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 141 schools sponsored varsity level Bowling teams during 2015:

              Athletic Scholarships Average Athletic
  Number Number of teams Varsity Athletes (1) Average team size limit per team ** Scholarship (2) 
Division  of Schools Men's Women's    Men       Women  Men's Women's    Men       Women     Men       Women 
NCAA I 33 - 33 - 298 - 9 - 5  $                       -  $           15,969
NCAA II 30 3 30 33 253 11 9 - 5  $              6,538  $             6,978
NCAA III 13 2 13 14 110 7 8 - -  $                       -  $                      -
NAIA  41 39 40 546 472 14 12 - -  $              7,108  $             7,268
NJCAA 21 21 20 174 121 8 6 8 8  $                  592  $                 766
USCAA 3 3 3 24 16 8 5 - -  $                  150  $                 119
Totals  141 68 139 791 1,270 12 9          $              6,612  $             7,452

 (1) Varsity Rosters may do not reflect club or intramural team participants.

** Bowling is an official NCAA sport for women and  is an equivalency sport for NCAA scholarship purposes, so partial scholarships can  be awarded to meet the limit per school.  For example, an NCAA Division I school can award 10 female bowlers each a 1/2 scholarship and still meet the  limit of 5 per school.  Bowling is an emerging sport of the NAIA. See our page on scholarship limits for more information.

(2) Average Athletic Scholarship is the average award per athlete for ALL varsity sports sponsored by the specific school. Some athletes receive full awards, some receive partial and many receive none. Additionally some sports within a school may be fully funded, some partially and some sports provide no athletic scholarships. Private schools generally have higher tuition than public schools and the average award will reflect this.

 

2014 Odds of a High School Bowler competing in College *    Men    Women
Number of US High School Bowlers 29,105 26,110
Number of US College Bowlers (see table above) 791 1,270
% of foreign students competing in NCAA Bowling * - 2.5%
% of US High School Bowlers competing at any College Level 2.7% 4.7%
% of US High School Bowlers competing at NCAA I Schools - 1.1%
* See our page on the Chances of a High School Athlete competing in College for more information

 

(1)   Statistics report student athlete participation at the collegiate varsity level only and do not reflect club or intramural teams.

** Beach volleyball is recognized by NCAA Division I and II schools as an emerging sport for women and is an equivalency sport which means athletic scholarships can be split into partial awards in any proportion up to the maximum allowed. NCAA Division I schools that do not sponsor traditional (indoor) Women's Volleyball are allowed an annual limit of 8 equivalency scholarships for sand volleyball. See our page on scholarship limits for more information.

(2)  Average athletic scholarship is the average award per athlete for ALL varsity sports sponsored by the school. Some athletes receive full awards, some receive partial and many receive none. Additionally some sports within a school may be fully funded, some partially and some sports provide no athletic scholarships. Private schools generally have higher tuition than public schools and the average award will reflect this.

 

** Steps to College: A Quick Overview of the Recruiting Timeline **
Senior year HS
 
Junior year HS * Narrow your list of schools to 3 to 7, stay in contact with coaches on a weekly basis.
Ask  for the timeline in which they will make offers.

 * Quickly let schools know if you're no longer interested 

 
* Contact players on your short list of schools, get their direct feedback on the school and program.

* Take official visits to schools on your short list, meet coaches and players.

 * Complete FAFSA form, get college applications in early during the year, apply to all schools on your short list.

 * Keep your grades up - avoid Senior Slump!

 * Character is key, make good choices every day. Who are you when no one is looking?  

*
Post nothing on Social Media you may later regret. Don't let a 100 character tweet cost you a $100,000 scholarship!!

* Receive,  consider and respond to all written offers from schools

 * Make the decision - make sure it's your decision!
 
 
Sophomore year HS * Continue to research schools but  narrow your list to 10 to 15 schools.

* Keep in contact with coaches often , let them know of your continued interest and also if you're no longer interested.

* Continue to send videos & grades  to schools you are interested in.  Be your own advocate & keep your name out there!

* Ask coaches where you stand on their recruiting list and their timeline.

