UMKC Orientation students at orientation events

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register for Orientation?

To register for Summer Orientation, you will need your UMKC Username/Single Sign On (SSO) which was included in your UMKC admission letter. Set up your information, go to the Information Services Homepage, click on the New User Activation button, and follow the prompts. If you do not know your UMKC Username/SSO or need assistance, contact the UMKC Call Center by phone at (816) 235-2000 or by email at The Call Center is open Monday through Thursday, 7:00am-7:00pm and Friday 7:00am-5:00pm.


To register for Spring Orientation, please go to the Spring Orientation website for further instructions.

What will I do at Orientation?

Orientation is designed to help undergraduate students feel ready to start college at UMKC. You will make connections with other students, talk with academic advisors and faculty, and learn about campus resources. You will also enroll in classes (with the exception of August/January Orientations), pose for your student ID photo, reserve textbooks, purchase a dining plan, and meet with representatives from Financial Aid and Scholarships and Residential Life.

Who should attend Orientation?

Summer Orientation is mandatory for all incoming first-time freshmen students. Incoming transfer students with less than 24 credit hours are highly encouraged to attend a Freshman Orientation program. The college experience is new for them, and the information shared at Orientation will be critical to getting a strong start at UMKC.

We understand that transfer students have "been there and done that"--but not at UMKC. We strongly recommend that transfer students attend Orientation, but it is not mandatory. However, all transfer students are required to meet directly with their Academic Advisor before scheduling their first semester of classes. For more information about Summer Transfer Orientation, visit our Transfer Orientation page.


For more information about Spring Orientation, visit our Spring Orientation page. Please note that Spring Orientation has different attendance requirements and a different schedule than Summer Orientation programs.

How much does Orientation cost?

Summer Orientation: The student fee for Summer Orientation is $50. The fee for each family member or guest is $25 per person. These nonrefundable fees support Orientation and other activities that help acclimate you to UMKC. The nonrefundable fees are billed when a student registers for Orientation via the registration website, and must be paid with credit/debit card via the registration website. Please note that if a student attends Orientation but ultimately does not attend UMKC, no Orientation fee refunds will be issued. Please also note that no refunds will be issued if a student changes their Orientation registration status (ex. removing a guest registration, not attending Orientation).


Spring Orientation: There is currently no fee for students, and their family members or guests to attend Spring Orientation.


The fees associated with Orientation help pay for the expenses involved in hosting the comprehensive one-day program, including continental breakfast, lunch, snacks, mailings, information folders, bags, pens, and the official UMKC Orientation T-shirt. The fees also support activities and programming during the first few weeks of school. These activities ensure that the 2,000 new undergraduate students feel welcomed by the UMKC community and transition smoothly to campus.

Do I need to pay for parking?

A one-day blue parking pass will be mailed to students who register for weekday Orientation programs. Orientation participants must hang this blue permit on the rear-view mirror of their car. A parking pass is not required for Saturday Orientation programs.

What should I do before attending Orientation?

First, get excited about becoming a Roo! Second, view the 2017 Summer Orientation Checklist (PDF) for all new Summer 2017 students. This checklist includes tasks such as setting up your Username/Single Sign On (SSO) and password, activating your UMKC email, and preparing for your academic advising session. Please note that we are currently working to update this form for Summer 2018 and Spring 2019 incoming students, so check back for updates.

What should I wear?

We recommend that students and their family members/guests dress casually and appropriately for the weather. Many activities involve moving around campus, so comfortable shoes and appropriate outdoor clothing are highly recommended. Feel free to wear UMKC gear, or purchase it at the UMKC Bookstore during the Orientation session!

I would like to stay overnight in Kansas City. What are my options?

There are currently no on-campus overnight stay options for Spring 2018 and Summer 2018.

View a list of hotels in the area. When making your reservation, ask if the hotel has a special rate for UMKC guests.


When is the first day of class?

The first day of classes for Fall Semester 2018 is Monday, August 20, 2018. The first day of classes for Spring Semester 2019 is Tuesday, January 22, 2019. The first day of class is important, but that's only one day to talk about--there are so many more!


UMKC has many ways for you to get involved and connected when the semester begins. To learn about the events, clubs, and organizations that can help you feel a part of the UMKC community, check out the Office of Student Involvement as well as our UMKC Academic Calendar.


Save the date! Welcome Week takes place the first week of Fall Semester 2018! During Welcome Week, we plan fun activities from barbeques to community service events for all incoming Roos. We want you to feel part of the UMKC community! Mark your calendar for Convocation, the Chancellor's official welcome to the UMKC incoming class. Convocation is immediately followed by UnionFest, a celebration of food, fun, and music. Both events are Sunday, August 19, 2018.

If an Orientation date is full, does the Admissions Office maintain a waitlist?

The Admissions Office does not maintain a waitlist for Orientation dates that have been closed because of capacity. Students may change dates leading up to their Orientation, which may open a previously closed date. Please continue to visit the Orientation website for the most up to date information.

What if I have more questions about Orientation?

You may contact a staff member in the UMKC Admissions Office by email.