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 *

          Male Female
Number of US High School Water Polo Players 2018-19  22,475      21,735
Number of College Water Polo Players (see table below)        1,745        1,969
% of US High School Water Polo Players competing at any College Level 7.2% 8.4%
% of US High School Water Polo Players Competing at NCAA I Schools 2.6% 3.1% 2017
Odds of a US High School Water Polo Player making any College Roster 14:1 12:1  
Odds of a US High School Water Polo Player making an NCAA I Roster 38:1 32:1  
 
* Nearly 80% of high school Water Polo participants are from California, almost identical to the percentage of colleges & universities  sponsoring water polo teams that are also located  in California.  

 

121 Schools sponsored varsity Water Polo teams during 2018-19:
               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 39 26 35 656 751 25 22 4.5 8 18,339 19,881  
NCAA II 11 7 11 141 225 21 19 4.5 8 7,766 8,666 ** wp2018**
NCAA III 21 16 19 322 296 20 16 - - - -  
NAIA  2 2 2 44 40 22 20 - - 5,619 7,691  
CCCAA 48 36 48 582 657 17 14 - - - -  
Totals  121 87 115 1,745 1,969 20 17     5,852 6,385  
 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.

* Avr 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
% receiving school FA is the percentage of ALL undergrads (athletes & non-athletes)  who received financial assistance directly from the school (i.e. scholarships & grants). Avr School FA Award is the average amount of the award received by those students who received financial assistance directly from the school.

SAT & ACT percentiles
: The tables below report the mid-range for SAT Math and ACT composite scores of the school’s entering students: 50% of incoming students scored within the range reported, 25% scored at or below the low end of the range (25th percentile) and 25% scored at or above the high end of the range (75th percentile).

 

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 118 US  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 2019:

