A Gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Azure, the head, shoulders, and paws of a Polar Bear in trans-aspect growling, Argent, eyes and nose Sable, tongue Gules, in base waves of the sea Proper. Attached below the shield, a Blue scroll inscribed "AD SUMMUM" ("TO THE SUMMIT") in Gold letters.
Blue, yellow, and white are the university colors. The Polar Bear is the university mascot and symbolizes bravery, valor, vigilance, strength and fortitude. The Latin motto "AD SUMMUM" translates in English to "To the Summit."
The shoulder loop insignia originally authorized 19 February 1987 was cancelled. A new shoulder loop insignia was authorized 25 April 2008.