College Water Polo & Scholarship Opportunities

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116 Schools sponsored varsity Water Polo teams during 2017:
            Percentage of    Scholarship Average Athletic
  # of  # of teams Total Athletes  College Players Avr 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 38 25 34 632 711 37% 38% 25 21 4.5 8 14,603 16,561
NCAA II 12 8 12 165 244 10% 13% 21 19 4.5 8 7,017 8,161
NCAA III 19 15 17 302 268 18% 14% 20 16 - - - -
NAIA  1 1 1 22 20 1% 1% 22 20 - - 154 588
CCCAA 46 34 46 566 644 34% 34% 17 14 - - - -
Totals  116 83 110 1,687 1,887 100% 100% 20 17     5,351 6,094

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

* 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

 

Odds of a High School Water Polo Player competing in College *
          Men Women
Number of US High School Water Polo Players 2016-17      21,286      20,826
Number of College Water Polo Players (see table above)        1,687        1,887
% of foreign students competing in NCAA I Water Polo * 6.5% 5.3%
% of US High School Water Polo Players competing at any College Level 7.4% 8.6%
% of US High School Water Polo Players Competing at NCAA I Schools 2.8% 3.2% 2017
 
* See our page on the Odds of a High School Athlete competing in College for more information

 

Scholarship Averages for NCAA I Water Polo teams:
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

These are the results of our survey of NCAA I schools that sponsored varsity Water Polo teams during their 2016 fiscal years. Number of athletic 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 are not included in results.
 
Do you have the skills to play College Water Polo?
What level of player 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 players 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 Water Polo teams:

