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Women's Division 2 Swimming Colleges

At Division 2 swimming colleges, athletes will see an abundance of talent and many swimmers with the ability to final at the NCAA Division 1 Swimming Championships. This level simply offers a better balance between academics, athletics and the social aspects of college. The benefits and other factors that convince many women to swim D2 are: 

  • D2 swimming colleges usually have a less demanding training schedule than their D1 counterparts. This extra time can be spent enjoying the social parts of college or even taking up new hobbies.
  • Students will have many different types of campuses to look at with D2 colleges. 51 percent of these universities have less than 2,500 students, which sometimes be a nice change of pace to those coming from a high school with a larger student population.

For those women wanting to compete at a high level while maintaining great life balance, checking out D2 colleges could bring clarity to the college selection process. Swimming will be a large part of a student-athlete’s life at a D2 school, but it will not be all they have time to do. 

How Many Division 2 Colleges with Women’s Swimming Are There?

According to NCSA’s most recent data, there are 77 women’s Division 2 swimming colleges. The scholarship number is only 8.1,  compared to 14 offered in Division 1 as the limit per team. Smaller team sizes are common, with most athletes not receiving a full scholarship unless they are a transcendent talent.

Women’s Division 2 Swimming Rankings

The college selection process can be difficult if the only data an athlete has is whether a swim team is fast or not. This does not incorporate other factors that make the college experience a positive one. For these reasons NCSA puts together best colleges for women’s D2 swimming to help make a college choice one that is more informed. We use a variety of college rankings along with cost, student life on campus, athletics and the value of the education at an institution.

Best Division 2 women’s swimming colleges

1. University of California – San Diego

2. Bentley University

3. Truman State University

4. Colorado School of Mines

5. Rollins College

6. Grand Valley State University

7. Hillsdale College

8. Assumption College

9. University of Tampa

10. Augustana University – South Dakota

NCAA rankings based solely on performance are available here.

