List of college athletic programs in Illinois

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


Division I[edit]

Team School City Conference
Bradley Braves Bradley University Peoria Missouri Valley
Chicago State Cougars Chicago State University Chicago WAC
DePaul Blue Demons DePaul University Chicago Big East
Eastern Illinois Panthers Eastern Illinois University Charleston Ohio Valley
Illinois Fighting Illini University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign Urbana-Champaign Big Ten
Illinois State Redbirds Illinois State University Normal Missouri Valley
Loyola Ramblers[a 1] Loyola University Chicago Chicago Missouri Valley
NIU Huskies Northern Illinois University DeKalb MAC
Northwestern Wildcats Northwestern University Evanston Big Ten
Southern Illinois Salukis Southern Illinois University Carbondale Carbondale Missouri Valley
SIUE Cougars[a 2] Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Edwardsville Ohio Valley
UIC Flames[a 3] University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago Horizon
Western Illinois Leathernecks Western Illinois University Macomb Summit
  1. ^ National sports media generally use "Loyola-Chicago", (most often) "Loyola (Chicago)", or "Loyola (Illinois)" to distinguish this school from others with the Loyola name, most notably the Division I school in Baltimore.
  2. ^ Although "SIUE" is the school's preferred athletic name, national sports media generally use "SIU-Edwardsville" or "Southern Illinois-Edwardsville".
  3. ^ Although "UIC" is the school's preferred athletic name, national sports media generally use "Illinois-Chicago" in score listings and on first reference.

Division II[edit]

Team School City Conference
Lewis Flyers Lewis University Romeoville Great Lakes Valley
McKendree Bearcats McKendree University Lebanon Great Lakes Valley
Quincy Hawks Quincy University Quincy Great Lakes Valley
UIS Prairie Stars[a 1] University of Illinois at Springfield Springfield Great Lakes Valley
  1. ^ The national sports media usually refers to UIS as "Illinois-Springfield."

Division III[edit]

Team School City Conference
Augustana Vikings Augustana College Rock Island CCIW
Aurora Spartans Aurora University Aurora Northern Athletics
Benedictine Eagles Benedictine University Lisle Northern Athletics
Blackburn Beavers Blackburn College Carlinville St. Louis
Chicago Maroons University of Chicago Chicago UAA
Concordia Cougars Concordia University River Forest Northern Athletics
Dominican Stars Dominican University of Illinois River Forest Northern Athletics
Elmhurst Bluejays Elmhurst College Elmhurst CCIW
Eureka Red Devils Eureka College Eureka St. Louis
Greenville Panthers Greenville College Greenville St. Louis
Illinois College Blueboys and Lady Blues Illinois College Jacksonville Midwest
Illinois Tech Scarlet Hawks Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago Independent
Illinois Wesleyan Titans Illinois Wesleyan University Bloomington CCIW
Knox Prairie Fire Knox College Galesburg Midwest
Lake Forest Foresters Lake Forest College Lake Forest Midwest
MacMurray Highlanders MacMurray College Jacksonville St. Louis
Millikin Big Blue Millikin University Decatur CCIW
Monmouth Fighting Scots Monmouth College Monmouth Midwest
North Central Cardinals North Central College Naperville CCIW
North Park Vikings North Park University Chicago CCIW
Principia Panthers Principia College Elsah St. Louis
Rockford Regents Rockford University Rockford Northern Athletics
Wheaton1 Thunder Wheaton College, Illinois Wheaton CCIW

1 Wheaton is usually referred to as "Wheaton (Illinois)" in order to differentiate it from Wheaton in Massachusetts.


Team School City Conference
Benedictine University at Springfield Bulldogs Benedictine University at Springfield Springfield American Midwest
Governors State Jaguars[1] Governors State University University Park Chicagoland
Judson Eagles Judson University Elgin Chicagoland
Lincoln Christian Red Lions Lincoln Christian University Lincoln Independent
Lindenwood-Belleville Lynx Lindenwood University - Belleville Belleville American Midwest[2]
ONU Tigers Olivet Nazarene University Bourbonnais Chicagoland
Robert Morris1 Eagles Robert Morris University-Chicago Chicago Chicagoland
Roosevelt Lakers Roosevelt University Chicago Chicagoland
Saint Francis2 Saints University of Saint Francis Joliet Chicagoland
Saint Xavier Cougars Saint Xavier University Chicago Chicagoland
Trinity Christian Trolls Trinity Christian College Palos Heights Chicagoland
Trinity International Trojans Trinity International University Deerfield Chicagoland

1 The national sports media usually refers to Robert Morris as "Robert Morris (Chicago)" to separate it from other schools of the same name, including the school's own branch campuses elsewhere in the state and most notably the NCAA Division I institution in Pennsylvania.
2 The national sports media usually refers to Saint Francis as "Saint Francis (Illinois)" to distinguish it from other schools named Saint Francis, such as the NAIA institution in Indiana and most notably the NCAA Division I institutions in Brooklyn and Pennsylvania.


