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 112 Schools sponsored varsity Water Polo in 2015

              Athletic Scholarships Average Athletic
  Number Number of teams Varsity Athletes * Average team size limit per team ** Scholarship ***
Division  of Schools Men's Women's    Men       Women  Men's Women's    Men       Women     Men       Women 
NCAA I 36 23 32 572 687 25 21 4.5 8  $        13,203  $        15,208
NCAA II 12 8 11 176 189 22 19 4.5 8  $          6,677  $          8,090
NCAA III 19 15 17 314 267 21 16 - -  $                   -  $                   -
NAIA  1 1 1 19 9 19 9 - -  $              185  $              650
CCCAA 44 33 43 575 614 17 14 - -  $                   -  $                   -
Totals  112 80 104 1,656 1,766 21 17      $          4,811  $          5,589

 (1) Varsity Rosters may include junior varsity, redshirt, reserve and/or practice squad players and do not reflect club or intramural team participants.

** Water Polo is an equivalency sport for NCAA scholarship purposes, so partial scholarships can  be awarded to meet the limit per school.  For example, an NCAA Division I school can award 9 male water polo players each a 1/2 scholarship and still meet the  limit of 4.5 per school.    See our page on scholarship limits for more information.

(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.
  2016 Water Polo
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Odds of a High School athlete competing in College Water Polo *
  Men
  Women
Number of US High School Water Polo players 21,626 19,204
Number of US College Water Polo (see table above) 1,656 1,766
% of foreign students competing in NCAA Water Polo * 6.8% 6.9%
% of US High School Players competing at any College Level 7.1% 8.6%
% of US High School Players competing at NCAA I Schools 2.5% 3.3%
* See our page on the Chances of a High School Athlete competing in College for more information

 

New Data!  2016 Athletic Scholarship Averages for NCAA I Water Polo teams

The following are the results of our 2016 survey of NCAA I schools that sponsored varsity Water Polo teams during their 2015-16 fiscal years. The results reflect the average number of athletic scholarships and the average award per team, as well as the low and high range for the number and average dollar amount of scholarships awarded per team:
2016 NCAA baseball
Men's NCAA I Water Polo Teams Average Low  High
# of Scholarships Awarded 16 15 17
Average Scholarship per team  $      10,258  $          9,477  $        11,143
Women's NCAA I Water Polo Teams Average Low  High
# of Scholarships Awarded 18 18 19
Average Scholarship per team  $     18,489  $        14,250  $        26,562

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. Data includes responding schools only, programs that do not award athletic scholarships are not included in these results.
 

 Interactive Map - US College Water Polo Programs:

 

Quick Stats - all US Colleges that sponsor varsity Water Polo teams:

