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152 schools sponsored varsity level Rowing 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 87 34 87 1,896 4,204 56 48 - 20  $        16,370  $            16,362
NCAA II 16 5 16 163 485 33 30 - 20  $          7,918  $              8,660
NCAA III 44 28 42 839 1,267 30 30 - -  $                   -  $                       -
NAIA  2 2 2 53 27 27 14 - -  $          8,162  $              9,270
Other Divisions 3 2 3 50 60 25 20 - -  $                   -  $                       -
Totals  152 71 150 3,001 6,043 42 40          $        10,339  $            10,428

(1) 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 30 women rowers each a 2/3 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.

(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.
New Data!  2016 Athletic Scholarship Averages for NCAA Division I Rowing Teams
Here are the results of our 2016 survey of NCAA I schools that sponsored Women's varsity Rowing  teams during their 2015-16 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:2016 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.

 

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 (NCAA I)

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 (NCAA III)


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.

 

17 Greg DiCenzo, Holy Cross (NCAA I - Baseball)

One's character is the most valuable component in the recruiting process. A prospective student-athlete's baseball skill set probably ranks third behind their character and academic track record. While there may be flexibility around academics and athletic ability, you must have good character ... you must be an asset to the Holy Cross community.

Once you get to high school, you are on the clock. Your grades freshman and sophomore year will be on your record when you start to look at schools in your junior year.

 

 Rick Walker, Southern Illinois University (NCAA I - Swimming)

Recruits get my attention when they pursue us as much as they want us to pursue them.  If I have to do all the work and constantly show or state our high interest, I can only assume that I will have to do that each and every day once they arrive in our program.  Two words: “Not Interested”.

Don’t think for a second that programs are not reviewing your social media, including the amount of time you spend on it. 

 

 17  Joe Russell, George Mason University (NCAA I - Wrestling)

Dream and prepare about going to college at a young age. Taking care of academics in high school is key to having options as a college athlete. Don't wait until you're a junior or senior to worry about academics.
 Stand out academically and on the mat. Have coaches advocate on your behalf. If your coach speaks well of you, it matters. Have people in your community speak on your behalf. If you are a leader in your community, it matters. Have your teammates speak well of you. I watch team interaction to see if an athlete is respected by his or her peers.

 

 Interactive Map - US College Rowing Programs:

 

Quick Stats - all US Colleges that sponsored varsity Rowing teams in 2015:

