15 Mascots That Rally Long Island College Spirit

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Courtesy of NYIT

Best known for their lacrosse team, Old Westbury-based New York Institute of Technology‘s mascot has had an exciting update this year with a new logo featuring revamped school colors of dark blue and gold.


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Courtesy of NYU

As New York University’s school color is violet, the original mascot was a student dressed as a violet flower. Now the school’s teams are represented by the bobcat, which stands for
the Bobst Library, mixing the athletic performance and academic excellence NYU represents, including at the NYU Long Island School of Medicine in Mineola.


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Courtesy of Five Towns College

With the reboot of Five Towns College‘s men’s and women’s basketball teams, the Sound, and its new mascot, Fader the bird, has brought excitement to pep rallies and games at the Dix Hills campus.


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Courtesy of Suffolk County Community College

Fineas, also known as Finn, is a little fish in a big pond at Suffolk County Community College, the largest community college in the State University of New York system. Fineas supports the students on their two-year journey and cheers them on in their long list of clubs and sports teams, the Sharks.

Golden Eagles

Courtesy of St. Joseph’s College

Flying high, this mascot represents St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue and its motto “to be, not to seem,” in support of more than 18 teams.

Johnny Thunderbird

Courtesy of St. John’s University

Voted on by St. John’s University students in 2009, this bird got his name from the nickname given to St. John’s students, “Johnnies,” including those at the Long Island Graduate Center in Hauppauge.


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Courtesy of Hofstra University

Representing Hofstra University Pride in Hempstead are two mascots, Kate and Willie, a lion and lioness named after the University’s benefactors, William Hofstra and his wife, Kate Davidson. It is one of the few universities to have more than one mascot to represent their 21 intercollegiate teams competing at the NCAA Division I level. Double the mascot, double the school pride!


Courtesy of Nassau Community College

With more than 20 men’s and women’s athletic teams, Garden City-based Nassau Community College’s Leo the lion has his work cut out for him cheering alongside football and basketball games.


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Courtesy of SUNY College at Old Westbury

Introduced in 2008 with panther pride week, SUNY College at Old Westbury‘s mascot’s name, Owwin, is a mix of the school name (“OW”) and WIN, showing their pride in the school’s 13 different Division III athletic teams.


Courtesy of Adelphi University

First used in an Adelphi University men’s basketball game in 1947, this mascot was created by a freshman at the time and now continues to be used to support the many teams of the Garden City campus, including their current basketball team.


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Courtesy of Farmingdale State College

Since the 1940s the ram has been used as a sign of power, drive, and fearlessness
for Farmingdale State College. Back then it was even represented by a live ram instead of
by today’s student dressed up as the character, dubbed Ram-Bo.


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Courtesy of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

High and mighty, Salty the Sea Eagle, often mistakenly referred to as a seagull, represents the Mariners, as the prestigious athletics and academics of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point are known.


LIU Post in Brookville has found a new mascot after the long reign of the pioneer. Beginning this September, teams will embody the strength and brilliance of a shark.


Courtesy of Molloy College

Roaring with excitement, Victor E. Lion is the mascot featured on the Molloy College emblem. He’s a fan favorite as he dances alongside the cheerleaders at the many basketball games in Rockville Centre.


Courtesy of Stony Brook University

This mythical sea creature greets everyone with a high five and has been a part
of the Stony Brook University athletic department since 1995. Wolfie the Seawolf’s’s name was carefully selected from a list of more than 200 possible names by a committee made up of students, alumni, faculty, and administrators.