College Skiing & Scholarship Opportunities

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* 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?

41 Schools sponsored Varsity Skiing teams in 2017-18:
              Scholarship 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 12 11 12 152 154 14 13  6.3   7  15,458 15,635  
NCAA II 7 6 7 81 89 14 13  6.3   7  8,339 8,517  
NCAA III 16 16 16 171 180 11 11  -   -   -   - 
Other  6 4 4 41 42 7 7  -   -  3,402 5,262  
Totals  41 39 41 445 465 11 11     6,202 6,488  

Skiing  is an equivalency sport for NCAA scholarship purposes, so partial scholarships can  be awarded in any proportion to meet the limit per school.  For example, an NCAA  I school can award 14 women skiers  each a 1/2  scholarship and still meet the  limit of 7 per team.  See our page on scholarship limits for more information. Most NCAA programs are Alpine skiing teams, but several teams compete in Nordic skiing as well. 

  *  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.    

Odds of a US High School Alpine Skier competing in College *
          Men Women  
Number of US High School Team Alpine Skiers 2016-17        5,451        4,670  
Number of College Alpine Skiers          343           352  
% of foreign students competing in NCAA I Skiing ** 20.5% 19.6%  
% of US High School Alpine Skiers competing at any College Level 5.4% 6.3%  
% of US High School Alpine Skiers Competing at NCAA I Schools 1.6% 2.2% 2017  
   
* See our page on the Odds of a High School Athlete competing in College for more information    
   
**Foreign Student Athletes competing in NCAA Skiing    
          Men Women  
NCAA I Teams 20.5% 19.6%  
NCAA II Teams 31.9% 20.8%  
NCAA III Teams 1.4% 2.8%  
Total - All NCAA Teams         12.8% 12.6%  

NCAA skiing has significant percentages of foreign student athletes competing within Divisions I & II. These athletes are not included in the US High School participants base so our odds of a US Alpine Skier competing at the Collegiate level have been adjusted to reflect this factor.
 

 

Athletic Scholarship Averages for NCAA I Skiing teams:
Men's NCAA I Skiing Teams Average Low  High Want to know how much each NCAA school funds its Skiing teams?

Our new NCAA Guide has school specific athletic scholarship funding for all NCAA Skiing teams.
# of Scholarships Awarded 11 10 11
Average Scholarship per team  $      20,275  $          15,478  $        24,636
Women's NCAA I Skiing Teams Average Low  High
# of Scholarships Awarded 12 11 14
Average Scholarship per team  $     19,084  $       15,337  $        23,855

These are the  results of our survey of NCAA I schools that sponsored varsity Skiing teams during their 2016 fiscal years. Number of scholarships awarded is per team, so typically only 25% or so will be available for the incoming athletes. Data includes responding schools only, programs that do not award athletic scholarships (Ivy League, etc.) are not included.
 

Do you have the skills to Ski in College?
What level of Skier 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 skiers 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 Schools sponsoring varsity Skiing teams 2017-18:

