Academic scarf

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This snowman has been dressed in a college scarf belonging to a member of Churchill College, Cambridge.

The wearing of academic scarves is a tradition found at many colleges and universities in English-speaking countries, and particularly in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Sets of two or more coloured stripes have traditionally been used as part of the distinctive visual identity of these institutions.[1] The scarves are usually made of Saxony Wool and about 2 metres long. The college colours are used in clothing and symbols of all kinds, from ties to trophies, but notably in the long woollen winter scarves that students and alumni wear to show their pride in their institutions.

At some universities, in addition to collegiate scarves, there are also several non-collegiate scarves which have a well-established meaning. For example, those representing the University in sport may be entitled to wear a particular scarf, depending on their level of achievement, or a university department or club may have its own scarf. In addition, some colleges and universities have (for example) separate scarves for senior clubs such as their Boat Clubs.[2]

Australia[edit]

La Trobe University[edit]

La Trobe University

University of Adelaide[edit]

Aquinas College Kathleen Lumley College Lincoln College
 
St Ann's College St. Mark's College

University of Melbourne[edit]

Trinity College Janet Clarke Hall Medley Hall
 
Ormond College Queen's College St Hilda's College

University of New England[edit]

Austin College Drummond and Smith College Earle Page College

University of New South Wales[edit]

Colombo House Fig Tree Hall Goldstein College
 
New College Philip Baxter College University of New South Wales Hall

University of Queensland[edit]

Cromwell College Duchesne College Emmanuel College
 
Grace College Gatton Halls of Residence International House
 
King's College St John's College St Leo's College
 
Union College The Women's College

University of Sydney[edit]

Sancta Sophia College St Andrew's College St John's College
 
St Paul's College Wesley College The Women's College

University of Tasmania[edit]

Christ College Jane Franklin Hall St. John Fisher College

Canada[edit]

University of Toronto
St. Michael's College Trinity College

Ireland[edit]

University of Dublin[edit]

University Sporting Pink[3] Trinity College Trinity College Dublin Association and Trust (Alumni)
 
Dublin University Boat Club Dublin University Bicycle Club Dublin University Cricket Club
 
Dublin University Croquet Club Dublin University Equestrian Club Dublin University Football Club (Rugby Union)
 
Dublin University Hockey Club Dublin University Ladies' Boat Club Dublin University Lawn Tennis Club
 
Dublin University Rifle Club Dublin University Swimming Club Central Societies Committee
 
University Biological Association ('The Bi') (Medical) University Philosophical Society ('The Phil') University of Dublin Choral Society
 
Dublin University Geographical Society Dublin University Speech and Language Pathology Society Dublin University Physiotherapy Society
 
Dublin University History Society Dublin University Engineering Society Dublin University Law Society
 
Dublin University Pharmaceutical Society College Theological Society ('The Theo') College Historical Society ('The Hist')

National University of Ireland[edit]

University College Dublin[edit]

University College Dublin
 
University College Dublin, Colours
 
Sailing and Swimming Clubs Rugby Club Boat Club
 
Agricultural Science Arts Chemical Engineering
 
Civil and Environmental Engineering Commerce Electronic, Electrical, or Mechanical Engineering
 
Law Medicine Radiography
 
Science Social Science Veterinary Medicine

Other NUI Constituent Universities[edit]

National University of Ireland, Maynooth National University of Ireland, Galway University College Cork

University of Limerick[edit]

University of Limerick

Dublin City University[edit]

Dublin City University

New Zealand[edit]

University of Otago[edit]

Arana College Aquinas College Cumberland College
 
Knox College Salmond College Selwyn College
 
St Margaret's College

The term scarfies is often used in and around Dunedin, the site of the University of Otago, as a slang term for university students.

United Kingdom[edit]

University of Birmingham[edit]

University of Birmingham
College of Arts and Law College of Social Sciences College of Life and Environmental Sciences
College of Engineering and Physical Sciences College of Medical and Dental Sciences Faculty of Science

University of Bristol[edit]

Arts Engineering Law
Medicine Sciences Social sciences
Union
 

University of Cambridge[edit]

University of Cambridge
 
Christ's College Churchill College Clare College
 
Clare Hall Corpus Christi College Darwin College
 
Downing College Emmanuel College Fitzwilliam College
 
Girton College Gonville and Caius College Homerton College
 
Hughes Hall Jesus College King's College
 
Lucy Cavendish College Magdalene College Murray Edwards College
 
Newnham College Pembroke College Peterhouse
 
Queens' College Robinson College St Catharine's College
 
St Edmund's College St John's College Selwyn College
 
Sidney Sussex College Trinity College Trinity Hall
 
Wolfson College Postdocs of Cambridge (PdOC)

