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Full List of Colleges with Beach Volleyball Programs

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As a growing collegiate sport, beach volleyball is currently offered by about 90 colleges across the NCAA Division 1, Division 2 and Division 3 levels, as well as the NAIA and the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA). However, more and more colleges are planning to add a beach volleyball program in the next few years. We’ve included a list of current beach volleyball colleges and we’ve also noted the institutions that will be adding a program in the upcoming seasons. Use these lists to help you research schools and find your best college fit, athletically, academically and socially.

D1 beach volleyball colleges: Join the elite beach volleyball players

There are about 54 D1 beach volleyball programs, making it the largest division for beach volleyball. D1 teams are known for their elite-level of play, physicality and power. This is the most competitive level athletically, though you might see some high-level D2 teams that are similar to D1 programs. At the D1 level, expect to play your sport year-round, with a small amount of time leftover for activities outside of beach volleyball and your schoolwork. Athletes who love the thrill of playing against the best competitors in the game usually opt to compete at this level.

 

Insider tip: D1 recruiting will generally start earlier than the other division levels. If you’re interested in playing at a Division 1 beach volleyball college, you should start initiating contact with college coaches your sophomore year and, at the latest, early your junior year.

 

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D2 colleges with beach volleyball: Balance athletics and academics

D2 beach volleyball colleges are still highly competitive programs that recruit top athletes. The biggest differences you’ll see between D1 and D2 teams are the depth of the bench and, in many cases, the time commitment to your sport. In most cases, D2 athletes will have a little more time in their schedule to focus on academics or even pick up an extracurricular activity in the off-season. While there’s still 11 D2 schools offering beach volleyball, that number will continue to grow over the next few years.

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D3 beach volleyball colleges: Get a well-rounded college experience

At the D3 level, there are only three colleges that currently offer beach volleyball. However, D3 schools have a lot to offer to student-athletes, and they are worth pursuing. D3 student-athletes have the most flexibility in their schedule to pursue other extracurricular activities outside of their sport and academics. Furthermore, some of the most academically competitive schools are found at the D3 level, ensuring student-athletes get a great education while continuing to play the sport they love.

 

Insider tip: D3 schools technically don’t give out athletic scholarships. However, they do provide other forms of financial aid, including academic scholarships and merit- or need-based aid. Don’t let the initial price tag deter you from D3 schools.

 

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NAIA beach volleyball colleges: A unique college experience

For many student-athletes, the charm of the NAIA comes from its overall flexibility between athletics, academics, a social life. The athletic competition is usually compared to a D2 or upper-level D3 school, and the ability to have a well-rounded college experience is similar to the D3 level. While there are only about two NAIA beach volleyball colleges at this point, more and more NAIA schools will be adding beach volleyball in the upcoming years. It’s worth your time to research those schools and see if NAIA might be the best fit for you.

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Find Women's Beach Volleyball colleges

