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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.

Full list of women’s wrestling colleges

School
City and State
Region
Division
Adrian College
Adrian, Michigan
Great Lakes
NCAA III
Allegany College of Maryland
Cumberland, Maryland
North East
NJCAA
Bacone College
Muskogee, Oklahoma
Mid South
NAIA
Brewton-Parker College
Mount Vernon, Georgia
South East
NAIA
Campbellsville University
Campbellsville, Kentucky
Mid East
NAIA
Central Christian College of Kansas
McPherson, Kansas
Mid West
NAIA
Eastern Oregon University
La Grande, Oregon
West Coast
NAIA
Ferrum College
Ferrum, Virginia
Mid East
NCAA III
Grays Harbor College
Aberdeen, Washington
West Coast
JC
King University - Tennessee
Bristol, Tennessee
Mid East
NCAA II
Lakeland University
Plymouth, Wisconsin
Great Lakes
NCAA III
Life University
Marietta, Georgia
South East
NAIA
Lindenwood University
Saint Charles, Missouri
Mid West
NCAA II
Lindenwood University - Belleville
Belleville, Illinois
Great Lakes
NAIA
Lyon College
Batesville, Arkansas
Mid South
NAIA
MacMurray College
Jacksonville, Illinois
Great Lakes
NCAA III
McKendree University
Lebanon, Illinois
Great Lakes
NCAA II
Menlo College
Atherton, California
West Coast
NAIA
Midland University
Fremont, Nebraska
Mid West
NAIA
Missouri Valley College
Marshall, Missouri
Mid West
NAIA
Nassau Community College
Garden City, New York
North East
JC
Oklahoma City University
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Mid South
NAIA
Ottawa University
Ottawa, Kansas
Mid West
NAIA
Pacific University
Forest Grove, Oregon
West Coast
NCAA III
Schreiner University
Kerrville, Texas
Mid South
NCAA III
Southern Oregon University
Ashland, Oregon
West Coast
NAIA
Southwestern Oregon Community College
Coos Bay, Oregon
West Coast
JC
Tiffin University
Tiffin, Ohio
Great Lakes
NCAA II
Umpqua Community College
Roseburg, Oregon
West Coast
JC
University of Jamestown
Jamestown, North Dakota
North West
NAIA
University of Providence (Formerly University of Great Falls)
Great Falls, Montana
North West
NAIA
University of the Cumberlands
Williamsburg, Kentucky
Mid East
NAIA
Waldorf University
Forest City, Iowa
Mid West
NAIA
Warner Pacific University
Portland, Oregon
West Coast
NAIA
Wayland Baptist University
Plainview, Texas
Mid South
NAIA

Emerging women’s wrestling colleges

These programs have announced women’s wrestling teams and plan to compete as soon as fall 2018.

  • Colorado Mesa University (D2)
  • Gannon University (D2)
  • Presbyterian College (D1)
  • Southwestern College (NAIA)
  • York College (NAIA)

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.

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