College Team Nicknames

College Team Nicknames
Here's where you will learn about the sports team nicknames colleges and universities have chosen for their school. You will get a feeling of the rich history of their school traditions and the pride in choosing a school nickname. Some have chosen gender based related nicknames for the different men's and women's teams.
What's in a Name? The names of the women's college teams are the same as the men's for such college's as Missouri, Kansas and Kansas State. However, some other colleges have other ideas. Take the University of Alaska, whose mascot is the Nanook. In Eskimo language, nanook means "male polar bear". So the women's teams-- the Lady Nanooks--are Lady Male Polar Bears. At Northland College in Wisconsin, there are Lumberjacks and Lumberjills. At Stephen F. Austin in Texas, it's Lumberjacks and Ladyjacks. And at Augustana College in Illinois, there are Vikings and ViQueens.


The 12 most used names of four-year college mascots:
Eagles (74)
Tigers (46)
Bulldogs (39)
Panthers (33)
Knights (32)
Lions (32)
Bears (30)
Hawks (28)
Cougars (27)
Pioneers (27)
Warriors (27)
Wildcats (25)

Abilene Christian University Wildcats (TX)
Adams State College Grizzlies (CO)
Adelphi University Panthers (NY)
Adrian College Bulldogs (MI)
Agnes Scott College Scotties (GA)
Air Force Institute of Technology Falcons (OH)
Alabama A&M University Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs (AL)
Alabama State University Hornets (AL)
Alaska Pacific University Pioneers (AK)
Albany College of Pharmacy Panthers (NY)
Albany State University Golden Rams (GA)
Albertson College of Idaho Coyotes (ID)
Albertus Magnus College Falcons (CT)
Albion College Britons (MI)
Albright College Lions (PA)
Alcorn State University Braves (MS)
Alderson-Broaddus College Battlers (WV)
Alfred University Saxons (NY)
Alice Lloyd College Eagles (KY)
Allegheny College Gators (PA)
Allen University Yellow Jackets (SC)
Alma College Scots (MI)
Alvernia College Crusaders (PA)
Alverno College Inferno (WI)
Ambassador University Royals (TX)
American Baptist College Seminary Lamps (TN)
American International College Yellow Jackets (MA)
American University Eagles (DC)
Amherst College Lord Jeffs (MA)
Anderson College Trojans (SC)
Anderson University Ravens (IN)
Angelo State University Rams (TX)
Anna Maria College AMCats (MA)
Appalachian State University Mountaineers (NC)
Aquinas College Saints (MI)
Arcadia University Scarlet Knights (PA) (formerly known as Beaver College)
Arizona College of the Bible Falcons (AZ)
Arizona State University Sun Devils (AZ) The nickname "Sun Devils" is the third in the school's 108-year history. When the second Tempe Normal football team opened play in 1889, the student body chose "Owls". When Tempe Normal became Arizona State Teachers College, "Owls" became "Bulldogs." The State Press, the student newspaper, ran frequent appeals during the fall of 1946, urging the Bulldog to be replaced by the new Sun Devil. And on November 8, 1946, the student body voted 819 to 196 to make the change. On November 20, says The Arizona Republic, the student council made it official. The following day, the first Arizona State team played as the Sun Devils.
Arkansas Baptist College Buffaloes (AR)
Arkansas State University Red Wolves (fomerly Indians before 2008) (AR)
Arkansas Tech University Wonder Boys (AR) (men's team) and Golden Suns (women's team)
Arlington Baptist College Patriots (TX)
Armstrong Atlantic State University Pirates (GA)
Asbury College Eagles (KY)
Ashland University Eagles (OH)
Assumption College Greyhounds (MA)
Atlanta Christian College Chargers (GA)
Atlantic Union College Flames (MA)
Athens State University Bears (AL)
Auburn University Tigers (AL) Mascot: Aubie Although Tigers is the official nickname, but a golden eagle appears at every home game for the "War Eagle" tradition.  According to legend, a Civil War veteran attending the first Auburn-Georgia game, in 1892, with an eagle he had found on the battlefield. Late in the game, the eagle suddenly broke free, as the eagle soared, Auburn began a steady march for a thrilling victory.  Auburn students and fans began to yell "War Eagle" to spur on their team, but the eagle then took a sudden dive, crashed and died, but the battle cry lived on.  
Auburn University-Montgomery Senators (AL)
Augsburg College Auggies (MN)
Augusta State University Jaguars (GA)
Augustana College Vikings (IL)
Augustana College Vikings (SD)
Aurora University Spartans (IL)
Austin College Kangaroos (TX)
Austin Peay State University Governors (TN)
Avila College Eagles (MO)
Avert College Cougars (VA)
Avila College Eagles (MO)
Azusa Pacific University Cougars (CA)


Babson College Beavers (MA)
Ball State University Cardinals (IN)
Baker University Wildcats (KS)
Baldwin-Wallace College Yellow Jackets (OH)
Baptist Bible College Patriots (MO)
Baptist Bible College of Pennsylvania Defenders (PA)
Baptist Christian College Warriors (LA)
Barat College Bulldogs (IL)
Barber-Scotia Sabres (NC)
Barclay College Bears (KS)
Bard College Raptors (NY)
Barnard College Bears (NY)
Barry University Buccaneers (FL)
Bartlesville Wesleyan College Eagles (OK)
Barton College Bulldogs (NC)
Baruch College Statesmen (NY)
Bates College Bobcats
Baylor University Bears and Lady Bears (TX) mascot: Joy and Lady, real bears.
Bedford Buccaneers (MA)
Bellarmine College Knights (KY)
Belhaven College Blazers (MS)
Bellevue University Bruins (NE)
Belmont Bruins (TN)
Belmont Abbey College Crusaders (NC)
Beloit College Bruins (WI)
Bemidji State University Beavers (MN)
Benedict College Tigers (SC)
Benedictine College Ravens (KS)
Benedictine University Eagles (IL)
Bennett College Belles (NC)
Bentley Colllege Falcons (MA)
Berea College Mountaineers (KY)
Berry College Vikings (GA)
Bethany College Bison (WV)
Bethany College Bruins (CA)
Bethany College Swedes (KS) named due the large population of Swedish people in the area.
Bethany Lutheran College Vikings (MN)
Bethel College Pilots (IN)
Bethel College Royals (MN)
Bethel College Threshers (KS)
Bethel College Wildcats (TN)
Bethune-Cookman College Wildcats (FL)
Biola University Eagles (CA)
Birmingham-Southern College Panthers (AL)
Blackburn College Battlin' Beavers (IL)
Black Hills State University Yellow Jackets (SD)
Bloomfield College Deacons (NJ)
Bloomsburg University Huskies (PA)
Bluefield College Ramblin' Rams (VA)
Bluefield State College Big Blues (WV)
Blue Mountain College Toppers (MS)
Bluffton College Beavers (OH)
Boise State University Broncos (ID)
Boston College Eagles (MA) the Boston College Eagles were named by Rev. Edward McLaughlin. It started with a Boston newspaper cartoon depicting the champion BC track team as a cat licking clean a plate of its rivals, a passionate letter to the student newspaper, The Heights, in the newspaper's first year in 1920. "It is important that we adopt a mascot to preside at our pow-wows and triumphant feats," wrote Fr. McLaughlin. "And why not the Eagle, symbolic of majesty, power, and freedom? Its natural habitat is the high places. Surely the Heights is made to order for such a selection. Proud would the B.C. man feel to see the B.C. Eagle snatching the trophy of victory from old opponents, their tattered banner clutched in his talons as he flies aloft."
Boston University Terriers (MA)
Bowdoin College Polar Bears (ME)
Bowie State University Bulldogs (MD)
Bowling Green State University Falcons (OH)
Bradley University Braves (IL)
Brandeis University Judges (MA)
Brenau University Golden Tigers (GA)
Brescia College Bearcats (KY)
Brewton-Parker Wildcats (GA)
Briar Cliff College Chargers (IA)
Bridgewater College Eagles (VA)
Bridgewater State College Bears (MA)
Brigham Young University Cougars (UT)
Brigham Young University-Hawaii Seasiders (HI)
Brigham Young University-Idaho Vikings (ID) (formerly known as Ricks College)
Brooklyn College-City University of New York Bridges (NY) named after the famous Brooklyn Bridge.
Brown University Bears (RI)
Bryan College Lions (TN)
Bryant College Bulldogs (RI)
Bryn Mawr College Owls (PA)
Bucknell University Bison (PA)
Buena Vista University Beavers (IA)
Butler University Bulldogs (IN)

