|How many College athletic scholarships are available?||
What are the chances of playing college sports? Where can you find college athletic scholarships?
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.
|Beach / Sand Volleyball||29||418||-||418|
|Cycling & Mountain Biking||6||176||124||52|
|Swimming & Diving||610||24,047||10,806||13,241|
|Track & Field||1,100||53,122||27,439||25,683|
|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|
|NJCCA - All Divisions||464||53,248||33,452||19,796|
|Other Associations & Independents||276||39,737||24,833||14,904|
| 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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