Office of the

Student Success

Students are the focus of everything we do, and their success is our number one priority.

Our commitment to student success shapes academic programs and campus services that ensure students find a place where they are welcomed, cared for and belong. We approach our work through the lens of the student experience to create a welcoming climate, a sense of belonging and a focus on health and wellness, resiliency and decision-making support.


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Our Student Success Model is based on a vision for student success that is personalized, engaging and supportive from the moment students step onto campus until they accept their diplomas as resilient graduates who are equipped for whatever path they choose next. 

Culture of Caring

At UMKC, we treat students as our family. Faculty, staff and administrators believe each student has unique value and is worthy of our time, attention and respect. We are committed to balancing high expectations of our students with programs and services that support and facilitate their growth, development and academic achievement. We believe in giving students lifelong tools to help themselves.

Academic Services

UMKC has innovative, groundbreaking academic support and mentoring programs to ensure students meet their academic goals.

Emotional Well-being

UMKC has a variety of ways we ensure students' well-being. UMKC Counseling Services fosters the psychological health, personal development and educational potential of our diverse student, faculty, staff and campus community.


UMKC values diversity as central to its mission as an urban-serving research university and as a driver of excellence in teaching and learning. UMKC embraces a broad spectrum of diversities, including race, ethnicity, culture, nationality, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, linguistic ability, learning style, religion, socioeconomic and veteran status, life experiences, educational level and family structure.

Disability Services

We aim to serve all students regardless of physical difference. Our Student Disability Services will help you develop the best plan to ensure that you can access all that UMKC has to offer.

Student Life

We want UMKC to feel like your home away from home whether you traveled eight minutes or 8,000 miles to step onto campus. We can help you navigate life on campus and introduce you to endless ways to immerse yourself in our welcoming and diverse community.

Student Resources

It's important to us that students feel safe and have the resources that they need. The Division of Student Affairs provides guidelines on both student expectations and resources.

Career Services

At UMKC, we will help you find a job - and a career, beginning with help choosing a major based on the future you want.

Student Affairs

The mission of the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management is to provide leadership in attracting and developing a diverse student population through a vibrant and engaging collegiate experience that supports students in defining and achieving their personal and educational goals.

Academic Support

We support students on the pathway to degree completion through academic initiatives that encourage progress and persistence, including counseling, supervision, peer mentoring and undergraduate research. UMKC's proactive advising, supplemental instruction, Writing Studio and Student Success Center programs provide ongoing resources for academic success. Our undergraduate research initiatives in particular provide unique opportunities for growth. At UMKC, we know that research is how we learn and learn how to learn. These hands-on, intellectual risk-taking experiences broaden students' mentoring relationships, enhance their skills and allow them to explore potential careers.

Innovative Teaching and Learning

The Faculty Center for Excellence in Teaching (FaCET) is a hub for existing UMKC programs that emphasize student learning, and it is a gathering place for faculty who are committed to the improvement of their own teaching as well as the scholarship of teaching and learning.

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Finding a mentor can be integral to academic success. We provide tailored mentoring for students from all backgrounds in need of various levels of support.

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Student-Focused Operations

Students enter UMKC with a variety of academic backgrounds. We are ready to help students with scholarship information, a responsive admissions process, summer programs to ensure successful transition into college, as well as clear paths to degree completion.

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Leadership and Career Preparation

At UMKC, we are invested in lifelong learning. We offer robust career service support, student work-study opportunities, campus employment experiences and ePortfolios.