Elite 50: Ranking the Nation's Top Women's Swimming Programs

Learn about the top swimming colleges by checking out STACK's Elite 50 rankings.

In our rankings of the top swimming colleges, we take you beyond wins and losses to reveal what truly makes a college swim program great. To come up with our list of the top 10 women's swimming programs, we consider a variety of factors—not just a team's record, but also academic rankings from U.S. News & World Report and Academic Progress Rates. The result is a list of schools we'd recommend to any swimmer seeking an elite athletic program and a strong education. Learn more about how we arrived at our rankings through the Elite 50 guide, and browse through STACK's rankings for 20 other sports at the bottom of this page.

STACK's Top 10 Women's Swimming Colleges

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Elite 50In our rankings of the top swimming colleges, we take you beyond wins and losses to reveal what truly makes a college swim program great. To come up with our list of the top 10 women's swimming programs, we consider a variety of factors—not just a team's record, but also academic rankings from U.S. News & World Report and Academic Progress Rates. The result is a list of schools we'd recommend to any swimmer seeking an elite athletic program and a strong education. Learn more about how we arrived at our rankings through the Elite 50 guide, and browse through STACK's rankings for 20 other sports at the bottom of this page.

STACK's Top 10 Women's Swimming Colleges

College Score '12 U.S. News Rank APR [Out of 1,000] National Ranking '11/'10/'09 STACK Factor
1. Stanford 100 5 985 4/2/4 192
2. Cal 92.54 21 988 1/3/1 120
3. Texas 82.63 45 989 6/11/5 144
4. USC 81.27 23 966 3/7/9 108
5. Florida 81.24 58 969 7/1/7 144
6. Georgia 80.14 62 989 2/5/2 84
7. Virginia 79.57 25 994 13/9/12 132
8. Texas A&M 79.25 58 987 10/6/8 144
9. Arizona 68.04 124 971 5/4/3 108
10. North Carolina 66.28 29 1000 23/20/20 144
North Carolina Women's Swimming

North Carolina Swimming


Inside the Rankings: North Carolina Women's Swimming
North Carolina's women swimmers had notable success over the past year, but expect them to pick it up another notch in the upcoming season. The team has a strong senior class of 10 swimmers, who provide invaluable leadership.

Nine team members were named to the 2011 All-ACC Academic Women's Swimming & Diving team, proving that the Tar Heels' prowess extends to the classroom. They are also a compassionate group, regularly teaming up with the men's swim team to give back to the community. Projects include adopting a third-grade class to tutor students about valuable life skills and traveling to Vietnam to teach local students how to play sports and excel in the classroom.

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