Submit Your Idea

SUNY Empire State Mascot Competition

The time has come for a SUNY Empire State College mascot!

After nearly 50 years, it’s time to put a face on this unique, incredible community and unleash our SUNY Empire pride.

Our new mascot will be a symbol of our common spirit, values, and mission—an avatar to unite us, from New York to California and around the world, as members of our expansive, vibrant SUNY Empire community.

What is that symbol?

That’s where you come in! Send us your original idea for a SUNY Empire mascot, and we’ll put the best concepts up to a vote. The winning concept will become our official college mascot and will be emblazoned on everything from apparel to coffee mugs. Our mascot will also appear at college events and represent us in the annual SUNY Mascot Madness competition.

Get started! 

Show us your creativity. Show us your college pride. Show us your ingenuity. Here’s how.

How It Works

  • All submissions are due by 5 p.m. EST on October 24, 2019.
  • SUNY Empire’s Mascot Committee will evaluate the submissions and choose the top proposals to be put up for a popular vote.
  • The winner of the popular vote will be announced after voting has closed.
  • Working in consultation with the winning entrant, the college will design the final mascot for unveiling at All College Annual Meeting 2020.


  • Contest Winner: $500
  • Second Place: $300
  • Third Place: $200

Beyond the contest prize, no additional compensation will be provided for the continued use of the mascot design, artwork, or name. Winner agrees that they will relinquish the rights to the mascot to SUNY Empire State College for copyright, trademark, promotional use, and other uses as deemed necessary by the college. See the full contest rules.

How to Enter
The contest is open to any current student, faculty member, staff member, alumni, or administrator at SUNY Empire State College.

Deadline for submissions is October 24, 2019.

Each entrant may submit one mascot proposal to the contest. Your proposal should include:

  • Name of mascot
  • Written description and rationale of mascot
  • Optional artwork or visual reference

All submissions must adhere to our community standards, including our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion policies. Submissions deemed inappropriate by the Mascot Committee will be rejected. All submissions are subject to modification by the college. See our full contest rules for details.


(Need a little inspiration, or want to do a little competitive research? Check out SUNY’s Mascot Madness website.)