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Find Women’s College Hockey Teams

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 two divisions; National Collegiate and Division 3. 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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Full Women’s College Hockey Teams List

School
City and State
Region
Conference
Division
Adrian, MICHIGAN
Great Lakes
Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association  
NCAA III  
Amherst, MASSACHUSETTS
New England
New England Small College Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Paxton, MASSACHUSETTS
New England
Great Northeast Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Minneapolis, MINNESOTA
Mid West
Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Aurora, ILLINOIS
Great Lakes
Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference  
NCAA III  
Worcester, MASSACHUSETTS
New England
Commonwealth Coast Conference  
NCAA III  
Bemidji, MINNESOTA
Mid West
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference  
NCAA I  
Saint Paul, MINNESOTA
Mid West
Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Chestnut Hill, MASSACHUSETTS
New England
Atlantic Coast Conference  
NCAA I  
Boston, MASSACHUSETTS
New England
Patriot League  
NCAA I  
Brunswick, MAINE
New England
New England Small College Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Providence, RHODE ISLAND
New England
Ivy League  
NCAA I  
Castleton, VERMONT
New England
Little East Conference  
NCAA III  
Pittsburgh, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
Presidents' Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Potsdam, NEW YORK
North East
Liberty League  
NCAA I  
Howell, MICHIGAN
Great Lakes
Association of Independent Institutions  
NAIA  
Waterville, MAINE
New England
New England Small College Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Hamilton, NEW YORK
North East
Patriot League  
NCAA I  
St. Joseph, MINNESOTA
Mid West
Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Worcester, MASSACHUSETTS
New England
Patriot League  
NCAA I  
Moorhead, MINNESOTA
Mid West
Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Ann Arbor, MICHIGAN
Great Lakes
Wolverine-Hossier Athletic Conference Athletics  
NAIA  
Mequon, WISCONSIN
Great Lakes
Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference  
NCAA III  
New London, CONNECTICUT
New England
New England Small College Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Ithaca, NEW YORK
North East
Ivy League  
NCAA I  
Hanover, NEW HAMPSHIRE
New England
Ivy League  
NCAA I  
Elmira, NEW YORK
North East
Empire 8 Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Beverly, MASSACHUSETTS
New England
Commonwealth Coast Football  
NCAA III  
Hancock, MICHIGAN
Great Lakes
Division III Independents  
NCAA III  
Rindge, NEW HAMPSHIRE
New England
Northeast-10 Conference  
NCAA II  
Saint Peter, MINNESOTA
Mid West
Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Clinton, NEW YORK
North East
New England Small College Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Saint Paul, MINNESOTA
Mid West
Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Cambridge, MASSACHUSETTS
New England
Ivy League  
NCAA I  
Geneva, NEW YORK
North East
Liberty League  
NCAA III  
Providence, RHODE ISLAND
New England
Great Northeast Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Wilkes-Barre, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
Division III Independents  
NCAA III  
Lake Forest, ILLINOIS
Great Lakes
Midwest Conference  
NCAA III  
Annville, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
Middle Atlantic Conferences  
NCAA III  
Saint Charles, MISSOURI
Mid West
Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association  
NCAA I  
Belleville, ILLINOIS
Great Lakes
American Midwest Conference (NAIA)  
NAIA  
Brooklyn, NEW YORK
North East
Northeast Conference  
NCAA I-A  
Purchase, NEW YORK
North East
MAC Freedom Conference  
NCAA III  
Fond du Lac, WISCONSIN
Great Lakes
Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference  
NCAA III  
Erie, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference  
NCAA I  
North Andover, MASSACHUSETTS
New England
Northeast-10 Conference  
NCAA I  
Middlebury, VERMONT
New England
New England Small College Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Fremont, NEBRASKA
Mid West
Great Plains Athletic Conference  
NAIA  
Mankato, MINNESOTA
Mid West
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference  
NCAA I  
Morrisville, NEW YORK
North East
Empire 8 Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Rochester, NEW YORK
North East
Empire 8 Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Aston, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
Colonial States Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Henniker, NEW HAMPSHIRE
New England
North Atlantic Conference  
NCAA III  
