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Your Complete List of Women’s College Rowing Teams

Women’s college rowing is an NCAA sanctioned sport and enjoys some of the largest roster sizes of any women’s sport, especially at the Division 1 level. While D1, D2 and D3 teams compete as part of the NCAA, lightweight women’s programs compete as part of the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA), which is not part of the NCAA. Additionally, there is a sizable number of college club teams that are part of the American Collegiate Rowing Association (ACRA). These teams can range quite a bit in speed, with top clubs holding their own against varsity programs at the high end and functioning more like recreational teams on the bottom end. However, college rowers competing on a varsity team have a good opportunity to receive athletic scholarship money and do not have to pay for most expenses, while club rowers have to fund their team with out-of-pocket fees.

One of the reasons why women’s rowing teams have large roster sizes is because of federal Title IX regulations, which make sure colleges are allocating a proportionate amount of their athletic budgets to women’s sports as compared to men’s sports. Especially for colleges that have football teams, a D1 women’s rowing team with 47 or more athletes helps them to balance their athletic budget. This has provided tremendous opportunities for women’s rowers in the U.S. and is one of the reasons why the U.S. National Women’s Rowing Team has dominated the international rowing field in recent years.

In this section, we provide more information about women’s rowing teams and break down how many teams there are.

How many colleges with women's rowing teams are there?

There are currently around 156 varsity programs competing in college women’s rowing. Additionally, according to the cMax in-season rankings, there were more than 40 American College Rowing Association (ACRA) teams competing during the 2018–19 season. For rowing teams in general and especially for club teams, roster numbers and team budgets may go up and down from year to year, partially due to rowing being an expensive sport. This can make it challenging for smaller programs to put together competitive boats in certain years. Some years, a college may choose to develop their rowers and focus on regional races rather than entering boats at championship regattas where the competition is fierce. This partially explains why the number of women’s college rowing teams fluctuates from season to season.

How many women’s Division 1 rowing colleges are there?

There are currently 89 Division 1 colleges with rowing teams that compete in the NCAA. Division 1 colleges have the largest roster sizes, with an average of 47 athletes per team. There are also up to 20 full athletic scholarships that can be awarded per team, though these scholarship amounts can be divided by the coach as they see fit. The coach can choose to give a bit of money to all rowers or give out full rides to a few top rowers.

Division 1 women’s rowing rankings

The top tier of Division 1 women’s rowing teams is the cream of the crop of the women’s rowing world, stocked with powerhouse programs that make consistent appearances at the NCAA national championship. According to the final cMax rankings for 2019 (select Combined tab to see rankings), the top 20 women’s rowing teams were all D1 teams, with the top lightweight team appearing at #26 (Stanford), the top D3 team appearing at #30 (Bates), the top D2 team appearing at #49 (University of Central Oklahoma) and the top club team appearing at #70 (University of California – Santa Barbara). Here are the top 20 women’s rowing colleges for 2019 according to the final 2019 CRCA/USRowing Coaches Poll.

  1. University of Washington
  2. University of Texas
  3. University of Michigan
  4. Stanford University
  5. Ohio State University
  6. University of California – Berkeley
  7. Princeton University
  8. Yale University
  9. Brown University
  10. University of Virginia
  11. Rutgers University
  12. Indiana University
  13. University of Iowa
  14. Harvard University
  15. University of Wisconsin
  16. Duke University
  17. U.S. Naval Academy
  18. University of California – Los Angeles
  19. University of Southern California
  20. Michigan State University

Women's lightweight rowing colleges

Even though the competition among the top tier of women’s lightweight rowing colleges can be fierce, there are not many women’s lightweight rowing colleges available. In fact, there were only 7 women’s lightweight teams racing during the 2019 spring championship season, according to cMax rankings (select a women’s ranking and then the Lwt tab to see rankings). However, this number fluctuates from year to year, so there could be more teams competing in the near future.

Women’s rowing rankings: Top 20 women’s rowing colleges

With more than 150 varsity women’s rowing programs across the country, it can be difficult to decide on which one is best for you. Fortunately, NCSA’s Power Rankings consider several factors when evaluating women’s rowing colleges—including athletic performance, academic standards, and affordability and graduation rates— to recognize the best schools for student-athletes. Here is a list of NCSA’s current top 20 and you can check out the list of best rowing colleges for more.