 * Take SAT/ACT Tests.

* Look to attend Showcase games and tournaments and let coaches know  your schedule.

* Continue to play at the highest level of club/HS team you can. Get feedback on where you can improve skills.

 * Make unofficial visits to schools you're interested in.

* Take AP courses, challenge yourself academically!
 
Freshman year HS * Register with NCAA & NAIA eligibility Centers, complete  recruiting questionnaires for all schools on your list. 

*
Begin compiling highlight & game videos, consider setting up a channel within YouTube

* Continue to research and update  your list and write coaches & schools. Send videos and/or links to videos.

 * Consider working with a speech coach to develop and improve communications skills - make a good first impression when you  talk to coaches.

* Begin making phone calls to coaches, let them know your game/meet/match schedule  - stay on their  radars!

* Take SAT / ACT practice tests and/or test prep courses,  keep your grades up.

* Pick a good attitude and show it. Recognize that nothing is owed to you just because you're a good athlete.
 
* Continue your research  & compile an initial  list of 20 to 30 schools  you're interested in.  Rank schools based on the attributes that are most important to you

* Begin writing coaches of schools you're interested in, get on their radar and get your name out there!

* Play at the highest level of club/HS team you can. Ask your coaches where  you need improvement and set goals.

* Look for College camps and clinics to attend.

* Good grades are critical ALL 4 years of HS - hit the ground running freshman year!  

* Consider working with a personal trainer to improve speed, strength and overall athleticism.

8th Grade
* Research & start a list of colleges you're interested in.  Aim to begin writing college coaches during your freshman year of HS  .          

 
* Work on study and time   management skills,  important to get good grades beginning with Freshman year of HS.          

* Character matters, make good choices … every day. Learn to be very careful of what you put on social media

 * Play at the highest level of club team you can.  Ask your coach what you need to do to compete well at the HS level.
 
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This is a quick overview of the recruiting timeline. Timetables may differ somewhat by sport, division, school and gender, but this provides a basic idea of the process. There are some constants that that apply to almost all athletes in all sports: Start the process early,  thoroughly research your schools, take care of your grades,  advocate for but be honest about yourself, be proactive and be responsive.
   
   If you can answer "yes" to these 3 questions, there is a roster spot out there for you:
     
1.  Will I be a positive representative of the team, program and school?  ... Good Character
2.  Will I be a positive addition to the roster and make the team better? ... Athletic Skill
3.  Will I be able to succeed both athletically and academically at this school? ... Solid Academics

 

Interactive Map - US College Bowling Programs 2016:

 

Quick Stats - All US Colleges that sponsored varsity Bowling teams in 2015:

            Average Athletic     SAT Math  
Schools with Varsity        Roster Size (1)    Scholarship (2)     Annual Tuition & Fees   Average (3) %
Bowling Programs    City           State   Division  Men  Women     Men    Women    In-State    Out-of-State  25% 75% Admitted
Alabama A & M University Normal AL NCAA I           -   5 12,333 15,392      7,500     15,000 370 470 53%
Alabama State University Montgomery AL NCAA I           -   6 10,207 12,290      6,936     13,872 380 480 53%
University of Alabama at Birmingham Birmingham AL NCAA I           -   11 11,214 16,775      7,510     17,062 490 640 86%
Arkansas State University Jonesboro AR NCAA I           -   10 12,139 13,708      5,760     11,520 480 560 72%
Ashford University San Diego CA NAIA  5 12 6,010 4,007   10,080     10,080
Post University Waterbury CT NCAA II           -   7 6,502 7,877   15,310     15,310 380 480 87%
Sacred Heart University Fairfield CT NCAA I           -   16 11,559 10,357   35,500     35,500 57%
Howard University Washington DC NCAA I           -   7 13,144 19,290   22,737     22,737 490 610 48%
Delaware State University Dover DE NCAA I           -   10 13,607 9,210      6,506     14,862 410 490 44%
Wilmington University New Castle DE NCAA II           -   new 3,684 4,245   10,140     10,140
Bethune-Cookman University Daytona Beach FL NCAA I           -   8 15,886 19,399   13,440     13,440 350 440 64%
Florida A & M University Tallahassee FL NCAA I           -   6 7,533 12,937      3,152     14,524 420 510 49%
Webber International University Babson Park FL NAIA  15 9 9,856 10,909   21,686     21,686 430 530 51%
Emmanuel College Franklin Springs GA NCAA II 11 11 4,118 5,057   18,000     18,000 400 570 49%
Clarke University Dubuque IA NAIA  15 14 5,087 5,785   28,000     28,000 478 540 70%
Graceland University-Lamoni Lamoni IA NAIA  8 5 5,357 4,273   24,570     24,570 380 490 50%
Grand View University Des Moines IA NAIA  21 18 6,133 4,849   22,986     22,986 420 550 99%
Iowa Central Community College Fort Dodge IA NJCAA  16 11 995 1,851      4,290       6,435
Morningside College Sioux City IA NAIA  11 6 4,804 4,707   25,710     25,710 460 590 57%
Mount Mercy University Cedar Rapids IA NAIA  19 23 4,491 3,851   27,010     27,010 57%
Saint Ambrose University Davenport IA NAIA  26 19 4,489 2,886   27,300     27,300 96%
Waldorf College Forest City IA NAIA  9 8 6,373 5,607   19,266     19,266 400 540 69%
William Penn University Oskaloosa IA NAIA  22 13 13,096 13,354   22,750     22,750 60%
Aurora University Aurora IL NCAA III           -   7                  -                  -     21,120     21,120 460 560 81%
Elmhurst College Elmhurst IL NCAA III           -   5                  -                  -     33,700     33,700 450 630 68%
Highland Community College Freeport IL NJCAA  6 7 1,303 1,642      4,512       4,752
Lindenwood University Belleville IL NAIA  17 16 2,744 4,575   15,230     15,230 450 540 53%
McKendree University Lebanon IL NCAA II           -   21 7,285 8,182   25,900     25,900 450 590 61%
            Average Athletic     SAT Math  
Schools with Varsity        Roster Size (1)    Scholarship (2)     Annual Tuition & Fees   Average (3) %
Bowling Programs    City           State   Division  Men  Women     Men    Women    In-State    Out-of-State  25% 75% Admitted
Robert Morris University  - Chicago Chicago IL NAIA  33 23 7,608 8,790   23,700     23,700 24%
Robert Morris University  - Lake County Waukegan IL NAIA  7 7 7,608 8,790   23,700     23,700 24%
Robert Morris University  - Springfield Springfield IL NAIA            -   5 7,608 8,790   23,700     23,700 24%
Robert Morris University  -Peoria Peoria IL NAIA            -   3 7,608 8,790   23,700     23,700 24%
University of St Francis Joliet IL NAIA  17 14 9,868 10,496   28,220     28,220 460 530 51%
Calumet College of Saint Joseph Whiting IN NAIA  20 12 4,965 4,652   16,170     16,170 34%
Huntington University Huntington IN NAIA  12 13 6,519 5,866   23,976     23,976 450 560 97%
Indiana Institute of Technology Fort Wayne IN NAIA  17 10 8,166 11,113   24,450     24,450 420 540 71%
Marian University Indianapolis IN NAIA  13 11 16,834 13,726   29,400     29,400 450 560 56%
