As we head into another golf season, let’s take a minute to review the 2021-2022 college golf rankings and refresh the list of best college golf teams according to men’s NCAA golf rankings and NCAA women’s golf rankings.

Asking yourself “What college has the best golf program?” is a common question all golfers and parents ask at the beginning of the recruiting process. While several factors go into determining what “best” means for you, golf’s college rankings certainly play a pivotal role.

Junior Golf Hub hopes these lists provide you with an update heading into another college golf recruiting season. Whether you’re just getting started and want to ground yourself in the top golf colleges in each division or are getting closer to signing an NLI and want to keep up with the latest news, we have you covered.

Below, we’ll look into the best golf colleges in the USA, both within each NCAA division as well as the general top conferences for both men and women according to Golfstat and Golfweek, respectively.

Men’s NCAA Golf Rankings 2021-2022

Men’s college golf rankings are an easy way to initially sort through your options. While rankings aren’t everything, they certainly help you determine where you could be a good fit. 

The best golf colleges are the ones that can challenge you and help you improve without being too far out of reach. Conversations with college coaches can help you make that distinction, and Junior Golf Hub can help you make those connections with our app.

The men’s collegiate golf rankings are determined through number of events, schedule strength and team winning records.

Men’s College Golf Conference Rankings

Below are the top men’s golf conferences in 2022:

  1. SEC
  2. Big 12
  3. Pac-12
  4. ACC
  5. Big Ten
  6. WCC
  7. Mountain West
  8. AAC
  9. ASUN
  10. Sun Belt

Division 1 College Golf Rankings for Men

Below are the top 10 Division 1 men’s programs. These are the lowest scoring golfers in the country, making these roster spots highly coveted.

  1. University of Oklahoma
  2. Vanderbilt University
  3. Oklahoma State University
  4. Arizona State University
  5. University of North Carolina
  6. Pepperdine University
  7. University of Texas
  8. Texas Tech University
  9. University of Florida
  10. University of Washington

Division 2 College Golf Rankings for Men

Below are the top D2 golf schools for men. Compared to D1 golf schools, you may find higher scoring averages at this level.

  1. Barry University
  2. Arkansas Tech University
  3. Lee University
  4. Oklahoma Christian University
  5. Lincoln Memorial University
  6. Carson-Newman University
  7. University of North Georgia
  8. Georgia Southwestern State University
  9. University of Central Missouri
  10. University of South Carolina-Aiken

Division 3 College Golf Rankings for Men

Below are the top D3 golf schools for men. While golf scholarships are not available, these highly ranked academic schools do offer academic grants and other financial aid opportunities.

  1. Methodist University
  2. Emory University
  3. Huntingdon College
  4. Claremont Mudd Scripps
  5. Carnegie Mellon University
  6. Wittenberg University
  7. Babson College
  8. Sewanee: The University of the South
  9. Illinois Wesleyan University
  10. Christopher Newport University

NCAA Women’s Golf Rankings 2021-2022

Women’s college golf rankings help determine everything from overall best college golf programs to the best small college golf programs. While looking at college golf scores from these schools can help you decide if they should be on your list, it’s important to consider other factors like roster spots, coaches and academics.

The best colleges for women’s golf below are determined through number of events, schedule strength and team winning records.

Women’s College Golf Conference Rankings

Below are the top 10 women’s golf conferences in 2022:

  1. Pac-12
  2. SEC
  3. ACC
  4. Big 12
  5. Big Ten
  6. Mountain West
  7. WCC
  8. AAC
  9. Big West
  10. Conference USA

Division 1 College Golf Rankings for Women

Below are the top 10 D1 women’s golf schools. These are the most competitive schools to play for as they have the lowest scoring averages in the NCAA and usually the largest scholarship opportunities.

  1. Stanford University
  2. University of Oregon
  3. San Jose State University
  4. University of South Carolina
  5. Wake Forest University
  6. UCLA
  7. Florida State University
  8. Arizona State University
  9. University of Virginia
  10. Texas A&M University

Division 2 College Golf Rankings for Women

Below are the top 10 Division 2 women’s golf schools. Similar to D1 golf schools in that they offer golf scholarships, these schools’ main difference is slightly higher scoring averages.

  1. Dallas Baptist University
  2. Lynn University
  3. Limestone University
  4. Anderson University (SC)
  5. Nova Southeastern University
  6. Barry University
  7. Rollins College
  8. University of Findlay
  9. Lee University
  10. California State University – San Marcos

Division 3 College Golf Rankings for Women

Below are the top 10 Division 3 golf schools for women. Though these schools don’t offer athletic scholarships, they do offer academic grants and tend to rank highly academically.

  1. Emory University
  2. Georgia Fox University
  3. University of Redlands
  4. Carnegie Mellon University
  5. Methodist University
  6. Williams College
  7. Pomona-Pitzer
  8. Centre College
  9. Washington University – St. Louis
  10. New York University

Next Steps

Armed with these lists of NCAA college golf rankings, we hope you feel more confident in approaching different college coaches. College golf team rankings also provide the perfect jumping point for research into scoring averages, academic offerings and more.

Now, you can feel confident talking to these college coaches because you’re up to date on their latest season. Other important topics to discuss with coaches include the following:

Including these topics in your conversations with college coaches will help you get a better feel for their program beyond the college golf rankings.