NCAA D3 colleges pride themselves on developing well-rounded student-athletes who are challenged both on the field and in the classroom. The recruiting process at the D3 level is more relaxed, with fewer NCAA recruiting rules and restrictions for coaches and athletes. Despite the fact that athletic scholarships are not available at the D3 level, D3 programs still manage to recruit top talent each year.
Women’s D3 lacrosse is not only the largest women’s lacrosse division, but it’s also the largest NCAA lacrosse division with almost 50 more teams than in men’s lacrosse. D3 women’s lacrosse programs are primarily located in the Northeast region, with a few programs in the Midwest, the South, Oregon and Washington.
There are 293 women’s lacrosse programs organized into 30 conferences: CAC, Centennial Conference, CCIW, CSAC, CCC, Empire 8, GNAC, Independents, Landmark Conference, Liberty League, LEC, MSCAC, MAC, MWLC, NECC, NESCAC, NEWMAC, NJAC, NAC, NCAC, NEAC, OAC, ORLC, ODAC, Skyline Conference, SAA, SCIAC, SCACA, SUNYAC and USA South Athletic Conference.
Student-athletes are looking for more than just a great D3 women’s lacrosse program when searching for their right college fit. With this in mind, NCSA’s Power Rankings rank the best D3 lacrosse schools on various factors outside of just athletics, including size, location, academics and cost. To see how the NCAA ranks D3 women’s lacrosse programs, student-athletes can visit the NCAA website.