  1. Princeton University
  2. Harvard University
  3. Stanford University
  4. Yale University
  5. Columbia University
  6. Duke University
  7. University of Pennsylvania
  8. Brown University
  9. University of California
  10. Dartmouth College
  11. University of California – Los Angeles
  12. University of Virginia
  13. University of Notre Dame
  14. Georgetown University
  15. University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
  16. University of Michigan
  17. Cornell University
  18. Boston College
  19. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  20. University of Southern California

Additionally, there are several different women’s college rowing rankings that readers can reference in order to see how rowing teams are performing. In American rowing, the most important measurement of a program is the success of their varsity eight boat and rankings throughout spring racing season can be found on Row2k. These include the CRCA/USRowing Coaches Poll.

In women’s college rowing, top Division 2, Division 3 and club teams can be just as competitive as some Division 1 teams. To provide a more complete snapshot of college rowing, cMax rankings provide a relative estimate of how fast college women’s crews are by including both varsity and club teams and comparing race results from across the country. While not definitive, the rankings are helpful in ballparking where teams stand and show Division 3, lightweight and even club teams outperforming several Division 1 teams.

Full list of women’s varsity rowing colleges

School
City and State
Region
Conference
Division
Adrian, MICHIGAN
Great Lakes
Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association  
NCAA III  
Worcester, MASSACHUSETTS
New England
Northeast-10 Conference  
NCAA II  
Miami, FLORIDA
South East
Sunshine State Conference  
NCAA II  
Lewiston, MAINE
New England
New England Small College Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Chestnut Hill, MASSACHUSETTS
New England
Atlantic Coast Conference  
NCAA I  
Boston, MASSACHUSETTS
New England
Patriot League  
NCAA I  
Providence, RHODE ISLAND
New England
Ivy League  
NCAA I  
Bryn Mawr, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
Centennial Conference  
NCAA III  
Lewisburg, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
Patriot League  
NCAA I  
Radnor, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
Colonial States Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Sacramento, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Big Sky Conference  
NCAA I  
Vallejo, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
California Pacific Conference  
NAIA  
Buffalo, NEW YORK
North East
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference  
NCAA I  
Washington, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
North East
New England Women's & Men's Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Worcester, MASSACHUSETTS
New England
New England Women's & Men's Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Clemson, SOUTH CAROLINA
South East
Atlantic Coast Conference  
NCAA I  
Waterville, MAINE
New England
New England Small College Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Hamilton, NEW YORK
North East
Patriot League  
NCAA I  
Worcester, MASSACHUSETTS
New England
Patriot League  
NCAA I  
New York, NEW YORK
North East
Ivy League  
NCAA I  
New London, CONNECTICUT
New England
New England Small College Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Ithaca, NEW YORK
North East
Ivy League  
NCAA I  
Omaha, NEBRASKA
Mid West
Big East Conference  
NCAA I  
Buffalo, NEW YORK
North East
Northeast Conference  
NCAA III  
Hanover, NEW HAMPSHIRE
New England
Ivy League  
NCAA I  
Des Moines, IOWA
Mid West
Missouri Valley Conference  
NCAA I  
Philadelphia, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
Colonial Athletic Association  
NCAA I  
Durham, NORTH CAROLINA
Mid East
Atlantic Coast Conference  
NCAA I  
Pittsburgh, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
Northeast Conference  
NCAA I  
Ypsilanti, MICHIGAN
Great Lakes
Mid-American Conference  
NCAA I  
Daytona Beach, FLORIDA
South East
Sun Conference  
NCAA II  
Fairfield, CONNECTICUT
New England
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference  
NCAA I  
Melbourne, FLORIDA
South East
Gulf South Conference  
NCAA II  
Bronx, NEW YORK
North East
Patriot League  
NCAA I  
Lancaster, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
Centennial Conference  
NCAA III  
Rindge, NEW HAMPSHIRE
New England
Northeast-10 Conference  
NCAA II  
Fairfax, VIRGINIA
Mid East
Atlantic 10 Conference  
NCAA I  
Washington, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
North East
Atlantic 10 Conference  
NCAA I  