School
City and State
Region
Conference
Division
Lancaster, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Phoenix, ARIZONA
South West
Central States Football League  
NAIA  
Tempe, ARIZONA
South West
Pacific-12 Conference  
NCAA I  
Clarksville, TENNESSEE
Mid East
Ohio Valley Conference  
NCAA I  
Bakersfield, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Mesa, ARIZONA
South West
California Pacific Conference  
NAIA  
Boise, IDAHO
North West
Mountain West Conference  
NCAA I  
Aptos, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
San Luis Obispo, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Big Sky Conference  
NCAA I  
Bakersfield, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Western Athletic Conference  
NCAA I  
Long Beach, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Big West Conference  
NCAA I  
Los Angeles, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
California Collegiate Athletic Association  
NCAA II  
Northridge, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Big West Conference  
NCAA I  
Sacramento, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Big Sky Conference  
NCAA I  
San Marcos, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
California Collegiate Athletic Association  
NCAA II  
Jefferson City, TENNESSEE
Mid East
South Atlantic Conference  
NCAA II  
Salisbury, NORTH CAROLINA
Mid East
South Atlantic Conference  
NCAA II  
Conway, SOUTH CAROLINA
South East
Sun Belt Conference  
NCAA I  
city, state
region
conference  
Division  
Charleston, SOUTH CAROLINA
South East
Colonial Athletic Association  
NCAA I  
Kentfield, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
California Community College Athletic Association  
JC  
San Mateo, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Palm Desert, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Eureka, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Golden Valley Conference, North Carolina Football Alliance  
JC  
Grand Junction, COLORADO
South West
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Irvine, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Pacific West Conference  
NCAA II  
Salem, OREGON
West Coast
Cascade Collegiate Conference  
NAIA  
Cypress, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Richmond, KENTUCKY
Mid East
Ohio Valley Conference  
NCAA I  
St. Petersburg, FLORIDA
South East
Sunshine State Conference  
NCAA II  
Torrance, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Due West, SOUTH CAROLINA
South East
Conference Carolinas  
NCAA II  
Quincy, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Golden Valley Conference  
JC  
Boca Raton, FLORIDA
South East
Conference USA  
NCAA I  
Fort Myers, FLORIDA
South East
Atlantic Sun Conference  
NCAA I  
Miami, FLORIDA
South East
Conference USA  
NCAA I  
Lakeland, FLORIDA
South East
Sunshine State Conference  
NCAA II  
Tallahassee, FLORIDA
South East
Atlantic Coast Conference  
NCAA I  
Folsom, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Los Altos Hills, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Fresno, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Central Valley Conference  
JC  
Fullerton, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Gilroy, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Atlanta, GEORGIA
South East
Sun Belt Conference  
NCAA I  
Huntington Beach, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Phoenix, ARIZONA
South West
Western Athletic Conference  
NCAA I  
El Cajon, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Conway, ARKANSAS
Mid South
Southern Athletic Association  
NCAA III  
Fullerton, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Golden State Athletic Conference  
NAIA  
Houston, TEXAS
Mid South
Southland Conference  
NCAA I  
Montgomery, ALABAMA
South East
USA South Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Irvine, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Jacksonville, ALABAMA
South East
Ohio Valley Conference  
NCAA I  
Jacksonville, FLORIDA
South East
Sun Conference  
NCAA I  
Harrogate, TENNESSEE
Mid East
South Atlantic Conference  
NCAA II  
Long Beach, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Baton Rouge, LOUISIANA
Mid South
Southeastern Conference  
NCAA I  
Los Angeles, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
West Coast Conference  
NCAA I  
Boca Raton, FLORIDA
South East
Sunshine State Conference  
NCAA II  
Macon, GEORGIA
South East
Southern Conference  
NCAA I  
Oceanside, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Pacific Coast Athletic Conference  
JC  
Santa Clara, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Saint Louis, MISSOURI
Mid West
American Midwest Conferene  
NAIA  
Springfield, MISSOURI
Mid West
Missouri Valley Conference  
NCAA I  
Moorpark, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
WSC  
JC  
Morehead, KENTUCKY
Mid East
Ohio Valley Conference  
NCAA I  
Walnut, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
San Jacinto, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Thibodaux, LOUISIANA
Mid South
Southland Conference  
NCAA II  
Costa Mesa, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Orange Empire Conference, Mission Conference for football  
JC  
Ottawa, KANSAS
Mid West
Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference  
NAIA  
Phoenix, ARIZONA
South West
Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference  
NAIA  
Forest Grove, OREGON
West Coast
Northwest Conference  
NCAA I  
West Palm Beach, FLORIDA
South East
Sunshine State Conference  
NCAA II  
San Marcos, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Parkville, MISSOURI
Mid West
American Midwest Conference  
NAIA  
Gilbert, ARIZONA
South West
 
