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Junior Colleges with Men’s Track and Field Programs

While student-athletes may be familiar with competing at the NCAA or NAIA levels, they often overlook junior colleges. There are many misconceptions about what junior colleges can offer student-athletes, and that’s why they get overlooked or ignored in favor of a four-year institution. However, what many student-athletes don’t realize is that junior colleges—often referred to as JUCO—are considered “feeder” schools for D1 schools. D1 college coaches often look to the best track and field JUCO colleges to fill empty roster spots created by transfers, injuries or a lack of academic eligibility on their current team. For many student-athletes, JUCO is a great way to improve their times or other key measurables while crossing off some core classes before moving on to a D1, D2, D3 or NAIA program. 

What else do student-athletes get wrong about junior colleges with track and field? Many student-athletes don’t realize that competing at the JUCO level shows college coaches that they can handle the challenges of balancing college coursework along with their athletic schedules, which makes them highly sought-after recruits. College coaches want to recruit student-athletes who they know can stay academically eligible while competing. Also, since many junior college recruits have at least one, if not two years of experience competing at the college level, college coaches know they are a safe bet and can “jump in” to a last-minute roster opening when compared to their freshmen peers, who may need some additional guidance or training.

Depending on the junior college, it’s not unheard of for JUCO track and field schools to offer scholarships. In fact, track and field athletes at the junior college level often have more scholarship options than they think. The National Junior College Athletic Association, or the NJCAA, offers full and partial scholarships at the D1 level. Additionally, junior colleges are considerably more affordable than a four-year private or even public college, so when factoring in academic, athletic and need-based aid, it’s not unheard of for some top athletes to receive full-rides to some of the best track and field JUCO colleges in the USA.

How many men’s JUCO track and field schools are there?

There are more than 100 junior colleges with track and field programs in the U.S. Of those, 64 junior colleges offer indoor track and field programs, while 105 offer outdoor track and field programs. Student-athletes who compete at the junior college level operate under the governing association of community, state and junior college athletics known as the National Junior College Athletic Association, or the NJCAA. It’s important to note that while the NJCAA is divided into three division levels (like the NCAA and NAIA D1, D2 and D3 levels), track and field programs operate at the D1 and D3 levels only. Additionally, while there are 20 scholarships available per program, they are only available at the NJCAA D1 level. Sixty-four D1 programs offer indoor track and field programs, while 67 D1 programs offer either outdoor track and field or both indoor and outdoor programs.

Check out a complete list of junior colleges with track and field programs here

Best track and field JUCO colleges in USA

Several organizations offer JUCO track and field rankings throughout both indoor and outdoor seasons, including the NJCAA, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association and the Track & Field Results Reporting System. Here are the top programs:

  1. Iowa Central
  2. Barton
  3. Cloud County
  4. Coffeyville
  5. South Plains
  6. Central Arizona
  7. Trinidad State
  8. Colby
  9. Monroe College
  10. Hinds

Check out the best track and field JUCO colleges in the USA.

List of NJCAA men’s track and field colleges that compete at Division 1 and 2

While the NJCAA is divided into three division levels like the NCAA and NAIA D1, D2 and D3 levels, track and field programs only operate (and give scholarships!) at the D1 and D3 levels. D1 and D3 junior colleges with track and field compete during the winter and spring. Indoor track programs operate in the winter, while outdoor track programs start running in the spring.

Check out the best track and field JUCO colleges in the USA that compete at the indoor level.

Check out the best track and field JUCO colleges in the USA that compete at the outdoor D1 level.

Check out the best track and field JUCO colleges in the USA that compete at the outdoor D3 level.

