Today, the school is known as the University of Massachusetts Amherst1), and athletic teams are known as the Minutemen and Minutewomen2). However, since the school's inception in 1863, many name changes have occurred.
The University of Massachusetts is technically a system of colleges across the Commonwealth, including Boston, Lowell, Dartmouth, and Worcester, with Amherst as the lead/founding campus.6) To distinguish the Amherst campus from others in the UMass system, “Amherst” is often used in the name. Examples:
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Athletic teams at UMass-Amherst typically do not use Amherst within the name, operating solely as “University of Massachusetts”, “UMass”, or “Massachusetts”7). This is similar to how the state universities in Illinois or Texas operate their teams. Texas does not refer to their primary campus athletic teams as Texas-Austin, nor does Illinois refer to their teams as Illinois-Champaign. Other campuses in the UMass system do use their local names when referring to athletics (UMass Lowell8), UMass Boston9)), but the Amherst campus typically does not.
The precise timing of transition between Aggies to Statesmen to Redmen is not fully documented. However, Minutemen has been the term since the 1972-73 academic year.13)
There have been multiple points when replacing the Minutemen mascot was discussed.