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The First Semester Experience (FSE) is about making connections, exploring career options and understanding what it means to be a UMKC Roo.

Your first semester is an important beginning — we’re here to help you make the most of it. We’ll connect with you with the people and resources you need to succeed and enjoy your time at UMKC and help you start creating a career you'll love.

These are some of the experiences you can look forward to:

Exploring careers and your major with like-minded peers

You’ll be placed in a meta-major cohort — a grouping of interest areas that have related majors or career paths. Together, you’ll explore your major along with related career branches through guest speakers and small group discussions and experiences. All FSE students will complete a career assessment and participate in events at the career center as part of the program.

The five meta-major areas are Natural and Health Sciences, Human Behavior, Arts and Cultural Studies, Numbers, Engineering, Technology, and the Cosmos, and Business. There is also meta-major cohort for exploratory students who want to learn about a broader range career and major pathways at UMKC.

Making connections through small groups

Outside lecture halls, you’ll be in smaller group conversations with other first-semester students in your meta-major. You will have an upperclass student leader (called a Peer Academic Leader, or PAL) and faculty guide to help you refine your career goals.

Hear about our PALs

Learn About Campus Resources To Help You Succeed

You will have learn about and and connect with with essential campus services such as Academic Support and Mentoring, the Division of Diversity and Inclusion, Student Health and Wellness, Equity and Title IX, and Career Services. You will also select from a range of elective experiences that that will help you connect with campus activities and clubs, events hosted by departments throughout the university, and a range of events in the community.

Serving our community

As an urban research institution, UMKC works to make life better here in Kansas City, in Missouri and around the world. From research work to class field trips to volunteering opportunities, as a Roo you’ll have the chance to make a difference in the lives of those around us.


"Not only do I love the people here, but I love that there are a great deal of faculty and staff members who want you to succeed just as much as you want to succeed."

Kiarra Brown-Edwards

Communication Studies