College Wrestling & Scholarship Opportunities

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370 Schools sponsored varsity Wrestling programs in 2017:
              # of Scholarships 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  76 76 - 2,461 - 32 - 9.9 - 14,867 15,043
NCAA  II 59 59 3 1,929 77 33 26 9 - 5,593 6,924
NCAA  III 105 105 5 2,828 48 27 10 - - - -
NAIA 59 59 22 1,806 351 31 16 8 - 7,305 7,698
NJCAA 40 40 1 894 6 22 6 16 - 1,584 1,926
Other 31 31 2 650 35 21 18 - - 191 261
Totals  370 370 33 10,568 517 29 16       5,234 5,590

 Wrestling 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 II school can award 18 wrestlers each a 1/2  scholarship and still meet the  limit of 9 per school. Women's wrestling is not an official sport of either the NCAA or NAIA, the governing body for women's teams is the Women's College Wrestling Association. See our page on scholarship limits for more information.

Do the Math! The average NCAA Division I men's team has a roster size of 32 wrestlers but only a maximum of 9.9 athletic scholarships per team are available. This means the average award covers only about 1/3 of an athlete's annual college costs.

 * Average Athletic Scholarship is the average award 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.

 
Odds of a High School Wrestler competing in College *
  Men Women
Number of US High School Wrestlers 2016-17     244,804    14,587
Number of College Wrestlers (see table above)       10,568         517
% of US High School Wrestlers competing at any College Level 4.3% 3.5%
% of US High School Wrestlers Competing at NCAA I Schools 1.0% -
 
* See our page on the Odds of a High School Athlete competing in College for more information

 
Scholarship Averages for NCAA I Wrestling teams  
NCAA I Wrestling Teams: Average Low  High
Scholarships Awarded per team 23 14 31
Average Scholarship per team  $     12,551  $        5,249  $       33,596
 
These are the results of our survey of NCAA I schools that sponsored varsity wrestling programs during their 2016 fiscal years.  Number of athletic scholarships awarded is per team, so for 4 year schools typically only 25% will be available for the incoming (i.e. freshmen & transfer) athletes. NCAA I schools that do not award athletic scholarships are not included in these results.

 

All Schools that sponsor varsity Wrestling teams - 2017:

4 Year Schools with Varsity           Avr  Scholarship * Admission
Wrestling Programs 2017       City State Division Teams Men Women Rate
Huntingdon College Montgomery AL NCAA  III  M             -                     -   58%
Central Baptist College Conway AR NAIA   M      5,005            5,578 47%
Lyon College Batesville AR NAIA   M W    13,178          16,337 59%
Ouachita Baptist University Arkadelphia AR NCAA  II  M      6,797            5,976 68%
University of the Ozarks Clarksville AR NCAA  III  M             -                     -   97%
Williams Baptist College Walnut Ridge AR NAIA   M      7,688            7,115 64%
Arizona State University Tempe AZ NCAA  I M    22,461          21,524 83%
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Prescott AZ NAIA   M      9,052          11,187 79%
Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo CA NCAA  I M      8,623          13,220 31%
Cal State University-Bakersfield Bakersfield CA NCAA  I M      8,002            7,502 69%
California Baptist University Riverside CA NCAA  II  M    12,397          16,408 65%
Fresno State (CSU) Fresno CA NCAA  I M    14,937          15,090 52%
Menlo College Atherton CA NAIA   M W    16,907          19,511 38%
San Francisco State University San Francisco CA NCAA  II  M      2,330            2,873 68%
Simpson University Redding CA NAIA   M      9,314          11,832 52%
Stanford University Palo Alto CA NCAA  I M    27,653          28,243 5%
Adams State University Alamosa CO NCAA  II  M      2,557            5,104 64%
Colorado Mesa University Grand Junction CO NCAA  II  M      3,041            3,967 83%
Colorado School of Mines Golden CO NCAA  II  M      5,429            6,101 38%
