The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) serves as the governing body of all Junior College athletics programs in the United States. The NJCAA is the second largest collegiate athletics association in the United States, serving 60,000 student athletes across 500 institutions.
NJCAA lacrosse programs are located primarily in New York, New Jersey and Maryland. These programs can serve as a stepping stone for players who are looking for a higher scholarship offer or who didn’t meet the academic requirements to gain acceptance to the NCAA. Attending a NJCAA program allows students the chance to focus on strengthening their academic record in order to transfer to a 4-year institution at an NCAA institution. College coaches even look more favorably on students who attend Junior Colleges, as it demonstrates dedication to both your athletics and academics.
To determine whether a player is eligible to compete in an NJCAA lacrosse program, student-athletes should reach out to the athletic department at NJCAA colleges that they are most interested in attending to discuss eligibility.
NJCAA lacrosse includes 21 men’s programs, primarily located in the Northeastern United States. These programs are ranked and compete within one of the NJCAA lacrosse’s four Regions. Student-athletes are encouraged to visit NJCAA.org to learn more about each team, including stats, the current roster, and game schedule.
According to a poll conducted by the NJCAA in Spring 2022, the following teams rank in the top 10. You can visit NJCAA.org for more information each team and discover which JUCO lacrosse team is the best fit.