List of college athletic programs in Massachusetts

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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

Boston College EaglesBoston CollegeChestnut HillACC[a 1]
Boston University TerriersBoston UniversityBostonPatriot[a 1]
Harvard CrimsonHarvard UniversityCambridge[a 2]Ivy League[a 3]
Holy Cross CrusadersCollege of the Holy CrossWorcesterPatriot[a 4]
Massachusetts Minutemen and Minutewomen[a 5]University of Massachusetts AmherstAmherstAtlantic 10[a 6][a 7]
UMass Lowell River Hawks[a 5] University of Massachusetts Lowell Lowell America East[a 7]
Northeastern Huskies Northeastern University Boston Colonial Athletic Association[a 1]
  1. 1 2 3 Boston College, Boston University, and Northeastern all have men's and women's ice hockey teams that compete in Hockey East.
  2. Harvard's administration and most of its undergraduate campus are in Cambridge, but some academic buildings and athletic facilities, including the football stadium, lie in Boston.
  3. Harvard plays men's and women's ice hockey in ECAC Hockey.
  4. The Holy Cross men's ice hockey team competes in Atlantic Hockey. The women's ice hockey team competes as an NCAA Division III member in ECAC East.
  5. 1 2 While national media generally use "Massachusetts", the shortened "UMass" is in wide usage, especially in Massachusetts itself.
  6. The UMass football team plays as an FBS Independent.
  7. 1 2 Both the main UMass campus and UMass Lowell play men's ice hockey in Hockey East. Neither school has a varsity women's ice hockey team.

Division II

American International Yellow JacketsAmerican International CollegeSpringfieldNortheast-10[b 1]
Assumption GreyhoundsAssumption CollegeWorcesterNortheast-10
Bentley FalconsBentley UniversityWalthamNortheast-10[b 1]
Merrimack WarriorsMerrimack CollegeNorth AndoverNortheast-10[b 2]
Stonehill SkyhawksStonehill CollegeEastonNortheast-10
  1. 1 2 AIC and Bentley both play Division I men's ice hockey in Atlantic Hockey.
  2. Merrimack plays Division I men's ice hockey in Hockey East.

Division III

Amherst MammothsAmherst CollegeAmherstNESCAC
Anna Maria AmCatsAnna Maria CollegePaxtonGreat Northeast
Babson BeaversBabson CollegeBabson ParkNEWMAC
Bay Path WildcatsBay Path UniversityLongmeadowNew England
Becker HawksBecker CollegeLeicesterNew England
Brandeis JudgesBrandeis UniversityWalthamUAA
Bridgewater BearsBridgewater State UniversityBridgewaterMASCAC
Clark CougarsClark UniversityWorcesterNEWMAC
Curry ColonelsCurry CollegeMiltonCommonwealth Coast
Dean BulldogsDean CollegeFranklinNew England
ENC LionsEastern Nazarene CollegeQuincyCommonwealth Coast
Elms BlazersElms CollegeChicopeeNew England
Emerson LionsEmerson CollegeBostonNEWMAC
Emmanuel SaintsEmmanuel CollegeBostonGreat Northeast
Endicott GullsEndicott CollegeBeverlyCommonwealth Coast
Fitchburg State FalconsFitchburg State UniversityFitchburgMASCAC
Framingham State RamsFramingham State UniversityFraminghamMASCAC
Gordon Fighting ScotsGordon CollegeWenhamCommonwealth Coast
Lasell LasersLasell CollegeNewtonGreat Northeast
Lesley LynxLesley UniversityCambridgeNew England
Massachusetts College TrailblazersMassachusetts College of Liberal ArtsNorth AdamsMASCAC
MIT EngineersMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeNEWMAC
Massachusetts Maritime BuccaneersMassachusetts Maritime AcademyBuzzards BayMASCAC
Mount Holyoke LyonsMount Holyoke CollegeSouth HadleyNEWMAC
Mount Ida MustangsMount Ida College *College is now closedNewtonGreat Northeast
Newbury NighthawksNewbury CollegeBooklineNew England
Nichols BisonNichols CollegeDudleyCommonwealth Coast
Pine Manor GatorsPine Manor CollegeChestnut HillACAA
Regis (Massachusetts) PrideRegis CollegeWestonGreat Northeast
Salem State VikingsSalem State UniversitySalemMASCAC
Simmons SharksSimmons CollegeBostonGreat Northeast
Smith PioneersSmith CollegeNorthamptonNEWMAC
Springfield PrideSpringfield CollegeSpringfieldNEWMAC
Suffolk RamsSuffolk UniversityBostonGreat Northeast
Tufts JumbosTufts UniversityMedfordNESCAC
UMass Boston BeaconsUniversity of Massachusetts BostonBostonLittle East
UMass Dartmouth CorsairsUniversity of Massachusetts DartmouthNorth DartmouthLittle East
Wellesley BlueWellesley CollegeWellesleyNEWMAC
Wentworth LeopardsWentworth Institute of TechnologyBostonCommonwealth Coast
Western New England Golden BearsWestern New England UniversitySpringfieldCommonwealth Coast
Westfield State OwlsWestfield State UniversityWestfieldMASCAC
Wheaton (Massachusetts) LyonsWheaton CollegeNortonNEWMAC
Wheelock WildcatsWheelock CollegeBostonNew England
Williams EphsWilliams CollegeWilliamstownNESCAC
Worcester Polytech EngineersWorcester Polytechnic InstituteWorcesterNEWMAC
Worcester State LancersWorcester State UniversityWorcesterMASCAC


Fisher FalconsFisher CollegeBostonNIAC


Hampshire Black SheepHampshire CollegeAmherstYankee Small College Conference


Bristol BeesBristol Community CollegeFall RiverMassachusetts CC
Bunker Hill BulldogsBunker Hill Community CollegeBostonMassachusetts CC
Holyoke CougarsHolyoke Community CollegeHolyokeMassachusetts CC
Mass Bay BuccaneersMassachusetts Bay Community CollegeWellesley HillsMassachusetts CC
Massasoit WarriorsMassasoit Community CollegeBrocktonMassachusetts CC
Northern Essex KnightsNorthern Essex Community CollegeHaverhillMassachusetts CC
Quinsigamond ChiefsQuinsigamond Community CollegeWorcesterMassachusetts CC
Roxbury TigersRoxbury Community CollegeRoxbury CrossingMassachusetts CC
Springfield Tech RamsSpringfield Technical Community CollegeSpringfieldMassachusetts CC


Stockbridge School of AgricultureStockbridge School of AgricultureAmherst

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

See also

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