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Women's Division 3 Swimming Colleges

Student-athletes looking for a unique college experience could find their dream school at a Division 3 college. Much like D2 swimmers, these athletes have more downtime and a less demanding athletic schedule. Those who want to pursue hobbies in the arts or join clubs on campus can do so at D3 swimming colleges. The lack of athletic scholarships does not mean there is no money available to help student-athletes offset costs. Grants and financial aid are available to student-athletes with good academics, as well as leadership skills.

Also, the recruiting process is less regulated for Division 3, so recruits and coaches can communicate with each other earlier – giving swimmers at this level more time to be actively engaged in recruiting. A lengthy communication process with a coach, as well as a few unofficial visits, can give a feel for the energy of the team and the campus life. 

How many Division 3 swimming colleges are there?

Division 3 women’s swimming boasts 242 programs to choose from. This is the largest number of programs in any division, so there are a multitude of choices for perspective recruits. Athletic scholarships are not available at this level, but there are other opportunities to help reduce the financial strain of college. Academic, along with other merit-based scholarships, are available. Financial aid is another a great way help pay for school.

Women’s Division 3 swimming rankings

Below are the NCSA power rankings for the 10 ten best Division 3 women’s swimming colleges.

  1. Johns Hopkins University
  2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  3. Emory University
  4. Amherst College
  5. California Institute of Technology
  6. Tufts University
  7. Pomona-Pitzer Colleges
  8. Swarthmore College
  9. University of Chicago
  10. Washington University in St. Louis 

NCSA’s list of best colleges incorporates factors that are not included in NCAA rankings. The average cost of tuition after financial aid is one example. This is especially important for D3, where athletic scholarships are not available but other types of financial aid are. NCSA creates these rankings to give a student-athlete a more holistic idea of the type of college experience different schools offer.