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

4 Year Schools with Varsity            Avr Athletic Scholarship *   Annual Tuition & Fees  SAT Math Range ACT Composite Admission Undergrad % receiving Avr School
Water Polo teams  2018-19: City State Division Teams  Men   Women   In-State   Out of State  25% 75% 25% 75% Rate Enrollment School FA FA Award
Arizona State University Tempe AZ NCAA  I W         22,028         19,253        10,792        27,372 560 680 22 29 84%        42,427 86%         10,642
Ottawa University - Arizona Surprise AZ NAIA   M W         11,052         14,815    
Azusa Pacific University Azusa CA NCAA  II  W         15,349         14,941        37,506        37,506 510 610 21 27 60%          5,671 97%         17,416
Cal State University Northridge Northridge CA NCAA  I W           9,373         12,154          6,875        18,755 450 550 17 22 58%        35,839 57%           5,574
Cal State University-East Bay Hayward CA NCAA  II  W           3,675           4,249          6,834        18,714 74%        13,474 51%           5,220
Cal State University-Monterey Bay Seaside CA NCAA  II  W           2,159           2,239          7,043        18,923 480 580 18 24 53%          6,764 56%           5,595
California Baptist University Riverside CA NCAA  I M W         16,838         20,249        32,256        32,256 480 590 19 25 77%          7,414 92%         12,793
California Institute of Technology Pasadena CA NCAA  III  M W                  -                    -          49,908        49,908 780 800 34 35 8%              961 52%         39,288
California Lutheran University Thousand Oaks CA NCAA  III  M W                  -                    -          41,363        41,363 520 610 21 27 73%          2,963 97%         22,871
California Maritime Academy Vallejo CA NAIA   M W               185               566          7,056        18,936 66%          1,050 31%           6,143
Chapman University Orange CA NCAA  III  M W                  -                    -          50,594        50,594 590 680 25 30 57%          7,020 84%         24,028
Claremont McKenna (CMS) Claremont CA NCAA  III  M W                  -                    -          52,825        52,825 680 770 30 34 10%          1,338 41%         38,083
Concordia University-Irvine Irvine CA NCAA  II  M W           7,823           9,964        34,100        34,100 500 590 20 26 58%          1,853 97%         18,355
Fresno Pacific University Fresno CA NCAA  II  M W           9,001         11,281        30,458        30,458 485 560 18 22 72%          2,803 100%         15,332
Fresno State (CSU) Fresno CA NCAA  I W         16,306         16,545          6,585        18,465 450 550 16 22 59%        22,261 57%           6,040
Harvey Mudd College (CMS) Claremont CA NCAA  III  M W        54,636        54,636 750 800 33 35 15%              861 69%         31,759
Long Beach State (CSU) Long Beach CA NCAA  I M W           6,230           9,385          6,730        18,610 510 620 20 26 28%        31,566 44%           5,507
Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles CA NCAA  I M W         20,407         25,907        46,386        46,386 580 680 26 31 52%          6,391 81%         17,917
Occidental College Los Angeles CA NCAA  III  M W                  -                    -          52,838        52,838 630 720 27 32 42%          1,972 69%         32,364
Pepperdine University Malibu CA NCAA  I M         27,659         31,685        51,992        51,992 600 700 26 31 40%          3,604 83%         29,184
Pitzer College (Pomona-Pitzer) Claremont CA NCAA  III  M W        52,236        52,236 16%          1,074 41%         38,132
Pomona College (Pomona - Pitzer) Claremont CA NCAA  III  M W                  -                    -          51,075        51,075 680 770 30 34 8%          1,599 57%         45,804
San Diego State University San Diego CA NCAA  I W         20,027         14,943          7,460        19,340 540 650 23 28 35%        30,272 21%           6,342
San Jose State University San Jose CA NCAA  I M W         15,038         15,895          7,721        19,601 500 610 19 26 67%        27,778 35%           6,392
4 Year Schools with Varsity            Avr Athletic Scholarship *   Annual Tuition & Fees  SAT Math Range ACT Composite Admission Undergrad % receiving Avr School
