NCAA Division 3 volleyball schools are known for their smaller, more intimate campuses, strong emphasis on academics and ability to provide student-athletes with a well-rounded college experience. Division 3 volleyball schools are still very competitive, but athletes have the ability to create a more traditional college experience for themselves. To that end, the D3 playing season and eligibility standards are designed to minimize conflicts between athletics and academics, putting more time back in student-athletes’ schedules.
At Division 3 volleyball schools, coaches aren’t bound by strict recruiting rules like the other NCAA division levels, so they can reach out to recruits at any point. The goal is to give coaches and athletes more time to build relationships and ensure that the school is truly the right fit for that athlete. Of all the division levels, D3 has the most member institutions offering women’s volleyball, so there are potentially hundreds of opportunities for aspiring collegiate volleyball players.
To make the most informed college decision, student-athletes need to understand all aspects of the schools they are researching. This means looking past the athletic offerings to consider other factors, such as location, cost, size and academics. NCSA’s Power Rankings help student-athletes do just that. Below is a preview of the top 10 D3 schools that offer women’s volleyball. For a full list of top ranked schools, see our Power Rankings page for top D3 volleyball schools.
To see how the NCAA ranks these programs regionally based on their athletic performance, visit the NCAA website.
While NCAA Division 3 volleyball colleges don’t offer athletic scholarships, they have plenty of other scholarship opportunities that students can take advantage of. In fact, most student-athletes at Division 3 schools benefit from some form of financial aid. From academic scholarships, to need-based and merit scholarships, there are plenty of ways to help pay for an athlete’s education if they have the required grades and resume.