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UCM Kickoff

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 Register for Kickoff

(Registration for the UCM First Year Kickoff  is in the Incoming Students Section of MyCentral.)

Learn what it means to be a MULE

Held prior to the beginning of fall semesters, UCM kickoff is a program designed to ease the transition for new UCM students. During the program students will become acquainted with campus and attend sessions to increase their success at UCM, all while creating life-long friendships. Students participating in the program prior to the fall semester will have the opportunity to beat the move-in rush, learn about campus services and meet with the faculty of your department. Get ready for the semester with this Getting Started Check List.


Designed for Your Success

At the University of Central Missouri, we know the transition to UCM can be difficult. That’s why we created The UCM Kickoff, a program to help you make an easy transition into your first year. Through the program you’ll learn about UCM traditions, campus culture, ways to create new friendships and about all of the helpful resources on campus.

If you are a new student that is participating in band or on an athletic team, do not worry you will still be included in this program. Therefore, you will be able to do both!

Residential students participating in the kickoff will move in on Thursday, Aug 13 (9 a.m.- 1p.m.).  Students who are living at home and commuting to campus will join us later that day at 4 p.m. in the Student Recreation & Wellness Center. By registering for this weekend program, you are expected participate for the whole weekend.

What Happens During Kickoff:

  • Move into your room early
  • Take a class photo on campus
  • Interact with other students within your major
  • Interact with faculty and staff
  • Immerse yourself in UCM's traditions
  • Kickoff your academic journey with convocation
  • Learn about what to expect during your first week of classes
  • Join your new friends with late-night fun activities
  • Get excited for your first year!

Current Immunizations are required for the kickoff event. These are the same immunizations required for enrollment as a UCM student.

Early Move-in

By participating in the UCM Kickoff students are given the privilege to move in early.  Upon arriving, you will be greeted by volunteers, who will point you to your checkin location to begin your process for moving into your room. These volunteers consist of UCM faculty, staff, and students that are there to help point you in the right direction.


Participation is Key

When signing up for the UCM Kickoff are you agreeing to participate in all planned activities for the three days.  UCM Kickoff is the best way to kick-start your academic career at UCM while making new friends and connections before your first day of classes.

Registration Deadline is August 3, 2020. By registering for this weekend program you are expected to participate. Activities start on Thursday, August 13 at 3:30 pm and conclude on Sunday, August 16.

 Register for UCM Kick-Off


(Registration for UCM First Year Kickoff is in the "Incoming Students" section in MyCentral.)


THURSDAY, AUG. 13, 2020


8:00am - 4:00pm: Move-In

5:00pm - 7:15pm: Welcome & Dinner

7:30pm - until: Floor Meetings & Socials


FRIDAY, AUG. 14, 2020

9:00am - 10:00am: Convocation - Click here for live stream
10:00am - 11:15am: College Meetings
11:30am - 12:45pm: College Lunches
1:00pm - 3:00pm: University 101
8:00pm - 11:00pm: Game Night at the Rec Center

SATURDAY, AUG. 15, 2020


10:00AM - 12:30PM:  First-Year Service Teams  

12:30PM - 2:00PM: Lunch

3:00pm - 5:00pm: Mindful Yoga & UCM Waterpark

6:00pm - 7:15pm: Dinner

8:00pm - 11:00pm: Choose Your Own Mo-Venture! (multiple activities to choose from)



Students can enjoy several opportunities to identify classroom locations, the campus bookstore, relevant offices, and take photos near UCM landmarks (use #UinUCM20 to be entered for a chance to win prizes all fall semester!)


Living on campus is a wonderful experience for college students, however the transition can be stressful. Held prior to the beginning of fall semesters, the UCM kickoff is a program designed to ease the transition to college for freshmen and new UCM students. All new students living on campus are eligible to participate - including those in band or on an athletic team.

Information covered during Kickoff includes:

  • Academic expectations during your student's first year
  • Learn more about all the resources available
  • Ways for your student to engage within their academic areas
  • Allows students the ability to network with other students in their major

By registering your student(s) for UCM Kickoff they are agreeing to participate in all activities associated with the Kickoff Weekend.

Current Immunizations are required for the kickoff event. These are the same immunizations required for enrollment as a UCM student.

Arriving on Campus

Helping your Student Succeed

Connecting with your student while they’re at school

Mule Team Leaders (Upperclassmen)

The UCM kickoff is an exciting program being held August 13-16. The purpose is to welcome all new students to University of Central Missouri and give them an opportunity to build a community with each other and transition to their new university home. Dedicated student leaders are needed to serve as Team Leaders to make this program a success. This leadership position is an excellent opportunity to get involved and welcome new students to Central Missouri’s campus.

Each Mule Team Leader will be assigned and responsible for about 25 new students during UCM kickoff, whom they will guide and assist by introducing them to UCM.


Students selected for this position will be expected to:

  • Attend a leadership development session on Thursday, April 16 from 5-8 pm
  • Return to Warrensburg and check in during Mule Team Leader Training before move-in day
  • Be available to attend all programs and activities Thursday, August 13, 2020 through Monday, August 17, 2020
  • Participate in follow-up evaluations and provide feedback for future programs
  • Provide ideas, leadership, and ENTHUSIASM for this program!
  • Be a full-time undergraduate UCM student at the time of application and through Fall 2020
  • Have a 2.5 cumulative grade point average at time of application

There is no required commitment during the summer. By applying to be a Mule Team Leader for UCM Experience kickoff, you will only be making a brief commitment during the school year and August 13-21. Based upon demonstrated leadership during kickoff, Mule Team Leaders will qualify for a scholarship towards tuition and fees for the fall semester. Recipient selection and notification of award will be made at the completion of the UCM Experience.

Click here for the application

Deadline is March 24, 2020


The first year of college for students can be intimidating. That’s why UCM has created the UCM kickoff, a program designed to help freshmen and transfer students make an easy transition into their first year.

  • Begin building relationships with new students in your program
  • Help educate students in career development
  • Share strategies for success in courses
  • Assist with move-in

Become a Volunteer


Volunteers Opportunities

  • Move-in – Aug. 13, 9 a.m.-1p.m.

  • Help students find their group – Aug. 13, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Assisting with Convocation – Aug. 14, 8:30-10 a.m.
  • Participating in Convocation – Aug. 14 at 9 a.m.
  • Exploring Majors: Friday, August 14, 2019 from 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

    This session will give faculty the opportunity to connect with new students in their academic college/department, help students explore ways to get involved in professional and social organizations in their area of interest, and boast about high impact learning experiences available at UCM.


Undergraduate Admissions
Ward Edwards, Room 1401
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Tel: (660)543-4290
Fax: (660)543-8517


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