Colleges With Women’s Wrestling Programs

Updated 12/10/2018 East Stroudsburg University added

The following is a list of schools with reported women’s wrestling programs. This should be a good starting point for all student-athletes wishing to pursue their wrestling career at the next level. A word of warning, programs come and go so please contact the school and make sure they still have a women’s wrestling program before setting your heart on attending any particular college (I promise to do my best to weed out any that no longer belong in the list).

Schools choose what organizations they become part of based on many factors. These schools may someday join the WCWA and some of the current WCWA schools may someday leave the association to join another. This does not mean that one program is of less quality than another because of the association it is in. Remember, there are many reasons to choose which school to attend, make sure they are the best reasons for you (the student-athlete).

If anyone notices a college is missing post it on the page and I will list it as soon as possible.

WCWA Schools

The Women’s Collegiate Wrestling Association (WCWA) is an autonomous association that now governs all collegiate women’s freestyle wrestling programs at NCAA, NAIA, and NJCAA institutions. Its primary role is to standardize the competition rules for women until the NCAA, NAIA, and/or Junior Colleges sanction it as an emerging sport.

If you have an athlete that wants to continue their career in college, a school that participates in the WCWA will probably be the best option. Some of the schools even offer athletic scholarships.

The WCWA weight classes are as follows: 101, 109, 116, 123, 130, 136, 143, 155, 170 and 191

Adrian College (NCAA Div. III)
110 S Madison St, Adrian, MI 49221

101 College Hill Drive
Philippi, WV 26416 (Program starting fall 2019)

2299 Old Bacone Road Muskogee OK 74403 (Discontinued 2018)

618 Eighth St, Baldwin City, KS 66006 (Program starting fall 2018)

7662 Chanute Street NE, Moses Lake, WA 98837(Program starting fall 2018)

201 David Ebiza, Mt Vernon, GA 30445

1 University Dr., Campbellsville, KY 42718

1200 S. Main St. P.O. Box 1403 McPherson, KS 67460

Colorado Mesa University (NCAA Div. II)
1100 North Ave, Grand Junction, CO 81501(Program starting fall 2018)

700 E. Butler Ave., Doylestown, PA 18901(Program starting fall 2019)

200 Prospect Street, East Stroudsburg, PA 18301-2999(Program starting fall 2019)

One University Boulevard La Grande, OR 97850-2807

Emmanuel College (NCAA Div. II)
181 Spring St, Franklin Springs, GA 30639

Ferrum College (NCAA Div. III)
10021 Franklin St, Ferrum, VA 24088

Fontbonne University (NCAA Div. III)
6800 Wydown Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63105 (Program starting fall 2019)

Gannon University (NCAA Div. II)
109 University Square, Erie, PA 16541 (Program starting fall 2018)

1620 Edward P. Smith Drive, Aberdeen WA 98520

King University (Formerly King College) (NCAA Div. II)
1350 King College Rd., Bristol, TN 37620

Lakeland University (NCAA Div. III)
W3718 South Dr, Plymouth, WI 53073 (Program starting fall 2018)

1269 Barclay Cir., Marietta, GA 30060

Limestone College (NCAA Div. II)
1115 College Dr, Gaffney, SC 29340 (Program starting fall 2019)

Lindenwood University (NCAA Div. II)
11960 Westline Industrial Dr, St. Louis, MO 63146

2600 W Main St., Belleville, IL 62226

Lyon College (NAIA)
2300 Highland Rd., Batesville, AR 72503

MacMurray College(NCAA Div. III)
447 East College Avenue, Jacksonville, Illinois 62650

McKendree University (NCAA Div. II)
701 College Rd., Lebanon, IL 62254

1000 El Camino Real, Atherton, CA 94027

900 N Clarkson St., Fremont, NE 68025

Missouri Baptist University (aka Missouri Baptist College) (NAIA)
One College Park Dr., Saint Louis, MO 63141

500 E College St., Marshall, MO 65340

One Education Dr., Garden City, NY, 11530 (Program starting fall 2018)

North Central College (NCAA Div. III)
30 N Brainard St, Naperville, IL 60540 (Program starting fall 2019)

2501 N Blackwelder Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73106

1001 S Cedar St., Ottawa, KS 66067

Pacific University (NCAA Div. II)
2043 College Way, Forest Grove, OR 97116

Presbyterian College (NCAA Div. I)
503 S Broad St, Clinton, SC 29325 (Program starting fall 2018)

Schreiner University(NCAA Div. III)
2100 Memorial Blvd, Kerrville, TX 78028 (Program starting fall 2018)

Simon Fraser University (NCAA Div. II)
8888 University Dr., Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6, Canada

1250 Siskiyou Blvd, Ashland, OR 97520

100 N College St, Winfield, KS 67156 (Program starting fall 2018)

1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay, OR 97420

1201 Wesleyan Street
Fort Worth, TX 76105 (Program starting fall 2019)

Tiffin University (NCAA Div. II)
155 Miami St., Tiffin, OH 44883 (Program starting fall 2018)

1140 Umpqua College Rd, Roseburg, OR 97470

University of Jamestown (Formerly Jamestown College) (NAIA)
6000 College Ln., Jamestown, ND 58405

University of Providence (formerly University of Great Falls)(NAIA)
1301 20th St S, Great Falls, MT 59405

4100 S 4th St, Leavenworth, KS 66048

6178 College Station Drive, Williamsburg, KY 40769

2100 Main Street Stevens Point, WI 54481(Program starting fall 2019)

Waldorf University (formerly Waldorf College)(NAIA)
106 S 6th St., Forest City, IA 50436

2219 SE 68th Ave., Portland, OR 97215

1900 W 7th St., Plainview, TX 79072

Westminster College (NCAA Div. III)
501 Westminster Ave, Fulton, MO 65251 (Program starting fall 2018)

1125 E 8th St, York, NE 68467 (Program starting fall 2018)

U Sports (Formerly CIS)

U Sports (formerly Canadian Interuniversity Sport) is a Canadian organization which has sponsored women’s freestyle wrestling as far back as 1999. The path to getting financial aid to wrestle in Canada involves a few more hurdles in comparison to a WCWA school (as WCWA athletes attending Simon Fraser can attest to). But, the opportunities are there for any scholar-athlete willing to pursue that path.

