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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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Colleges considering beach volleyball

Many colleges are considering adding beach volleyball over the next several years. We’ve put together a list of schools and the estimated school years that they will be adding a beach volleyball program. However, these dates and schools are subject to change. As you’re researching schools, it’s always helpful to just give the school a call to learn more about when they will be adding a beach volleyball program, who will be the head coach, what the academic requirements are and any other questions that you need to know.

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Colleges adding beach volleyball in 2018-19 season

  • Central Florida
  • UT Chattanooga
  • UT Rio Grande Valley
  • University of Nevada Reno
  • Portland State
  • American International
  • Cal Baptist
  • Georgia College
  • Texas Women's University
  • Berry
  • Cal Lutheran
  • Wesleyan
  • Roger Williams
  • Averett
  • St. Ambrose University
  • Hannibal-LaGrange
  • Keisser University
  • College of Southern Idaho
  • Salt Lake City Community College
  • Lake Sumpter Community College
  • St. Peterburg College
  • Waubonsee Community College
  • Brookhaven College
  • Yakima Valley

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Colleges adding beach volleyball in 2020-21 to 2023-24 seasons

  • Winthrop
  • Oregon State
  • Presbyterian College
  • University of South Carolina
  • Upstate Georgia Tech
  • UC Davis
  • IPFW
  • Central Michigan
  • American University
  • Campbell University Missouri
  • Charleston Southern
  • University of Gonzaga
  • North Texas
  • University of Maryland
  • Eastern Shore
  • North Carolina
  • East Carolina University
  • UNC-Charlotte
  • Eastern Illinois
  • Southeast Missouri State
  • Cincinnati
  • University of Louisiana-Lafayette
  • Baylor
  • Auburn
  • Southern Illinois
  • Limestone College
  • University of Alaska/Anchorage
  • Texas A&M/Commerce
  • Angelo State
  • Georgia College
  • Metro State
  • Emmanuel College
  • Nova Southeastern
  • St. Martin’s
  • Wayne State
  • Lewis University
  • Nebraska-Kearney
  • Newberry College
  • Penn State
  • Abington
  • Texas Lutheran
  • Whittier College
  • Austin College
  • Blackburn
  • Redlands
  • Methodist
  • Piedmont
  • SUNY Maritime
  • Centre
  • Aurora
  • Willamette
  • Johnson & Wales
  • Colorado College
  • Kean University
  • Loudes
  • St. Thomas
  • University of Providence
  • Johnson & Wales
  • Missouri Valley College
  • Southern Oregon
  • Cumberland University
  • Modesto Junior College
  • Hartnell College
  • Fresno City College
  • Seward County Community College
  • Pratt Community College
  • Yavapai College
  • Northeastern Junior College
  • Kansas City Community College
  • Scottsdale Community College
  • Central Community College
  • College of Dupage
  • Harper College
  • Pierce Community & Technical College

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Find Women's Beach Volleyball colleges

