For student-athletes unsure what major they want to pursue or even more generally, undecided as to where they want to go, junior college also provides a better option than taking some time off school or your sport.
How many NJCAA women’s basketball teams are there?
The largest regulatory body of junior colleges is the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). There are currently 417 NJCAA women’s basketball programs across the country, operating at either the NJCAA D1, D2 or D3 level. In addition to competing at different division levels, NJCAA women’s basketball colleges also compete within one of 24 regions based on their geographic location. These regions help determine conference champions and eventually, lead up to the NJCAA Final Four women’s basketball championships at each division level.
- NJCAA D1: 186 member colleges
- NJCAA D2: 135 member colleges
- NJCAA D3: 96 member colleges
For a breakdown of JUCO women’s basketball programs by region and division level, check out the NJCAA women’s basketball college directory.
While the NJCAA has the most member colleges, there are a few other athletic associations and conferences that include junior colleges with women’s basketball programs, including the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA), United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) and the Association of Christian College Athletics (ACCA). Altogether, the NJCAA and other major athletic associations regulate over 850 JUCO women’s basketball programs across the country.
NJCAA women’s basketball rankings and top JUCO women's basketball schools
A few organizations provide NJCAA women’s basketball rankings, including the NJCAA, JUCO Weekly and the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA). Here are the top 10 JUCO women’s basketball programs, according to the NJCAA:
- Wabash Valley (IL)
- Seward County (KS)
- South Plains (TX)
- Trinity Valley (TX)
- Gulf Coast State (FL)
- Tallahassee (FL)
- Shelton State (AL)
- Hutchinson (KS)
- Florida SouthWestern State (FL)
- New Mexico (NM)
Then, search through all junior colleges with women’s basketball programs below.