Our purpose is to govern competition in a fair, safe, equitable and sportsmanlike manner, and to integrate intercollegiate athletics into higher education so that the educational experience of the student-athlete is paramount.
The purpose of the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference is to provide an association through which the member institutions may encourage organized competition in intercollegiate sports among teams representative of their respective student bodies.
The Upper Midwest Athletic Conference is a group of strong yet diverse colleges. We will strive to enrich the college careers of student athletes by offering a range of highly competitive amateur athletic opportunities. Our primary focus is on student athletes, with an uncompromising commitment to athletic equity and to the primacy of student academic progress. We will seek to enhance the overall richness of our collegiate programs, for all students, faculty, staff, and alumni, by supporting teams who will consistently demonstrate the values of hard work, community service and good sportsmanship. We believe a strong intercollegiate athletics conference can also serve the economic and entertainment needs of our communities by providing consistently high quality, exciting sports options. The UMAC fully endorses the NCAA Division III philosophy, including the central policy-making role of fully engaged college presidents and chancellors.
The NCCAA was incorporated in 1968 to provide a Christian-based organization that functions uniquely as a national and international agency for the promotion and enhancement of intercollegiate athletic competition with a Christian perspective.
Approximately 100 Christian colleges and universities comprise the NCCAA involving well over 13,000 student-athletes and 850 coaches. A combined total of 20 national championships in men's and women's sports are sponsored by the NCCAA as well as several national invitational tournaments.