Cabrini College Cavaliers (PA)
Caldwell College Cougars (NJ)
California Baptist College Lancers (CA)
California Institute of Technology Beavers (CA)
California Luthern University Kingsmen (CA) and Regals (women's team)
California Maritime Academy Keelhaulers (CA)
California Polytechnic State University-San Louis Obispo Mustangs (CA)
California State Polytechnic Broncos (CA)
California State University Wildcats (CA)
California State University-Bakersfield Roadrunners (CA)
California State University-Channel Islands Dolphins (CA)
California State University-Chico Wildcats (CA)
California State University-Dominguez Hills Toros (CA)
California State University-Fullerton Titans (CA)
California State University-Hayward Pioneers (CA)
California State University-Long Beach Dirtbags (CA) (men's baseball team only)
California State University-Long Beach 49ers (CA) (all teams except for Men's baseball)
California State University-Los Angeles Golden Eagles (CA)
California State University-Monterey Sea Otters (CA)
California State University-Northridge Matadors (CA)
California State University-Sacramento Hornets (CA)
California State University-San Bernadino Coyotes (CA)
California State University-San Marcos Cougars (CA)
California State University-Stanislaus Warriors (CA)
California University of Pennsylvania Vulcans (PA)
Calvary Bible College Warriors (MO)
Calvin College Knights (MI)
Cameron University Aggies (OK)
Campbellsville University Tigers (KY)
Campbell University Fighting Camels and Lady Camels (NC) nickname's origin perhaps stretches back to the turn of the century when all but one of the school's original buildings were destroyed by fire. In the aftermath, Z.T. Kivett visited the school's founder and president, Dr. James Archibald Campbell, at his residence. As Dr. Campbell bemoaned the fate of the institution he had worked 13 years to build, Mr. Kivett encouraged him, "Your name's Campbell; then get a hump on you! We've got work to do." Dr. Campbell thought that Mr. Kivett said, "You're a camel, get a hump on you." Hence the nomadic nickname.
Canisius College Golden Griffins (NY)
Capital University Crusaders (OH)
Capitol College Chargers (MD)
Cardinal-Stritch College Crusaders (WI)
Carleton College Knights (MN)
Carl Sandburg College Chargers (IL)
Carnegie Mellon University Tartans (PA)
Carroll College Pioneers (WI)
Carroll College Saints (MT)
Carson-Newman College Ealges (TN)
Carthage College Redmen (WI)
Cascade College Thunderbirds (OR)
Case Western Reserve Spartans (OH)
Castleton State College Spartans (VT)
Catawba College Indians (NC)
Catholic University Cardinals (DC)
Cazenovia College Wildcats (NY)
Cedar Crest Classics (PA)
Cedarville College Yellow Jackets (OH)
Centenary College Cyclones (NJ)
Centenary College of Louisiana Gentlemen (LA) (men's team)
Central Bible College Spartans (MO)
Central College Dutch (IA)
Central Connecticut State University Blue Devils (CT)
Central Methodist College Eagles (MO)
Central Michigan University Chippewas (MI)
Central Missouri State University Mules and Jennies (MO) When the 1921-22 school year began, school officials decided "Normals" and "Teachers" were no longer appropriate nicknames for Central Missouri State's athletic teams. Therefore, the school's athletic committee established a contest that promised the winner a three-year postgraduate subscription of the school newspaper. The Missouri State Animal, is also the Mule. Jennies ---The name ws chosen for the women's team in a contest because of the obvious feminine kinship of the jenny to the men's team, mule mascot. It is a fact that a mule is a descendant of a female donkey -- the jenny.
Central State University Marauders (OH)
Central Washington University Wildcats (WA)
Centenary College of Louisiana Gentlemen (LA) (mens' team) and Ladies (women's team)
Centre College Praying Colonels (KY)
Chadron State College Eagles (NE)
Chaminade University Silverswords (HI)
Champlain College Beavers (VT)
Chapman University Panthers (CA)
Charleston Southern University Buccaneers (SC)
Chatham College Seals (PA)
Cheyney University Wolves (PA)
Chicago State University Cougars (IL)
Chowan College Braves (NC)
Christian Brothers University Buccaneers (TN)
Christian Heritage College Hawks (CA)
Christopher Newport University Captains (VA)
Cincinnati Bible College and Seminary Golden Eagles (OH)
Circleville Bible College Crusaders (OH)
The Citadel Bulldogs (SC)
City College of New York Beavers (NY)
Claflin College Panthers (SC)
Claremont McKenna College Stags (CA) ( a joint team with Harvey Mudd College)
Clarion University Golden Eagles (PA)
Clark Atlanta University Panthers (GA)
Clark College Crusaders (IA)
Clark College Penguins (WA)
Clark University Cougars (MA)
Clarkson University Golden Knights (NY)
Clayton College and State University Lakers (GA)
Clearwater Christian College Cougars (FL)
Clemson University Tigers (SC)
Cleveland State University Vikings (OH)
Coastal Carolina University Chanticleers (SC)
Coe College Kohawks (IA)
Coker College Cobras (SC)
Colby College White Mules (ME)
Colby-Sawyer College Chargers (NH)
Colgate University Raiders (NY)
College of Charleston Cougars (SC)
College of Insurance Turtles (NY)
College of Mount St. Vincent Dolphins (NY)
College of New Rochelle Blue Angels (NY)
College of Notre Dame Argonauts (CA)
College of Notre Dame of Maryland Gators (MD)
College of Saint Benedict Blazers (MN)
College of Saint Francis Saints (IL)
College of Saint Joseph Saints (VT)
College of Saint Mary Flames (NE)
College of Saint Rose Golden Knights (NY)
College of Saint Scholastica Saints (MN)
College of Santa Fe Knights (NM)
College of Staten Island City University of New York Dophins (NY)
College of St. Catherine Wildcats (MN)
College of St. Elizabeth Eagles (NJ)
College of the Atlantic Black Flies (ME)
College of the Holy Cross Crusaders (MA)
College of the Ozarks Bobcats (MO)
College of the Southwest Mustangs (NM)
College of West Virginia Cougars (WV)
College of William and Mary Tribe (VA)
College of Wooster Scots (OH)
College Misericordia Cougars (PA)
Colorado Christian University Cougars (CO)
Colorado College Tigers (CO)
Colorado School of Mines Orediggers (CO)
Colorado State University Rams (CO) Mascot: Cam the Ram.
Columbia College Cougars (MO)
Columbia College Koalas (SC)
Columbia Christian College Clippers (OR)
Columbia College Koalas (SC)
Columbia College-Hollywood Claim Jumpers (CA)
Columbia Union College Pioneers (MD)
Columbus State University Cougars (GA)
Concord University Mountain Lions (WV)
Concordia College Cobbers (MN)
Concordia University at Austin Tornadoes (TX)
Concordia University Bulldogs (NE)
Concordia University Cardinals (MI)
Concorida University Cavaliers (OR)
Concordia University Clippers (NY)
Concordia University Cougars (IL)
Concordia University Eagles (CA)
Concordia University Falcons (WI)
Concordia University Golden Bears (MN)
Concordia University Hornets (AL)
Concordia University Mountain Lions (WV)
Connecticut College Canoneers (NY)
Connecticut College Camels (NC)
Converse College All-Stars (SC)
Cooper Union Pioneers (NY)
Coppin State University Eagles (MD)
Cornell College Rams (IA)
Cornell University Big Red (NY)
Cornerstone University Golden Eagles (MI)
Covenant College Scots (GA)
Creighton University Bluejays (NE)
Crown College Purple Storm (MN)
Culver-Stockton College Wildcats (MO)
Cumberland College Indians (KY)
Cumberland University Bulldogs (TN)
Curry College Colonels (MA)


Daemen College Demons (NY)
Dakota State University Trojans (SD)
Dakota Wesleyan University Tigers (SD)
Dallas Baptist University Patriots (TX)
Dallas Christian College Crusaders (TX)
Dalton State College Roadrunners (GA)
Dana College Vikings (NE)
Daniel Webster College Eagles (NH)
Dartmouth College Big Green (NH) In 1866 green was adopted by the students as Dartmouth's color. Green has been associated with the College and its athletic teams ever since. In the 1920's to 1970's "Indian's" was the unofficial nickname referring to the College's founding mission in 1769- the education of American Indian youth. By 1974 the "Big Green" was chosen as the official name.
David N. Myers College Demons (OH)
Davidson College Wildcats (NC)
Davis and Elkins College Senators (WV)
Dean College Red Devils (MA)
Defiance College Yellow Jackets (OH)
Delaware State University Hornets (DE)
Delaware Valley College Aggies (PA)
Delta State University Statesmen (MS)
Denison University Big Red (OH)
DePaul University Blue Demons
DePauw University Tigers (IN)
DeSales University Bulldogs (PA)
Detroit College of Business Falcons (MI)
DeVry Institue of Technology Hoyas (GA)
Dickinson College Red Devils (PA)
Dickinson State University Blue Hawks (ND)
Dillard University Blue Devils (LA)
Dixie State College Rebels (UT)
Doan College Tigers (NE)
Dominican College Chargers (NY)
Dominican College of San Rafael Penguins (CA)
Dominican University Stars (IL) (formerly the Rosary College Rebels)
Dort College Defenders (IA)
Dowling College Golden Lions (NY)
Drake University Bulldogs (IA)
Drew University Rangers (NJ)
Drexel University Dragons (PA)
Drury University Panthers (MO)
Duke University Blue Devils (NC) the Duke University name came from a World War I song by Irving Berlin. The song was about a special force of intrepid French soldiers called the Chausseuers Alpins, who wore blue berets and capes. In the song he called them the blue devils of France.
Duquesne University Dukes (PA)


Earlham College Hustlin' Quakers (IN)
East Carolina University Pirates (NC)
East Central University Tigers (OK)
East Nazarene College Crusaders (MA)
East Stroudsburg University Warriors (PA)
East Tennessee State University Buccaneers (TN)
East Texas Baptist University Tigers (TX)
Eastern College Eagles (PA)
Eastern Conneticut State University Warriors (CT)
Eastern Illinois University Panthers (IL)
Eastern Kentucky University Colonels (KY)
Eastern Mennonite University Royals (VA)
Eastern Michigan University Eagles (MI) formerly Hurons
Eastern New Mexico University Greyhounds (NM) (men's team) Zias (women's team)
Eastern Oregon University Mountaineers (OR)
Eastern Washington University Eagles (WA)
Eckerd College Tritons (FL)
Edgewood College Eagles (WI)
Edinboro University Scots (PA)
Edward Waters College Tigers (FL)
Elizabeth City State University Vikings (NC)
Elizabethtown College Blue Jays (PA)
Elmhurst College Bluejays (IL)
Elmira College Soaring Eagles (NY)
Elms College Blazers (MA)
Elon College Phoenix (NC)
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Eagles (FL and AZ)
Emory and Henry College Wasps (VA)
Emerson College Lions (MA)
Emmanuel College Saints (MA)
Emmanuel College Lions (GA)
Emory University Eagles (GA)
Emporia State University Hornets (KS)
Endicott College Power Gulls (MA)
Erskine College Flying Fleet (SC)
Eugene Bible College Deacons (OR)
Eureka College Red Devils (IL)
Evangel College Crusaders (MO)
Evergreen State College Geoducks (WA) (pronounced GOO-ee-ducks, not JEE-oh-ducks)


Fairfield University Stags (CT)
Fairleigh-Dickinson University Jersey Devils (NJ)
Fairmont State College Falcons (WV)
Faith Baptist Bible College & Theological Seminary Eagles (IA)
Faulkner University Eagles (AL)
Fayetteville State University Broncos (NC)
Ferris State University Bulldogs (MI)
Ferrum College Panthers (VA)
Fisk University Bulldogs (TN)
Fitchburg State College Falcons (MA)
Flagler College Saints (FL)
Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University Rattlers (FL)
Florida Atlantic University Owls (FL)
Florida College Falcons (FL)
Florida Gulf Coast University Eagles (FL)
Florida International University Golden Panthers (FL)
Florida Institute of Technology Panthers (FL)
Florida Memorial College Lions (FL)
Florida Southern College Moccasins (FL)
Florida State University Seminoles (FL) The history of the Seminole Indians in Florida is the story of a noble, brave, courageous, strong and determined people who, against great odds, struggled successfully to preserve their heritage and live their lives according to their traditions and preferences. From its earliest days as a university, Florida State has proudly identified its athletic teams with these heroic people because they represent the traits we want our athletes to have. Chief Osceola, astride his appaloosa when he plants a flaming spear on the 50-yard line, ignites a furious enthusiasm and loyalty in thousands of football fans, but also salutes a people who have proven that perseverance with integrity prevails. Mascot: Renegade, a horse ridden by Chief Osceola.
Fontbonne College Griffins (MO)
Fordham University Rams (NY)
Fort Hays State University Tigers (KS)
Fort Lewis College Skyhawks (CO)
Fort Valley State University Wildcats (GA)
Framingham State College Rams (MA)
Franklin College Grizzlies (IN)
Franciscan University of Steubenville Barons (OH)
Franklin & Marshall College Diplomats
Franklin Pierce College Ravens (NH)
Franklin University Raiders (OH)
Francis Marion University Patriots (SC)
Freed-Hardeman University Lions (TN)
Fresno Pacific University Sunbirds (CA)
Fresno State University Bulldogs (CA)
Friends University Falcons (KS)
Frostburg State University Bobcats (MD)
Furman University Paladins (SC)


