If water polo is your sport, if you’re really good at it, and if you want to play it competitively at the college or university level, then you need to go to a top-ranked Division 1 NCAA school with the best water polo athletes and coaches in wrestling.

It’s been said that iron sharpens iron. To be the best that you can be, you need to be sharpening your wrestling skills with other top water polo competitors. Here are rankings for the best college water polo programs that should be at the top of your list:

Men’s Water Polo Program Rankings

1. University of California, Berkeley

2. University of Southern California

3. UCLA

4. University of the Pacific

5. Stanford University

6. University of California, Irvine

7. University of California, Santa Barbara

8. Loyola Marymount University

9. Pepperdine University

10. California State University, Long Beach

Women’s Water Polo Program Rankings

1. Stanford University

2. University of Southern California

3. University of California, Berkeley

4. UCLA

5. University of Hawaii

6. California State University, San Jose

7. University of Michigan

8. Loyola Marymount University

9. Arizona State University

10. University of California, Irvine

* Rankings are based on current water polo program success. A record of success does not guarantee future success but does provide a good gauge for likely success.