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Women's Division 1 Swimming Colleges

Division 1 is the highest a women’s swimmer can go in terms of college swimming. Many swimmers dream of going to a school where their favorite Olympian is an alumnus. Before deciding on a D1 school to swim, there are variables that need to be considered:

How many women’s Division 1 swim teams are there?

There are 200 women’s Division 1 swimming colleges that span from coast to coast. Scholarships are offered at this level, but certain programs might have less than the maximum 14 scholarships that are allowed by the NCAA. The odds of receiving a full scholarship are low, as most swimmers receive partial scholarships.

Women’s Division 1 swimming rankings

The Division 1 level of women’s swimming is the most competitive division out there. NCSA has released power rankings that incorporate other factors beyond just team performance in ranking a school. An overall experience can be impacted by cost, as well as aid offered and other lifestyle variables. 

Best women’s Division 1 swimming colleges

  1. Stanford University
  2. Harvard University
  3. University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA)
  4. Princeton University
  5. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  6. Yale University
  7. University of California
  8. Duke University
  9. Columbia University
  10. University of Florida

NCAA rankings are also available and are based solely on performance, which counts points scored as well as in-season meet results. During the regular season, rankings can shift due to dual meets won or lost against a ranked school.

Full List of D1 Women’s Swimming Colleges

School
City and State
Region
Conference
Division
Washington, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
North East
Patriot League
NCAA I
Tempe, ARIZONA
South West
Pacific-12 Conference
NCAA I
Auburn, ALABAMA
South East
Southeastern Conference
NCAA I
Muncie, INDIANA
Great Lakes
Mid-American Conference
NCAA I
Chestnut Hill, MASSACHUSETTS
New England
Atlantic Coast Conference
NCAA I
Boston, MASSACHUSETTS
New England
Patriot League
NCAA I
Bowling Green, OHIO
Great Lakes
Mid-American Conference
NCAA I
Provo, UTAH
South West
Other
NCAA I
Providence, RHODE ISLAND
New England
Ivy League
NCAA I
Smithfield, RHODE ISLAND
New England
Northeast Conference
NCAA I
Lewisburg, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
Patriot League
NCAA I
Indianapolis, INDIANA
Great Lakes
Big East Conference
NCAA I
Riverside, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Pacific West Conference
NCAA I
San Luis Obispo, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Big Sky Conference
NCAA I
Bakersfield, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Western Athletic Conference
NCAA I
Fresno, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Mountain West Conference
NCAA I
Buies Creek, NORTH CAROLINA
Mid East
Pioneer Football League
NCAA I
Buffalo, NEW YORK
North East
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
NCAA I
New Britain, CONNECTICUT
New England
Northeast Conference
NCAA I
Cleveland, OHIO
Great Lakes
Horizon League
NCAA I
Hamilton, NEW YORK
North East
Patriot League
NCAA I
Worcester, MASSACHUSETTS
New England
Patriot League
NCAA I
Williamsburg, VIRGINIA
Mid East
Colonial Athletic Association
NCAA I
Fort Collins, COLORADO
South West
Mountain West Conference
NCAA I
New York, NEW YORK
North East
Ivy League
NCAA I
Ithaca, NEW YORK
North East
Ivy League
NCAA I
Davidson, NORTH CAROLINA
Mid East
Pioneer Football League
NCAA I
Saint George, UTAH
South West
Rocky Mountain Athletic 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
Charleston, ILLINOIS
Great Lakes
Ohio Valley Conference
NCAA I
Ypsilanti, MICHIGAN
Great Lakes
Mid-American Conference
NCAA I
Fairfield, CONNECTICUT
New England
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
NCAA I
Boca Raton, FLORIDA
South East
Conference USA
NCAA I
Fort Myers, FLORIDA
South East
Atlantic Sun Conference
NCAA I
Miami, FLORIDA
South East
Conference USA
NCAA I
Tallahassee, FLORIDA
South East
Atlantic Coast Conference
NCAA I
Bronx, NEW YORK
North East
Patriot League
NCAA I
Boiling Springs, NORTH CAROLINA
Mid East
Big South Conference
NCAA I
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
Statesboro, GEORGIA
South East
Sun Belt Conference
NCAA I
Atlanta, GEORGIA
South East
Atlantic Coast Conference
NCAA I
Phoenix, ARIZONA
South West
Western Athletic Conference
NCAA I
Cambridge, MASSACHUSETTS
New England
Ivy League
NCAA I
Washington, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
North East