Colorado State University-Pueblo Pueblo CO NCAA  II  M      3,697            5,094 96%
4 Year Schools with Varsity           Avr  Scholarship * Admission
Wrestling Programs 2017       City State Division Teams Men Women Rate
U.S. Air Force Academy Colorado Springs CO NCAA  I M  full ride!   full ride!  17%
University of Northern Colorado Greeley CO NCAA  I M    10,307          13,898 89%
Western State Colorado University Gunnison CO NCAA  II  M      4,035            3,871 98%
Sacred Heart University Fairfield CT NCAA  I M    12,189          10,023 59%
Trinity College Hartford CT NCAA  III  M             -                     -   33%
U.S. Coast Guard Academy New London CT NCAA  III  M  full ride!   full ride!  18%
Wesleyan University Middletown CT NCAA  III  M             -                     -   22%
American University Washington DC NCAA  I M    20,666          23,389 35%
Southeastern University Lakeland FL NAIA   M      6,090            8,534 46%
Brewton-Parker College Mount Vernon GA NAIA   M W      8,321            8,660 -
Emmanuel College Franklin Springs GA NCAA  II  M W      5,710            8,204 34%
Life University Marietta GA NAIA   M W      7,218            4,959 59%
Reinhardt University Waleska GA NAIA   M      7,414            9,229 91%
Truett-McConnell College Cleveland GA NAIA   M      3,505            4,011 91%
Briar Cliff University Sioux City IA NAIA   M      8,338            8,198 -
Buena Vista University Storm Lake IA NCAA  III  M             -                     -   68%
Central College Pella IA NCAA  III  M             -                     -   64%
Coe College Cedar Rapids IA NCAA  III  M             -                     -   63%
Cornell College Mount Vernon IA NCAA  III  M             -                     -   70%
Graceland University Lamoni IA NAIA   M      5,569            5,249 48%
4 Year Schools with Varsity           Avr  Scholarship * Admission
Wrestling Programs 2017       City State Division Teams Men Women Rate
Grand View University Des Moines IA NAIA   M      6,339            5,480 98%
Iowa State University Ames IA NCAA  I M    18,699          17,871 87%
Loras College Dubuque IA NCAA  III  M             -                     -   95%
Luther College Decorah IA NCAA  III  M             -                     -   67%
Morningside College Sioux City IA NAIA   M      4,811            4,596 56%
Northwestern College Orange City IA NAIA   M      5,466            4,881 72%
Simpson College Indianola IA NCAA  III  M             -                     -   89%
University of Dubuque Dubuque IA NCAA  III  M             -                     -   77%
University of Iowa Iowa City IA NCAA  I M    17,186          16,020 81%
University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls IA NCAA  I M      9,737            9,423 80%
Upper Iowa University Fayette IA NCAA  II  M      6,813          11,121 66%
Waldorf University Forest City IA NAIA   M W      8,012            7,947 66%
Wartburg College Waverly IA NCAA  III  M             -                     -   74%
William Penn University Oskaloosa IA NAIA   M    12,122          12,650 58%
Augustana College Rock Island IL NCAA  III  M             -                     -   49%
Elmhurst College Elmhurst IL NCAA  III  M             -                     -   55%
Lindenwood University - Belleville Belleville IL NAIA   M W      3,506            5,108 55%
MacMurray College Jacksonville IL NCAA  III  M W             -                     -   63%
McKendree University Lebanon IL NCAA  II  M W      7,045            8,768 63%
Millikin University Decatur IL NCAA  III  M             -                     -   60%
4 Year Schools with Varsity           Avr  Scholarship * Admission
Wrestling Programs 2017       City State Division Teams Men Women Rate
North Central College Naperville IL NCAA  III  M             -                     -   57%
Northern Illinois University Dekalb IL NCAA  I M    21,312          20,184 50%
Northwestern University Evanston IL NCAA  I M    43,454          32,657 13%
Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville Edwardsville IL NCAA  I M      8,628          11,600 88%
University of Chicago Chicago IL NCAA  III  M             -                     -   8%
University of Illinois  Champaign IL NCAA  I M    25,346          25,292 66%
Wheaton College Wheaton IL NCAA  III  M             -                     -   71%
Calumet College of Saint Joseph Whiting IN NAIA   M      8,758            7,712 -
Indiana Institute of Technology Fort Wayne IN NAIA   M      6,753            8,784 70%
Indiana University Bloomington IN NCAA  I M    21,869          20,565 78%
Manchester University North Manchester IN NCAA  III  M             -                     -   71%
Marian University Indianapolis IN NAIA   M    12,666          10,378 56%
Purdue University West Lafayette IN NCAA  I M    22,724          19,357 59%
Trine University Angola IN NCAA  III  M             -                     -   78%
University of Indianapolis Indianapolis IN NCAA  II  M      9,291          11,101 73%
Wabash College Crawfordsville IN NCAA  III  M             -                     -   61%
Baker University Baldwin City KS NAIA   M    10,383            9,232 82%
Benedictine College Atchison KS NAIA   M      6,846            4,818 99%
Bethany College Lindsborg KS NAIA   M    12,361          13,623 99%
Central Christian College of Kansas McPherson KS NAIA   M W      4,977            5,142 -
4 Year Schools with Varsity           Avr  Scholarship * Admission
Wrestling Programs 2017       City State Division Teams Men Women Rate
Fort Hays State University Hays KS NCAA  II  M      4,474            5,294 86%
Kansas Wesleyan University Salina KS NAIA   M      2,260            2,660 62%
Newman University Wichita KS NCAA  II  M      8,912          12,750 56%
Ottawa University Ottawa KS NAIA   M W    11,137          11,160 41%
University of Saint Mary Leavenworth KS NAIA   M W      1,794            1,826 49%
Bellarmine University Louisville KY NCAA  II  M      7,282            7,414 84%
Campbellsville University Campbellsville KY NAIA   M W          484                609 76%
Lindsey Wilson College Columbia KY NAIA   M      8,029          10,870 -
Thomas More College Crestview Hills KY NCAA  III  M             -                     -   88%
University of the Cumberlands Williamsburg KY NAIA   M W      6,145            7,386 68%
American International College Springfield MA NCAA  II  M      9,365          12,146 63%
Bridgewater State University Bridgewater MA NCAA  III  M             -                     -   81%
Harvard University Cambridge MA NCAA  I M             -                     -   6%
Springfield College Springfield MA NCAA  III  M             -                     -   64%
Western New England University Springfield MA NCAA  III  M             -                     -   81%
Williams College Williamstown MA NCAA  III  M             -                     -   18%
Worcester Polytechnic Institute Worcester MA NCAA  III  M             -                     -   49%
Johns Hopkins University Baltimore MD NCAA  III  M             -                     -   14%
McDaniel College Westminster MD NCAA  III  M             -                     -   80%
U.S. Naval Academy Annapolis MD NCAA  I M  full ride!   full ride!  9%
4 Year Schools with Varsity           Avr  Scholarship * Admission
Wrestling Programs 2017       City State Division Teams Men Women Rate
University of Maryland College Park MD NCAA  I M    28,298          32,282 45%
University of Southern Maine Portland ME NCAA  III  M             -                     -   88%
Adrian College Adrian MI NCAA  III  M W             -                     -   61%
Alma College Alma MI NCAA  III  M             -                     -   68%
Central Michigan University Mount Pleasant MI NCAA  I M    12,347          11,102 69%
Cleary University Howell MI NAIA   M      6,775            4,267 72%
Davenport University Grand Rapids MI NCAA  II  M      7,421            8,078 89%
Eastern Michigan University Ypsilanti MI NCAA  I M    15,125          16,807 75%
