List of college athletic programs in Massachusetts

The main article is College sports.

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

Division I

TeamSchoolCityConferenceSport sponsorship
Foot-
ball
BasketballBase-
ball
Soft-
ball
Ice hockeySoccer
MWMWMW
Boston College EaglesBoston CollegeChestnut HillACCFBS [lower-alpha 1] [lower-alpha 1]
Boston University TerriersBoston UniversityBostonPatriot [lower-alpha 1] [lower-alpha 1]
Harvard CrimsonHarvard UniversityCambridgeIvy LeagueFCS [lower-alpha 2] [lower-alpha 2]
Holy Cross CrusadersCollege of the Holy CrossWorcesterPatriotFCS [lower-alpha 3] [lower-alpha 1]
UMass Minutemen and Minutewomen [lower-alpha 4]University of Massachusetts AmherstAmherstAtlantic 10FBS [lower-alpha 5] [lower-alpha 1]
Merrimack Warriors [lower-alpha 6]Merrimack CollegeNorth AndoverNortheastFCS [lower-alpha 7] [lower-alpha 1] [lower-alpha 1]
Northeastern HuskiesNortheastern UniversityBostonColonial [lower-alpha 1] [lower-alpha 1]
UMass Lowell River HawksUniversity of Massachusetts LowellLowellAmerica East [lower-alpha 1]
  1. 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. 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

TeamSchoolCityConferenceSport sponsorship
Foot-
ball
BasketballBase-
ball
Soft-
ball
Ice hockeySoccer
MWMWMW
American International Yellow JacketsAmerican International CollegeSpringfieldNortheast-10 [lower-alpha 1]
Assumption GreyhoundsAssumption CollegeWorcesterNortheast-10
Bentley FalconsBentley UniversityWalthamNortheast-10 [lower-alpha 1]
Stonehill SkyhawksStonehill CollegeEastonNortheast-10
  1. American International and Bentley's men's ice hockey teams compete in Division I as members of Atlantic Hockey.

Division III

TeamSchoolCityConferenceSport sponsorship
Foot-
ball
BasketballBase-
ball
Soft-
ball
Ice hockeySoccer
MWMWMW
Amherst MammothsAmherst CollegeAmherstNESCAC
Anna Maria AmCatsAnna Maria CollegePaxtonGreat Northeast [lower-alpha 1] [lower-alpha 2] [lower-alpha 2]
Babson BeaversBabson CollegeBabson ParkNEWMAC [lower-alpha 3]
Bay Path WildcatsBay Path UniversityLongmeadowNew England
Becker HawksBecker CollegeLeicesterNew England [lower-alpha 4] [lower-alpha 4] [lower-alpha 5]
Brandeis JudgesBrandeis UniversityWalthamUAA
Bridgewater State BearsBridgewater State UniversityBridgewaterMASCAC
Clark CougarsClark UniversityWorcesterNEWMAC
Curry ColonelsCurry CollegeMiltonCommonwealth Coast
Dean Bulldogs [lower-alpha 6]Dean CollegeFranklinNew England [lower-alpha 7] [lower-alpha 1]
Eastern Nazarene LionsEastern Nazarene CollegeQuincyNew England
Elms BlazersElms CollegeChicopeeNew England
Emerson LionsEmerson CollegeBostonNEWMAC
Emmanuel SaintsEmmanuel CollegeBostonGreat Northeast
Endicott GullsEndicott CollegeBeverlyCommonwealth Coast [lower-alpha 5]
Fitchburg State FalconsFitchburg State UniversityFitchburgMASCAC
Framingham State RamsFramingham State UniversityFraminghamMASCAC
Gordon Fighting ScotsGordon CollegeWenhamCommonwealth Coast
Lasell LasersLasell CollegeNewtonGreat Northeast
Lesley LynxLesley UniversityCambridgeNew England
MCLA TrailblazersMassachusetts College of Liberal ArtsNorth AdamsMASCAC
MIT EngineersMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeNEWMAC
Massachusetts Maritime BuccaneersMassachusetts Maritime AcademyBuzzards BayMASCAC
Mount Holyoke LyonsMount Holyoke CollegeSouth HadleyNEWMAC
Nichols BisonNichols CollegeDudleyCommonwealth Coast [lower-alpha 5]
Pine Manor GatorsPine Manor CollegeChestnut HillACAA [lower-alpha 8]
Regis PrideRegis CollegeWestonGreat Northeast
Salem State VikingsSalem State UniversitySalemMASCAC [lower-alpha 3]
Simmons SharksSimmons CollegeBostonGreat Northeast
Smith PioneersSmith CollegeNorthamptonNEWMAC
Springfield PrideSpringfield CollegeSpringfieldNEWMAC
Suffolk RamsSuffolk UniversityBostonGreat Northeast [lower-alpha 9] [lower-alpha 3] [lower-alpha 3]
Tufts JumbosTufts UniversityMedfordNESCAC
UMass Boston BeaconsUniversity of Massachusetts BostonBostonLittle East [lower-alpha 3] [lower-alpha 3]
UMass Dartmouth CorsairsUniversity of Massachusetts DartmouthNorth DartmouthLittle East [lower-alpha 10] [lower-alpha 10]
Wellesley BlueWellesley CollegeWellesleyNEWMAC
Wentworth LeopardsWentworth Institute of TechnologyBostonCommonwealth Coast
Western New England Golden BearsWestern New England UniversitySpringfieldCommonwealth Coast
Westfield State OwlsWestfield State UniversityWestfieldMASCAC
Wheaton LyonsWheaton CollegeNortonNEWMAC
Williams EphsWilliams CollegeWilliamstownNESCAC
Worcester State LancersWorcester State UniversityWorcesterMASCAC
WPI EngineersWorcester Polytechnic InstituteWorcesterNEWMAC
  1. Anna Maria and Dean's football teams compete in the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference.
  2. Anna Maria's ice hockey teams compete as independents.
  3. 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. Becker's football and men's ice hockey teams compete in the Commonwealth Coast Conference.
  5. 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. UMass Dartmouth's football and men's ice hockey teams compete in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference.

NAIA

TeamSchoolCityConferenceSport sponsorship
BasketballBase-
ball
Soft-
ball
Soccer
MWMW
Fisher FalconsFisher CollegeBostonIndependentD2D2

USCAA

TeamSchoolCityConference
Hampshire Black SheepHampshire CollegeAmherstYankee Small College Conference

NJCAA

TeamSchoolCityConference
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

Other/None

TeamSchoolCityConference
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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