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UCM Kickoff


Thursday, August 15th, 2024 - Sunday, August 18th, 2024

 Registration 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 15 (9 a.m.- 3p.m.).  Students who are living at home and commuting to campus will join us later that day at 4:30 p.m. 

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.

Priority Registration Deadline is July 31, 2024. By registering for this weekend program you are expected to participate. Activities start on Thursday, August 15 at 4:00 pm and conclude on Sunday, August 18.

 Registration For Kickoff


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


*For students attending Kickoff, please download the Guidebook app for a detailed schedule with locations and session descriptions.*

Thursday - August 15

9:00 am - 3:00 pm  Move in / One-stop shop 

4:30 pm  - 5:30 pm New Student Welcome / Pep Rally / Class Photo/ Parent Farewell

6:00 pm  - 8:00 pm Student Rotations 1: Dinner and Mule Team Meetings 

8:00 pm  - 8:45 pm Residence Hall Community Meetings / Commuter Student Social


Friday - August 16

7:30 am  - 8:30  am All Student Breakfast ( Communters included)

9:00 am - 9:30 am Convocation

9:30 am - 11:00 am Academic Department Meetings (Meet your professors, Chairs, and Deans)

11:00 am - 2:00 pm Student Rotations 2: Lunch / Design Your Life/ I See U at UCM Breakout 

2:00 pm - 5:30 pm Student Rotations 3: Success Advising / Walk Your Course Schedule / Activity Break 

5:30 pm - 8:00 pm Dinner / Free Time

8:00 pm - 10:30 pm TBD (Office of Student Wellness & Recreation) 


Saturday - August 17

9:00 am - 1:00 pm All Student Brunch (Commuters included)

10:00 am - 12:00 pm Pertle Springs / Downtown Warrensburg / Warrensburg Tour Experiences

1:30 pm - 4:30 pm  MULES WORLD Carnival

4:30 pm - 8:00 pm Dinner / Free Time 

8:00 pm - 10:30 pm  TBD (Office of Student Activities)


Sunday - August 18

       All Day              Wrap-up Survey

9:00 am - 1:00 pm  All student Brunch (Communters included)

9:00 am - 12:00 pm Free Time / Optional Sessions:  Sunday Morning Worship or  Yoga & Meditation on the Quad 

12:00 pm - 4:00 pm Last-Minute individual preparation for class (university bookstore is open)


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 are eligible to participate - including new international, transfer, and commuter students (even band or on an athletic team members!).

Information covered during Kickoff includes:

  • Early acclimation to the campus (academic buildings, living and dining areas, university offices, etc.)
  • 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

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 (Current UCM Students)

The UCM Kickoff is an exciting program being held August 15-18, 2024. 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 20-25 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 during the Spring semester.
  • Return to Warrensburg and check in during Mule Team Leader Training before move-in day.
  • Be available to attend all programs and activities Sunday, August 11, 2024 through Sunday, August 18, 2024
  • 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 2024
  • Have a 2.5 cumulative grade point average at time of application

It is our goal to recruit Mule Team leadership that represents our entire student body, and we welcome all qualified applicants. By applying to be a Mule Team Leader for UCM Kickoff experience, you will only be making a brief commitment during the school year and August -14. Mule Team Leaders will be compensated with an hourly student worker rate above campus minimum wage! Also, Mule Team leaders receive free housing and food during Kickoff! 

If your are outgoing and love UCM, we encourage you to apply!

Now accepting applications!

Deadline is March 3rd , 2024


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




Tiana Key
Assistant Director First-Year Experience
James C. Kirkpatrick Library, Suite 1450
Tel: (660) 543-4545


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