College Gymnastics & Scholarship Opportunities

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83 Schools sponsored varsity Gymnastics teams during 2018-19:
              Scholarship Average Athletic 19
  # of  # of teams Total Athletes  Average team size limit per team Scholarship *
Division   Schools Men's Women's    Men       Women  Men's Women's    Men       Women     Men       Women 
NCAA I 62 14 60 298 1,098 21 18 6.3 12 22,304 21,551
NCAA II 6 - 6 - 116 - 19 5.4 6 - 7,681
NCAA III 15 1 15 21 294 21 20 - - - -
Totals  83 15 81 319 1,508 21 19         13,631 13,632
 Women's NCAA Division I gymnastics is a head-count sport for purposes of awarding athletic scholarships and is an equivalency sport for all other divisions, so partial scholarships can  be awarded to meet the limit per school.  For example, an NCAA Division II school can award 12 female gymnasts each a 1/2 scholarship and still meet the  limit of 6 per school.   See our page on scholarship limits for more information. Gymnastics is a separate and distinct sport from collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling.

 *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.  

% receiving school FA reported in the tables below is the percentage of ALL undergrads (athletes & non-athletes) who received financial assistance directly from the school. Avr School FA is the average amount of the award received by those students who received financial assistance directly from the school.

 SAT & ACT percentiles: The tables below report the mid-range for SAT Math and ACT composite scores of the school's entering students: 50% of incoming students scored within the range reported, 25% scored at or below the low end of the range (25th percentile) and 25% scored at or above the high end of the range (75th percentile).

 

Scholarship Averages for NCAA I Gymnastics Teams:
Women's NCAA I Gymnastic Teams Average Low  High
# of Scholarships Awarded 14 12 16
Average Scholarship per team  $      40,172  $          23,482  $        63,337
Men's NCAA I Gymnastic Teams Average Low  High
# of Scholarships Awarded 16 14 19
Average Scholarship per team  $     18,190  $        12,882  $        31,573 2018

These are the results of our survey of NCAA I schools that sponsored varsity gymnastics teams during their 2016 fiscal years. Number of scholarships awarded is per team, so for 4 year schools typically only 1/4 or so will be available for incoming athletes. Data includes responding schools only, programs that do not award athletic scholarships are not included in these results.

 

Do you have the skills to compete in College Gymnastics?
 What level of Gymnast are coaches looking for and who are you competing with for a roster spot? A good way to get an idea is to look at the high-school bios of Gymnasts currently on the roster of schools that interest you. Most varsity gymnasts on current rosters are level 10 ... or higher. Our tables below have links to all 83 US College Gymnastics team sites ... click on individual schools & see how you might compare.

 

 

Stats & Links to all US Colleges sponsoring varsity Gymnastics teams 2019:

 Statistics compiled & edited by Patrick O'Rourke CPA  Washington, DC

 