Valparaiso University Valparaiso IN NCAA I           -   11 7,563 16,106   33,680     33,680 500 620 82%
Vincennes University Vincennes IN NJCAA  11           -   5,438 6,981      4,752     11,812
Baker University Baldwin City KS NAIA            -   16 7,077 6,425   25,950     25,950 430 580 70%
Tabor College Hillsboro KS NAIA  2 4 6,861 5,243   23,100     23,100 430 570 86%
Campbellsville University Campbellsville KY NAIA  18 15 9,929 9,404   22,342     22,342 388 520 73%
Lindsey Wilson College Columbia KY NAIA  16 9 8,020 10,440   22,320     22,320
Saint Catharine College Saint Catharine KY NAIA  7 8 11,407 10,711   18,796     18,796
Spalding University Louisville KY NCAA III           -   6                  -                  -     22,950     22,950 400 480 46%
Thomas More College Crestview Hills KY NCAA III 6 3                  -                  -     27,268     27,268 420 530 93%
Union College Barbourville KY NAIA  8 12 7,548 7,370   21,840     21,840 75%
University of Pikeville Pikeville KY NAIA  26 29 4,164 3,759   18,290     18,290 410 500 100%
University of the Cumberlands Williamsburg KY NAIA  8 8 5,670 6,914   19,640     19,640 440 550 66%
Grambling State University Grambling LA NCAA I           -   8 7,221 6,218      4,895       4,895 400 480 44%
Louisiana Tech University Ruston LA NCAA I           -   10 15,323 15,665      6,233     20,816 500 600 65%
Southern University and A & M College Baton Rouge LA NCAA I           -   9 5,347 6,688      6,630       8,274 420 520 54%
Tulane University of Louisiana New Orleans LA NCAA I           -   10 47,234 40,509   44,425     44,425 620 700 28%
Bowie State University Bowie MD NCAA II           -   7 3,172 4,664      4,969     15,545 400 460 55%
Coppin State University Baltimore MD NCAA I           -   11 8,257 12,582      4,089       9,350 410 480 43%
Morgan State University Baltimore MD NCAA I           -   7 9,624 13,322      4,960     14,444 400 480 65%
            Average Athletic     SAT Math  
Schools with Varsity        Roster Size (1)    Scholarship (2)     Annual Tuition & Fees   Average (3) %
Bowling Programs    City           State   Division  Men  Women     Men    Women    In-State    Out-of-State  25% 75% Admitted
University of Maryland Eastern Shore Princess Anne MD NCAA I           -   8 8,243 13,153      4,767     13,791 370 460 61%
University of Maine at Augusta Augusta ME USCAA 6 5 451 356      6,510     15,750
Adrian College Adrian MI NCAA III 8 12                  -                  -     31,870     31,870 450 530 62%
Alma College Alma MI NCAA III           -   12                  -                  -     33,825     33,825 453 555 72%
Aquinas College Grand Rapids MI NAIA  15 20 2,343 2,684   27,332     27,332 65%
Concordia University-Ann Arbor Ann Arbor MI NAIA  7 9 4,908 4,710   24,930     24,930 76%
Kirtland Community College Roscommon MI NJCAA  7 5 2,437 2,044      4,110       6,750
Lawrence Technological University Southfield MI NAIA  15 7 5,736 8,600   29,580     29,580 540 650 57%
Muskegon Community College Muskegon MI NJCAA  9 8 673 914      7,120       9,760
Rochester College Rochester Hills MI NAIA  4 6 5,457 4,863   19,422     19,422 458 493 41%
Schoolcraft College Livonia MI NJCAA  8 6 1,086 1,500      4,050       5,970
Siena Heights University Adrian MI NAIA  10 9 5,044 4,506   22,100     22,100 420 540 74%
Wayne County Community College  Detroit MI NJCAA  4 2 446 962      2,784       3,504
Drury University Springfield MO NCAA II 7 6 10,063 13,906   22,750     22,750 74%
Lincoln University Jefferson City MO NCAA II           -   5 3,118 7,061      6,150     12,540
Maryville University of Saint Louis Saint Louis MO NCAA II           -   3 7,735 8,595   24,694     24,694 500 580 72%
Missouri Baptist University Saint Louis MO NAIA  9 6 10,963 12,760   21,620     21,620 410 550 60%
University of Central Missouri Warrensburg MO NCAA II           -   17 4,965 7,321      6,395     12,789 78%
Jackson State University Jackson MS NCAA I           -   7 8,120 9,042      6,602       6,602 400 520 70%
Chowan University Murfreesboro NC NCAA II           -   9 5,411 6,281   22,900     22,900 350 440 60%