NAIA  
Malibu, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
West Coast Conference  
NCAA I  
Woodland Hills, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Elsah, ILLINOIS
Great Lakes
St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Whittier, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Riverside, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Newark, NEW JERSEY
North East
New Jersey Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Mission Viejo, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
California Commission on Athletics  
JC  
Saint Leo, FLORIDA
South East
Sunshine State Conference  
NCAA II  
Moraga, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
West Coast Conference  
NCAA I  
San Diego, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Pacific Coast Conference  
JC  
San Diego, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Stockton, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
San Jose, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Mountain West Conference  
NCAA I  
Santa Ana, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Santa Clara, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
West Coast Conference  
NCAA I  
Santa Monica, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Rocklin, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Lakeland, FLORIDA
South East
Sun Conference  
NAIA  
Mobile, ALABAMA
South East
Southern States Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Clearwater, FLORIDA
South East
NJCAA  
JC  
Stanford, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Pacific-12 Conference  
NCAA I  
Nacogdoches, TEXAS
Mid South
Southland Conference  
NCAA I  
DeLand, FLORIDA
South East
ASUN Conference (2)  
NCAA I  
Stevenson, MARYLAND
North East
Middle Atlantic Conferences  
NCAA III  
Stephenville, TEXAS
Mid South
Lone Star Conference  
NCAA II  
Corpus Christi, TEXAS
Mid South
Southland Conference  
NCAA I  
Kingsville, TEXAS
Mid South
Lone Star Conference  
NCAA II  
Fort Worth, TEXAS
Mid South
Big 12 Conference  
NCAA I  
Santa Clarita, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Golden State Athletic Conference  
NAIA  
New Orleans, LOUISIANA
Mid South
American Athletic Conference  
NCAA I  
Greeneville, TENNESSEE
Mid East
South Atlantic Conference  
NCAA II  
Birmingham, ALABAMA
South East
Conference USA  
NCAA I  
Tucson, ARIZONA
South West
Pacific-12 Conference  
NCAA I  
Berkeley, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Pacific-12 Conference  
NCAA I  
Davis, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Big Sky Conference  
NCAA I  
Los Angeles, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Pacific-12 Conference  
NCAA I  
Conway, ARKANSAS
Mid South
Southland Conference  
NCAA I  
Honolulu, HAWAII
West Coast
Mountain West Conference  
NCAA I  
Monroe, LOUISIANA
Mid South
Sun Belt Conference  
NCAA I  
Lincoln, NEBRASKA
Mid West
Big Ten Conference  
NCAA I  
Albuquerque, NEW MEXICO
South West
Mountain West Conference  
NCAA I  
New Orleans, LOUISIANA
Mid South
Southland Conference  
NCAA I  
Wilmington, NORTH CAROLINA
Mid East
Colonial Athletic Association  
NCAA I  
Jacksonville, FLORIDA
South East
Atlantic Sun Conference  
NCAA I  
Eugene, OREGON
West Coast
Pacific-12 Conference  
NCAA I  
Portland, OREGON
West Coast
West Coast Conference  
NCAA I  
San Marcos, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
California Pacific Conference  
NAIA  
San Francisco, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
West Coast Conference  
NCAA I  
Columbia, SOUTH CAROLINA
South East
Southeastern Conference  
NCAA I  
Los Angeles, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Pacific-12 Conference  
NCAA I  
Hattiesburg, MISSISSIPPI
Mid South
Conference USA  
NCAA I  
Houston, TEXAS
Mid South
Red River Athletic Conference  
NAIA  
Tampa, FLORIDA
South East
Sunshine State Conference  
NCAA II  
Chattanooga, TENNESSEE
Mid East
Southern Conference  
NCAA I  
Martin, TENNESSEE
Mid East
Ohio Valley Conference  
NCAA I  
Stockton, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
West Coast Conference  
NCAA I  
Salt Lake City, UTAH
South West
Pacific-12 Conference  
NCAA I  
Seattle, WASHINGTON
West Coast
Pacific-12 Conference  
NCAA I  
Costa Mesa, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Golden State Athletic Conference  
NAIA  
Ventura, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Victorville, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Foothill, South Coast (Wrestling)  
JC  
Lake Wales, FLORIDA
South East
Mid-South Conference  
NAIA  
Wayne, NEBRASKA
Mid West
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference  
NCAA II  
Babson Park, FLORIDA
South East
Sun Conference  
NAIA  
Saratoga, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
California Collegiate Athletic Association  
JC  
Hattiesburg, MISSISSIPPI
Mid South
Southern States Athletic Conference  
NAIA  
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