Congratulations on your admission to the University of Missouri – Kansas City! We are so excited that you have selected UMKC to pursue your higher education goals. We look forward to seeing you soon and welcoming you to the UMKC Family. Before you begin your journey to Kansas City, there are a few steps and procedures you will need to complete. We know this can be an overwhelming process, but if you follow the checklist below you will soon be ready to embark on your new and exciting journey!
Admitted Student Checklist
If you have recently received your admission letter and your I-20 document, you are ready to complete the following steps.
- Apply for Your U.S. Student Visa
Many U.S. Embassies/Consulates now take approximately four to six weeks to process student visas. You can obtain more detailed information about applying for your student visa by visiting our Student Visa page.
All newly admitted students must complete an online orientation. This presentation is designed to better prepare you for what to expect when you arrive in the U.S. and at UMKC. You will be unable to schedule your mandatory check-in session if you have not completed E-Orientation.
- Mandatory Check-In Session
New students must check in at the International Student Affairs Office (ISAO) by attending a check-in session before they will be able to enroll for classes.
If a check-in session is not available within one to two days after your arrival at UMKC, please go directly to ISAO and tell them you need to check in. Each check-in session can only accommodate 15 students, so please sign up in advance for the session you wish to attend.
The following documents must be presented at the time of check-in:
- Passport with visa and U.S. entry stamp, marked valid for duration of status by “D/S”
- A copy of I-94 form which can be retrieved from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Website
- I-20 or DS-2019
- Immunization records (optional)
- Final official transcripts and certificates of completion if they have not yet been submitted
Please arrive for your session 15 minutes in advance; late entry to check-in sessions is not permitted.
- English Language Evaluation
The Applied Language Institute (ALI) language evaluation is required for all newly admitted students who have not submitted TOEFL/IELTS test scores. Students who have submitted test scores but the scores are less than 100 (TOEFL iBT) or 6.5 (IELTS) will also be required to take the English language evaluation. Students from English-speaking countries or who have studied two years of academic courses in an English-speaking country are exempt from this evaluation.
All newly admitted, degree-seeking students must attend orientation. Orientation is scheduled the Thursday before courses begin each semester. If you do not attend this mandatory orientation you will receive a hold on your account which will prevent you from enrolling in future semesters.
- Enroll in Classes
After check-in, you will be directed to see an academic adviser who will assist you with the selection of your classes. You can then enroll with your adviser or at the Registrar’s Office using Pathway (an online tool). In order to log into Pathway, you will need your UMKC username and assigned password, which you will receive at check-in.