College Rowing & Scholarship Opportunities

Play your Sport in College!                                                               

* What are my chances of playing college sports? ***** What schools can I get into?
* Where can I find college athletic scholarships? ****** What's all this going to cost?


152 Schools sponsored varsity Rowing teams during 2017:
            Percentage of   # of Scholarships Average Athletic
  # of  # of teams Total Athletes  College Rowers Average team size limit per team  Scholarship * 
Division  Schools Men's Women's    Men       Women  Men Women Men's Women's    Men       Women     Men       Women 
NCAA I 88 35 88 1,896 4,991 65% 73% 54 57 - 20  17,598      17,475
NCAA II 16 6 16 151 502 5% 7% 25 31 - 20    8,232        9,502
NCAA III 43 27 41 746 1,227 26% 18% 28 30 - -            -                -
NAIA  2 2 2 67 32 2% 1% 34 16 - -    7,701        9,946
Other  3 2 3 54 47 2% 1% 27 16 - -            -                -
Totals  152 72 150 2,914 6,799 100% 100% 40 45          11,114      11,207

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 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.
Scholarship Averages for NCAA I Rowing Teams:
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
These are the results of our survey of NCAA I schools that sponsored rowing  teams during their 2016 fiscal years. Number of athletic scholarships awarded is per team, so for 4 year schools typically only 25% or so will be available for the incoming athletes. Schools that do not award athletic scholarships (Ivy League, etc.) are not included in these results.
 
Do you have the skills to Row in College?
What level of athlete 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 rowers currently on the roster of schools that interest you. Our tables below have links to all US College varsity  team sites ... click  on individual schools & see how you might compare.
 


 

Stats & Links to all US Colleges sponsoring varsity Rowing teams:

