Colleges That Offer Women’s Wrestling
You don’t have to be a wrestler in high school to pursue the sport in college. In fact, there are several colleges across the country that offer women’s wrestling as an intramural sport or as part of their intercollegiate program. Although most of these schools have men’s programs, it’s still worth checking out what they have to offer if you’re interested in joining a team at this level!
College of the Ozarks (Clarkson, Missouri)
The College of the Ozarks (Clarkson, Missouri) is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts college located in the Ozarks of southwest Missouri. It was founded in 1906 by Dr. William J.Harrison, a Methodist minister.
King University (Bristol, Tennessee)
King University—a Christian college located in Bristol, Tennessee—offers women’s wrestling for their undergraduate students. King University is a small school with an enrollment of roughly 2,500 students. They are also part of the Southern States Athletic Conference and offer a variety of other sports programs to participate in alongside their women’s wrestling team.
McKendree University (Lebanon, Illinois)
McKendree University is a private, co-educational, Christian liberal arts university that has been serving students since 1828. The university is located in Lebanon, Illinois and offers over 50 undergraduate majors to choose from.
McKendree University is a member of the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC), which is an association of independent colleges and universities. This organization provides leadership in strengthening independent higher education through advocacy on behalf of its members’ interests before policy makers at all levels as well as with other constituencies who have an interest in higher education. McKendree also participates in both regional and national accreditation organizations: regional accreditation by North Central Association Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (NCA); national accreditation by Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS).
Simon Fraser University (Burnaby, British Columbia)
Simon Fraser University (SFU) is a public research university in British Columbia with campuses in Burnaby, Surrey and Vancouver. SFU was consistently ranked as one of the top universities in Canada, coming in at #2 on Maclean’s 2015 list of Canada’s Best Universities and #6 on Times Higher Education World University Rankings’ 2017 list for Canada. It was also ranked as one of the best Canadian universities for international students by The Economist Intelligence Unit’s 2018 Global Liveability Ranking.
Simon Fraser University offers an undergraduate program that allows women to compete on their women’s wrestling team starting from their freshman year until graduation day!
Menlo College (Atherton, California)
- Menlo College is a private liberal arts college located in Atherton, California. It was founded in 1927 as a junior college and became a four-year institution in 1964.
- The school has an enrollment of 1,600 students and offers graduate programs for teachers, therapists and nurses.
- Its sports teams are known as the Oaks.
Ottawa University (Ottawa, Kansas)
Ottawa University is a private Christian liberal arts university located in Ottawa, Kansas, United States. It was founded in 1867 by the Presbyterian Church as a female seminary called Ottawa Ladies’ College. The college became coeducational in 1919 and was renamed Ottawa University after acquiring its current campus location outside of Leavenworth, Kansas.
In 2018–19 it had an undergraduate enrollment of 1,100 students and 70 faculty members; 93% of whom have terminal degrees.
Warner Pacific University (Portland, Oregon)
- Warner Pacific University is a private, Christian university in Portland, Oregon, United States.
- Warner Pacific University offers a variety of degree programs in the liberal arts, business, education and health sciences.
Life University(Marietta, Georgia)
Life University is a private, nonprofit, liberal arts university located in Marietta, Georgia, United States. Life University is a Christian university that offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees in a variety of fields.
Jamestown Community College (Jamestown, New York)
Jamestown Community College is a two-year institution located in Jamestown, New York. The school was founded in 1966 and is part of the State University of New York system. The school has an enrollment of about 3,000 students and offers over 50 programs of study.
Muskegon Community College (Muskegon, Michigan)
You can join the MCC wrestling team if you’re a woman, and they offer scholarships to female athletes. The school also has an instructor who’s trained in women’s wrestling, so he’ll have no trouble getting you up to speed.
The team itself has existed for decades and is pretty well-established in campus life at this point. They hold intramural competitions throughout the year, which are open to all students in good standing (or at least not on academic probation).
If you want more information about their program and how it works, contact them directly via email; they’re happy to answer any questions that come your way!
Bristol Community College(Fall River, Massachusetts)
Bristol Community College is a community college in Fall River, Massachusetts. It is a member of the Massachusetts Community College System and accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. It offers certificate programs, associate degrees and some bachelor’s degrees in liberal arts studies, criminal justice and health care administration. As part of its mission to be responsive to the needs of business and industry, Bristol also offers business courses in its Continuing Education program that are designed for workers from companies within southeastern Massachusetts as well as Rhode Island; this enables businesses to provide their employees with continuing education credits without having to take leave from work or pay tuition expenses at other institutions out-of-pocket (though some employers may still require employees to obtain these credits through a course provider).
Try to take advantage of all opportunities available to you.
- Don’t be afraid to try new things
- Don’t be afraid to take risks
- Don’t be afraid to fail
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it (and trust me, you will!)
- Don’t get too caught up in your own headspace when you’re wrestling or thinking about the sport—you can always come back later and reflect on what went wrong or what could have gone better!
Women’s wrestling is a sport that has been around for quite some time, but it’s only recently that women have seen more opportunities to participate. It’s great news, then, that there are so many colleges now offering women’s wrestling programs! If you’re interested in learning more about this exciting sport (or just want to see what it looks like), check out some of the top schools listed above.