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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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College beach volleyball rankings. What are the best beach volleyball colleges?

Student-athletes and their families consider a variety of factors when researching colleges, including cost, academics, size and location. NCSA has developed a proprietary Power Rankings system, which analyzes these factors to rank the over 70 four-year NCAA and NAIA beach volleyball colleges and determine the top 10 programs across all divisions. 

  1. University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA)
  2. University of California
  3. Stanford University
  4. Florida State University
  5. University of Southern California
  6. Pepperdine University
  7. University of Washington
  8. California State University – Long Beach
  9. University of California – Davis
  10. Loyola Marymount University 

View the complete NCSA Power Rankings list of top women’s beach volleyball schools.

Find beach volleyball colleges

School
City and State
Region
Conference
Division
Abilene, Texas
Mid South
Southland Conference
NCAA D1
Phoenix, Arizona
South West
Golden state Athletic Conference
NAIA
Tempe, Arizona
South West
Pacific-12 Conference
NCAA D1
Clarksville, Tennessee
Mid East
Ohio Valley Conference
NCAA D1
Ave Maria, Florida
South East
Sun Conference
NAIA
Mesa, Arizona
South West
CALPAC
NAIA
Boise, Idaho
North West
Mountain West Conference
NCAA D1
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Great Lakes
Region 4
JC
Eugene, Oregon
West Coast
Cascade Collegiate Conference
NAIA
San Luis Obispo, California
West Coast
Big West Conference
NCAA D1
Bakersfield, California
West Coast
Big West Conference
NCAA D1
Long Beach, California
West Coast
Big West Conference
NCAA D1
Los Angeles, California
West Coast
California Collegiate Athletic Association
NCAA D2
Northridge, California
West Coast
Big West Conference
NCAA D1
Sacramento, California
West Coast
Big Sky Conference
NCAA D1
Jefferson City, Tennessee
Mid East
South Atlantic Conference
NCAA D2
Salisbury, North Carolina
Mid East
South Atlantic Conference
NCAA D2
Hickory, North Carolina
Mid East
Region 10
JC
Conway, South Carolina
South East
Sun Belt Conference
NCAA D1
Charleston, South Carolina
South East
Colonial Athletic Association
NCAA D1
Kentfield, California
West Coast
California Community College Athletic Association
JC
Grand Junction, Colorado
South West
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference
NCAA D2
Irvine, California
West Coast
Pacific West Conference
NCAA D2
Salem, Oregon
West Coast
Cascade Collegiate Conference
NAIA
Richmond, Kentucky
Mid East
Ohio Valley Conference
NCAA D1
St. Petersburg, Florida
South East
Sunshine State Conference
NCAA D2
Due West, South Carolina
South East
Conference Carolinas
NCAA D2
Quincy, California
West Coast
CCCAA
JC
Boca Raton, Florida
South East
Conference USA
NCAA D1
Fort Myers, Florida
South East
Coastal Collegiate Sports Conference
NCAA D1
Miami, Florida
South East
Conference USA
NCAA D1
Miami Gardens, Florida
South East
Sun Conference
NAIA
Lakeland, Florida
South East
Sunshine State Conference
NCAA D2
Tallahassee, Florida
South East
Atlantic Coast Conference
NCAA D1
Fresno, California
West Coast
Central Valley Conference
JC
Atlanta, Georgia
South East
Sun Belt Conference
NCAA D1
Phoenix, Arizona
South West
Independent
NCAA D1
Conway, Arkansas
Mid South
Southern Athletic Association
NCAA D3
Fullerton, California
West Coast
Golden State Athletic Conference
NAIA
Houston, Texas
Mid South
Southland Conference
NCAA D1
Montgomery, Alabama
South East
USA South Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Jacksonville, Alabama
South East
Ohio Valley Conference
NCAA D1
Jacksonville, Florida
South East
ASUN Conference
NCAA D1
LaGrange, Georgia
South East
USA South Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Harrogate, Tennessee
Mid East
Conference Carolinas
NCAA D2
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Mid South
Southeastern Conference
NCAA D1
Los Angeles, California
West Coast
West Coast Conference
NCAA D1
Rancho Palos Verdes, California
West Coast
California Pacific Conference
NAIA
Macon, Georgia
South East
Southern Conference
NCAA D1
Mesa, Arizona
South West
ACCAC
JC
Oceanside, California
West Coast
Pacific Coast Athletic Conference
JC
Saint Louis, Missouri
Mid West
American Midwest Conference
NAIA
Springfield, Missouri
Mid West
