College Rowing & Scholarship Opportunities

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152 Schools sponsored Varsity Rowing programs in 2017:
              # of Scholarships Average Athletic
  # 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 88 35 88 1,896 4,991 54 57 - 20    17,598        17,475
NCAA II 16 6 16 151 502 25 31 - 20       8,232          9,502
NCAA III 43 27 41 746 1,227 28 30 - -                -                   -
NAIA  2 2 2 67 32 34 16 - -       7,701          9,946
Other 3 2 3 54 47 27 16 - -                -                   -
Totals  152 72 150 2,914 6,799 40 45            11,114        11,207

Numbers include heavyweight, lightweight and novice crews. Varsity Rosters do not reflect club or intramural team participants.

Women's rowing is an equivalency sport  so partial scholarships can  be awarded in any proportion  to meet the limit per school; for example,  an NCAA Division I team can award 40 women rowers each a 1/2 scholarship and still meet the NCAA school limit of 20.   See our page on scholarship limits for more information. Even though it's the oldest intercollegiate sport in the US, men's rowing has never been an official NCAA sport.

* 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.
2016 Athletic Scholarship Averages for NCAA I Rowing Teams
Here are the results of our survey of NCAA I schools that sponsored Women's varsity Rowing  teams during their 2016 fiscal years. The results reflect the average number of athletic scholarships and the average award by responding  schools, as well as the low and high range for the number and average amount of awards per team:20
16 NCAA swimming
Women's NCAA I Rowing Teams Average Low  High   
Scholarships awarded per team 39 19 51
Average Scholarship per team  $      21,053  $         11,507    $        31,771

Number of scholarships awarded is per team, so for 4 year schools typically only 25% or so will be available for the incoming (i.e. freshmen) class. NCAA I schools that do not award athletic scholarships (Ivy League, etc.) are not included in these results.
   


All US Colleges that sponsor varsity Rowing teams in 2017:

