University Mottos


This is a list of some University mottos, some of them unofficial.  If anyone has any information on adding to or correcting this list, please email me:  tf_mcq <at> yahoo.com.

University Motto translation
University of California Fiat lux. Let there be light. (Genesis 1:3)
University of Oregon Mens agitat molem. Mind moves matter.
Oregon State University Open Minds, Open Doors  
University of Washington Lux sit. Let there be light.
Washington State University World class. Face to face.
Stanford University Die Luft der Freiheit weht. The wind of freedom blows. (Ulrich von Hutten)
University of Southern California Palmam qui meruit ferat. Let whoever earns the palm bear it.
University of San Francisco Pro Urbe et Universitate For the city and the university
University of Idaho A legacy of leading -or-
From here you can go anywhere!
 
University of Montana Lux et veritas Light and truth
California Institute of Technology The truth shall make you free. John 8:32 (Veritas liberabit vos.)
University of Arizona Bear down, Arizona. -or- Sursum. Upwards
Arizona State University Ditat Deus. (State motto & on seal) God enriches.
California State University Vox veritas vita. Speak the truth as a way of life.
University of Colorado ΛΑΜΨΑΤΩ ΤΟ ΦΏΣ ΥΜΏΝ Let your light shine.
Harvard University Veritas 
(originally: Veritas Christo et Ecclesiae)
Truth 
(originally, Truth for Christ and the church)
Yale University Lux et Veritas
Forsan et haec olim meminisse juvabit.
Light and Truth. (In Hebrew, Urim and Thummim: אורים ותומים)
Someday, perhaps, it will be pleasant to remember all this. The Aeneid (I,203)
Princeton University Dei sub numine viget Under God's power she flourishes
Brown University In Deo speramus In God we hope
Dartmouth College Vox Clamantis in Deserto A voice crying out in the wilderness (Isaiah 40:3)
University of Pennsylvania Leges sine Moribus vanae Laws without morals are useless
Columbia University In lumine tuo videbimus lumen In thy light we shall see light. (Psalm 36.9)
Cornell University I would found an institution where any person can find instruction in any study. Ezra Cornell, 1865
University of Chicago Crescat scientia; vita excolatur. Let knowledge increase; let life be enriched.
University of Oxford Dominus illuminatio mea. The Lord [is] my light. (Psalm 27.1)
University of Cambridge Hinc lucem et pocula sacra From here light and sacred draughts [knowledge].
M. I. T. Mens et Manus Mind and hand.
Marquette University Numen flumenque God and the River
Ohio State University Disciplina in civitatem Education for Citizenship
Indiana University Lux et Veritas Light and Truth
Purdue University Education, Research, Service  
University of Illinois Learning and Labor  
University of Michigan Artes, scientia, veritas Arts, knowledge, truth
Michigan State University Advancing Knowledge. Transforming Lives. -or-
The Pioneer Land Grant College
 
University of Minnesota Commune vinculum omnibus artibus A common bond for all the arts
Northwestern University Quaecumque sunt vera Whatsoever things are true
Iowa State University Science with practice  
University of Kansas Videbo visionem manc magnam quare non comburatur rubus. I will see this great vision in which the bush does not burn. (Exodus 3:3)
University of Nebraska Literis dedicata et omnibus artibus Dedicated to letters and all the arts
University of North Dakota Lux et Lex Light and Law
University of Texas Disciplina praesidium civitatis Education, the Guardian of Society
University of Oklahoma Civi et reipublicae For the citizens and for the state
Lincoln University If the Son shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. (John 8:36)
Clark-Atlanta University "I'll Find a Way or Make One" (Atlanta U)
"Culture for Service" (Clark College)
Howard University Veritas et Utilitas Truth and Service
Morehouse College Et Facta Est Lux And there was light.
Spelman College Our whole school for Christ
Hampton University The Standard of Excellence, An Education for Life
Fisk University Her sons and daughters are forever on the altar.
Tuskegee University Scientia Principatus Opera Knowledge, Leadership, Service
Rutgers University Sol justitiae et occidentem illustra. Sun of righteousness, shine upon the West also.
Fordham University Sapientia et doctrina Wisdom and learning