US Schools with Varsity            Avr Athletic Scholarship *   Annual Tuition & Fees  SAT Math Range ACT Composite Admission Undergrad % receiving Avr School
Gymnastics teams  2019: City State Division Teams  Men   Women   In-State   Out of State  25% 75% 25% 75% Rate Enrollment School FA FA Award
University of Alaska Anchorage Anchorage AK NCAA  I W      18,603      17,263      6,690   19,494 83%   14,955 30%      3,720
Auburn University Auburn  AL NCAA  I W      36,014      33,245   10,968   29,640 560 660 24 30 84%   23,964 62%      8,385
University of Alabama Tuscaloosa AL NCAA  I W      27,765      20,229   10,780   28,100 520 640 23 32 53%   33,305 57%   17,343
University of Arkansas Fayetteville AR NCAA  I W      25,802      25,470      9,062   24,308 550 640 23 29 66%   23,044 41%      4,859
Arizona State University Tempe AZ NCAA  I W      22,028      19,253   10,792   27,372 560 680 22 29 84%   42,427 86%   10,642
University of Arizona Tucson AZ NCAA  I W      22,939      28,782   11,877   35,307 84%   34,101 83%      9,637
Sacramento State (CSU) Sacramento CA NCAA  I W      10,562      10,379      7,204   19,084 470 570 17 23 68%   28,454 49%      5,620
San Jose State University San Jose CA NCAA  I W      15,038      15,895      7,721   19,601 500 610 19 26 67%   27,778 35%      6,392
Stanford University Palo Alto CA NCAA  I M W      30,291      30,711   49,617   49,617 700 780 32 35 5%      7,064 50%   48,029
University of California-Berkeley Berkeley CA NCAA  I M W      13,726      15,123   14,170   42,184 630 760 30 34 17%   30,574 47%   10,677
University of California-Davis Davis CA NCAA  I W      14,908      13,914   14,419   42,433 570 700 25 32 43%   30,066 60%      9,147
University of California-Los Angeles Los Angeles CA NCAA  I W      23,454      19,406   13,261   41,275 600 740 29 34 16%   31,002 52%   10,730
U.S. Air Force Academy Colorado Springs CO NCAA  I M W  full ride!   full ride!              -               -   610 700 28 32 12%      4,276 100%  full ride! 
University of Denver Denver CO NCAA  I W      29,905      40,153   48,669   48,669 570 670 25 30 58%      5,765 85%   25,674
Southern Connecticut State University New Haven CT NCAA  II  W        2,992        3,154   10,538   23,226 450 550 18 24 65%      7,947 26%      4,140
University of Bridgeport Bridgeport CT NCAA  II  W      14,770      16,216   32,250   32,250 420 520 18 24 54%      3,129 98%   22,961
Yale University New Haven CT NCAA  I W               -                 -     51,400   51,400 730 800 32 35 7%      5,746 51%   49,051
George Washington University Washington DC NCAA  I W      21,300      26,811   53,518   53,518 640 720 29 32 41%   11,999 75%   28,103
University of Florida Gainesville FL NCAA  I W      20,070      24,850      6,381   28,659 620 690 28 32 42%   35,247 32%      3,811
University of Georgia Athens GA NCAA  I W      21,573      24,807   11,818   30,392 590 680 26 31 54%   28,848 18%      6,838
Iowa State University Ames IA NCAA  I W      20,663      20,535      8,636   22,472 560 710 22 28 89%   30,571 76%      6,723
US Schools with Varsity            Avr Athletic Scholarship *   Annual Tuition & Fees  SAT Math Range ACT Composite Admission Undergrad % receiving Avr School
Gymnastics teams  2019: City State Division Teams  Men   Women   In-State   Out of State  25% 75% 25% 75% Rate Enrollment School FA FA Award
University of Iowa Iowa City IA NCAA  I M W      18,630      18,732      8,965   30,609 570 690 23 28 86%   24,503 76%      7,366
Boise State University Boise ID NCAA  I W      14,880      12,432      7,326   22,642 470 580 21 26 84%   20,744 76%      7,151
Illinois State University Normal IL NCAA  I W      16,325      16,176   14,061   25,168 21 26 89%   18,330 55%      5,300
Northern Illinois University Dekalb IL NCAA  I W      19,976      20,240   14,350   23,816 19 24 53%   13,457 80%      5,493
University of Illinois  Champaign IL NCAA  I M W      24,431      24,555   15,074   31,194 710 790 26 32 62%   33,955 46%      8,717
Ball State University Muncie IN NCAA  I W      17,999      18,670      9,774   25,942 530 610 20 24 62%   17,004 51%      8,279