Schools with Varsity           Avr  Scholarship * Admission
Rowing Programs 2017 City State Division Teams Men Women Rate
University of Alabama Tuscaloosa AL NCAA  I W        24,285      20,909 54%
California Maritime Academy Vallejo CA NAIA   M W              154            588 66%
Humboldt State University Arcata CA NCAA  II  W          2,419         2,104 77%
Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles CA NCAA  I  M W        19,067      27,254 51%
Mills College Oakland CA NCAA III W                 -                  -   -
Orange Coast College Costa Mesa CA CCCAA M W                 -                  -  
Sacramento State (CSU) Sacramento CA NCAA  I W          9,505         9,933 67%
Saint Mary's College  Moraga CA NCAA  I  W        21,606      19,813 98%
San Diego State University San Diego CA NCAA  I W        17,020      13,740 34%
Santa Clara University Santa Clara CA NCAA  I  M W        14,350      18,443 49%
Stanford University Palo Alto CA NCAA  I M W        27,653      28,243 5%
University of California-Berkeley Berkeley CA NCAA  I M W        12,109      13,275 17%
University of California-Los Angeles Los Angeles CA NCAA  I W        20,774      18,180 17%
University of California-San Diego La Jolla CA NCAA  II  M W              551            632 34%
University of San Diego San Diego CA NCAA  I M W        10,991      21,407 52%
University of Southern California Los Angeles CA NCAA  I W        28,744      29,451 18%
Connecticut College New London CT NCAA III M W                 -                  -   40%
Fairfield University Fairfield CT NCAA  I  M W        13,864      15,450 65%
Sacred Heart University Fairfield CT NCAA  I W        12,189      10,023 59%
Schools with Varsity           Avr  Scholarship * Admission
Rowing Programs 2017 City State Division Teams Men Women Rate
Trinity College Hartford CT NCAA III M W                 -                  -   33%
U.S. Coast Guard Academy New London CT NCAA III M W  full ride!   full ride!  18%
University of Connecticut Storrs CT NCAA  I W        25,768      23,790 53%
Wesleyan University Middletown CT NCAA III M W                 -                  -   22%
Yale University New Haven CT NCAA  I M W                 -                  -   7%
George Washington University Washington DC NCAA  I  M W        18,606      24,898 46%
Georgetown University Washington DC NCAA  I M W        10,488      17,389 17%
University of Delaware Newark DE NCAA  I W        21,466      15,575 67%
Barry University Miami FL NCAA  II  W        11,830      17,414 55%
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Daytona Beach FL NCAA  II  M W        10,708      15,876 69%
Florida Institute of Technology Melbourne FL NCAA  II  M W        11,142      14,766 57%
Jacksonville University Jacksonville FL NCAA  I M W          8,092      15,020 54%
Nova Southeastern University Fort Lauderdale FL NCAA  II  W        14,059      15,991 59%
Rollins College Winter Park FL NCAA  II  M W          8,036      11,024 60%
Stetson University DeLand FL NCAA  I M W          8,497      19,130 63%
University of Central Florida Orlando FL NCAA  I W        21,318      16,046 49%
University of Miami Coral Gables FL NCAA  I W        40,745      35,924 38%
University of Tampa Tampa FL NCAA  II  W          5,455         6,073 51%
Drake University Des Moines IA NCAA  I W          7,157      15,718 67%
Schools with Varsity           Avr  Scholarship * Admission
Rowing Programs 2017 City State Division Teams Men Women Rate
University of Iowa Iowa City IA NCAA  I W        17,186      16,020 81%
North Park University Chicago IL NCAA III W                 -                  -   49%
Indiana University Bloomington IN NCAA  I W        21,869      20,565 78%
University of Notre Dame Notre Dame IN NCAA  I W        32,342      30,068 20%
Kansas State University Manhattan KS NCAA  I W        21,227      14,266 95%
University of Kansas Lawrence KS NCAA  I W        29,342      20,003 93%
University of Louisville Louisville KY NCAA  I W        20,231      18,287 72%
Assumption College Worcester MA NCAA  II  W          4,538         4,311 76%
Boston College Chestnut Hill MA NCAA  I W        29,467      23,599 29%
Boston University Boston MA NCAA  I  M W        23,713      27,792 33%
Clark University Worcester MA NCAA III M W                 -                  -   55%
Harvard University Cambridge MA NCAA  I M W                 -                  -   6%
Holy Cross Worcester MA NCAA  I M W        15,535      12,056 37%
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge MA NCAA  I M W                 -                  -   8%
Massachusetts Maritime Academy Buzzards Bay MA NCAA III M W                 -                  -   74%
Merrimack College North Andover MA NCAA  II  W        14,010      12,165 79%
Mount Holyoke College South Hadley MA NCAA III W                 -                  -   50%
Northeastern University Boston MA NCAA  I  M W        28,493      30,153 28%
Simmons College Boston MA NCAA III W                 -                  -   58%
Schools with Varsity           Avr  Scholarship * Admission
Rowing Programs 2017 City State Division Teams Men Women Rate
Smith College Northampton MA NCAA III W                 -                  -   38%
Tufts University Medford MA NCAA III M W                 -                  -   16%
University of Massachusetts Amherst MA NCAA  I W        19,489      19,405 58%
Wellesley College Wellesley  MA NCAA III W                 -                  -   30%
Wentworth Institute of Technology Boston MA NCAA III M                 -                  -   67%
Williams College Williamstown MA NCAA III M W                 -                  -   18%
Worcester Polytechnic Institute Worcester MA NCAA III M W                 -                  -   49%
Loyola University Maryland Baltimore MD NCAA  I  M W        14,198      15,610 61%
St John's College Annapolis MD Indep M W                 -                  -   -
St Mary's College of Maryland St. Mary's City MD NCAA  III  M W                 -                  -   79%
U.S. Naval Academy Annapolis MD NCAA  I M W  full ride!   full ride!  9%
Washington College Chestertown MD NCAA III M W                 -                  -   54%
Bates College Lewiston ME NCAA III M W                 -                  -   22%
Colby College Waterville ME NCAA III M W                 -                  -   23%
Eastern Michigan University Ypsilanti MI NCAA  I W        15,125      16,807 75%
Michigan State University East Lansing MI NCAA  I W        21,157      17,301 66%
University of Michigan Ann Arbor MI NCAA  I W        27,238      22,029 26%
University of Minnesota Minneapolis MN NCAA  I W        15,272      13,368 45%
Duke University Durham NC NCAA  I W        29,597      33,141 11%