            Average Athletic     SAT Math  
4 Year Schools with Varsity        Roster Size (1)    Scholarship (2)     Annual Tuition & Fees   Average (3) %
Water Polo Programs    City           State   Division  Men  Women     Men    Women    In-State    Out-of-State  25% 75% Admitted
Arizona State University Tempe AZ NCAA I             -           25   19,723    19,685     9,484     23,830 520 640 84%
Azusa Pacific University Azusa CA NCAA II             -           20   11,474    12,513   32,516     32,516 490 540 82%
California Baptist University Riverside CA NCAA II          33           24   10,451    15,228   27,612     27,612 420 550 80%
California Institute of Technology Pasadena CA NCAA III          15           14             -               -     41,790     41,790 770 800 9%
California Lutheran University Thousand Oaks CA NCAA III          33           18             -               -     36,690     36,690 500 600 61%
California Maritime Academy Vallejo CA NAIA          19              9         185          650     5,472     16,632 67%
California State University-Bakersfield Bakersfield CA NCAA I             -           18      7,743      8,479     5,472     16,632 71%
California State University-East Bay Hayward CA NCAA II             -           17      3,053      3,217     5,472     16,632 70%
California State University-Long Beach Long Beach CA NCAA I          31           36      5,736      8,499     5,472     16,632 480 600 35%
California State University-Monterey Bay Seaside CA NCAA II             -           24      1,515      1,933     5,472     16,632 69%
California State University-Northridge Northridge CA NCAA I             -           26      6,412      8,643     5,472     16,632 400 520 53%
Chapman University Orange CA NCAA III          31           23             -               -     44,710     44,710 560 650 47%
Claremont-Harvey Mudd-Scripps Claremont CA NCAA III          22           18             -               -     47,150     47,150 690 770 11%
Concordia University-Irvine Irvine CA NCAA II          26           15   11,024    12,983   29,990     29,990 450 590 86%
Fresno Pacific University Fresno CA NCAA II          20           13      7,539    10,952   26,250     26,250 440 560 67%
Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles CA NCAA I          27           20   18,158    23,724   40,680     40,680 560 660 53%
Occidental College Los Angeles CA NCAA III          21           12             -               -     46,952     46,952 610 700 42%
Pepperdine University Malibu CA NCAA I          28              -   21,166    27,536   46,440     46,440 570 680 35%
Pomona - Pitzer  Claremont CA NCAA III          16           16             -               -     45,500     45,500 690 770 12%
San Diego State University San Diego CA NCAA I             -           35   15,615    12,722     5,472     16,632 510 620 34%
San Jose State University San Jose CA NCAA I          19           25   13,699    12,842     5,472     16,632 470 600 60%
Santa Clara University Santa Clara CA NCAA I          30           20   15,379    17,921   43,812     43,812 620 710 49%
Sonoma State University Rohnert Park CA NCAA II             -           20      1,986      1,992     5,472     16,632 440 550 80%
            Average Athletic     SAT Math  
4 Year Schools with Varsity        Roster Size (1)    Scholarship (2)     Annual Tuition & Fees   Average (3) %
Water Polo Programs    City           State   Division  Men  Women     Men    Women    In-State    Out-of-State  25% 75% Admitted
Stanford University Stanford CA NCAA I          22           21   24,609    25,103   44,184     44,184 700 790 5%
University of California-Berkeley Berkeley CA NCAA I          33           27      9,725    11,167   11,220     34,098 640 770 16%
University of California-Davis Davis CA NCAA I          26           23   11,610    11,617   11,220     34,098 560 700 40%
University of California-Irvine Irvine CA NCAA I          26           24      9,916      9,956   11,220     34,098 550 690 37%
University of California-Los Angeles Los Angeles CA NCAA I          31           24   19,261    14,571   11,220     34,098 610 750 19%
University of California-San Diego La Jolla CA NCAA II          29           18         467          615   11,220     34,098 630 760 33%
University of California-Santa Barbara Santa Barbara CA NCAA I          35           25      7,303    10,481   11,220     34,098 570 710 36%
University of La Verne La Verne CA NCAA III          14           15             -               -     35,300     35,300 470 550 47%
University of Redlands Redlands CA NCAA III          29           17             -               -     42,836     42,836 500 600 73%