University of Kentucky Lexington KY NCAA  I W      26,997      27,254   11,942   28,046 530 670 22 28 96%   22,425 69%      8,659
Centenary College of Louisiana Shreveport LA NCAA  III  W               -                 -     35,900   35,900 510 610 22 28 62%         533 96%   22,148
Louisiana State University  Baton Rouge LA NCAA  I W      34,206      30,464   11,374   28,051 530 650 23 28 74%   25,444 55%      5,933
Springfield College Springfield MA NCAA  III  M W               -                 -     36,535   36,535 510 610 25 28 70%      2,227 97%   20,098
Towson University Towson MD NCAA  I W      15,348      15,239      9,694   22,140 520 600 21 25 77%   19,596 42%      5,166
U.S. Naval Academy Annapolis MD NCAA  I M  full ride!   full ride!              -               -   590 690 8%      4,495 100%  full ride! 
University of Maryland College Park MD NCAA  I W      29,969      31,288   10,399   33,606 650 750 29 33 45%   29,868 47%      7,290
Central Michigan University Mount Pleasant MI NCAA  I W      13,557      13,672   12,510   23,670 500 590 20 27 68%   17,804 86%      6,794
Eastern Michigan University Ypsilanti MI NCAA  I W      17,322      16,731   12,019   29,200 500 560 19 25 45%   17,217 92%      5,289
Michigan State University East Lansing MI NCAA  I W      24,092      20,066   14,460   39,406 550 670 23 28 72%   38,996 45%      9,817
University of Michigan Ann Arbor MI NCAA  I M W      30,709      26,161   14,826   47,476 670 770 30 33 27%   29,821 51%   17,277
Western Michigan University Kalamazoo MI NCAA  I W      23,848      21,005   11,943   14,699 470 590 20 26 82%   17,936 48%      7,402
Gustavus Adolphus College Saint Peter MN NCAA  III  W               -                 -     44,080   44,080 68%      2,181 98%   21,330
Hamline University Saint Paul MN NCAA  III  W               -                 -     40,332   40,332 510 620 20 26 69%      2,168 100%   22,067
University of Minnesota Minneapolis MN NCAA  I M W      18,733      16,528   14,417   26,603 650 760 26 31 50%   35,433 59%      5,434
US Schools with Varsity            Avr Athletic Scholarship *   Annual Tuition & Fees  SAT Math Range ACT Composite Admission Undergrad % receiving Avr School
Gymnastics teams  2019: City State Division Teams  Men   Women   In-State   Out of State  25% 75% 25% 75% Rate Enrollment School FA FA Award
Winona State University Winona MN NCAA  III  W               -                 -        9,379   15,302 550 690 20 25 66%      7,460 49%      2,571
Lindenwood University Saint Charles MO NCAA  II  W        2,791        4,058   16,960   16,960 480 610 20 25 74%      6,928 98%   10,564
Southeast Missouri State University Cape Girardeau MO NCAA  I W        8,638        8,766      7,185   12,720 20 26 85%   10,458 78%      4,975
University of Missouri Columbia MO NCAA  I W      20,424      22,166      9,787   26,506 550 670 23 29 78%   23,799 65%      7,219
North Carolina State University  Raleigh NC NCAA  I W      22,442      25,633      9,058   27,406 620 710 26 31 51%   24,150 48%      7,971
University of North Carolina  Chapel Hill NC NCAA  I W      19,563      18,504      9,005   34,588 630 740 28 33 24%   18,862 41%   13,697
University of Nebraska Lincoln NE NCAA  I M W      19,736      20,189      8,978   24,098 550 700 22 29 64%   20,954 69%      6,977
University of New Hampshire Durham NH NCAA  I W      17,006      19,760   18,067   32,637 530 630 23 28 77%   13,005 71%   11,002
Rutgers University New Brunswick NJ NCAA  I W      26,087      25,316   14,638   30,579 600 720 58%   35,641 46%      7,971
Cornell University Ithaca NY NCAA  I W               -                 -     52,853   52,853 700 790 31 34 13%   14,907 45%   36,611
Ithaca College Ithaca NY NCAA  III  W               -                 -     42,884   42,884 71%      6,059 93%   23,090
SUNY College at Brockport Brockport NY NCAA  III  W               -                 -        8,154   17,804 500 590 20 25 53%      7,180 70%      2,328
SUNY College at Cortland Cortland NY NCAA  III  W               -                 -        8,300   17,950 530 600 22 25 48%      6,346 56%      1,995
U.S. Military Academy West Point NY NCAA  I M  full ride!   full ride!              -               -   600 710 23 28 10%      4,491 100%  full ride! 
