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Getting Started

Check this list to make sure you're ready for classes on August 16!

If you're taking classes online, be sure to review the information at UCM Online.

For students at our Lee's Summit campus, check out all that's available there!

Provide Your Transcripts

Finances, Housing, and Parking

Classes, Books, and Deadlines

  • Validate your enrollment in each class by attending the first day of all face-to-face classes and by clicking the Enrollment Validation box in Blackboard for all online/hybrid classes.
    • If you can't attend class on the first day, you MUST contact EACH class instructor BEFORE the first day to tell them you still want to be in their class. The names of your instructors are on your class schedule, and their contact information can be found in your course Blackboard pages or the Campus Directory.
    • Students are responsible for ensuring their enrollments/disenrollment from classes.  If you fail to drop a class that you do not want, you are still financially responsible for the class and the grade earned.  Do not assume that you will be dropped for non-attendance.
  • Check your class schedule in MyCentral (not Blackboard): MyCentral shows the official record of your enrollment. If you need to add or drop classes be sure to do so before the 100% refund period ends.  Undergraduate students can get assistance from their Success Advisor and graduate students from their faculty advisor.
  • Buy or rent textbooks at the University Bookstore.  A UCM ID card and a course materials list are needed.  For more information about textbooks and acquiring your course materials list CLICK HERE
  • Dates and Deadlines: Review them so you know refund periods, when you can sign up for classes, deadlines to drop a class, when your finals are, and more.  You can find the 2021-22 Academic Calendar here.

Get Connected

  • First-time/first-year students: Sign up for UCM Kickoff!  Check the UCM Kickoff page for all the details and times.
  • Get your UCM ID card (Mule Card): If you haven't already, submit a photo online - before coming to campus - at; click the "Get Started" button.  You will pick up your ID at the Campus Card Center downstairs in the Elliott Union (Room 119, 660-543-8443).  You'll need a government issued photo ID (such as a driver's license) to pick up your UCM ID card.
  • Sign up for Textcaster to get important alerts and notifications.
  • Add 660-543-4123 to your contacts for the UCM Police.  Then, add their text line too: 660-422-2632.
  • Opt in to receive important texts from the University Health Center:  Log in here, then click on forms.
  • Download CampusEye, a handy safety & security reporting app for both Android / Apple iOS
  • Know your computer IDs and passwords. For help, contact the Technology Support Center at 660-543-4357 or
  • Stop by the One-Stop Shop in the Union Atrium on August 12 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.  You will find representatives from the offices of: Success Advising, Admissions, Campus Community Health, Learning Commons, and Career Services, ready to assist you and answer questions.

Health and Wellness

  • Submit your immunization records online: visit the Immunization Information page for detailed instructions. The State of Missouri requires that all students living in University Housing must receive the meningococcal vaccine after their 16th birthday.
  • Take your required online Prevention Education courses; watch your UCM student email for detailed instructions.  
    • Year 1 College Behavior Profile: assigned to new first-time/first-year undergraduate students 23 and under.
    • Alcohol and Other Drugs: assigned to new undergraduate students 23 and under.
    • Ask. Listen. Refer.: assigned to all new students.
    • Sexual Violence Prevention: assigned to all new students. NOTE: completion of this course is required to enroll in Spring 2022 classes.
  • Check out what Campus Community Health can provide, through the University Health Center, the Counseling Center, and the Office of Health Promotion.

Know Your Rights, Responsibilities & Resources

  • Read the UCM Student Handbook for guidance and information on UCM policies and procedures, as well as the many support resources available to you.

Look for Communications from UCM

  • Your UCM student email ( is the official means of communication from campus (faculty, advisers, etc.) to you. All notices regarding enrollment, disenrollment, holds, advising, graduation, and more will be sent to your UCM student email account. Please check this account regularly!

  • In addition, you might get messages in your MyCentral accountLog in to MyCentral at least weekly to check both campus announcements and personal announcements.

More Campus Resources

Hours of Operation, Sunday Aug. 15

There will be a One-Stop shop in the Union Atrium from Noon-2 p.m.

You can talk to representatives from: Admissions, Military and Veteran Services,

Success Advising, Campus Community Health, and Public Safety


Elliott Student Union

Campus Card Center (ID office)


Union 119

 9 a.m. - 11 p.m.

 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

JCK Library JCKL  1 p.m.-midnight
Parking Services Dept. of Public Safety, 306 Broad St.


9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Student Financial Services Ward Edwards 1100


1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Success Advising Center Union 128  1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Technology Support Center 660-543-HELP

 On call:

Noon -  5 p.m.

University Health Center Clark and College (south of the Union)


10 a.m - 2 p.m.

University Housing Ellis L23  8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
University Store The Crossing

 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

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