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The first collegiate women’s hockey team was established in 1965 at Brown University and would go on to host the first women’s ice hockey tournament in 1976, after several Ivy League schools had introduced women’s hockey teams. It was not until 2000 when the NCAA announced the national division of women’s ice hockey and hosted the first annual NCAA Women’s Ice Hockey Tournament at the conclusion of the 2000-01 season.

Today, women’s ice hockey has grown to include 108 teams across the NCAA and junior colleges. These programs are primarily located in the Northeast and upper Midwest regions. Women’s college hockey is also offered at NAIA institutions. We take a further look at women’s ice hockey colleges at the NCAA and NAIA levels in the section below.

How many women’s college hockey teams are there? How many colleges have women’s hockey? 

There is a total of 112 women’s hockey programs across the NCAA and NAIA. Women’s hockey is one of the smallest women’s sports leagues with 108 NCAA teams. 

Women’s college hockey is not a sponsored NAIA program, but there are four NAIA institutions that offer women’s hockey programs. These four programs were previously governed by the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA), until the NAIA Hockey Coaches Association took over governance in 2018.

With a mission to reinstate ice hockey as a sponsored NAIA sport, the NAIA Hockey Coaches Association was established by a group of coaches and athletic administrators with the help of the NAIA. Starting in 2018, the NAIA Hockey Coaches Association is the sole governing body of the NAIA Division. As the governing body, the NAIA Hockey Coaches Association is dedicated to the growth of college hockey at NAIA institutions, while is maintains operations and organizes a national championship for the existing NAIA Division programs.

What is the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA)? 

The American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) governs men’s and women’s varsity and club level college hockey programs. In all, the ACHA sponsors 500 varsity and club level teams across 49 states. As hockey continues to grow in the United States, the ACHA is dedicated to supporting women’s hockey as an early supporter of the NAIA Hockey Coaches Association’s mission.

In 2017, the ACHA and NAIA Hockey Coaches Association established a new division, the NAIA Division. During the inaugural 2017-18 season, the ACHA governed the NAIA Division. Before the start of the 2018-19 season, it was announced that the NAIA Hockey Coaches Association would take over governance of the NAIA Division. This early effort by the ACHA to support NAIA hockey programs contributed to the NAIA Hockey Coaches Association’s goal to restore hockey as a championship NAIA sport.

Division 1 women’s ice hockey colleges

The NCAA created the National Collegiate division, which is a women’s college hockey division that includes both Division 1 and 2 programs. There are 36 National Collegiate women’s hockey teams organized into four conferences; College Hockey America, ECAC Hockey, Hockey East and Western Collegiate Hockey Association. While these is no Division 2 championship for women’s ice hockey, the NCAA rules allow Division 2 schools to compete against Division 1 teams when a sport only offers Divisions 1 and 3 champions.

To learn about each of these schools and where they rank, visit NCSA’s Power Rankings which analyzes schools size, cost, academics, graduation rate and more. View the top D1 women’s ice hockey colleges

Division 3 women’s ice hockey colleges

The majority of NCAA women’s hockey teams are classified as Division 3 programs. Though these programs do not offer athletic scholarships, Division 3 schools are a great option for academically driven athletes who want to remain competitive athletes in college. The NCAA offers 67 Division 3 women’s college hockey programs that span the Northeast and Upper Midwest regions.

Student-athletes can check out NCSA’s Power Rankings for a look at the best D3 colleges for women’s hockey. NCSA ranks the best women’s hockey colleges by analyzing each school’s size, location, cost, athletics and academics.

NAIA hockey schools

Due to an increase in NAIA programs migrating to NCAA schools, the NAIA ended its sponsorship of women’s hockey in 1984.

In an effort to revive women’s hockey, the new NAIA Division was formed by the NAIA Hockey Coaches Association and ACHA leadership team. This division includes all four NAIA varsity hockey programs. The inaugural 2017-18 season was governed by the ACHA, before announcing in 2018 that the NAIA Division would continue under the sole governance of the NAIA Hockey Coaches Association at the start of the 2018-19 season. This change in governance is the next phases in the North American Intercollegiate Hockey Association (NAIHA) and the NAIA Hockey Coaches Association’s larger plan to re-establish hockey as an NAIA championship sport.

To be sponsored by the NAIA and gain national championship status, hockey must be offered at a minimum of 40 varsity institutions, complete in at least two National invitational and receive NAC approval. The NAIHA and NAIA Hockey Coaches Association aim to build upon the four existing NAIA hockey programs and ultimately achieve championship status within the NAIA.

