List of college athletic programs in Colorado Article

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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

Team School City Conference
Air Force Falcons United States Air Force Academy Colorado Springs Mountain West [a]
Colorado Buffaloes University of Colorado Boulder Boulder Pac-12 [b]
Colorado State Rams Colorado State University Ft. Collins Mountain West [c]
Denver Pioneers University of Denver Denver Summit [d]
Northern Colorado Bears University of Northern Colorado Greeley Big Sky [e]
  1. ^ Of Air Force's 26 varsity sports, 10 are not sponsored by the MW. The Falcons' outside affiliations are as follows:
  2. ^ Three of Colorado's varsity sports are not sponsored by the Pac-12. Skiing, a coeducational sport with separate men's and women's squads, competes in the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association. The Pac-12 chooses not to sponsor men's and women's indoor track and field despite having enough participating schools to sponsor both; all Pac-12 members compete in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation.
  3. ^ In women's water polo, a sport not sponsored by the MW, Colorado State competes in the Western Water Polo Association.
  4. ^ Five of Denver's 16 varsity sports are not sponsored by The Summit League:
  5. ^ Three of Northern Colorado's sports are not sponsored by the Big Sky. Baseball and women's swimming & diving compete in the Western Athletic Conference, and wrestling competes in the Big 12 Conference.

Division II

Team School City Conference
Adams State Grizzlies Adams State University Alamosa Rocky Mountain
Colorado Christian Cougars Colorado Christian University Lakewood Rocky Mountain
Colorado Mesa Mavericks Colorado Mesa University Grand Junction Rocky Mountain
Colorado Mines Orediggers Colorado School of Mines Golden Rocky Mountain
CSU-Pueblo ThunderWolves Colorado State University-Pueblo Pueblo Rocky Mountain
Fort Lewis Skyhawks Fort Lewis College Durango Rocky Mountain
Metro State Roadrunners Metropolitan State University of Denver Denver Rocky Mountain
Regis Rangers Regis University Denver Rocky Mountain
UCCS Mountain Lions University of Colorado Colorado Springs Colorado Springs Rocky Mountain
Western Colorado Mountaineers Western Colorado University Gunnison Rocky Mountain

Division III

Team School City Conference
Colorado College Tigers Colorado College Colorado Springs Southern Collegiate
Johnson & Wales–Denver Wildcats Johnson & Wales University (Denver campus) Denver Southern Collegiate


Team School City Conference
Colorado Mountain Eagles Colorado Mountain College Glenwood Springs Scenic West
Colorado Northwestern Spartans Colorado Northwestern Community College Rangely Scenic West
Lamar Runnin' Lopes Lamar Community College Lamar Colorado CC
Northeastern (Colorado) Plainsmen Northeastern Junior College Sterling Colorado CC
Otero Rattlers Otero Junior College La Junta Colorado CC
Trinidad State Trojans Trinidad State Junior College Trinidad Colorado CC

See also