NCAA Division 3 wrestling colleges could be the answer for a student-athlete wanting a more well-rounded experience in college, compared to Division 1 or 2. Extra time to spend on campus, studying or getting involved in student clubs can allow for a far more enjoyable experience than just concentrating on wrestling above all. Some of the main differences between Division 2 and the other NCAA levels is that no athletic scholarships are available, and there are far less stringent recruiting rules.
There are currently 109 NCAA Division 3 wrestling teams for a potential college wrestler, making D3 the division with the most wrestling programs. With athletic scholarships absent at this division, other forms of financial aid like grants, leadership scholarships and academic-based scholarships are all available. A large number of athletes qualify for financial aid which can lessen any financial burdens a student-athlete has to cover.
Choosing the right college is a big decision for any high school wrestling athlete. Where do you want to spend the next four years of your life? What do you want to study? NCSA’s list of top D3 wrestling colleges factors a number of variables to help families find their best college fit, athletically, academically, socially and financially.
Below are the top Division 3 wrestling colleges:
The NCAA rankings are based on performance, as well as votes from coaches at top programs.