Junior college hockey

Currently, neither men’s nor women’s hockey is not offered at junior colleges. In 2017, the NJCAA hosted the final men’s ice hockey national championship.

Colleges with women’s club hockey programs

Division 1: 23 teams in 3 conferences

Division 2: 41 teams in 4 conferences

The American Collegiate Hockey Association governs 64 women’s club hockey programs. The majority of these programs are located in the Northeast region, but student-athletes looking to play outside of that region have options in North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Colorado and California.

ACHA rosters are generally filled with student-athletes who wish to remain competitive in college, those that are late bloomers and athletes that NCAA coaches failed to recruit. While ACHA teams are inclusive of all skill levels, they usually hold try out to fill roster spots. Practice is generally scheduled for three to four times a week with home and away competitions on the weekends.

Women’s college hockey rankings. What are the best college hockey programs?

When looking for the right college fit, student-athlete care about more than just a school’s athletic program. To help student-athletes make the most educated decision on where to attend college based on factors that are important to them, we have a ranking system that factors in location, academics, size, cost and athletics to provide athletes with a well-rounded picture of the best women’s ice hockey colleges. Athletes can see a full list of ranked colleges by visiting our NCSA Power Rankings page. Below are the top 10 women’s hockey colleges:

  1. Harvard University
  2. Yale University
  3. Princeton University
  4. Dartmouth College
  5. Colgate University
  6. Boston College
  7. University of Wisconsin
  8. Cornell University
  9. Brown University
  10. Amherst College

 

