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Freshmen

Ready to start your college experience? The School of Computing and Engineering has innovative and affordable academic programs that will spark your creativity and excitement for learning.

Engineering and computer science are among the highest-paying and most in-demand careers. One of the top engineering and computing communities in the country, Kansas City is home to hundreds of firms of all sizes – including four of the nation’s top 50 engineering companies. SCE graduates are employed at many of these firms, while other graduates work around the world on efforts such as sustainable energy and cartoon production.

Personal attention to students is a priority at SCE. Faculty and staff reach out to students throughout their academic careers. All SCE students receive academic counseling to make sure they register for the right courses and remain on track for graduation. Peer mentors are assigned to answer new students’ questions, point them toward the right Flarsheim Hall classrooms and help with adjustments to college life.

UMKC student residence halls are within walking distance of classrooms, libraries, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and popular local attractions such as the Country Club Plaza, which offers some of the city’s best restaurants, shops, a theater and nightlife. But why walk when you can ride? UMKC has more than 50 bicycles that students can borrow for daily errands or the entire semester. An all-access bus pass is $14 per semester from the Kansas City Transportation Authority.

Check out our numbers:

  • UMKC class sizes are small, with a 12:1 student faculty ratio.
  • Seventy-five percent of SCE students complete an internship before graduation.
  • The SCE department alone offers about 70 departmental scholarships annually.

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