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There are many reasons why junior college might make sense instead of signing with a traditional four year school. Not only are junior colleges much more affordable and tend to be generous with athletic scholarships, but they also offer an opportunity to boost your grades before transferring to a bigger university. Additionally, many junior college rosters have talented volleyball players on them and well-known programs like to recruit players from junior colleges because they know they’re getting athletes that have college experience and can play right away. There are just under 400 NJCAA women's volleyball programs in the US.
List of NJCAA Volleyball Teams : https://www.njcaa.org/sports/wvball/teams-page
Contains Division I, II and III
The Junior Volleyball Association has a great article on the benefits of playing in junior college at the link below.
For many student-athletes, the charm of NAIA schools comes from their smaller class sizes and overall flexibility between athletics, academics and a social life. Furthermore, NAIA volleyball schools are allowed to manage their own recruiting process, which means there are no timelines or calendars to memorize. Coaches can recruit at any time, and the window of opportunity is often open longer than at the other division levels. The level of competition at NAIA volleyball schools is often compared to NCAA Division 2 schools, so athletes should expect to face elite volleyball players. There are about 250 NAIA schools that have volleyball programs across the United States.
Eligibility Website: https://play.mynaia.org/
List of NAIA Volleyball Teams: https://www.naia.org/schools/index
The Junior Volleyball Association has an article linked below that covers the differences in NCAA and NAIA and what to expect.
The NCAA has by far the highest number of women's volleyball programs between the three different collegiate associations with just over 1000 programs spanning Division I, Division II and Division III. There are plenty of facts and figures about each division, but they only tell part of the story, or may give the wrong impression. For example, the rank order of the divisions may imply to some that anything below a Division I program is somehow settling for second best. While it’s true DI offers a higher level of competition and is home to some of the largest and most prestigious schools in the country, it does not mean there are not stellar opportunities to compete at world-class colleges in divisions II and III.
Many high school athletes who have the physical size, athleticism, and grades to compete at the DI level opt to go to a DII or DIII school for a variety of reasons. It maybe they just wanted to go to a smaller school, stay closer to home, or a chance to study abroad. And for some, they just didn’t want their college experience defined by the demanding lifestyle of a DI athlete.
Eligibility Website: https://web3.ncaa.org/ecwr3/
NCAA Volleyball Program Map: https://www.ncaa.org/about/resources/research/ncaa-member-schools
NCSA has an article that details the differences between the divisions and what to expect at each level.