Schools with Varsity            Avr Scholarship *     Annual Tuition & Fees    SAT Math Range ACT Composite Admission  Undergraduate Enrollment 
Skiing  teams  2017-18: City State Division Teams  Men   Women     In-State   Out of State    25% 75% 25% 75% Rate  Men   Women   Total 
University of Alaska Anchorage Anchorage AK NCAA  II  M W     18,209      16,804         5,784      17,990 83% 3,099 3,461 6,560
University of Alaska Fairbanks Fairbanks AK NCAA  II  M W     11,087         7,829         5,976      18,184 470 600 19 26 73% 1,570 1,527 3,097
Colorado Mountain College Glenwood Springs CO Indep M W               -                  -            3,328      10,576 870 729 1,599
University of Colorado  Boulder CO NCAA  I M W     30,577      29,937      11,531      35,079 550 670 25 30 77% 14,251 11,441 25,692
University of Denver Denver CO NCAA  I M W     26,835      37,864      46,422      46,422 560 650 26 31 53% 2,540 2,938 5,478
College of Idaho Caldwell ID NAIA   M W       4,443         4,967      27,425      27,425 85% 451 467 918
Babson College Wellesley MA NCAA  III  M W               -                  -         48,288      48,288 610 720 27 31 25% 1,198 1,085 2,283
Boston College Chestnut Hill MA NCAA  I M W     30,309      24,866      51,296      51,296 640 740 30 33 31% 4,413 5,073 9,486
Harvard University Cambridge MA NCAA  I M W               -                  -         47,074      47,074 720 800 32 35 5% 3,681 3,250 6,931
Williams College Williamstown MA NCAA  III  M W               -                  -         51,790      51,790 660 770 31 34 18% 1,052 992 2,044
Bates College Lewiston ME NCAA  III  M W               -                  -         50,310      50,310 23% 881 899 1,780
Bowdoin College Brunswick ME NCAA  III  M W               -                  -         49,900      49,900 15% 901 897 1,798
Colby College Waterville ME NCAA  III  M W               -                  -         50,960      50,960 640 745 30 33 19% 894 985 1,879
University of Maine at Presque Isle Presque Isle ME NCAA  III  M W               -                  -            7,436      11,066 87% 248 399 647
Michigan Technological University Houghton MI NCAA  II  M W       9,958      10,700      14,634      30,968 568 680 25 30 76% 3,987 1,453 5,440
Northern Michigan University Marquette MI NCAA  II  M W       9,545         9,211         9,766      15,262 480 590 19 25 76% 2,874 3,380 6,254
College of Saint Scholastica Duluth MN NCAA  III  M W               -                  -         35,326      35,326 460 570 21 26 64% 678 1,571 2,249
Saint Cloud State University Saint Cloud MN NCAA  II  W       4,821         4,891         7,910      15,828 490 640 18 24 85% 4,135 4,371 8,506
St Olaf College Northfield MN NCAA  III  M W               -                  -         44,180      44,180 570 700 26 31 45% 1,303 1,680 2,983
Montana State University Bozeman MT NCAA  I M W     16,341      17,073         6,887      23,186 510 630 21 28 83% 6,708 5,449 12,157
Rocky Mountain College Billings MT NAIA   M W       7,346      12,396      26,666      26,666 438 553 20 24 62% 434 423 857
Schools with Varsity            Avr Scholarship *     Annual Tuition & Fees    SAT Math Range ACT Composite Admission  Undergraduate Enrollment 
Skiing  teams  2017-18: City State Division Teams  Men   Women     In-State   Out of State    25% 75% 25% 75% Rate  Men   Women   Total 
Colby-Sawyer College New London NH NCAA  III  M W               -                  -         39,450      39,450 87% 308 705 1,013
Dartmouth College Hanover NH NCAA  I M W               -                  -         51,438      51,438 680 780 30 34 11% 2,117 2,113 4,230
New England College Henniker NH NCAA  III  M W               -                  -         35,952      35,952 99% 720 1,021 1,741
Plymouth State University Plymouth NH NCAA  III  M W               -                  -         13,472      21,732 79% 1,954 1,970 3,924
University of New Hampshire Durham NH NCAA  I M W     16,477      18,284      17,624      31,424 500 610 22 27 76% 5,616 6,799 12,415
University of New Mexico Albuquerque NM NCAA  I M W     20,618      17,393         7,340      21,929 480 600 19 25 58% 7,090 8,642 15,732
Sierra Nevada College Incline Village NV NAIA   M W       1,589         1,245      31,150      31,150 440 530 18 22 51% 269 195 464
Alfred University Alfred NY NCAA  III  M W               -                  -         27,078      27,078 460 580 20 26 63% 900 800 1,700
Clarkson University Potsdam NY NCAA  III  M W               -                  -         46,132      46,132 560 663 24 29 68% 2,229 935 3,164
Paul Smiths College  Paul Smiths NY USCAA M W               -                  -         27,103      27,103 82% 547 297 844
St Lawrence University Canton NY NCAA  III  M W               -                  -         51,200      51,200 43% 1,057 1,284 2,341
Brown University Providence RI NCAA  I W               -                  -         51,366      51,366 690 790 31 34 9% 3,133 3,423 6,556
University of Utah Salt Lake City UT NCAA  I M W     21,216      22,437         8,518      27,039 530 660 21 27 76% 9,286 7,795 17,081
Westminster College Salt Lake City UT NCAA  II  M W       3,881         5,021      32,404      32,404 500 600 22 27 84% 864 1,139 2,003
Castleton University Castleton VT NCAA  III  M W               -                  -         11,314      26,722 430 540 17 24 95% 868 862 1,730
Middlebury College Middlebury VT NCAA  III  M W               -                  -         50,063      50,063 650 755 30 33 16% 1,204 1,292 2,496
Saint Michael's College Colchester VT NCAA  II  M W       3,348         2,708      41,975      41,975 77% 810 1,029 1,839
Sterling College Craftsbury VT NAIA   M W               -                  -         36,495      36,495 96% 48 62 110
University of Vermont Burlington VT NCAA  I M W     17,181      17,861      17,300      40,364 550 650 25 30 69% 4,250 5,690 9,940
University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Green Bay WI NCAA  I M W       9,608      11,164         7,878      15,451 20 25 73% 1,411 2,631 4,042
                                       

 

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