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.
- University of California – San Diego
- Bentley University
- Truman State University
- Colorado School of Mines
- Rollins College
- Grand Valley State University
- Hillsdale College
- Assumption College
- University of Tampa
- Augustana University – South Dakota