Gallaudet University Bison (DC)
Gardner-Webb University Runnin' Bulldogs (NC)
Geneva College Golden Tornadoes (PA)
Gannon University Golden Knights (PA)
George Fox College Bruins (OR)
Georgia College and State University Bobcats (GA)
Georgia Institute of Technology Ramblin' Wreck (GA) (this school has two official nicknames: Ramblin' Wreck and Yellow Jackets)
Georgia Southern University Eagles (GA)
Georgia Southwestern State University Hurricanes (GA)
Georgia State University Panthers (GA)
Georgian Court College Lions (NJ)
George Mason University Patriots (VA)
George Washington University Colonials (DC)
Georgetown College Tigers (KY)
Georgetown University Hoyas (DC) Many years ago, when all Georgetown students were required to study Greek and Latin, the University's teams were nicknamed "The Stonewalls." It is suggested that a student, using Greek and Latin terms, started the cheer "Hoya Saxa!", which translates into "What Rocks!" The name proved popular and the term "Hoyas" was eventually adopted for all Georgetown teams. Mascot: Jack, an English bulldog.
Gettysburg College Bullets (PA) named from the bullets fired in the area during the Civil War.
Glenville State College Pioneers (WV)
Golden Gate University Griffins (CA)
Goldey-Beacom College Braves (DE)
Gonzaga University Bulldogs (WA)
Gordon College Scots (MA)
Goshen College Maple Leafs (IN)
Goucher College Gophers (MD)
Grace Bible College Tigers (MI)
Grace College Lancers (IN)
Graceland University Yellow Jackets (IA)
Grace University Royals (NE)
Grambling State University Tigers and Lady Tigers (LA)
Grand Canyon University Antelopes (AZ)
Grand Valley State University Lakers (MI)
Grand View College Vikings (IA)
Great Lakes Christian College Crusaders (MI)
Green Mountain College Eagles (VT)
Greensboro College Pride (NC)
Greenville College Panthers (IL)
Grinnell College Pioneers (IA)
Grove City College Wolverines (PA)
Guilford College Quakers (NC)
Gustavus Adolphus University Golden Gusties (MN)
Gwynedd-Mercy College Griffins (PA)


Hamilton College Continentals (NY) the name goes back to 1812 and the revolutionary spirit of that time.
Hamline University Pipers (MN)
Hampden-Sydney College Tigers (VA)
Hampshire College Frogs (MA)
Hampton University Pirates (VA)
Hannibal-LaGrange College Trojans (MO)
Hanover College Panthers (IN)
Hardin-Simmons University Cowboys (TX)
Harding University Bison (AR)
Harris-Stowe State College Hornets (MO)
Hartwick College Hawks (NY)
Harvey Mudd College Stags (CA) (a joint team with Claremont McKenna College)
Haskell Indian Nations University Indians (KS)
Harvard University Crimson (MA)
Haverford College Black Squirrels (PA) (baseball team only)
Haverford College Fords (PA) (all teams except for baseball)
Hawaii Pacific University Sea Warriors (HI)
Heidelberg College The 'Berg (OH)
Henderson State University Reddies (AR)
Hendrix College Warriors (AR)
Heritage College Minutemen (MA)
Hesston College Larks (KS)
High Point University Panthers (NC)
Hilbert College Hawks (NY)
Hillsdale College Chargers (MI)
Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College Saints (OK)
Hiram College Terriers (OH)
Hobart College Statesmen (NY)
Hofstra University Flying Dutchmen (NY) (this school has two official nicknames: Flying Dutchmen and the Pride)
Holy Cross College Crusaders (IN)
Holy Family College Tigers (PA)
Holy Names College Hawks (CA)
Hood College Blazers (MD)
Hope College Flying Dutchmen (MI)
Houghton College Highlanders (NY)
Houston Baptist University Huskies (TX)
Howard Payne University Yellow Jackets (TX)
Howard University Bison (DC)
Humboldt State University Lumberjacks (CA)
Hunter College-City University of New York Hawks (NY)
Huntingdon College Hawks (AL)
Huntington College Foresters (IN)
Husson College Braves (ME)
Huston-Tillotson College Rams (TX)


Idaho State University Bengals (ID)
Illinois College Blue Boys (IL)
Illinois Institute of Technology Scarlet Hawks (IL)
Illinois State University Redbirds (IL)
Illinois Wesleyan University Titans (IL)
Immaculata College Mighty Macs (PA)
Immanuel Luthern College Knights (WI)
Idaho State University Bengals (ID)
Indiana Institute of Technology Warriors (IN)
Indiana State University Sycamores (IN)
Indiana University Hoosiers (IN) a nickname for people who live in Indiana. Hoosier first appeared in the early 19th century when Indiana was considered "the frontier". Thoughout what was then the West any man who could outrun, out-drink, and out-fight was known as a "husher" from his ability to silence his foes. By the mid-century the word "husher" mutated to "hoosier".
Indiana University-East Pioneers (IN)
Indiana University-Kokomo Knights (IN)
Indiana University-Northwest RedHawks (IN) (former nickname: The Blast)
Indiana University-Purdue University-Columbus Flyers (IN)
Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne Mastodons (IN)
Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis Jaguars (IN)
Indiana University-Purdue University-South Bend Titans (IN)
Indiana University-Southeast Grenadiers (IN)
Indiana Wesleyan College Wildcats (IN)
Iona College Gaels
Iowa State University Cyclones (IA) Iowa State is named the Cyclones for in 1894, a terrible tornado hit the Iowa town of Grinnell. During the summer and early fall of 1895, a number of "Cyclones" continued to wreak havoc on the state of Iowa. Hence, when Iowa State's (then called Iowa Agricultural College) football team blew away highly-touted Northwestern that fall, the winners were likened to a cyclone. The name stuck as this group of Cyclones helped propel Iowa State into the world of big-time football. Mascot: Cy (a Cardinal) was the 2008 Capital One College Mascot of the Year.
Iowa Wesleyan College Tigers (IA)
Ithaca College Bombers (NY)

Jackson State University Tigers and Lady Tigers (MS)
Jacksonville University Dolphins (FL)
James Madison University Dukes (VA)
Jamestown College Jimmies (ND)
Jarvis Christian College Knights (TX)
Jimmy Swaggart Bible College Eagles (LA)
Johns Hopkins University Blue Jays (MD)
John Brown University Golden Eagles (AR)
John Carroll University Blue Streaks (OH)
John Jay College of Criminal Justice-City University of New York Bloodhounds (NY)
Johns Hopkins University Blue Jays (MD)
Johnson Bible College Preachers (TN) (men's team) and Spirits (soccer team)
Johnson & Wales University Griffins (RI)
Johnson C. Smith University Golden Bulls (NC)
Johnson Bible College Evangels (TN) (womens team)
Jordan College Suns (MI)
Josephinum College Vikings (OH)
Juniata College Eagles (PA)
Judson College Eagles (IL and AL)


Kalamazoo College Hornets (MI)
Kansas Newman College Jets (KS)
Kansas State University Wildcats (KS) Kansas State through its first 19 seasons of athletic competition, had used "Aggies" as its nickname. But prior to the 1915 season, new coach John "Chief" Bender gave his squad the nickname "Wildcats." The moniker lasted the one season Bender coached at K-State. Under Coach Z.G. Clevenger in 1917, the school team became known as the "Farmers." In 1920 Coach Charles Bachman, took over the program, renaming the team "Wildcats." This time, the nickname stuck.
Kansas Wesleyan University Coyotes (KS)
Kean College of New Jersey Cougars (NJ)
Keene State College Owls (NH)
Kendall College Vikings (IL)
Kennesaw State University Owls (GA)
Kent State University Golden Flashes (OH) Kent State's Golden Flashes came from documentation in Phillip Shiver's book, "The Years of Youth," widely regarded as historically correct, the reason for Kent State's nickname is noted in a letter to Linda Baughman, dated Aug. 6, 1959. Merle Wagoner recalled that the change in the name of Kent State athletics teams from "Silver Foxes" to "Golden Flashes" occurred in 1926 after the dismissal of President John E. McGilvrey (Kent State's first nickname originated from McGilvrey, who had a silver fox farm east of campus). With Acting President T. Howard Winters providing the impetus, a contest was held (with a $25 first prize) to select the new name. No special significance was attached to the winning suggestion, which was used first in 1927 by the basketball team after it had been approved by the student body and the faculty athletic committee. Also laying partial claim to the origin was Oliver Wolcott, one-time Kent grid great who played center on the 1921 and 1922 teams. As former sports editor of the Kent Courier Tribune, the local newspaper, the name "Silver Foxes" seemed pretty frail to him. So, during the 1927 football season, he began referring to the team as "Golden Flashes."
Kentucky Christian College Knights (KY)
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Kentucky Wesleyan College Panthers (KY)
Kenyon College Lords (men's team) and Ladies (OH) (women's team)
Kettering University Bulldogs (MI)
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Knoxville College Bulldogs (TN)
Kutztown University Golden Bears (PA)

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Louisiana State University Tigers (LA) The Tigers nickname was chosen dates back to the Civil War. The name Louisiana Tigers evolved from a volunteer company nicknamed the Tiger Rifles, which was organized in New Orleans. That nickname in time applied to all of the Louisiana troops of Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia. The tiger symbol came from the famous Washington Artillery of New Orleans, which had a logo of a snarling tigers head. Mascot: Mike the Tiger.
Louisiana Tech University Bulldogs (LA) men's team and Lady Techsters (women's team)
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Lyon College Pipers (AR) (women's team) and Scots (men's team)
Lynn University Knights (FL)