Bowling Green State University Bowling Green OH NCAA  I W      18,571      12,599   11,057   18,593 490 600 19 24 73%   14,680 66%      5,400
Kent State University  Kent OH NCAA  I W      15,404      15,343   10,012   18,544 510 600 21 25 88%   23,178 79%      5,626
Ohio State University Columbus OH NCAA  I M W      19,118      19,495   10,592   29,696 650 750 27 31 48%   45,946 70%      8,481
University of Oklahoma Norman OK NCAA  I M W      28,554      22,953   11,538   26,919 570 690 23 29 74%   22,032 86%      7,014
Oregon State University Corvallis OR NCAA  I W      20,248      19,959   10,967   29,457 530 650 22 28 79%   25,838 68%      6,360
Pennsylvania State University University Park PA NCAA  I M W      23,900      24,084   18,436   33,664 580 680 25 30 50%   40,835 31%      7,736
Temple University Philadelphia PA NCAA  I W      25,081      26,410   16,658   28,418 57%   29,580 82%      8,777
US Schools with Varsity            Avr Athletic Scholarship *   Annual Tuition & Fees  SAT Math Range ACT Composite Admission Undergrad % receiving Avr School
Gymnastics teams  2019: City State Division Teams  Men   Women   In-State   Out of State  25% 75% 25% 75% Rate Enrollment School FA FA Award
University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia PA NCAA  I W               -                 -     53,534   53,534 720 790 32 35 9%   11,716 47%   42,575
University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh PA NCAA  I W      30,246      27,054   19,080   30,642 620 718 27 32 60%   19,326 43%   12,831
Ursinus College Collegeville PA NCAA  III  W               -                 -     50,360   50,360 550 650 24 30 78%      1,507 99%   31,353
West Chester University  West Chester PA NCAA  II  W        2,429        2,775   10,111   21,591 510 600 21 26 69%   14,451 11%      4,200
Brown University Providence RI NCAA  I W               -                 -     53,419   53,419 700 790 31 35 8%      6,988 41%   40,817
Rhode Island College Providence RI NCAA  III  W               -                 -        8,776   21,289 430 530 15 22 74%      7,077 42%      4,571
Texas Woman's University Denton TX NCAA  II  W               -          8,266      7,486   17,446 430 530 17 23 86%   10,310 44%      3,945
Brigham Young University Provo UT NCAA  I W      10,890        9,953      5,460      5,460 600 700 27 32 52%   31,233 47%      4,040
Southern Utah University Cedar City UT NCAA  I W      13,363      15,015      6,676   20,288 500 600 20 27 76%      8,550 80%      5,705
University of Utah Salt Lake City UT NCAA  I W      22,717      23,274      8,884   28,127 550 680 22 29 66%   24,635 71%      6,131
Utah State University Logan UT NCAA  I W      13,554      10,716      7,870   21,520 510 620 21 27 89%   24,618 63%      7,532
College of William & Mary Williamsburg VA NCAA  I M W      17,512      18,001   22,044   43,670 640 740 29 33 36%      6,285 32%   16,715
Seattle Pacific University Seattle WA NCAA  II  W      12,670      11,618   40,893   40,893 520 630 21 27 91%      2,900 98%   20,670
University of Washington Seattle WA NCAA  I W      22,399      20,796   10,974   35,538 600 730 27 32 46%   31,331 39%      8,629
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Eau Claire WI NCAA  III  W               -                 -        8,816   16,736 21 26 76%   10,183 43%      1,386
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse La Crosse WI NCAA  III  W               -                 -        9,096   17,765 22 26 73%      9,705 20%      2,205
University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Oshkosh WI NCAA  III  W               -                 -        7,587   15,160 20 24 63%   12,410 11%      2,685
University of Wisconsin-Stout Menomonie WI NCAA  III  W               -                 -        9,456   17,423 19 25 87%      8,131 28%      1,379
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Whitewater WI NCAA  III  W               -                 -        7,662   16,235 20 24 70%   11,133 14%      2,079
West Virginia University Morgantown WV NCAA  I W      20,523      20,183      8,376   23,616 510 600 21 27 72%   22,501 68%      5,875
                                   

