List of college sports team nicknames

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Here follows a list of college sports team nicknames.

These are the general, collective nicknames that various colleges and universities' athletic teams compete under. For specific names of live or costumed mascots, see List of U.S. college mascots.

0–9[edit]

49ers[edit]

A[edit]

Aggies[edit]

Aigles Bleu (Blue Eagles)[edit]

Ambassadors[edit]

AMCats[edit]

Anchormen[edit]

Angels[edit]

Anteaters[edit]

Antelopes[edit]

See also Lopers.

Apaches[edit]

Archers[edit]

Argonauts[edit]

Arrows[edit]

Artichokes[edit]

Athenas[edit]

Athenians[edit]

Axemen and Axewomen[edit]

Auggies[edit]

Avengers[edit]

Aztecs[edit]

B[edit]

Badgers[edit]

Bald Eagles[edit]

Banana Slugs[edit]

Bantams[edit]

Barons[edit]

Battlers[edit]

Battlin' Beavers[edit]

Battling Bishops[edit]

Beacons[edit]

Bearcats[edit]

Bearkats[edit]

Bears[edit]

Beavers[edit]

Bees[edit]

Belles[edit]

Bengals[edit]

Big Blue[edit]

Big Blues[edit]

Big Green[edit]

Big Red[edit]

Billikens[edit]

Bishops[edit]

See Battling Bishops.

Bison[edit]

Bisons[edit]

Black Bears[edit]

Blackbirds[edit]

Black Knights[edit]

Black Squirrels[edit]

Blazers[edit]

Bloodhounds[edit]

Blue and variants[edit]

Blue Angels[edit]

Blueboys and Lady Blues[edit]

Blue Demons[edit]

Blue Devils[edit]

Blue Dragons[edit]

Blue Hawks[edit]

Blue Hens[edit]

Blue Hose[edit]

Blue Jays and variants[edit]

Blue Knights[edit]

Blue Raiders[edit]

Blue Streaks[edit]

Blue Tigers[edit]

See also Tigers.

Blue Wave and Variants[edit]

Blues[edit]

Blugolds[edit]

Bobcats[edit]

Boilermakers[edit]

Boll Weevils[edit]

Bombers[edit]

Bonnies[edit]

Boxers[edit]

Braves[edit]

Brewers[edit]

Bridges[edit]

Britons[edit]

Broncbusters[edit]

Broncos and Variants[edit]

Bruins[edit]

Buccaneers[edit]

Buckeyes[edit]

Bucks[edit]

Buffaloes[edit]

Builders[edit]

Bulldogs[edit]

Bullets[edit]

Bulls[edit]

C[edit]

Cadets[edit]

Caimans[edit]

Camels[edit]

Cannoneers[edit]

Capers[edit]

Captains[edit]

Carabins[edit]

Cardinal[edit]

Cardinals[edit]

Cascades[edit]

Catamounts[edit]

Cavaliers[edit]

Celtics[edit]

Celts[edit]

Chanticleers[edit]

Chaparrals[edit]

Chargers[edit]

Chippewas[edit]

Choctaws[edit]

Citadins[edit]

Claim Jumpers[edit]

Clan[edit]

Clippers[edit]

Cobbers[edit]

Cobras[edit]

Colonials[edit]

Colonels[edit]

Comets[edit]

Commodores[edit]

Continentals[edit]

Conquerors[edit]

Conquistadors[edit]

Cornhuskers[edit]

Corsairs[edit]

Cotton Blossoms[edit]

Cougars[edit]

Cowboys[edit]

Coyotes[edit]

Crimson[edit]

Crimson Hawks[edit]

Crimson Storm[edit]

Crimson Tide[edit]

Crusaders[edit]

Cyclones[edit]

D[edit]

Deacons[edit]

Defenders[edit]

Delta Devils[edit]

Demon Deacons[edit]

Demons[edit]

Devilettes[edit]

Devils[edit]

Diplomats[edit]

Dinos[edit]

Dirtbags[edit]

Dolphins[edit]

Dons[edit]

Dragons[edit]

Drovers[edit]

Ducks[edit]

Duhawks[edit]

Dukes[edit]

DustDevils[edit]

Dutch[edit]

Dutchmen[edit]

E[edit]

Eagles[edit]

Engineers[edit]