Water Polo teams  2018-19: City State Division Teams  Men   Women   In-State   Out of State  25% 75% 25% 75% Rate Enrollment School FA FA Award
Santa Clara University Santa Clara CA NCAA  I M W         16,361         19,354        49,858        49,858 640 730 28 32 54%          5,499 67%         24,812
Scripps College (CMS) Claremont CA NCAA  III  M W        52,966        52,966 630 730 29 33 33%          1,065 48%         29,518
Sonoma State University Rohnert Park CA NCAA  II  W           2,146           2,412          7,724        19,604 480 580 19 24 82%          8,667 37%           4,975
Stanford University Palo Alto CA NCAA  I M W         30,291         30,711        49,617        49,617 700 780 32 35 5%          7,064 50%         48,029
University of California-Berkeley Berkeley CA NCAA  I M W         13,726         15,123        14,170        42,184 630 760 30 34 17%        30,574 47%         10,677
University of California-Davis Davis CA NCAA  I M W         14,908         13,914        14,419        42,433 570 700 25 32 43%        30,066 60%           9,147
University of California-Irvine Irvine CA NCAA  I M W         11,667         12,518        13,738        41,752 590 700 25 32 37%        29,307 51%           8,141
University of California-Los Angeles Los Angeles CA NCAA  I M W         23,454         19,406        13,261        41,275 600 740 29 34 16%        31,002 52%         10,730
University of California-San Diego La Jolla CA NCAA  II  M W           1,062               916        14,018        42,032 610 730 27 33 34%        28,587 44%           8,462
University of California-Santa Barbara Santa Barbara CA NCAA  I M W         11,399         14,944        14,451        42,465 590 720 28 33 33%        22,186 52%           9,193
University of La Verne La Verne CA NCAA  III  M W                  -                    -          41,450        41,450 510 593 19 25 48%          5,168 97%         18,970
University of Redlands Redlands CA NCAA  III  M W                  -                    -          48,072        48,072 530 620 23 28 75%          3,130 97%         26,910
University of Southern California Los Angeles CA NCAA  I M W         32,488         30,642        54,259        54,259 650 770 30 34 16%        19,170 58%         33,822
University of the Pacific Stockton CA NCAA  I M W         19,005         31,633        46,346        46,346 530 680 22 30 65%          3,548 97%         21,946
Whittier College Whittier CA NCAA  III  M W                  -                    -          46,310        46,310 500 600 21 27 74%          1,681 96%         23,900
U.S. Air Force Academy Colorado Springs CO NCAA  I M  full ride!   full ride!                  -                   -   610 700 28 32 12%          4,276 100%  full ride! 
Connecticut College New London CT NCAA  III  M W                  -                    -          52,850        52,850 38%          1,817 58%         38,115
George Washington University Washington DC NCAA  I M W         21,300         26,811        53,518        53,518 640 720 29 32 41%        11,999 75%         28,103
University of Hawaii at Manoa Honolulu HI NCAA  I W         21,173         19,544        11,754        33,786 520 620 21 26 83%        12,881 63%           5,709
McKendree University Lebanon IL NCAA  II  M W           5,878           6,998        29,640        29,640 483 568 19 25 62%          2,104 97%         17,235
Monmouth College Monmouth IL NCAA  III  M W                  -                    -          36,400        36,400 430 530 20 25 67%          1,033 100%         24,013
Indiana University Bloomington IN NCAA  I W         24,104         21,546        10,533        34,845 570 680 25 31 76%        33,429 58%           8,401
Harvard University Cambridge MA NCAA  I M W                  -                    -          48,949        48,949 730 800 32 35 5%          9,965 55%         48,524
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge MA NCAA  III  M                  -                    -          49,892        49,892 770 800 33 35 7%          4,547 58%         41,198
Johns Hopkins University Baltimore MD NCAA  III  M                  -                    -          52,170        52,170 730 800 33 35 13%          6,109 52%         37,174
4 Year Schools with Varsity            Avr Athletic Scholarship *   Annual Tuition & Fees  SAT Math Range ACT Composite Admission Undergrad % receiving Avr School
