If you’re looking to compete at the highest level possible, then you’ve come to the right place. NCAA Division 1 golf schools roster the best college golfers in the country—many of which shoot in the low 70s and have several years of tournament experience (with top finishes) under their belt. These coaches are extremely selective and often make verbal offers to nationally ranked junior golfers early in the process. Playing Division 1 golf is usually compared to taking on a full-time job. These athletes are expected to follow a rigorous training schedule, even in the offseason.
There are 249 NCAA Division 1 golf colleges scattered across the country, mostly consisting of large, public universities. Even though the average team is made up of eight golfers, only the top five players travel to tournaments. And once there, the top four players compete. So, you need to think about being recruited by a Division 1 coach in two ways: first, can you secure a roster spot? And more importantly, do you have a chance of making the travel team? When it comes to scholarships, women’s golf is an equivalency sport: coaches receive a pool of athletic aid and they’re allowed to distribute it across athletes however they wish. They typically divide their funds into partial scholarships among the top golfers on their team. And in some cases, they may award more money to seasoned players.
Beyond athletics, there are several important factors families should consider when making the college decision, such as academics, cost and size of the school. That’s why we analyzed data across thousands of schools to produce a comprehensive list of the top colleges. These Power Rankings also incorporate student-athlete “Favorites” in our network of desired schools. Here are the top 10 Division 1 golf colleges:
The NCAA also compiles a list of Division 1 golf rankings to determine the best golf programs. Their results are purely based on athletic performance.