UMACRAO began in 1932, then known as the Minnesota Association of Collegiate Registrars, when registrars saw the need to exchange ideas with other schools. In 1937, the organization expanded to include institutions from North and South Dakota and changed its name to the Minnesota-Dakota Association of College Registrars (MDACR). The year 1940 brought another name change as MDACR included Iowa institutions and took the name North Central Association of College Registrars. Finally in 1951, the association took the moniker, Upper Midwest Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers.

Today,   UMACRAO hosts over 100 colleges and universities. Though there have seen many   changes over the last 70 years, one thing remains the same; it’s dedication to   providing professional growth opportunities to its members.