Ephs[edit]

Eutectics[edit]

Evangels[edit]

Excalibur[edit]

Explorers[edit]

Express[edit]

F[edit]

Falcons[edit]

Fighters[edit]

Fightin' Engineers[edit]

Fighting Camels[edit]

Fighting Christians[edit]

Fighting Hawks[edit]

Fighting Illini[edit]

Fighting Irish[edit]

Fighting Knights[edit]

Fighting Muskies[edit]

Fighting Pickles[edit]

Fighting Radish[edit]

Fighting Saints[edit]

Fighting Scots[edit]

Fighting Tigers[edit]

Fire[edit]

Fire Ants[edit]

Firebirds[edit]

Flames[edit]

Flyers[edit]

Flying Dutchmen[edit]

Flying Fleet[edit]

Fords[edit]

Foresters[edit]

Friars[edit]

Frogs[edit]

Fury[edit]

G[edit]

Gaels[edit]

For the Queen's University of Kingston, See Golden Gaels

Gaiters[edit]

Gamecocks[edit]

Gators[edit]

Gauchos[edit]

Geckos[edit]

Gee-Gees[edit]

Geese[edit]

Generals[edit]

Gentlemen[edit]

Geoducks[edit]

Giants[edit]

Gila Monsters[edit]

Gladiators[edit]

Golden Bears[edit]

Golden Bulls[edit]

Golden Eagles[edit]

Golden Flashes[edit]

Golden Flyers[edit]

Golden Gaels[edit]

Golden Gophers[edit]

Grenadiers[edit]

Golden Griffins[edit]

Golden Grizzlies[edit]

Golden Hawks[edit]

Golden Hurricane[edit]

Golden Knights[edit]

Golden Lions[edit]

Gold Nuggets[edit]

Golden Rams[edit]

Gold Rush[edit]

Golden Seals[edit]

Golden Suns[edit]

Golden Tigers[edit]

Golden Tornadoes[edit]

Gophers[edit]

Gorillas[edit]

Gorloks[edit]

Gothic Knights[edit]

Governors[edit]

Great Danes[edit]

Great Lakers[edit]

Green Knights[edit]

Green Terror[edit]

Green Wave[edit]

Greyhounds[edit]

Griffins[edit]

Griffons[edit]

Grizzlies[edit]

Gryphons[edit]

Gulls[edit]

Gusties[edit]

Gyrenes[edit]

H[edit]

Harriers[edit]

Hardrockers[edit]

Harvesters[edit]

Hatters[edit]

Hawkeyes[edit]

Hawks[edit]

Heat[edit]

Herons[edit]

Highlanders[edit]

Hillcats[edit]

Hilltoppers[edit]

Hokies[edit]

Hoosiers[edit]

Horned Frogs[edit]

Hornets[edit]

Hoyas[edit]

Humpback Whales[edit]

Hurricanes[edit]

Huskies[edit]

Hustlin' Owls[edit]

I[edit]

Ice Dogs[edit]

Ichabods[edit]

Indians[edit]

Inferno[edit]

Ironmen[edit]

Islanders[edit]

J[edit]

Jackrabbits[edit]

Jaguars[edit]

Jaspers[edit]

Javelinas[edit]

Jayhawks[edit]

Jennies[edit]

Jets[edit]

Jimmies[edit]

Johnnies[edit]

Judges[edit]

Jumbos[edit]

K[edit]

Kaisers[edit]

Kangaroos[edit]

Koalas[edit]

Keelhaulers[edit]

Keydets[edit]

Kingsmen[edit]

Knights[edit]

Kohawks[9][edit]

Kougars[edit]

L[edit]

Ladies[edit]

Lady Blues[edit]

Lady Griz[edit]

Lady Lions[edit]

Lady Macs[edit]

Lady Raiders[edit]

Lady Reds[edit]

Lady Techsters[edit]

Lady Tigers[edit]

Ladyjacks[edit]

Lakers[edit]

Note: "Laker" can also be a term for a lake freighter, a ship designed and built for the Great Lakes trade. The two Michigan schools listed here explicitly use maritime imagery in their athletic branding—Grand Valley State's mascot is a caricatured maritime captain, and Lake Superior State's athletic logo prominently features an anchor.