Team School City Conference
Black Hawk East Warriors Black Hawk College Kewanee Arrowhead
Black Hawk Quad Cities Braves Black Hawk College Moline Arrowhead
Carl Sandburg Chargers Carl Sandburg College Galesburg Arrowhead
Danville Area Jaguars Danville Area Community College Danville Mid-West Athletic
DuPage Chaparrals College of DuPage Glen Ellyn Illinois N4C
Elgin Spartans Elgin Community College Elgin Illinois Skyway
Harper Hawks Harper College Palatine Illinois N4C
Harry S Truman Falcons Harry S Truman College Chicago Illinois N4C
Heartland Hawks Heartland Community College Normal Mid-West Athletic
Highland Cougars Highland Community College Freeport Arrowhead
Illinois Central Cougars Illinois Central College East Peoria Mid-West Athletic
Illinois Valley Eagles Illinois Valley Community College Oglesby Arrowhead
John A. Logan Volunteers John A. Logan College Carterville Great Rivers
John Wood Trail Blazers John Wood Community College Quincy Mid-West Athletic
Joliet Junior College Wolves Joliet Junior College Joliet Illinois N4C
Kankakee Cavaliers Kankakee Community College Kankakee Arrowhead
Kaskaskia Blue Devils/Blue Angels Kaskaskia College Centralia Great Rivers
Kennedy-King Statesmen Kennedy-King College Chicago Illinois N4C
Kishwaukee Kougars Kishwaukee College Malta Arrowhead
Lake County Lancers College of Lake County Grayslake Illinois Skyway
Lake Land Lakers Lake Land College Mattoon Great Rivers
Lewis & Clark Trailblazers Lewis & Clark Community College Godfrey Mid-West Athletic
Lincoln Lynx Lincoln College Lincoln Mid-West Athletic
Lincoln Land Loggers Lincoln Land Community College Springfield Mid-West Athletic
Lincoln Trail Statesmen Lincoln Trail College Robinson Great Rivers
Malcolm X Hawks Malcolm X College Chicago Illinois N4C
McHenry County Fighting Scots McHenry County College Crystal Lake Illinois Skyway
Moraine Valley Cyclones Moraine Valley Community College Palos Hills Illinois Skyway
Morton Panthers Morton College Cicero Illinois Skyway
Oakton Raiders Oakton Community College Des Plaines Illinois Skyway
Olive-Harvey Panthers Olive-Harvey College Chicago Illinois N4C
Olney Central Blue Knights Olney Central College Olney Great Rivers
Parkland Cobras Parkland College Champaign Mid-West Athletic
Prairie State Pioneers Prairie State College Chicago Heights Illinois Skyway
Rend Lake Warriors Rend Lake College Ina Great Rivers
Richard J. Daley Bulldogs Richard J. Daley College Chicago Illinois N4C
Rock Valley Golden Eagles Rock Valley College Rockford Illinois N4C
Sauk Valley Skyhawks Sauk Valley Community College Dixon Arrowhead
Shawnee Saints Shawnee Community College Ullin Mid-West Athletic
South Suburban Bulldogs South Suburban College South Holland Illinois N4C
Southeastern Illinois Falcons Southeastern Illinois College Harrisburg Great Rivers
Southwestern Illinois Blue Storm Southwestern Illinois College Belleville Great Rivers
Spoon River Snappers Spoon River College Canton Mid-West Athletic
Triton Trojans Triton College River Grove Illinois N4C
Wabash Valley Warriors Wabash Valley College Mt. Carmel Great Rivers
Waubonsee Chiefs Waubonsee Community College Sugar Grove Illinois Skyway
Wilbur Wright Rams Wilbur Wright College Chicago Illinois N4C


Team School City Conference
Robert Morris-Lake County Eagles Robert Morris University-Lake County Waukegan Independent
Robert Morris-Peoria Eagles Robert Morris University–Peoria Peoria Independent
Robert Morris-Springfield Eagles Robert Morris University–Springfield Springfield Independent


Team School City Conference
Lincoln Christian Red Lions Lincoln Christian University Lincoln Independent
Moody Bible Archers Moody Bible Institute Chicago Independent
Morthland Patriots Morthland College West Frankfort Independent
Judson Eagles Judson University Elgin, Illinois Chicagoland


Dayspring Christian Eagles Dayspring Christian College Lake Zurich Independent

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