University of Southern California Los Angeles CA NCAA I          36           31   24,145    26,305   47,562     47,562 660 760 18%
University of the Pacific Stockton CA NCAA I          27           24   16,104    24,761   40,822     40,822 530 683 55%
Whittier College Whittier CA NCAA III          28           17             -               -     41,246     41,246 490 590 62%
U.S. Air Force Academy Colorado Springs CO NCAA I          18              -  full ride!   full ride!             -                -   620 710 17%
Connecticut College New London CT NCAA III          19           17             -               -     47,420     47,420 38%
George Washington University Washington DC NCAA I          18           15   18,315    25,460   48,700     48,700 610 700 44%
University of Hawaii at Manoa Honolulu HI NCAA I             -           21   18,652    15,875     9,840     28,632 500 610 79%
McKendree University Lebanon IL NCAA II          20 new      7,285      8,182   25,900     25,900 450 590 61%
Monmouth College Monmouth IL NCAA III          17           12             -               -     33,200     33,200 510 630 69%
Indiana University-Bloomington Bloomington IN NCAA I             -           21   20,046    19,238     9,087     31,940 540 660 76%
Harvard University Cambridge MA NCAA I          17           16             -               -     40,418     40,418 710 800 6%
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge MA NCAA III          16              -             -               -     44,720     44,720 740 800 8%
Johns Hopkins University Baltimore MD NCAA III          19              -             -               -     47,060     47,060 690 770 16%
            Average Athletic     SAT Math  
4 Year Schools with Varsity        Roster Size (1)    Scholarship (2)     Annual Tuition & Fees   Average (3) %
Water Polo Programs    City           State   Division  Men  Women     Men    Women    In-State    Out-of-State  25% 75% Admitted
U.S. Naval Academy Annapolis MD NCAA I          34              -  full ride!   full ride!             -                -   610 710 8%
University of Michigan Ann Arbor MI NCAA I             -           25   24,756    21,622   13,158     41,578 660 760 32%
Macalester College Saint Paul MN NCAA III             -           13             -               -     46,974     46,974 630 735 36%
Princeton University Princeton NJ NCAA I          16           17             -               -     41,820     41,820 710 800 7%
Fordham University Bronx NY NCAA I          24              -   22,750    27,520   44,450     44,450 580 680 48%
Hartwick College  Oneonta NY NCAA I             -           13             -      25,078   39,260     39,260 90%
Iona College New Rochelle NY NCAA I          26           20   11,224    11,241   31,880     31,880 460 560 87%
Marist College Poughkeepsie NY NCAA I             -           18      5,760      9,107   32,000     32,000 39%
Siena College Loudonville NY NCAA I             -           15   11,938    15,238   32,043     32,043 520 620 66%
St Francis College Brooklyn Heights NY NCAA I          14           16   11,186    13,270   21,400     21,400 420 530 77%
Utica College Utica NY NCAA III             -              9             -               -     33,216     33,216 82%
Wagner College Staten Island NY NCAA I             -           19   14,766    19,396   40,450     40,450 72%
Bucknell University Lewisburg PA NCAA I          18           17   13,005    12,070   48,234     48,234 620 720 31%
Gannon University Erie PA NCAA II          16           21      9,507      8,538   27,760     27,760 470 570 78%
Grove City College Grove City PA NCAA III             -           14             -               -     15,550     15,550 532 661 88%
Mercyhurst University Erie PA NCAA II          20           17   11,223    12,952   29,600     29,600 80%
Penn State University- Erie-Behrend  Erie PA NCAA III          10           10             -               -     13,658     20,890 480 610 87%
Villanova University Villanova PA NCAA I             -           17   19,824    19,590   45,376     45,376 620 710 49%
Washington & Jefferson College Washington PA NCAA III          24           21             -               -     40,722     40,722 42%
Brown University Providence RI NCAA I          16           16             -               -     46,408     46,408 670 780 9%
Virginia Military Institute Lexington VA NCAA I             -           17   10,363      8,368     7,498     29,554 540 620 44%
Carthage College Kenosha WI NCAA III             -           21             -               -     36,570     36,570 490 600 72%
Salem International University Salem WV NCAA II          12              -      4,597      7,977   17,700     17,700
                         