Washington, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
North East
Patriot League  
NCAA I  
Spokane, WASHINGTON
West Coast
West Coast Conference  
NCAA I  
Clinton, NEW YORK
North East
New England Small College Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Cambridge, MASSACHUSETTS
New England
Ivy League  
NCAA I  
Geneva, NEW YORK
North East
Liberty League  
NCAA III  
Arcata, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Great Northwest Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Bloomington, INDIANA
Great Lakes
Big Ten Conference  
NCAA I  
New Rochelle, NEW YORK
North East
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference  
NCAA I  
Ithaca, NEW YORK
North East
Liberty League  
NCAA III  
Jacksonville, FLORIDA
South East
ASUN Conference  
NCAA I  
Providence, RHODE ISLAND
New England
Great Northeast Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Manhattan, KANSAS
Mid West
Big 12 Conference  
NCAA I  
Philadelphia, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
Atlantic 10 Conference  
NCAA I  
Bethlehem, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
Patriot League  
NCAA I  
Portland, OREGON
West Coast
Northwest Conference  
NCAA III  
Los Angeles, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
West Coast Conference  
NCAA I  
Baltimore, MARYLAND
North East
Patriot League  
NCAA I  
Riverdale, NEW YORK
North East
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference  
NCAA I  
Marietta, OHIO
Great Lakes
Ohio Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Poughkeepsie, NEW YORK
North East
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference  
NCAA I  
Cambridge, MASSACHUSETTS
New England
New England Women's & Men's Athletic Conference  
NCAA I  
Buzzards Bay, MASSACHUSETTS
New England
Eastern College Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Erie, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
North Andover, MASSACHUSETTS
New England
Northeast-10 Conference  
NCAA I  
East Lansing, MICHIGAN
Great Lakes
Big Ten Conference  
NCAA I  
Elizabeth City, NORTH CAROLINA
Mid East
USCAA  
NCAA III  
Oakland, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Northwest Conference  
NCAA III  
South Hadley, MASSACHUSETTS
New England
New England Women's & Men's Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Chicago, ILLINOIS
Great Lakes
College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin  
NCAA III  
Boston, MASSACHUSETTS
New England
Colonial Athletic Association  
NCAA I  
Fort Lauderdale, FLORIDA
South East
Sunshine State Conference  
NCAA II  
Columbus, OHIO
Great Lakes
Big Ten Conference  
NCAA I  
Delaware, OHIO
Great Lakes
North Coast Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Oklahoma City, OKLAHOMA
Mid South
Sooner Athletic Conference  
NAIA  
Norfolk, VIRGINIA
Mid East
Conference USA  
NCAA I  
Costa Mesa, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Orange Empire Conference, Mission Conference for football  
JC  
Corvallis, OREGON
West Coast
Pacific-12 Conference  
NCAA I  
Tacoma, WASHINGTON
West Coast
Division III Independents  
NCAA III  
Princeton, NEW JERSEY
North East
Ivy League  
NCAA I  
Moon Township, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
Northeast Conference  
NCAA I  
Rochester, NEW YORK
North East
Liberty League  
NCAA III  
Winter Park, FLORIDA
South East
Sunshine State Conference  
NCAA II  
Piscataway, NEW JERSEY
North East
Big Ten Conference  
NCAA I  
Camden, NEW JERSEY
North East
New Jersey Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Fairfield, CONNECTICUT
New England
Northeast Conference  
NCAA I  
Philadelphia, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
Atlantic 10 Conference  
NCAA I  
Moraga, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
West Coast Conference  
NCAA I  
San Diego, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Mountain West Conference  
NCAA I  
Santa Clara, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
West Coast Conference  
NCAA I  
Bronxville, NEW YORK
North East
Skyline Conference  
NCAA III  
Seattle, WASHINGTON
West Coast
Great Northwest Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Seattle, WASHINGTON
West Coast
Western Athletic Conference  
NCAA I  
Seminole, OKLAHOMA
Mid South
NJCAA  
JC  
Boston, MASSACHUSETTS
New England
Great Northeast Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Saratoga Springs, NEW YORK
North East
Liberty League  
NCAA III  
Northampton, MASSACHUSETTS
New England
New England Women's & Men's Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Dallas, TEXAS
Mid South
American Athletic Conference  
NCAA I  
Rochester, NEW YORK
North East
Empire 8 Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Canton, NEW YORK
North East
Liberty League  
NCAA III  