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Maharishi University of Management Flyers (IA) (formerly the Gurus)
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Miami University-Hamilton Harriers (OH)
Miami University of Ohio Redhawks (OH)
Michigan State University Spartans (MI) In 1926, Michigan State's first southern baseball training tour provided the setting for the birth of the "Spartan" nickname. It all came about when a Lansing sportswriter imposed the silent treatment on a contest-winning nickname and substituted his own choice, the name that has lasted through the years. In 1925, Michigan State College replaced the name Michigan Agricultural College. The college sponsored a contest to select a nickname to replace "Aggies" and picked "The Michigan Staters." George S. Alderton, then sports editor of the Lansing State Journal, decided the name was too cumbersome for newspaper writing and vowed to find a better one. Alderton contacted Jim Hasselman of Information Services to see if entries still remained from the contest. When informed that they still existed, Alderton ran across the entry name of "Spartans" and then decided that was the choice. Unfortunately, Alderton forgot to write down who submitted that particular entry, so that part of the story remains a mystery.
Michigan Technological University Huskies (MI)
Mid-America Bible College Conquerors (OK)
Mid-America Nazarene University Pioneers (KS)
Middlebury College Panthers (VT)
Middle Tennessee State University Blue Raiders and Lady Raiders (TN)
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Milwaukee School of Engineering Raiders (WI)
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Molloy College Lions (NY)
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Montana State University Bobcats (MT) (women's team is the Skylights)
Montana State University-Billings Yellow Jackets (MT)
Montana State University-College of Technology Orediggers (MT)
Montana State University-Northern Northern Lights (MT) and Skylights (women's team)
Montana Tech of the University of Montana Orediggers (MT)
Montclair State University Red Hawks (PA) Montclair State, for many years was known as the " Indians" .. the varsity club was " The Tribe".. other campus groups had Indian names.. The school re-named itself the " Redtailed Hawks ".
Montreat College Cavaliers (NC)
Moody Bible Institute Archers (IL)
Moravian College Greyhounds (PA)
Morehead State University Eagles (KY)
Morehouse College Maroon Tigers (GA)
Morningside College Mustangs (IA) (formerly the Maroon Chiefs)
Morgan State University Golden Bears (MD)
Morris Brown College Wolverines (GA)
Morris College Yellow Jackets (SC)
Mount Aloysius College Mounties (PA)
Mount Holyoke College Lyons (MA)
Mount Ida College Mustangs (MA)
Mount Marty College Lancers (SD)
Mount Mary College Crusaders (WI)
Mount Mercy College Mustangs (IA)
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Mount Senario Saints (WI)
Mount St. Clare Mounties (IA)
Mount St. Mary's College Athenians (CA)
Mount St. Mary's College Knights (NY)
Mount St. Mary's College Mountaineers (MD)
Mount Union College Purple Raiders (OH)
Mount Vernon Nazarene College Cougars (OH)
Muhlenberg College Mules (PA)
Multnomah Bible College Ambassadors (OR)
Murray State University Thorobreds (KY) (men's baseball only)
Murray State Racers (KY)
Muskingum College Muskies (OH)



National American University Mavericks (SD)
National-Louis University Eagles (IL)
Nazareth College of Rochester Golden Flyers (NY)
Nebraska Wesleyan University Prairie Wolves (NE) (former nicknames: Coyotes and Plainsmen)
Neumann College Knights (PA)
Newbury College Indians (SC)
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New Jersey City University Gothic Knights (NJ)
New Jersey Institute of Technology Highlanders (NJ)
New Jersey University Mustangs (NJ)
New Mexico Highlands University Cowboys (NM)
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology Miners (NM)
New Mexico State University Aggies (NM)
New York City Technical College-City University of New York Yellow Jackets (NY)
New York Institute of Technology Bears (NY)
New York University Violets (NY) (the mascot is a bobcat)
Niagara University Purple Eagles (NY)
Nicholls State University Colonels (LA)
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North Central Bible College Flames (MN)
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North Dakota State University Bison (ND) mascot: Thunder
Northeastern Bible College Lancers (NJ)
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North Georgia College and State University Saints (GA)
North Greenvillle College Crusaders (SC) formerly the Mounties
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Northern Michigan University Wildcats (MI)
Northern State University Wolves (SD)
Northland Baptist Bible College Pioneers (WI)
Northland College Lumberjacks (mens' team) (WI) (Lumberjills women's team, the Lumberjills named as the female that goes with the mens team, Lumberjacks.)
North Park University Vikings (IL)
Northwest Christian College Crusaders (OR)
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Northwood University Knights (TX)
Northwood University Seahawks (FL)
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Norwich University Cadets (VT)
Notre Dame Gators (MD) (all womens college)
Notre Dame College Saints (NH)
Notre Dame College of Ohio Falcons (OH)
Nova Southeastern University Knights (FL)
Nyack College Purple Pride (NY)



Oakland City University Mighty Oaks (IN)
Oakland University Golden Grizzlies (MI)
Oberlin College Yeomen (men's team) and Yeowomen (women's team) (OH)
Occidental College Tigers (CA)
Oglethorpe University Stormy Petrels (GA)
Ohio Dominion College Panthers (OH)
Ohio Northern University Polar Bears (OH)
Ohio State University Buckeyes (OH) Buckeyes is the team nickname because of the many buckeye trees that once covered its hills and plains. The name itself is of native origin. Because the markings on the nut resembled the eye of a buck, the Indians called it "hetuck" or "buckeye." Mascot: Brutus the Buckeye.
Ohio University Bobcats (OH)
Ohio University-Chillicothe Hilltoppers (OH)
Ohio University-Eastern Campus Panthers (OH)
Ohio University-Southern Campus Trailblazers (OH)
Ohio University-Zanesville Campus Tracers (OH)
Ohio Valley College Scots (OH)
Ohio Wesleyan University Battling Bishops (OH)
Old Dominion Monarchs (VA)
Oklahoma Baptist College and Institute Prophets (OK)
Oklahoma Baptist University Bison (OK)
Oklahoma Christian University Eagles (OK)
Oklahoma City University Stars (OK)
Oklahoma Panhandle State University Aggies (OK)
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Old Dominion University Monarchs (VA)
Olivet College Comets (MI)
Olivet Nazarene University Tigers (IL)
Oral Roberts University Golden Eagles (OK)
Oregon Institute of Technology Hustlin' Owls (OR)
Oregon State University Beavers (OR)
Ottawa University Braves (KS)
Otterbein College Cardinals (OH)
Ouachita Baptist University Tigers (AR)
Our Lady of the Lake University Armadillos (TX)
Ozark Christian College Ambassadors (MO)


Pace University Setters (NY)
Pacific Christian College Royals (CA)
Pacific Lutheran University Lutes (WA)
Pacific Union College Pioneers (CA)
Pacific University Boxers (OR)
Paine College Lions (GA)
Palm Beach Atlantic College Sailfish (FL)
Park College Pirates (MO)
Parks College of St. Louis University Falcons (MO)
Patton College Lions (CA)
Paul Quinn College Tigers (TX)
Peace College Pride (NC)
Pennsylvania College of Technology Wildcats (PA)
Pennsylvania State University Nittany Lions (PA)
Pennsylvania State University-Abington Little Johns (PA)
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Pennsylvania State University-Berks-Lehigh Valley College Nittany Lions (PA)
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Pennsylvania State University-Schuykill Nittany Lions (PA)
Pennsylvania State University-Wilkes-Barre Nittany Lions (PA)
Pennsylvania State University-Worthington-Scranton Knights (PA)
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Pepperdine University Waves (CA)
Peru State College Bobcats (NE)
Pensacola Christian College Eagles (FL)
Pepperdine University Waves (CA)
Pfeiffer College Falcons (NC)
Philadelphia College of the Bible Crimson Eagles (PA)
Philadelphia University Rams (PA)
Phillips University Haymakers (OK)
Piedmont Bible College Conquerors (NC)
Piedmont College Lions (GA)
Pikeville College Bears (KY)
Pillsbury Baptist Bible College Comets (MN)
Pine Manor College Gators (MA)
Pittsburg State University Gorillas (KS) in the 1920's a group of of young men dissatisfied with the school spirit organized themselves as the Gorillas to accelerate college spirit and enthusiasm. Thereafter, Gorillas, a 1920's slang term for roughnecks was used for various school activities. In 1925 the school offically adopted the Gorillas as the mascot. Mascot: Gus the Gorilla.
Pitzer College Sagehens (CA) (a joint team with Pomona College)
Plymouth State College Panthers (NH)
Pomona College Sagehens (CA) (a joint team with Pitzer College)
Point Loma Nazarene Crusaders (SD)
Point Park College Pioneers (PA)
Polytechnic University Blue Jays (NY)
Portland State University Vikings (OR)
Prairie View A&M University Panthers (TX)
Presbyterian College Blue Hose (SC)
Princeton University Tigers (NJ)
Principia College Panthers (IL)
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Puget Sound Christian College Anchormen (WA)
Purdue University Boilermakers (IN) In the late 1800's Purdue primarily taught sons and daughters of the working class. When Purdue beat a Wabash team 44-0, that caused a newspaper loyal to Wabash to brand the Purdue players a "burly-boilermakers".
Purdue University-Calumet Lakers (IN)
Purdue University-North Central Centaurs (IN)



Queens College Royals (NC)
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Quincy University Hawks (IL)
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (CT) (formerly the Braves)

Radford University Highlanders (CA)
Ramapo College Roadrunners (NJ)
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Rochester Institute of Technology Tigers (NY)
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Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Engineers (IN)
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Rutgers University Scarlet Knights (NJ)
Rutgers University-Camden Scarlet Raptors (NJ)
Rutgers University-Newark Raiders (NJ)