School
City and State
Region
Conference
Division
Tempe, ARIZONA
South West
Pacific-12 Conference  
NCAA I-A  
Clarksville, TENNESSEE
Mid East
Ohio Valley Conference  
NCAA I-A  
Boise, IDAHO
North West
Mountain West Conference  
NCAA I-A  
Abilene, TEXAS
Mid South
Southland Conference  
NCAA I-A  
Northridge, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Big West Conference  
NCAA I  
Conway, SOUTH CAROLINA
South East
Sun Belt Conference  
NCAA I  
Charleston, SOUTH CAROLINA
South East
Colonial Athletic Association  
NCAA I  
Richmond, KENTUCKY
Mid East
Ohio Valley Conference  
NCAA I  
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  
Tallahassee, FLORIDA
South East
Atlantic Coast Conference  
NCAA I  
Atlanta, GEORGIA
South East
Sun Belt Conference  
NCAA I  
Phoenix, ARIZONA
South West
Western Athletic Conference - WAC (Division I1), Rocky Mountain Athlete Conference (Division I), MIVA  
NCAA I  
Houston, TEXAS
Mid South
Southland Conference  
NCAA I  
Jacksonville, ALABAMA
South East
Ohio Valley Conference  
NCAA I  
Jacksonville, FLORIDA
South East
Pioneer Football League  
NCAA I  
Long Beach, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Big West Conference  
NCAA I  
Baton Rouge, LOUISIANA
Mid South
Southeastern Conference  
NCAA I  
Los Angeles, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
West Coast Conference  
NCAA I  
Macon, GEORGIA
South East
Southern Conference  
NCAA I  
Mississippi State, MISSISSIPPI
Mid South
Southeastern Conference  
NCAA I  
Morehead, KENTUCKY
Mid East
Pioneer Football League  
NCAA I  
Corvallis, OREGON
West Coast
Pacific-12 Conference  
NCAA I  
Forest Grove, OREGON
West Coast
Northwest Conference  
NCAA I  
Malibu, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
West Coast Conference  
NCAA I  
San Jose, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Mountain West Conference  
NCAA I  
Santa Clara, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
West Coast Conference  
NCAA I  
Springfield, MISSOURI
Mid West
Missouri Valley Conference  
NCAA I  
Moraga, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
West Coast Conference  
NCAA I  
Stanford, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Pacific-12 Conference  
NCAA I  
DeLand, FLORIDA
South East
Pioneer Football League  
NCAA I  
Corpus Christi, TEXAS
Mid South
Southland Conference  
NCAA I  
Fort Worth, TEXAS
Mid South
Big Twelve Conference  
NCAA I  
New Orleans, LOUISIANA
Mid South
American Athletic Conference  
NCAA I  
Los Angeles, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Pacific-12 Conference  
NCAA I  
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  
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 Francisco, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
West Coast Conference  
NCAA I  
Columbia, SOUTH CAROLINA
South East
Southeastern Conference  
NCAA I  
Hattiesburg, MISSISSIPPI
Mid South
Conference USA  
NCAA I  
Chattanooga, TENNESSEE
Mid East
Southern Conference  
NCAA I  
Salt Lake City, UTAH
South West
Pacific-12 Conference  
NCAA I  
Seattle, WASHINGTON
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  
Los Angeles, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
California Collegiate Athletic Assoc  
NCAA II  
San Marcos, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Association of Independent Institutions  
NCAA II  
Jefferson City, TENNESSEE
Mid East
South Atlantic Conference  
NCAA II  
Irvine, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Pacific West Conference  
NCAA II  
St. Petersburg, FLORIDA
South East
Sunshine State Conference  
NCAA II  
Due West, SOUTH CAROLINA
South East
Conference Carolinas  
NCAA II  
Lakeland, FLORIDA
South East
Sunshine State Conference  
NCAA II  
Harrogate, TENNESSEE
Mid East
South Atlantic Conference  
NCAA II  
Boca Raton, FLORIDA
South East
Sunshine State Conference  
NCAA II  
Grand Junction, COLORADO
South West
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
West Palm Beach, FLORIDA
South East
Independent Southeast Region  
NCAA II  
Saint Leo, FLORIDA
South East
Sunshine State Conference  
NCAA II  
Kingsville, TEXAS
Mid South
Lone Star Conference  
NCAA II  
Tampa, FLORIDA
South East
Sunshine State Conference  
NCAA II  
Saint Louis, MISSOURI
Mid West
Mid-States Football Association  
NAIA  
Phoenix, ARIZONA
South West
Central States Football League  
NAIA  
Costa Mesa, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Golden State Athletic Conference  
NAIA  
Lake Wales, FLORIDA
South East
Mid-South Conference  
NAIA  
Babson Park, FLORIDA
South East
Florida Sun Conference  
NAIA  
Mesa, ARIZONA
South West
NAIA DII  
NAIA  
Phoenix, ARIZONA
South West
(NAIA) (NCWA - Wrestling)  
NAIA  
Lancaster, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Bakersfield, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
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  
Cypress, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Torrance, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Quincy, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Golden Valley Conference  
JC  
Los Altos Hills, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Fullerton, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Gilroy, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Huntington Beach, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
El Cajon, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Irvine, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Long Beach, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Woodland Hills, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Oceanside, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Pacific Coast Athletic Conference  
JC  
Santa Clara, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Moorpark, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
WSC  
JC  
Walnut, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
San Jacinto, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Costa Mesa, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Orange Empire Conference, Mission Conference for football  
JC  
San Marcos, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Whittier, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Riverside, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Mission Viejo, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
California Commission on Athletics  
JC  
San Diego, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Stockton, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Santa Ana, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Santa Monica, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Rocklin, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Ventura, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Victorville, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Foothill, South Coast (Wrestling)  
JC  
Saratoga, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Folsom, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Conway, ARKANSAS
Mid South
Southern Athletic Association  
NCAA III  
Montgomery, ALABAMA
South East
USA South Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Elsah, ILLINOIS
Great Lakes
St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Newark, NEW JERSEY
North East
New Jersey Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Mobile, ALABAMA
South East
Southern States Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Stevenson, MARYLAND
North East
Commonwealth Conference  
NCAA III  
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