Academic scarf

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This snowman has been dressed in a college scarf belonging to a member of Churchill College, Cambridge.

The wearing of academic scarves is a tradition found at many colleges and universities in English-speaking countries, and particularly in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Sets of two or more coloured stripes have traditionally been used as part of the distinctive visual identity of these institutions.[1] The scarves are usually made of Saxony Wool and traditionally 6 feet (c. 2m) long.

The colours are often derived from the colours of the official coat of arms and/or the varsity colours, and are used in clothing and symbols of all kinds, from ties to trophies, but notably in the long woollen winter scarves that students and alumni wear to show their pride in their institutions. Some universities have different scarves for different faculties and even for undergraduates and postgraduates. Some may even have a 'combination scarf' where one side is in the university's colours and the other the faculty, etc. colours. Traditionally, academic scarves would not have further embroidery on them, such as arms or logos, as the stripes are sufficient to identify the scarf's origins and affiliation; however, at some universities such as Cambridge it has become usual for scarves to be embroidered with the college arms. Furthermore, universities might change their design and colours from time to time, usually during re-branding exercises, or if there isn't an 'official' version that has been widely used.

At some universities, in addition to collegiate scarves, there are also several non-collegiate scarves which have a well-established meaning. For example, those representing the University in sport may be entitled to wear a particular scarf, depending on their level of achievement, or a university department or club may have its own scarf. In addition, some colleges and universities have (for example) separate scarves for senior clubs such as their Boat Clubs.[b]

Academic scarves are to be distinguished from other types of scarves that are officially sold by the institution themselves which often use different colours and are embroidered with logos and other emblem, or designed/made differently to traditional academic scarves.


La Trobe UniversityEdit

La Trobe University

University of AdelaideEdit

Aquinas College Kathleen Lumley College Lincoln College
St Ann's College St. Mark's College

University of MelbourneEdit

Trinity College Janet Clarke Hall Medley Hall
Ormond College Queen's College St Hilda's College

University of New EnglandEdit

Austin College Drummond and Smith College Earle Page College

University of New South WalesEdit

Colombo House Fig Tree Hall Goldstein College
New College Philip Baxter College University of New South Wales Hall

University of QueenslandEdit

Cromwell College Duchesne College Emmanuel College
Grace College Gatton Halls of Residence International House
King's College St John's College St Leo's College
Union College The Women's College

University of SydneyEdit

Sancta Sophia College St Andrew's College St John's College
St Paul's College Wesley College The Women's College

University of TasmaniaEdit

Christ College Jane Franklin Hall St. John Fisher College


University of Toronto
St. Michael's College Trinity College


University of DublinEdit

University Sporting Pink[2] Trinity College[3] Trinity College Dublin Association and Trust (Alumni)
Dublin University Boat Club Dublin University Bicycle Club Dublin University Cricket Club
Dublin University Croquet Club Dublin University Equestrian Club Dublin University Football Club (Rugby Union)
Dublin University Hockey Club Dublin University Ladies' Boat Club Dublin University Lawn Tennis Club
Dublin University Rifle Club Dublin University Swimming Club Central Societies Committee
University Biological Association ('The Bi') (Medical) University Philosophical Society ('The Phil') University of Dublin Choral Society
Dublin University Geographical Society Dublin University Speech and Language Pathology Society Dublin University Physiotherapy Society
Dublin University History Society Dublin University Engineering Society Dublin University Law Society
Dublin University Pharmaceutical Society College Theological Society ('The Theo')[citation needed] College Historical Society ('The Hist')[citation needed]

National University of IrelandEdit

University College DublinEdit

University College Dublin
University College Dublin, Colours
Sailing and Swimming Clubs Rugby Club Boat Club
Agricultural Science Arts Chemical Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering Commerce Electronic, Electrical, or Mechanical Engineering
Law Medicine Radiography
Science Social Science Veterinary Medicine

Other NUI Constituent UniversitiesEdit

National University of Ireland, Maynooth National University of Ireland, Galway University College Cork

University of LimerickEdit

University of Limerick

Dublin City UniversityEdit

Dublin City University

New ZealandEdit

University of OtagoEdit

Arana College Aquinas College Cumberland College
Knox College Salmond College Selwyn College
St Margaret's College

The term scarfies is often used in and around Dunedin, the site of the University of Otago, as a slang term for university students.

United KingdomEdit

University of BirminghamEdit

University of Birmingham
College of Arts and Law College of Social Sciences College of Life and Environmental Sciences
College of Engineering and Physical Sciences College of Medical and Dental Sciences Faculty of Science

University of BristolEdit

Arts Engineering Law
Medicine Sciences Social sciences

University of CambridgeEdit

University of Cambridge [b]
Christ's College Churchill College Clare College
Clare Hall Corpus Christi College Darwin College
Downing College Emmanuel College Fitzwilliam College
Girton College Gonville and Caius College Homerton College
Hughes Hall Jesus College King's College
Lucy Cavendish College Magdalene College Murray Edwards College
Newnham College Pembroke College Peterhouse
Queens' College Robinson College St Catharine's College
St Edmund's College St John's College Selwyn College
Sidney Sussex College Trinity College Trinity Hall
Wolfson College Postdocs of Cambridge (PdOC)

Sports coloursEdit

Full Blue Half Blue Roos
Tadpoles Riding team Rifle team
Hawks' Club CUTwC CU Bowmen

