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List of Colleges with Women's Wrestling Programs

women's wrestling colleges.

Most U.S. women’s wrestling programs compete against each other as part of the Women’s Collegiate Wrestling Association (WCWA), regardless of whether they’re a Division 2, Division 3, NAIA or NJCAA team.

How to find the right women’s wrestling team for you

We always advise that student-athletes include a mix of schools in their target list, as you never know which school might be the right fit for you athletically, academically, and socially until you do your research. Every day, we hear from athletes who signed with a school they never would have thought of until they broadened their school search. It’s also smart to consider what college would look like if you were to stop wrestling, because not every college athlete competes all four years of school. That’s why it’s essential to determine which school is the best overall fit.

Tuition cost, financial aid, scholarship, and grants should also be an important part of the process—if not the most important. Tuition can vary wildly between colleges, as well as scholarship and financial aid amounts, so make sure to crunch the numbers and plan out what financial commitments you and your family will have to make.

When narrowing down schools, the best strategy is to cast a wide net and go from there. Reach out to each school and try to get a feeling for what the coach’s style is, whether it’s positive reinforcement or tough-as-nails drill sergeant. Knowing yourself, which style do you respond to? In addition to the coach, you can reach out to alumni and current wrestlers to get an idea of what the school is like. Obviously, visiting the college is a great idea, as this will allow you the chance to get many of the answers that you’re looking for. With more than 30 women’s wrestling programs out there, you could realistically reach out to every program.

Finally, do not be shy to ask questions. Whether it’s your parents, teachers, coaches, or admissions department at a college, asking questions will prevent you from making an uniformed decision.

Team rankings

Looking to join a top program? The level of competition will be challenging, but you’ll also have the opportunity to have a very rewarding college experience. New programs are starting each year, but stalwarts such as King University, Campbellsville University, Simon Fraser University, Oklahoma City University, and McKendree University are no strangers to the top of the rankings. You can check in how teams are performing thanks to the WCWA women’s college individual and team rankings, which are updated a few times each year.

Full list of women’s wrestling colleges

School
City and State
Region
Conference
Division
Adrian, MICHIGAN
Great Lakes
Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association  
NCAA III  
Philippi, WEST VIRGINIA
Mid East
Great Midwest Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Minneapolis, MINNESOTA
Mid West
Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Baldwin City, KANSAS
Mid West
Heart of America Athletic Conference  
NAIA  
Moses Lake, WASHINGTON
West Coast
 
JC  
Mount Vernon, GEORGIA
South East
Southern States Athletic Conference  
NAIA  
Campbellsville, KENTUCKY
Mid East
Mid-South Conference  
NAIA  
Kenosha, WISCONSIN
Great Lakes
College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin  
NCAA III  
McPherson, KANSAS
Mid West
Sooner Athletic Conference  
NAIA  
Fayette, MISSOURI
Mid West
Heart of America Athletic Conference  
NAIA  
Grand Junction, COLORADO
South West
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Grand Rapids, MICHIGAN
Great Lakes
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
La Grande, OREGON
West Coast
Frontier Conference  
NAIA  
Franklin Springs, GEORGIA
South East
Conference Carolinas  
NCAA II  
Ferrum, VIRGINIA
Mid East
USA South Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
St. Louis, MISSOURI
Mid West
St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Erie, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Des Moines, IOWA
Mid West
Heart of America Athletic Conference  
NAIA  
Aberdeen, WASHINGTON
West Coast
NWAACC- (NCWA Wrestling)  
JC  
Fort Wayne, INDIANA
Great Lakes
Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference  
NAIA  
Mount Pleasant, IOWA
Mid West
Upper Midwest Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Bristol, TENNESSEE
Mid East
Conference Carolinas  
NCAA II  
Scranton, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
NJCAA  
JC  
Plymouth, WISCONSIN
Great Lakes
Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference  
NCAA III  
Marietta, GEORGIA
South East
Mid-South Conference  
NAIA  
Gaffney, SOUTH CAROLINA
South East
South Atlantic Conference  
NCAA II  
Saint Charles, MISSOURI
Mid West
Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association  
NCAA II  
Belleville, ILLINOIS
Great Lakes
American Midwest Conference (NAIA)  
NAIA  
Lock Haven, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Batesville, ARKANSAS
Mid South
Central States Football League  
NAIA  
Jacksonville, ILLINOIS
Great Lakes
Upper Midwest Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Lebanon, ILLINOIS
Great Lakes
Great Lakes Valley Conference  
NCAA II  
Atherton, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Golden State Athletic Conference  
NAIA  
Fremont, NEBRASKA
Mid West
Great Plains Athletic Conference  
NAIA  
Saint Louis, MISSOURI
Mid West
Mid-States Football Association  
NAIA  
Marshall, MISSOURI
Mid West
Heart of America Athletic Conference  
NAIA  
Garden City, NEW YORK
North East
North Eastern Athletic  
JC  
Jersey City, NEW JERSEY
North East
Eastern College Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Naperville, ILLINOIS
Great Lakes
College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin  
NCAA III  
Oklahoma City, OKLAHOMA
Mid South
Sooner Athletic Conference  
NAIA  
Ottawa, KANSAS
Mid West
Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference  
NAIA  
Forest Grove, OREGON
West Coast
Northwest Conference  
NCAA III  
Clinton, SOUTH CAROLINA
South East
Big South Conference  
NCAA I  
Kerrville, TEXAS
Mid South
Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Redding, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
California Pacific Conference  
NAIA  
Ashland, OREGON
West Coast
Frontier Conference  
NAIA  
Coos Bay, OREGON
West Coast
NWAACC  
JC  
Fort Worth, TEXAS
Mid South
Sooner Athletic Conference  
NAIA  
Tiffin, OHIO
Great Lakes
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Roseburg, OREGON
West Coast
Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges  
JC  
Jamestown, NORTH DAKOTA
North West
North Star Athletic Association  
NAIA  
Great Falls, MONTANA
North West
Frontier Conference  
NAIA  
Leavenworth, KANSAS
Mid West
Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference  
NAIA  
Williamsburg, KENTUCKY
Mid East
Mid-South Conference  
NAIA  
Stevens Point, WISCONSIN
Great Lakes
Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Forest City, IOWA
Mid West
Midwest Collegiate Conference (NAIA)  
NAIA  
Portland, OREGON
West Coast
Cascade Collegiate Conference  
NAIA  
Plainview, TEXAS
Mid South
Sooner Athletic Conference  
NAIA  
York, NEBRASKA
Mid West
Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference  
NAIA  
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