 

 

Coach's Corner 

We asked some coaches from around the country to take time from their busy schedules and provide some brief input for high school & middle school gymnasts hoping to compete in College. Here are some thoughts we believe are particularly helpful:
 

 

Debbie Yohman, University of Pittsburgh (NCAA I)

The goal for gymnasts hoping to compete in college should be Level 10 (or better) skills / routines / execution and COMITTMENT as that is what most teams are  exclusively recruiting.  A good, recruitable Level 10 gymnast  should be strong, fit, competitive, and love to work hard – this increases their chances to stay healthy and compete consistently .   

There is a place for Level 9’s or lower and that is generally a club team at a university

I believe one of the biggest surprises to athletes / families about college gymnastics is that it's not as “easy” as they expected.  Programs  have a level of expectation that begins with coming in as good as you were when you were recruited (if not better) and then you must continue to earn that scholarship, or even as a walk-on , that spot on the team.  The training is different, the goals change from a developmental program to a highly competitive team environment,  the work is intense and the standards high.  While there is a limit on the hours you must spend in the gym, the number of people to help you achieve has increased: coaches, trainers, doctors, strength & conditioning experts, nutritionists, academic advisors, etc.  Schools invest a significant amount of funding and resources to help athletes succeed, so  it’s really not a “free” ride … you must do your part to deserve that investment. 

 NCAA gymnasts can expect to spend 20 hours a week training and conditioning. If they have injuries or prehab needs they can expect up to another hour per day in the training room before and/or after practice. That will decrease going into and throughout the season due to travel time, and as the focus changes from quantity to quality. 

A common mistake is for athletes to slack off once they get a scholarship or spot on a team. The gymnast that doesn't continue to progress, get stronger and  train to compete will come in lacking, and usually disappoint themselves, their coaches and their teammates.
 
 

Elise Ray, University of Washington (NCAA I)

Each program and coach has different needs for their team, but one thing is consistent: the athlete being recruited has to be good enough to better the team, it’s that simple. It’s important and valuable to communicate with the coaches of the programs you’re interested in and get feedback to find out what specially they’re looking for.  

One of the most common mistakes is waiting too long to begin the recruiting process. Unfortunately, recruiting has started so early …  much too early! It’s important to reach out to the schools and coaches you’re interested in, get on their radar and make yourself known.

 

NCAA rules require us to stay within a 20-hour limit for all athletic related activities. This means practice, conditioning, meetings, etc. Everything has to stay within 20 per week. For most gymnasts, this is actually a lot less than what they’re used to. But, the role of academics is more intense in college. To be perfectly honest, gymnasts are pretty incredible; they’ve learned at an early age how to balance a very time demanding sport while keeping up with school, family and friends. Gymnasts usually have a great foundation to be a very successful collegiate athlete.

 Being a student-athlete in any sport is a full time job. It takes incredible time management, commitment, sacrifice and discipline. It’s hard work and the student-athletes have very full days and busy schedules. Student-athletes are not regular college students by any means. It’s important to recognize the difference. But, student-athletes, in my opinion are some of the most impressive young people because they develop qualities and skills that set them up for a very successful life. There are countless benefits to being a student-athlete, you just have to be willing to work for it.

