Transferring to a new college or university is a big decision. That's why we've created this step-by-step guide to joining us at UMKC, to help you evaluate your options here at UMKC.

Transfer Application Process

Here are the step-by-step instructions for becoming a Roo if you've earned college credits at another college or university after high school.

If you have taken college courses after graduating from high school, UMKC considers you a transfer student. (However, if you earned all your college credits as a dual-credit high school student, follow the freshman application process.)

General admission GPA requirements

For students with 24 or more transferable college credit hours, admission decisions are based on a student's cumulative transfer GPA.

Students can check whether their courses will transfer by creating a Transferology report.

Learn about transfer credit

If the Transferology report lists any of your courses as "Maybe," please email for clarification on how many transferable credit hours you have.

Transfer students need an overall 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale in all coursework, which includes repeat coursework attempted at previous institutions.

Please use our UMKC GPA calculator for help with how your GPA may be calculated.

Transfer students without a 2.0 or higher college GPA must submit a petition for admission. (See petition process in step 3.)

Academic unit and program GPA requirements

Some academic units and programs require a different cumulative GPA for an admission decision.

List of the academic unit or program, the number of credit hours and the GPA required for a transfer application decision.
Program Credit hours College GPA
Accounting 24 2.5
Business Administration 24 2.5
Civil Engineering 24 2.5
Mechanical Engineering 24 2.5
Dental Hygiene 60 2.75
B.S.N. Pre-Licensure and Accelerated 60 2.75
B.S.N. Currently an R.N. 60 2.5
Public Health 24 2.5
Pharmacy 57 2.75

High school information and transcripts

Transfer students with 24 or more college credits do not need to share their high school information or transcript when submitting the application. If a high school transcript is needed for an admission decision, UMKC Office of Admissions staff will be in contact with you and request this.

General admission GPA requirements

For students with fewer than 24 credit hours of transferable college credit, admission decisions are based on a combination of freshman admission requirements and college coursework attempted. These students must also send in official high school transcripts and ACT or SAT scores, if applicable.

Freshman admission requirements

If you have fewer than 24 college credits, you also fall under the UMKC test-optional admission process, where applicants without an ACT or SAT score may still be admitted to UMKC.

UMKC test-optional process

If you consider yourself to be an adult learner or non-traditional student, you should follow the admission criteria based on whether you have more or less than 24 credit hours.

Credits from regionally accredited institutions do not expire, so no matter when you earned your college credit, you can apply it toward your degree.

However, the UMKC School of Nursing and Health Sciences requires these courses not be older than five years when you are beginning the clinical program.

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Chemistry with lab
  • Microbiology

Students who have served in the armed forces may be eligible to receive college credit for courses completed through the military and occupational specialty training. The American Council of Education recommends that the Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services generally serves as a basis for granting such credit. To count toward a degree, the credit recommended must be appropriate to the student's curriculum. UMKC does not grant credit for military science or for courses that are strictly military or vocational in content.

Veteran or active-duty members should follow the admission criteria based on whether you have more or less than 24 credit hours. However, military credit does not count toward your count of more than 24 hours. If a veteran or active-duty member only has military credit, they should follow the freshman admission requirements, including submitting a high school transcript.

Veteran or active-duty members may have their application fee waived when the student uploads their DD-214 (select "DD-214" when uploading on the application) or current active orders as a "fee waiver supporting document."

View resources for veterans

Students may transfer among campuses within the University of Missouri (UM) system. Any course that leads to an undergraduate degree on any campus of the UM system is accepted in transfer toward the same degree on each campus of the UM system offering that degree.

Students will have two cumulative grade-point averages.

  • Campus GPA, which will be calculated by procedures defined at the campus
  • University of Missouri GPA, which will include all grades and credits attempted at any University of Missouri campus, including all grades, credits and points for any courses that are repeated

Any student attempting to transfer between University of Missouri campuses to UMKC should be aware that their cumulative University of Missouri GPA will be used to determine their admissibility.

View the transfer policy

Complete and submit the general UMKC application online. Completing the application process does not serve as a statement of acceptance or admission to UMKC.

Apply now

The following dates are not hard deadlines. Many academic programs at UMKC admit students on a rolling basis. We strongly encourage applying by the priority dates below to allow sufficient time to complete Admitted Next Steps once a decision has been made:

  • June 15 - Fall semester
  • Nov. 15 - Spring semester

For academic units and programs with other application deadlines, see "Special application processes and deadlines."


Apply using the UMKC online application.

If you have already applied through the Common App, we will send you an email with instructions on how to complete the additional requirements in the UMKC application portal.

Application deadlines

  • Dec. 15 (11:59 p.m. CST) - most Conservatory programs
  • Dec. 1 (11:59 p.m. CST) - Music Composition (Bachelor of Music, Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts) and UMKC Conservatory/Lyric Opera Apprentice Artist Program

New students begin in the Fall semester for most Conservatory programs. If you would like to inquire about starting in the Spring semester, please contact Conservatory Admissions.

Questions about the Conservatory admissions process? Call us at 816-235-2900 or email Conservatory Admissions.

