Consumer Information

The University of Missouri-Kansas City is required by law to make available to enrolled students, prospective students and their parents certain information about its operations.

The University of Missouri—Kansas City is required by law to make available to enrolled students, prospective students, and their parents certain information about its operations. Such information pertains to: (1) general institutional operation, (2) financial aid, (3) general completion and graduation rates, (4) annual security report, (5) completion and graduation rates for student athletes, and (6) athletic program participation rates and financial support.

To meet the requirement, information for the University of Missouri—Kansas City is provided below. Web site addresses are specified for all information items and any questions can be addressed to the UMKC Student HelpLine at 816-235-2222 or helpline@umkc.edu. UMKC can provide a paper copy of any of the information items displayed on the listed web sites upon request.

In addition, UMKC occasionally develops statements or policies on important matters and distributes them to all students. It is a student's responsibility to know and follow current requirements and procedures at the departmental, college and University levels, including those described in these resources:

Academic and Accreditation Information

Information concerning UMKC’s current educational programs and course descriptions is available on our Academics page. This includes information about instructional, laboratory, and other physical facilities that relate to the academic programs, as well as faculty and other instructional personnel.

Additional information may be found in the Academic Catalog.

Students may also access Major Maps for academic programs.

The policies and procedures related to academic governance may be accessed from the Provost's Policy Library and the Collected Rules and Regulations of the University of Missouri.

The University of Missouri-Kansas City is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association. See our Statement of Affiliation Status.

Specific undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs are also accredited by specialized accrediting agencies. Please see the full list of accredited programs and their accrediting agencies.

See more information about UMKC accreditation

Retention and Graduation data of the university’s degree-seeking, full-time undergraduate students are available on the Office of Institutional Research, Assessment and Planning website.

Each institution must provide a report annually to the state and to the general public. The states submit to the Department of Education, and make available to the public, an annual report containing institutional and state-level information. The Department makes the state reports available to the public.

Detailed lists of required course materials are available from the UMKC Bookstore.

Visit UMKC Bookstore

Tuition and Financial Aid

The cost of attending UMKC consists of tuition and fees, books and supplies, room and board, transportation and any additional costs for a program in which the student is enrolled or expresses an interest.

View cost of attendance

You can also see the UMKC Fee estimator for current tuition and fee rates.

The Financial Aid and Scholarships website includes information about the following:

  • need-based and non-need based federal, state, local, private and institutional financial assistance programs available to students
  • eligibility requirements and procedures for applying for aid
  • criteria for selecting recipients and determining amount of award
  • methods and frequency of disbursements of aid
  • financial aid terms and conditions, including terms applicable to employment provided as part of a financial aid package
  • rights and responsibilities of students receiving Title IV, HEA loans
  • the availability of financial aid for study abroad program
  • how financial aid is handled when students withdraw
  • contact information for questions regarding financial aid

We highly recommend you review the following information to learn more about financial aid at UMKC.

In accordance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA), by October 29, 2011, each postsecondary institution in the United States that participates in Title IV student aid programs must post a net price calculator on its Web site that uses institutional data to provide estimated net price information to current and prospective students and their families based on a student's individual circumstances.

Use the net price calculator

Federal law provides that a student who has been convicted of an offense under any federal or state law involving the possession or sale of a controlled substance during a period of enrollment for which the student was receiving financial aid shall not be eligible to receive any federal or institutional grant, loan, or work assistance.

See the written notice of penalties for drug violations (PDF)

If a student withdraws or drops a course, UMKC will adhere to the published educational fees refund schedule. Exceptions to the refund schedule may be requested via written student appeal. Please see more information regarding the requirements and procedures for students seeking to withdraw from classes and return of Title IV, HEA financial aid.

Student Safety and Health

Information regarding public safety at UMKC is provided in the Campus Crime and Fire Safety Report. Also called the Clery Report, it includes crime statistics for the previous three years, information about police and public safety resources, reporting crimes, coordination between law enforcement agencies, fire and medical emergencies, crime prevention, victim support services, UMKC policies, campus facilities, residence hall security, timely warning policy statement, the UMKC Policy on Sexual Harassment, and the UMKC Alcohol and Other Drug Policy.