            Average Athletic     SAT Math  
Schools with Varsity        Roster Size (1)    Scholarship (2)     Annual Tuition & Fees   Average (3) %
Rowing Programs    City           State   Division  Men  Women     Men    Women    In-State    Out-of-State  25% 75% Admitted
University of Alabama Tuscaloosa AL NCAA I - 63   22,268   17,587      9,826       24,950 500 630 51%
California Maritime Academy Vallejo CA NAIA 29 9         185         650      5,472       16,632 67%
Sacramento State Sacramento CA NCAA I - 58     9,705     8,267      5,472       16,632 420 530 73%
Humboldt State University Arcata CA NCAA II - 50     2,529     2,236      5,472       16,632 430 540 77%
Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles CA NCAA I 28 36   18,158   23,724    40,680       40,680 560 660 53%
Mills College Oakland CA NCAA III - 21            -              -      41,618       41,618 490 610 76%
Orange Coast College Costa Mesa CA CCCAA 39 37            -              -        1,184         6,584
Saint Mary's College of California Moraga CA NCAA I - 36   19,325   18,541    41,230       41,230 500 610 76%
San Diego State University San Diego CA NCAA I - 60   15,615   12,722      5,472       16,632 510 620 34%
Santa Clara University Santa Clara CA NCAA I 30 27   15,379   17,921    43,812       43,812 620 710 49%
Stanford University Stanford CA NCAA I 37 62   24,609   25,103    44,184       44,184 700 790 5%
University of California-Berkeley Berkeley CA NCAA I 56 57     9,725   11,167    11,220       34,098 640 770 16%
University of California-Los Angeles Los Angeles CA NCAA I - 49   19,261   14,571    11,220       34,098 610 750 19%
University of California-San Diego La Jolla CA NCAA II 45 44         467         615    11,220       34,098 630 760 33%
University of San Diego San Diego CA NCAA I 35 42   10,755   21,365    42,330       42,330 570 670 46%
University of Southern California Los Angeles CA NCAA I - 40   24,145   26,305    47,562       47,562 660 760 18%
Connecticut College New London CT NCAA III 10 25            -              -      47,420       47,420 38%
Fairfield University Fairfield CT NCAA I 39 41   13,099   14,695    43,170       43,170 72%
Sacred Heart University Fairfield CT NCAA I - 27   11,559   10,357    35,500       35,500 57%
Trinity College Hartford CT NCAA III 38 35            -              -      46,796       46,796 33%
U.S. Coast Guard Academy New London CT NCAA III 18 18  full ride!   full ride!              -                  -   600 680 18%
University of Connecticut Storrs CT NCAA I - 52   19,347   19,239      9,858       30,038 590 690 50%
Wesleyan University Middletown CT NCAA III 38 48            -              -      47,702       47,702 24%
Yale University New Haven CT NCAA I 77 47            -              -      45,800       45,800 700 800 6%
George Washington University Washington DC NCAA I 47 46   18,315   25,460    48,700       48,700 610 700 44%
            Average Athletic     SAT Math  
Schools with Varsity        Roster Size (1)    Scholarship (2)     Annual Tuition & Fees   Average (3) %
Rowing Programs    City           State   Division  Men  Women     Men    Women    In-State    Out-of-State  25% 75% Admitted
Georgetown University Washington DC NCAA I 97 46     9,570   14,584    46,200       46,200 660 760 17%
University of Delaware Newark DE NCAA I - 52   20,486   15,158    10,900       29,250 550 660 68%
Barry University Miami FL NCAA II - 37   14,017   16,254    28,160       28,160 410 513 46%
Florida Institute of Technology Melbourne FL NCAA II 30 25     9,860   13,674    37,240       37,240 530 660 62%
Jacksonville University Jacksonville FL NCAA I 25 37     7,752   14,754    31,370       31,370 56%
Nova Southeastern University Fort Lauderdale FL NCAA II - 38   13,524   14,938    25,950       25,950 500 630 49%
Rollins College Winter Park FL NCAA II 36 36     8,363   10,758    43,080       43,080 57%
Stetson University DeLand FL NCAA I 17 34     8,570   15,789    39,690       39,690 61%
University of Central Florida Orlando FL NCAA I - 53   15,605   13,741      4,478       19,810 550 640 50%
University of Miami Coral Gables FL NCAA I - 56   45,449   36,938    43,040       43,040 620 730 38%
University of Tampa Tampa FL NCAA II - 37     5,518     5,999    24,528       24,528 500 580 52%
Drake University Des Moines IA NCAA I - 38     7,463   14,786    32,100       32,100 530 670 69%
University of Iowa Iowa City IA NCAA I - 48   17,393   17,468      6,678       26,008 540 700 81%