Quick Stats - 2 Year Schools that sponsor varsity Water Polo teams:

            Average Athletic     SAT Math  
2 Year Schools with Varsity        Roster Size (1)    Scholarship (2)     Annual Tuition & Fees   Average (3) %
Water Polo Programs    City           State   Division  Men  Women     Men    Women    In-State    Out-of-State  25% 75% Admitted
American River College Sacramento CA CCCAA          14           15             -               -       1,104       7,272
Cabrillo College Aptos CA CCCAA          11           10             -               -       1,358       5,698
Cerritos College Norwalk CA CCCAA          15           13             -               -       1,346       7,506
Chaffey College Rancho Cucamonga CA CCCAA          18           16             -               -       1,153       6,073
Citrus College Glendora CA CCCAA          22           22             -               -       1,104       6,072
College of San Mateo San Mateo CA CCCAA             -              8             -               -       1,418       6,206
Cuesta College San Luis Obispo CA CCCAA          20           16             -               -       1,196       6,370
Cypress College Cypress CA CCCAA             -           13             -               -       1,138       6,226
De Anza College Cupertino CA CCCAA          19           15             -               -       1,542       8,247
Diablo Valley College Pleasant Hill CA CCCAA          20           17             -               -       1,298       7,038
East Los Angeles College Monterey Park CA CCCAA             -           15             -               -       1,220       6,810
El Camino Community College  Torrance CA CCCAA          12              9             -               -       1,142       5,678
Foothill College Los Altos Hills CA CCCAA             -           16             -               -       1,551       8,256
Fresno City College Fresno CA CCCAA             -           14             -               -       1,188       6,828
Fullerton College Fullerton CA CCCAA          26           22             -               -       1,138       6,010
Golden West College Huntington Beach CA CCCAA          24           11             -               -       1,176       5,472
Grossmont College El Cajon CA CCCAA          13           13             -               -       1,387       6,897
Laney College Oakland CA CCCAA             -           12             -               -       1,104       6,216
Long Beach City College Long Beach CA CCCAA          24              9             -               -       1,182       6,702
Los Angeles Pierce College Woodland Hills CA CCCAA             -           10             -               -       1,220       6,810
Los Angeles Trade Technical College Los Angeles CA CCCAA          13           14             -               -       1,196       6,786
Los Angeles Valley College Valley Glen CA CCCAA          15           11             -               -       1,220       6,810
            Average Athletic     SAT Math  
2 Year Schools with Varsity        Roster Size (1)    Scholarship (2)     Annual Tuition & Fees   Average (3) %
Water Polo Programs    City           State   Division  Men  Women     Men    Women    In-State    Out-of-State  25% 75% Admitted
Merced College Merced CA CCCAA          14           11             -               -       1,138       5,890
Modesto Junior College Modesto CA CCCAA          16           12             -               -       1,150       6,406
Mt San Antonio College Walnut CA CCCAA          22           20             -               -       1,288       7,364
Ohlone College Fremont CA CCCAA          16              -             -               -       1,104       6,336
Orange Coast College Costa Mesa CA CCCAA          23           19             -               -       1,184       6,584
Palomar College San Marcos CA CCCAA          23           15             -               -       1,336       5,648
Pasadena City College Pasadena CA CCCAA             -           11             -               -       1,152       6,168
Rio Hondo College Whittier CA CCCAA             -           12             -               -       1,288       6,692
Riverside City College Riverside CA CCCAA          18           28             -               -       1,426       7,366
Sacramento City College Sacramento CA CCCAA             -           14             -               -       1,104       7,272
Saddleback College Mission Viejo CA CCCAA          17           14             -               -       1,142       5,702
San Diego Mesa College San Diego CA CCCAA          16           21             -               -       1,104       5,736
San Diego Miramar College San Diego CA CCCAA          11           12             -               -       1,104       5,736
San Joaquin Delta College Stockton CA CCCAA          17           16             -               -       1,104       6,432
Santa Ana College Santa Ana CA CCCAA          13           12             -               -       1,142       5,318
Santa Barbara City College Santa Barbara CA CCCAA             -           20             -               -       1,374       6,836
Santa Monica College Santa Monica CA CCCAA          19           11             -               -       1,176       7,836
Santa Rosa Junior College Santa Rosa CA CCCAA          17           13             -               -       1,242       6,561
Sierra College Rocklin CA CCCAA          19           14             -               -       1,104       6,144
Southwestern College Chula Vista CA CCCAA          15           15             -               -       1,336       5,452
Ventura College Ventura CA CCCAA          13           11             -               -       1,388       7,050
West Valley College Saratoga CA CCCAA          20           12             -               -       1,104       4,896
                         


(1) Varsity Rosters may i
nclude junior varsity, redshirt, reserve and/or practice squad players and do not reflect club or intramural team participants.

(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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