View UMKC Clery Report

Pursuant to the Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act, any person required to register under a state sex offender registration program must notify the state regarding each institution of higher education in that state at which he or she is employed or enrolled and must alert the state of any changes in enrollment or employment status.  Sex offender registration information is to be transmitted from each state to the law enforcement agency where the registered sex offender resides.  The Missouri Sex Offender Registry is maintained by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

To obtain a paper copy of UMKC’s Clery Report or the crime log, contact the University of Missouri Kansas City Police Department at (816) 235-1515 or at 5005 Oak Street.

In order to adequately protect its students at risk for communicable disease, UMKC requires a variety of immunizations for students identified as high-risk (i.e., residence hall students, international students and those enrolled in the schools of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and nursing) These students will be notified by the appropriate campus office of specific immunization requirements pertaining to them. Exemptions from immunizations are permitted for health and religious reasons. Students who exempt themselves from immunization for either reason must sign a University of Missouri exemption form (parents must sign for students under 18). For medical exemptions, the form must be completed by a physician. The form should be presented in lieu of actual immunization records to the office making the request. These records will be kept in the appropriate office with actual immunization records. For their own protection, students who have an exemption may be required to leave campus in case of an outbreak. UMKC strongly encourages all of its students to review and update their immunization records, particularly as they relate to measles. The American College Health Association recommends that all college students born after 1956 should have two doses of the measles vaccine. All UMKC students are encouraged to file health care provider-signed documentation of immunization with the Registrar’s Office. In the event of a measles outbreak, students who don’t have documentation on file may be asked to leave campus.

UMKC recommends that all incoming students follow the recommendations of the American College Health Association.

Health professions and education majors may be required additional immunizations per individual schools.
If you choose to live on campus, you must submit record of a meningitis and MMR vaccinations.

UMKC Student Health offers all of these immunizations, see a complete list of their primary health care services.

Meningitis is a preventable disease that can affect college students and cause serious and even fatal consequences. Learn more about meningitis and the vaccine that can protect you. If you live in campus housing, you are required to have this vaccine or sign a waiver at the Office of Residential Life. If you have not received a dose since age 16, call Student Health Center at 816-235-6133 for an appointment. The Missouri Health and Senior Services brochure (PDF) is a great informational resource.

The university has specific notification procedures to be followed when a student residing in on-campus housing has been reported missing for more than 24 hours.

View missing student policy (PDF)

UMKC Drug and Alcohol Prevention Program (PDF)

Biennial Review 2018-2019 (PDF)

The Campus Crime and Fire Safety Report provides information about alcohol and other drug health risks, drug alcohol laws and penalties, and campus alcohol and other drug education and counseling resources.

A Missouri state law requires all students, faculty and visitors to wear an industrial-quality protective eye device when participating in courses of instruction that involve a potential eye hazard.

Your class instructor will advise you as to the specific type of protection needed. Personal protective eye wear can be obtained at the UMKC Bookstore.

Disability and Accessibility

Student Disability Services:

  • provides disability-related information and referrals
  • documents disability
  • conducts needs assessments
  • facilitates reasonable accommodations
  • provides disability-related technical assistance and auxiliary aids/services
  • provides advocacy and training

Find additional information on services and resources available to students with disabilities on their website.

Visit Student Disability Services

People with speech or hearing impairments can contact the University by using Relay Missouri, 800-735-2966 (TTY).

Visit the Disability Resources website for additional information on services and resources available to students with disabilities.

Outcomes and Career Information

The Student Outcomes Report provides post-graduation outcomes of UMKC baccalaureate degree recipients. The report is prepared using information obtained annually from students who received a baccalaureate degree, offering a snapshot of their progress during the transition out of college.

In addition, students and alumni have access to UMKC Career Services, which provides assessments, individual career counseling, workshops, career fairs, and campus programming as part of the University’s comprehensive career development experience.

Visit Career Services

General student and campus information

College Scorecard

College Scorecards in the U.S. Department of Education’s College Affordability and Transparency Center make it easier for you to search for a college that is a good fit for you. You can use the College Scorecard to find out more about a college’s affordability and value so you can make more informed decisions about which college to attend.