Schools with Varsity           Avr  Scholarship * Admission
Rowing Programs 2017 City State Division Teams Men Women Rate
University of North Carolina  Chapel Hill NC NCAA  I W        19,443      18,390 31%
Creighton University Omaha NE NCAA  I  W        15,322      15,101 70%
Dartmouth College Hanover NH NCAA  I M W                 -                  -   11%
Franklin Pierce University Rindge NH NCAA  II  W          3,084         4,860 80%
Princeton University Princeton NJ NCAA  I M W                 -                  -   7%
Rutgers University New Brunswick NJ NCAA  I W        20,319      19,506 58%
Stockton University Galloway NJ NCAA III W                 -                  -   64%
Canisius College Buffalo NY NCAA  I  W              538            571 87%
Colgate University Hamilton NY NCAA  I M W        20,662      20,074 27%
Columbia University  New York NY NCAA  I M W                 -                  -   7%
Cornell University Ithaca NY NCAA  I M W                 -                  -   15%
D'Youville College Buffalo NY NCAA III W                 -                  -   73%
Fordham University Bronx NY NCAA  I W        24,226      26,614 48%
Hamilton College Clinton NY NCAA III M W                 -                  -   25%
Hobart William Smith Colleges Geneva NY NCAA III M W                 -                  -   56%
Iona College New Rochelle NY NCAA  I W        11,878      11,913 91%
Ithaca College Ithaca NY NCAA III M W                 -                  -   67%
Manhattan College Riverdale NY NCAA  I  W        13,565      16,426 67%
Marist College Poughkeepsie NY NCAA  I M W          5,890         8,156 45%
Schools with Varsity           Avr  Scholarship * Admission
Rowing Programs 2017 City State Division Teams Men Women Rate
Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester NY NCAA III M W                 -                  -   57%
Saint John Fisher College Rochester NY NCAA III M W                 -                  -   62%
Sarah Lawrence College Bronxville NY NCAA III W                 -                  -   53%
Schenectady County CC Schenectady NY NJCAA  W                 -                  -  
Skidmore College Saratoga Springs NY NCAA III M W                 -                  -   36%
St Lawrence University Canton NY NCAA III M W                 -                  -   46%
SUNY Maritime College Throggs Neck NY NCAA III M W                 -                  -   68%
Syracuse University Syracuse NY NCAA  I M W        28,165      32,353 48%
Union College Schenectady NY NCAA III M W                 -                  -   38%
University of Rochester Rochester NY NCAA III W                 -                  -   34%
Marietta College Marietta OH NCAA III M W                 -                  -   72%
Ohio State University Columbus OH NCAA  I W        16,338      18,682 49%
University of Dayton Dayton OH NCAA  I W        10,533      17,337 58%
Oklahoma City University Oklahoma City OK NAIA   M W        15,249      19,303 70%
University of Central Oklahoma Edmond OK NCAA  II  W          5,825         5,426 70%
University of Oklahoma Norman OK NCAA  I W        25,599      17,776 78%
University of Tulsa Tulsa OK NCAA  I W        36,145      32,931 44%
Lewis & Clark College Portland OR NCAA III M W                 -                  -   63%
Oregon State University Corvallis OR NCAA  I M W        20,015      20,985 78%
Schools with Varsity           Avr  Scholarship * Admission
Rowing Programs 2017 City State Division Teams Men Women Rate
Pacific University Forest Grove OR NCAA III W                 -                  -   79%
University of Portland Portland OR NCAA  I  W        22,106      24,212 62%
Bryn Mawr College Bryn Mawr  PA NCAA III W                 -                  -   39%
Bucknell University Lewisburg PA NCAA  I W        15,843      13,910 25%
Cabrini University Radnor PA NCAA  III  W                 -                  -   72%
Drexel University Philadelphia PA NCAA  I  M W        16,542      18,929 75%
Duquesne University Pittsburgh PA NCAA  I W        18,581      17,347 76%
Franklin & Marshall College Lancaster PA NCAA III W                 -                  -   32%
La Salle University Philadelphia PA NCAA  I  M W        14,981      16,021 75%
Lehigh University Bethlehem PA NCAA  I W        16,264      20,543 30%
Mercyhurst University Erie PA NCAA  II  M W        12,464      13,780 80%
Philadelphia University Philadelphia PA NCAA  II  W        11,391      10,799 64%
Robert Morris University Moon Township PA NCAA  I W        15,132      18,460 78%
Saint Joseph's University Philadelphia PA NCAA  I  M W        14,477      19,877 82%
Temple University Philadelphia PA NCAA  I M W        21,899      21,713 56%
University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia PA NCAA  I M W                 -                  -   10%
Villanova University Villanova PA NCAA  I W        20,665      20,256 48%
Brown University Providence RI NCAA  I M W                 -                  -   9%
Johnson & Wales University Providence RI NCAA III W                 -                  -   82%
Schools with Varsity           Avr  Scholarship * Admission
Rowing Programs 2017 City State Division Teams Men Women Rate
University of Rhode Island Kingston RI NCAA  I W        17,335      17,912 74%
Clemson University Clemson SC NCAA  I W        30,712      26,152 51%
University of Tennessee Knoxville TN NCAA  I W        27,756      23,068 76%
Southern Methodist University Dallas TX NCAA  I W        45,685      36,105 49%
University of Texas  Austin TX NCAA  I W        22,996      14,350 39%
George Mason University Fairfax VA NCAA  I  W        10,215      12,873 69%
Old Dominion University Norfolk VA NCAA  I W        18,876      15,836 83%
University of Virginia Charlottesville VA NCAA  I W        24,887      25,319 30%
Gonzaga University Spokane WA NCAA  I  M W        11,391      16,271 73%
Pacific Lutheran University Tacoma WA NCAA III W                 -                  -   76%
Seattle Pacific University Seattle WA NCAA  II  M W        10,873      10,480 82%
Seattle University Seattle WA NCAA  I  W        16,577      14,854 73%
University of Puget Sound Tacoma WA NCAA III M W                 -                  -   79%
University of Washington Seattle WA NCAA  I M W        21,071      17,059 53%
Washington State University Pullman WA NCAA  I W        21,930      18,902 80%
Western Washington University Bellingham WA NCAA  II  W          5,321         6,328 82%
Milwaukee School of Engineering Milwaukee WI NCAA III M                 -                  -   65%
University of Wisconsin Madison WI NCAA  I M W        19,448      16,933 58%
West Virginia University Morgantown WV NCAA  I W        21,296      16,540 86%
                 