Full list of junior colleges with track and field

School
City and State
Region
Conference
Division
Santa Maria, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Western State Conference
JC
Cumberland, MARYLAND
North East
NJCAA
JC
Iola, KANSAS
Mid West
NJCAA
JC
Alpena, MICHIGAN
Great Lakes
Michigan Community College Athletic Association, NJCAA
JC
Cuthbert, GEORGIA
South East
NJCAA
JC
Little Rock, ARKANSAS
Mid South
Region 2 NJCAA
JC
Miami, FLORIDA
South East
NJCAA – Independent
JC
Baltimore, MARYLAND
North East
NJCAA
JC
Great Bend, KANSAS
Mid West
NJCAA, Jayhawk Conference
JC
Paramus, NEW JERSEY
North East
NJCAA
JC
Lincroft, NEW JERSEY
North East
NJCAA
JC
Milwaukee, WISCONSIN
Great Lakes
Independent
JC
Newtown, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
NJCAA, EPCC
JC
El Dorado, KANSAS
Mid West
NJCAA
JC
Oroville, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA)
JC
Blackwood, NEW JERSEY
North East
NJCAA
JC
Galesburg, ILLINOIS
Great Lakes
NJCAA
JC
Coolidge, ARIZONA
South West
NJCAA
JC
Auburn, MAINE
New England
Yankee Small College Conference (YSCC)
JC
Riverton, WYOMING
North West
National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association and NJCAA Region IX
JC
Glendora, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Western States Conference
JC
Chicago, ILLINOIS
Great Lakes
NJCAA
JC
Oregon City, OREGON
West Coast
NJCAA, Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC)
JC
Clarendon, TEXAS
Mid South
Western Junior College Athletic Conference
JC
Cleveland, TENNESSEE
Mid East
NJCAA
JC
Concordia, KANSAS
Mid West
NJCAA
JC
Clarksdale, MISSISSIPPI
Mid South
NJCAA
JC
Glen Ellyn, ILLINOIS
Great Lakes
NJCAA
JC
Grayslake, ILLINOIS
Great Lakes
NJCAA
JC
Kentfield, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
California Community College Athletic Association
JC
Twin Falls, IDAHO
North West
NJCAA
JC
La Plata, MARYLAND
North East
NJCAA
JC
Santa Clarita, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
California Community College Athletic Association, Western States Conference
JC
Eureka, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Golden Valley Conference, North Carolina Football Alliance
JC
Rangely, COLORADO
South West
NJCAA
JC
Columbia, TENNESSEE
Mid East
NJCAA, TJCCAA
JC
Pittsburgh, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
NJCAA
JC
Monaca, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
Western Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference
JC
Warwick, RHODE ISLAND
New England
NJCAA
JC
El Cajon, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Pacific Coast ConferenceFoothills ConferenceOrange Empire Conference
JC
Danville, ILLINOIS
Great Lakes
NJCAA, Collegiate Conference of Central Illinois
JC
Glendive, MONTANA
North West
NJCAA, NIRA
JC
Dover, DELAWARE
North East
NJCAA
JC
Ankeny, IOWA
Mid West
Iowa Community College Athletic Conference
JC
Tsaile, ARIZONA
South West
AZ CCAC, NLCAA
JC
Monterey Park, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
SCAA
JC
Piqua, OHIO
Great Lakes
NJCAA, Ohio Community College Athletic Association
JC
Compton, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
South Coast Athletic Conference, Western State Conference
JC
El Paso, TEXAS
Mid South
NJCAA
JC
Newark, NEW JERSEY
North East
NJCAA
JC
Everett, WASHINGTON
West Coast
Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges
JC
Canandaigua, NEW YORK
North East
Mid-State Athletic Conference (NJCAA; Region III)
JC
Fresno, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Central Valley Conference
JC
Gadsden, ALABAMA
South East
NJCAA
JC
Garden City, KANSAS
Mid West
NJCAA
JC
McHenry, MARYLAND
North East
Maryland JUCO, NJCAA Region XX
JC
Milledgeville, GEORGIA
South East
NJCAA
JC
Centreville, MICHIGAN
Great Lakes
NJCAA
JC
Glendale, ARIZONA
