History of UMKCThe University of Kansas
City, a private, independent university, began its first classes on Oct. 2,
1933, with 264 students. In the eventful decades following that day, the
University developed rapidly, in part due to its affiliation with several area
On July 25, 1963, the University of Kansas City
became the fourth institution in the University of Missouri System. The
University’s name was changed to University of Missouri-Kansas City.
UMKC is a NCAA Division
I institution that competes in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) with 16
teams which includes: basketball, soccer, volleyball, softball, tennis, golf,
track and field, and cross country. UMKC Athletics is currently led by Director
of Athletics, Carla Wilson.
from 16 sports have an 87 percent graduation rate, compared with the NCAA
Division I average of 84 percent. UMKC competes in the Western Athletic Conference.
UMKC has captured 12 Division I athletic conference titles since 2008, most
recently with championship honors in women's soccer and volleyball during the
fall of 2014.
Athletics looks to provide a first class experience with family-friendly events
all year long. For more information on how you can support Kansas City’s only
Division I team, visit www.umkckangaroos.com or call 844-UMKC-FAN.