Missouri Valley Conference
NCAA D1
Moorpark, California
West Coast
CCCAA
JC
Morehead, Kentucky
Mid East
Ohio Valley Conference
NCAA D1
Thibodaux, Louisiana
Mid South
Southland Conference
NCAA D1
Bartlesville, Oklahoma
Mid South
KCAC
NAIA
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
GSAC
NAIA
West Palm Beach, Florida
South East
Sunshine State Conference
NCAA D2
Parkville, Missouri
Mid West
California Pacific Conference
NAIA
Malibu, California
West Coast
West Coast Conference
NCAA D1
Elsah, Illinois
Great Lakes
St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
South Prince George, Virginia
Mid East
Region 10
JC
Mission Viejo, California
West Coast
Orange Empire Conference
JC
Saint Leo, Florida
South East
Sunshine State Conference
NCAA D2
Moraga, California
West Coast
West Coast Conference
NCAA D1
Salt Lake City, Utah
South West
Scenic West Athletic Conference
JC
San Diego, California
West Coast
Pacific Coast Conference
JC
San Jose, California
West Coast
Mountain West Conference
NCAA D1
Santa Barbara, California
West Coast
Western States Conference
JC
Santa Clara, California
West Coast
West Coast Conference
NCAA D1
Phoenix, Arizona
South West
ACCAC
JC
Hammond, Louisiana
Mid South
Southland Conference
NCAA D1
Lakeland, Florida
South East
Sun Conference
NAIA
Spartanburg, South Carolina
South East
NJCAA Division I
JC
Mobile, Alabama
South East
Southern States Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Laurinburg, North Carolina
Mid East
AAC
NAIA
Miami, Florida
South East
Sun Conference
NAIA
Stanford, California
West Coast
Pacific-12 Conference
NCAA D1
Bradenton, Florida
South East
FCSAA
JC
Nacogdoches, Texas
Mid South
Southland Conference
NCAA D1
DeLand, Florida
South East
ASUN Conference
NCAA D1
Stevenson, Maryland
North East
Middle Atlantic Conferences
NCAA D3
Corpus Christi, Texas
Mid South
Southland Conference
NCAA D1
Kingsville, Texas
Mid South
Lone Star Conference
NCAA D2
Fort Worth, Texas
Mid South
Coastal Collegiate Sports Association
NCAA D1
Santa Clarita, California
West Coast
Golden State Athletic Conference
NAIA
Trinidad, Colorado
South West
NJCAA: Region 9
JC
New Orleans, Louisiana
Mid South
American Athletic Conference
NCAA D1
Greeneville, Tennessee
Mid East
South Atlantic Conference
NCAA D2
Birmingham, Alabama
South East
Coastal Collegiate Sports Association
NCAA D1
Tucson, Arizona
South West
Pacific-12 Conference
NCAA D1
Berkeley, California
West Coast
Pacific-12 Conference
NCAA D1
Davis, California
West Coast
Big West Conference
NCAA D1
Los Angeles, California
West Coast
Pacific-12 Conference
NCAA D1
Conway, Arkansas
Mid South
Southland Conference
NCAA D1
Honolulu, Hawaii
West Coast
Big West
NCAA D1
Monroe, Louisiana
Mid South
Sun Belt Conference
NCAA D1
Belton, Texas
Mid South
American Southwest Conference
NCAA D3
Mobile, Alabama
South East
Southern States Athletic Conference
NAIA
Lincoln, Nebraska
Mid West
Big Ten Conference
NCAA D1
New Orleans, Louisiana
Mid South
Southland Conference
NCAA D1
Florence, Alabama
South East
ASUN Conference
NCAA D1
Wilmington, North Carolina
Mid East
Colonial Athletic Association
NCAA D1
Jacksonville, Florida
South East
Coastal Collegiate Sports Association
NCAA D1
Eugene, Oregon
West Coast
Pacific-12 Conference
NCAA D1
Portland, Oregon
West Coast
West Coast Conference
NCAA D1
San Marcos, California
West Coast
CALPAC
NAIA
San Francisco, California
West Coast
West Coast Conference
NCAA D1
Columbia, South Carolina
South East
Southeastern Conference
NCAA D1
Los Angeles, California
West Coast
Pacific-12 Conference
NCAA D1
Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Mid South
Conference USA
NCAA D1
Tampa, Florida
South East
Sunshine State Conference
NCAA D2
Chattanooga, Tennessee
Mid East
Southern Conference
NCAA D1
Martin, Tennessee
Mid East
Ohio Valley Conference
NCAA D1
Stockton, California
West Coast
West Coast Conference
NCAA D1
Salt Lake City, Utah
South West
Pacific-12 Conference
NCAA D1
Seattle, Washington
West Coast
Pacific-12 Conference
NCAA D1
Costa Mesa, California
West Coast
Golden State Athletic Conference
NAIA
Victorville, California
West Coast
Inland Empire Athletic Conference
JC
Lake Wales, Florida
South East
Sun Conference
NAIA
Wayne, Nebraska
Mid West
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference
NCAA D2
Babson Park, Florida
South East
Sun Conference
NAIA
Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Mid South
Southern States Athletic Conference
NAIA

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