 

Coach's Corner  New Feature!

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

 

Max Borghard, Rutgers University

One of the best steps an athlete can take to enhance their chances of rowing in college is to train year round. Row over the summer and make sure you are training during the winter. If you play a different sport over the winter, keep playing that sport. But if you are not playing a sport, make sure that you are training during the winter. It will improve your fitness for the spring races.

One of the big myths about rowing in college is that it's easy to earn a scholarship. Even with the large opportunities that women's rowing provides, scholarships are limited and it takes a very good athlete to earn a scholarship. 

One thing I would like to see more recruits do is to send a personal email - or better write a letter - to the college coach where you think you might consider going to school. This helps recruits standout and shows they are strongly interested in that college. Also do as much research as you can about each college so that you understand the differences between the different schools.

 
 
Chuck Stollenwerk, Milwaukee School of Engineering


I think the best steps an athlete can take to enhance their chances of rowing in College (and excelling) is to learn to manage time well, be adaptable and be coachable - be a constant student of the sport. Continue to set high goals and have a plan. Make sure to come to the first practice in shape.

When interviewing with a college or University, make sure the prospective student athlete engages with the coach and asks questions. Don’t just leave the questions to your parents. Coaches sniff that out pretty quick.

A big misconception I often see is when an athlete has some success with his or her program or  team and expects to jump right into a priority collegiate lineup. There is also far more autonomy in college rowing, an individual needs to self-coach as opposed to having a high school or club program providing everything.  To succeed in college rowing you must continuously challenge yourself, you cannot rely solely on your high school level talent.

 
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