Full List of D3 Women’s Swimming Colleges

School
City and State
Region
Conference
Division
New Haven, Connecticut
New England
American Southwest Conference 
NCAA D3
Albion, Michigan
Great Lakes
Little East Conference 
NCAA D3
Reading, Pennsylvania
North East
Middle Atlantic College
NCAA D3
Alfred, New York
North East
North Atlantic Conference 
NCAA D3
Meadville, Pennsylvania
North East
Athletic East Conference 
NCAA D3
Alma, Michigan
Great Lakes
American Rivers Conference 
NCAA D3
Amherst, Massachusetts
New England
New England Collegiate College and Great Northeast Athletic Conference 
NCAA D3
Anderson, Indiana
Great Lakes
Landmark Conference 
NCAA D3
Glenside, Pennsylvania
North East
Great Northeast Athletic Conference 
NCAA D3
Wilmore, Kentucky
Mid East
National Christian College Athletics Association
NCAA D3
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Mid West
Southern Athletic Association 
NCAA D3
Rock Island, Illinois
Great Lakes
Southern Athletic Association
NCAA D3
Sherman, Texas
Mid South
Northen Athletic Collegiate  Conference 
NCAA D3
Wellesley, Massachusetts
New England
United East Conference 
NCAA D3
Berea, Ohio
Great Lakes
Ohio Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Annandale-On-Hudson, New York
North East
Middle Atlantic Conference 
NCAA D3
Lewiston, Maine
New England
Athletic East Conference 
NCAA D3
Beloit, Wisconsin
Great Lakes
Middle Atlantic Conference 
NCAA D3
Mount Berry, Georgia
South East
North Atlantic Conference 
NCAA D3
Bethany, West Virginia
Mid East
Preisdents' Athletic College
NCAA D3
Birmingham, Alabama
South East
Southern Athletic Association 
NCAA D3
Bluffton, Ohio
Great Lakes
Southern Athletic Association
NCAA D3
Brunswick, Maine
New England
Skyline Conference
NCAA D3
Waltham, Massachusetts
New England
United Volleyball Conference 
NCAA D3
Bridgewater, Virginia
Mid East
Commonwealth Coast Conference 
NCAA D3
Bridgewater, Massachusetts
New England
Southern Athletic Conference 
NCAA D3
Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
North East
Old Dominion Athletic Conference 
NCAA D3
Radnor, Pennsylvania
North East
Middle Atlantic Conference
NCAA D3
Pasadena, California
West Coast
Middle Atlantic Conference
NCAA D3
Thousand Oaks, California
West Coast
Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference 
NCAA D3
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Great Lakes
New England Women and Men's Conference 
NCAA D3
Northfield, Minnesota
Mid West
Coast to Coast Conference
NCAA D3
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
North East
American Rivers Conference 
NCAA D3
Waukesha, Wisconsin
Great Lakes
Coast to Coast Conference
NCAA D3
Kenosha, Wisconsin
Great Lakes
Landmark Conference 
NCAA D3
Cleveland, Ohio
Great Lakes
Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference 
NCAA D3
Washington, District Of Columbia
North East
Commonwealth Coast Conference 
NCAA D3
Cazenovia, New York
North East
Little East Conference 
NCAA D3
Allentown, Pennsylvania
North East
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Shreveport, Louisiana
Mid South
Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Danville, Kentucky
Mid East
Southern Athletic Association
NCAA D3
Orange, California
West Coast
Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
North East
Presidents' Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Claremont, California
West Coast
Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (Division III), Western Water Polo Association (Division III)
NCAA D3
Worcester, Massachusetts
New England
New England Women's & Men's Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Potsdam, New York
North East
Liberty League
NCAA D3
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Mid West
Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Waterville, Maine
New England
New England Small College Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
New London, New Hampshire
New England
North Atlantic Conference
NCAA D3
St. Joseph, Minnesota
Mid West
Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Wooster, Ohio
Great Lakes
North Coast Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Colorado Springs, Colorado
South West
Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Moorhead, Minnesota
Mid West
Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Mequon, Wisconsin
Great Lakes
Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference
NCAA D3
New London, Connecticut
New England
New England Small College Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Granville, Ohio
Great Lakes
North Coast Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Greencastle, Indiana
Great Lakes
North Coast Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Carlisle, Pennsylvania
North East
Centennial Conference
NCAA D3
Madison, New Jersey
North East
Landmark Conference
NCAA D3
Willimantic, Connecticut
New England
Little East Conference
NCAA D3
Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
North East
Landmark Conference
NCAA D3
Chicopee, Massachusetts
New England
New England Collegiate Conference
NCAA D3
Atlanta, Georgia
South East
University Athletic Association
NCAA D3
Eureka, Illinois
Great Lakes
Upper Midwest Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Madison, New Jersey
North East
Middle Atlantic Conferences
NCAA D3
Ferrum, Virginia
Mid East
USA South Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Steubenville, Ohio
Great Lakes
Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference
NCAA D3
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
North East
Centennial Conference
NCAA D3
Franklin, Indiana
Great Lakes
Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Washington, District Of Columbia
North East
Eastern Collegiate Football Conference
NCAA D3
Newberg, Oregon
West Coast
Northwest Conference
NCAA D3
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
North East
Centennial Conference
NCAA D3
Wenham, Massachusetts
New England
Commonwealth Coast Conference
NCAA D3
Baltimore, Maryland
North East
Landmark Conference
NCAA D3
Greensboro, North Carolina
Mid East
USA South Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Grinnell, Iowa
Mid West
Midwest Conference
NCAA D3
Grove City, Pennsylvania
North East
Presidents' Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Greensboro, North Carolina
Mid East
Old Dominion Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Saint Peter, Minnesota
Mid West
Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Clinton, New York
North East
New England Small College Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Mid West
Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Hanover, Indiana
Great Lakes
Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Oneonta, New York
North East
Empire 8 Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Conway, Arkansas
Mid South
Southern Athletic Association
NCAA D3
Hiram, Ohio
Great Lakes
North Coast Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Geneva, New York
North East
Liberty League (Division III)
NCAA D3
Roanoke, Virginia
Mid East
Old Dominion Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Frederick, Maryland
North East
MAC Commonwealth Conference
NCAA D3
Holland, Michigan
Great Lakes
Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association
NCAA D3
Bangor, Maine
New England
Eastern Collegiate Football Conference
NCAA D3
Jacksonville, Illinois