Schools with Varsity           Avr Scholarship * Annual Tuition & Fees SAT Math Percentile ACT Composite Admission
Rowing teams  2017: City State Division Teams Men Women In-State Out of State 25% 75% 25% 75% Rate
University of Alabama Tuscaloosa AL NCAA  I W    24,285    20,909 10,470 26,950 490 610 22 31 54%
California Maritime Academy Vallejo CA NAIA   M W          154          588 6,808 17,968 66%
Humboldt State University Arcata CA NCAA  II  W      2,419      2,104 7,209 18,369 430 550 18 24 77%
Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles CA NCAA  I  M W    19,067    27,254 44,480 44,480 560 660 25 30 51%
Mills College Oakland CA NCAA III W             -               -   45,635 45,635 500 620 24 30 -
Orange Coast College Costa Mesa CA CCCAA M W             -               -   1,184 6,728
Sacramento State (CSU) Sacramento CA NCAA  I W      9,505      9,933 6,900 18,060 420 540 17 23 67%
Saint Mary's College  Moraga CA NCAA  I  W    21,606    19,813 44,360 44,360 508 610 22 27 98%
San Diego State University San Diego CA NCAA  I W    17,020    13,740 7,084 18,244 510 630 22 28 34%
Santa Clara University Santa Clara CA NCAA  I  M W    14,350    18,443 47,112 47,112 620 710 27 32 49%
Stanford University Palo Alto CA NCAA  I M W    27,653    28,243 47,940 47,940 700 800 31 35 5%
University of California-Berkeley Berkeley CA NCAA  I M W    12,109    13,275 13,509 40,191 640 770 30 34 17%
University of California-Los Angeles Los Angeles CA NCAA  I W    20,774    18,180 12,920 39,602 600 760 28 33 17%
University of California-San Diego La Jolla CA NCAA  II  M W          551          632 13,645 40,327 640 770 28 33 34%
University of San Diego San Diego CA NCAA  I M W    10,991    21,407 46,140 46,140 560 670 26 30 52%
University of Southern California Los Angeles CA NCAA  I W    28,744    29,451 52,283 52,283 650 770 30 33 18%
Connecticut College New London CT NCAA III M W             -               -   50,940 50,940 40%
Fairfield University Fairfield CT NCAA  I  M W    13,864    15,450 46,000 46,000 65%
Sacred Heart University Fairfield CT NCAA  I W    12,189    10,023 38,300 38,300 59%
Schools with Varsity           Avr Scholarship * Annual Tuition & Fees SAT Math Percentile ACT Composite Admission
Rowing teams  2017: City State Division Teams Men Women In-State Out of State 25% 75% 25% 75% Rate
Trinity College Hartford CT NCAA III M W             -               -   52,760 52,760 33%
U.S. Coast Guard Academy New London CT NCAA III M W  full ride!   full ride!  -0- -0- 610 690 26 31 18%
University of Connecticut Storrs CT NCAA  I W    25,768    23,790 14,066 35,858 580 690 26 31 53%
Wesleyan University Middletown CT NCAA III M W             -               -   50,912 50,912 22%
Yale University New Haven CT NCAA  I M W             -               -   49,480 49,480 710 800 31 35 7%
George Washington University Washington DC NCAA  I  M W    18,606    24,898 51,950 51,950 600 700 27 31 46%
Georgetown University Washington DC NCAA  I M W    10,488    17,389 50,547 50,547 660 750 30 34 17%
University of Delaware Newark DE NCAA  I W    21,466    15,575 12,830 32,250 550 660 24 29 67%
Barry University Miami FL NCAA  II  W    11,830    17,414 28,800 28,800 420 510 17 21 55%
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Daytona Beach FL NCAA  II  M W    10,708    15,876 33,886 33,886 69%
Florida Institute of Technology Melbourne FL NCAA  II  M W    11,142    14,766 40,446 40,446 560 670 24 29 57%
Jacksonville University Jacksonville FL NCAA  I M W      8,092    15,020 33,930 33,930 54%
Nova Southeastern University Fort Lauderdale FL NCAA  II  W    14,059    15,991 28,736 28,736 490 620 22 29 59%
Rollins College Winter Park FL NCAA  II  M W      8,036    11,024 46,520 46,520 60%
Stetson University DeLand FL NCAA  I M W      8,497    19,130 43,240 43,240 63%
University of Central Florida Orlando FL NCAA  I W    21,318    16,046 6,368 22,467 540 640 24 28 49%
University of Miami Coral Gables FL NCAA  I W    40,745    35,924 47,004 47,004 610 700 28 32 38%
University of Tampa Tampa FL NCAA  II  W      5,455      6,073 27,740 27,740 500 590 22 26 51%
Drake University Des Moines IA NCAA  I W      7,157    15,718 35,206 35,206 550 690 24 30 67%
