Division 3 Women’s Tennis Colleges
Far too many athletes do not take an extensive look at Division 3 tennis colleges. A main reason is because D3 does not offer athletic scholarships, so many athletes think student loans are the only option to pay for college costs. However, student-athletes with qualifying GPA and ACT scores are highly sought after by Division 3 tennis colleges and various forms of grants – such as those based on academic merit and leadership ability - are available at these D3 schools. There are other advantages to choosing a D3 tennis college:
- The recruiting process begins earlier, which can be helpful when parents and student-athletes research school options.
- Many D3 tennis schools offer degrees and academic programs not offered at other college levels.
- A smaller campus is desirable to many student-athletes.
- Athletics are a part of the entire college process, not the main reason for attending college.
How many division 3 women’s tennis colleges are there?
There are 328 NCAA Division 3 women’s tennis programs, which is the most among any division. Student population, as well as admission requirements, vary greatly. The D3 women’s tennis school experience is not as stressful on the player as the D1 or D2 athletic atmosphere and should remain a serious consideration for the student-athlete with qualifying academic numbers.
Women’s D3 tennis rankings – top Division 3 tennis colleges
The following are NCSA’s power rankings which factor in other features of colleges rather than just performance on the court.
- Amherst College
- Johns Hopkins University
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
- California Institute of Technology
- Pomona-Pitzer Colleges
- Emory University
- Swarthmore College
- Tufts University
- University of Chicago
- Carnegie Mellon University
It’s important to note the above rankings are a result of NCSA considering multiple factors in determining the best colleges for each sport. Where the NCAA rankings depend on final season rankings via a coaches poll, NCSA takes into consideration things like average cost after financial aid, as well as graduation rates.