College Water Polo & 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?

 

Odds of a High School Water Polo Player competing in College *

          Men Women
Number of US High School Water Polo Players      21,286      20,826
Number of College Water Polo Players (see table above)        1,687        1,887
% 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
 
* 70% of high school Water Polo participants are from California, virtually identical to the percentage of schools  sponsoring water polo teams that are also located  in California.  

 

116 Schools sponsored varsity Water Polo teams during 2017-18:
               Scholarship Average Athletic  
  # of  # of teams Total Athletes  Avr team size limit per team  Scholarship *
Division   Schools Men's Women's    Men       Women  Men's Women's    Men       Women     Men       Women 
NCAA I 37 25 33 632 711 25 21 4.5 8 14,603 16,561  
NCAA II 12 8 12 165 244 21 19 4.5 8 7,017 8,161 ** wp2018**
NCAA III 19 15 17 302 268 20 16 - - - -  
NAIA  1 1 1 22 20 22 20 - - 154 588  
CCCAA 47 35 47 566 644 17 14 - - - -  
Totals  116 84 110 1,687 1,887 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
 
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 116 College Water Polo  team sites ... click on individual schools & see how you might compare.    *2018*


Stats & Links to all US Colleges sponsoring Water Polo teams 2018:

* Statistics compiled & edited by Patrick O'Rourke CPA  Washington, DC

4 Year Schools with Varsity            Avr Scholarship *     Annual Tuition & Fees    SAT Math Range ACT Composite Admission  Undergraduate Enrollment 
Water Polo teams  2017-18: City State Division Teams  Men   Women     In-State   Out of State    25% 75% 25% 75% Rate  Men   Women   Total 
Arizona State University Tempe AZ NCAA  I W   22,417      20,075      10,370      26,470 520 650 22 28 83% 22,020 16,741 38,761
Azusa Pacific University Azusa CA NCAA  II  W   13,831      16,120      36,120      36,120 450 570 20 26 61% 1,803 3,456 5,259
Cal State University Northridge Northridge CA NCAA  I W      8,536      10,988         6,587      17,747 400 520 16 23 48% 13,103 15,953 29,056
Cal State University-East Bay Hayward CA NCAA  II  W      4,190         3,854         6,564      17,724 70% 4,479 7,074 11,553
Cal State University-Monterey Bay Seaside CA NCAA  II  W      1,733         2,034         6,379      17,539 35% 2,287 3,802 6,089
California Baptist University Riverside CA NCAA  II  M W   12,310      16,330      31,372      31,372 420 550 19 24 64% 2,166 3,712 5,878
California Institute of Technology Pasadena CA NCAA  III  M W               -                  -         47,577      47,577 770 800 34 36 8% 579 400 979
California Lutheran University Thousand Oaks CA NCAA  III  M W               -                  -         39,793      39,793 500 610 22 27 64% 1,187 1,578 2,765
California Maritime Academy Vallejo CA NAIA   M W         164            652         6,808      17,968 68% 893 182 1,075
Chapman University Orange CA NCAA  III  M W               -                  -         48,710      48,710 560 650 25 30 54% 2,387 3,732 6,119
Claremont - Mudd - Scripps Claremont CA NCAA  III  M W               -                  -         50,945      50,945 670 750 31 33 9% 688 655 1,343
Concordia University-Irvine Irvine CA NCAA  II  M W      8,680         9,179      32,780      32,780 450 580 20 26 65% 651 1,121 1,772
Fresno Pacific University Fresno CA NCAA  II  M W      7,911      10,049      29,320      29,320 420 530 18 24 68% 604 1,470 2,074
Fresno State (CSU) Fresno CA NCAA  I W   15,794      15,188         6,313      17,473 400 510 16 22 54% 7,865 10,963 18,828
Long Beach State (CSU) Long Beach CA NCAA  I M W      6,158         8,822         6,460      17,620 470 590 20 26 32% 11,977 15,827 27,804
Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles CA NCAA  I M W   22,167      26,715      44,480      44,480 570 670 26 30 54% 2,605 3,382 5,987
