Women’s Division 2 Swimming Colleges

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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:

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
Type
Conference
Division
Alamosa, Colorado
Public
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference
NCAA D2
Garden City, New York
Private
Northeast-10 Conference
NCAA D2
Philippi, West Virginia
Private
Great Midwest Athletic Conference
NCAA D2
Ashland, Ohio
Private
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D2
Worcester, Massachusetts
Private
Northeast-10 Conference
NCAA D2
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Private
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference
NCAA D2
Azusa, California
Private
Great Northeast Athletic Conference
NCAA D2
Wilson, North Carolina
Private
Conference Carolinas
NCAA D2
Waltham, Massachusetts
Private
Northeast-10 Conference
NCAA D2
La Mirada, California
Private
Pacific West Conference
NCAA D2
Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania
Public
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
NCAA D2
Bluefield, West Virginia
Public
Independent Southeast Region
NCAA D2
Hayward, California
Public
California Collegiate Athletic Association
NCAA D2
California, Pennsylvania
Public
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
NCAA D2
Jefferson City, Tennessee
Private
South Atlantic Conference
NCAA D2
Salisbury, North Carolina
Private
South Atlantic Conference
NCAA D2
Murfreesboro, North Carolina
Private
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association
NCAA D2
Clarion, Pennsylvania
Public
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
NCAA D2
Grand Junction, Colorado
Public
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference
NCAA D2
Golden, Colorado
Public
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference
NCAA D2
Pueblo, Colorado
Public
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference
NCAA D2
Irvine, California
Private
Pacific West Conference
NCAA D2
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Private
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference
NCAA D2
Spartanburg, South Carolina
Private
Conference Carolinas
NCAA D2
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Private
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D2
Elkins, West Virginia
Private
Great Midwest Athletic Conference
NCAA D2
Cleveland, Mississippi
Public
Gulf South Conference
NCAA D2
Springfield, Missouri
Private
Great Lakes Valley Conference
NCAA D2
East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
Public
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
NCAA D2
Edinboro, Pennsylvania
Public
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
NCAA D2
Franklin Springs, Georgia
Private
Conference Carolinas
NCAA D2
Fairmont, West Virginia
Public
Mountain East Conference
NCAA D2
Lodi, New Jersey
Private
Division II Independents
NCAA D2
Lakeland, Florida
Private
Sunshine State Conference
NCAA D2
Melbourne, Florida
Private
Gulf South Conference
NCAA D2
Fresno, California
Private
Pacific West Conference
NCAA D2
Frostburg, Maryland
Public
New Jersey Athletic Conference
NCAA D2
Erie, Pennsylvania
Private
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
NCAA D2
Allendale, Michigan
Public
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D2
Arkadelphia, Arkansas
Public
Great American Conference
NCAA D2
Hillsdale, Michigan
Private
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D2
Indiana, Pennsylvania
Public
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
NCAA D2
Bristol, Tennessee
Private
Conference Carolinas
NCAA D2
Kutztown, Pennsylvania
Public
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
NCAA D2
Syracuse, New York
Private
Northeast-10 Conference
NCAA D2
Banner Elk, North Carolina
Private
Conference Carolinas
NCAA D2
Hickory, North Carolina
Private
South Atlantic Conference
NCAA D2
Romeoville, Illinois
Private
Great Lakes Valley Conference
NCAA D2
Lock Haven, Pennsylvania
Public
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
NCAA D2
Boca Raton, Florida
Private
Sunshine State Conference
NCAA D2
Canton, Ohio
Private
Great Midwest Athletic Conference
NCAA D2
Mars Hill, North Carolina
Private
South Atlantic Conference
NCAA D2
Saint Louis, Missouri
Private
Great Lakes Valley Conference
NCAA D2
Lebanon, Illinois
Private
Great Lakes Valley Conference
NCAA D2
Millersville, Pennsylvania
Public
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
NCAA D2
Mankato, Minnesota
Public
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference
NCAA D2
Moorhead, Minnesota
Public
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference
NCAA D2
Marquette, Michigan
Public
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D2
Aberdeen, South Dakota
Public
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference
NCAA D2
Cleveland, Ohio
Private
Mountain East Conference
NCAA D2
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Private
Sunshine State Conference
NCAA D2
Edmond, Oklahoma
Private
Heartland Conference
NCAA D2
Arkadelphia, Arkansas
Private
Great American Conference
NCAA D2
New York, New York
Private
Northeast-10 Conference
NCAA D2
Charlotte, North Carolina
Private
South Atlantic Conference
NCAA D2
Quincy, Illinois
Private
Great Lakes Valley Conference
NCAA D2
Rochester, New York
Private
East Coast Conference
NCAA D2
Winter Park, Florida
Private
Sunshine State Conference
NCAA D2
University Center, Michigan
Public
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D2
Saint Leo, Florida
Private
Sunshine State Conference
NCAA D2
Colchester, Vermont
Private
Northeast-10 Conference
NCAA D2
Salem, West Virginia
Private
Great Midwest Athletic Conference (NCAA II)
NCAA D2
Shippensburg, Pennsylvania
Public
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
NCAA D2
New Haven, Connecticut
Public
Northeast-10 Conference
NCAA D2
Marshall, Minnesota
Public
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference
NCAA D2
Saint Cloud, Minnesota
Public
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference
NCAA D2
Albany, New York
Private
Northeast-10 Conference
NCAA D2
Kirksville, Missouri
Public
Great Lakes Valley Conference
NCAA D2
Fairbanks, Alaska
Public
Great Northwest Athletic Conference
NCAA D2
Findlay, Ohio
Private
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D2
Indianapolis, Indiana
Private
Great Lakes Valley Conference
NCAA D2
Bismarck, North Dakota
Private
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference
NCAA D2
Saint Louis, Missouri
Public
Great Lakes Valley Conference
NCAA D2
Montevallo, Alabama
Public
Peach Belt Conference
NCAA D2
Kearney, Nebraska
Public
Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association
NCAA D2
Pembroke, North Carolina
Public
Division II Independents
NCAA D2
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Private
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference
NCAA D2
Tampa, Florida
Private
Sunshine State Conference
NCAA D2
Odessa, Texas
Public
Lone Star Conference
NCAA D2
Pensacola, Florida
Public
Gulf South Conference
NCAA D2
Detroit, Michigan
Public
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D2
West Chester, Pennsylvania
Public
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
NCAA D2
Buckhannon, West Virginia
Private
Mountain East Conference
NCAA D2
Gunnison, Colorado
Public
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference
NCAA D2
Wheeling, West Virginia
Private
Mountain East Conference
NCAA D2
Liberty, Missouri
Private
Great Lakes Valley Conference
NCAA D2
Wingate, North Carolina
Private
South Atlantic Conference
NCAA D2