Dudley, MASSACHUSETTS
New England
Commonwealth Coast Football  
NCAA III  
Boston, MASSACHUSETTS
New England
Colonial Athletic Association  
NCAA I  
Ashland, WISCONSIN
Great Lakes
Upper Midwest Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Northfield, VERMONT
New England
New England Women's & Men's Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Columbus, OHIO
Great Lakes
Big Ten Conference  
NCAA I  
University Park, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
Big Ten Conference  
NCAA I  
Plymouth, NEW HAMPSHIRE
New England
Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Waterbury, CONNECTICUT
New England
Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (Division II)  
NCAA I  
Princeton, NEW JERSEY
North East
Ivy League  
NCAA I  
Providence, RHODE ISLAND
New England
Big East Conference  
NCAA I  
Hamden, CONNECTICUT
New England
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference  
NCAA I  
Troy, NEW YORK
North East
Liberty League  
NCAA I  
Moon Township, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
Northeast Conference  
NCAA I  
Rochester, NEW YORK
North East
Liberty League  
NCAA I  
Fairfield, CONNECTICUT
New England
Northeast Conference  
NCAA I  
Manchester, NEW HAMPSHIRE
New England
Northeast-10 Conference  
NCAA III  
Winona, MINNESOTA
Mid West
Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Colchester, VERMONT
New England
Northeast-10 Conference  
NCAA I  
Salem, MASSACHUSETTS
New England
Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Newport, RHODE ISLAND
New England
Commonwealth Coast Football  
NCAA III  
Saint Paul, MINNESOTA
Mid West
Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Saint Cloud, MINNESOTA
Mid West
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference  
NCAA I  
Canton, NEW YORK
North East
Liberty League  
NCAA I  
De Pere, WISCONSIN
Great Lakes
Midwest Conference  
NCAA III  
Northfield, MINNESOTA
Mid West
Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Stevenson, MARYLAND
North East
Middle Atlantic Conferences  
NCAA III  
Boston, MASSACHUSETTS
New England
Great Northeast Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Buffalo, NEW YORK
North East
Empire 8 Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Canton, NEW YORK
North East
North Atlantic Conference  
NCAA III  
Cortland, NEW YORK
North East
State University of New York Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Oswego, NEW YORK
North East
State University of New York Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Plattsburgh, NEW YORK
North East
State University of New York Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Potsdam, NEW YORK
North East
State University of New York Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Syracuse, NEW YORK
North East
Atlantic Coast Conference  
NCAA I  
Duluth, MINNESOTA
Mid West
Upper Midwest Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Angola, INDIANA
Great Lakes
Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association  
NCAA III  
Hartford, CONNECTICUT
New England
New England Small College Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Schenectady, NEW YORK
North East
Liberty League  
NCAA I  
Storrs, CONNECTICUT
New England
Big East Conference  
NCAA I  
Orono, MAINE
New England
Atlantic 10 Conference  
NCAA I  
Boston, MASSACHUSETTS
New England
Little East Conference  
NCAA III  
Minneapolis, MINNESOTA
Mid West
Big Ten Conference  
NCAA I  
Duluth, MINNESOTA
Mid West
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference  
NCAA I  
Biddeford, MAINE
New England
Commonwealth Coast Conference  
NCAA III  
Durham, NEW HAMPSHIRE
New England
Colonial Athletic Association  
NCAA I  
Great Falls, MONTANA
North West
Frontier Conference  
NAIA  
Portland, MAINE
New England
Little East Conference  
NCAA III  
Saint Paul, MINNESOTA
Mid West
Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Burlington, VERMONT
New England
America East Conference  
NCAA I  
Madison, WISCONSIN
Great Lakes
Big Ten Conference  
NCAA I  
Eau Claire, WISCONSIN
Great Lakes
Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
River Falls, WISCONSIN
Great Lakes
Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Stevens Point, WISCONSIN
Great Lakes
Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Superior, WISCONSIN
Great Lakes
Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Utica, NEW YORK
North East
Empire 8 Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Middletown, CONNECTICUT
New England
New England Small College Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Wilkes-Barre, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
Middle Atlantic Conferences  
NCAA III  
Williamstown, MASSACHUSETTS
New England
New England Small College Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
New Haven, CONNECTICUT
New England
Ivy League  
NCAA I  
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