Schools with Varsity           Avr Scholarship * Annual Tuition & Fees SAT Math Percentile ACT Composite Admission
Rowing teams  2017: City State Division Teams Men Women In-State Out of State 25% 75% 25% 75% Rate
University of Iowa Iowa City IA NCAA  I W    17,186    16,020 8,575 28,813 540 690 23 28 81%
North Park University Chicago IL NCAA III W             -               -   27,210 27,210 460 590 19 24 49%
Indiana University Bloomington IN NCAA  I W    21,869    20,565 10,388 34,246 540 660 24 30 78%
University of Notre Dame Notre Dame IN NCAA  I W    32,342    30,068 49,685 49,685 680 770 32 34 20%
Kansas State University Manhattan KS NCAA  I W    21,227    14,266 9,874 24,775 95%
University of Kansas Lawrence KS NCAA  I W    29,342    20,003 11,455 28,239 22 28 93%
University of Louisville Louisville KY NCAA  I W    20,231    18,287 11,264 26,286 510 620 22 29 72%
Assumption College Worcester MA NCAA  II  W      4,538      4,311 36,260 36,260 76%
Boston College Chestnut Hill MA NCAA  I W    29,467    23,599 51,296 51,296 640 750 30 33 29%
Boston University Boston MA NCAA  I  M W    23,713    27,792 50,240 50,240 620 730 27 31 33%
Clark University Worcester MA NCAA III M W             -               -   43,150 43,150 55%
Harvard University Cambridge MA NCAA  I M W             -               -   47,074 47,074 700 800 32 35 6%
Holy Cross Worcester MA NCAA  I M W    15,535    12,056 48,940 48,940 37%
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge MA NCAA  I M W             -               -   48,452 48,452 750 800 33 35 8%
Massachusetts Maritime Academy Buzzards Bay MA NCAA III M W             -               -   8,004 24,600 500 590 20 23 74%
Merrimack College North Andover MA NCAA  II  W    14,010    12,165 38,825 38,825 79%
Mount Holyoke College South Hadley MA NCAA III W             -               -   45,866 45,866 50%
Northeastern University Boston MA NCAA  I  M W    28,493    30,153 47,653 47,653 680 770 31 34 28%
Simmons College Boston MA NCAA III W             -               -   38,590 38,590 520 610 24 29 58%
Schools with Varsity           Avr Scholarship * Annual Tuition & Fees SAT Math Percentile ACT Composite Admission
Rowing teams  2017: City State Division Teams Men Women In-State Out of State 25% 75% 25% 75% Rate
Smith College Northampton MA NCAA III W             -               -   47,904 47,904 38%
Tufts University Medford MA NCAA III M W             -               -   52,430 52,430 690 770 30 33 16%
University of Massachusetts Amherst MA NCAA  I W    19,489    19,405 14,971 32,204 580 670 25 30 58%
Wellesley College Wellesley  MA NCAA III W             -               -   48,802 48,802 650 750 27 33 30%
Wentworth Institute of Technology Boston MA NCAA III M             -               -   33,724 33,724 520 630 22 27 67%
Williams College Williamstown MA NCAA III M W             -               -   51,790 51,790 660 770 31 34 18%
Worcester Polytechnic Institute Worcester MA NCAA III M W             -               -   46,994 46,994 49%
Loyola University Maryland Baltimore MD NCAA  I  M W    14,198    15,610 46,430 46,430 61%
St John's College Annapolis MD Indep M W             -               -   50,353 50,353 570 710 27 33 53%
St Mary's College of Maryland St. Mary's City MD NCAA  III  M W             -               -   14,192 29,340 500 620 22 28 79%
U.S. Naval Academy Annapolis MD NCAA  I M W  full ride!   full ride!  -0- -0- 610 700 9%
Washington College Chestertown MD NCAA III M W             -               -   43,842 43,842 54%
Bates College Lewiston ME NCAA III M W             -               -   50,310 50,310 22%
Colby College Waterville ME NCAA III M W             -               -   50,960 50,960 640 740 29 32 23%
Eastern Michigan University Ypsilanti MI NCAA  I W    15,125    16,807 11,209 27,702 443 580 19 25 75%
Michigan State University East Lansing MI NCAA  I W    21,157    17,301 14,062 37,890 530 680 23 28 66%
University of Michigan Ann Arbor MI NCAA  I W    27,238    22,029 14,402 45,410 660 770 29 33 26%
University of Minnesota Minneapolis MN NCAA  I W    15,272    13,368 14,142 23,806 620 740 26 31 45%
Duke University Durham NC NCAA  I W    29,597    33,141 51,265 51,265 690 790 31 34 11%
Schools with Varsity           Avr Scholarship * Annual Tuition & Fees SAT Math Percentile ACT Composite Admission
