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Academic scarf

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 British and Irish colleges and universities. Sets of two or more coloured stripes have traditionally been used as part of the distinctive visual identity of these institutions. The scarves are usually made of Saxony Wool and about 2 metres long. The college colours 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.

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.[1]


  • Australia 1
    • La Trobe University 1.1
    • University of Adelaide 1.2
    • University of Melbourne 1.3
    • University of New England 1.4
    • University of New South Wales 1.5
    • University of Queensland 1.6
    • University of Sydney 1.7
    • University of Tasmania 1.8
  • Canada 2
  • Ireland 3
    • Trinity College, Dublin 3.1
    • University College Dublin 3.2
  • New Zealand 4
    • University of Otago 4.1
  • United Kingdom 5
    • University of Birmingham 5.1
    • University of Bristol 5.2
    • University of Cambridge 5.3
      • Sports colours 5.3.1
    • Durham University 5.4
    • University of Glasgow 5.5
    • Imperial College London 5.6
    • Lancaster University 5.7
    • University of London 5.8
    • Newcastle University 5.9
    • University of Oxford 5.10
      • Sports colours 5.10.1
    • Queen's University Belfast 5.11
    • University of St Andrews 5.12
    • University of Wales 5.13
    • Scarf colours of other UK universities 5.14
  • United States 6
    • Harvard University 6.1
    • Yale University 6.2
    • Scarf colors of other US universities 6.3
    • Scarf colors of US High Schools 6.4
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9


La Trobe University

University of Adelaide

University of Melbourne

University of New England

University of New South Wales

University of Queensland

University of Sydney

University of Tasmania



Trinity College, Dublin

University College Dublin

New Zealand

University of Otago

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 Kingdom

University of Birmingham

University of Bristol

University of Cambridge

Sports colours

Durham University

University of Glasgow

Imperial College London

Lancaster University

University of London

Newcastle University

University of Oxford

Sports colours

Queen's University Belfast

University of St Andrews

University of Wales

Scarf colours of other UK universities

United States

Harvard University

Yale University

Scarf colors of other US universities

Scarf colors of US High Schools

! Phillips Academy

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See also


  1. ^ "Scarf Colours of the Cambridge Colleges".  

External links

  • Men's scarves
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