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Since its creation in 1839, Boston University has grown to be the largest four-year college in the state of Massachusetts, enrolling more than 33,000 students. The school competes in Division I of the NCAA as well as the Patriot League, which is one of the most selective athletic conferences in the northeastern United States. BU has 23 varsity sports teams, and their official colors are scarlet and white. Since the 1917-18 academic year, their official mascot has been the Boston terrier. The terrier is named Rhett after Rhett Butler from Gone With the Wind.
BU's men's ice hockey team, which competes in Division I as well as the Hockey East conference, is the school's most successful varsity team. The Terriers have won five national championships, with the most recent win coming in 2009. They've also won more than twenty conference titles. Evey year, the men's hockey team plays in the Beanpot tournament, which is contested by four Boston area colleges: Boston University, Boston College, Harvard, and Northeastern. Boston University has won the Beanpot more times than any of the other three schools, having lifted the trophy a total 30 times since the tournament's inception in the 1952-53 season. In addition, the women's hockey team has won a total of seven conferences championships. Home hockey games are played at the Agganis Arena, which was opened in 2005.
Boston University's women's soccer, softball, golf, and field hockey teams have also been very successful at a conference level, winning a number of titles. The men's soccer team has won a total of 12 conference titles, while the basketball team has won eight and participated in the NCAA tournament on several occasions. The university also offers a wide variety of club sports, including men's and women's rugby, fencing, badminton, and sailing.