List of college athletic programs in Massachusetts

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Notes:

  • 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.

NCAA[edit]

Division I[edit]

Team School City Conference Sport sponsorship
Foot-
ball
Basketball Base-
ball
Soft-
ball
Ice hockey Soccer
M W M W M W
Boston College Eagles Boston College Chestnut Hill ACC FBS Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes [a] Yes [a] Yes Yes
Boston University Terriers Boston University Boston Patriot No Yes Yes No Yes Yes [a] Yes [a] Yes Yes
Harvard Crimson Harvard University Cambridge Ivy League FCS Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes [b] Yes [b] Yes Yes
Holy Cross Crusaders College of the Holy Cross Worcester Patriot FCS Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes [c] Yes [a] Yes Yes
UMass Minutemen and Minutewomen [d] University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst Atlantic 10 FBS [e] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes [a] No Yes Yes
Merrimack Warriors [f] Merrimack College North Andover Northeast FCS [g] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes [a] Yes [a] Yes Yes
Northeastern Huskies Northeastern University Boston Colonial No Yes Yes Yes No Yes [a] Yes [a] Yes Yes
UMass Lowell River Hawks University of Massachusetts Lowell Lowell America East No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes [a] No Yes Yes
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k The men's ice hockey teams of Boston College, Boston University, Massachusetts, Merrimack, Northeastern, and UMass Lowell all compete in Hockey East, as do the women's ice hockey teams of Boston College, Boston University, Holy Cross, Merrimack, and Northeastern.
  2. ^ a b Harvard's ice hockey teams compete in ECAC Hockey.
  3. ^ Holy Cross's men's ice hockey team competes in Atlantic Hockey.
  4. ^ While national media generally use "Massachusetts", the shortened "UMass" is in wide usage, especially in Massachusetts itself.
  5. ^ Massachusetts's football team competes as an independent.
  6. ^ As of the 2019–20 academic year, Merrimack is in the first year of a four-year transition to Division I and will become an active Division I member in 2023–24.
  7. ^ Merrimack's football team is competing as an independent in 2019–20 and will join the school's other teams in the Northeast in 2020–21.

Division II[edit]

Team School City Conference Sport sponsorship
Foot-
ball
Basketball Base-
ball
Soft-
ball
Ice hockey Soccer
M W M W M W
American International Yellow Jackets American International College Springfield Northeast-10 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes [a] No Yes Yes
Assumption Greyhounds Assumption College Worcester Northeast-10 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Bentley Falcons Bentley University Waltham Northeast-10 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes [a] No Yes Yes
Stonehill Skyhawks Stonehill College Easton Northeast-10 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes
  1. ^ a b American International and Bentley's men's ice hockey teams compete in Division I as members of Atlantic Hockey.

Division III[edit]