Rowing teams  2017: City State Division Teams Men Women In-State Out of State 25% 75% 25% 75% Rate
University of North Carolina  Chapel Hill NC NCAA  I W    19,443    18,390 8,834 33,916 620 720 28 33 31%
Creighton University Omaha NE NCAA  I  W    15,322    15,101 37,606 37,606 540 650 24 29 70%
Dartmouth College Hanover NH NCAA  I M W             -               -   51,438 51,438 670 780 30 34 11%
Franklin Pierce University Rindge NH NCAA  II  W      3,084      4,860 34,050 34,050 410 520 19 23 80%
Princeton University Princeton NJ NCAA  I M W             -               -   45,320 45,320 700 800 32 35 7%
Rutgers University New Brunswick NJ NCAA  I W    20,319    19,506 14,372 30,023 580 700 58%
Stockton University Galloway NJ NCAA III W             -               -   13,077 19,861 500 600 19 25 64%
Canisius College Buffalo NY NCAA  I  W          538          571 35,424 35,424 480 600 21 27 87%
Colgate University Hamilton NY NCAA  I M W    20,662    20,074 51,955 51,955 630 730 30 33 27%
Columbia University  New York NY NCAA  I M W             -               -   55,056 55,056 690 790 31 35 7%
Cornell University Ithaca NY NCAA  I M W             -               -   50,953 50,953 680 780 30 34 15%
D'Youville College Buffalo NY NCAA III W             -               -   25,210 25,210 460 560 21 25 73%
Fordham University Bronx NY NCAA  I W    24,226    26,614 49,073 49,073 590 680 27 31 48%
Hamilton College Clinton NY NCAA III M W             -               -   51,240 51,240 25%
Hobart William Smith Colleges Geneva NY NCAA III M W             -               -   51,559 51,559 56%
Iona College New Rochelle NY NCAA  I W    11,878    11,913 36,584 36,584 440 550 20 25 91%
Ithaca College Ithaca NY NCAA III M W             -               -   41,776 41,776 67%
Manhattan College Riverdale NY NCAA  I  W    13,565    16,426 40,004 40,004 500 610 22 27 67%
Marist College Poughkeepsie NY NCAA  I M W      5,890      8,156 35,210 35,210 45%
Schools with Varsity           Avr Scholarship * Annual Tuition & Fees SAT Math Percentile ACT Composite Admission
Rowing teams  2017: City State Division Teams Men Women In-State Out of State 25% 75% 25% 75% Rate
Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester NY NCAA III M W             -               -   38,568 38,568 580 680 26 31 57%
Saint John Fisher College Rochester NY NCAA III M W             -               -   31,880 31,880 510 600 21 26 62%
Sarah Lawrence College Bronxville NY NCAA III W             -               -   52,550 52,550 53%
Schenectady County CC Schenectady NY NJCAA  W             -               -   4,368 8,088
Skidmore College Saratoga Springs NY NCAA III M W             -               -   50,834 50,834 560 673 26 30 36%
St Lawrence University Canton NY NCAA III M W             -               -   51,200 51,200 46%
SUNY Maritime College Throggs Neck NY NCAA III M W             -               -   7,834 17,684 530 610 22 26 68%
Syracuse University Syracuse NY NCAA  I M W    28,165    32,353 45,022 45,022 560 660 24 29 48%
Union College Schenectady NY NCAA III M W             -               -   51,696 51,696 38%
University of Rochester Rochester NY NCAA III W             -               -   50,142 50,142 34%
Marietta College Marietta OH NCAA III M W             -               -   35,330 35,330 470 620 21 27 72%
Ohio State University Columbus OH NCAA  I W    16,338    18,682 10,037 28,229 610 720 27 31 49%
University of Dayton Dayton OH NCAA  I W    10,533    17,337 40,940 40,940 520 630 24 29 58%
Oklahoma City University Oklahoma City OK NAIA   M W    15,249    19,303 30,726 30,726 480 610 22 28 70%
University of Central Oklahoma Edmond OK NCAA  II  W      5,825      5,426 6,699 16,460 19 24 70%
University of Oklahoma Norman OK NCAA  I W    25,599    17,776 10,881 25,203 540 670 24 29 78%
University of Tulsa Tulsa OK NCAA  I W    36,145    32,931 41,509 41,509 570 700 26 32 44%
Lewis & Clark College Portland OR NCAA III M W             -               -   46,894 46,894 63%
Oregon State University Corvallis OR NCAA  I M W    20,015    20,985 10,366 28,846 490 630 21 28 78%
Schools with Varsity           Avr Scholarship * Annual Tuition & Fees SAT Math Percentile ACT Composite Admission