North Park University Chicago IL NCAA III - 26            -              -      24,540       24,540 430 567 55%
Indiana University-Bloomington Bloomington IN NCAA I - 68   20,046   19,238      9,087       31,940 540 660 76%
University of Notre Dame Notre Dame IN NCAA I - 64   28,988   25,998    45,730       45,730 680 770 21%
Kansas State University Manhattan KS NCAA I - 51   17,458   12,467      8,223       21,813 95%
University of Kansas Lawrence KS NCAA I - 59   31,062   21,771      9,548       24,831 91%
University of Louisville Louisville KY NCAA I - 48   16,362   15,792    10,236       24,124 510 630 74%
Assumption College Worcester MA NCAA II - 12     4,646     4,572    35,510       35,510 81%
Boston College Chestnut Hill MA NCAA I - 55   28,665   23,613    46,670       46,670 640 740 34%
Boston University Boston MA NCAA I 54 83   22,453   28,224    45,686       45,686 620 730 35%
Clark University Worcester MA NCAA III 11 20            -              -      40,380       40,380 54%
College of the Holy Cross Worcester MA NCAA I 50 37   13,571   11,260    45,080       45,080 43%
            Average Athletic     SAT Math  
Schools with Varsity        Roster Size (1)    Scholarship (2)     Annual Tuition & Fees   Average (3) %
Rowing Programs    City           State   Division  Men  Women     Men    Women    In-State    Out-of-State  25% 75% Admitted
Harvard University Cambridge MA NCAA I 94 74            -              -      40,418       40,418 710 800 6%
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge MA NCAA III 68 75            -              -      44,720       44,720 740 800 8%
Massachusetts Maritime Academy Buzzards Bay MA NCAA III 13 4            -              -        5,568       21,374 560 620 62%
Merrimack College North Andover MA NCAA II - 19   14,123   11,676    34,615       34,615 78%
Mount Holyoke College South Hadley MA NCAA III - 30            -              -      42,470       42,470 55%
Northeastern University Boston MA NCAA I 46 35   26,196   27,450    42,534       42,534 680 760 32%
Simmons College Boston MA NCAA III - 31            -              -      35,200       35,200 530 620 52%
Smith College Northampton MA NCAA III - 38            -              -      44,450       44,450 42%
Tufts University Medford MA NCAA III 34 34            -              -      47,596       47,596 680 760 17%
University of Massachusetts-Amherst Amherst MA NCAA I - 46   15,670   14,269    11,684       28,017 570 670 61%
Wellesley College Wellesley  MA NCAA III - 49            -              -      44,802       44,802 640 740 30%
Wentworth Institute of Technology Boston MA NCAA III 28 -            -              -      29,320       29,320 530 630 83%
Williams College Williamstown MA NCAA III 47 52            -              -      48,030       48,030 670 770 19%
Worcester Polytechnic Institute Worcester MA NCAA III 55 43            -              -      43,612       43,612 44%
Loyola University Maryland Baltimore MD NCAA I 34 32   13,838   14,588    42,690       42,690 60%
St John's College Annapolis MD Indep 11 9            -              -      47,176       47,176 570 680 87%
U.S. Naval Academy Annapolis MD NCAA I 70 55  full ride!   full ride!              -                  -   610 710 8%
Washington College Chestertown MD NCAA III 32 28            -              -      41,596       41,596 56%
Bates College Lewiston ME NCAA III 31 40            -              -      46,750       46,750 25%
Colby College Waterville ME NCAA III 29 34            -              -      45,360       45,360 620 720 28%
Eastern Michigan University Ypsilanti MI NCAA I - 48   10,577   12,191      8,244       24,287 450 560 69%
Michigan State University East Lansing MI NCAA I - 60   18,627   15,244    13,200       34,965 540 690 66%
University of Michigan Ann Arbor MI NCAA I - 45   24,756   21,622    13,158       41,578 660 760 32%
University of Minnesota Minneapolis MN NCAA I - 35   11,185     9,927    12,060       19,310 620 750 45%
Duke University Durham NC NCAA I - 46   26,050   23,558    45,800       45,800 700 790 11%
University of North Carolina  Chapel Hill NC NCAA I - 54   17,783   17,504      6,423       31,505 620 720 28%
Creighton University Omaha NE NCAA I - 42   13,604   12,765    33,796       33,796 550 665 73%
            Average Athletic     SAT Math  
Schools with Varsity        Roster Size (1)    Scholarship (2)     Annual Tuition & Fees   Average (3) %
Rowing Programs    City           State   Division  Men  Women     Men    Women    In-State    Out-of-State  25% 75% Admitted
