Junior colleges are two-year universities that give student-athletes an opportunity to develop their athletic and academic skills in a post high school program. With more than 500 junior college softball programs, the opportunities are almost endless. And if you think these teams aren’t tough—think again! Many junior college softball teams have future D1 and D2 athletes on their roster who are there to hone their skills before they commit to a four-year school. For athletes who may not have the grades, finances or build yet for a four-year school, a junior college softball program can be a great way to gain experience competing against collegiate athletes while developing those essential skills.
Yes, junior colleges can—and do—offer scholarships for qualified athletes! Depending on the school and how funded the program is, qualified athletes might receive a partial or full-ride scholarship to attend the school.
Yes, each of the three junior college division levels hosts its own tournament. The top teams can compete for the championship in their respective division. To learn more, visit the junior college softball website.
During softball season, the NJCAA conducts a poll that asks coaches to rank the top women’s softball teams that year. Student-athletes can visit the NJCAA website for a complete list of the top ranked women’s softball teams.
View NCSA’s Power Rankings of top softball colleges at all division levels or search the complete list of junior colleges with softball below.