Elizabeth City State University Elizabeth City NC NCAA II           -   5 3,431 2,295      2,776     14,451 410 470 49%
Fayetteville State University Fayetteville NC NCAA II           -   6 4,436 4,388      2,743     14,351 410 490 50%
Johnson C Smith University Charlotte NC NCAA II           -   10 9,194 8,952   15,466     15,466 360 450 42%
Livingstone College Salisbury NC NCAA II           -   6 7,693 8,676   14,637     14,637 320 400 64%
North Carolina A & T State University Greensboro NC NCAA I           -   8 10,075 13,954      3,270     16,030 420 500 57%
Saint Augustine's University Raleigh NC NCAA II           -   6 4,417 5,236   12,890     12,890 335 400 74%
Shaw University Raleigh NC NCAA II           -   7 9,352 8,839   11,808     11,808 59%
            Average Athletic     SAT Math  
Schools with Varsity        Roster Size (1)    Scholarship (2)     Annual Tuition & Fees   Average (3) %
Bowling Programs    City           State   Division  Men  Women     Men    Women    In-State    Out-of-State  25% 75% Admitted
Hastings College Hastings NE NAIA  13 16 5,609 5,184   25,230     25,230 470 570 70%
Midland University Fremont NE NAIA  33 17 11,799 11,078   27,750     27,750 60%
University of Nebraska Lincoln NE NCAA I           -   10 15,602 17,522      6,480     20,400 520 660 70%
Franklin Pierce University Rindge NH NCAA II           -   8 4,000 4,853   29,682     29,682 430 530 84%
NHTI-Concord's Community College Concord NH USCAA 6 6                  -                  -        6,400     14,560
Caldwell University Caldwell NJ NCAA II           -   7 7,201 7,136   28,900     28,900 420 550 64%
Fairleigh Dickinson University Teaneck NJ NCAA I           -   11 18,207 22,395   34,904     34,904 420 530 80%
Felician College Rutherford NJ NCAA II           -   8 11,779 12,486   28,950     28,950 400 490 84%
Monmouth University West Long Branch NJ NCAA I           -   11 16,523 16,191   31,682     31,682 490 580 74%
New Jersey City University Jersey City NJ NCAA III           -   6                  -                  -        7,704     16,276 410 500 77%
Saint Peter's University Jersey City NJ NCAA I           -   7 14,011 17,541   32,170     32,170 410 500 57%
Adelphi University Garden City NY NCAA II           -   13 9,336 10,407   30,840     30,840 510 620 72%
Adirondack Community College Queensbury NY NJCAA  5 5                  -                  -        3,870       7,740
Cayuga County Community College Auburn NY NJCAA  8 3                  -                  -        4,200       8,400
Corning Community College Corning NY NJCAA  7 9                  -                  -        4,150       8,300
Daemen College Amherst NY NCAA II           -   7 5,575 5,396   24,480     24,480 55%
Erie Community College Buffalo NY NJCAA  8 3 32 156      4,295       8,590
Herkimer County CC Herkimer NY NJCAA  8 8                  -                  -        3,840       6,300
Hudson Valley Community College Troy NY NJCAA  9 5                  -                  -        3,980     11,940
LIU Brooklyn Brooklyn NY NCAA I           -   9 25,867 33,751   33,018     33,018 86%
Medaille College Buffalo NY NCAA III           -   8                  -                  -     25,002     25,002 360 480 62%
Mohawk Valley CC Utica NY NJCAA  10 3                  -                  -        3,810       7,620
Molloy College Rockville Centre NY NCAA II           -   6 6,867 6,881   25,800     25,800 490 580 75%
Nassau Community College Garden City NY NJCAA  6 6                  -                  -        4,234       8,468
Paul Smiths College of Arts & Science Paul Smiths NY USCAA 12 5                  -                  -     22,698     22,698 98%
Schenectady County CC Schenectady NY NJCAA  14 10                  -                  -        3,456       6,912
St Francis College Brooklyn Heights NY NCAA I           -   7 11,186 13,270   21,400     21,400 420 530 77%
Suffolk County Community College Selden NY NJCAA  8 6                  -                  -        4,390       8,780
SUNY Westchester CC Valhalla NY NJCAA  7 6 30 28      4,280     11,770
            Average Athletic     SAT Math  
Schools with Varsity        Roster Size (1)    Scholarship (2)     Annual Tuition & Fees   Average (3) %