Sacred Heart University Pioneers (CT)
Saginaw Valley State University Cardinals (MI)
Saint Anselm College Hawks (NH)
Saint Francis College of Pennsylvania Red Flash (PA)
Saint John's College Johnnies (MD and NM)
Saint John's University Red Storm (NY) (former nickname: Redmen)
Saint Joseph College Blue Jays (CT)
Saint Joseph's University Hawks (PA) Mascot: Wings
Saint Leo College Monarchs (FL)
Saint Louis University Billikens (MO) The Billiken is a symbol of good luck that became a national craze in the early 1900s.
In 1908, Florence Pretz, an art teacher and illustrator in Kansas City, Mo., received a patent for her version of an ancient Asian figure – a chubby character with pixie ears, fat cheeks and an ear-to-ear grin. A year later, the Billiken Company of Chicago adopted the likeness, giving it its eventual name. Initially manufactured as a bank and statuette, the Billiken reached its peak of popularity in 1911, when it was widely recognized as a universal symbol of good fortune. Legend has it that the Billiken has three kinds of luck – good, better and best. To buy a Billiken gave the buyer luck. To have one given to you is better luck. The best luck came if the Billiken was stolen. How the name became associated with Saint Louis University remains a hotly debated issue. Whatever version you accept, it happened between 1910 and 1911 at the height of Billikenmania.
Saint Mary College Spires (KS)
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College Pomeroys (IN)
Saint Mary's College Belles (IN)
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Salve Regina University Seahawks (RI)
Samford University Bulldogs (AL)
Sam Houston State University Bearkats (TX)
Santa Fe Institute Knights (NM)
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San Francisco State University Gators (CA)
San Jacinto College-Central Ravens (TX)
San Jose State University Spartans (CA)
Santa Clara University Broncos (CA)
San Jose State University Spartans (CA)
Savannah College of Art and Design Bees (GA)
Savannah State University Tigers (GA)
Schreiner College Mountaineers (TX)
Scottsdale Community College Artichokes (AZ)
Seattle Pacific University Falcons (WA)
Seattle University RedHawks (WA) (formerly Chieftains)
Selma University Bulldogs (AL)
Seton Hall University Pirates (NJ)
Seton Hill College Spirit (PA)
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Sheldon Jackson College Golden Seals (AK)
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Smith College Pioneers (MA)
Sonoma State University Seawolves (CA)
South Carolina State University Bulldogs (SC)
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Hardrockers (SD)
South Dakota University Coyotes (SD)
South Dakota State University Jackrabbits (SD) There are two theories as to how and why the Jackrabbit nickname evolved. The most common belief is that the name "Jackrabbits" came from a story that appeared in a Minneapolis newspaper following a 1905 football game between the University of Minnesota and South Dakota State College, as the university was then known. A reporter for the newspaper, knowing of the preponderance of jackrabbits in the Brookings area, was believed to have written that the SDSC team was a quick as jackrabbits. Many people believe that the school adopted the Jackrabbits as its official nickname from the beginning. The other theory about the origin of the nickname is given in The Jackrabbit, SDSU's yearbook. There is a poem in the 1907 yearbook that puts forth the idea that the yearbook is called The Jackrabbit because a group of juniors wished to immortalize themselves by changing the name of the yearbook. Athletic teams followed suit, adopting the nickname.
Southeast Missouri State University Redhawks (MO)
Southeast Missouri State University Redhawks (formerly Indians) (MO)
Southeastern Louisiana University Lions (LA)
Southeastern Oklahoma State University Savages (OK)
Southern Arkansas University Muleriders (AR) mascot: Mule Riders
Southern Connecticut State University Owls (CT)
Southern Illinois University Saulkis (IL) the name comes from the dog, which is fast, a sleek breed of hunting dog, and one of the oldest purebred dogs in the world. S. ILL used to be known as the Maroons. The area of the college was commonly known as "Little Egypt" because of a drought in the northern part of the state that caused people to migrate to the south. The Saluki is the royal dog of Egypt.
Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville Cougars (IL)
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Spelman College Jaguars (GA)
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St. Edwards University Hilltoppers (TX)
St. Francis College Terriers (NY)
St. Gregory's College Cavaliers (OK)
St. John Fisher College Cardinals (NY)
St. John's College Johnnies (MD and NM)
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St. Joseph's College Pumas (IN)
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St. Lawrence University Saints (NY)
St. Louis Christian College Soldiers (MO)
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St. Peter's College Peacocks (NJ)
St. Thomas Aquinas College Spartans (NY)
St. Thomas University Bobcats (FL)
St. Vincent College Bearcats (PA)
Stanford University Cardinal (CA) Cardinal has been the color of Stanford athletic teams since 1892 and was adopted in 1972 as the official name for Stanford sports, formerly called the Indians. Mascot: a person dressed up in a TREE costume.
State University of New York-Binghamton Bearcats (NY)
State University of New York-College at Brockport Golden Eagles (NY)
State University of New York-College at Buffalo Bengals (NY)
State University of New York-College at Cortland Red Dragons (NY)
State University of New York-College at Fredonia Blue Devils (NY)
State University of New York-College at Geneseo Blue Knights (NY)
State University of New York-College at New Paltz Hawks (NY)
State University of New York-College at Old Westbury Panthers (NY)
State University of New York-College at Oneonta Red Dragons (NY)
State University of New York-College at Oswego Great Lakers (NY)
State University of New York-College at Plattsburg Cardinals (NY)
State University of New York-College at Potsdam Bears (NY)
State University of New York-College of Agriculture and Technology Mustangs (NY)
State University of New York-College of Agriculture and Technology Tigers (NY)
State University of New York-College of Technology at Alfred Pioneers (NY)
State University of New York-College of Technology at Canton Northmen (NY)
State University of New York-College of Technology at Delhi Broncos (NY)
State University of New York-College of Technology at Farmingdale Rams (NY)
State University of New York-Institute of Technology Wildcats (NY)
State University of New York-Maritime College Privateers (NY)
State University of New York-Purchase Panthers (NY)
State University of West Georgia Braves (GA)
Stephen F. Austin State University Lumberjacks (TX)
Stephens College Stars (MO)
Sterling College Warriors (KS)
Stetson University Hatters (FL)
Stevens Institute of Technology Ducks (NJ)
Stillman College Tigers (AL)
Stonehill College Chieftains (MA)
Stony Brook University Seawolves (NY)
Sue Bennett Dragons (KY)
Suffolk University Rams (MA)
Sul Ross State University Lobos (TX)
Suomi College Lions (MI)
Summit Christian College Falcons (IN)
Susquehanna University Crusaders (PA)
Swarthmore College Garnet (PA)
Sweet Briar College Vixens (VA) Students voted in 1979; choices included Pink Panthers, Vixens and the Briar. The selection of the Vixen was related to the foxes prevalent on campus (with over 3000 acres of wooded hills and meadows), the nationally recognized Riding Program, and the double meaning of the word Vixen. The term refers both to a female fox and to a surly contentious woman.
Syracuse University Orangemen (NY) In June 1872, Syracuse adopted rose pink and pea green as the official colors of the University and its athletic teams. The colors were changed the next year to rose tint and azure, later becoming pink and blue. After a football field meet at nearby Hamilton College in 1889 which Syracuse won, decive. Comments about the victors colors led the SU student body to the conclusion that yet another change should be made. A committee made up of students and faculty members discovered that orange had not been adopted by any college or university as a single color. In 1890 the Alumni Association rendered a unanimous decision and orange has been the sole official color of Syracuse University since that year. The men's varsity teams soon became known as the Orange or Orangemen. When women began competing in varsity sports in 1971, they selected the nickname Orangewomen.



Tabor College Bluejays (KS)
Talladega College Tornadoes (AL)
Tampa College Owls (FL)
Tarleton State University Texans (TX)
Taylor University Trojans (IN)
Teikyo-Post University Eagles (CT)
Temple University Owls (PA)
Tennessee State University Tigers and Lady Tigers (TN)
Tennesse Technological University Golden Eagles (TN)
Tennesse Temple University Crusaders (TN)
Tennessee Wesleyan College Bulldogs (TN)
Texas A&M International University Dustdevils (TX)
Texas A&M University Aggies (TX) mascot: Reveille, a collie dog.
Texas A&M University-Commerce Lions (TX)
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Islanders (TX)
Texas A&M University-Galveston Sea Aggies (TX)
Texas A&M University-Kingsville Javelinas (TX)
Texas Christian University Horned Frogs (TX)
Texas College Steers (TX)
Texas Lutheran University Bulldogs (TX)
Texas Southern University Tigers (TX)
Texas Tech University Red Raiders (TX)
Texas Wesleyan University Rams (TX)
Texas Women's University Pioneers (TX)
The College of Insurance Turtles (NY)
The College of Mount Saint Joseph Lions (OH)
The College of New Jersey Lions (NJ)
The Master's College Mustangs (CA)
The Ohio State University-Lima Barons (OH)
The Ohio State University-Newark Titans (OH)
Thiel College Tomcats (PA)
Thomas Jefferson University Medics (PA)
Tiffin University Dragons (OH)
Thomas College Nighthawks (GA)
Thomas More College Blue Rebels (KY)
Toccoa Falls College Eagles (GA)
Tougaloo Bulldogs (MS)
Towson University Tigers (MD)
Transylvania University Pioneers (KY)
Trevecca Nazarene University Trojans (TN)
Trinity Baptist College Eagles (FL)
Trinity Bible College Lions (ND)
Trinity Christian College Trolls (IL)
Trinity College Bantams (CT)
Trinity College Tigers (DC)
Trinity College of Florida Tigers (FL)
Trinity College of Vermont Pioneers (VT)
Trinity International University Trojans (IL)
Trinity International University-South Florida Campus Warriors (FL)
Trinity University Tigers (TX)
Tri-State University Thunder (IN)
Troy State University Trojans (AL)
Troy State University-Dothan Trojans (AL)
Troy State University-Florida Region Trojans (AL)
Troy State University-Montgomery Trojans (AL)
Troy State University-Phenix City Trojans (AL)
Truman State University Bulldogs (MO)
Tufts University Jumbos (MA)
Tulane University Green Wave (LA) From 1893 to 1919, the athletic teams of Tulane were known as the Olive and Blue for the official school colors. In 1919, the Tulane Weekly, one of Tulane's many student newspapers at the time, began referring to the football team as the Greenbacks. On Oct. 20, 1920, Earl Sparling, editor of the Tulane Hullabaloo, wrote a football song which was printed in the newspaper. The song was titled "The Rolling Green Wave." Although the name was not immediately adopted, it began to receive acceptance. On Nov. 19, 1920, a report of the Tulane-Mississippi A&M game in the Hullabaloo referred to the team as the Green Wave. By the end of the season, the Hullabaloo was using the term Green Wave to refer to all Tulane athletic teams, as were many daily papers.
Tusculum College Pioneers (TN)
Tuskegee University Golden Tigers (AL)