Rowing teams  2017: City State Division Teams Men Women In-State Out of State 25% 75% 25% 75% Rate
Pacific University Forest Grove OR NCAA III W             -               -   41,054 41,054 500 600 21 26 79%
University of Portland Portland OR NCAA  I  W    22,106    24,212 44,104 44,104 550 640 62%
Bryn Mawr College Bryn Mawr  PA NCAA III W             -               -   48,790 48,790 620 730 28 32 39%
Bucknell University Lewisburg PA NCAA  I W    15,843    13,910 51,960 51,960 620 710 28 32 25%
Cabrini University Radnor PA NCAA  III  W             -               -   30,588 30,588 72%
Drexel University Philadelphia PA NCAA  I  M W    16,542    18,929 51,030 51,030 565 680 25 30 75%
Duquesne University Pittsburgh PA NCAA  I W    18,581    17,347 35,062 35,062 520 610 23 28 76%
Franklin & Marshall College Lancaster PA NCAA III W             -               -   52,290 52,290 32%
La Salle University Philadelphia PA NCAA  I  M W    14,981    16,021 41,100 41,100 450 550 18 23 75%
Lehigh University Bethlehem PA NCAA  I W    16,264    20,543 48,320 48,320 640 740 29 32 30%
Mercyhurst University Erie PA NCAA  II  M W    12,464    13,780 34,580 34,580 80%
Philadelphia University Philadelphia PA NCAA  II  W    11,391    10,799 37,950 37,950 490 600 21 26 64%
Robert Morris University Moon Township PA NCAA  I W    15,132    18,460 28,250 28,250 470 580 20 26 78%
Saint Joseph's University Philadelphia PA NCAA  I  M W    14,477    19,877 43,020 43,020 82%
Temple University Philadelphia PA NCAA  I M W    21,899    21,713 16,274 27,266 56%
University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia PA NCAA  I M W             -               -   51,464 51,464 700 790 31 34 10%
Villanova University Villanova PA NCAA  I W    20,665    20,256 49,280 49,280 610 710 29 32 48%
Brown University Providence RI NCAA  I M W             -               -   51,366 51,366 690 780 31 34 9%
Johnson & Wales University Providence RI NCAA III W             -               -   30,746 30,746 82%
Schools with Varsity           Avr Scholarship * Annual Tuition & Fees SAT Math Percentile ACT Composite Admission
Rowing teams  2017: City State Division Teams Men Women In-State Out of State 25% 75% 25% 75% Rate
University of Rhode Island Kingston RI NCAA  I W    17,335    17,912 12,884 28,874 490 590 22 26 74%
Clemson University Clemson SC NCAA  I W    30,712    26,152 14,708 34,590 590 690 27 31 51%
University of Tennessee Knoxville TN NCAA  I W    27,756    23,068 12,724 31,144 530 630 24 30 76%
Southern Methodist University Dallas TX NCAA  I W    45,685    36,105 50,358 50,358 620 720 28 32 49%
University of Texas  Austin TX NCAA  I W    22,996    14,350 10,092 35,682 600 720 26 32 39%
George Mason University Fairfax VA NCAA  I  W    10,215    12,873 11,300 32,582 520 630 23 29 69%
Old Dominion University Norfolk VA NCAA  I W    18,876    15,836 9,750 26,730 460 570 18 24 83%
University of Virginia Charlottesville VA NCAA  I W    24,887    25,319 16,412 45,756 630 740 29 33 30%
Gonzaga University Spokane WA NCAA  I  M W    11,391    16,271 39,730 39,730 550 650 25 29 73%
Pacific Lutheran University Tacoma WA NCAA III W             -               -   39,450 39,450 500 610 22 28 76%
Seattle Pacific University Seattle WA NCAA  II  M W    10,873    10,480 38,940 38,940 500 620 23 28 82%
Seattle University Seattle WA NCAA  I  W    16,577    14,854 41,265 41,265 530 630 25 29 73%
University of Puget Sound Tacoma WA NCAA III M W             -               -   46,552 46,552 79%
University of Washington Seattle WA NCAA  I M W    21,071    17,059 10,753 34,791 580 710 26 31 53%
Washington State University Pullman WA NCAA  I W    21,930    18,902 11,041 25,673 460 580 20 26 80%
Western Washington University Bellingham WA NCAA  II  W      5,321      6,328 7,903 21,847 500 600 22 27 82%
Milwaukee School of Engineering Milwaukee WI NCAA III M             -               -   37,980 37,980 610 730 25 30 65%
University of Wisconsin Madison WI NCAA  I M W    19,448    16,933 10,488 32,738 630 750 27 31 58%
West Virginia University Morgantown WV NCAA  I W    21,296    16,540 7,992 22,488 470 580 21 27 86%
                             

 

Coach's Corner 

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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