Academic Resources

UMKC provides a wide variety of resources to help students successfully reach their academic goals.  Below you will find a short description of these programs and links to their websites for more details. For academic policies and specific requirements for your degree program, please see the UMKC Catalog.

Academic Support and Mentoring

Academic Support and Mentoring (ASM) provides UMKC students with several programs designed to improve their academic performance and transition to the University, including the UMKC Coaching Program, Supplemental Instruction, Math and Science Tutoring, Summer Bridge, and the Reading Enhancement Program.  In addition, ASM administers UMKC’s federal grant program, Jumpstart (Americorps), which matches college students with area pre-school children to help them build a strong learning foundation for future success.

Academic Advising

Academic advisors assist students in developing their academic goals, help navigate degree requirements, and explore career options related to their chosen majors.  Many degree programs require students to meet with an academic advisor prior to enrollment each semester; additionally, some programs utilize professional staff advisors as well as faculty advisors.

Academic Policies and Catalogs

The Provost’s Office maintains the Academic Policy Library and Academic Catalogs for undergraduate programs and graduate & professional programs.  Students are expected to become familiar and to comply with all academic policies and program requirements.

Search the Academic Policy Library.

Search the UMKC Catalog.

Career Services

The mission of UMKC’s Career Services is to empower students to successfully develop, evaluate, and initiate career planning and professional development within a constantly changing work environment. Students utilize Handshake to request a career counseling appointment, begin searching for jobs and internships, and to learn about upcoming career events.

Coaching Program

The Coaching Program provides students with one-on-one peer mentoring for academic and social support at the University.  Students meet weekly with their peer coach and participate in social activities.  The Program also provides a series of Success Seminars for students on various topics, including study skills, time-management, financial literacy, writing a research paper, and using library resources.

Disability Services

UMKC is committed to being a disability-aware campus in which faculty, staff and students understand the unique challenges, myths and stereotypes faced by people with disabilities; recognize the unique contributions that people with disabilities make to society; and accept and engage people with disabilities in the daily flow of life.  Most importantly, Services for Students with Disabilities assists students in achieving their academic goals at UMKC.

UM policy related to students with disabilities

Graduation Requirements

In general, undergraduate students may graduate after completing at least 120 credit hours and by maintaining a 2.0 cumulative GPARead More

Other requirements include completion of the last 30 hours at UMKC (commonly referred to as “residency requirement”), completion of major field exam, RooWriter writing assessment, and the undergraduate exit exam.  Departments and Schools may have additional or more stringent requirements.  Students should meet with an advisor throughout their academic career to ensure they are on track to graduate.

If you fail to take your required exams before the end of the semester in which you plan to graduate, you will need to reapply for graduation. The University of Missouri Board of Curators, other state entities, and the national college accrediting agency require the University to assess the effectiveness of academic programs. All undergraduate students must take a test of general education and complete a major field test prior to being granted a baccalaureate degree. Graduation depends on completion of exit exam requirements.

Transcripts and diplomas may not be released if there are holds on a student’s account.

Language Resource Center

The Language Resource Center (LRC) is available for students to use to study and is the location to complete the web-based and interactive audio-visual requirements for their foreign language courses.  The LRC also offers tutoring services for students enrolled in French, German, and Spanish classes at UMKC.

Math and Science Tutoring

Math and Science Tutoring (MaST) is dedicated to providing individual attention to math and science students, and to increasing retention effortsRead More

MaST is staffed by trained part-time tutors who offer assistance to UMKC students at no additional cost. Help is offered on a walk-in basis, by appointment, or online; students may work individually or in small groups with tutors. Textbooks and solution manuals are available. Some courses are not supported every semester and availability of support depends on tutor schedules. MaST is a part of Academic Support and Mentoring.

Student Success Center

The Atterbury Student Success Center has been completely redesigned as an entire building devoted to students’ success. Read More

Its mission is to provide high-quality, integrated, and responsive services that promote students’ academic and personal success in support of our retention and graduation goals.  The renovated space provides for a more collaborative and effective delivery of academic advising, tutoring, career counseling, and other services to meet the diverse needs of our students now and in the future.  The Student Success Center will be integral to achieving the University’s Strategic Goal 1 to place student success at the center of all we do by supporting students as they achieve their academic and life goals.

One of the key areas in the Student Success Center is UMKC Central, a single location students can go to for answers about Admissions, Cashiers and Collections, Financial Aid and Scholarships, and Registration and Records.

Other offices and services at the Student Success Center include:  UMKC Welcome Center, International Student Affairs, Academic Support and Mentoring, Career Services, MindBody Connection, University College, Writing Studio, International Academic Programs, School of Medicine Advising for Students in Years 1 and 2, UMKC Dining Services, and the Barbershop.

UMKC Central

Study Abroad

UMKC’s International Academic Programs Office (IAP) serves as a resource for students who are interested in adding international experiences to their education. IAP helps to connect students, faculty and staff to organizations and resources that enhance international education through study abroad and prestigious fellowships.

Supplemental Instruction

Supplemental Instruction (SI) was developed by UMKC’s Academic Support and Mentoring and has been implemented in colleges and universities around the worldRead More

SI is a peer-assisted study model that improves student learning in courses that are historically difficult–in fact, students who regularly attend SI sessions earn a half- to a full-letter grade higher than students who do not regularly attend the sessions.

SI Leaders are students who have successfully taken the course and have been trained in cognitive learning techniques.  SI sessions are not review sessions, but rather opportunities for students to assist each other in mastering cognitive learning techniques.

Testing Services

UMKC Testing Services offers standardized proctored testing services for admissions, licensure, and distance education exams.  The Center administers all Prometric exams, all institutional assessment exams, and credit by exam programs.

Undergraduate Research

Developing and conducting a research project in partnership with a faculty mentor is a highlight of an undergraduate education, not to mention a high-impact experience that puts you in charge of your learning.  UMKC’s SEARCH (Students Engaged in Artistic and Academic Research) helps connect students who are interested in research with a faculty mentor to help develop and complete a substantive research project.

University Libraries

University Libraries are dedicated to providing students, faculty, and staff academic resources and services, which are available at the Miller Nichols Library, Music/Media Library, LaBudde Special Collections, Marr Sound Archives, Health Sciences Library, Dental Library, and the Leon E. Bloch Law Library, as well as on-line in a 24-hour environment.  UMKC also participates in interlibrary loan consortia, making materials from around the country available to our university community.  Text a librarian your questions, or stop by the libraries to utilize the lounges and study spaces.  LibGuides are available on-line on a wide variety of topics to help you get started on your research.

Writing Studio

The Writing Studio offers peer tutoring services to help students polish their writing skills in all academic areas.  Students are encouraged to call for an appointment at any stage during the writing process for one-on-one assistance.  The Writing Studio also produces writing resource guides as handouts to assist writers at all stages and levels.