Union College Bulldogs (KY)
Union College Dutchmen (NY)
Union University Bulldogs (TN)
United States Air Force Academy Falcons (CO) mascot: Falcon, a real bird.
United States Coast Guard Academy Bears (CT)
United States International University Globe Runners (CA)
United States Marine Corps University (VA)
United States Merchant Marine Academy Mariners (NY)
United States Army Military Academy Black Knights (NY) mascot: General Scott, a mule.
United States Naval Academy Midshipmen (MD) mascot: Bill the Goat.
United Wesleyan College Warriors (PA)
Unity College Rams (ME)
Utah State University Aggies (UT)
Union College Warriors (NE)
Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education Squirrels (VA)
University of Alaska-Southeast Humpback Whales (AK)
University at Albany Great Danes (NY)
University at Buffalo Bulls (NY)
University of Akron Zips (OH)
University of Akron-Wayne College Warriors (OH)
University of Alabama Crimson Tide (AL) In early newspaper accounts of Alabama football, the team was simply listed as the "varsity" or the "Crimson White" after the school colors. The first nickname to become popular and used by headline writers was the "Thin Red Line." The nickname was used until 1906. The name "Crimson Tide" is supposed to have first been used by Hugh Roberts, former sports editor of the Birmingham Age-Herald. He used "Crimson Tide" in describing an Alabama-Auburn game played in Birmingham in 1907, the last football contest between the two schools until 1948 when the series was resumed. The game was played in a sea of mud and Auburn was a heavy favorite to win. But, evidently, the "Thin Red Line" played a great game in the red mud and held Auburn to a 6-6 tie, thus gaining the name "Crimson Tide." Zipp Newman, former sports editor of the Birmingham News, probably popularized the name more than any other writer. The Elephant Story: The story of how Alabama became associated with the "elephant" goes back to the 1930 season when Coach Wallace Wade had assembled a great football team. In a game against Ole Miss, at the end of the quarter, the earth started to tremble, there was a distant rumble that continued to grow. Some excited fan in the stands bellowed, 'Hold your horses, the elephants are coming,' and out stamped this Alabama varsity. Writers continued to refer to the Alabama linemen as "Red Elephants," the color referring to the crimson jerseys.
University of Alabama-Birmingham Blazers (AL)
University of Alabama-Huntsville Chargers (AL)
University of Alaska-Anchorage Seawolves (AK)
University of Alaska-Fairbanks Nanooks (AK)
University of Arizona Wildcats (AZ)
University of Arkansas Razorbacks and Lady'Backs (short for Lady Razorbacks) (AR) named from the wild boars or ferrel pigs in the state, called a Razorback. Originally called the Cardinals. The University student body voted to change the name of the school mascot from the Cardinals to the Razorbacks in 1910, when a comment was made following one of their games when someone said they played like a wild band of razorback hogs and finished the season 7-0! They kept the cardinal red color. Mascot: Tusk, a Russian Boar.
University of Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans (AR)
University of Arkansas-Monticello Boll Weevils (AR) (men's team) and Cotton Blossoms (women's team)
University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions (AR)
University of Baltimore Super Bees (MD)
University of Bridgeport Purple Knights (CT)
University of California Golden Bears (CA) In 1895, the University of California track and field team was the dominating power on the West Coast and decided to challenge several of the top teams in the Midwest and East on an eight-meet tour that is now credited by many historian as putting Cal athletics onto the national scene. As a symbol of the University, Regent Arthur Rodgers, class of 1872, commissioned a blue silk banner emblazoned with a golden grizzly bear, the state symbol of the state of California. The banner was carried by the team on its successful tour, which saw them win five of the eight competitions. Cal athletic fans were so ecstatic over the team's performance that Professor Charles Mills Gayley was inspired to write the song "The Golden Bear." Cal's athletic teams have been known as the Golden Bears ever since.
University of Calfornia at Merced Golden Bobcats (CA)
University of Calfornia-Davis Aggies (CA)
University of California-Los Angeles Bruins (CA)
University of California-Riverside Highlanders (CA)
University of California San Diego Tritons (CA)
University of California Santa Barbara Gauchos (CA) the name comes from the South American cowboys from South America, known for their rabble-rousing behavior (and cropped pants). The Students changed the name from the Roadrunners in the 1940's.
University of California-Santa Cruz Banana Slugs (CA)
University of California- Irvine Anteaters (CA)
University of Central Arkansas Bears (AR) (women's team, Sugar Bears)
University of Central Florida Golden Knights (FL)
University of Central Oklahoma Bronchos (OK)
University of Charleston Golden Eagles (WV)
University of Chicago Maroons (IL)
University of Cincinnati Bearcats (OH) the University of Cincinnati selected Bearcats on Oct. 31, 1914. The occasion was a football game with the University of Kentucky Wildcats, a star UC player named Baehr, a creative cheerleader and a talented cartoonist. During the second half of that hard-fought football game, UC cheerleader Norman "Pat" Lyon, building on the efforts of fullback Leonard K. "Teddy" Baehr, created the chant: "They may be Wildcats, but we have a Baehr-cat on our side." The crowd took up the cry: "Come on, Baehr-cat!" Cincinnati prevailed, 14-7, and the victory was memorialized in a cartoon published on the front page of the student newspaper, the weekly University News, on Nov. 3. The cartoon, by John "Paddy" Reece, depicted a bedraggled Kentucky Wildcat being chased by a creature labeled "Cincinnati Bear Cats." The name stuck, but not immediately. Following Teddy Baehr's graduation in 1916, the name dropped out of use, at least in print, for a few years. On Nov. 15, 1919, Cincinnati played at Tennessee. Cincinnati Enquirer writer Jack Ryder's dispatch on the game was the first time that the major media called UC's teams "Bearcats." From then on, the university's teams were regularly called Bearcats. The word first appeared in print circa 1889 as a synonym for the giant panda. "Bearcat" is a simple translation of the Chinese word for panda-xiong mao-which means "bear-cat." By 1895, naturalist H.N. Ridley reported that the binturong-a large cat from Malaysia-was known as the "bear-cat." There is a binturong at the Cincinnati Zoo which frequents UC games.
University of Colorado Buffaloes (CO) mascot: Ralphie, a 1,300-pound buffalo.
University of Colorado-Colorado Springs Mountain Lions (CO)
University of Colorado-Denver Buffaloes (CO)
University of Connecticut Huskies (CT)
University of Dallas Crusaders (TX)
University of Dayton Flyers (OH)
University of Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens (DE) The name goes back to 1775 with a military battalion, of men from Kent County and was under the command of Captain John Caldwell, an avid fan and owner of gamecocks. The militia often amused themselves by staging cock fights with these birds which were of a breed known as the Kent County Blue Hen, having some blue plumage. The renown of these chickens spread rapidly during that time when cock fighting was a popular form of amusement, and the "Blue Hens' Chickens" quickly developed a reputation for ferocity and fighting success. Captain Caldwell's company likewise acquired a considerable reputation for its own fighting prowess in engagements with the British and was soon known as "the Blue Hen Chicken" company. In April, 1939 "Blue Hen Chicken" was named the official state bird.
University of Denver Pioneers (CO)
University of Detroit Mercy Titans (MI)
University of Dubuque Spartans (IA)
University of the District of Columbia Firebirds and Lady Firebirds (DC)
University of Evansville Purple Aces (IN)
University of Findlay Oilers (OH)
University of Florida Gators (FL) The American Alligator is a native of Florida, hence the University of Florida has Gators as their team nickname. Mascot: Albert E. Gator and the female version, Alberta.
University of Georgia Bulldogs (GA) On Nov. 3, 1920, Morgan Blake of the "Atlanta Journal" wrote about school nicknames and said "The Georgia 'Bulldogs' would sound good because their is a certain dignity about a bulldogs, as well as ferocity." AND after a 0-0 tie with Virginia in Charlottesville on Nov. 6, 1920, Atlanta Constitution writer Cliff Wheatley used the name "Bulldogs" in his story five times. Mascot: Uga and Hairy Dawg.
University of Great Falls Agronauts (MT)
University of Hartford Hawks (CT)
University of Hawaii Rainbow Warriors (HI) (Rainbow Warriors is for the men's football team only. Rainbows is the nickname for all men's sports except football. Rainbow Wahine is the nickname for the women's team)
University of Hawaii-Hilo Vulcans (HI)
University of Houston Cougars (TX)
University of Houston-Clear Lake Hurricanes (TX)
University of Idaho Vandals (ID)
University of Illinois Fighting Illini (IL)
University of Illinois-Chicago Flames (IL)
University of Illinois-Springfield Prairie Stars (IL)
University of Indianapolis Greyhounds (IN)
University of Iowa Hawkeyes (IA) The “Hawkeye State” was first suggested by James G. Edwars as a tribute to indian leader Chief Black Hawk. Note the Chicago NHL Hockey Team nickname, the Blackhawks.
University of Kansas Jayhawks (KS) a mythical bird, with roots to the Civil War. Former Gov. Charles Robinson assembled a crackerjack fighing unit to help keep Kansas a free state. The unit, which later offically became the Kansas Calvalry and then the Seventh Kansas Regiment, was called "The Independent Mounted Jayhawks". The name was coined around 1848. The name combines the Blue Jay, a noicy quarrelsome thing known to rob other nests, and the Sparrow Hawk, a stealthy hunter. In 1886 the
University of Kansas attached the Jayhawk name to it's nickname and mascot. Mascot: Baby Jay and Big Jay.
University of Kentucky Wildcats (KY) mascot: Scratch
Unversity of LaVerne Leopards (CA)
University of Louisiana at Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns (LA) (formerly known as the University of Southwestern Louisiana)
University of Louisiana-Monroe Indians (LA)
University of Louisville Cardinals (KY)
University of Maine Black Bears (ME)
University of Maine-Augusta Rebels (ME)
University of Maine-Farmington Beavers (ME)
University of Maine-Fort Kent Bengals (ME)
University of Maine-Machias Clippers (ME)
University of Maine-Presque Isle Owls (ME)
University of Mary Marauders (ND)
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Crusaders (TX)
University of Maryland Terrapins (MD) the name was taken from Maryland's official state reptile--the Diamondback Terrapin, which has recovered from near extinction in the early 1900's due to the demand for terrapin soup.
University of Maryland-Baltimore County Retrievers (MD)
University of Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks (MD)
University of Massachusetts Minutemen (MA)
University of Massachusetts-Boston Beacons (MA)
University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth Corsairs (MA)
University of Massachusetts-Lowell River Hawks (MA)
University of Memphis Tigers and Lady Tigers (TN)
University of Miami Hurricanes (FL)
University of Michigan Wolverines (MI) Named the Wolverines for the story about Ohioans that gave Michigan the nickname “The Wolverine State” around 1835 during a dispute over the Toledo strip, a piece of land along the border between Ohio and Michigan. Rumors in Ohio at the time described Michiganians as being as vicious and bloodthirsty as wolverines. Another story from the 1830's by Native Americans describing Michigan settlers as wolverines.
University of Michigan-Dearborn Wolves (MI)
University of Minnesota Golden Gophers (MN) Minnesota was tabbed the "Gopher State" in 1857 after a satirizing cartoon, depicting nine Gophers with the heads of local politicians pulling a locomotive, as published. The story was over legislative action for a $5 million railroad proposal in western Minnesota. Later, the University picked up the nickname. The "Golden" has not always been a part of the Gopher nickname. During the 1930s, the Gophers wore gold jerseys and pants. Legendary KSTP-AM radio announcer Halsey Hall coined the term "Golden Gophers" in reference to the team's all-gold attire on the field. From 1932-41, Minnesota compiled an impressive record, losing only 12 games in the 10-year span and winning seven Big Ten titles and five national championships - a true "golden" decade of Gopher football.
University of Minnesota-Crookstone Golden Eagles (MN)
University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs (MN)
University of Minnesota-Morris Cougars (MN)
University of Mississippi Rebels (MS)
University of Missouri Tigers (MO) the University of MIssouri is named Tigers traces its origin to the Civil War period. At that time, plundering guerilla bands habitually raided small towns, and Columbia people constantly feared an attack. Such organizations as temporary "home guards" and vigilance companies banded together to fight off any possible forays. The town's preparedness discouraged any guerilla activity and the protecting organization began to disband in 1854. However, it was rumored that a guerilla band, led by the notorious Bill Anderson, intended to sack the town. Quickly organized was an armed guard of people of Columbia, who built a blockhouse and fortified the old courthouse in the center of town. This company was called "The Missouri Tigers." The marauders never came. The reputation of the intrepid "Tigers" presumably traveled abroad, and Anderson's gang detoured around Columbia. Soon after Missouri's first football team was organized in 1890, the athletic committee adopted the nickname "Tiger" in official recognition of those Civil War defenders. Mascot: Truman (a Tiger named after President Harry Truman from Missouri)
University of Missouri- Kansas City Kangaroos (MO) The Kangaroo issue was first brought up in 1936 when the editors of the University (then named Kansas City University) newspaper decided it was time to find a mascot for, of all things, the debate team. There were no organized University athletic teams at the time, yet the students on the newspaper staff still wanted a unique identity for their debate team and, more importantly, their school. The fire was lit later that year when an article appeared in The Kansas City Star titled "Kangaroo May Go to KCU...Student Editors Believe University Should Have a Symbol." Interest in the mascot was also spurred by the Kansas City Zoo's purchase of two baby kangaroos about that same time and the subsequent publicity generated by the Kangaroo nearly suffered a quick demise in 1937 when the editors of the University yearbook "The Crataegus" decided that a kangaroo was not an appropriate University symbol. They opted to delete the proposed kangaroo emblem from the yearbook's feature section, but supporters of the mascot began a vocal attack. Just as the criticism began to mount and support for the kangaroo was beginning to wane, famed cartoonist Walt Disney came to the rescue. In April 1937, a leading KCU political group, the CO-OP Party, had won a landslide election with "Kasey the Kangaroo" as its insignia. "Kasey," the group stated, fit KC. The same month, the first issue of the KCU humor magazine "The Kangaroo" was published. Six months after the first kangaroo appeared on the cover, another kangaroo was featured, this time alongside Mickey Mouse. The artist of this drawing was the famous Disney, and support for the kangaroo mounted. In a matter of a few years, the "Crataegus" folded and the "Kangaroo" became the school's yearbook.
University of Missouri- Rolla Miners (MO)
University of Missouri-St. Louis Rivermen (MO)
University of Mobile Rams (AL)
University of Montana Grizzlies and Lady Griz (MT) mascot: Monte.
University of Montevallo Falcons (AL)
University of Nebraska Cornhuskers (NE) The 1945 Legislature changed the official state name to the "Cornhusker State”. The name is derived from the nickname for the University of Nebraska athletic teams - the "Cornhuskers" - which was coined in 1900 by Charles S. "Cy" Sherman, a sportswriter for the Nebraska State Journal in Lincoln. "Cornhuskers" replaced earlier nicknames, such as "Golden Knights", "Antelopes", and "Bugeaters". The term "cornhusker" comes from the method of harvesting or "husking" corn by hand, which was common in Nebraska before the invention of husking machinery. mascot: Herbie
University of Nebraska-Kearney Antelopes (NE)
University of Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks (NE)
University of Nevada-Las Vegas Runnin' Rebels (NV)
University of Nevada-Reno Wolf Pack (NV)
University of New England Knights (ME)
University of New Hampshire Wildcats (NH)
University of New Haven Chargers (CT)
University of New Mexico Lobos (NM)
University of New Orleans Privateers (LA)
University of North Alabama Lions (AL)
University of North Carolina Tarheels (NC) It was during one of the fiercest battles of the War Between the States, South and North Carolina. North Carolina's principal products were tar, pitch and turpentine. After a battle between the states, the North Carolinians, who had successfully fought it out alone, were greeted from the passing derelict regiment with the question: "Any more tar down in the Old North State, boys?" Quick as a flash came the answer: "No, not a bit, old Jeff's bought it all up." "Is that so; what is he going to do with it?" was asked. "He's going to put on you-un's heels to make you stick better in the next fight." Creecy relates that General Lee, upon hearing of the incident, said: "God bless the “Tar Heel” boys," and from that they took the name. Mascot: Rameses, a Ram.
University of North Carolina-Asheville Bulldogs (NC)
University of North Carolina-Greensboro Spartans (NC)
University of North Carolina-Pembroke Braves (NC)
University of North Carolina-Wilmington Seahawks (NC)
University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux (ND)
University of North Florida Ospreys (FL)
University of North Texas Mean Green (TX) (This school has three official nicknames: Eagles, Mean Green, and Mean Green Eagles.)
University of North Texas Mean Green Eagles (TX) (This school has three official nicknames: Eagles, Mean Green, and Mean Green Eagles.)
University of Northern Colorado Bears (CO)
University of Northern Iowa Panthers (IA)
University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish (IN) Notre Dame competed under the nickname "Catholics" during the 1800s and became more widely known as the "Ramblers" during the early 1920s in the days of the Four Horsemen. University president Rev. Matthew Walsh, C.S.C., officially adopted "Fighting irish" as the Notre Dame nickname in 1927. Exactly where and how Notre Dame's athletic nickname, "Fighting Irish," came to origination never has been perfectly explained. The most generally accepted explanation is that the press coined the nickname as a characterization of Notre Dame athletic teams, their never-say-die fighting spirit and the Irish qualities of grit, determination and tenacity. The term likely began as an abusive expression tauntingly directed toward the athletes from the small, private, Catholic institution. Notre Dame alumnus Francis Wallace popularized it in his New York Daily News columns in the 1920s.
University of Oklahoma Sooners (OK) the name goes back to the opening of the Oklahoma territory in the late 1800's. Some settlers sneaked into the territory before the lands were legally opened for settlement on April 22, 1889. These people were immediately dubbed "Sooners". Mascot: Sooner Schooner, a covered wagon pulled by Shetland ponies.
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Sooners (OK)
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center-Tulsa Sooners (OK)
University of Oregon Ducks (OR) the Oregon name of ducks was chosen since it is the only bird that can fight on land, sea or in the air. In addition, the name is from an internationally known duck from the Walt Disney Company cartoons.
University of the Pacific Tigers (CA)
University of Pennsylvania Nittany Lions (PA)
University of Pennsylvania Quakers (PA)
University of Pittsburgh Panthers (PA)
University of Pittsburgh-Bradford Panthers (PA)
University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg Bobcats (PA)
University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown Mountain Cats (PA)
University of Pittsburgh-Titusville Panthers (PA)
University of Portland Pilots (OR)
University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez Tarzans and Janes (PR)
University of Puget Sound Loggers (WA)
Univesity of Redlands Bulldogs (CA)
University of Rhode Island Rams (RI)
University of Richmond Spiders (VA) The name was born in 1894 after a local reporter was so baffled by a star pitcher's lanky arms and stretching that he labeled the action to be like that of a "clever creeping insect, the Spider."
University of Rio Grande Redmen (OH)
University of Rochester Yellow Jackets (NY)
University of Saint Francis Cougars (IN)
University of San Diego Toreros (CA)
University of Scranton Royals (PA)
University of Sioux Falls Cougars (SD)
University of St. Thomas Celts (TX)
University of St. Thomas Tommies (MN)
University of San Diego Toreros (CA)
University of San Francisco Dons (CA)
University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma Drovers (OK)
University of Scranton Royals (PA)
University of South Alabama Jaguars (AL)
University of South Carolina Gamecocks (SC) Going back to 1902, Gamecocks have been the actual mascot of the University of South Carolina. Mascot: Cocky.
University of South Carolina-Aiken Pacers (SC)
University of South Carolina-Lancaster Lancers (SC)
University of South Carolina-Spartanburg Running Rifles (SC)
University of South Carolina-Union Bantams (SC)
University of Southern Colorado Thunderwolves (CO)
University of South Dakota Jackrabbits (SD) There are two theories as to how and why the Jackrabbit nickname evolved. The most common belief is that the name "Jackrabbits" came from a story that appeared in a Minneapolis newspaper following a 1905 football game between the University of Minnesota and South Dakota State College, as the university was then known. A reporter for the newspaper, knowing of the preponderance of jackrabbits in the Brookings area, was believed to have written that the SDSC team was a quick as jackrabbits. Many people believe that the school adopted the Jackrabbits as its official nickname from the beginning. The other theory about the origin of the nickname is given in The Jackrabbit, SDSU's yearbook. There is a poem in the 1907 yearbook that puts forth the idea that the yearbook is called The Jackrabbit because a group of juniors wished to immortalize themselves by changing the name of the yearbook. Athletic teams followed suit, adopting the nickname.
University of South Florida Bulls (FL)
University of Southern California Trojans (CA) USC's mens team nickname, "Trojans," originated in 1912. Up to that time, teams from USC were called the Methodists or Wesleyans and neither nickname was looked upon with favor by university officials. Athletic Director Warren Bovard, son of university president Dr. George Bovard, asked Los Angeles Times sports editor Owen Bird to select an appropriate nickname. "At this time, the athletes and coaches of the university were under terrific handicaps," Bird recalled. "They were facing teams that were bigger and better-equipped, yet they had splendid fighting spirit. The name 'Trojans' fitted them. "I came out with an article prior to a showdown between USC and Stanford in which I called attention to the fighting spirit of USC athletes and named them 'Trojan' all the time, and it stuck. "The term 'Trojan' as applied to USC means to me that no matter what the situation, what the odds or what the conditions, the completion must be carried on to the end and those who strive must give all they have and never be weary in doing so." Women of Troy is the women's team name. Mascot: Traveller, a white horse.
University of Southern Indiana Screaming Eagles (IN)
University of Southern Maine Huskies (ME)
University of Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles (MS)
University of South Alabama Jaguars (AL)
University of St. Thomas Tommies (MN)
University of Tampa Spartans (FL)
University of Tennessee Volunteers (TN) The "Volunteer State" nickname originated during the War of 1812, in which the volunteer soldiers from Tennessee, serving under Gen. Andrew Jackson, displayed marked valor in the Battle of New Orleans. Mascot: Smokey, a Blue tick hound.
University of Tennessee-Chattanooga Moccasins (TN)
University of Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks (TN)
University of Texas Longhorns (TX) mascot: Bevo, a long horn steer.
University of Texas-Arlington Mavericks (TX)
University of Texas-Brownsville Scorpions (TX)
University of Texas-Dallas Comets (TX)
University of Texas-El Paso Miners (TX)
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Roadrunners (TX)
University of Texas of the Permian Basin Falcons (TX)
University of Texas-Pan American Broncs (TX)
University of Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners (TX)
University of Texas-Tyler Patriots (TX)
University of the District of Columbia Firebirds (DC)
University of the Incarnate Crusaders (TX)
University of the Ozarks Eagles (AR)
University of the Pacific Tigers (CA)
University of the Sciences in Philadelphia Blue Devils (PA)
University of the South Tigers (TN)
University of Toledo Rockets (OH)
University of Tulsa Golden Hurricane (OK) In the 1920's, the school name was the Golden Tornadoes. This later created a problem since the Georgia Tech has chose the exact same nickname a few years earlier. So hurricane apparently was the next best thing.
University of Utah Utes (UT) (Runnin' Utes for basketball only) A Ute is a member of the native American tribe that first settled the state of Utah. Ute means "high place." The University of Utah uses Ute as its nickname with permission from the Ute Tribal Council.
University of Vermont Catamounts (VT) Since 1926, the University of Vermont athletic teams have been nicknamed the Catamounts, after a legendary mountain cat found in the state's Green Mountains. The species is believed to be extinct in the state since the mid-1800's.
University of Virginia Cavaliers (VA) Although the terms "Cavaliers," "Wahoos" and "Hoos" are used almost interchangeably to refer to University of Virginia teams and players, "Cavaliers" is more often used by the media, while "Wahoos" and "Hoos" are frequently used by Virginia students and fans. In 1923, the college newspaper, College Topics, held a contest to choose an official alma mater and fight song. John Albert Morrow, Class of '23, won the alma mater contest with "Virginia, Hail All Hail," while "The Cavalier Song," written by Lawrence Haywood Lee, Jr., Class of '24, with music by Fulton Lewis, Jr., Class of '25, was chosen the best fight song. Although both songs failed to become part of University tradition, "The Cavalier Song" inspired the nickname "Cavaliers." (This school has two official nicknames: Cavaliers and Wahoos.) Legend has it that Washington & Lee baseball fans dubbed the Virginia players "Wahoos" during the fiercely contested rivalry that existed between the two in-state schools in the 1890s. By 1940, "Wahoos" was in general use around Grounds to denote University students or events relating to them. The abbreviated "Hoos" sprang up later in student newspapers and has gained growing popularity in recent years.
University of Virginia-Wise Highland Cavaliers (VA)
University of Washington Huskies (WA)
University of West Alabama Tigers (AL)
University of West Florida Argonauts (FL)
University of Wisconsin Badgers (WI) the name for the University of Wisconsin team, because of an association with lead miners in the 1820's. With little shelter to shield them from the harsh winter, the miners burrowed into the hillsides for protection and warmth, just like badgers. Wisconsin is known as the “Badger State”. Although the badger has been closely associated with Wisconsin since territorial days, it was not declared the official state animal until 1957.
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Blugolds (WI)
University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Phoenix (WI)
University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse Eagles (WI)
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panthers (WI)
University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Titans (WI)
University of Wisconsin-Parkside Rangers (WI)
University of Wisconsin-Platteville Pioneers (WI)
University of Wisconsin-River Falls Falcons (WI)
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Pointers (WI)
University of Wisconsin-Stout Blue Devils (WI)
University of Wisconsin-Superior Yellow Jackets (WI)
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Warhawks (WI)
University of Wyoming Cowboys (WY)
Upper Iowa University Peacocks (IA)
Urbana University Blue Knights (OH)
Urisus College Bears (PA)
Ursuline College Arrows (OH)
Utah State University (UT) Aggies
Utah Valley State Wolverines (UT)
Utica College of Syracuse University Pioneers (NY)