Full Women’s College Hockey Teams List

School
City and State
Type
Conference
Division
Adrian, Michigan
Private
Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association
NCAA D3
Reading, Pennsylvania
Private
Middle Atlantic Conferences
NCAA D3
Amherst, Massachusetts
Private
New England Small College Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Paxton, Massachusetts
Private
Great Northeast Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Private
Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference
NAIA
Glenside, Pennsylvania
Private
Middle Atlantic Conferences
NCAA D3
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Private
Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Aurora, Illinois
Private
Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference
NCAA D3
Bemidji, Minnesota
Public
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference
NCAA D1
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Private
Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
Private
Atlantic Coast Conference
NCAA D1
Boston, Massachusetts
Private
Patriot League
NCAA D1
Brunswick, Maine
Private
New England Small College Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Providence, Rhode Island
Private
Collegiate Water Polo Association
NCAA D1
Castleton, Vermont
Public
Eastern Collegiate Football Conference
NCAA D3
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Private
Presidents' Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Potsdam, New York
Private
Liberty League
NCAA D1
Waterville, Maine
Private
New England Small College Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Hamilton, New York
Private
Patriot League
NCAA D1
St. Joseph, Minnesota
Private
Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Worcester, Massachusetts
Private
Patriot League
NCAA D1
Moorhead, Minnesota
Private
Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Private
Mid-States Football Association
NAIA
Mequon, Wisconsin
Private
Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference
NCAA D3
New London, Connecticut
Private
New England Small College Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Ithaca, New York
Private
Ivy League
NCAA D1
Milton, Massachusetts
Private
Commonwealth Coast Conference
NCAA D3
Hanover, New Hampshire
Private
Ivy League
NCAA D1
Elmira, New York
Private
Empire 8 Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Beverly, Massachusetts
Private
Commonwealth Coast Football
NCAA D3
Hancock, Michigan
Private
Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic
NCAA D3
Rindge, New Hampshire
Private
Other
NCAA D2
Saint Peter, Minnesota
Private
Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Clinton, New York
Private
New England Small College Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Private
Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Private
Ivy League
NCAA D1
Hamburg, New York
Private
Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference
NCAA D3
Geneva, New York
Private
Liberty League (Division III)
NCAA D3
Providence, Rhode Island
Private
Great Northeast Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
Private
Middle Atlantic Freedom
NCAA D3
Lake Forest, Illinois
Private
Midwest Conference
NCAA D3
Southfield, Michigan
Private
Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference
NAIA
Appleton, Wisconsin
Private
Midwest Conference
NCAA D3
Annville, Pennsylvania
Private
Middle Atlantic Conferences
NCAA D3
Saint Charles, Missouri
Private
GLVC
NCAA D1
Long Island, New York
Private
Northeast Conference
NCAA D1
Purchase, New York
Private
Skyline Conference
NCAA D3
Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Private
Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference
NCAA D3
North Adams, Massachusetts
Public
Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Erie, Pennsylvania
Private
Collegiate Water Polo Association
NCAA D1
North Andover, Massachusetts
Private
Northeast-10 Conference
NCAA D1
Middlebury, Vermont
Private
New England Small College Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Fremont, Nebraska
Private
Great Plains Athletic Conference
NAIA
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Private
Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference
NCAA D3
Mankato, Minnesota
Public
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference
NCAA D1
Rochester, New York
Private
Empire 8 Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Aston, Pennsylvania
Private
Atlantic East
NCAA D3
Henniker, New Hampshire
Private
New England Collegiate Conference
NCAA D3
Dudley, Massachusetts
Private
Commonwealth Coast Football
NCAA D3
Boston, Massachusetts
Private
Colonial Athletic Association
NCAA D1
Ashland, Wisconsin
Private
Upper Midwest Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Northfield, Vermont
Private
Great Northeast Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Columbus, Ohio
Public
Big Ten Conference
NCAA D1
University Park, Pennsylvania
Public
Big Ten Conference
NCAA D1
Plymouth, New Hampshire
Public
Little East Conference
NCAA D3
Waterbury, Connecticut
Private
Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (Division II)
NCAA D2
Princeton, New Jersey
Private
Ivy League
NCAA D1
Providence, Rhode Island
Private
Big East Conference
NCAA D1
Hamden, Connecticut
Private
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
NCAA D1
Troy, New York
Private
Liberty League
NCAA D1
Nashua, New Hampshire
Private
Great Northeast Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Moon Township, Pennsylvania
Private
Northeast Conference
NCAA D1
Rochester, New York
Private
Liberty League
NCAA D1
Chicago, Illinois
Private
Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference
NAIA
Fairfield, Connecticut
Private
Northeast Conference
NCAA D1
Manchester, New Hampshire
Private
Northeast-10 Conference
NCAA D1
Winona, Minnesota
Private
Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Colchester, Vermont
Private
Northeast-10 Conference
NCAA D1
Salem, Massachusetts
Public
Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Newport, Rhode Island
Private
Commonwealth Coast Football
NCAA D3
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Private
Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Saint Cloud, Minnesota
Public
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference
NCAA D1
Canton, New York
Private
Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association
NCAA D1
De Pere, Wisconsin
Private
Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference
NCAA D3
Northfield, Minnesota
Private
Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Stevenson, Maryland
Private
Middle Atlantic Conferences
NCAA D3
Easton, Massachusetts
Private
Norteast Conference (NEC)
NCAA D1
Boston, Massachusetts
Private
Commonwealth Coast Conference
NCAA D3
Buffalo, New York
Public
State University of New York Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Canton, New York
Public
North Atlantic Conference
NCAA D3
Cortland, New York
Public
State University of New York Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Morrisville, New York
Public
Empire 8 Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Oswego, New York
Public
State University of New York Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Plattsburgh, New York
Public
State University of New York Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Potsdam, New York
Public
State University of New York Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Syracuse, New York
Private
Atlantic Coast Conference
NCAA D1
Duluth, Minnesota
Private
Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Angola, Indiana
Private
Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association
NCAA D3
Hartford, Connecticut
Private
New England Small College Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Schenectady, New York
Private
Liberty League
NCAA D1
Storrs, Connecticut
Public
Big East Conference
NCAA D1
Orono, Maine
Public
Atlantic 10 Conference
NCAA D1
Boston, Massachusetts
Public
Little East Conference
NCAA D3
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Public
Big Ten Conference
NCAA D1
Duluth, Minnesota
Public
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference
NCAA D1
Biddeford, Maine
Private
Commonwealth Coast Conference
NCAA D3
Durham, New Hampshire
Public
American East Conference
NCAA D1
Portland, Maine
Public
Little East Conference
NCAA D3
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Private
Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D1
Burlington, Vermont
Public
America East Conference
NCAA D1
Madison, Wisconsin
Public
Big Ten Conference
NCAA D1
Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Public
Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
River Falls, Wisconsin
Public
Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Stevens Point, Wisconsin
Public
Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Superior, Wisconsin
Public
Upper Midwest Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Utica, New York
Private
Empire 8 Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Boston, Massachusetts
Private
Commonwealth Coast Conference
NCAA D3
Middletown, Connecticut
Private
New England Small College Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Springfield, Massachusetts
Private
Commonwealth Coast Football
NCAA D3
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
Private
Middle Atlantic Conferences
NCAA D3
Williamstown, Massachusetts
Private
New England Small College Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Worcester, Massachusetts
Public
Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic
NCAA D3
New Haven, Connecticut
Private
Ivy League
NCAA D1

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