Durham UniversityEdit

Full Palatinate Durham University Half Palatinate
Collingwood College Grey College Hatfield College
John Snow College St Aidan's College St Chad's College
St Cuthbert's Society College of St Hild and St Bede St John's College
St Mary's College Trevelyan College University College
Van Mildert College Durham Law School

University of GlasgowEdit

University of Glasgow
Arts Dentistry Divinity
Engineering Law Medicine
Nursing Science Social Sciences
Veterinary Medicine

Imperial College LondonEdit

Imperial College London
Royal College of Science City & Guilds College Royal School of Mines
Imperial College School of Medicine

Lancaster UniversityEdit

Lancaster University
The County College Pendle College Fylde College
Lonsdale College Bowland College Grizedale College
Furness College Cartmel College Graduate College

University of LondonEdit

University of London
Birkbeck, University of London King's College London Guy's Hospital Medical School
St Thomas' Hospital Medical School London Business School London School of Economics[4]
Queen Mary, University of London Royal Holloway, University of London Royal Veterinary College
University College London[5] University College Hospital Medical School Goldsmiths, University of London
Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry School of Oriental and African Studies Heythrop College

Newcastle UniversityEdit

Newcastle University
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS) Newcastle University Medical School Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering (SAGE)

University of OxfordEdit

University of Oxford
Balliol College Blackfriars Brasenose College
Campion Hall Christ Church Corpus Christi College
Exeter College Green Templeton College Harris Manchester College
Hertford College Jesus College Keble College
Kellogg College Lady Margaret Hall Linacre College
Lincoln College Magdalen College Mansfield College
Merton College New College Nuffield College
Oriel College Reuben College Pembroke College
The Queen's College Regent's Park College St Anne's College
St Antony's College St Benet's Hall St Catherine's College
St Cross College St Edmund Hall[6] St Hilda's College
St Hugh's College St John's College St Peter's College
St Stephen's House Somerville College Trinity College
University College Wadham College Wolfson College
Worcester College Wycliffe Hall

Sports coloursEdit

Full Blue Half Blue Vincent's Club

Queen's University BelfastEdit

Queen's University Belfast
Graduate University colours Queen's University Belfast Boat Club
Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences School of Law School of Medicine and Dentistry

University of St AndrewsEdit

University of St Andrews
St Mary's College Bute Medical School The United College (Graduate)
St Leonard's College (Postgraduate)

University of WalesEdit

University of Wales
Aberystwyth University Bangor University University of Wales, Lampeter
University of Wales, Newport University of Wales Institute, Cardiff Swansea University

University of YorkEdit

University of York
Alcuin College Constantine College Derwent College
Goodricke College Halifax College James College
Langwith College Vanbrugh College Wentworth College

Scarf colours of other UK universitiesEdit

University of The Arts, London Aston University University of Bradford
Cardiff University Cranfield University University of Central Lancashire
University of Dundee University of East Anglia University of Edinburgh
University of Exeter University of Hertfordshire University of Hull
University of Kent University of Leeds University of Leicester
Loughborough University University of Liverpool University of Manchester[7]
University of Nottingham Open University University of Plymouth
University of Reading[8] Richmond University University of Sheffield
Sheffield Hallam University University of Warwick University of Westminster

Scarf colours of former UK universitiesEdit

Victoria University of Manchester UMIST

United StatesEdit

Harvard UniversityEdit

Harvard University[9]
Adams House[10] Cabot House Currier House
Dunster House Dudley House Eliot House
Kirkland House Leverett House Lowell House
Mather House Pforzheimer House Quincy House
Winthrop House

Yale UniversityEdit

Yale University[a]
School of Art[a] Graduate School of Arts and Sciences[a] School of Nursing[a]
School of Drama[a] Divinity School[a] Berkeley College[a]
Branford College Hopper College[a] Davenport College[a]
Ezra Stiles College[a] Jonathan Edwards College[a] Pierson College[a]
Silliman College[a] Timothy Dwight College[a] Trumbull College[a]

Academic scarves of other American collegesEdit

Bates College Brown University Cornell University
Colby College Colgate University The College of William and Mary
Columbia University Dartmouth College MIT
Northwestern University Pratt Institute Princeton University
Sweet Briar College State University of New York at Buffalo University of California
University of Pennsylvania Vassar College Wesleyan University
University of Maryland University of Illinois Williams College

Scarf colors of US High SchoolsEdit

Phillips Academy[11]

See alsoEdit


  1. "True colors: A field guide to Yale scarves". Yale Alumni Magazine. Retrieved 2018-11-16.
  2. "Scarf Colours of the Cambridge Colleges". Queens' College, Cambridge. Archived from the original on 2008-03-15. Retrieved 2008-03-26.


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  2. ^ "Scarves of the University of Dublin". Archived from the original on 2013-12-14.
  3. ^ "Scarves of the University of Dublin". Archived from the original on 2007-11-17. Retrieved 2007-11-17.
  4. ^ "London School of Economics". LSE Student Union. Retrieved 2019-11-03.
  5. ^ "University College London Scarf". Smart Turnout. Archived from the original on 2006-10-13. Retrieved 2006-10-13.
  6. ^ "St Edmund Hall". Shepherd and Woodward.
  7. ^ "Knitted scarf". University of Manchester. Retrieved 2019-11-04.
  8. ^ "University of Reading wool scarf".
  9. ^ "Traditional Harvard Scarf".
  10. ^ Colin Manning (13 March 2014). "Get up, it's Housing Day".
  11. ^ "Phillips Academy rowing scarf". Archived from the original on 2018-10-29. Retrieved 2018-10-29.