Great Lakes
Midwest Conference
NCAA D3
Chicago, Illinois
Great Lakes
Division III Independents
NCAA D3
Bloomington, Illinois
Great Lakes
College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
NCAA D3
Pennsylvania
North East
Colonial States Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Ithaca, New York
North East
Liberty League
NCAA D3
University Heights, Ohio
Great Lakes
Ohio Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Baltimore, Maryland
North East
Centennial Conference
NCAA D3
Huntingdon, Pennsylvania
North East
Centennial Conference
NCAA D3
Kalamazoo, Michigan
Great Lakes
Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association
NCAA D3
Union, New Jersey
North East
New Jersey Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Keene, New Hampshire
New England
Little East Conference
NCAA D3
Gambier, Ohio
Great Lakes
Southern Athletic Association 
NCAA D3
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
North East
Division III Independents
NCAA D3
Galesburg, Illinois
Great Lakes
Midwest Conference
NCAA D3
Lake Forest, Illinois
Great Lakes
Midwest Conference
NCAA D3
Appleton, Wisconsin
Great Lakes
Midwest Conference
NCAA D3
Annville, Pennsylvania
North East
Middle Atlantic Conference 
NCAA D3
Portland, Oregon
West Coast
Northwest Conference
NCAA D3
McMinnville, Oregon
West Coast
Northwest Conference
NCAA D3
Dubuque, Iowa
Mid West
Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Decorah, Iowa
Mid West
Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Williamsport, Pennsylvania
North East
Middle Atlantic Conferences
NCAA D3
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Mid West
Midwest Conference
NCAA D3
Castine, Maine
New England
New England Women's & Men's Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
North Manchester, Indiana
Great Lakes
Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Arlington, Virginia
Mid East
Capital Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Scranton, Pennsylvania
North East
Colonial States Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Cambridge, Massachusetts
New England
New England Women's & Men's Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Westminster, Maryland
North East
Centennial Conference
NCAA D3
Abilene, Texas
Mid South
American Southwest Conference
NCAA D3
Buffalo, New York
North East
Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference
NCAA D3
Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
North East
Middle Atlantic Conference
NCAA D3
Middlebury, Vermont
New England
New England Small College Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Decatur, Illinois
Great Lakes
College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
NCAA D3
Oakland, California
West Coast
Northwest Conference
NCAA D3
Jackson, Mississippi
Mid South
Southern Athletic Association
NCAA D3
Dallas, Pennsylvania
North East
Middle Atlantic Conferences
NCAA D3
Monmouth, Illinois
Great Lakes
Midwest Conference
NCAA D3
Montclair, New Jersey
North East
New Jersey Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
North East
Centennial Conference
NCAA D3
South Hadley, Massachusetts
New England
New England Women's & Men's Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Newburgh, New York
North East
Skyline Conference
NCAA D3
Rochester, New York
North East
Empire 8 Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Lincoln, Nebraska
Mid West
Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
New York, New York
North East
University Athletic Association
NCAA D3
Naperville, Illinois
Great Lakes
College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
NCAA D3
Johnson, Vermont
New England
North Atlantic Conference
NCAA D3
Northfield, Vermont
New England
New England Women's & Men's Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Oberlin, Ohio
Great Lakes
North Coast Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Los Angeles, California
West Coast
Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Ada, Ohio
Great Lakes
Ohio Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Delaware, Ohio
Great Lakes
North Coast Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Olivet, Michigan
Great Lakes
Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association
NCAA D3
Tacoma, Washington
West Coast
Division III Independents
NCAA D3
Forest Grove, Oregon
West Coast
Northwest Conference
NCAA D3
Altoona, Pennsylvania
North East
Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference
NCAA D3
Erie, Pennsylvania
North East
Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference
NCAA D3
Misenheimer, North Carolina
Mid East
USA South Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Demorest, Georgia
South East
USA South Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Plymouth, New Hampshire
New England
Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Claremont, California
West Coast
Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Elsah, Illinois
Great Lakes
St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Mahwah, New Jersey
North East
New Jersey Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Lynchburg, Virginia
Mid East
Old Dominion Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Ashland, Virginia
Mid East
Old Dominion Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Weston, Massachusetts
New England
Great Northeast Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Troy, New York
North East
Liberty League
NCAA D3
Providence, Rhode Island
New England
Little East Conference
NCAA D3
Memphis, Tennessee
Mid East
Southern Athletic Association
NCAA D3
Ripon, Wisconsin
Great Lakes
Midwest Conference
NCAA D3
Salem, Virginia
Mid East
Old Dominion Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Rochester, New York
North East
Liberty League
NCAA D3
Bristol, Rhode Island
New England
Commonwealth Coast Conference
NCAA D3
Terre Haute, Indiana
Great Lakes
Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Glassboro, New Jersey
North East
New Jersey Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Collegeville, Minnesota
Mid West
Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Standish, Maine
New England
Great Northeast Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Latrobe, Pennsylvania
North East
Presidents' Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Mid East
USA South Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Salisbury, Maryland
North East
Empire 8 Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Bronxville, New York
North East
Skyline Conference
NCAA D3
Sewanee, Tennessee
Mid East
Southern Athletic Association
NCAA D3
Boston, Massachusetts
New England
Great Northeast Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Indianola, Iowa
Mid West
Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Saratoga Springs, New York
North East
Liberty League
NCAA D3
Northampton, Massachusetts
New England
New England Women's & Men's Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Buena Vista, Virginia
Mid East
USA South
NCAA D3
Georgetown, Texas
Mid South
Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Springfield, Massachusetts
New England
ECAC (Division III, Football I-AA), Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (Division III), Empire Eight (Division III), New England College Wrestling Association (Division III), New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (Division III), Pilgrim League (Division III)