4 Year Schools with Varsity           Avr Scholarship * Annual Tuition & Fees SAT Math Percentile ACT Composite Admission
Water Polo teams  2017: City State Division Teams Men Women In-State Out of State 25% 75% 25% 75% Rate
Arizona State University Tempe AZ NCAA  I W    22,461    21,524 10,370 26,470 520 640 23 28 83%
Azusa Pacific University Azusa CA NCAA  II  W    10,011    13,253 36,120 36,120 470 590 21 27 81%
Cal State University Northridge Northridge CA NCAA  I W      8,313      9,901 6,587 17,747 390 510 16 22 46%
Cal State University-East Bay Hayward CA NCAA  II  W      3,472      2,962 6,564 17,724 74%
California Baptist University Riverside CA NCAA  II  M W    12,397    16,408 31,372 31,372 410 540 17 24 65%
California Institute of Technology Pasadena CA NCAA  III  M W             -               -   47,577 47,577 770 800 34 35 9%
California Lutheran University Thousand Oaks CA NCAA  III  M W             -               -   39,793 39,793 500 600 22 27 62%
California Maritime Academy Vallejo CA NAIA   M W          154          588 6,808 17,968 66%
Cal State University-Monterey Bay Seaside CA NCAA  II  W      1,676      2,348 6,379 17,539 49%
Chapman University Orange CA NCAA  III  M W             -               -   48,710 48,710 550 650 25 30 48%
Claremont - Mudd - Scripps Claremont CA NCAA  III  M W             -               -   50,945 50,945 670 780 29 33 15%
Concordia University-Irvine Irvine CA NCAA  II  M W      8,792      9,114 32,780 32,780 460 570 20 25 59%
Fresno Pacific University Fresno CA NCAA  II  M W      8,215      9,974 29,320 29,320 440 547 19 24 63%
Fresno State (CSU) Fresno CA NCAA  I W    14,937    15,090 6,313 17,473 400 510 16 21 52%
Long Beach State (CSU) Long Beach CA NCAA  I M W      5,895      8,579 6,460 17,620 470 600 20 26 34%
Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles CA NCAA  I M W    19,067    27,254 44,480 44,480 560 660 25 30 51%
Occidental College Los Angeles CA NCAA  III  M W             -               -   51,070 51,070 600 690 28 31 45%
Pepperdine University Malibu CA NCAA  I M    19,361    26,500 50,022 50,022 550 670 25 30 38%
4 Year Schools with Varsity           Avr Scholarship * Annual Tuition & Fees SAT Math Percentile ACT Composite Admission
Water Polo teams  2017: City State Division Teams Men Women In-State Out of State 25% 75% 25% 75% Rate
Pomona - Pitzer Claremont CA NCAA  III  M W             -               -   50,430 50,430 690 770 30 34 11%
San Diego State University San Diego CA NCAA  I W    17,020    13,740 7,084 18,244 510 630 22 28 34%
San Jose State University San Jose CA NCAA  I M W    16,256    16,349 7,418 18,578 470 610 20 26 55%
Santa Clara University Santa Clara CA NCAA  I M W    14,350    18,443 47,112 47,112 620 710 27 32 49%
Sonoma State University Rohnert Park CA NCAA  II  W      1,999      1,883 7,388 18,548 440 550 19 24 77%
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-Davis Davis CA NCAA  I M W    12,972    12,536 14,046 40,728 560 710 25 31 38%
University of California-Irvine Irvine CA NCAA  I M W    10,505    10,969 13,360 40,042 550 690 24 29 39%
University of California-Los Angeles Los Angeles CA NCAA  I M 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 California-Santa Barbara Santa Barbara CA NCAA  I M W      8,696    12,073 14,073 40,755 560 700 26 31 33%
University of La Verne La Verne CA NCAA  III  M W             -               -   39,900 39,900 470 570 20 24 47%
University of Redlands Redlands CA NCAA  III  M W             -               -   46,570 46,570 510 610 22 28 68%
University of Southern California Los Angeles CA NCAA  I M W    28,744    29,451 52,283 52,283 650 770 30 33 18%
University of the Pacific Stockton CA NCAA  I M W    20,194    31,714 44,588 44,588 520 660 22 29 65%
Whittier College Whittier CA NCAA  III  M W             -               -   44,774 44,774 470 590 20 26 63%
4 Year Schools with Varsity           Avr Scholarship * Annual Tuition & Fees SAT Math Percentile ACT Composite Admission
Water Polo teams  2017: City State Division Teams Men Women In-State Out of State 25% 75% 25% 75% Rate
U.S. Air Force Academy Colorado Springs CO NCAA  I M  full ride!   full ride!  -0- -0- 630 710 29 32 17%
Connecticut College New London CT NCAA  III  M W             -               -   50,940 50,940 40%
George Washington University Washington DC NCAA  I M W    18,606    24,898 51,950 51,950 600 700 27 31 46%
University of Hawaii at Manoa Honolulu HI NCAA  I W    21,619    20,192 11,732 33,764 490 610 20 25 81%
McKendree University Lebanon IL NCAA  II  M W      7,045      8,768 28,740 28,740 420 530 19 24 63%
Monmouth College Monmouth IL NCAA  III  M W             -               -   35,300 35,300 20 26 62%
Indiana University Bloomington IN NCAA  I W    21,869    20,565 10,388 34,246 540 660 24 30 78%
Harvard University Cambridge MA NCAA  I M W             -               -   47,074 47,074 700 800 32 35 6%
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge MA NCAA  III  M             -               -   48,452 48,452 750 800 33 35 8%
Johns Hopkins University Baltimore MD NCAA  III  M             -               -   50,410 50,410 690 780 32 34 14%
U.S. Naval Academy Annapolis MD NCAA  I M  full ride!   full ride!  -0- -0- 610 700 9%
University of Michigan Ann Arbor MI NCAA  I W    27,238    22,029 14,402 45,410 660 770 29 33 26%
Macalester College Saint Paul MN NCAA  III  W             -               -   50,639 50,639 620 740 29 32 39%
Princeton University Princeton NJ NCAA  I M W             -               -   45,320 45,320 700 800 32 35 7%
Fordham University Bronx NY NCAA  I M    24,226    26,614 49,073 49,073 590 680 27 31 48%
Hartwick College Oneonta NY NCAA  I W             -      22,232 42,860 42,860 81%
Iona College New Rochelle NY NCAA  I M W    11,878    11,913 36,584 36,584 440 550 20 25 91%
Marist College Poughkeepsie NY NCAA  I W      5,890      8,156 35,210 35,210 45%
4 Year Schools with Varsity           Avr Scholarship * Annual Tuition & Fees SAT Math Percentile ACT Composite Admission
Water Polo teams  2017: City State Division Teams Men Women In-State Out of State 25% 75% 25% 75% Rate
Siena College Loudonville NY NCAA  I W    12,761    15,806 34,611 34,611 76%
St Francis College Brooklyn Heights NY NCAA  I M W    12,445    15,200 25,300 25,300 400 500 17 22 79%
Utica College Utica NY NCAA  III  W             -               -   19,996 19,996 83%
Wagner College Staten Island NY NCAA  I M W    14,365    19,322 43,980 43,980 68%
Bucknell University Lewisburg PA NCAA  I M W    15,843    13,910 51,960 51,960 620 710 28 32 25%
Gannon University Erie PA NCAA  II  M W      8,697      8,145 30,042 30,042 463 570 20 25 76%
Grove City College Grove City PA NCAA  III  W             -               -   16,630 16,630 540 654 24 29 81%
La Salle University Philadelphia PA NCAA  I  M W    14,981    16,021 41,100 41,100 450 550 18 23 75%
Mercyhurst University Erie PA NCAA  II  M W    12,464    13,780 34,580 34,580 80%
Penn State - Erie-Behrend College Erie PA NCAA  III  M W             -               -   14,828 22,834 480 610 20 25 87%
Saint Francis University Loretto PA NCAA  I W    13,384    16,308 33,344 33,344 470 590 21 26 74%
Villanova University Villanova PA NCAA  I W    20,665    20,256 49,280 49,280 610 710 29 32 48%
Washington & Jefferson College Washington PA NCAA  III  M W             -               -   44,900 44,900 43%
Brown University Providence RI NCAA  I M W             -               -   51,366 51,366 690 780 31 34 9%
Virginia Military Institute Lexington VA NCAA  I W    10,634      8,943 17,492 41,801 520 610 23 27 53%
Carthage College Kenosha WI NCAA  III  W             -               -   40,265 40,265 500 620 22 28 70%
Salem International University Salem WV NCAA  II  M W      8,885    10,659 14,600 14,600
                             

