List of college athletic programs in Kentucky

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This is a list of college athletic programs in Kentucky. The main article is College sports.

  • 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
Eastern Kentucky Colonels and Lady Colonels Eastern Kentucky University Richmond Ohio Valley
Kentucky Wildcats University of Kentucky Lexington SEC[a]
Louisville Cardinals University of Louisville Louisville ACC
Morehead State Eagles Morehead State University Morehead Ohio Valley[b]
Murray State Racers[c] Murray State University Murray Ohio Valley
Northern Kentucky Norse Northern Kentucky University Highland Heights Horizon League
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers and Lady Toppers Western Kentucky University Bowling Green C-USA
  1. ^ Kentucky maintains two conference memberships in sports that the SEC does not sponsor. Men's soccer competes in Conference USA, and the coeducational rifle team competes in the Great America Rifle Conference.
  2. ^ Morehead State competes as an independent in beach volleyball, a women-only NCAA sport that the OVC does not sponsor.
  3. ^ The baseball team is nicknamed "Thoroughbreds" instead of "Racers".

Division II[edit]

Team School City Conference
Bellarmine Knights Bellarmine University Louisville Great Lakes Valley[b 1]
Kentucky State Thorobreds and Thorobrettes Kentucky State University Frankfort Southern Intercollegiate
Kentucky Wesleyan Panthers Kentucky Wesleyan College Owensboro G-MAC
  1. ^ Bellarmine fields a Division I team in men's lacrosse. That team currently plays in the Southern Conference.

Division III[edit]

Team School City Conference
Berea Mountaineers Berea College Berea USA South
Centre Colonels Centre College Danville SAA
Spalding Golden Eagles Spalding University Louisville St. Louis
Thomas More Saints Thomas More College Crestview Hills Presidents'[a]
Transylvania Pioneers Transylvania University Lexington Heartland Collegiate
  1. ^ Thomas More has announced it will leave the Presidents' Athletic Conference at the end of the 2017–18 school year. It has yet to announce a future affiliation.


Team School City Conference
Alice Lloyd Eagles Alice Lloyd College Pippa Passes River States
Asbury Eagles Asbury University Wilmore River States
Brescia Bearcats Brescia University Owensboro River States
Campbellsville Tigers Campbellsville University Campbellsville Mid-South
Cumberlands Patriots University of the Cumberlands Williamsburg Mid-South
Georgetown Tigers Georgetown College Georgetown Mid-South
Kentucky Christian Knights Kentucky Christian University Grayson Independent
Lindsey Wilson Blue Raiders Lindsey Wilson College Columbia Mid-South
Midway Eagles Midway University Midway River States
Pikeville Bears University of Pikeville Pikeville Mid-South
St. Catharine Patriots St. Catharine College St. Catharine Mid-South
Union Bulldogs Union College Barbourville Appalachian


Team School City Conference
Boyce Bulldogs Boyce College Louisville
Simmons College Falcons Simmons College Louisville

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