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
NCAA I
Normal, ILLINOIS
Great Lakes
Missouri Valley Conference
NCAA I
Terre Haute, INDIANA
Great Lakes
Missouri Valley Football Conference
NCAA I
Bloomington, INDIANA
Great Lakes
Big Ten Conference
NCAA I
Indianapolis, INDIANA
Great Lakes
Horizon League
NCAA I
New Rochelle, NEW YORK
North East
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
NCAA I
Ames, IOWA
Mid West
Big 12 Conference
NCAA I
Harrisonburg, VIRGINIA
Mid East
Colonial Athletic Association
NCAA I
Philadelphia, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
Atlantic 10 Conference
NCAA I
Easton, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
Patriot League
NCAA I
Bethlehem, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
Patriot League
NCAA I
Lynchburg, VIRGINIA
Mid East
Division I-AA Independents
NCAA I
Brooklyn, NEW YORK
North East
Northeast Conference
NCAA I
Baton Rouge, LOUISIANA
Mid South
Southeastern Conference
NCAA I
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
Poughkeepsie, NEW YORK
North East
Pioneer Football League
NCAA I
Huntington, WEST VIRGINIA
Mid East
Conference USA
NCAA I
Oxford, OHIO
Great Lakes
Mid-American Conference
NCAA I
East Lansing, MICHIGAN
Great Lakes
Big Ten Conference
NCAA I
Springfield, MISSOURI
Mid West
Missouri Valley Conference
NCAA I
West Long Branch, NEW JERSEY
North East
Big South Conference
NCAA I
Emmitsburg, MARYLAND
North East
Northeast Conference
NCAA I
Newark, NEW JERSEY
North East
Atlantic Sun Conference
NCAA I
Las Cruces, NEW MEXICO
South West
Sun Belt Conference
NCAA I
Niagara University, NEW YORK
North East
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
NCAA I
Raleigh, NORTH CAROLINA
Mid East
Atlantic Coast Conference
NCAA I
Boston, MASSACHUSETTS
New England
Colonial Athletic Association
NCAA I
Flagstaff, ARIZONA
South West
Big Sky Conference
NCAA I
Evanston, ILLINOIS
Great Lakes
Big Ten Conference
NCAA I
Rochester, MICHIGAN
Great Lakes
Horizon League
NCAA I
Columbus, OHIO
Great Lakes
Big Ten Conference
NCAA I
Athens, OHIO
Great Lakes
Mid-American Conference
NCAA I
Norfolk, VIRGINIA
Mid East
Conference USA
NCAA I
University Park, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
Big Ten Conference
NCAA I
Malibu, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
West Coast Conference
NCAA I
Princeton, NEW JERSEY
North East
Ivy League
NCAA I
Providence, RHODE ISLAND
New England
Big East Conference
NCAA I
West Lafayette, INDIANA
Great Lakes
Big Ten Conference
NCAA I
Radford, VIRGINIA
Mid East
Big South Conference
NCAA I
Houston, TEXAS
Mid South
Conference USA
NCAA I
Lawrenceville, NEW JERSEY
North East
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
NCAA I
Piscataway, NEW JERSEY
North East
Big Ten Conference
NCAA I
Fairfield, CONNECTICUT
New England
Northeast Conference
NCAA I
Loretto, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
Northeast Conference
NCAA I
St. Louis, MISSOURI
Mid West
Atlantic 10 Conference
NCAA I
Jersey City, NEW JERSEY
North East
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
NCAA I
San Diego, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Mountain West Conference
NCAA I
San Jose, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Mountain West Conference
NCAA I
Seattle, WASHINGTON
West Coast
Western Athletic Conference
NCAA I
South Orange, NEW JERSEY
North East
Big East Conference
NCAA I
Loudonville, NEW YORK
North East
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
NCAA I
Brookings, SOUTH DAKOTA
North West
Missouri Valley Conference
NCAA I
Carbondale, ILLINOIS
Great Lakes
Missouri Valley Conference
NCAA I
Dallas, TEXAS
Mid South
American Athletic Conference
NCAA I
Saint Bonaventure, NEW YORK
North East
Atlantic 10 Conference
NCAA I
Brooklyn Heights, NEW YORK
North East
Northeast Conference
NCAA I
Stanford, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Pacific-12 Conference
NCAA I
Vestal, NEW YORK
North East
America East Conference
NCAA I
Stony Brook, NEW YORK
North East
Colonial Athletic Association
NCAA I
Buffalo, NEW YORK
North East
Mid-American Conference
NCAA I
College Station, TEXAS
Mid South
Southeastern Conference
NCAA I
Fort Worth, TEXAS
Mid South
Big 12 Conference
NCAA I
Towson, MARYLAND
North East
Colonial Athletic Association
NCAA I
New Orleans, LOUISIANA
Mid South
American Athletic Conference
NCAA I
USAFA, COLORADO
South West
Mountain West Conference
NCAA I
West Point, NEW YORK
North East
Division I-A Independents
NCAA I
Annapolis, MARYLAND
North East
American Athletic Conference
NCAA I
Akron, OHIO
Great Lakes
Mid-American Conference
NCAA I
Tuscaloosa, ALABAMA
South East
Southeastern Conference
NCAA I
Tucson, ARIZONA