Valdosta State University Blazers (GA)
Valley City State University Vikings (ND)
Valley Forge Christian College Patriots (PA)
Valparaiso University Crusaders (IN)
Vanderbilt University Commodores (TN) Commodore was the nickname of Cornelis Vanderbilt, who gave a $1 million gift to found the University who wasn't in the navy but did make his fortune in shipping.
Vanguard University of Southern California Lions (CA)
Vassar College Brewers (NY)
Vennard College Cougars (IA)
Vermont College Catamounts (VT)
Vermont Technical College Green Knights (VT)
Villa Julie College Mustangs (MD)
Villa Maria College Crusaders (NY)
Villanova University Wildcats (PA)
Virginia Commonwealth University Rams (VA)
Virginia Intermont Cobras (VA)
Virginia Military Institute Keydets (VA)
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Gobblers (VA) (this school has two official nicknames: Gobblers and Hokies)
Virginia State University Trojans (VA)
Virginia Tech Hokies (VA) In 1896, the name was chosen in a contest among students for a new cheer, with "Old Hokie Cheer" the winner. It soon became the school nickname. The school mascot is the HokieBird which has evolved from a turkey. Virginia Tech teams were once called the gobblers.
Virginia Union University Panthers (VA)
Virginia Wesleyan College Marlins (VA)
Viterbo College V-Hawks WI)
Voorhees College Tigers (SC)