South West
NJCAA
JC
Ironwood, MICHIGAN
Great Lakes
NJCAA Region XIII
JC
Grand Rapids, MICHIGAN
Great Lakes
NJCAA
JC
Hagerstown, MARYLAND
North East
NJCAA
JC
Bryn Mawr, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
NJCAA Region XIX
JC
Bel Air, MARYLAND
North East
NJCAA
JC
Palatine, ILLINOIS
Great Lakes
NJCAA, North Central Community College Conference
JC
Harrisburg, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
Eastern Pennsylvania Athletic Conference
JC
Normal, ILLINOIS
Great Lakes
Mid-west Athletic Conference
JC
Hesston, KANSAS
Mid West
NJCAA
JC
Highland, KANSAS
Mid West
NJCAA, Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference
JC
Des Moines, WASHINGTON
West Coast
NJCAA
JC
Raymond, MISSISSIPPI
Mid South
NJCAA
JC
Columbia, MARYLAND
North East
NJCAA Region XX, Maryland JUCO
JC
Hutchinson, KANSAS
Mid West
NJCAA
JC
East Peoria, ILLINOIS
Great Lakes
NJCAA
JC
Fort Dodge, IOWA
Mid West
NJCAA
JC
Council Bluffs, IOWA
Mid West
NJCAA
JC
Jacksonville, TEXAS
Mid South
NJCAA
JC
Birmingham, ALABAMA
South East
NJCAA, Alabama Junior and Community College Conference
JC
Joliet, ILLINOIS
Great Lakes
NJCAA
JC
Kansas City, KANSAS
Mid West
NJCAA Region VI, Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference (KJCCC)
JC
Centralia, ILLINOIS
Great Lakes
NJCAA
JC
Battle Creek, MICHIGAN
Great Lakes
Michigan Community College Athletics Association
JC
Scranton, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
NJCAA
JC
Eugene, OREGON
West Coast
Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges, Southern Region
JC
Lansing, MICHIGAN
Great Lakes
NJCAA
JC
Susanville, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
NJCAA
JC
Los Angeles, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
WAC
JC
Louisburg, NORTH CAROLINA
Mid East
NJCAA
JC
Nanticoke, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
NJCAA Region 19
JC
Warren, MICHIGAN
Great Lakes
NJCAA
JC
Madison, WISCONSIN
Great Lakes
North Central Community College Conference
JC
Jenkintown, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
Eastern Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference
JC
Wellesley Hills, MASSACHUSETTS
New England
NJCAA
JC
Brockton, MASSACHUSETTS
New England
NJCAA
JC
Meridian, MISSISSIPPI
Mid South
MACJC
JC
Oakland, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Bay Valley
JC
Mesa, ARIZONA
South West
NJCAA
JC
Edison, NEW JERSEY
North East
NJCAA Region XIX
JC
Milwaukee, WISCONSIN
Great Lakes
NJCAA
JC
Park Hills, MISSOURI
Mid West
Midwest JCAA, NJCAA
JC
Modesto, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Central Valley Conference
JC
New Rochelle, NEW YORK
North East
NJCAA
JC
Rockville, MARYLAND
North East
NJCAA
JC
Moorpark, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
WSC
JC
Palos Hills, ILLINOIS
Great Lakes
NJCAA, Skyway Conference
JC
Cicero, ILLINOIS
Great Lakes
NJCAA
JC
Flint, MICHIGAN
Great Lakes
NJCAA
JC
Muscatine, IOWA
Mid West
NJCAA, IJCAA
JC
Muskegon, MICHIGAN
Great Lakes
NJCAA
JC
Chanute, KANSAS
Mid West
NJCAA
JC
Hobbs, NEW MEXICO
South West
NJCAA, NIRA, WJCAC
JC
Gainesville, TEXAS
Mid South
NJCAA
JC
Mason City, IOWA
Mid West
NJCAA, Iowa Junior College Conference
JC
Bethlehem, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
NJCAA
JC
Des Plaines, ILLINOIS
Great Lakes
NJCAA, Skyway Conference of Community Colleges
JC
Toms River, NEW JERSEY
North East
NJCAA
JC
Bremerton, WASHINGTON
West Coast
Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges
JC
Syracuse, NEW YORK
North East
NJCAA, Middle States Athletic Conference
JC
Costa Mesa, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Orange Empire Conference, Mission Conference for football
JC
Oxford, GEORGIA
South East
NCAA (Division III)
JC
San Antonio, TEXAS
Mid South
NJCAA
JC
