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Spring Orientation

Your Next Steps

1. Meet with your Academic Advisor

You must meet with your Academic Advisor to enroll in classes before attending Spring Orientation. We encourage you to schedule an appointment with your Academic Advisor at your earliest convenience. Contact information is available on the advising website.

2. Register for Orientation

The 2018 Spring Orientation will take place Tuesday, January 9. Orientation registration is now open! CLICK HERE to register.

Orientation for Spring Semester takes place from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Student Union. Orientation is not mandatory, but it is highly encouraged. During the program, you will:

  • Learn about important deadlines for billing, financial aid and scholarships.
  • Tour campus with other new students in your academic area.
  • Find out how to get involved, stay safe and be healthy at UMKC.

We encourage your family to attend Orientation. Your parents, guardians, or significant others can learn how to help you transition to life at UMKC.

3. Set yourself up for success

Prepare for your semester by completing the action items on our Orientation Checklist. Important to-do's include activating your email, logging onto UMKC's Pathway tool, and completing financial documents such as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Frequently Asked Questions

When is Orientation?

The date for Spring Orientation 2018 is Tuesday, January 9, 2018. Spring Orientation takes place from 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. CLICK HERE to register.

What should I do before attending Orientation?

Since Spring Orientation does not include advising and enrollment, you will need to schedule a meeting with your academic advisor prior to attending Orientation. To help get organized for this meeting and to look at other things you should do before attending Orientation, we encourage you to complete the items on the Quick Guide.

Who should attend Orientation?

Attendance at Spring Orientation is not mandatory, though it is strongly recommended. Students who attend Orientation feel more confident about starting their UMKC experience. The first day of classes is less stressful, and students know where to get answers to their questions. Family members and significant others also are welcome to attend Orientation.

Where is Orientation?

Orientation programs take place in the Student Union, 5100 Cherry St., on the Volker campus in Kansas City, MO. Park on the fifth level of the Cherry Street Parking Garage, 5005 Oak St., and follow the pedestrian walkway from the garage to the Student Union.

Orientation map (PDF)

How much does Orientation cost?

Spring Orientation is free for students, and their families and guests.

Do I need to pay for parking?

Parking passes will be mailed to students who register for Spring Orientation about 1-2 weeks before the program. Parking passes will also be available at check-in. Please park on the fifth level of the Cherry Street Parking Garage, 5005 Oak St., and follow the pedestrian walkway from the garage to the Student Union.

Orientation map (PDF)

What should I wear?

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

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

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

Will a meal be provided at Orientation?

Meals will not be provided during Spring Orientation. Please plan to eat lunch before Orientation, and plan a great dinner afterward at the nearby Country Club Plaza or one of the restaurants surrounding campus.

When is the first day of class?

The first day of class for Spring 2018 is Tuesday, January 16, 2018. The first day of classes 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 more 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.

What if I have more questions about Orientation?

Contact a staff member in the UMKC Admissions Office by email.