Water Polo teams  2018-19: City State Division Teams  Men   Women   In-State   Out of State  25% 75% 25% 75% Rate Enrollment School FA FA Award
U.S. Naval Academy Annapolis MD NCAA  I M  full ride!   full ride!                  -                   -   590 690 8%          4,495 100%  full ride! 
University of Michigan Ann Arbor MI NCAA  I W         30,709         26,161        14,826        47,476 670 770 30 33 27%        29,821 51%         17,277
Macalester College Saint Paul MN NCAA  III  W                  -                    -          52,464        52,464 640 740 29 32 41%          2,136 83%         32,061
Princeton University Princeton NJ NCAA  I M W                  -                    -          47,140        47,140 720 790 31 35 6%          5,394 60%         45,707
Fordham University Bronx NY NCAA  I M         25,775         29,566        50,986        50,986 610 710 27 31 46%          9,599 89%         25,642
Iona College New Rochelle NY NCAA  I M W         13,052         14,081        37,682        37,682 480 590 20 25 92%          3,178 99%         19,807
LIU Brooklyn Brooklyn NY NCAA  I   W      30,289      30,911     36,978     36,978 500 630 19 27 84%       3,945 91%      13,734
Marist College Poughkeepsie NY NCAA  I W           7,021         11,549        36,780        36,780 43%          5,699 87%         14,413
Siena College Loudonville NY NCAA  I W         14,698         19,450        35,735        35,735 78%          3,164 98%         21,891
St Francis College Brooklyn Heights NY NCAA  I M W         10,360         15,973        26,188        26,188 470 550 20 24 63%          2,288 98%         11,772
Utica College Utica NY NCAA  III  W                  -                    -          20,676        20,676 84%          3,685 83%           7,264
Wagner College Staten Island NY NCAA  I M W         15,320         17,479        45,380        45,380 70%          1,794 100%         24,873
Wittenberg University Springfield OH NCAA  III    W               -                 -       38,730     38,730 72%       1,857 99%      23,551
Bucknell University Lewisburg PA NCAA  I M W         17,327         21,194        53,986        53,986 630 720 28 31 31%          3,611 48%         29,228
Gannon University Erie PA NCAA  II  M W           8,660           6,390        30,932        30,932 490 610 20 26 80%          3,076 94%         18,684
Grove City College Grove City PA NCAA III W        17,254        17,254 534 662 23 32 80%          2,373 59%           6,008
La Salle University Philadelphia PA NCAA  I  M W           9,874         12,698        29,500        29,500 79%          3,821 90%         25,533
Mercyhurst University Erie PA NCAA  II  M W         12,738         14,410        36,320        36,320 70%          2,452 99%         26,071
Penn State - Erie-Behrend College Erie PA NCAA  III  M W                  -                    -          15,190        23,692 530 640 22 27 89%          4,345 43%           4,174
Saint Francis University Loretto PA NCAA  I W         14,508         17,674        35,066        35,066 510 610 21 27 76%          2,117 93%         18,540
Villanova University Villanova PA NCAA  I W         21,231         21,110        51,284        51,284 630 730 30 33 36%          6,950 54%         28,883
Washington & Jefferson College Washington PA NCAA  III  M W                  -                    -          46,628        46,628 48%          1,405 100%         26,479
Brown University Providence RI NCAA  I M W                  -                    -          53,419        53,419 700 790 31 35 8%          6,988 41%         40,817
Austin College Sherman TX NCAA  III  M W               -                 -       38,800     38,800 570 680 23 29 52%       1,214 100%      26,208
Virginia Military Institute Lexington VA NCAA  I W         11,677           7,476        18,214        43,902 540 640 23 28 53%          1,722 57%         14,294
Carthage College Kenosha WI NCAA  III  W                  -                    -          41,950        41,950 510 650 21 27 68%          2,741 98%         24,488
Salem International University Salem WV NCAA  II  M W           7,864           9,936        16,700        16,700              892 35%           5,559
                                   