Michigan State University East Lansing MI NCAA  I M    21,157          17,301 66%
Olivet College Olivet MI NCAA  III  M             -                     -   57%
University of Michigan Ann Arbor MI NCAA  I M    27,238          22,029 26%
Augsburg College Minneapolis MN NCAA  III  M             -                     -   59%
Concordia College at Moorhead Moorhead MN NCAA  III  M             -                     -   78%
Minnesota State University Moorhead Moorhead MN NCAA  II  M      3,471            2,563 77%
Minnesota State University-Mankato Mankato MN NCAA  II  M      4,677            4,932 67%
Saint Cloud State University Saint Cloud MN NCAA  II  M      3,950            4,786 86%
Saint John's University Collegeville MN NCAA  III  M             -                     -   74%
Southwest Minnesota State University Marshall MN NCAA  II  M      1,973            2,867 64%
St Olaf College Northfield MN NCAA  III  M             -                     -   36%
University of Minnesota Minneapolis MN NCAA  I M    15,272          13,368 45%
4 Year Schools with Varsity           Avr  Scholarship * Admission
Wrestling Programs 2017       City State Division Teams Men Women Rate
Drury University Springfield MO NCAA  II  M    11,652          14,845 84%
Hannibal-LaGrange University Hannibal MO NAIA   M      5,924            6,469 59%
Lindenwood University Saint Charles MO NCAA  II  M      3,506            5,108 55%
Maryville University of Saint Louis Saint Louis MO NCAA  II  M      8,107            7,632 72%
Missouri Baptist University Saint Louis MO NAIA   M W    11,515          13,940 57%
Missouri Valley College Marshall MO NAIA   M W    13,353          14,263 46%
Truman State University Kirksville MO NCAA  II  M      3,105            3,637 79%
University of Central Missouri Warrensburg MO NCAA  II  M      5,141            7,290 79%
University of Missouri Columbia MO NCAA  I M    18,523          21,495 78%
Westminster College Fulton MO NCAA  III  M W             -                     -   64%
Montana State University-Northern Havre MT NAIA   M      4,920            4,875 100%
University of Providence Great Falls MT NAIA   M W      8,858          10,864 60%
Appalachian State University Boone NC NCAA  I M    12,471            9,879 66%
Belmont Abbey College Belmont NC NCAA  II  M      2,921            3,099 68%
Campbell University Buies Creek NC NCAA  I M      8,398          23,407 73%
Davidson College Davidson NC NCAA  I M      7,192            9,780 22%
Duke University Durham NC NCAA  I M    29,597          33,141 11%
Gardner-Webb University Boiling Springs NC NCAA  I M    16,049          15,844 53%
Greensboro College Greensboro NC NCAA  III  M             -                     -   75%
North Carolina State University  Raleigh NC NCAA  I M    18,924          23,744 50%
4 Year Schools with Varsity           Avr  Scholarship * Admission
Wrestling Programs 2017       City State Division Teams Men Women Rate
St Andrews University Laurinburg NC NAIA   M      8,009            4,653 57%
University of North Carolina  Chapel Hill NC NCAA  I M    19,443          18,390 31%
Univ of North Carolina at Pembroke Pembroke NC NCAA  II  M      3,401            5,190 74%
Dickinson State University Dickinson ND NAIA   M      1,778            3,243 93%
Minot State University Minot ND NCAA  II  M      2,982            4,347 57%
North Dakota State University Fargo ND NCAA  I M      7,941            9,702 94%
University of Jamestown Jamestown ND NAIA   M W      4,436            4,039 65%
University of Mary Bismarck ND NCAA  II  M      5,906            8,154 96%
Chadron State College Chadron NE NCAA  II  M      3,068            4,050 -
Concordia University-Nebraska Seward NE NAIA   M      6,043            4,911 78%
Doane University Crete NE NAIA   M      5,538            5,693 77%
Hastings College Hastings NE NAIA   M      6,189            4,926 71%
Midland University Fremont NE NAIA   M W    12,739          12,921 61%
Nebraska Wesleyan University Lincoln NE NCAA  III  M             -                     -   79%
University of Nebraska Lincoln NE NCAA  I M    18,442          18,601 76%
