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?


39 Schools sponsored Alpine Skiing teams in 2017:
              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 12 149 169 14 14  6.3   7  15,458 15,635
NCAA II 7 6 7 71 81 12 12  6.3   7  8,339 8,517
NCAA III 16 16 16 194 179 12 11  -   -   -   - 
Other  4 4 4 37 34 9 9  -   -  3,402 5,262
Totals  39 37 39 451 463 12 12     6,202 6,488

Alpine 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. Nordic skiing is a distinct program from Alpine skiing and is not an NCAA sport (see below).

  *  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 Alpine Skiers 2016-17        5,451        4,670
Number of College Alpine Skiers (see table above)           451           463
% of foreign students competing in NCAA I Skiing ** 20.5% 19.6%
% of US High School Alpine Skiers competing at any College Level 7.2% 8.7%
% of US High School Alpine Skiers Competing at NCAA I Schools 2.2% 2.9% 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
# 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 Alpine Skiing teams:

US Colleges with Varsity           Avr Scholarship * Annual Tuition & Fees SAT Math Percentile ACT Composite Admission
Alpine Skiing teams  2017: City State Division Teams Men Women In-State Out of State 25% 75% 25% 75% Rate
University of Alaska Anchorage Anchorage AK NCAA  II  M W   18,057   17,593 5,784 17,990 71%
University of Alaska Fairbanks Fairbanks AK NCAA  II  M W   10,751      8,341 5,976 18,184 480 610 18 26 73%
Colorado Mountain College Glenwood Springs CO Indep M W             -               -   3,328 10,576 -
University of Colorado  Boulder CO NCAA  I M W   32,124   26,873 11,531 35,079 540 660 24 30 80%
University of Denver Denver CO NCAA  I M W   25,178   33,348 46,422 46,422 560 660 26 30 73%
College of Idaho Caldwell ID NAIA   M W      3,993      4,872 27,425 27,425 90%
Babson College Wellesley MA NCAA  III  M W             -               -   48,288 48,288 620 720 27 30 26%
Boston College Chestnut Hill MA NCAA  I M W   29,467   23,599 51,296 51,296 640 750 30 33 29%
Harvard University Cambridge MA NCAA  I M W             -               -   47,074 47,074 700 800 32 35 6%
Williams College Williamstown MA NCAA  III  M W             -               -   51,790 51,790 660 770 31 34 18%
Bates College Lewiston ME NCAA  III  M W             -               -   50,310 50,310 22%
Bowdoin College Brunswick ME NCAA  III  M W             -               -   49,900 49,900 15%
Colby College Waterville ME NCAA  III  M W             -               -   50,960 50,960 640 740 29 32 23%
University of Maine at Presque Isle Presque Isle ME NCAA  III  M W             -               -   7,436 11,066 77%
Michigan Technological University Houghton MI NCAA  II  M W      9,399   11,337 14,634 30,968 560 690 24 29 75%
Northern Michigan University Marquette MI NCAA  II  M W      9,820   10,436 9,766 15,262 450 580 19 24 70%
College of Saint Scholastica Duluth MN NCAA  III  M W             -               -   35,326 35,326 340 540 20 26 61%
Saint Cloud State University Saint Cloud MN NCAA  II  W      3,950      4,786 7,910 15,828 450 585 19 25 86%
St Olaf College Northfield MN NCAA  III  M W             -               -   44,180 44,180 580 700 26 31 36%
Montana State University Bozeman MT NCAA  I M W   15,135   16,476 6,887 23,186 510 640 21 28 83%
US Colleges with Varsity           Avr Scholarship * Annual Tuition & Fees SAT Math Percentile ACT Composite Admission
Alpine Skiing teams  2017: City State Division Teams Men Women In-State Out of State 25% 75% 25% 75% Rate
Rocky Mountain College Billings MT NAIA   M W      6,648   12,960 26,666 26,666 450 550 20 25 70%
Colby-Sawyer College New London NH NCAA  III  M W             -               -   39,450 39,450 90%
Dartmouth College Hanover NH NCAA  I M W             -               -   51,438 51,438 670 780 30 34 11%
New England College Henniker NH NCAA  III  M W             -               -   35,952 35,952 98%
Plymouth State University Plymouth NH NCAA  III  M W             -               -   13,472 21,732 74%
University of New Hampshire Durham NH NCAA  I M W   16,462   18,541 17,624 31,424 500 610 22 27 79%
University of New Mexico Albuquerque NM NCAA  I M W   18,767   18,476 7,340 21,929 470 600 19 25 58%
Sierra Nevada College Incline Village NV NAIA   M W      2,967      3,217 31,150 31,150 440 540 18 27 66%
Alfred University Alfred NY NCAA  III  M W             -               -   27,078 27,078 470 580 21 28 68%
Clarkson University Potsdam NY NCAA  III  M W             -               -   46,132 46,132 560 660 24 30 68%
St Lawrence University Canton NY NCAA  III  M W             -               -   51,200 51,200 46%
Brown University Providence RI NCAA  I W             -               -   51,366 51,366 690 780 31 34 9%
University of Utah Salt Lake City UT NCAA  I M W   23,836   23,872 8,518 27,039 510 660 21 28 81%
Westminster College Salt Lake City UT NCAA  II  M W      3,589      4,860 32,404 32,404 503 618 22 27 96%
Castleton University Castleton VT NCAA  III  M W             -               -   11,314 26,722 430 533 18 23 97%
Middlebury College Middlebury VT NCAA  III  M W             -               -   50,063 50,063 640 750 29 33 17%
Saint Michael's College Colchester VT NCAA  II  M W      2,810      2,264 41,975 41,975 76%
University of Vermont Burlington VT NCAA  I M W   14,561   15,778 17,300 40,364 550 640 25 30 71%
University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Green Bay WI NCAA  I M W      9,971   10,661 7,878 15,451 21 25 85%
                             

 

 US Colleges sponsoring varsity Nordic Skiing teams:

US Colleges with Varsity           Avr Scholarship * Annual Tuition & Fees SAT Math Percentile ACT Composite Admission
Nordic Skiing teams  2017: City State Division Teams Men Women In-State Out of State 25% 75% 25% 75% Rate
Bates College Lewiston ME NCAA  III  M W             -               -   50,310 50,310 22%
Bowdoin College Brunswick ME NCAA  III  M W             -               -   49,900 49,900 15%
St Olaf College Northfield MN NCAA  III  M W             -               -   44,180 44,180 580 700 26 31 36%
Clarkson University Potsdam NY NCAA  III  M W             -               -   46,132 46,132 560 660 24 30 68%
Paul Smiths College  Paul Smiths NY USCAA M W             -               -   27,103 27,103 69%
Sterling College Craftsbury VT NAIA   M W             -               -   36,495 36,495 70%
                             

 

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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.