Paying for College

Get help to make informed financial decisions about how to pay for college. Start by comparing financial aid offers or understanding student loan repayment options.

College Navigator

Use information from the National Center for Education Statistics, US Department of Education and the Institute of Education Sciences to guide your college search process.

Information about student body diversity, including the number of enrolled full-time students by gender and race/ethnicity, is provided by Institutional Research, Assessment and Planning.

See how many undergraduate students receive a Federal Pell Grant

The University of Missouri is committed to providing a positive work and learning environment where all individuals are treated fairly and with respect, regardless of their status. Intimidation and harassment have no place in a university community. To honor the dignity and inherent worth of every individual — student, employee or applicant for employment or admission — is a goal to which every member of the University community should aspire and to which officials of the University should direct attention and resources.

With respect to students, it is the University’s special responsibility to provide a positive climate in which students can learn. Chancellors are expected to provide educational programs and otherwise direct resources to creative and serious measures designed to improve interpersonal relationships to help develop healthy attitudes toward different kinds of people and to foster a climate in which students are treated as individuals rather than as members of a particular category of people. Visit the website for more information on intellectual diversity, grievance procedures and sexual harassment.

Visit the HelpLine

With respect to employees, the strength we have as a university is directly related to maintaining a positive work environment throughout the institution. The University should provide a positive recruiting and work environment focused on the duties and skills of work to be performed. It is the expectation of the University that all employees and potential employees will be treated on the basis of their contribution without regard to personal characteristics not related to competence, demonstrated ability, performance or the advancement of the legitimate interest of the University. The General Officers are expected to provided training programs for supervisors to assist in achieving this objective.

Get more information about the UM Equal Employment/ Educational Opportunity and Nondiscrimination Policy and Equity Resolution Processes.

Student Records

In accordance with Public Law 93-380, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, UMKC is required to inform currently enrolled students of their right to access certain education records. Education records maintained by UMKC, and available to students, are financial aid records, students’ cumulative advisement file, student health records, disciplinary records and the cumulative scholastic record. 

Get more information on FERPA

To request access, contact the following offices:

Financial Aid and Scholarships Office
Administrative Center, 5115 Oak St.

Disciplinary Records
Division of Student Affairs
Student Union 310

Student Health Records
Obie Austin
5110 Oak St., Ste. 237

All Other Educational Records
Registration and Records
Administrative Center, 5115 Oak St.

Any student may review, upon written request, his or her records and, if erroneous information is included therein, may request the expunging of such information. Written requests must be made to the officials named above for access to records desired. (Students desiring reproduction of education records will be charged a per copy rate based on current actual reproduction costs.)

A UMKC student wishing to challenge the content of any record may request an opportunity for a hearing to insure that the records are not inaccurate. UMKC officials charged with custody of education records will attempt to settle informally any disputes by meetings and discussions with the student.

If a formal hearing is necessary, the student or the UMKC official charged with the custody of the education records may request such a hearing by submitting a request in writing to the chancellor, who will appoint a hearing officer or a hearing committee. The hearing shall be conducted and decision rendered by an appointed official or officials who shall not have a direct interest in the outcome.

Either party may appeal the decision of the hearing to the chancellor.

UMKC designates as “Directory Information-Public Information” the following categories of information: student name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, student level, full- and part-time status, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, and the most recent previous educational agency or institution attended by the student.

A student wishing to restrict the release of “Directory Information” pertaining to him or her is to advise Registration and Records in writing or by logging in to Pathway to restrict their privacy settings. Any student wishing to obtain a copy of the complete guidelines governing the protection of the privacy of student records under the Public Law may do so.

Your name, local address and telephone numbers will be included in electronic or printed student directories unless restricted by you. 

Restrict directory information

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that gives students the right to review their education records, to request amendment of their records, to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information, and to file complaints with the U.S. Department of Education.

Additional information regarding student rights under FERPA is available from Registration and Records. This information includes UMKC procedures for reviewing and requesting amendment of education records, notice of the types of information UMKC has designated as directory information, and students’ right to opt-out of directory information.

Review FERPA information

If you have any questions about your rights under FERPA, please contact Registration and Records at (816) 235-1125.

