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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.

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Women’s college wrestling rankings 

Finding the right college fit means finding a school that meets a student-athlete’s athletic, academic, social and financial needs. To help you better identify their right college fit NCSA’s Power Rankings rank the four-year NCAA and NAIA wrestling colleges based on size, location, cost and more. Below is a list of the top 10 women’s wrestling colleges.

  1. Gannon University
  2. Pacific University
  3. Oklahoma City University
  4. Baker University
  5. North Central College
  6. McKendree University
  7. Adrian College
  8. Warner Pacific University
  9. King University – Tennessee
  10. Colorado Mesa University

View the complete NCSA Power Rankings of top women’s college wrestling schools

You can also 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. 

View the complete list of women’s wrestling colleges below.

Full list of women’s college wrestling teams

School
City and State
Region
Conference
Division
Adrian, MICHIGAN
Great Lakes
Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association
NCAA III
Albion, 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
Rock Island, ILLINOIS
Great Lakes
College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
NCAA III
Aurora, ILLINOIS
Great Lakes
Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference
NCAA III
Baldwin City, KANSAS
Mid West
Heart of America Athletic Conference
NAIA
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
Salem, OREGON
West Coast
Cascade Collegiate Conference
NAIA
Grand Rapids, MICHIGAN
Great Lakes
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA II
Doylestown, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
Middle Atlantic Conferences
NCAA III
Saint George, UTAH
South West
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference
NCAA II
East Stroudsburg, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
NCAA II
La Grande, OREGON
West Coast
Frontier Conference
NAIA
Elmira, NEW YORK
North East
Empire 8 Athletic Conference
NCAA III
Franklin Springs, GEORGIA
South East
Conference Carolinas
NCAA II
Emory, VIRGINIA
Mid East
Old Dominion Athletic Conference
NCAA III
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
Greensboro, NORTH CAROLINA
Mid East
USA South Athletic Conference
NCAA III
Hannibal, MISSOURI
Mid West
American Midwest Conference
NAIA
Hastings, NEBRASKA
Mid West
Great Plains Athletic Conference
NAIA
Hiram, OHIO
Great Lakes
North Coast Athletic Conference
NCAA III
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
Lincoln, ILLINOIS
Great Lakes
NAIA
NAIA
Saint Charles, MISSOURI
Mid West
Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association
NCAA II
Lock Haven, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
NCAA I
Sylvania, OHIO
Great Lakes
Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference
NAIA
Batesville, ARKANSAS
Mid South
Central States Football League
NAIA
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
Fargo, NORTH DAKOTA
North West
Missouri Valley Conference
NCAA I
Marquette, MICHIGAN
Great Lakes
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA II
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
Laurinburg, NORTH CAROLINA
Mid East
Mid-South Conference
NAIA
Fort Worth, TEXAS
Mid South
Sooner Athletic Conference
NAIA
Tiffin, OHIO
Great Lakes
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA II
Angola, INDIANA
Great Lakes
Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association
NCAA III
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
Clarksville, ARKANSAS
Mid South
American Southwest Conference
NCAA III
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
Liberty, MISSOURI
Mid West
Great Lakes Valley Conference
NCAA II
Oskaloosa, IOWA
Mid West
Heart of America Athletic Conference
NAIA
York, NEBRASKA
Mid West
Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference
NAIA

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