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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:

  • Competing and succeeding against the best is in the heart of many high-level swimmers. The competition is extremely high quality in D1 and the workload for a swimmer in the pool is unmatched in other divisions.
  • Larger schools mean larger budgets, as well as alumni donations. This often allows for better facilities, training staff, dining halls and dorms for athletes.
  • Division 1 schools usually have large campuses with freshman lecture halls holding hundreds of students. The athletic department will likely have academic support staff to help with difficult classes.

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  
Boise, IDAHO
North West
Mountain West 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
West Coast Conference  
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
Big South Conference  
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  
Hanover, NEW HAMPSHIRE
New England
Ivy League  
NCAA I  
Davidson, NORTH CAROLINA
Mid East
Atlantic 10 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  
Greenville, NORTH CAROLINA
Mid East
American Athletic 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
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference  
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  
Las Cruces, NEW MEXICO
South West
Sun Belt Conference  
NCAA I  
Niagara University, NEW YORK
North East
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference  
NCAA I  
Greensboro, NORTH CAROLINA
Mid East
Mid-Eastern 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  
Providence, RHODE ISLAND
New England
Little East 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-A  
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  
Orlando, FLORIDA
South East
American Athletic 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  
Iowa City, IOWA
Mid West
Big Ten Conference  
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
West Coast Conference  
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  
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  
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  
Macomb, ILLINOIS
Great Lakes
Missouri Valley Conference  
NCAA I  
Dayton, OHIO
Great Lakes
Horizon League  
NCAA I  
, 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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