1812 Sir Isaac Brock Way, St. Catharines, ON L2S 3A1, Canada 

7141 Rue Sherbrooke O, Montréal, QC H4B 1R6, Canada 

955 Oliver Rd, Thunder Bay, ON P7B 5E1, Canada 

1280 Main St W, Hamilton, ON L8S 4L8, Canada 

99 University Ave, Kingston, ON K7L 3N6, Canada

350 Victoria St, Toronto, ON M5B 2K3, Canada

116 St & 85 Ave, Edmonton, AB T6G 2R3, Canada

2500 University Drive NW Calgary, AB T2N 1N4, Canada

33844 King Road, Abbotsford, BC V2S 7M7, Canada

50 Stone Rd E, Guelph, ON N1G 2W1, Canada

3 Bailey Dr, Fredericton, NB E3B 5A3, Canada

105 Administration Place, Saskatoon SK S7N 5A2, Canada

27 King’s College Cir, Toronto, ON M5S, Canada 

1151 Richmond St, London, ON N6A 3K7, Canada 

4700 Keele St, Toronto, ON M3J 1P3, Canada 

NCWA

For wrestlers who are looking to attend college but not looking to obtain scholarships through wrestling, schools that offer wrestling as a club sport might be the right fit for them. The National Collegiate Wrestling Association (NCWA) provides a league and national championships for college club women’s wrestling teams. These clubs, however, do not practice freestyle wrestling but collegiate-style (AKA folkstyle) which is what is practiced in most high schools in the United States.

Club wrestling faces the same challenges as school-sponsored wrestling programs and therefore, come and go. Please verify that the club is still active before making a decision based on the existence of the opportunity to wrestle at that school.

The red number in parenthesis signifies the last year they participated in the NCWA Championships, this doe not necessarily mean that they are no longer accepting female wrestlers or that they are no longer operating a wrestling club. It may simply mean they had no wrestlers compete at the Championships since then. Once again please verify that the program is in operation before making your decision.

The schools listed, without a parenthesized year, participated in the 2017 NCWA Women’s wrestling Championships.

5241 N Maple Ave, Fresno, CA 93740

301 Administration Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0150

1 College Cir Bangor, Maine 04401, Bangor, ME 04401

1971 University Blvd, Lynchburg, VA 24515

M.I.T. (2016)
77 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139

1301 E Main St, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

12800 Abrams Rd, Dallas, TX 75243

1 Armory St., Springfield, MA 01105

400 Bizzell St, College Station, TX 77843

601 University Dr, San Marcos, TX 78666

1200 E University Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85721

405 Hilgard Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90095

201 Criser Hall, Gainesville, FL 32611-4000

1 Main St, Houston, TX 77002

University of Miami (2016)
1320 S Dixie Hwy, Coral Gables, FL 33146

5713 Chadbourne Hall, Orono, ME 04469

300 Massachusetts Ave, Amherst, MA 01003

4901 Evergreen Rd, Dearborn, MI 48128

1155 Union Cir, Denton, TX 76203

4202 E Fowler Ave, Tampa, FL 33620

3551 Trousdale Pkwy, University Park, Los Angeles, CA 90007

320 Student Services Building. Knoxville, TN 37996-0230

701 S Nedderman Dr, Arlington, TX 76019

110 Inner Campus Drive, Austin, TX 78705

1410 NE Campus Parkway, Seattle WA 98195

516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225

7 thoughts on “Colleges With Women’s Wrestling Programs”

  1. I thought I would share that as of this year Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA has a WCWA program. The team as a whole the men’s and women’s is currently NCWA since it is an emerging sport and both the men’s and women’s wrestling were just brought back last season (2017/2018). This is the first year the women’s program is WCWA program.

    1. Eddie that is great news! Is there any press release confirming the program will be joining the WCWA? I went to their site and the only information I found listed the program as a recreational sport.

      If you have any additional information to share please feel free to use the contact form. I look forward to adding the school to the list and spreading the word as soon as I have some more information.

  2. Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA has a women’s program. As of the fall of 2017 PLU brought back both men’s and also women’s wrestling programs. As of the fall of 2018 the women’s program is now a NCWA and WCWA sanctioned program.

    1. Eddie, I see that it is in fact an NCWA program (I am very behind on updating that list).

      In regard to the WCWA, I still can not find information on the school’s site announcing it as anything other than a club sport and the schedule does not have them competing in the WCWA qualifiers.

      As soon I come across confirmation I will add them to the WCWA list.

      hanks for sharing.

  3. Do women at NCAA schools have the ability to earn sponcerships to help pay training and compete at the national and world level tournaments?

    1. Since women’s wrestling is not an NCAA sport yet, female wrestlers can still get sponsorships. However, NCAA sanctioning is on the horizon and once that happens female wrestlers will be subject to the same rules as other athletes.

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