Student Complaints and Discipline

Students can also visit the University of Missouri Student Standard of Conduct for more information about student conduct and discipline.

The University of Missouri - Kansas City is committed to respecting all members of our university community and providing a quality educational experience for all students. The objective of the Student Complaint Policy is to ensure that the concerns and complaints of students are addressed fairly and are resolved promptly.

In most instances, situations can be resolved by speaking with the department chair, dean’s office or by following these established processes:

UMKC Grade Appeal Process

UMKC Refund Petition Process

UM Equal Employment/ Educational Opportunity and Nondiscrimination Policy and Equity Resolution Processes

UMKC Title IX Office

UMKC Student HelpLine

If a student has a significant complaint that cannot be addressed within another established university policy, students may choose to file a formal complaint with the Office of the Dean of Students. This complaint process is not an appeal to re-examine a decision made through a University policy nor does it supersede another defined university process. If the student's complaint involves discrimination or Title IX issues, the student is referred to the Office of Affirmative Action.

Students may submit a formal complaint to the Office of the Dean of Students utilizing the online complaint form. Formal complaints should include specific information about the concern, measures the student has already taken to address the concern, and any resolution sought. The Dean of Students will determine the best process to investigate and address each complaint.

File a formal complaint with the Dean of Students

In addition, the University has an obligation to track and log significant student complaints as required by federal regulations and the Higher Learning Commission. The Office of the Dean of Students will log student complaints that are made utilizing the formal online complaint form. This log does not include concerns reported to other individuals, concerns reported by individuals who are not current, former, or prospective students, and concerns for which other processes exist. UMKC does not tolerate retaliation against individuals who file a complaint or who cooperate in the investigation of such complaints.

If after exhausting all available institutional processes a student's complaint remains unresolved, the student may make a complaint to the Missouri Coordinating Board of Higher Education (PDF).

Students enrolled in online courses and/or online programs can file a formal complaint through the established UMKC Student Complaint Policy.  If an online student is not satisfied with the outcome of that process, a complaint may be made via the Missouri SARA portal agency.

Students may also make a complaint to the Higher Learning Commission.

UMKC Information Services provides information about UMKC policies and sanctions related to copyright infringement and unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, including disciplinary action taken against students who engage in illegal downloading or unauthorized distribution of copyrighted materials using UMKC information technology systems. The information also includes a notice that informs students that unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material may subject the students to civil and criminal liabilities. A summary of the penalties for violation of federal copyright laws is also provided.

Digital Millennium Copyright Act

Policy related to Peer to Peer Sharing

State Information, Legal Statements and Holidays

States require that the University of Missouri-Kansas City be authorized to deliver university-level distance and online education to their residents.

View state authorization and programs authorized

The UM System Board of Curators and UMKC are committed to providing equal opportunities to all students without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. Compliance with Chapter 600.010 of the UM System Collected Rules and Regulations is monitored by the Office of Affirmative Action, but it is the responsibility of the entire university community to provide equal opportunity through relevant practices, initiatives, and programs. If you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or harassment based on their protected identity, you can make a report using UMKC’s online Title IX complaint form.

The Affirmative Action Office, 212 Administrative Center, 5115 Oak St., is responsible for all relevant programs. Call 816-235-1323 for information.

Constitution Day became a recognized federal holiday in 2004, when legislation authored by Senator Robert Byrd was signed into law. The Act mandates that all educational institutions that receive public funding provide educational programming on the history of the American Constitution on or near September 17th each year.

UMKC annually celebrates Constitution Day with an event co-sponsored by the UMKC School of Law that reflects on an aspect of the Constitution and its impact on our daily lives. See information about our 2019 celebration.

Athletics and Transfer Information

In compliance with the Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act, information on men’s and women’s athletic programs at UMKC is available on the U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education Equity in Athletics Disclosure website. The report includes the number of participants by gender for each team, operating and recruiting expenses, coaches’ salaries, revenues, and athletically related student aid.

See retention and graduation rates for student-athletes

Get information related to transfer and test credit

More information about transferring credits from another institution as well as University-approved articulation and consortium agreements can be found on the UMKC Admissions website.