We know applying to college is no easy feat, so let us be one of the first to congratulate you! Ready to become a Roo? Consider this your step-by-step guide to joining us at UMKC.

For the health and safety of our community, we have transitioned to virtual visits for our prospective students and their guests. Explore all the ways to connect with us here.

You can also chat with us live from Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.– 5 p.m., by clicking the LIVE CHAT button on the right side of this page.

First things first — What type of student are you?

No matter what led you to UMKC, we're so happy you're here! To get started on your next steps, look for the information for which type of student you are. 

Transfer student

Did you know more than 40% of our new students each year are transfer students? That's why we've created the virtual Transfer Student Center, to help you every step in the way of your journey.

Next steps for admitted transfer students

First-time college student

Congratulations on your acceptance to UMKC! This is such an exciting time, and we can't wait to welcome you. Follow these steps to officially become a Roo.

Step 1: Accept your offer and pay your confirmation fee.

Once admitted, you will need to accept your offer of admission and pay the freshmen confirmation fee of $150. By paying this fee, you are officially accepting your offer of admission.

The confirmation fee covers New Student Orientation fees for freshmen (guests have a separate fee), new student and first-year programming (including Convocation and Welcome Week) and the UMKC OneCard.

Log in to your Application Status page to complete this process. You will need the email address used when you created your application and a credit card in order to complete your acceptance of the UMKC admission offer.

Accept Offer and Pay Fee

Students admitted to master's, Ph.D. or professional graduate programs do not pay the UMKC confirmation fee, but you may be notified directly by your specific program if they require a seat deposit.


Students may request a deferment of the confirmation fee on the Admission Acceptance Form through the Student Status page. If the confirmation fee is deferred, the fee will be added to the UMKC bill and may be paid at a later time when the bill is due.

To qualify for deferment, a student must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Received an application fee waiver
  • Is eligible for a federal Pell Grant
  • Received an ACT/SAT fee waiver
  • Participated in federal free/reduced lunch program

If you are part of a program that will pay your confirmation fee, please indicate the name of the organization on the Admission Acceptance Form through the Student Status page. We will defer the fee until received by the organization.

Third party organizations may include, but are not limited to:

  • Bloch Scholars
  • Kansas SRS Olathe
  • KC Degrees
  • KC Scholars
  • Missouri Vocational Rehabilitation Centers
  • Rehabilitation Services for the Blind KC
  • VA Medical Center

The confirmation fee is non-refundable after May 1.

Prior to May 1, a student may contact the Office of Admissions and request a refund of the confirmation fee. Students should contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@umkc.edu.

Step 2: Activate your UMKC username and password.

Each student at UMKC has a username and password they use to access various online tools. These are different than the username and password you used to apply to UMKC. When you’re ready to complete this step, make sure you have your acceptance packet handy, since it contains your username, student ID number and other helpful information.

Activate Now

Step 3: Apply for scholarships and financial aid.

Don’t miss out on help paying for college — file FAFSA and apply for scholarships early to increase your chance of receiving aid.

  • To apply for financial aid, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and enter UMKC’s code: 002518. The UMKC FAFSA priority deadline is Feb. 1.
  • UMKC also offers dozens of scholarships to help you cover the cost of college. If you're an incoming freshman, check out our list of freshmen scholarships. Each scholarship has unique requirements and deadlines, so be sure to review the descriptions before you apply.

Get More Financial Aid Info

Step 4: Apply for housing.

If you’re interested in living in campus housing, we recommend you sign a housing contract as soon as possible. Housing at UMKC often fills up quickly - to have the best chance at receiving your housing preferences, we recommend signing a contract by the priority deadline of March 1.

Learn More About Housing

Submit a Contract

Step 5: Set up your UMKC email.

All students have a UMKC email address that is used for official university communications. Students must set up this email before using and should check their email regularly to receive important information about their attendance at UMKC.

Set Up Your Email

Step 6: Set up Pathway.

Pathway is the tool that UMKC uses to track student registration. Students can use Pathway to register for classes or check their class schedules after they are enrolled at the university.

Set up Pathway

Step 7: Sign up for Orientation.

Orientation is the next exciting step in your journey at UMKC! This one-day virtual program will teach you everything you need to know and do as a new student.

You will learn more about campus, review financial aid processes and register for classes. You’ll also have a chance to speak with academic advisors and other staff members who can answer your questions about curriculum, payments, housing and more. By the end of the day, you will also register for classes and feel prepared for the fall semester and beyond.

Attendance at Orientation is mandatory for all freshmen entering in the fall semester. For transfer students, it is required to complete the online orientation module and it is highly recommended to attend the virtual orientation session.

Learn more and register