University of Nebraska at Kearney Kearney NE NCAA  II  M      3,043            3,866 85%
York College York NE NAIA   M      5,493            5,952 44%
New England College Henniker NH NCAA  III  M             -                     -   98%
Plymouth State University Plymouth NH NCAA  III  M             -                     -   74%
Centenary University Hackettstown NJ NCAA  III  M             -                     -   87%
4 Year Schools with Varsity           Avr  Scholarship * Admission
Wrestling Programs 2017       City State Division Teams Men Women Rate
College of New Jersey Ewing NJ NCAA  III  M             -                     -   49%
Princeton University Princeton NJ NCAA  I M             -                     -   7%
Rider University Lawrenceville NJ NCAA  I M    10,042          11,778 69%
Rutgers University New Brunswick NJ NCAA  I M    20,319          19,506 58%
Stevens Institute of Technology Hoboken NJ NCAA  III  M             -                     -   44%
New Mexico Highlands University Las Vegas NM NCAA  II  M      4,162            5,084 -
College of Mount Saint Vincent Bronx NY NCAA  III  M             -                     -   86%
Columbia University  New York NY NCAA  I M             -                     -   7%
Cornell University Ithaca NY NCAA  I M             -                     -   15%
CUNY Hunter College New York NY NCAA  III  M             -                     -   39%
Hofstra University Hempstead NY NCAA  I M    22,964          26,976 61%
Ithaca College Ithaca NY NCAA  III  M             -                     -   67%
LIU Post Brookville NY NCAA  II  M    12,799          14,867 81%
New York University New York NY NCAA  III  M             -                     -   32%
Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester NY NCAA  III  M             -                     -   57%
SUNY at Binghamton Vestal NY NCAA  I M      9,437          12,652 42%
SUNY College at Brockport Brockport NY NCAA  III  M             -                     -   53%
SUNY College at Cortland Cortland NY NCAA  III  M             -                     -   51%
SUNY College at Oswego Oswego NY NCAA  III  M             -                     -   51%
SUNY College of Technology at Alfred Alfred NY NCAA  III  M             -                     -   57%
4 Year Schools with Varsity           Avr  Scholarship * Admission
Wrestling Programs 2017       City State Division Teams Men Women Rate
SUNY Oneonta Oneonta NY NCAA  III  M             -                     -   49%
U.S. Military Academy West Point NY NCAA  I M  full ride!   full ride!  10%
US Merchant Marine Academy Kings Point NY NCAA  III  M             -                     -   22%
University at Buffalo Buffalo NY NCAA  I M    17,932          15,231 60%
Ashland University Ashland OH NCAA  II  M      5,197            6,292 77%
Baldwin Wallace University Berea OH NCAA  III  M             -                     -   60%
Case Western Reserve University Cleveland OH NCAA  III  M             -                     -   36%
Cleveland State University Cleveland OH NCAA  I M    10,351          13,078 64%
Heidelberg University Tiffin OH NCAA  III  M             -                     -   79%
John Carroll University University Hgts OH NCAA  III  M             -                     -   82%
Kent State University  Kent OH NCAA  I M    15,126          14,364 85%
Lake Erie College Painesville OH NCAA  II  M      8,040            9,026 56%
Lourdes University Sylvania OH NAIA   M      8,718          10,264 69%
Mount Saint Joseph University Cincinnati OH NCAA  III  M             -                     -   15%
Muskingum University New Concord OH NCAA  III  M             -                     -   74%
Notre Dame College Cleveland OH NCAA  II  M      6,069            5,837 91%
Ohio Northern University Ada OH NCAA  III  M             -                     -   69%
Ohio State University Columbus OH NCAA  I M    16,338          18,682 49%
Ohio University Athens OH NCAA  I M    20,366          20,120 74%
