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For each varsity sport, we list every U.S. school that sponsors a team by state, athletic division, total number of available scholarships, average team size, average athletic scholarship award per varsity athlete and the number of participating student athletes.

         

Varsity Sport 
Total
 Schools
Total
Athletes
Men  Women
         
Archery 4 51 22 29
Badminton 15 128 - 128
Baseball                1,650 54,165 54,165 -
Basketball             1,986 59,865 31,863 28,002
Beach / Sand Volleyball 29 418 - 418
Bowling 119 1,860 736 1,124
Cross Country        1,468 36,784 17,975 18,809
Cycling & Mountain Biking 6 176 124 52
Equestrian 65 2,170 46 2,124
Fencing 42 1,296 622 674
Field Hockey 259 5,665 - 5,665
Football                 873 88,146 88,146 -
Golf 1,305 18,448 12,132 6,316
Gymnastics 91 2,053 371 1,682
Ice Hockey 156 6,350 4,295 2,055
Lacrosse 494 22,626 12,781 9,845
Rifle 32 388 199 189
Rodeo 74 2,204 1,364 829
Rowing 147 10,274 2,924 7,350
Rugby 11 457 310 147
Sailing 34 1,191 547 644
Skiing 42 991 495 496
Snowboarding 2 40 21 19
Soccer                1,632 73,763 37,240 36,523
Softball 1,656 30,175 - 30,162
Sprint Football 8 428 428 -
Squash 32 860 463 397
Swimming & Diving 610 24,047 10,806 13,241
Synchronized Swimming 5 65 - 65
Tennis 1,176 20,666 10,018 10,648
Track & Field 1,100 53,122 27,439 25,683
Volleyball 1,750 27,924 2,203 25,721
Water Polo 112 3,439 1,610 1,829
Wrestling 327 9,784 9,530 254
Other Sports 12 386 205 181
Total Student Athletes Participating 587,750 341,588 246,162
Multiple Sport Participants  69,901 33,417 36,484
     
Unique Student Athletes Participating 517,849 308,171 209,678

These statistics report student athlete participation at the collegiate varsity level for the 2012-2013 school year and do not reflect school club or intramural teams; athletic scholarships are not awarded for participation in either club or intramural sports. Collegiate athletic association divisions have differing rules for athletic scholarships, and not all schools award athletic scholarships to student athletes participating at the varsity level. See our page on scholarship limits for detailed information.

During 2013 US Colleges awarded over $ 3 billion in athletic scholarships, and by our calculations there are approximately 177,559 athletic scholarships available to the college student athlete.

 
 

In 2012 a total of 517,849 unique student athletes (i.e. multi-sport student athletes are counted only once)  competed at the collegiate varsity level on teams sponsored by 2,058 schools. Unique student athlete participation by Athletic Association is as follows:

Total # Total Athletes
Athletic Association   of schools Participating Men Women
NCAA - Division I 348 139,063 77,323 61,740
NCAA - Division II 292 85,385 52,011 33,374
NCAA - Division III 418 144,062 86,370 57,332
NAIA 260 56,354 33,822 22,532
NJCCA - All Divisions 464 53,248 33,452 19,796
Other Associations & Independents 276 39,737 24,833 14,904
2012 Totals 2,058 517,849 308,171 209,678

 To see the odds of a given student playing a varsity sport by each athletic association or division, see our page on the chances of playing college sports by division. To see the admission rates for NCAA and NAIA schools, see our page on College Admission Rates 2011-12.


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