Complete List of Colleges with Women's Volleyball Teams
College-bound volleyball players have a lot of volleyball colleges to choose from—more than 1,800, in fact. The trick: Figuring out what the right program is for your athlete. A good place to start is by understanding the differences between the division levels. This will help families determine what kinds of schools to target based on athletics, academics and what athletes are looking for in a college experience.
Families can use this information to help them create a target list of schools. We always advise that student-athletes include a mix of schools in their list, as they never know which division level might be right for them athletically, academically and socially until they do their research. Every day, we hear from athletes who signed with a school they never considered until they broadened their school search.
For families ready to start looking for volleyball colleges, we’ve created this guide, as well as a complete list of schools offering volleyball at each division level.
How many college volleyball teams are there?
There are about 1,802 women’s varsity volleyball programs across the U.S.:
- 334 Division 1 volleyball colleges
- 298 Division 2 volleyball colleges
- 437 Division 3 volleyball colleges
- 220 NAIA volleyball colleges
- 67 four-year colleges outside of the above divisions
- 313 NJCAA volleyball colleges
- 133 two-year colleges outside of the NJCAA
How many NCAA Division 1 women’s volleyball teams are there?
There are 334 Division 1 women’s volleyball colleges, competing in the following volleyball conferences: American East, American Athletic, ASUN, Atlantic 10, Atlantic Coast, Big 12, Big East, Big Sky, Big South, Big Ten, Big West, Colonial Athletic Association, Conference USA, Horizon League, Ivy League, Metro Atlantic Athletic, Mid-American, Mid-Eastern Athletic, Missouri Valley, Mountain West, Northeast, Ohio Valley, Pac-12, Patriot League, Southeastern, Southern, Southland Southwestern Athletic, Sunbelt, The Summit League, West Coast and Western Athletic.Back to Top ^
What are the best colleges for volleyball?
- Penn State
- San Diego
- Southern California
While these rankings aren’t perfect, they can give athletes a snapshot of the most competitive college volleyball teams. However, the reality is that the majority of high school volleyball players aren’t going to play at a top 15 volleyball college. The priority in each family’s recruiting efforts should be finding the best volleyball college for their athlete, whether that’s a top 15 Division 1 program, a Division 3 school or a junior college for two years. There are so many opportunities for talented athletes to get a volleyball scholarship. But, recruits can lose those opportunities if they focus all their recruiting efforts on the wrong division level for them.
Not sure what the right division level is for your athlete? Check out our volleyball recruiting guidelines to get a baseline for what coaches look for in recruits at each division level.Back to Top ^
How do you find college volleyball teams looking for players?
There are a couple different ways to find college volleyball coaches looking for players:
- Research college volleyball teams’ rosters. Check out which teams have a large number of seniors leaving, as well as teams that don’t have a very deep bench in your athlete’s position. Then, contact coaches at those colleges, sending them your athlete’s recruiting profile and key recruiting information.
- Reach out to college coaches. Athletes should send them a link to their online recruiting profile, as well as their volleyball recruiting video and few key stats. Ask if they are looking to recruit athletes in your position for your grad year.
- Use NCSA’s Roster Openings feature. College coaches with open roster spots will post a description of the type of athlete they are looking for. For more information about how to use this feature, call our team of recruiting experts at 866-495-7727.
Lists of volleyball colleges at each division level
We’ve compiled the full list of volleyball colleges at each division level. Families can sort by conference, state and college name. Find the lists: