FAQ

Should I register online or should I register by mail?
Please register online if you would like to pay tuition by credit card, and please register by mail if you would like to pay by check.

I created an account online, but it tells me that my account has not yet been activated.  What’s going on?
Our system will send you a confirmation email when you create an account.  Please check the email address you listed on your account and look for this email (be sure to check the spam filter!).  You must click on the confirmation link to activate your account.

If this email does not arrive within 24 hours, please call our office and confirm your email address.  We can activate your account manually.

Can I get a refund?
We do not offer refunds for our summer programs.

Am I required to stay on campus during my program?
Staying in the dorms is optional for Composition Workshop; participants who live or have alternative housing nearby are welcome to stay elsewhere.  Commuters will still need to bring money/food for lunch and/or dinner.

Are there any hotels nearby with special rates for participants?
Those wishing to stay off-campus will find many wonderful hotels in the Kansas City area. Hotels in the Plaza or Westport Districts will be closest to workshop events. UMKC does not coordinate any off-campus housing.

There are several nearby hotels that offer UMKC rates, including Extended Stay America – County Club Plaza (formerly Homestead Suites), Holiday Inn Country Club Plaza and Hampton Inn – Country Club Plaza. To obtain this rate, please call these hotels, mention your event, and ask for the UMKC rate.  Participants are responsible for their own housing costs and reservations.

I plan to fly into Kansas City – what do I need to know?
The nearest airport to UMKC is Kansas City International Airport (MCI).  This airport is located approximately 25 miles from UMKC, and there are a number of shuttles and taxi services available to transport travelers to campus, for a fee (typically $30-$50 per trip)

UMKC Conservatory Summer Programs do not arrange any airport transportation. We recommend visiting www.flykci.com to plan your trip to campus.

Will meals be provided?
Lunch and dinner will be at participants’ own expense.  All participants should budget approximately $25.00 per day for lunch and dinner (on or off campus).

Where will participants be eating?
All participants under the age of 18 will be visiting local eating establishments as a group during each mealtime.  Groups will be escorted and supervised by program interns.  This list may include, but is not limited to:

  • University Cafeteria – UMKC University Center
  • Chipotle – 4851 Main Street
  • Einstein Bros. Bagels – UMKC Royall Hall
  • Kin Lin (Chinese) – 314 E 51st St
  • Pickleman’s – 5050 Oak Street
  • Minsky’s Pizza – 5105 Main Street
  • The Mixx (Salads, Sandwiches) – 4855 Main Street
  • Pizza 51 – 5060 Oak Street
  • Planet Sub – 4928 Main Street
  • Sahara Mediterranean Food – 320 E 51st St
  • Spin! Pizza – 5391 Main Street
  • Subway – 312 E 51st Street

Adult participants of our programs are welcome to eat where they please during mealtimes.  Kansas City is home to many wonderful restaurants.

Does UMKC offer wireless internet access?
Most UMKC buildings are outfitted with wireless internet, which can be accessed by a UMKC username and password that changes weekly.  At program check-in, we can provide you with that week’s guest username and password.  This username and password will allow you to log-in everywhere on campus EXCEPT the Residence Halls.

UMKC Residence Halls are equipped with secure wireless internet. Access is available everywhere on campus and can only be accessed with a unique username and password. Participants can purchase access to the secured wifi for $35. To register, please indicate on your registration form that you would like internet.  Your username and password will be provided to you at program check-in.

I am driving to campus each day – where can I park?
For participants who will be driving to campus each day, a weekly parking permit will need to be purchased.  These permits will allow one week of parking in designated UMKC Student lots.  To purchase a permit, please indicate so on your registration form.  Permits will be available to pick up at program check-in.  If you choose not to purchase a permit in advance, you may do so during the week of your program by visiting the UMKC Parking Office.  When available, permit fees are posted on our Registration Fees page.

Please note– Parking permits are good for UMKC STUDENT LOTS only, and your permit must be displayed at all times when parked in Student lots.  Parking in UMKC Faculty/Staff or Metered Parking lots may result in a ticket, even if your student permit is displayed.  Please read all signs carefully!  UMKC Conservatory Summer Programs are not responsible for tickets issued.

Do I need to bring towels/sheets?
Linens and towels (sheets, blanket, pillow, pillowcase, towels, washcloth) will be provided.  Please note, the sheets provided include two flat sheets; if you need a fitted sheet, you are welcome to bring your own.

Can my parent/spouse stay in on-campus housing with me?
We do not allow rooming with any non-participants (include parents) during this week.  If you have questions about this policy, please call our office at (816) 235-2741.

What’s the weather like in Kansas City at this time of year?
Summers in Kansas City are hot and humid.  University rooms and the dorms are air conditioned, but summer clothing is recommended.  You may want to bring a sweater if you get chilly in air conditioning.