Pasadena, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Mission Football Conference, South Coast Conference
JC
Media, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
USCAA, Penn State University Athletic Conference
JC
Phoenix, ARIZONA
South West
NJCAA
JC
Tucson, ARIZONA
South West
NJCAA
JC
Porterville, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Central Valley Conference
JC
Chicago Heights, ILLINOIS
Great Lakes
NJCAA
JC
Pratt, KANSAS
Mid West
NJCAA
JC
Largo, MARYLAND
North East
NJCAA, MD JUCO, Region XX
JC
Ranger, TEXAS
Mid South
NJCAA
JC
Branchburg, NEW JERSEY
North East
NJCAA Garden State Region XIX
JC
El Reno, OKLAHOMA
Mid South
NJCAA
JC
Ina, ILLINOIS
Great Lakes
NJCAA
JC
South Prince George, VIRGINIA
Mid East
NJCAA (DII)
JC
Grants Pass, OREGON
West Coast
NWAC (Northwest Athletic Conference)
JC
Vineland, NEW JERSEY
North East
NJCAA
JC
Sewell, NEW JERSEY
North East
NJCAA
JC
Roxbury Crossing, MASSACHUSETTS
New England
NJCAA
JC
Sacramento, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Bay Valley Conference
JC
Mission Viejo, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
California Commission on Athletics
JC
San Bernardino, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
California Collegiate Athletic Association
JC
San Diego, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Pacific Coast Conference
JC
Santa Barbara, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Western States Conference
JC
Santa Rosa, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Bay Valley 19, NORCAL Football Alliance, West Coast Conference
JC
Orange, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Orange Empire Conference
JC
Dixon, ILLINOIS
Great Lakes
NJCAA
JC
Livonia, MICHIGAN
Great Lakes
Michigan Community College Athletic Association
JC
Bettendorf, IOWA
Mid West
IJCAA, NJCAA
JC
Mount Vernon, WASHINGTON
West Coast
NWAACC
JC
Levelland, TEXAS
Mid South
NJCAA, Western Junior College Athletic Conference
JC
Lincoln, NEBRASKA
Mid West
NJCAA, NE Community College Athletic Conference
JC
West Burlington, IOWA
Mid West
NJCAA
JC
Terrell, TEXAS
Mid South
NJCAA
JC
Coos Bay, OREGON
West Coast
NWAACC
JC
Spokane, WASHINGTON
West Coast
NJCAA, Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges
JC
Cottleville, MISSOURI
Mid West
NJCAA
JC
Selden, NEW YORK
North East
NJCAA
JC
Binghamton, NEW YORK
North East
NJCAA
JC
Auburn, NEW YORK
North East
NJCAA
JC
Poughkeepsie, NEW YORK
North East
Mid-Hudson Athletic conference [Division lll, NJCAA]
JC
Johnstown, NEW YORK
North East
NJCAA
JC
Herkimer, NEW YORK
North East
NJCAA
JC
Troy, NEW YORK
North East
NJCAA
JC
Watertown, NEW YORK
North East
NJCAA
JC
Utica, NEW YORK
North East
NJCAA
JC
Middletown, NEW YORK
North East
NJCAA, Intercollegiate Community Colleges Conference
JC
Loch Sheldrake, NEW YORK
North East
NJCAA
JC
Valhalla, NEW YORK
North East
NJCAA
JC
Lancaster, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
AJCCA, NJCAA
JC
Sells, ARIZONA
South West
NJCAA
JC
Ontario, OREGON
West Coast
NJCAA, Scenic West Athletic Conference
JC
Trinidad, COLORADO
South West
NJCAA
JC
River Grove, ILLINOIS
Great Lakes
NJCAA
JC
Roseburg, OREGON
West Coast
Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges
JC
Cranford, NEW JERSEY
North East
NJCAA
JC
Waukesha, WISCONSIN
Great Lakes
NJCAA, Wisconsin Collegiate Conference
JC
Victorville, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Foothill, South Coast (Wrestling)
JC
Vincennes, INDIANA
Great Lakes
NJCAA
JC
Sugar Grove, ILLINOIS
Great Lakes
Skyway Conference
JC
Detroit, MICHIGAN
Great Lakes
NJCAA
JC
Snyder, TEXAS
Mid South
NJCAA
JC
Youngwood, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
NJCAA
JC
Media, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
NJCAA, NLLC, USCAA
JC

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