Otterbein University Westerville OH NCAA  III  M             -                     -   75%
4 Year Schools with Varsity           Avr  Scholarship * Admission
Wrestling Programs 2017       City State Division Teams Men Women Rate
Tiffin University Tiffin OH NCAA  II  M      4,856            5,656 93%
University of Findlay Findlay OH NCAA  II  M      6,716            6,314 76%
University of Mount Union Alliance OH NCAA  III  M             -                     -   75%
Bacone College Muskogee OK NAIA   M W      6,846            9,142 42%
Oklahoma City University Oklahoma City OK NAIA   M W    15,249          19,303 70%
Oklahoma State University Stillwater OK NCAA  I M    13,050          10,283 75%
Oklahoma Wesleyan University Bartlesville OK NAIA   M      7,974            8,696 95%
University of Central Oklahoma Edmond OK NCAA  II  M      5,825            5,426 70%
University of Oklahoma Norman OK NCAA  I M    25,599          17,776 78%
Eastern Oregon University La Grande OR NAIA   M W      3,103            2,358 97%
Oregon State University Corvallis OR NCAA  I M    20,015          20,985 78%
Pacific University Forest Grove OR NCAA  III  M W             -                     -   79%
Southern Oregon University Ashland OR NAIA   M W      1,665            2,090 95%
Warner Pacific College Portland OR NAIA   M W      6,318            5,464 51%
Bloomsburg University  Bloomsburg PA NCAA  I M      1,467            1,066 88%
Bucknell University Lewisburg PA NCAA  I M    15,843          13,910 25%
Clarion University  Clarion PA NCAA  I M      2,706            3,265 96%
Delaware Valley University Doylestown PA NCAA  III  M             -                     -   69%
Drexel University Philadelphia PA NCAA  I M    16,542          18,929 75%
East Stroudsburg University  East Stroudsburg PA NCAA  II  M      2,154            1,749 84%
Edinboro University  Edinboro PA NCAA  I M      3,070            3,428 96%
4 Year Schools with Varsity           Avr  Scholarship * Admission
Wrestling Programs 2017       City State Division Teams Men Women Rate
Elizabethtown College Elizabethtown PA NCAA  III  M             -                     -   71%
Franklin & Marshall College Lancaster PA NCAA  I M             -                     -   32%
Gannon University Erie PA NCAA  II  M      8,697            8,145 76%
Gettysburg College Gettysburg PA NCAA  III  M             -                     -   40%
Keystone College La Plume PA NCAA  III  M             -                     -   98%
King's College Wilkes-Barre PA NCAA  III  M             -                     -   72%
Kutztown University  Kutztown PA NCAA  II  M      1,431            1,540 82%
Lehigh University Bethlehem PA NCAA  I M    16,264          20,543 30%
Lock Haven University Lock Haven PA NCAA  I M      2,110            2,407 92%
Lycoming College Williamsport PA NCAA  III  M             -                     -   71%
Mercyhurst University Erie PA NCAA  II  M    12,464          13,780 80%
Messiah College Mechanicsburg PA NCAA  III  M             -                     -   79%
Millersville University  Millersville PA NCAA  II  M      1,684            2,156 73%
Muhlenberg College Allentown PA NCAA  III  M             -                     -   48%
Penn State - Beaver Monaca PA USCAA M             -                     -   82%
Penn State - DuBois DuBois PA USCAA M             -                     -   85%
Penn State - Erie-Behrend College Erie PA NCAA  III  M             -                     -   87%
Penn State - Fayette- Eberly Lemont Furnace PA USCAA M             -                     -   81%
Penn State - Mont Alto Mont Alto PA USCAA M             -                     -   79%
Penn State - New Kensington New Kensington PA USCAA M             -                     -   79%
Penn State - Schuylkill Schuylkill Haven PA USCAA M             -                     -   73%
4 Year Schools with Varsity           Avr  Scholarship * Admission
Wrestling Programs 2017       City State Division Teams Men Women Rate
Pennsylvania College of Technology Williamsport PA NCAA  III  M             -                     -   -
