The Western Athletic Conference welcomes six institutions, including the University of Missouri-Kansas City, raising the total number of schools in the conference to nine. The six new schools join the University of Idaho, New Mexico State University and Seattle University as members for the 2013-14 academic year.

Over the past five seasons, UMKC has seen competitive improvement every year as it has won conference championships in men’s soccer, men’s golf, men’s tennis and softball, while the women’s basketball team posted its first 20-win season since 1991-92 and its first ever berth in the Women’s National Invitational Tournament in 2011-12. The ‘Roos have won 13 conference titles in the last six years. UMKC has one of the top soccer facilities in the Midwest with the building of Durwood Soccer Stadium and Recreational Field in 2009. The $9 million addition hosts offices and locker rooms for men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s track and field, and softball.

UMKC student-athletes have a cumulative GPA of 3.26, and maintain a Graduation Success Rate (GSR) above the NCAA Division I average at 84 percent.