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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 D1
Tempe, Arizona
South West
PAC-12 Conference
NCAA D1
Auburn, Alabama
South East
Southeastern Conference
NCAA D1
Muncie, Indiana
Great Lakes
Mid-American Conference
NCAA D1
Louisville, Kentucky
Mid East
ASUN Conference
NCAA D1
Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
New England
Atlantic Coast Conference
NCAA D1
Boston, Massachusetts
New England
Patriot League
NCAA D1
Bowling Green, Ohio
Great Lakes
Mid-American Conference
NCAA D1
Provo, Utah
South West
West Coast Conference
NCAA D1
Providence, Rhode Island
New England
Ivy League
NCAA D1
Smithfield, Rhode Island
New England
Northeast Conference
NCAA D1
Lewisburg, Pennsylvania
North East
Patriot League
NCAA D1
Indianapolis, Indiana
Great Lakes
Big East Conference
NCAA D1
Riverside, California
West Coast
Western Athletic Conference
NCAA D1
San Luis Obispo, California
West Coast
Big West Conference
NCAA D1
Bakersfield, California
West Coast
Big West Conference
NCAA D1
Fresno, California
West Coast
Mountain West Conference
NCAA D1
Buies Creek, North Carolina
Mid East
Big South Conference
NCAA D1
Buffalo, New York
North East
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
NCAA D1
New Britain, Connecticut
New England
Northeast Conference
NCAA D1
Cleveland, Ohio
Great Lakes
Horizon League
NCAA D1
Hamilton, New York
North East
Patriot League
NCAA D1
Worcester, Massachusetts
New England
Patriot League
NCAA D1
Fort Collins, Colorado
South West
Mountain West Conference
NCAA D1
New York, New York
North East
Ivy League
NCAA D1
Ithaca, New York
North East
Ivy League
NCAA D1
Hanover, New Hampshire
New England
Ivy League
NCAA D1
Davidson, North Carolina
Mid East
Atlantic 10 Conference
NCAA D1
Saint George, Utah
South West
Western Athletic Conference
NCAA D1
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
North East
Colonial Athletic Association
NCAA D1
Durham, North Carolina
Mid East
Atlantic Coast Conference
NCAA D1
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
North East
Atlantic 10 Conference
NCAA D1
Greenville, North Carolina
Mid East
American Athletic Conference
NCAA D1
Charleston, Illinois
Great Lakes
Ohio Valley Conference
NCAA D1
Ypsilanti, Michigan
Great Lakes
Mid-American Conference
NCAA D1
Fairfield, Connecticut
New England
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
NCAA D1
Boca Raton, Florida
South East
Conference USA
NCAA D1
Miami, Florida
South East
Conference USA
NCAA D1
Tallahassee, Florida
South East
Atlantic Coast Conference
NCAA D1
Bronx, New York
North East
Atlantic 10 Conference
NCAA D1
Boiling Springs, North Carolina
Mid East
Big South Conference
NCAA D1
Fairfax, Virginia
Mid East
Atlantic 10 Conference
NCAA D1
Washington, District Of Columbia
North East
Atlantic 10 Conference
NCAA D1
Washington, District Of Columbia
North East
Big East Conference
NCAA D1
Statesboro, Georgia
South East
Sun Belt Conference
NCAA D1
Atlanta, Georgia
South East
Atlantic Coast Conference
NCAA D1
Phoenix, Arizona
South West
Western Athletic Conference
NCAA D1
Cambridge, Massachusetts
New England
Ivy League
NCAA D1
Washington, District Of Columbia
North East
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
NCAA D1
Normal, Illinois
Great Lakes
Missouri Valley Conference
NCAA D1
Terre Haute, Indiana
Great Lakes
Missouri Valley Football Conference
NCAA D1
Bloomington, Indiana
Great Lakes
Big Ten Conference
NCAA D1
Indianapolis, Indiana
Great Lakes
Horizon League
NCAA D1
New Rochelle, New York
North East
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
NCAA D1
Ames, Iowa
Mid West
Big 12 Conference
NCAA D1
Harrisonburg, Virginia
Mid East
Colonial Athletic Association
NCAA D1
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
North East
Atlantic 10 Conference
NCAA D1
Easton, Pennsylvania
North East
Patriot League
NCAA D1
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
North East
Patriot League
NCAA D1
Lynchburg, Virginia
Mid East
ASUN Conference
NCAA D1
Brooklyn, New York
North East
Northeast Conference
NCAA D1
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Mid South
Southeastern Conference
NCAA D1
Los Angeles, California
West Coast
West Coast Conference
NCAA D1
Baltimore, Maryland
North East
Patriot League