Team School City Conference Sport sponsorship
Foot-
ball
Basketball Base-
ball
Soft-
ball
Ice hockey Soccer
M W M W M W
Amherst Mammoths Amherst College Amherst NESCAC Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Anna Maria AmCats Anna Maria College Paxton Great Northeast Yes [a] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes [b] Yes [b] Yes Yes
Babson Beavers Babson College Babson Park NEWMAC No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes [c] No Yes Yes
Bay Path Wildcats Bay Path University Longmeadow New England No No Yes No Yes No No No Yes
Becker Hawks Becker College Leicester New England Yes [d] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes [d] Yes [e] Yes Yes
Brandeis Judges Brandeis University Waltham UAA No Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes
Bridgewater State Bears Bridgewater State University Bridgewater MASCAC Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes
Clark Cougars Clark University Worcester NEWMAC No Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes
Curry Colonels Curry College Milton Commonwealth Coast Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Dean Bulldogs [f] Dean College Franklin New England [g] Yes [a] Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes
Eastern Nazarene Lions Eastern Nazarene College Quincy New England No Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes
Elms Blazers Elms College Chicopee New England No Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes
Emerson Lions Emerson College Boston NEWMAC No Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes
Emmanuel Saints Emmanuel College Boston Great Northeast No Yes Yes No Yes No No Yes Yes
Endicott Gulls Endicott College Beverly Commonwealth Coast Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes [e] Yes Yes
Fitchburg State Falcons Fitchburg State University Fitchburg MASCAC Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Framingham State Rams Framingham State University Framingham MASCAC Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Gordon Fighting Scots Gordon College Wenham Commonwealth Coast No Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes
Lasell Lasers Lasell College Newton Great Northeast No Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes
Lesley Lynx Lesley University Cambridge New England No Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes
MCLA Trailblazers Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts North Adams MASCAC No Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes
MIT Engineers Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge NEWMAC Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes
Massachusetts Maritime Buccaneers Massachusetts Maritime Academy Buzzards Bay MASCAC Yes No No Yes Yes No No Yes Yes
Mount Holyoke Lyons Mount Holyoke College South Hadley NEWMAC No No Yes No No No No No Yes
Nichols Bison Nichols College Dudley Commonwealth Coast Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes [e] Yes Yes
Pine Manor Gators Pine Manor College Chestnut Hill ACAA No Yes Yes Yes [h] Yes No No Yes Yes
Regis Pride Regis College Weston Great Northeast No Yes Yes No Yes No No Yes Yes
Salem State Vikings Salem State University Salem MASCAC No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes [c] Yes Yes
Simmons Sharks Simmons College Boston Great Northeast No No No No Yes No No No Yes
Smith Pioneers Smith College Northampton NEWMAC No No Yes No Yes No No No Yes
Springfield Pride Springfield College Springfield NEWMAC Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes
Suffolk Rams Suffolk University Boston Great Northeast [i] No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes [c] Yes [c] Yes Yes
Tufts Jumbos Tufts University Medford NESCAC Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes
UMass Boston Beacons University of Massachusetts Boston Boston Little East No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes [c] Yes [c] Yes Yes
UMass Dartmouth Corsairs University of Massachusetts Dartmouth North Dartmouth Little East Yes [j] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes [j] No Yes Yes
Wellesley Blue Wellesley College Wellesley NEWMAC No No Yes No Yes No No No Yes
Wentworth Leopards Wentworth Institute of Technology Boston Commonwealth Coast No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Western New England Golden Bears Western New England University Springfield Commonwealth Coast Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Westfield State Owls Westfield State University Westfield MASCAC Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Wheaton Lyons Wheaton College Norton NEWMAC No Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes
Williams Ephs Williams College Williamstown NESCAC Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Worcester State Lancers Worcester State University Worcester MASCAC Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes
WPI Engineers Worcester Polytechnic Institute Worcester NEWMAC Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes
  1. ^ a b Anna Maria and Dean's football teams compete in the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference.
  2. ^ a b Anna Maria's ice hockey teams compete as independents.
  3. ^ a b c d e f The men's ice hockey teams of Babson, Suffolk, and UMass Boston compete in the New England Hockey Conference, as do the women's ice hockey teams of Salem State, Suffolk, and UMass Boston.
  4. ^ a b Becker's football and men's ice hockey teams compete in the Commonwealth Coast Conference.
  5. ^ a b c Becker, Endicott, and Nichols's women's ice hockey teams compete in the Colonial Hockey Conference.
  6. ^ As of the 2019–20 academic year, Dean is in the final year of a transition to Division III and will be become an active Division III member in 2020–21.
  7. ^ Dean will move to the Great Northeast Athletic Conference in 2020–21.
  8. ^ Pine Manor's baseball team competes as an independent.
  9. ^ Suffolk will move to the Commonwealth Coast Conference in 2020–21.
  10. ^ a b UMass Dartmouth's football and men's ice hockey teams compete in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference.

NAIA[edit]

Team School City Conference Sport sponsorship
Basketball Base-
ball
Soft-
ball
Soccer
M W M W
Fisher Falcons Fisher College Boston Independent D2 D2 Yes Yes Yes Yes

USCAA[edit]

Team School City Conference
Hampshire Black Sheep Hampshire College Amherst Yankee Small College Conference

NJCAA[edit]

Team School City Conference
Bristol Bees Bristol Community College Fall River Massachusetts CC
Bunker Hill Bulldogs Bunker Hill Community College Boston Massachusetts CC
Holyoke Cougars Holyoke Community College Holyoke Massachusetts CC
Mass Bay Buccaneers Massachusetts Bay Community College Wellesley Hills Massachusetts CC
Massasoit Warriors Massasoit Community College Brockton Massachusetts CC
Northern Essex Knights Northern Essex Community College Haverhill Massachusetts CC
Quinsigamond Chiefs Quinsigamond Community College Worcester Massachusetts CC
Roxbury Tigers Roxbury Community College Roxbury Crossing Massachusetts CC
Springfield Tech Rams Springfield Technical Community College Springfield Massachusetts CC

Other/None[edit]

Team School City Conference
Stockbridge School of Agriculture Stockbridge School of Agriculture Amherst

1The Stockbridge School of Agriculture, a division of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has separate athletic programs from UMass in basketball and golf.

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