Dartmouth College Hanover NH NCAA I 78 42            -              -      46,764       46,764 680 770 12%
Franklin Pierce University Rindge NH NCAA II - 25     4,000     4,853    29,682       29,682 430 530 84%
Princeton University Princeton NJ NCAA I 112 94            -              -      41,820       41,820 710 800 7%
Rutgers University-Camden Camden NJ NCAA III 6 11            -              -      10,954       25,249 470 570 60%
Rutgers University-New Brunswick New Brunswick NJ NCAA I - 56   18,678   18,098    10,954       25,732 570 700 60%
Stockton University Galloway NJ NCAA III - 20            -              -        8,107       14,628 500 600 65%
Canisius College Buffalo NY NCAA I - 37   11,315   12,996    32,630       32,630 490 600 80%
Colgate University Hamilton NY NCAA I 21 29   20,572   19,981    47,855       47,855 650 750 26%
Columbia University  New York NY NCAA I 78 41            -              -      48,646       48,646 700 790 7%
Cornell University Ithaca NY NCAA I 111 56            -              -      47,050       47,050 680 770 14%
D'Youville College Buffalo NY NCAA III - 16            -              -      23,092       23,092 460 570 69%
Fordham University Bronx NY NCAA I - 54   22,750   27,520    44,450       44,450 580 680 48%
Hamilton College Clinton NY NCAA III 24 30            -              -      47,350       47,350 660 740 26%
Hobart William Smith Colleges Geneva NY NCAA III 47 32            -              -      46,852       46,852 48%
Iona College New Rochelle NY NCAA I - 38   11,224   11,241    31,880       31,880 460 560 87%
Ithaca College Ithaca NY NCAA III 54 67            -              -      39,532       39,532 59%
Marist College Poughkeepsie NY NCAA I 49 40     5,760     9,107    32,000       32,000 39%
Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester NY NCAA III 40 40            -              -      35,256       35,256 570 680 57%
Saint John Fisher College Rochester NY NCAA III 14 15            -              -      28,970       28,970 500 600 68%
Sarah Lawrence College Bronxville NY NCAA III - 9            -              -      49,680       49,680 53%
Schenectady County CC Schenectady NY NJCAA  - 14            -              -        3,456         6,912
Skidmore College Saratoga Springs NY NCAA III 19 21            -              -      46,390       46,390 570 680 37%
St Lawrence University Canton NY NCAA III 32 24            -              -      47,350       47,350 48%
SUNY Maritime College Throggs Neck NY NCAA III 28 13            -              -        6,170       15,820 530 610 53%
Syracuse University Syracuse NY NCAA I 57 53   25,340   26,744    40,380       40,380 550 660 53%
            Average Athletic     SAT Math  
Schools with Varsity        Roster Size (1)    Scholarship (2)     Annual Tuition & Fees   Average (3) %
Rowing Programs    City           State   Division  Men  Women     Men    Women    In-State    Out-of-State  25% 75% Admitted
Union College Schenectady NY NCAA III 32 31            -              -      47,913       47,913 41%
University at Buffalo Buffalo NY NCAA I - 44   16,915   14,741      6,170       19,590 550 650 58%
University of Rochester Rochester NY NCAA III - 33            -              -      46,150       46,150 36%
Marietta College Marietta OH NCAA III 22 18            -              -      32,215       32,215 520 620 69%
Ohio State University Columbus OH NCAA I - 38   16,033   16,500      9,168       25,668 620 730 53%
University of Dayton Dayton OH NCAA I - 35     9,057   16,901    37,230       37,230 530 640 59%
Oklahoma City University Oklahoma City OK NAIA 24 18   16,139   17,890    27,276       27,276 530 630 68%
University of Central Oklahoma Edmond OK NCAA II - 27     6,072     4,501      4,927       13,407 90%
University of Oklahoma Norman OK NCAA I - 36   22,942   17,814      4,128       16,902 540 670 81%
University of Tulsa Tulsa OK NCAA I - 42   33,732   28,786    35,050       35,050 570 700 40%
Lewis & Clark College Portland OR NCAA III 18 30            -              -      43,022       43,022 67%
Oregon State University Corvallis OR NCAA I 45 39   18,504   19,248      7,650       24,822 500 620 78%
Pacific University Forest Grove OR NCAA III - 19            -              -      37,632       37,632 500 600 80%
University of Portland Portland OR NCAA I - 37   21,850   25,890    38,350       38,350 540 650 63%
Willamette University Salem OR NCAA III - 24            -              -      43,760       43,760 540 650 81%