NCAA D1
Riverdale, New York
North East
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
NCAA D1
Poughkeepsie, New York
North East
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
NCAA D1
Huntington, West Virginia
Mid East
Conference USA
NCAA D1
North Andover, Massachusetts
New England
Northeast-10 Conference
NCAA D1
Oxford, Ohio
Great Lakes
Mid-American Conference
NCAA D1
Springfield, Missouri
Mid West
Missouri Valley Conference
NCAA D1
West Long Branch, New Jersey
North East
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
NCAA D1
Emmitsburg, Maryland
North East
Northeast Conference
NCAA D1
Las Cruces, New Mexico
South West
Western Athletic Conference
NCAA D1
Niagara University, New York
North East
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
NCAA D1
Raleigh, North Carolina
Mid East
Atlantic Coast Conference
NCAA D1
Boston, Massachusetts
New England
Colonial Athletic Association
NCAA D1
Flagstaff, Arizona
South West
Big Sky Conference
NCAA D1
Evanston, Illinois
Great Lakes
Big Ten Conference
NCAA D1
Rochester, Michigan
Great Lakes
Horizon League
NCAA D1
Columbus, Ohio
Great Lakes
Big Ten Conference
NCAA D1
Athens, Ohio
Great Lakes
Mid-American Conference
NCAA D1
Norfolk, Virginia
Mid East
Conference USA
NCAA D1
University Park, Pennsylvania
North East
Big Ten Conference
NCAA D1
Malibu, California
West Coast
West Coast Conference
NCAA D1
Princeton, New Jersey
North East
Ivy League
NCAA D1
Providence, Rhode Island
New England
Big East Conference
NCAA D1
West Lafayette, Indiana
Great Lakes
Big Ten Conference
NCAA D1
Radford, Virginia
Mid East
Big South Conference
NCAA D1
Houston, Texas
Mid South
Conference USA
NCAA D1
Lawrenceville, New Jersey
North East
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
NCAA D1
Piscataway, New Jersey
North East
Big Ten Conference
NCAA D1
Fairfield, Connecticut
New England
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
NCAA D1
Loretto, Pennsylvania
North East
Northeast Conference
NCAA D1
Jersey City, New Jersey
North East
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
NCAA D1
San Diego, California
West Coast
Mountain West Conference
NCAA D1
San Jose, California
West Coast
Mountain West Conference
NCAA D1
Seattle, Washington
West Coast
Western Athletic Conference
NCAA D1
South Orange, New Jersey
North East
Big East Conference
NCAA D1
Loudonville, New York
North East
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
NCAA D1
Brookings, South Dakota
North West
The Summit League
NCAA D1
Carbondale, Illinois
Great Lakes
Missouri Valley Conference
NCAA D1
Dallas, Texas
Mid South
American Athletic Conference
NCAA D1
Saint Bonaventure, New York
North East
Atlantic 10 Conference
NCAA D1
Brooklyn Heights, New York
North East
Northeast Conference
NCAA D1
Stanford, California
West Coast
Pacific-12 Conference
NCAA D1
Vestal, New York
North East
America East Conference
NCAA D1
Stony Brook, New York
North East
America East Conference
NCAA D1
Buffalo, New York
North East
Mid-American Conference
NCAA D1
College Station, Texas
Mid South
Southeastern Conference
NCAA D1
Fort Worth, Texas
Mid South
Big 12 Conference
NCAA D1
Towson, Maryland
North East
Colonial Athletic Association
NCAA D1
New Orleans, Louisiana
Mid South
American Athletic Conference
NCAA D1
USAFA, Colorado
South West
Mountain West Conference
NCAA D1
West Point, New York
North East
Patriot League
NCAA D1
Annapolis, Maryland
North East
Patriot League
NCAA D1
Akron, Ohio
Great Lakes
Mid-American Conference
NCAA D1
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
South East
Southeastern Conference
NCAA D1
Tucson, Arizona
South West
Pacific-12 Conference
NCAA D1
Fayetteville, Arkansas
Mid South
Southeastern Conference
NCAA D1
Little Rock, Arkansas
Mid South
Sun Belt Conference
NCAA D1
Berkeley, California
West Coast
Pacific-12 Conference
NCAA D1
Davis, California
West Coast
Big West Conference
NCAA D1
Los Angeles, California
West Coast
Pacific-12 Conference
NCAA D1
La Jolla, California
West Coast
Big West Conference
NCAA D1
Santa Barbara, California
West Coast
Big West Conference
NCAA D1
Cincinnati, Ohio
Great Lakes
American Athletic Conference
NCAA D1
Storrs, Connecticut
New England
Big East Conference
NCAA D1
Newark, Delaware
North East
Colonial Athletic Association
NCAA D1
Denver, Colorado