Bowling Programs    City           State   Division  Men  Women     Men    Women    In-State    Out-of-State  25% 75% Admitted
Notre Dame College Cleveland OH NCAA II 15 15 5,434 4,854   26,194     26,194 390 500 89%
University of Northwestern Ohio Lima OH NAIA  27 15 4,769 6,326      9,225       9,225
Ursuline College Pepper Pike OH NCAA II           -   8                  -   14,466   27,420     27,420 450 590 66%
Southwestern Christian University Bethany OK NAIA  6           -   5,799 6,388   11,160     11,160 440 600 81%
Chestnut Hill College Philadelphia PA NCAA II           -   5 4,516 6,416   31,930     31,930 420 550 75%
Cheyney University of Pennsylvania Cheyney PA NCAA II           -   8 1,571 3,234      6,820     11,254
Comm College of Allegheny County Pittsburgh PA NJCAA  8 10                  -                  -        6,286       9,428
Johnson College Scranton PA NJCAA  5 3                  -                  -     16,284     16,284 43%
Kutztown University Kutztown PA NCAA II           -   19 1,410 1,510      6,820     17,050 430 530 80%
Mount Aloysius College Cresson PA NCAA III           -   7                  -                  -     19,790     19,790 430 500 74%
Penn State University- Altoona Altoona PA NCAA III           -   7                  -                  -     13,658     20,890 450 560 88%
Saint Francis University Loretto PA NCAA I           -   12 11,791 16,101   30,028     30,028 470 570 69%
Thiel College Greenville PA NCAA III           -   8                  -                  -     25,998     25,998 430 530 69%
University of Pittsburgh-Bradford Bradford PA NCAA III           -   8                  -                  -     12,452     23,268 450 550 65%
Westmoreland County CC Youngwood PA NJCAA  10 5                  -                  -        5,880       8,820
Martin Methodist College Pulaski TN NAIA  14 6 16,655 18,707   21,850     21,850
Vanderbilt University Nashville TN NCAA I           -   14 45,593 34,443   42,768     42,768 720 800 13%
Prairie View A & M University Prairie View TX NCAA I           -   10 7,093 6,233      5,898     17,365 390 480 39%
Sam Houston State University Huntsville TX NCAA I           -   8 10,137 11,977      4,896     13,584 460 550 74%
Stephen F Austin State University Nacogdoches TX NCAA I           -   8 10,632 12,016      6,630     17,490 460 540 59%
Texas Southern University Houston TX NCAA I           -   7 11,219 10,781      1,500     12,360 370 460 52%
Hampton University Hampton VA NCAA I           -   7 15,476 22,953   19,548     19,548 450 550 29%
Norfolk State University Norfolk VA NCAA I           -   9 11,724 15,222      4,536     16,920 390 470 66%
Virginia State University Petersburg VA NCAA II           -   8 4,925 6,349      4,876     14,132 380 460 80%
Virginia Union University Richmond VA NCAA II           -   7 6,523 5,793   13,614     13,614 340 430 24%
Cardinal Stritch University Milwaukee WI NAIA  9 8 4,521 4,607   25,920     25,920 460 500 83%
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Whitewater WI NCAA III           -   21                  -                  -        6,519     14,092 390 570 82%
Viterbo University La Crosse WI NAIA  12 11 1,907 1,483   23,200     23,200 440 579 69%
Salem International University Salem WV NCAA II           -   8 4,597 7,977   17,700     17,700
                         

 (1) Varsity Rosters do not reflect club or intramural team participants.

(2) Average Athletic Scholarship is the average award per athlete for ALL varsity sports sponsored by the specific school. Some athletes receive full awards, some receive partial and many receive none. Additionally some sports within a school may be fully funded, some partially and some sports provide no athletic scholarships. Private schools generally have higher tuition than public schools and the average award will reflect this.

(3)  SAT Math Average:  For each school this represents the range where the middle half of the admitted students scored, so 1/4 scored below the lower end (25th percentile) and 1/4 scored above the upper end (75th percentile).


 
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