St. Mary's City, MARYLAND
North East
Capital Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Stanford, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Pacific-12 Conference  
NCAA I  
DeLand, FLORIDA
South East
Atlantic Sun Conference  
NCAA I  
Galloway, NEW JERSEY
North East
New Jersey Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Throggs Neck, NEW YORK
North East
Skyline Conference  
NCAA III  
Syracuse, NEW YORK
North East
Atlantic Coast Conference  
NCAA I  
Philadelphia, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
American Athletic Conference  
NCAA I  
Philadelphia, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference  
NCAA II  
Hartford, CONNECTICUT
New England
New England Small College Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Medford, MASSACHUSETTS
New England
New England Small College Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Schenectady, NEW YORK
North East
Liberty League  
NCAA III  
New London, CONNECTICUT
New England
New England Women's & Men's Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Annapolis, MARYLAND
North East
American Athletic Conference  
NCAA I  
Tuscaloosa, ALABAMA
South East
Southeastern Conference  
NCAA I  
Berkeley, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Pacific-12 Conference  
NCAA I  
Los Angeles, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Pacific-12 Conference  
NCAA I  
La Jolla, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Division II Independents  
NCAA II  
Orlando, FLORIDA
South East
American Athletic Conference  
NCAA I  
Edmond, OKLAHOMA
Mid South
Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association  
NCAA II  
Storrs, CONNECTICUT
New England
Big East Conference  
NCAA I  
Dayton, OHIO
Great Lakes
Atlantic 10 Conference  
NCAA I  
Newark, DELAWARE
North East
Colonial Athletic Association  
NCAA I  
Iowa City, IOWA
Mid West
Big Ten Conference  
NCAA I  
Lawrence, KANSAS
Mid West
Big 12 Conference  
NCAA I  
Louisville, KENTUCKY
Mid East
Atlantic Coast Conference  
NCAA I  
Fredericksburg, VIRGINIA
Mid East
Capital Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Amherst, MASSACHUSETTS
New England
Independent Northeast Region  
NCAA I  
Coral Gables, FLORIDA
South East
Atlantic Coast Conference  
NCAA I  
Ann Arbor, MICHIGAN
Great Lakes
Big Ten Conference  
NCAA I  
Minneapolis, MINNESOTA
Mid West
Big Ten Conference  
NCAA I  
Chapel Hill, NORTH CAROLINA
Mid East
Atlantic Coast Conference  
NCAA I  
Notre Dame, INDIANA
Great Lakes
Division I-A Independents  
NCAA I  
Norman, OKLAHOMA
Mid South
Big 12 Conference  
NCAA I  
Philadelphia, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
Ivy League  
NCAA I  
Portland, OREGON
West Coast
West Coast Conference  
NCAA I  
Tacoma, WASHINGTON
West Coast
Northwest Conference  
NCAA III  
Kingston, RHODE ISLAND
New England
Colonial Athletic Association  
NCAA I  
Rochester, NEW YORK
North East
University Athletic Association  
NCAA III  
San Diego, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
West Coast Conference  
NCAA I  
Los Angeles, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Pacific-12 Conference  
NCAA I  
Tampa, FLORIDA
South East
Sunshine State Conference  
NCAA II  
Knoxville, TENNESSEE
Mid East
Southeastern Conference  
NCAA I  
Austin, TEXAS
Mid South
Big 12 Conference  
NCAA I  
Tulsa, OKLAHOMA
Mid South
American Athletic Conference  
NCAA I  
Charlottesville, VIRGINIA
Mid East
Atlantic Coast Conference  
NCAA I  
Seattle, WASHINGTON
West Coast
Pacific-12 Conference  
NCAA I  
Madison, WISCONSIN
Great Lakes
Big Ten Conference  
NCAA I  
Poughkeepsie, NEW YORK
North East
Liberty League  
NCAA III  
Villanova, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
Colonial Athletic Association  
NCAA I  
Chestertown, MARYLAND
North East
Centennial Conference  
NCAA III  
Pullman, WASHINGTON
West Coast
Pacific-12 Conference  
NCAA I  
Saint Louis, MISSOURI
Mid West
University Athletic Association  
NCAA III  
Wellesley, MASSACHUSETTS
New England
New England Women's & Men's Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Middletown, CONNECTICUT
New England
New England Small College Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Morgantown, WEST VIRGINIA
Mid East
Big 12 Conference  
NCAA I  
Bellingham, WASHINGTON
West Coast
Great Northwest Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Salem, OREGON
West Coast
Northwest Conference  
NCAA III  
Williamstown, MASSACHUSETTS
New England
New England Small College Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Worcester, MASSACHUSETTS
New England
New England Women's & Men's Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
New Haven, CONNECTICUT
New England
Ivy League  
NCAA I  
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