University Mottos

I just want to share with you the mottos of some well-known universities in the world. Hopefully those who study in the universities truly live up to their mottos. I personally like University of Oxford’s best. Which one do you like best?

University of Melbourne
“Postera Crescam Laude” – We grow in the esteem of future generations

Dalhousie University
“Ora et Labora” – Pray and work

McMaster University
“Τα παντα εν Χριστωι συνεστηκεν” – All things cohere in Christ

University of Toronto
“Velut arbor ævo” – As a tree with the passage of time

Kampen Theological University
“In lumine tuo videmus lumen” – In Your Light we see the light

Utrecht University
“Sol Iustitiae Illustra Nos” – Sun of Justice, shine upon us

University of Auckland
“Ingenio et Labore” – By natural ability and hard work

Imperial College London
“Scientia imperii decus et tutamen” – Knowledge is the adornment and protection of the state

King’s College London
“Sancte et sapienter” – With holiness and with wisdom

University of Aberdeen
“Initium sapientiae timor domini” – The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom

University of Glasgow
“Via, Veritas, Vita” – The Way, the Truth and the Life

University of Bristol
“Vim promovet insitam” – (Learning) promotes one’s innate power

University of Cambridge
“Hinc lucem et pocula sacra” – From here, light and sacred draughts

University College London
“Cuncti adsint meritaeque expectent praemia palmae” – Let all come who by merit most deserve reward

University of Leicester
“Ut vitam habeant” – So that they may have life

University of Manchester
“Cognitio, sapientia, hvmanitas” – Knowledge, wisdom, humanity

University of Oxford
“Dominus Illuminatio Mea” – The Lord is my Light

University of Warwick
“Mens agitat molem” – Mind over matter

Boston College
“Αιεν αριστευειν” – Ever to Excel

University of California, Berkeley
“Fiat lux” – Let there be light

Calvin College
My heart I offer to you, Lord, promptly and sincerely

University of Chicago
“Crescat scientia; vita excolatur” – Let knowledge grow from more to more; and so be human life enriched

Columbia University
“In lumine Tuo videbimus lumen” – In Thy light shall we see light

Harvard University
“Veritas” – Truth

Johns Hopkins University
“Veritas vos liberabit” – The truth shall make you free

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
“Mens et Manus” – Mind and Hand

University of Pennsylvania
“Leges sine moribus vanae” – Laws without morals are useless

Princeton University
“Dei sub numine viget” – Under God’s power she flourishes

Yale University
“Lux et veritas” – Light and truth

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