Sports colours[edit]

Full Blue Half Blue Roos
 
Tadpoles Riding team Rifle team
 
Hawks' Club CUTwC CU Bowmen
 
CURPC

Durham University[edit]

Full Palatinate Durham University Half Palatinate
 
Collingwood College Grey College Hatfield College
 
John Snow College St Aidan's College St Chad's College
 
St Cuthbert's Society College of St Hild and St Bede St John's College
 
St Mary's College Trevelyan College University College
 
Van Mildert College
 

University of Glasgow[edit]

University of Glasgow
 
Arts Dentistry Divinity
 
Engineering Law Medicine
 
Nursing Science Social Sciences
 
Veterinary Medicine

Imperial College London[edit]

Imperial College London
 
Royal College of Science Union Imperial College School of Medicine Royal School of Mines

Lancaster University[edit]

Lancaster University
 
The County College Pendle College Fylde College
 
Lonsdale College Bowland College Grizedale College
 
Furness College Cartmel College Graduate College

University of London[edit]

University of London
 
Birkbeck, University of London King's College London Guy's Hospital Medical School
 
St Thomas' Hospital Medical School London Business School London School of Economics
 
Queen Mary, University of London Royal Holloway, University of London Royal Veterinary College
 
University College London University College Hospital Medical School Goldsmiths, University of London
 
Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry School of Oriental and African Studies Heythrop College


Newcastle University[edit]

Newcastle University
 
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS) Newcastle University Medical School Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering (SAGE)
 

University of Oxford[edit]

University of Oxford
 
Balliol College Blackfriars Brasenose College
 
Christ Church Corpus Christi College Exeter College
 
Green Templeton College Hertford College Jesus College
 
Keble College Lady Margaret Hall Linacre College
 
Lincoln College Magdalen College Harris Manchester College
 
Mansfield College Merton College New College
 
Nuffield College Oriel College Pembroke College
 
The Queen's College Regent's Park College St Anne's College
 
St Antony's College St Benet's Hall St Catherine's College
 
St Cross College St Edmund Hall St Hilda's College
 
St Hugh's College St John's College St Peter's College
 
Somerville College Campion Hall Trinity College
 
University College Wadham College Wolfson College
 
Worcester College Kellogg College

Sports colours[edit]

Full Blue Half Blue Vincent's Club

Queen's University Belfast[edit]

Queen's University Belfast
 
Graduate University colours Queen's University Belfast Boat Club
Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences School of Law School of Medicine and Dentistry

University of St Andrews[edit]

University of St Andrews
 
St Mary's College Bute Medical School The United College (Graduate)
St Leonard's College (Postgraduate)

University of Wales[edit]

University of Wales
 
Aberystwyth University Bangor University University of Wales, Lampeter
 
University of Wales, Newport University of Wales Institute, Cardiff Swansea University

Scarf colours of other UK universities[edit]

University of The Arts, London Cardiff University Cranfield University
 
University of Central Lancashire University of East Anglia University of Edinburgh
 
University of Exeter University of Hertfordshire
 
University College Hull University of Hull University of Kent
 
University of Leeds University of Leicester undergraduate University of Leicester postgraduate
 
University of Liverpool University of Manchester UMIST (old scarf)
 
University of Nottingham Open University University of Plymouth
 
Richmond University
 
University of Reading University of Sheffield Sheffield Hallam University
 
University of Warwick (old scarf) University of Warwick (current scarf) University of York (old scarf)
 
University of York (current scarf) University of Dundee Victoria University of Manchester (Old)
 
University of Bradford Aston University Loughborough University

United States[edit]

Harvard University[edit]

Harvard University
 
Adams House Cabot House Currier House
 
Dunster House Dudley House Eliot House
 
Kirkland House Leverett House Lowell House
 
Mather House Pforzheimer House Quincy House
 
Winthrop House
   

Yale University[edit]

Yale University
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences School of Nursing

Academic scarves of other American colleges[edit]

Bates College Brown University Cornell University
Colby College Colgate University The College of William and Mary
Columbia University Dartmouth College MIT
Northwestern University Pratt Institute Princeton University
Sweet Briar College State University of New York at Buffalo University of California
University of Pennsylvania Vassar College Wesleyan University
Williams College

Scarf colors of US High Schools[edit]

Phillips Academy

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "A brief history of academic scarves". Study.EU. Retrieved 2017-07-27.
  2. ^ "Scarf Colours of the Cambridge Colleges". Queens' College, Cambridge. Archived from the original on 2008-03-15. Retrieved 2008-03-26. 
  3. ^ "Scarves of the University of Dublin". Archived from the original on 2013-12-14.