Pennsylvania State University University Park PA NCAA  I M    22,427          22,275 51%
Seton Hill University Greensburg PA NCAA  II  M      9,669            9,514 76%
Shippensburg University  Shippensburg PA NCAA  II  M      2,170            2,369 89%
Thiel College Greenville PA NCAA  III  M             -                     -   61%
University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia PA NCAA  I M             -                     -   10%
University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh PA NCAA  I M    27,864          24,696 54%
University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown Johnstown PA NCAA  II  M      3,664            4,821 81%
University of Scranton Scranton PA NCAA  III  M             -                     -   72%
Ursinus College Collegeville PA NCAA  III  M             -                     -   83%
Washington & Jefferson College Washington PA NCAA  III  M             -                     -   43%
Waynesburg University Waynesburg PA NCAA  III  M             -                     -   86%
Wilkes University Wilkes-Barre PA NCAA  III  M             -                     -   82%
York College Pennsylvania York PA NCAA  III  M             -                     -   43%
Brown University Providence RI NCAA  I M             -                     -   9%
Johnson & Wales University Providence RI NCAA  III  M             -                     -   82%
Rhode Island College Providence RI NCAA  III  M             -                     -   72%
Roger Williams University Bristol RI NCAA  III  M             -                     -   78%
Allen University Columbia SC NAIA        6,964            7,286 -
Citadel Military College Charleston SC NCAA  I M    15,549          19,883 77%
Coker College Hartsville SC NCAA  II  M      5,821            8,778 50%
4 Year Schools with Varsity           Avr  Scholarship * Admission
Wrestling Programs 2017       City State Division Teams Men Women Rate
Limestone College Gaffney SC NCAA  II  M      5,897            9,364 46%
Newberry College Newberry SC NCAA  II  M      5,397            8,556 56%
Augustana University Sioux Falls SD NCAA  II  M      6,803          13,822 65%
Dakota Wesleyan University Mitchell SD NAIA   M      3,921            3,863 74%
Northern State University Aberdeen SD NCAA  II  M      3,383            3,427 72%
South Dakota State University Brookings SD NCAA  I M      6,964            8,709 92%
Cumberland University Lebanon TN NAIA   M      8,536            6,109 49%
King University Bristol TN NCAA  II  M W      6,486            7,856 44%
University of Tennessee-Chattanooga Chattanooga TN NCAA  I M    17,435          16,640 79%
Wayland Baptist University Plainview TX NAIA   M W      4,109            9,518 99%
Utah Valley University Orem UT NCAA  I M      5,259            7,964 -
Averett University Danville VA NCAA  III  M             -                     -   61%
Bluefield College Bluefield VA NAIA   M      7,010            7,664 93%
Ferrum College Ferrum VA NCAA  III  M W             -                     -   73%
George Mason University Fairfax VA NCAA  I M    10,215          12,873 69%
Hampden-Sydney College Hampden-Sydney VA NCAA  III  M             -                     -   55%
Old Dominion University Norfolk VA NCAA  I M    18,876          15,836 83%
Southern Virginia University Buena Vista VA NCAA  III  M             -                     -   38%
University of Virginia Charlottesville VA NCAA  I M    24,887          25,319 30%
Virginia Military Institute Lexington VA NCAA  I M    10,634            8,943 53%
Virginia Tech Blacksburg VA NCAA  I M    21,365          21,254 73%
4 Year Schools with Varsity           Avr  Scholarship * Admission
Wrestling Programs 2017       City State Division Teams Men Women Rate
Washington & Lee University Lexington VA NCAA  III  M             -                     -   24%
Castleton University Castleton VT NCAA  III  M             -                     -   97%
Norwich University Northfield VT NCAA  III  M             -                     -   57%