Bryn Mawr College Bryn Mawr  PA NCAA III - 25            -              -      44,470       44,470 600 730 40%
Bucknell University Lewisburg PA NCAA I - 52   13,005   12,070    48,234       48,234 620 720 31%
Drexel University Philadelphia PA NCAA I 68 51   15,355   19,219    44,646       44,646 570 670 76%
Duquesne University Pittsburgh PA NCAA I - 43   17,105   16,908    30,070       30,070 520 610 73%
Franklin and Marshall College Lancaster PA NCAA III - 23            -              -      48,414       48,414 39%
La Salle University Philadelphia PA NCAA I 25 36   13,445   16,272    39,200       39,200 440 550 78%
Lehigh University Bethlehem PA NCAA I - 38   16,610   16,340    44,520       44,520 640 740 34%
Mercyhurst University Erie PA NCAA II 35 32   11,223   12,952    29,600       29,600 80%
Philadelphia University Philadelphia PA NCAA II - 28   10,272   12,712    34,280       34,280 490 600 64%
Robert Morris University Moon Township PA NCAA I - 39   14,426   16,884    25,380       25,380 470 570 76%
            Average Athletic     SAT Math  
Schools with Varsity        Roster Size (1)    Scholarship (2)     Annual Tuition & Fees   Average (3) %
Rowing Programs    City           State   Division  Men  Women     Men    Women    In-State    Out-of-State  25% 75% Admitted
Saint Joseph's University Philadelphia PA NCAA I 39 46   13,112   16,124    40,420       40,420 85%
Temple University Philadelphia PA NCAA I 63 52   20,244   18,582    14,006       24,032 510 620 62%
University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia PA NCAA I 83 47            -              -      42,176       42,176 690 780 10%
Villanova University Villanova PA NCAA I - 49   19,824   19,590    45,376       45,376 620 710 49%
Brown University Providence RI NCAA I 52 51            -              -      46,408       46,408 670 780 9%
Johnson & Wales University Providence RI NCAA III - 30            -              -      28,239       28,239 81%
University of Rhode Island Kingston RI NCAA I - 43   16,405   17,969    10,878       26,444 490 590 77%
Clemson University Clemson SC NCAA I - 69   26,046   24,540    12,606       30,622 590 680 52%
University of Tennessee Knoxville TN NCAA I - 54   23,884   19,748    10,366       28,556 530 640 75%
Southern Methodist University Dallas TX NCAA I - 49   41,711   34,833    40,770       40,770 620 710 52%
University of Texas at Austin Austin TX NCAA I - 56   18,034   14,630      9,830       34,836 600 720 40%
George Mason University Fairfax VA NCAA I - 34     9,070   11,887      7,562       27,140 530 630 67%
Old Dominion University Norfolk VA NCAA I - 57   18,143   14,354      5,795       21,470 460 560 82%
University of Virginia Charlottesville VA NCAA I - 41   18,924   19,567    10,484       38,988 630 740 29%
Gonzaga University Spokane WA NCAA I 36 49   10,742   13,755    36,040       36,040 560 650 68%
Pacific Lutheran University Tacoma WA NCAA III - 43            -              -      36,180       36,180 490 600 75%
Seattle Pacific University Seattle WA NCAA II 17 27     9,678     9,404    35,100       35,100 510 615 83%
Seattle University Seattle WA NCAA I - 34   14,645   12,858    37,485       37,485 530 640 73%
University of Puget Sound Tacoma WA NCAA III 15 42            -              -      43,200       43,200 550 650 79%
University of Washington Seattle WA NCAA I 70 46   19,063   17,716    11,305       32,424 580 700 55%
Washington State University Pullman WA NCAA I - 37   19,513   18,021    10,874       23,956 460 580 82%
Western Washington University Bellingham WA NCAA II - 27     5,060     5,695      8,088       19,530 500 600 85%
Milwaukee School of Engineering Milwaukee WI NCAA III 36 -            -              -      33,870       33,870 580 680 69%
University of Wisconsin-Madison Madison WI NCAA I 73 129   15,549   13,382      9,273       25,523 620 740 57%
University of Charleston Charleston WV NCAA II - 21     7,334     7,725    23,000       23,000 450 550 61%
West Virginia University Morgantown WV NCAA I - 47   17,844   18,623      6,960       20,242 480 580 86%
                         


(1) Numbers include both heavyweight and lightweight crews. Varsity Rosters do not reflect club or intramural team participants.

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2) Average Athletic Scholarship is the average amount of athletically related student aid 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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