 

 

CCCAA Schools  sponsoring varsity Water Polo teams - 2017:

CCCAA Schools with Varsity           Avr Scholarship * Annual Tuition & Fees
Water Polo teams  2017: City State Division Teams Men Women In-State Out of State
Allan Hancock College Santa Maria CA CCCAA W             -               -   1,346 6,750
American River College Sacramento CA CCCAA M W             -               -   1,104 7,704
Cabrillo College Aptos CA CCCAA M W             -               -   1,456 5,796
Cerritos College Norwalk CA CCCAA M W             -               -   1,346 8,598
Chaffey College Rancho Cucamonga CA CCCAA M W             -               -   1,169 6,521
Citrus College Glendora CA CCCAA M W             -               -   1,176 5,856
City College of San Francisco San Francisco CA CCCAA W             -               -   1,598 9,010
College of San Mateo San Mateo CA CCCAA W             -               -   1,400 6,300
Cuesta College San Luis Obispo CA CCCAA M W             -               -   1,234 6,408
Cypress College Cypress CA CCCAA W             -               -   1,140 6,156
De Anza College Cupertino CA CCCAA M W             -               -   1,549 8,569
Diablo Valley College Pleasant Hill CA CCCAA M W             -               -   1,308 7,944
East Los Angeles College Monterey Park CA CCCAA W             -               -   1,220 7,538
El Camino College  Torrance CA CCCAA M W             -               -   1,142 5,678
Foothill College Los Altos Hills CA CCCAA W             -               -   1,551 8,571
Fresno City College Fresno CA CCCAA W             -               -   1,304 6,944
CCCAA Schools with Varsity           Avr Scholarship * Annual Tuition & Fees
Water Polo teams  2017: City State Division Teams Men Women In-State Out of State
Fullerton College Fullerton CA CCCAA M W             -               -   1,138 6,010
Golden West College Huntington Beach CA CCCAA M W             -               -   1,176 6,216
Grossmont College El Cajon CA CCCAA M W             -               -   1,386 6,948
Laney College Oakland CA CCCAA W             -               -   1,232 6,896
Las Positas College Livermore CA CCCAA M W             -               -   1,138 6,970
Long Beach City College Long Beach CA CCCAA M W             -               -   1,182 7,350
Los Angeles Pierce College Woodland Hills CA CCCAA W             -               -   1,220 7,538
Los Angeles Trade Technical College Los Angeles CA CCCAA M W             -               -   1,220 7,538
Los Angeles Valley College Valley Glen CA CCCAA M W             -               -   1,220 7,538
Merced College Merced CA CCCAA M W             -               -   1,150 6,142
Modesto Junior College Modesto CA CCCAA M W             -               -   1,162 6,658
Mt San Antonio College Walnut CA CCCAA M W             -               -   1,348 8,659
Ohlone College Fremont CA CCCAA M W             -               -   1,162 6,394
Orange Coast College Costa Mesa CA CCCAA M W             -               -   1,184 6,728
Palomar College San Marcos CA CCCAA M W             -               -   1,338 7,078
CCCAA Schools with Varsity           Avr Scholarship * Annual Tuition & Fees
Water Polo teams  2017: City State Division Teams Men Women In-State Out of State
Pasadena City College Pasadena CA CCCAA W             -               -   1,348 6,332
Rio Hondo College Whittier CA CCCAA M W             -               -   1,360 6,960
Riverside City College Riverside CA CCCAA M W             -               -   1,426 7,756
Sacramento City College Sacramento CA CCCAA W             -               -   1,104 7,704
Saddleback College Mission Viejo CA CCCAA M W             -               -   1,326 7,766
San Diego Mesa College San Diego CA CCCAA M W             -               -   1,142 5,894
San Diego Miramar College San Diego CA CCCAA M W             -               -   1,142 5,894
San Joaquin Delta College Stockton CA CCCAA M W             -               -   1,104 6,168
Santa Barbara City College Santa Barbara CA CCCAA W             -               -   1,374 8,326
Santa Monica College Santa Monica CA CCCAA M W             -               -   1,142 8,078
Santa Rosa Junior College Santa Rosa CA CCCAA M W             -               -   1,340 7,388
Sierra College Rocklin CA CCCAA M W             -               -   1,142 6,214
Southwestern College Chula Vista CA CCCAA M W             -               -   1,336 5,956
Ventura College Ventura CA CCCAA M W             -               -   1,388 7,050
West Valley College Saratoga CA CCCAA M W             -               -   1,183 5,239
                   

 

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