Occidental College Los Angeles CA NCAA  III  M W               -                  -         51,070      51,070 600 720 28 31 46% 849 1,094 1,943
Pepperdine University Malibu CA NCAA  I M   25,679      27,512      50,022      50,022 560 680 26 31 37% 1,305 1,915 3,220
Pomona - Pitzer Claremont CA NCAA  III  M W               -                  -         49,352      49,352 670 770 31 34 9% 772 775 1,547
San Diego State University San Diego CA NCAA  I W   18,387      14,051         7,084      18,244 510 620 23 28 35% 12,068 14,462 26,530
San Jose State University San Jose CA NCAA  I M W   17,605      16,967         7,418      18,578 470 590 20 25 53% 11,298 10,271 21,569
Santa Clara University Santa Clara CA NCAA  I M W   14,553      19,268      47,112      47,112 610 720 28 32 48% 2,664 2,669 5,333
Sonoma State University Rohnert Park CA NCAA  II  W      1,911         1,890         7,388      18,548 440 540 19 24 76% 2,800 4,993 7,793
4 Year Schools with Varsity            Avr Scholarship *     Annual Tuition & Fees    SAT Math Range ACT Composite Admission  Undergraduate Enrollment 
Water Polo teams  2017-18: City State Division Teams  Men   Women     In-State   Out of State    25% 75% 25% 75% Rate  Men   Women   Total 
Stanford University Palo Alto CA NCAA  I M W   28,499      28,526      47,940      47,940 700 800 31 35 5% 3,620 3,412 7,032
University of California-Berkeley Berkeley CA NCAA  I M W   12,920      14,706      13,509      40,191 650 790 31 34 17% 13,574 14,533 28,107
University of California-Davis Davis CA NCAA  I M W   13,586      13,029      14,046      40,728 540 700 25 31 42% 11,582 16,962 28,544
University of California-Irvine Irvine CA NCAA  I M W   11,732      12,200      13,360      40,042 570 710 24 30 41% 12,563 14,313 26,876
University of California-Los Angeles Los Angeles CA NCAA  I M W   22,858      18,101      12,920      39,602 590 760 28 33 18% 13,088 17,241 30,329
University of California-San Diego La Jolla CA NCAA  II  M W         652            999      13,645      40,327 610 770 27 33 36% 14,200 13,186 27,386
University of California-Santa Barbara Santa Barbara CA NCAA  I M W      9,072      13,315      14,073      40,755 570 730 27 32 36% 9,840 11,359 21,199
University of La Verne La Verne CA NCAA  III  M W               -                  -         39,900      39,900 470 570 20 26 48% 1,586 2,226 3,812
University of Redlands Redlands CA NCAA  III  M W               -                  -         46,570      46,570 490 600 22 27 75% 1,044 1,447 2,491
University of Southern California Los Angeles CA NCAA  I M W   30,754      30,087      52,283      52,283 650 770 30 33 17% 8,687 9,383 18,070
University of the Pacific Stockton CA NCAA  I M W   21,468      31,891      44,588      44,588 530 670 23 30 66% 1,566 1,809 3,375
Whittier College Whittier CA NCAA  III  M W               -                  -         44,774      44,774 460 560 20 26 69% 676 901 1,577
U.S. Air Force Academy Colorado Springs CO NCAA  I M  full ride!   full ride!                -                  -    620 720 27 33 17% 3,178 1,059 4,237
Connecticut College New London CT NCAA  III  M W               -                  -         50,940      50,940 35% 673 1,145 1,818
George Washington University Washington DC NCAA  I M W   19,659      24,810      51,950      51,950 600 700 27 32 40% 4,333 6,010 10,343
University of Hawaii at Manoa Honolulu HI NCAA  I W   20,674      19,352      11,732      33,764 490 610 20 26 85% 4,759 5,917 10,676
McKendree University Lebanon IL NCAA  II  M W      7,112         8,857      28,740      28,740 445 550 20 24 68% 887 933 1,820
Monmouth College Monmouth IL NCAA  III  M W               -                  -         35,300      35,300 430 560 19 26 52% 541 583 1,124
