Each year in the Fall semester, a new class of fifteen students will be admitted for the two year Propel Program.

Steps to Admission

1. Apply

Complete the application packet by the December 15th priority deadline or the February 1st deadline.  Note: Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) by the December 15 priority deadline.  Those completing the application and FAFSA past the deadlines will not be eligible for all scholarships and Federal financial aid.

*NEW* The application has been updated.  Two new application requirements are the video submission “Why I want to be a Propel student?” and the Reference Form for completion of the College Readiness Assessment with the applicant.

Don’t forget to request your official high school transcript, IEP or other proof of eligibility for IDEA services.  The application will not be considered for admission if any portion of the application is not complete.

2. Interview

Applicants will be contacted to schedule an interview with the Propel Admission Selection Committee.

3. Notice

All applicants will be notified regarding their admission decision.

  • Admitted – Student is fully admitted to the incoming Propel class.
  • Wait List – Student may be admitted if space becomes available.
  • Denied – Student is not admitted to Propel.

4. Orientation

All Propel students are required to attend a week long student orientation.  They will get to know the Propel faculty and staff and the campus.  They will meet with their advisor and register for their Fall classes.  They will also spend time with the other Propel students and their peer mentors.

All Propel students and their families are required to attend the UMKC Orientation on one of two dates in the Summer.

5. Propel

Propel students will begin their journey toward education, employment and independence.