2 Year / CCCAA Schools  sponsoring varsity Water Polo teams - 2018-19:

 

CCCAA Schools with Varsity            Avr Athletic Scholarship *   Annual Tuition & Fees  SAT Math Range ACT Composite Admission Undergrad % receiving Avr School
Water Polo teams  2018-19: City State Division Teams  Men   Women   In-State   Out of State  25% 75% 25% 75% Rate Enrollment School FA FA Award
Allan Hancock College Santa Maria CA CCCAA W                  -                    -            1,352          6,784        11,739 1%           635
American River College Sacramento CA CCCAA M W                  -                    -            1,104          8,208        31,858 1%        1,275
Cabrillo College Aptos CA CCCAA M W                  -                    -            1,268          7,028        11,836 8%           525
Cerritos College Norwalk CA CCCAA M W                  -                    -            1,346          8,710        17,218 16%           277
Chaffey College Rancho Cucamonga CA CCCAA M W                  -                    -            1,170          7,050        22,508 7%           684
Citrus College Glendora CA CCCAA M W                  -                    -            1,183          5,959        13,263 1%           477
City College of San Francisco San Francisco CA CCCAA W                  -                    -            1,598          9,010        26,299 -
College of San Mateo San Mateo CA CCCAA W                  -                    -            1,400          6,300          9,263 6%        1,127
Crafton Hills College Yucaipa CA CCCAA M W                  -                    -            1,143          7,527          6,251 3%           886
Cuesta College San Luis Obispo CA CCCAA M W                  -                    -            1,338          6,824        10,836 43%           566
Cypress College Cypress CA CCCAA W                  -                    -            1,140          6,154        15,673 -
De Anza College Cupertino CA CCCAA M W                  -                    -            1,552          8,752        20,674 1%           306
Diablo Valley College Pleasant Hill CA CCCAA M W                  -                    -            1,312          8,424        19,775 2%           951
East Los Angeles College Monterey Park CA CCCAA W                  -                    -            1,220          7,016        34,578 -
El Camino College  Torrance CA CCCAA M W                  -                    -            1,142          5,846        24,349 -           999
Foothill College Los Altos Hills CA CCCAA W                  -                    -            1,554          8,752        15,697 10%           514
Fresno City College Fresno CA CCCAA W                  -                    -            1,304          6,944        22,771 6%           420
Fullerton College Fullerton CA CCCAA M W                  -                    -            1,138          6,010        24,124 -
Golden West College Huntington Beach CA CCCAA M W                  -                    -            1,178          6,578        11,610 -
Grossmont College El Cajon CA CCCAA M W                  -                    -            1,386          7,196        18,288 1%           466
Laney College Oakland CA CCCAA W                  -                    -            1,230          7,110        10,891 -
Las Positas College Livermore CA CCCAA M W                  -                    -            1,138          7,018          8,989 -           233
Long Beach City College Long Beach CA CCCAA M W                  -                    -            1,188          7,500        24,658 -        1,000
Los Angeles Pierce College Woodland Hills CA CCCAA W                  -                    -            1,220          7,770        17,655 -
CCCAA Schools with Varsity            Avr Athletic Scholarship *   Annual Tuition & Fees  SAT Math Range ACT Composite Admission Undergrad % receiving Avr School
Water Polo teams  2018-19: City State Division Teams  Men   Women   In-State   Out of State  25% 75% 25% 75% Rate Enrollment School FA FA Award
Los Angeles Trade Technical College Los Angeles CA CCCAA M W                  -                    -            1,220          7,538        12,984 -
Los Angeles Valley College Valley Glen CA CCCAA M W                  -                    -            1,220          7,538        15,648 -
Merced College Merced CA CCCAA M W                  -                    -            1,150          6,115        10,912 -
Modesto Junior College Modesto CA CCCAA M W                  -                    -            1,162          6,778        17,880 8%        1,156
Mt San Antonio College Walnut CA CCCAA M W                  -                    -            1,349          8,741        29,960 1%        1,024
Ohlone College Fremont CA CCCAA M W                  -                    -            1,162          6,730          9,273 3%        2,084
Orange Coast College Costa Mesa CA CCCAA M W                  -                    -            1,186          7,690        22,156 -
Palomar College San Marcos CA CCCAA M W                  -                    -            1,338          7,386        23,848 -           690
Pasadena City College Pasadena CA CCCAA W                  -                    -            1,348          7,004        27,324 3%        1,160
Rio Hondo College Whittier CA CCCAA M W                  -                    -            1,360          6,960        19,948 -
Riverside City College Riverside CA CCCAA M W                  -                    -            1,420          8,440        20,863 -           338
Sacramento City College Sacramento CA CCCAA W                  -                    -            1,104          8,208        21,323 -           667
Saddleback College Mission Viejo CA CCCAA M W                  -                    -            1,328        10,568        19,783 4%           227
San Diego Mesa College San Diego CA CCCAA M W                  -                    -            1,142          5,894        23,532 5%           870
San Diego Miramar College San Diego CA CCCAA M W                  -                    -            1,142          5,894        15,692 -
San Joaquin Delta College Stockton CA CCCAA M W                  1,104          6,720        17,849 -
Santa Ana College Santa Ana CA CCCAA M W                  -                    -            1,142          8,032        28,083 1%           808
Santa Barbara City College Santa Barbara CA CCCAA W                  -                    -            1,374          8,326        16,385 15%        1,042
Santa Monica College Santa Monica CA CCCAA M W                  -                    -            1,142          8,558        29,760 -        1,636
Santa Rosa Junior College Santa Rosa CA CCCAA M W                  -                    -            1,282          7,328        20,671 44%           855
Sierra College Rocklin CA CCCAA M W                  -                    -            1,142          6,214        18,221 1%           184
Southwestern College Chula Vista CA CCCAA M W                  -                    -            1,338          6,602        18,413 -           643
Ventura College Ventura CA CCCAA M W                  -                    -            1,388          7,050        13,174 -
West Valley College Saratoga CA CCCAA M W                  -                    -            1,183          5,239          7,779 25%           595
                                   

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