Indiana University Bloomington IN NCAA  I W   23,065      21,929      10,388      34,246 540 660 24 30 79% 16,085 15,799 31,884
Harvard University Cambridge MA NCAA  I M W               -                  -         47,074      47,074 720 800 32 35 5% 3,681 3,250 6,931
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge MA NCAA  III  M               -                  -         48,452      48,452 760 800 33 35 8% 2,391 2,053 4,444
Johns Hopkins University Baltimore MD NCAA  III  M               -                  -         50,410      50,410 710 800 32 34 13% 2,796 2,793 5,589
U.S. Naval Academy Annapolis MD NCAA  I M  full ride!   full ride!                -                  -    600 700 26 31 9% 3,349 1,177 4,526
4 Year Schools with Varsity            Avr Scholarship *     Annual Tuition & Fees    SAT Math Range ACT Composite Admission  Undergraduate Enrollment 
Water Polo teams  2017-18: City State Division Teams  Men   Women     In-State   Out of State    25% 75% 25% 75% Rate  Men   Women   Total 
University of Michigan Ann Arbor MI NCAA  I W   27,932      24,293      14,402      45,410 670 770 29 33 29% 13,891 13,942 27,833
Macalester College Saint Paul MN NCAA  III  W               -                  -         50,639      50,639 630 750 29 33 37% 842 1,254 2,096
Princeton University Princeton NJ NCAA  I M W               -                  -         45,320      45,320 710 800 32 35 7% 2,707 2,529 5,236
Fordham University Bronx NY NCAA  I M   24,863      26,818      49,073      49,073 590 690 27 31 45% 3,745 4,980 8,725
Iona College New Rochelle NY NCAA  I M W   12,215      11,358      36,584      36,584 440 550 20 25 91% 1,469 1,597 3,066
Marist College Poughkeepsie NY NCAA  I W      6,547      10,077      35,210      35,210 41% 2,046 2,918 4,964
Siena College Loudonville NY NCAA  I W   13,602      16,826      34,611      34,611 73% 1,470 1,590 3,060
St Francis College Brooklyn Heights NY NCAA  I M W   10,809      14,058      25,300      25,300 410 520 18 24 64% 977 1,362 2,339
Utica College Utica NY NCAA  III  W               -                  -         19,996      19,996 82% 1,170 1,560 2,730
Wagner College Staten Island NY NCAA  I M W   15,040      18,243      43,980      43,980 73% 671 1,091 1,762
Bucknell University Lewisburg PA NCAA  I M W   17,105      19,457      51,960      51,960 610 710 28 32 30% 1,741 1,784 3,525
Gannon University Erie PA NCAA  II  M W      9,250         6,289      30,042      30,042 470 570 20 26 78% 1,101 1,370 2,471
Grove City College Grove City PA NCAA  III  W      16,630      16,630 529 657 23 29 82% 1,196 1,196 2,392
La Salle University Philadelphia PA NCAA  I  M W   13,948      16,043      41,100      41,100 430 540 19 25 77% 1,283 1,891 3,174
Mercyhurst University Erie PA NCAA  II  M W   12,410      14,757      34,580      34,580 75% 1,070 1,332 2,402
Penn State - Erie-Behrend College Erie PA NCAA  III  M W               -                  -         14,828      22,834 510 640 21 27 88% 2,739 1,408 4,147
Saint Francis University Loretto PA NCAA  I W   14,898      16,535      33,344      33,344 480 590 20 27 67% 585 955 1,540
Villanova University Villanova PA NCAA  I W   19,761      19,159      49,280      49,280 620 720 30 32 44% 3,035 3,434 6,469
Washington & Jefferson College Washington PA NCAA  III  M W               -                  -         44,900      44,900 47% 704 665 1,369
Brown University Providence RI NCAA  I M W               -                  -         51,366      51,366 690 790 31 34 9% 3,133 3,423 6,556
Virginia Military Institute Lexington VA NCAA  I W   11,378         7,953      17,492      41,801 530 620 23 28 51% 1,518 195 1,713
Carthage College Kenosha WI NCAA  III  W               -                  -         40,265      40,265 450 560 21 27 70% 1,210 1,434 2,644
Salem International University Salem WV NCAA  II  M W      4,619         6,011      14,600      14,600 297 352 649
                                       