Wabash College Little Giants (IN)
Wagner College Seahawks (NY)
Wake Forest University Demon Deacons (NC) In the 1920's the Wake Forest teams were horrible. Known as "The Baptists", they raised losing to an art. A man named Hank Garrity took over as head football and basketball coach. The old nickname didn't seem to match the newfound enthusiasm. After Wake Forsest defeated rival Trinity College (which later became Duke University) an editor on the school newspaper coined the name Demon Deacons in recognition of the players fighting spirit and devilish play.
Walla Walla College Wolves (WA)
Walsh University Cavaliers (OH)
Warner Pacific College Knights (OR)
Warner Southern College Royals (FL)
Warren-Wilson College Owls (NC)
Wartburg College Knights (IA)
Washburn University Ichabods (KS) The name “Ichabod” was derived from the first name of Ichabod Washburn, an early benefactor of the university. Ichabod Washburn was born in Kingston, Mass., on Aug. 11, 1798. In 1831, he began what was his life work - and the pride of Worchester, Mass., - when he essayed the drawing of wire. He was co-founder of Washburn and Moen Manufacturing (later American Steel and Wire). His own lack of formal education made him acutely aware of its importance. When approached by the residents of Topeka to help save the ailing Lincoln College, Ichabod Washburn responded with a $25,000 gift. In May, 1869, Lincoln College was renamed Washburn College in recognition of his outstanding contribution. Lady Blues is the name of the women's team.
Washington & Jefferson College Presidents (PA)
Washington & Lee University Generals (VA)
Washington Bible College Cougars (MD)
Washington College Shoremen (MD)
Washington University Bears (MO)
Washington State University Cougars (WA)
Wayland Baptist University Flying Queens (TX) (women's basketball team) Pioneers (other teams)
Waynesburg College Yellow Jackets (PA)
Wayne State University Warriors (MI) (former nickname: Tartars)
Wayne State University Wildcats (NE)
Webb Institute Clippers (NY)
Webber College Warriors (FL)
Weber State University Wildcats (UT)
Webster University Gorloks (MO)
Wellesley College Blue (MA)
Wells College Express (NY)
Wentworth Institute of Technology Leopards (MA)
Wesley College Wolverines (DE)
Wesleyan College Pioneers (GA)
Wesleyan University Cardinals (CT)
Westbrook College Wildcats (ME)
West Chester University Golden Rams (PA)
West Liberty State College Hilltoppers (WV)
West Michigan University Broncos (MI)
Westminster College Blue Jays (MO)
Westminster College Parsons (UT)
Westminster College Titans (PA)
West Texas A&M University Buffaloes (TX)
Westmont College Warriors (CA)
West Virginia Institute of Technology Golden Bears (WV)
West Virgina State College Yellow Jackets (WV)
West Virginia University Mountaineers (WV) Mascot: A Mountaineer Man.
West Virginia Wesleyan College Bobcats (WV)
Western Baptist College Warriors (OR)
Western Carolina University Catamounts (NC)
Western Connecticut State University Colonials (CT)
Western Illinois University Leathernecks (IL) (men's team) Westerwinds (women's team)
Western Kentucky University Hilltoppers (KY), mascot: Big Red
Western Maryland College Green Terror (MD)
Western Montana College Bulldogs (MT)
Western New England College Golden Bears (MA)
Western New Mexico University Mustangs (NM)
Western Oregon University Runnin' Wolves (OR)
Western State College Mountaineers (CO)
Western Washington University Vikings (WA)
Westfield State College Owls (MA)
Wheaton College Lyons (MA)
Wheaton College Thunder (IL) (former nickname: Crusaders)
Wheeling Jesuit University Cardinals (WV)
Wheelock College Wildcats (MA)
Whitman College Missionaries (WA)
Whittier College Poets (CA)
Whitworth College Pirates (WA)
Wichita State University Shockers (KS) "shockers" is short for Wheat Shockers. Wheat is very common to Kansas. Wheat Shocker is sort of like "Husker" for Cornhuskers.
Widener University Owls (DE)
Widener University Pioneers (PA)
Wilberforce College Bulldogs (OH)
Wilkes University Colonels (PA)
William Carey College Crusaders (MS)
William Jewell College Cardinals (MO)
William Paterson College Pioneers (NJ)
William Penn College Statesmen (IA)
Williams Baptist College Eagles (AR)
Williams College Eph's (MA) Named for the founder of the school. Pronounced "Eefs," this title is short for Ephraim Williams, whose will and determination led to the founding of the college. Varsity teams at Williams are referred to as Ephs and on occasion men's teams are called Ephmen and women's teams are called Ephwomen.
William Smith College Herons (NY)
Willliam Tyndale College Lancers (MI)
William Woods university Owls (MO)
Wilmington College Quakers (OH)
Wilmington College Wildcats (DE)
Wilson College Phoenix (PA)
Wingate University Bulldogs (NC)
Winona State University Warriors (MN)
Winston-Salem State University Rams (NC)
Winthrop University Eagles (SC)
Wisconsin Lutheran College Warriors (WI)
Wittenberg University (OH)
Wofford College Terriers (NY)
Worcester Polytechnic Institute Engineers (MA)
Worcester State College Lancers (MA)
Wright State University Lakers (OH)
Wright State University Raiders (OH)

Xavier University Musketeers (OH)
Xavier University of Louisiana Gold Rush (LA)


Yale University Bulldogs (CT) Yale University claims to have had the first college mascot, the English Bulldog, named "Handsome Dan", who was their mascot in 1889. Mascot: Handsome Dan, a bulldog. The oldest continous college mascot for over 115 years and the more than 15 previous bulldogs that have represented Yale.
Yeshiva University Maccabees (NY)
Young Harris College Mountain Lions (GA)
Youngstown State University Penguins (OH)
York College Spartans (PA)
York College - City University of New York Cardinals (NY)



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