NCAA D3
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Mid West
Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Brooklyn, New York
North East
Skyline Conference
NCAA D3
Patchogue, New York
North East
Skyline Conference, Eastern College Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Canton, New York
North East
Liberty League
NCAA D3
St. Mary's City, Maryland
North East
Capital Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
De Pere, Wisconsin
Great Lakes
Midwest Conference
NCAA D3
Northfield, Minnesota
Mid West
Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Hoboken, New Jersey
North East
Empire 8 Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Stevenson, Maryland
North East
Middle Atlantic Conference
NCAA D3
Buffalo, New York
North East
Empire 8 Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Brockport, New York
North East
Empire 8 Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Oneonta, New York
North East
State University of New York Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Cobleskill, New York
North East
North Atlantic Conference 
NCAA D3
Cortland, New York
North East
State University of New York Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Delhi, New York
North East
North Atlantic Conference 
NCAA D3
Fredonia, New York
North East
State University of New York Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Geneseo, New York
North East
State University of New York Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Throggs Neck, New York
North East
Eastern Collegiate Football Conference
NCAA D3
New Paltz, New York
North East
State University of New York Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Oswego, New York
North East
State University of New York Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Potsdam, New York
North East
State University of New York Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Purchase, New York
North East
Skyline Conference
NCAA D3
Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania
North East
Centennial Conference
NCAA D3
Swarthmore, Pennsylvania
North East
Centennial Conference
NCAA D3
Sweet Briar, Virginia
Mid East
Old Dominion Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Ewing, New Jersey
North East
New Jersey Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Lexington, Kentucky
Mid East
Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Hartford, Connecticut
New England
New England Small College Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
San Antonio, Texas
Mid South
Southern Athletic Association
NCAA D3
Medford, Massachusetts
New England
New England Small College Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Schenectady, New York
North East
Liberty League
NCAA D3
New London, Connecticut
New England
New England Women's & Men's Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Kings Point, New York
North East
New England Women's & Men's Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Santa Cruz, California
West Coast
Division III Independents
NCAA D3
Chicago, Illinois
Great Lakes
Midwest Conference
NCAA D3
La Verne, California
West Coast
Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Lynchburg, Virginia
Mid East
Old Dominion Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Fredericksburg, Virginia
Mid East
Capital Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
North Dartmouth, Massachusetts
New England
Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Morris, Minnesota
Mid West
Upper Midwest Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Alliance, Ohio
Great Lakes
Ohio Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Biddeford, Maine
New England
Commonwealth Coast Conference
NCAA D3
Bradford, Pennsylvania
North East
Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference
NCAA D3
Tacoma, Washington
West Coast
Northwest Conference
NCAA D3
Redlands, California
West Coast
Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Rochester, New York
North East
University Athletic Association
NCAA D3
West Hartford, Connecticut
New England
Great Northeast Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Scranton, Pennsylvania
North East
Landmark Conference
NCAA D3
Clarksville, Arkansas
Mid South
American Southwest Conference
NCAA D3
Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Great Lakes
Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
La Crosse, Wisconsin
Great Lakes
Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Oshkosh, Wisconsin
Great Lakes
Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Stevens Point, Wisconsin
Great Lakes
Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Whitewater, Wisconsin
Great Lakes
Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Collegeville, Pennsylvania
North East
Centennial Conference
NCAA D3
Utica, New York
North East
Empire 8 Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Poughkeepsie, New York
North East
Liberty League
NCAA D3
Norfolk, Virginia
Mid East
Old Dominion Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Swannanoa, North Carolina
Mid East
Eastern Metro Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Washington, Pennsylvania
North East
Presidents' Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Lexington, Virginia
Mid East
Old Dominion Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Chestertown, Maryland
North East
Centennial Conference
NCAA D3
Saint Louis, Missouri
Mid West
University Athletic Association
NCAA D3
Wellesley, Massachusetts
New England
New England Women's & Men's Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Aurora, New York
North East
United East 
NCAA D3
Middletown, Connecticut
New England
New England Small College Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Danbury, Connecticut
New England
MASAC
NCAA D3
Springfield, Massachusetts
New England
Commonwealth Coast Conference 
NCAA D3
Westfield, Massachusetts
New England
MSCAC
NCAA D3
New Wilmington, Pennsylvania
North East
Presidents' Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Wheaton, Illinois
Great Lakes
College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
NCAA D3
Norton, Massachusetts
New England
New England Women's & Men's Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Walla Walla, Washington
West Coast
Northwest Conference
NCAA D3
Whittier, California
West Coast
Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Spokane, Washington
West Coast
Northwest Conference
NCAA D3
Chester, Pennsylvania
North East
Middle Atlantic Conferences
NCAA D3
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
North East
Middle Atlantic Conferences
NCAA D3
Salem, Oregon
West Coast
Northwest Conference
NCAA D3
Wayne, New Jersey
North East
New Jersey Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Raleigh, North Carolina
Mid East
USA South Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Williamstown, Massachusetts
New England
New England Small College Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Wilmington, Ohio
Great Lakes
Ohio Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Springfield, Ohio
Great Lakes
North Coast Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Worcester, Massachusetts
New England
New England Women's & Men's Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
York, Pennsylvania
North East
MAC
NCAA D3

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