Lakehawks[edit]

Lancers[edit]

Larks[edit]

Lasers[edit]

Lazers[edit]

Leathernecks[edit]

Lemmings[edit]

Leopards[edit]

Lightning[edit]

Lions[edit]

Little Giants[edit]

Little Johns[edit]

Llama[edit]

Lobos[edit]

Loggers[edit]

Longhorns[edit]

Lopers[edit]

Lords[edit]

Los Libros[edit]

Lumberjacks[edit]

LumberJacks[edit]

LumberJills[edit]

Lutes[edit]

Lynx[edit]

Lyons[edit]

M[edit]

Maccabees[edit]

Magicians[edit]

Majors[edit]

Mammoths[edit]

Manatees[edit]

Maple Leafs[edit]

Marauders[edit]

Mariners[edit]

Marlins[edit]

Maroons[edit]

Maroon Tigers[edit]

Mastodons[edit]

Matadors[edit]

Mavericks[edit]

Mean Green[edit]

Mechanics[edit]

Midshipmen[edit]

Mighty Macs[edit]

Mighty Oaks[edit]

Mighty Sabers[edit]

Miners[edit]

Minutemen and Minutewomen[edit]

Moccasins[edit]

Mocs[edit]

Monarchs[edit]

Monks[edit]

Moose[edit]

Moundbuilders[edit]

Mountain Cats[edit]

Mountaineers[edit]

Mountain Hawks[edit]

Mountain Lions[edit]

Mounties[edit]

Note: "Mounties" can refer to either the geographic feature or, in Canada, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Mount Allison's nickname may possibly come from either source; U.S. schools would use the geographic feature.

Mudcats[edit]

Mules[edit]

Muleriders[edit]

Musketeers[edit]

Muskies[edit]

Mustangs[edit]

Mystics[edit]

N[edit]

Nads[edit]

Nanooks[edit]

Nighthawks[edit]

Nittany Lions[edit]

Nor'easters[edit]

Norse[edit]

Northern Lights[edit]

O[edit]

Oaks[edit]

Ocelots[edit]

Oilers[edit]

Fighting Okra[edit]

Oles[edit]

Olympians[edit]

Orange[edit]

Orediggers[edit]

Ospreys[edit]

Otters[edit]

Owls[edit]

P[edit]

Pacers[edit]

Paladins[edit]

Pandas[edit]

Panthers[edit]

Parsons[edit]

Patriotes[edit]

Patriots[edit]

Peacocks and Peahens[edit]

Penguins[edit]

Penmen[edit]

Phoenix[edit]

Pilots[edit]

Note: "Pilots" can refer to either the maritime or aeronautic profession. Portland and LSU-Shreveport's nicknames refer to the former, while Providence Seminary's refers to the latter.

Pioneers[edit]

Pipers[edit]

Pirates[edit]

Platypi[edit]

Poets[edit]

Pointers[edit]

Polar Bears[edit]

Pomeroys[edit]

Ponies[edit]

Prairie Fire[edit]

Prairie Wolves[edit]

Prairie Stars[edit]

Preachers[edit]

Presidents[edit]

Pride[edit]

Privateers[edit]

Profs[edit]

Pronghorns[edit]

Pumas[edit]

Purple Aces[edit]

Purple Eagles[edit]

Purple Knights[edit]

Purple Raiders[edit]

Q[edit]

Quakers[edit]

R[edit]

Racers[edit]

Radicals[edit]

Ragin' Cajuns[edit]

Raiders[edit]

Railsplitters[edit]

Rainbow Wahine[edit]

Rainbow Warriors[edit]

Ramblers[edit]

Rams[edit]

Rangers[edit]

Raptors[edit]

Rattlers[edit]

Ravens[edit]

Razorbacks[edit]

Rebels[edit]

Redbirds[edit]

Red Barons[edit]

Red Devils[edit]

Red Dragons[edit]

Red Flash[edit]

Red Foxes[edit]

Red Hawks and variants[edit]

Red Lions[edit]

Red Men and variants[edit]

Red Raiders[edit]

Red Ravens[edit]

Red Storm and variants[edit]

Reddies and Lady Reddies[edit]

Red Wolves[edit]

Regals[edit]

Regents[edit]

Reivers[edit]

Renegades[edit]

Retrievers[edit]

Ridgebacks[edit]

