List of college athletic programs in Kansas Article

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This is a List of college athletic programs in Kansas. Inclusion on the list is for college sports programs (past and present) that are in the state of Kansas.

There are currently 25 four-year college and universities which have athletic programs (college teams in US English or college clubs in British English) that compete in intercollegiate athletics. Another 21 two-year colleges provide athletic programs at their level. Additionally, other defunct schools provided athletic programs during their times of service.


Division I

Team School City Conference Football subdivision
Kansas Jayhawks University of Kansas Lawrence Big 12 FBS formerly "Division I-A"
Kansas State Wildcats Kansas State University Manhattan Big 12 FBS formerly "Division I-A"
Wichita State Shockers Wichita State University Wichita The American Discontinued football

Wichita State University moved from Missouri Valley Conference to American Athletic Conference in fall 2017.

Division II

Team School City Conference
Emporia State Hornets/Lady Hornets Emporia State University Emporia Mid-America Intercollegiate
Fort Hays State Tigers Fort Hays State University Hays Mid-America Intercollegiate
Newman Jets Newman University Wichita Heartland
Pittsburg State Gorillas Pittsburg State University Pittsburg Mid-America Intercollegiate
Washburn Ichabods Washburn University Topeka Mid-America Intercollegiate


Team School City Conference
Baker Wildcats Baker University Baldwin City Heart of America
Benedictine Ravens Benedictine College Atchison Heart of America
Bethany College Swedes Bethany College Lindsborg Kansas
Bethel College Threshers Bethel College North Newton Kansas
Central Christian Tigers Central Christian College McPherson Sooner Athletic Conference
Friends Falcons Friends University Wichita Kansas
Haskell Indian Nations Fighting Indians Haskell Indian Nations University Lawrence Independent
Kansas Wesleyan Coyotes Kansas Wesleyan University Salina Kansas
McPherson Bulldogs McPherson College McPherson Kansas
MidAmerica Nazarene Pioneers MidAmerica Nazarene University Olathe Heart of America
Ottawa Braves Ottawa University Ottawa Kansas
Saint Mary Spires University of Saint Mary Leavenworth Kansas
Southwestern Moundbuilders Southwestern College Winfield Kansas
Sterling Warriors Sterling College Sterling Kansas
Tabor Bluejays Tabor College Hillsboro Kansas


Team School City Conference
Allen Red Devils Allen Community College Iola Kansas Jayhawk
Barton Cougars Barton County Community College Great Bend Kansas Jayhawk
Butler Grizzlies Butler Community College El Dorado Kansas Jayhawk
Cloud County Thunderbirds Cloud County Community College Concordia Kansas Jayhawk
Coffeyville Red Ravens Coffeyville Community College Coffeyville Kansas Jayhawk
Colby Trojans Colby Community College Colby Kansas Jayhawk
Cowley Tigers Cowley County Community College Arkansas City Kansas Jayhawk
Dodge City Conquistadors Dodge City Community College Dodge City Kansas Jayhawk
Fort Scott Greyhounds Fort Scott Community College Fort Scott Kansas Jayhawk
Garden City Broncbusters Garden City Community College Garden City Kansas Jayhawk
Hesston Larks Hesston College Hesston Kansas Jayhawk
Highland Scotties Highland Community College Highland Kansas Jayhawk
Hutchinson Blue Dragons Hutchinson Community College Hutchinson Kansas Jayhawk
Independence Pirates Independence Community College Independence Kansas Jayhawk
Johnson County Cavaliers Johnson County Community College Overland Park Kansas Jayhawk
Kansas City Kansas Blue Devils Kansas City Kansas Community College Kansas City Kansas Jayhawk
Labette Cardinals Labette Community College Parsons Kansas Jayhawk
Neosho County Panthers Neosho County Community College Chanute Kansas Jayhawk
Northwest Tech Mavericks Northwest Kansas Technical College Goodland Kansas Jayhawk
Pratt Beavers Pratt Community College Pratt Kansas Jayhawk
Seward County Saints Seward County Community College Liberal Kansas Jayhawk


Team School City Conference
Barclay Bears Barclay College Haviland Midwest Christian
Manhattan Christian Thunder Manhattan Christian College Manhattan Midwest Christian

Defunct programs

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Team School City Conference (at time of discontinuation)
Brown Mackie-Salina Lions Brown Mackie College Salina Independent
College of Emporia Fighting Presbies College of Emporia Emporia Heart of America
Marymount Spartans Marymount Salina
St. John's Johnnies St. John's College Winfield Kansas
St. Mary of the Plains Cavaliers St. Mary of the Plains Dodge City Kansas

Colleges and universities without athletic programs

As a supplement to the list, the following are some of the four year accredited institutions and/or graduate schools in the state of Kansas that do not sponsor intercollegiate athletics. Excluded from this list are the various technical schools and career colleges that typically do not offer such programs.


  • This list is in a tabular format, with columns arranged in the following order, from left to right:
    • Athletic team description (short school name and nickname), with a link to the school's athletic program article if it exists. When only one nickname is listed, it is used for teams of both sexes. (Note that in recent years, many schools have chosen to use the same nickname for men's and women's teams even when the nickname is distinctly masculine.) When two nicknames are given, the first is used for men's teams and the other is used for women's teams. Different nicknames for a specific sport within a school are noted separately below the table.
    • Full name of school.
    • Location of school.
    • Conference of the school (if conference column is left blank, the school is either independent or the conference is unknown).
  • Apart from the ongoing conversions, the following notes apply:
    • Following the normal standard of U.S. sports media, the terms "University" and "College" are ignored in alphabetization, unless necessary to distinguish schools (such as Boston College and Boston University) or are actually used by the media in normally describing the school, such as the College of Charleston.
    • Schools are also alphabetized by the names they are most commonly referred to by sports media, with non-intuitive examples included in parentheses next to the school name. This means, for example, that campuses bearing the name "University of North Carolina" may variously be found at "C" (Charlotte), "N" (North Carolina, referring to the Chapel Hill campus), and "U" (the Asheville, Greensboro, Pembroke, and Wilmington campuses, all normally referred to as UNC-{campus name}).
    • The prefix "St.", as in "Saint", is alphabetized as if it were spelled out.

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