Full List of D2 Women’s Swimming Colleges

School
City and State
Region
Conference
Division
Alamosa, COLORADO
South West
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Garden City, NEW YORK
North East
Northeast-10 Conference  
NCAA II  
Philippi, WEST VIRGINIA
Mid East
Great Midwest Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Ashland, OHIO
Great Lakes
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Worcester, MASSACHUSETTS
New England
Northeast-10 Conference  
NCAA II  
Sioux Falls, SOUTH DAKOTA
North West
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference  
NCAA II  
Azusa, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Great Northeast Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Wilson, NORTH CAROLINA
Mid East
Conference Carolinas  
NCAA II  
Louisville, KENTUCKY
Mid East
Great Lakes Valley Conference  
NCAA II  
Waltham, MASSACHUSETTS
New England
Northeast-10 Conference  
NCAA II  
La Mirada, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Pacific West Conference  
NCAA II  
Bloomsburg, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Hayward, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
California Collegiate Athletic Association  
NCAA II  
California, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Jefferson City, TENNESSEE
Mid East
South Atlantic Conference  
NCAA II  
Salisbury, NORTH CAROLINA
Mid East
South Atlantic Conference  
NCAA II  
Murfreesboro, NORTH CAROLINA
Mid East
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association  
NCAA II  
Clarion, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Grand Junction, COLORADO
South West
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Golden, COLORADO
South West
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Pueblo, COLORADO
South West
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Irvine, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Pacific West Conference  
NCAA II  
Spartanburg, SOUTH CAROLINA
South East
Conference Carolinas  
NCAA II  
Grand Rapids, MICHIGAN
Great Lakes
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Elkins, WEST VIRGINIA
Mid East
Great Midwest Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Cleveland, MISSISSIPPI
Mid South
Gulf South Conference  
NCAA II  
Saint George, UTAH
South West
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Springfield, MISSOURI
Mid West
Great Lakes Valley Conference  
NCAA II  
East Stroudsburg, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Edinboro, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Franklin Springs, GEORGIA
South East
Conference Carolinas  
NCAA II  
Fairmont, WEST VIRGINIA
Mid East
Mountain East Conference  
NCAA II  
Melbourne, FLORIDA
South East
Gulf South Conference  
NCAA II  
Lakeland, FLORIDA
South East
Sunshine State Conference  
NCAA II  
Fresno, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Pacific West Conference  
NCAA II  
Erie, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Allendale, MICHIGAN
Great Lakes
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Arkadelphia, ARKANSAS
Mid South
Great American Conference  
NCAA II  
Hillsdale, MICHIGAN
Great Lakes
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Indiana, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Bristol, TENNESSEE
Mid East
Conference Carolinas  
NCAA II  
Kutztown, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Painesville, OHIO
Great Lakes
Great Midwest Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Syracuse, NEW YORK
North East
Northeast-10 Conference  
NCAA II  
Banner Elk, NORTH CAROLINA
Mid East
Conference Carolinas  
NCAA II  
Hickory, NORTH CAROLINA
Mid East
South Atlantic Conference  
NCAA II  
Romeoville, ILLINOIS
Great Lakes
Great Lakes Valley Conference  
NCAA II  
Saint Charles, MISSOURI
Mid West
Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association  
NCAA II  
Lock Haven, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Boca Raton, FLORIDA
South East
Sunshine State Conference  
NCAA II  
Canton, OHIO
Great Lakes
Great Midwest Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Mars Hill, NORTH CAROLINA
Mid East
South Atlantic Conference  
NCAA II  
Saint Louis, MISSOURI
Mid West
Great Lakes Valley Conference  
NCAA II  
Lebanon, ILLINOIS
Great Lakes
Great Lakes Valley Conference  
NCAA II  
North Andover, MASSACHUSETTS
New England
Northeast-10 Conference  
NCAA II  
Millersville, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Mankato, MINNESOTA
Mid West
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference  
NCAA II  
Moorhead, MINNESOTA
Mid West
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference  
NCAA II  
Marquette, MICHIGAN
Great Lakes
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Aberdeen, SOUTH DAKOTA
North West
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference  
NCAA II  
Cleveland, OHIO
Great Lakes
Mountain East Conference  
NCAA II  
Fort Lauderdale, FLORIDA
South East
Sunshine State Conference  
NCAA II  
Shawnee, OKLAHOMA
Mid South
Great American Conference  
NCAA II  
Edmond, OKLAHOMA
Mid South
Heartland Conference  
NCAA II  
Arkadelphia, ARKANSAS
Mid South
Great American Conference  
NCAA II  
New York, NEW YORK
North East
Northeast-10 Conference  
NCAA II  
Charlotte, NORTH CAROLINA
Mid East
South Atlantic Conference  
NCAA II  
Rochester, NEW YORK
North East
East Coast Conference  
NCAA II  
Winter Park, FLORIDA
South East
Sunshine State Conference  
NCAA II  
University Center, MICHIGAN
Great Lakes
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Saint Leo, FLORIDA
South East
Sunshine State Conference  
NCAA II  
Colchester, VERMONT
New England
Northeast-10 Conference  
NCAA II  
Salem, WEST VIRGINIA
Mid East
Great Midwest Athletic Conference (NCAA II)  
NCAA II  
Shippensburg, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
New Haven, CONNECTICUT
New England
Northeast-10 Conference  
NCAA II  
Marshall, MINNESOTA
Mid West
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference  
NCAA II  
Saint Cloud, MINNESOTA
Mid West
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference  
NCAA II  
Albany, NEW YORK
North East
Northeast-10 Conference  
NCAA II  
Tiffin, OHIO
Great Lakes
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Kirksville, MISSOURI
Mid West
Great Lakes Valley Conference  
NCAA II  
Fairbanks, ALASKA
West Coast
Great Northwest Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Bridgeport, CONNECTICUT
New England
East Coast Conference  
NCAA II  
La Jolla, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Division II Independents  
NCAA II  
Findlay, OHIO
Great Lakes
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Indianapolis, INDIANA
Great Lakes
Great Lakes Valley Conference  
NCAA II  
Bismarck, NORTH DAKOTA
North West
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference  
NCAA II  
Saint Louis, MISSOURI
Mid West
Great Lakes Valley Conference  
NCAA II  
Montevallo, ALABAMA
South East
Peach Belt Conference  
NCAA II  
Kearney, NEBRASKA
Mid West
Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association  
NCAA II  
Pembroke, NORTH CAROLINA
Mid East
Division II Independents  
NCAA II  
Sioux Falls, SOUTH DAKOTA
North West
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference  
NCAA II  
Tampa, FLORIDA
South East
Sunshine State Conference  
NCAA II  
Odessa, TEXAS
Mid South
Lone Star Conference  
NCAA II  
San Antonio, TEXAS
Mid South
Southland Conference  
NCAA II  
Pensacola, FLORIDA
South East
Gulf South Conference  
NCAA II  
Urbana, OHIO
Great Lakes
Mountain East Conference  
NCAA II  
Pepper Pike, OHIO
Great Lakes
Great Midwest Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Detroit, MICHIGAN
Great Lakes
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
West Chester, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Buckhannon, WEST VIRGINIA
Mid East
Mountain East Conference  
NCAA II  
Gunnison, COLORADO
South West
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Liberty, MISSOURI
Mid West
Great Lakes Valley Conference  
NCAA II  
Wingate, NORTH CAROLINA
Mid East
South Atlantic Conference  
NCAA II  
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