South West
Pacific-12 Conference
NCAA I
Fayetteville, ARKANSAS
Mid South
Southeastern Conference
NCAA I
Little Rock, ARKANSAS
Mid South
Sun Belt Conference
NCAA I
Berkeley, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Pacific-12 Conference
NCAA I
Davis, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Big Sky Conference
NCAA I
Los Angeles, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Pacific-12 Conference
NCAA I
Santa Barbara, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Big West Conference
NCAA I
Cincinnati, OHIO
Great Lakes
American Athletic Conference
NCAA I
Storrs, CONNECTICUT
New England
Big East Conference
NCAA I
Newark, DELAWARE
North East
Colonial Athletic Association
NCAA I
Denver, COLORADO
South West
The Summit League
NCAA I
Evansville, INDIANA
Great Lakes
Missouri Valley Conference
NCAA I
Gainesville, FLORIDA
South East
Southeastern Conference
NCAA I
Athens, GEORGIA
South East
Southeastern Conference
NCAA I
Honolulu, HAWAII
West Coast
Mountain West Conference
NCAA I
Houston, TEXAS
Mid South
American Athletic Conference
NCAA I
Moscow, IDAHO
North West
Sun Belt Conference
NCAA I
Champaign, ILLINOIS
Great Lakes
Big Ten Conference
NCAA I
Chicago, ILLINOIS
Great Lakes
Horizon League
NCAA I
Lawrence, KANSAS
Mid West
Big 12 Conference
NCAA I
Lexington, KENTUCKY
Mid East
Southeastern Conference
NCAA I
Louisville, KENTUCKY
Mid East
Atlantic Coast Conference
NCAA I
Orono, MAINE
New England
Atlantic 10 Conference
NCAA I
Baltimore, MARYLAND
North East
America East Conference
NCAA I
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
Columbia, MISSOURI
Mid West
Southeastern Conference
NCAA I
Lincoln, NEBRASKA
Mid West
Big Ten Conference
NCAA I
Omaha, NEBRASKA
Mid West
The Summit League
NCAA I
Las Vegas, NEVADA
South West
Mountain West Conference
NCAA I
Reno, NEVADA
South West
Mountain West Conference
NCAA I
Durham, NEW HAMPSHIRE
New England
Colonial Athletic Association
NCAA I
Albuquerque, NEW MEXICO
South West
Mountain West Conference
NCAA I
Wilmington, NORTH CAROLINA
Mid East
Colonial Athletic Association
NCAA I
Asheville, NORTH CAROLINA
Mid East
Big South Conference
NCAA I
Chapel Hill, NORTH CAROLINA
Mid East
Atlantic Coast Conference
NCAA I
Jacksonville, FLORIDA
South East
Atlantic Sun Conference
NCAA I
Denton, TEXAS
Mid South
Conference USA
NCAA I
Greeley, COLORADO
South West
Big Sky Conference
NCAA I
Cedar Falls, IOWA
Mid West
Missouri Valley Conference
NCAA I
Notre Dame, INDIANA
Great Lakes
Division I-A Independents
NCAA I
Philadelphia, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
Ivy League
NCAA I
Pittsburgh, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
Atlantic Coast Conference
NCAA I
Kingston, RHODE ISLAND
New England
Colonial Athletic Association
NCAA I
University of Richmond, VIRGINIA
Mid East
Colonial Athletic Association
NCAA I
San Diego, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Pioneer Football League
NCAA I
Columbia, SOUTH CAROLINA
South East
Southeastern Conference
NCAA I
Vermillion, SOUTH DAKOTA
North West
Missouri Valley Conference
NCAA I
Los Angeles, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Pacific-12 Conference
NCAA I
Knoxville, TENNESSEE
Mid East
Southeastern Conference
NCAA I
Austin, TEXAS
Mid South
Big 12 Conference
NCAA I
San Antonio, TEXAS
Mid South
Southland Conference
NCAA I
Stockton, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
West Coast Conference
NCAA I
Toledo, OHIO
Great Lakes
Mid-American Conference
NCAA I
Salt Lake City, UTAH
South West
Pacific-12 Conference
NCAA I
Burlington, VERMONT
New England
America East 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
Green Bay, WISCONSIN
Great Lakes
Horizon League
NCAA I
Milwaukee, WISCONSIN
Great Lakes
Horizon League
NCAA I
Laramie, WYOMING
North West
Mountain West Conference
NCAA I
Valparaiso, INDIANA
Great Lakes
Horizon League
NCAA I
Nashville, TENNESSEE
Mid East
Southeastern Conference
NCAA I
Villanova, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
Colonial Athletic Association
NCAA I
Lexington, VIRGINIA
Mid East
Big South Conference
NCAA I
Blacksburg, VIRGINIA
Mid East
Atlantic Coast Conference
NCAA I
Staten Island, NEW YORK
North East
Northeast Conference
NCAA I
Pullman, WASHINGTON
West Coast
Pacific-12 Conference
NCAA I
Morgantown, WEST VIRGINIA
Mid East
Big 12 Conference
NCAA I
Bowling Green, KENTUCKY
Mid East
Conference USA
NCAA I
Dayton, OHIO
Great Lakes
Horizon League
NCAA I
Cincinnati, OHIO
Great Lakes
Big East Conference
NCAA I
New Haven, CONNECTICUT
New England
Ivy League
NCAA I
Youngstown, OHIO
Great Lakes
Missouri Valley Conference
NCAA I

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