Northwestern Wildcats Logo

Northwestern Wildcats Logo
Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, sponsors 20 varsity teams and is a founding member of the Big Ten Conference.

Meaning and history

Northwestern Wildcats logo history


Since 1959, the Northwestern Wildcats logo has gone through three modifications. The earliest logo on the list had a pretty cartoonish style. There was an anthropomorphized wildcat wearing a helmet and carrying a football.
In 1981, the emblem was replaced. This time, the centerpiece of the logo was a large purple “N.” It had a very unusual and memorable shape. Out of the lower gap, the head of a wildcat was coming out. The creature had its mouth open and was showing its sharp fangs.
In 2012, the team updated its emblem once again. This time, it grew simpler and more minimalistic in comparison with its predecessor. The wildcat’s head disappeared altogether. As a result, only the “N” was left. In addition to it, the trim, which was present on the previous version, was removed. All this made the Northwestern Wildcats logo cleaner and easier to reproduce.

Northwestern Wildcats football

Northwestern Wildcats football logo
The football team of Northwestern University is a charter member of the Big Ten Conference. The Wildcats have competed in the league since the conference’s establishment over 120 years ago. They have won eight Big Ten titles, six shared and two outright. They have appeared in 15 bowl games.
Their head coach is Pat Fitzgerald.

Northwestern Wildcats basketball

Northwestern Wildcats basketball logo
The women’s team has been more successful than the men’s team. So far, they have had ten NCAA Tournament appearances and have reached the NCAA Tournament Second round on four occasions.
It was only in 2017 that the men’s team earned its first bid to the NCAA tournament. As of 2019, they have not appeared there anymore. They have been Conference Regular Season Champions twice.
Their head coach is Chris Collins, while their home arena is Welsh-Ryan Arena.