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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.

  • Pay or establish a payment plan for charges by August 20.

  • Ensure all financial aid eligibility procedures have been completed. Check your MyCentral portal and UCM email account regularly.

  • Move in to University Housing. Sign in to MyCentral to sign up for a check-in time to your residence hall.  See UCM's important move-in information to prepare for move-in day.

  • Signed up for UCM Kickoff? Check the UCM Kickoff page for all the details about your move-in day and time.

  • 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.  A reminder to all students: If you are unable to attend class on the first day, Monday, August 16 for M/W/F classes and Tuesday, August 17 for T/R classes, you must contact each class instructor prior to the first day to indicate your intention to continue enrollment. You can find the names of your instructors on your class schedule and the contact information for instructors in your course Blackboard pages or in the online directory.
  • By mid-August: Complete the Sexual Assault Prevention Program - required for all new students (transfer, first-year, and graduate); specific date will be shared with students
  • By mid-July: Complete AlcoholEdu - required for all new undergraduate students age 23 and under
  • Request all high school/college final transcripts be sent to the Office of Admissions.

  • Obtain a UCM ID card (Mule Card) Students who haven't already submitted a photo online should do so before coming to UCM by visiting and selecting the "Get Started" button.  You may then pick up your ID by visiting the Campus Card Center in Elliott Union 119 (660-543-8443).  A government issued photo ID (such as a driver's license) is required at time of pick up.

  • Adjust class schedule (if necessary). If you need assistance, or have any questions regarding your class schedule, please check-in with your Academic Advisor before making changes.

  • Buy or rent textbooks at the University Bookstore. UCM ID card and book list/class schedule needed. Book list available at If paying with financial aid, student ID also required.

  • 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.

  • Sign up for Textcaster to get important alerts and notifications, and add 660-543-4123 to your cell phone contacts to reach campus police.

  • Opt in to receive important texts from the University Health Center: go to, log in with your MyCentral user name and password, click your name in the top right then "Edit Your Profile”; scroll down and check “I would like to receive SMS text message reminders,” hit Save.

  • Apply for a parking permit. If you plan to park on campus you will need to purchase a parking permit.

  • Know your computer IDs and passwords. If you need assistance, contact the Technology Support Center at 660-543-4357 or

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

Hours of Operation, Sunday Aug. 15

Hours below are from 2020 and may differ in 2021

Admissions (Undergraduate) Ward Edwards 1400


1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Admissions (Graduate) Ward Edwards 1800


1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Elliott Student Union 

Campus Card Center (ID office)


Union 207A

 9 a.m. - 11 p.m.

 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

JCK Library JCKL  1 p.m.-midnight
Office of the Registrar Ward Edwards 1000


1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

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 -  7 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. 

Campus Resources

Academic Support Services


How UCM Will Communicate with You

Your UCM student email account ( 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 account. Log in to MyCentral at least weekly to check both campus announcements and personal announcements.


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