Learn more about Conservatory admissions

School of Education Institute for Urban Education

All application materials must be submitted or postmarked by March 1.

Supplemental application materials:

  • IUE application
  • 750-word personal statement, addressing interest and commitment to urban education
  • Two letters of reference
  • Completed FAFSA
  • Completed UMKC general scholarship applications
  • Formal interview

Learn more about Institute for Urban Education Admissions

School of Dentistry – Dental Hygiene Program

Fill out UMKC general and supplemental applications by Dec. 1 for the Fall semester.

Learn more about Dental Hygiene admissions

School of Nursing and Health Studies – Bachelor of Science in Nursing

  • Submit UMKC general application
  • Submit supplemental application when it becomes available in November. It is due in January of the following year for the Fall semester.

Learn more about the School of Nursing and Health Studies admissions

School of Pharmacy – Pharm.D. Program

The application deadline is March 1, but students are encouraged to apply during the fall or early winter to be accepted on a rolling basis. New students are admitted only in the Fall.

Learn more about Pharm.D. admissions

Honors College

  • March 1 - Fall semester priority deadline (applications are accepted until Aug. 1)
  • Dec. 1 - Spring semester priority deadline

Learn more about Honors College admissions

A $45 nonrefundable application fee will be collected at the time of application. However, students who were previously enrolled as degree-seeking at UMKC are exempt from the application fee.

Documentation showing proof of financial need/hardship or that you're a member of a service that assists those in need in paying for their education may be uploaded to the application as a "Fee Waiver Supporting Document" to be reviewed for consideration of waiving the $45 application fee. Documents must clearly state the applicant’s name and match the name listed on the student's application.

We accept these documents as proof of financial need/hardship.

  • FAFSA-generated Expected Family Contribution (EFC) number showing a student is eligible for a Pell Grant
  • Social security, disability or unemployment pay stubs
  • Proof of food stamps/free or reduced lunch program

We also accept proof of membership in these groups.

  • Bloch Scholars
  • KC Scholars
  • TRiO
  • Other need-based academic scholars program

Transfer students can upload unofficial transcripts directly to their application on their application status page.

An admission decision can be made using unofficial transcripts; however, your application is not considered complete until all information is submitted.

  • Official transcript(s) (including high school, if applicable). Transcripts are considered official if they are received in a sealed envelope or sent electronically to the Office of Admissions through either Parchment, National Student Clearing House, SCOIR or eScrip-Safe. If the student receives the transcript before the third party, and the sealed envelope is broken, it is no longer considered by us to be official.
  • Official test scores, if applicable. Test scores are not required for test-optional admission. Test scores are required for scholarship consideration. The ACT code for UMKC is 2380. The SAT code for UMKC is 6872.

Please submit your official transcripts and test scores using one of these methods.

By mail

UMKC Office of Admissions
Administrative Center
5115 Oak St., Room 120
Kansas City, MO 64112

By secured email

By electronic transfer

Through your academic institution.

All admission decisions are contingent upon receiving final official transcripts and test scores, if applicable, acceptable completion of all remaining coursework and proof of graduation from high school. Final transcripts and test scores, if applicable, will be used to verify self-reported information. If misrepresentations are found, UMKC reserves the right to rescind offers of admission.

Permanent resident status

Students who are permanent residents need to send a copy of their Permanent Resident Card, or Green Card (front and back).

Refugee and asylum status

Students who are refugees or are present in the United States based on asylum status need to send a copy of their I-94 that shows either the Refugee or Asylum status stamp.

DACA status

DACA students must submit the I-797 form.

Mail the documentation to:

UMKC Office of Admissions
Administrative Center
5115 Oak St., Room 120
Kansas City, MO 64112

Transfer students can expect an admission decision within two weeks of submitting all application materials.

If it has been longer than two weeks since the Office of Admissions received all materials, please review your application status page. If your application portal does not share the reason for a delayed decision, please email the Transfer Student Center for an update.

Some academic units and programs review their own applications so it may take longer to receive an admission decision from them.

  • School of Computing and Engineering
  • School of Biological and Chemical Sciences (dependent on grades)
  • Conservatory
  • School of Pharmacy
  • School of Dentistry
  • School of Nursing and Health Sciences – B.S.N. and R.N. to B.S.N. Applicants

Transfer students who do not have a 2.0 or higher college GPA can still apply for admission at UMKC, but you may be asked to submit a petition for admission. You do not need to submit a petition for admission unless you have been requested to submit one by the Office of Admissions. If you have any questions about your petition, please email the Transfer Student Center.

Often, students are confused that UMKC Office of Admissions has calculated their GPA below 2.0. While some schools allow students to retake classes and repeat courses for a new grade, this is not an automatic process at UMKC. When the Office Admissions calculates a student’s GPA, the repeated course grade as well as the grade the student received when the student retook the class are assessed.

The quickest way to petition is by filling out the electronic petition that will be placed on your Application Status Page if a petition is requested. 

The Office of Admissions defers all petitions to the academic unit to which a student has applied. Timelines for petition decisions vary based on the academic unit's review process. If you have questions about the status of your petition, please email the Transfer Student Center.