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For every
US College that sponsors a varsity sport, we publish the following:

Free & Instant Information Available:   Sport  Schools
  Archery                 6
*   Every sport by team by state Badminton                 15
  Baseball           1,651
*   Every team by Athletic Division Basketball           1,986
  Beach (Sand) Volleyball                 30
 *  Average Athletic scholarship Bowling               119
3. awarded per athlete per school Cross Country            1,489
  Cycling & Mountain Biking                   7
*  Athletic Scholarship limits per team Equestrian                 69
4. & average athletic Scholarship Fencing                 42
4. awarded by Schools per Division Field Hockey               259
  Football               872
*  Team roster sizes by sport per school Golf           1,305
6. and total male & female athletes Gymnastics                  91
  Ice Hockey            156
*  The odds of a high school athlete Lacrosse               494
6. competing in college by sport Rifle                 32
  Rodeo                 73
*  In-State & Out-of-State annual Rowing                147
7. Tuition & fees by School Rugby                 10
  Sailing                33
*  Annual Room & Board estimate Skiing                  42
8. by school (on campus living) Soccer           1,632
  Softball          1,656
*  Percentage of Students receiving Sprint Football                   8
9. financial assistance by School Squash                 32
  Swimming & Diving               610
*  Average Financial Assistance Synchronized Swimming                   5
10awarded per student per school Tennis         1,198
  Track & Field           1,118
*  Average SAT Math Scores per Volleyball           1,771
1 School (25% to 75% percentiles) Water Polo               110
  Wrestling               327
*  Admission rates per School Other Sports               17
   

                              Expectations vs. Realities - What every family of a prospective college athlete should know:

Athletic ability can help get your child into a good school, but the proverbial "full ride" is rare -  expect to be paying most of the cost of your child's college education yourself.  And if you are banking on your kid's athletic ability to pay for college, take a close look at these stats. US colleges gave out over $ 3 billion in athletic scholarships in 2013 -  definitely not pocket change -  but when you break it out among over 450,000 student athletes competing for this pot of money, it leaves most families with a large financial gap to fill:
     
  Average College Athletic Scholarship $      6,474
  Average Annual Tuition, fees, room & board $    36,506
  Annual Shortfall - "The Gap" $    30,032
  % of college costs met by Athletic Scholarships 18%
  % of college costs NOT met by Athletic Scholarships 82%
     
For US 4 year colleges with varsity sports programs the average athletic scholarship was $ 6,474 which covered only 18% of the cost of attending school, leaving a big gap - around $30,000 annually -  for most families to fill. But your child is / will be good enough to play at the D-1 level? Yes, there are more athletic scholarships available at NCAA I schools (the average award was almost $ 14,000 for 2013)  but this still covered only  38% of the annual cost of attending college:

4 year schools with Varsity Sports Programs                      All Schools   NCAA I **   NCAA II   NCAA III   NAIA__   Other Schools 
               
# of Schools                    1,441                         348                         303                         439                         250                         101
# of Athletes               458,220                 146,096                   92,375                 152,466                   56,688                   10,595
Value of Athletic Scholarships awarded  $              3 billion   $         2.1 billion   $       542 million   $                      -0 -    $       373 million   $        16 million 
Average Athletic Scholarship per Varsity Athlete  $                    6,474  $               13,937  $                 5,868  $                     -0 -    $                 6,582  $                 1,432
Average Annual Tuition, fees, Room & Board  $             36,506  $               36,572  $               31,638  $               42,207  $               32,004  $               28,233
Average Annual Shortfall - "the Gap"   $             30,032  $               22,635  $               25,769  $               42,207  $               25,422  $               26,801
% of costs met by Athletic Scholarships           18%  38% 19% 0% 21% 5%
% of costs NOT met by Athletic Scholarships 82% 62% 81% 100% 79% 95%
Other (non-athletic) Financial Aid available *  $            10 billion   $         4.4 billion   $         1.4 billion   $         3.5 billion   $      538 million   $      206 million 
% of students receiving 85% 75% 86% 87% 92% 87%
Average award per receiving Student  $             13,465  $               12,359  $               11,004  $               17,529  $               12,537  $                 9,296
               

* Students attending US 4 year colleges received  over $10 billion collectively in non-athletically related student aid in 2013 - over three times the amount of money  awarded via athletic scholarships. While this money is allocated over a much larger group of students,  it's available to student athletes as well. Much of this money requires meeting certain scholastic thresholds, so academic success should be as important of a  priority for the prospective college student athlete as athletic success.

Good grades and test scores are vitally important to the student athlete in the recruiting process as well. Coaches want kids on their squads who also focus on schoolwork and can balance the demands of both academics and athletics. No coach wants a player to wash out of school or have to sit out because of poor academic performance, and one of the crucial measurements of a college coach's success is the graduation rate of his or her players.

A coach may also be an applicant's strongest advocate for getting into a good school, and will have a much better chance of success in this regard if the prospective student athlete's grades and test scores meet the school's standards. Bottom line for all student athletes is if you really want to play sports in college, get the grades in high school!

** Many families are surprised by how limited  athletic scholarship money really is, even at NCAA I schools. Athletic scholarships cover only 38% of the total cost of schooling at the NCAA I level due primarily to the fact that the maximum scholarships allowed per sport typically covers only a fraction of the average roster size of most teams. Look at the stats on these popular sports: 

Average NCAA I NCAA I Scholarship % of scholarships
Sport Men's Team Size     limit per Team          to team Size    
Baseball 34 11.7 34%
Soccer 28 9.9 35%
Lacrosse 45 12.6 28%

Some sports such as basketball, football and golf have a higher percentage of scholarships to team size, but other sports have even lower percentages. Women's sports typically have higher scholarship limits than men's sports, but the fact remains that even if you have a child with the ability to play a sport at the NCAA I level, most families should expect to be responsible for the majority of his or her costs of attending college.  See our page on scholarship limits for additional information.

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