The university’s official mascot, the Hillcat, is a unique blue and red animal that serves as a source of campus pride and provides a visual identity for the university’s Athletic, Student Activities, and other school spirit programs.
The Hillcat embodies the enthusiastic, determined and bold spirit of the university’s athletic programs and the pride our students and alumni feel for the institution.
The Hillcat is a fictitious cousin of the bobcat, which is indigenous to northeast Oklahoma.
The Hillcat also draws its name from College Hill, a traditional nickname for RSU. The university sits atop a hill overlooking the city of Claremore.
The name Hillcat was conceived independently by a group of RSU students in spring 2005, and approved by the University Mascot Committee, Student Government Association, President, and Administration.
The Hillcat was developed and officially unveiled to the campus in 2005 by RSUPR – the university’s Office of Public Relations – with the assistance of SME Branding of New York, N.Y.
The Hillcat had a lot of things going for him: great looks, a wonderful fan base and awesome athletes to cheer for. One thing, however, that the giant red-and-blue cat was missing was a name. In 2009 through an online voting contest, the Hillcat was given the name of Hunter. Hunter the Hillcat now sports a jersey emblazoned with his name.