Online Student Orientation

University of Missouri-Kansas City

Advising & Support Services

As an online student at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, you have many resources available to you for academic success. UMKC offers face-to-face and live online tutoring to students in many subjects and on different levels. You can receive tutoring by walking into the tutoring center or making an appointment with a consultant. If you choose to get live online tutoring, you may need a webcam and microphone if you wish to communicate with your tutor.

The Writing Studio offers in-person consultations and online assistance through email sessions.

Your Academic Adviser supports you in navigating academic and university requirements, as well as in connecting with university and community resources.

All students new to UMKC are required to meet with an adviser prior to registering for classes. Your Academic Adviser will assist you in developing an individual plan of study and understanding university policy and requirements, as well as support your overall success as a student. Depending on your major, you may be required to meet with your Academic Adviser prior to registering each semester.

Advising by Academic unit

Prior to enrolling in classes, you may also want to review our guide to the General Education Core (PDF).

Academic Support and Mentoring
Academic Support and Mentoring (ASM) uses knowledge derived from research to solve learning problems in student academic achievement. Through the integration of theory and practice, ASM develops effective programs to help you realize your full potential.



Academic Support and Mentoring

Phone: 816-235-1174
Fax: 816-235-5156

You may also want to review our strategies for academic success prior to beginning coursework.

Writing Studio

The UMKC Writing Studio provides expert, individualized assistance with a variety of writing assignments. One-on-one peer consultation is provided free of charge to undergraduate and graduate students on-campus or online. There are additional writing resources available to graduate students through the School of Graduate Studies and the UMKC Libraries.

Writing Studio (general inquiries) (Thomas Ferrel, Director)

Phone: 816-235-1146


NetTutor provides live one-on-one and small group online tutoring sessions for UMKC students. Topics include nursing, biology, Spanish, physics, chemistry, statistics, business, math, and anatomy. NetTutor also provides writing and essay feedback, in both English and Spanish.

Tutoring hours vary by topic. You can check the schedule here.

Click here to access NetTutor.

Math and Science Tutoring (MaST)

Math and Science Tutoring (MaST) is dedicated to providing individual attention to math and science students at UMKC. MaST is staffed by trained, part-time student tutors who offer free assistance to all UMKC students. Students may work individually or in small groups with tutors. One-on-one appointments of 25 minutes are available, or students may see tutors on a walk-in basis. MaST student tutors also offer online tutoring.

Math and Science Tutoring
Phone: (816) 235-1179

Counseling, Health, Testing and Disability Services

The mission of UMKC Counseling, Health, Testing and Disability Services is to provide high quality comprehensive psychological, health, testing and disability services which support the personal and academic potential of individuals and programs in a diverse campus community.

For additional information about these resources, please visit us online or see this overview of our services (PDF).


State Authorization
States require that the University of Missouri-Kansas City be authorized to deliver university-level distance and online education to their residents.

State Authorization
Phone: (816) 235-1030

Disability Services

The Office of Services for Students with Disabilities assists UMKC students with disabilities by providing academic accommodations and support services.

Office of Services for Students with Disabilities
Phone: (816) 235-5612

The Division of Diversity, Access and Equity combines the efforts of the former Diversity In Action and Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action offices. They assist faculty and staff members with disabilities.

Diversity, Access and Equity

The Miller Nichols Library is committed to providing access to information and library resources for all users and has adaptive technology workstations with screen reading and magnifying software, scanner-readers, CCTVs, and Braille embossers to enable this access.

Accessibility and Adaptive Technology at Miller Nichols Library
Phone: (816) 235-1526

Many of the UMKC’s computer labs provide adaptive equipment for persons with visual disabilities or wheelchair access needs. This equipment consists of tables with adjustable height, screen magnifiers and text-to-speech software.

IS Computer Labs Adaptive Equipment

The Assess for Success program helps students with academic performance by providing a cost-effective assessment service targeted to individual needs. The program is designed for individuals who may be experiencing difficulty due to study skills, unique learning styles, test anxiety, learning disabilities, or attention and focus issues.

Assess for Success
Phone: (816) 235-1635

The Institute for Human Development is an applied research and training center for human services. It exemplifies UMKC’s dedication to academic excellence and a campus without borders by helping people, agencies, and the community reach their fullest potential.

Institute for Human Development
Phone: (816) 235-1770

Career Services
For career exploration, internships, job seeking tips, or a list of upcoming job fairs in your field, UMKC Career Services can provide you with tailored, one-on-one advice and resources. Schedule an appoint or explore UMKC career networks.

Career Services
Phone: 816-235-1636

Title IX Office
The UMKC Title IX Office exists to help students, faculty, staff and visitors get the support they need if they experience sex-based discrimination.

Title IX @ UMKC

UMKC LGBTQIA department logoThe mission of LGBTQIA Programs and Services is to provide Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, and Ally (LGBTQIA) students with the support, resources, and education needed to become a full member of the UMKC campus community and the communities where they live.

LGBTQIA Programs & Services