraduates: Connect with Roo Advising


Graduate academic advising

Most new UMKC students are required to meet with an advisor prior to registering for classes in their first semester. Depending on your major, you may be required to meet with your academic advisor prior to registering for classes each semester through your degree program.

Learn more about academic advising


5. English language evaluation

The Applied Language Institute (ALI) language evaluation is required for all newly admitted students who have not submitted proof of English proficiency or who have achieved a test result lower than the score required for their intended academic program.

Learn more about English proficiency requirements


6. Attend International Student Orientation

All new international students are required to attend Orientation in their first semester. Orientation is typically held on the Thursday prior to the start of classes each fall and spring. You will receive more information about this exciting event as you get closer to the start of your first semester!

Registration will soon be available for Fall 2024 International New Student Orientation! this required orientation will be held on Thursday, August 15, 2024. If you are a new international student for Fall 2024, you will receive an email inviting you to register when the registration page is available.