 

2 Year / CCCAA Schools  sponsoring varsity Water Polo teams - 2017-18:

CCCAA Schools with Varsity            Avr Scholarship *     Annual Tuition & Fees    SAT Math Range ACT Composite Admission  Undergraduate Enrollment 
Water Polo teams  2017-18: City State Division Teams  Men   Women     In-State   Out of State    25% 75% 25% 75% Rate  Men   Women   Total 
Allan Hancock College Santa Maria CA CCCAA W               -                  -            1,346         6,750 1,533 1,709 3,242
American River College Sacramento CA CCCAA M W               -                  -            1,104         7,704 3,060 3,194 6,254
Cabrillo College Aptos CA CCCAA M W               -                  -            1,456         5,796 1,918 2,204 4,122
Cerritos College Norwalk CA CCCAA M W               -                  -            1,346         8,598 3,106 3,600 6,706
Chaffey College Rancho Cucamonga CA CCCAA M W               -                  -            1,169         6,521 2,674 3,192 5,866
Citrus College Glendora CA CCCAA M W               -                  -            1,176         5,856 2,334 2,663 4,997
City College of San Francisco San Francisco CA CCCAA W               -                  -            1,598         9,010 2,814 2,536 5,350
College of San Mateo San Mateo CA CCCAA W               -                  -            1,400         6,300 1,365 1,066 2,431
Cuesta College San Luis Obispo CA CCCAA M W               -                  -            1,234         6,408 1,692 1,769 3,461
Cypress College Cypress CA CCCAA W               -                  -            1,140         6,156 2,350 2,861 5,211
De Anza College Cupertino CA CCCAA M W               -                  -            1,549         8,569 5,579 4,813 10,392
Diablo Valley College Pleasant Hill CA CCCAA M W               -                  -            1,308         7,944 3,887 3,522 7,409
East Los Angeles College Monterey Park CA CCCAA W               -                  -            1,220         7,538 3,690 4,071 7,761
El Camino College  Torrance CA CCCAA M W               -                  -            1,142         5,678 4,103 3,933 8,036
Foothill College Los Altos Hills CA CCCAA W               -                  -            1,551         8,571 2,349 2,515 4,864
Fresno City College Fresno CA CCCAA W               -                  -            1,304         6,944 3,212 3,585 6,797
Fullerton College Fullerton CA CCCAA M W               -                  -            1,138         6,010 3,518 3,710 7,228
Golden West College Huntington Beach CA CCCAA M W               -                  -            1,176         6,216 1,887 1,806 3,693
Grossmont College El Cajon CA CCCAA M W               -                  -            1,386         6,948 2,754 3,272 6,026
Laney College Oakland CA CCCAA W               -                  -            1,232         6,896 942 1,067 2,009
Las Positas College Livermore CA CCCAA M W               -                  -            1,138         6,970 1,561 1,382 2,943
Long Beach City College Long Beach CA CCCAA M W               -                  -            1,182         7,350 4,179 4,815 8,994
Los Angeles Pierce College Woodland Hills CA CCCAA W               -                  -            1,220         7,538 2,551 2,763 5,314
Los Angeles Trade Technical College Los Angeles CA CCCAA M W               -                  -            1,220         7,538 1,816 1,557 3,373
CCCAA Schools with Varsity            Avr Scholarship *     Annual Tuition & Fees    SAT Math Range ACT Composite Admission  Undergraduate Enrollment 
Water Polo teams  2017-18: City State Division Teams  Men   Women     In-State   Out of State    25% 75% 25% 75% Rate  Men   Women   Total 
Los Angeles Valley College Valley Glen CA CCCAA M W               -                  -            1,220         7,538 1,918 2,151 4,069
Merced College Merced CA CCCAA M W               -                  -            1,150         6,142 1,926 2,507 4,433
Modesto Junior College Modesto CA CCCAA M W               -                  -            1,162         6,658 2,544 3,215 5,759
Mt San Antonio College Walnut CA CCCAA M W               -                  -            1,348         8,659 4,947 5,037 9,984
Ohlone College Fremont CA CCCAA M W               -                  -            1,162         6,394 1,696 1,669 3,365
Orange Coast College Costa Mesa CA CCCAA M W               -                  -            1,184         6,728 4,553 3,897 8,450
Palomar College San Marcos CA CCCAA M W               -                  -            1,338         7,078 3,861 3,310 7,171
Pasadena City College Pasadena CA CCCAA W               -                  -            1,348         6,332 5,195 5,206 10,401
Rio Hondo College Whittier CA CCCAA M W               -                  -            1,360         6,960 1,877 2,000 3,877
Riverside City College Riverside CA CCCAA M W               -                  -            1,426         7,756 2,382 2,874 5,256
Sacramento City College Sacramento CA CCCAA W               -                  -            1,104         7,704 2,455 2,873 5,328
Saddleback College Mission Viejo CA CCCAA M W               -                  -            1,326         7,766 2,935 2,850 5,785
San Diego Mesa College San Diego CA CCCAA M W               -                  -            1,142         5,894 2,903 2,804 5,707
San Diego Miramar College San Diego CA CCCAA M W               -                  -            1,142         5,894 1,459 917 2,376
San Joaquin Delta College Stockton CA CCCAA M W               -                  -            1,104         6,168 2,780 3,571 6,351
Santa Ana College Santa Ana CA CCCAA M W               -                  -            1,142         7,262 2,474 2,595 5,069
Santa Barbara City College Santa Barbara CA CCCAA W               -                  -            1,374         8,326 3,168 3,097 6,265
Santa Monica College Santa Monica CA CCCAA M W               -                  -            1,142         8,078 5,537 5,547 11,084
Santa Rosa Junior College Santa Rosa CA CCCAA M W               -                  -            1,340         7,388 3,003 3,428 6,431
Sierra College Rocklin CA CCCAA M W               -                  -            1,142         6,214 3,033 3,298 6,331
Southwestern College Chula Vista CA CCCAA M W               -                  -            1,336         5,956 3,380 3,727 7,107
Ventura College Ventura CA CCCAA M W               -                  -            1,388         7,050 2,019 2,243 4,262
West Valley College Saratoga CA CCCAA M W               -                  -            1,183         5,239 1,283 1,263 2,546
                                       

 

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