SHU's tartan is a plaid pattern that reflects the nature of the University’s founding and represents diversity and complexity working in unison. Each “sett,” or intersection of lines, includes a cross that comprises three lines representing the Holy Trinity. Each of the three lines are woven from six threads, an homage to 1963, the year of SHU’s founding. The tartan’s primary color, red, represents the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which is the common thread that connects everyone at the University. Grey and white are the secondary and tertiary colors. The design has been recorded with the Scottish Register of Tartans in Edinburg, Scotland, the official bookkeepers of tartans.
Tartan merchandise is available at the SHU bookstore and online at College Tartan Apparel.