South West
The Summit League
NCAA D1
Evansville, Indiana
Great Lakes
Missouri Valley Conference
NCAA D1
Gainesville, Florida
South East
Southeastern Conference
NCAA D1
Athens, Georgia
South East
Southeastern Conference
NCAA D1
Honolulu, Hawaii
West Coast
Big West Conference
NCAA D1
Houston, Texas
Mid South
American Athletic Conference
NCAA D1
Moscow, Idaho
North West
Big Sky Conference
NCAA D1
Champaign, Illinois
Great Lakes
Big Ten Conference
NCAA D1
Chicago, Illinois
Great Lakes
Horizon League
NCAA D1
Iowa City, Iowa
Mid West
Big Ten Conference
NCAA D1
Lawrence, Kansas
Mid West
Big 12 Conference
NCAA D1
Lexington, Kentucky
Mid East
Southeastern Conference
NCAA D1
Louisville, Kentucky
Mid East
Atlantic Coast Conference
NCAA D1
Orono, Maine
New England
America East Conference
NCAA D1
Baltimore, Maryland
North East
America East Conference
NCAA D1
Amherst, Massachusetts
New England
Atlantic 10 Conference
NCAA D1
Coral Gables, Florida
South East
Atlantic Coast Conference
NCAA D1
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Great Lakes
Big Ten Conference
NCAA D1
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Mid West
Big Ten Conference
NCAA D1
Columbia, Missouri
Mid West
Southeastern Conference
NCAA D1
Lincoln, Nebraska
Mid West
Big Ten Conference
NCAA D1
Omaha, Nebraska
Mid West
The Summit League
NCAA D1
Las Vegas, Nevada
South West
Mountain West Conference
NCAA D1
Reno, Nevada
South West
Mountain West Conference
NCAA D1
Durham, New Hampshire
New England
America East Conference
NCAA D1
Albuquerque, New Mexico
South West
Mountain West Conference
NCAA D1
Wilmington, North Carolina
Mid East
Colonial Athletic Association
NCAA D1
Asheville, North Carolina
Mid East
Big South Conference
NCAA D1
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Mid East
Atlantic Coast Conference
NCAA D1
Jacksonville, Florida
South East
ASUN Conference
NCAA D1
Denton, Texas
Mid South
Conference USA
NCAA D1
Greeley, Colorado
South West
Big Sky Conference
NCAA D1
Cedar Falls, Iowa
Mid West
Missouri Valley Conference
NCAA D1
Notre Dame, Indiana
Great Lakes
Atlantic Coast Conference
NCAA D1
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
North East
Ivy League
NCAA D1
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
North East
Atlantic Coast Conference
NCAA D1
Kingston, Rhode Island
New England
Atlantic 10 Conference
NCAA D1
Virginia
Mid East
Atlantic 10 Conference
NCAA D1
San Diego, California
West Coast
West Coast Conference
NCAA D1
Columbia, South Carolina
South East
Southeastern Conference
NCAA D1
Vermillion, South Dakota
North West
The Summit League
NCAA D1
Los Angeles, California
West Coast
Pacific-12 Conference
NCAA D1
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Mid West
The Summit League
NCAA D1
Knoxville, Tennessee
Mid East
Southeastern Conference
NCAA D1
Austin, Texas
Mid South
Big 12 Conference
NCAA D1
San Antonio, Texas
Mid South
Southland Conference
NCAA D1
Stockton, California
West Coast
West Coast Conference
NCAA D1
Toledo, Ohio
Great Lakes
Mid-American Conference
NCAA D1
Salt Lake City, Utah
South West
Pacific-12 Conference
NCAA D1
Burlington, Vermont
New England
America East Conference
NCAA D1
Charlottesville, Virginia
Mid East
Atlantic Coast Conference
NCAA D1
Madison, Wisconsin
Great Lakes
Big Ten Conference
NCAA D1
Green Bay, Wisconsin
Great Lakes
Horizon League
NCAA D1
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Great Lakes
Horizon League
NCAA D1
Laramie, Wyoming
North West
Mountain West Conference
NCAA D1
Valparaiso, Indiana
Great Lakes
Missouri Valley Conference
NCAA D1
Nashville, Tennessee
Mid East
Southeastern Conference
NCAA D1
Villanova, Pennsylvania
North East
Big East Conference
NCAA D1
Lexington, Virginia
Mid East
Southern Conference
NCAA D1
Blacksburg, Virginia
Mid East
Atlantic Coast Conference
NCAA D1
Staten Island, New York
North East
Northeast Conference
NCAA D1
Pullman, Washington
West Coast
Pacific-12 Conference
NCAA D1
Morgantown, West Virginia
Mid East
Big 12 Conference
NCAA D1
Williamsburg, Virginia
Mid East
Colonial Athletic Association
NCAA D1
Cincinnati, Ohio
Great Lakes
Big East Conference
NCAA D1
New Haven, Connecticut
New England
Ivy League
NCAA D1
Youngstown, Ohio
Great Lakes
Horizon League
NCAA D1

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