 
 
 

Mark Williams, University of Oklahoma (NCAA I) 

Recognize that coaches are seeking individuals who will push the team score on several events. Being able to do routines with 15+ start values is essential. And being able to compete on events that scores above a 14.00 will get you more attention from coaches. If you have an event that is more your specialty, highlight it with your recent competition standings and scores. Lastly, show that you are in good shape, strong on rings, swing well on pommel horse, and you are willing to train not only the gymnastics but the conditioning and cardio while remaining free of major injuries. 

Because there are very few college programs, NCAA coaches can be very selective about who are offered scholarships and roster spots. Normally, most programs will only have one or two scholarships to offer each year.

For boy’s gymnastics through middle school and high school, it is very important to be enrolled in the right club gymnastics situation as most high school programs do not have the necessary system in place for college preparation. Choosing a club program that produces gymnasts who regularly compete at the Junior Olympic Championships and the P & G Championships are preferred to recreational programs. Selecting a club that has a knowledgeable coach, who has experience as an athlete competing at an elite or collegiate level of gymnastics, is also helpful. The training that is received during the ages of 8-16 is vital to the preparation necessary to compete for a college team.

Send recruiting information directly to coaches prior to your junior year in high school. Most of the recruiting for men’s gymnastics is still done during the summer between  junior and senior year, and through the early signing period in November. Follow-up up with videos and results from your competitions through that season and ask for feedback concerning your chances of being recruited. Send links of competition routines and supplement these with things you might be working on in the gym. Don’t be afraid to ask questions of the coach about what he is looking for in perspective student-athletes from both a  gymnastics and academic standpoint. Don’t wait until your senior year to reach out to coaches. Many spots will be taken by then.

 College gymnasts usually train about 20 a week throughout the year. Guys who compete on the Sr. national team and team USA will generally put in more hours than that. Though the collegiate season goes from January to April, most of my guys stay on campus through the summer and continue to train for the USA Championships. Therefore, we don’t have a lot of down time away from the sport. 

 

Paul Beckwith, Cornell University (NCAA I) 

The recruiting process in the Ivy League starts later than other schools as July 1st following the student’s junior year in high school is the earliest that an Ivy school may do an academic pre-read to determine admissibility. Most Ivies do all recruiting using the early decision application deadline of November 1, senior year. 

Ivy League schools compete  in NCAA Division 1 and go by all the recruiting rules, though due to the academic requirements there won’t be commitments made before the athlete is in 11th grade.  So while a coach might make a verbal commitment to an athlete during their sophomore year, it would be completely contingent upon the athlete being admitted. Ivy coaches cannot make an early verbal commitment with an athlete that prohibits the gymnast from visiting the other Ivy institutions, therefore, the athlete should visit all schools that are of interest during or just after their junior year.
 

Since there are no athletic scholarships offered in the Ivy League, athletes need to do a financial aid pre-read after their academic pre-read. All financial aid is based on demonstrated need, and though each school determines the amount of aid to be awarded independently, each Ivy will often match the best deal so that the student is not selecting among the Ivies based on cost of attendance.

Students hoping to a compete in gymnastics at an Ivy league school such as Cornell need to be taking a challenging load of classes ( AP’s and Honors) and the GPA needs to be near a 4.0 with class rank in the top 10%. The SAT or ACT needs to be taken at the first opportunity so that the test can be taken again to get the scores at a minimum in the 700 range on each part of the SAT or a 30 on the ACT.   

Most importantly, these  scores and GPA benchmarks are just rough guidelines for minimums and certainly do not guarantee admissibility to any particular institution!  Each school has its own admissions process, and it is up to the athlete to find out from the coach just what that institution’s process entails and how many athletes the coach can support. Additionally benchmarks coaches look for in some sports may also differ from benchmarks coaches look for in other sports within the same school.

Above all, the Ivy League schools are academically very difficult, and academics will always be the athlete’s number one priority in college! The student must be comfortable attending school where most students were at the top of their high school class.


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