Riverbats[edit]

River Hawks[edit]

Riverhawks[edit]

Roadrunners[edit]

The Rock[edit]

Rockets[edit]

Rouge et Or (Red and Gold)[edit]

Roughnecks[edit]

Rough Riders[edit]

Royals[edit]

Runnin' Rebels[edit]

Runnin' Bulldogs[edit]

Running Eagles[edit]

Rustlers[edit]

S[edit]

Sabercats[edit]

Sagehens[edit]

Sailfish[edit]

Saints[edit]

Salukis and variants[edit]

Samsons[edit]

Sand Sharks[edit]

Sasquatch[edit]

Savage Storm[edit]

Saxons[edit]

Scarlet Knights[edit]

Scarlet Raiders[edit]

Scarlet Raptors[edit]

Scarlet Wave[edit]

Scots[edit]

Scotties[edit]

Scorpions[edit]

Scottish Terriers[edit]

Screaming Eagles[edit]

Sea Aggies[edit]

Sea Beggars[edit]

Sea Devils[edit]

Sea Warriors[edit]

Seagulls[edit]

Seahawks and variants[edit]

Seahorse[edit]

Sea Lions[edit]

Seasiders[edit]

Seawolves[edit]

Seminoles[edit]

Senators[edit]

Sentinels[edit]

Setters[edit]

Sharks[edit]

Shock[edit]

Shockers[edit]

Shoremen[edit]

Silverswords[edit]

Skipjacks[edit]

Skippers[edit]

Skyhawks[edit]

Skylanders[edit]

Skylights[edit]

Soldiers[edit]

Sooners[edit]

Spartans[edit]

Spiders[edit]

Spires[edit]

Spirits[edit]

Squirrels[edit]

Stags[edit]

Stallions[edit]

Stars[edit]

Statesmen[edit]

Steels[edit]

Steers[edit]

Stingers[edit]

Storm[edit]

Stormy Petrels[edit]

Student Princes[edit]

Sugar Bears[edit]

Sunbirds[edit]

Suns[edit]

Sun Chiefs[edit]

Sun Devils[edit]

Surge[edit]

Swamp Foxes[edit]

Sycamores[edit]

T[edit]

Tar Heels[edit]

Tars[edit]

Tartans[edit]

Tartars[edit]

Terrapins[edit]

Terrible Swedes[edit]

Terriers[edit]

Tetons[edit]

Texans and TexAnns[edit]

Thoroughbreds and variants[edit]

Thunder[edit]

Thunderbirds[edit]

Thunderducks[edit]

Thunderhawks[edit]

Thundering Herd[edit]

Thundering Legion Lions[edit]

Thunder Wolves and variants[edit]

Tigers[edit]

Timberwolves[edit]

Titans[edit]

Tomcats[edit]

Tommies[edit]

Toppers[edit]

Toreros[edit]

Tornado[edit]

Tornadoes[edit]

Toros[edit]

Tracers[edit]

Trailblazers[edit]

Trappers[edit]

Tribe[edit]

Tribunes[edit]

Tritons[edit]

Trojans[edit]

Trolls[edit]

Tuks and Tukkies[edit]

Twins[edit]

U[edit]

Urban Knights[edit]

Utes[edit]

V[edit]

V-Hawks[edit]

Valiants[edit]

Valkyries[edit]

Vandals[edit]

Vaqueros[edit]

Varsity Blues[edit]

Varsity Reds[edit]

Vert et Or (Green and Gold)[edit]

Vikes[edit]

Vikings[edit]

Vixens[edit]

Violets[edit]

Volunteers[edit]

Voyageurs[edit]

Vulcans[edit]

W[edit]

Warhawks[edit]

Warriors[edit]

Wasps[edit]

Waves[edit]

Webbies[edit]

Wesmen[edit]

Westerners[edit]

White Mules[edit]

Wildcats[edit]

Wolf Pack and variants[edit]

Wolverines[edit]

Wolves[edit]

Wombats[edit]

Women of Troy[edit]

Wonder Boys[edit]

Wood Ducks[edit]

Wyverns[edit]

X[edit]

X-Men and X-Women[edit]

Y[edit]

Yellow Jackets[edit]

Yotes[edit]

Yeomen[edit]

Z[edit]

Zias[edit]

Zips[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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