List of college athletic programs in Arizona

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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[edit]

Team School City Conference Sport sponsorship
Basketball Base-
Ice hockey Soccer
Arizona Wildcats University of Arizona Tucson Pac-12 FBS Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes
Arizona State Sun Devils Arizona State University Tempe Pac-12 FBS Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes [a] No No Yes
Grand Canyon Antelopes Grand Canyon University Phoenix WAC No Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes
Northern Arizona Lumberjacks Northern Arizona University Flagstaff Big Sky FCS Yes Yes No No No No No Yes
  1. ^ Arizona State's ice hockey team competes as an independent.


Team School City Conference Sport sponsorship
Basketball Base-
Arizona Christian Firestorm Arizona Christian University Phoenix Golden State Yes [a] D1 D1 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Benedictine Mesa Redhawks Benedictine University at Mesa Mesa Cal Pac No D2 D2 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Embry–Riddle Eagles Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott Prescott Cal Pac No D2 D2 No Yes Yes Yes
Ottawa Spirit Ottawa University Arizona Surprise Golden State Yes [a] D1 D1 Yes Yes Yes Yes
  1. ^ a b Arizona Christian and Ottawa's football teams compete in the Sooner Athletic Conference.


Team School City Conference
Arizona Western Matadors Arizona Western College Yuma Arizona CC
Central Arizona Vaqueros Central Arizona College Coolidge Arizona CC
Chandler-Gilbert Coyotes Chandler-Gilbert Community College Chandler Arizona CC
Cochise Apaches Cochise College Douglas Arizona CC
Eastern Arizona Gila Monster Eastern Arizona College Thatcher Arizona CC
GateWay Gecko GateWay Community College Phoenix Arizona CC
Glendale Gauchos Glendale Community College Glendale Arizona CC
Mesa Thunderbirds Mesa Community College Mesa Arizona CC
Paradise Valley Pumas Paradise Valley Community College Phoenix Arizona CC
Phoenix Bears Phoenix College Phoenix Arizona CC
Pima Aztecs Pima Community College Tucson Arizona CC
Scottsdale Fighting Artichokes Scottsdale Community College Scottsdale Arizona CC
South Mountain Cougars South Mountain Community College Phoenix Arizona CC
Tohono O'odham Jegos Tohono O'odham Community College Pima City Arizona CC
Yavapai Roughriders Yavapai College Prescott Arizona CC

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