Concordia University-Wisconsin Mequon WI NCAA  III  M             -                     -   67%
Lakeland University Plymouth WI NCAA  III  M             -                     -   96%
Milwaukee School of Engineering Milwaukee WI NCAA  III  M             -                     -   65%
University of Wisconsin Madison WI NCAA  I M    19,448          16,933 58%
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Eau Claire WI NCAA  III  M             -                     -   85%
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse La Crosse WI NCAA  III  M             -                     -   80%
University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Oshkosh WI NCAA  III  M             -                     -   81%
University of Wisconsin-Parkside Kenosha WI NCAA  II  M      3,654            5,185 82%
University of Wisconsin-Platteville Platteville WI NCAA  III  M             -                     -   94%
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Stevens Point WI NCAA  III  M             -                     -   90%
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Whitewater WI NCAA  III  M             -                     -   80%
Alderson Broaddus University Philippi WV NCAA  II  M      3,671            5,502 54%
Ohio Valley University Vienna WV NCAA  II  M      8,162          10,141 47%
West Liberty University West Liberty WV NCAA  II  M      5,884            8,937 72%
West Virginia University Morgantown WV NCAA  I M    21,296          16,540 86%
Wheeling Jesuit University Wheeling WV NCAA  II  M      5,749            7,756 61%
WVU Institute of Technology Montgomery WV NAIA   M      8,565            6,171 61%
University of Wyoming Laramie WY NCAA  I M    13,348          12,592 96%
                 

 

Two Year Schools that sponsor varsity Wrestling teams - 2017:

2 Year Schools with Varsity           Avr  Scholarship * Admission
Wrestling Programs 2017       City State Division Teams Men Women Rate
Arkansas Baptist College Little Rock AR NJCAA   M          634            2,500
Bakersfield College Bakersfield CA CCCAA M             -                     -  
Cerritos College Norwalk CA CCCAA M             -                     -  
Chabot College Hayward CA CCCAA M             -                     -  
Cuesta College San Luis Obispo CA CCCAA M             -                     -  
East Los Angeles College Monterey Park CA CCCAA M             -                     -  
Fresno City College Fresno CA CCCAA M             -                     -  
Lassen Community College Susanville CA CCCAA M            16                  15
Modesto Junior College Modesto CA CCCAA M             -                     -  
Mt San Antonio College Walnut CA CCCAA M             -                     -  
Palomar College San Marcos CA CCCAA M             -                     -  
Rio Hondo College Whittier CA CCCAA M             -                     -  
Sacramento City College Sacramento CA CCCAA M             -                     -  
San Joaquin Delta College Stockton CA CCCAA M              3                  13
Santa Ana College Santa Ana CA CCCAA M             -                     -  
Santa Rosa Junior College Santa Rosa CA CCCAA M             -                     -  
Shasta College Redding CA CCCAA M             -                     -  
Sierra College Rocklin CA CCCAA M             -                     -  
Skyline College San Bruno CA CCCAA M             -                     -  
Victor Valley College Victorville CA CCCAA M             -                     -  
West Hills College-Lemoore Lemoore CA CCCAA M             -                     -  
2 Year Schools with Varsity           Avr  Scholarship * Admission
Wrestling Programs 2017       City State Division Teams Men Women Rate
Ellsworth CC Iowa Falls IA NJCAA  M      1,329            1,363
Iowa Central CC Fort Dodge IA NJCAA  M      1,231            2,021
Iowa Lakes CC Estherville IA NJCAA  M      2,326            2,723
Iowa Western CC Council Bluffs IA NJCAA  M      3,327            7,360
North Iowa Area CC Mason City IA NJCAA  M      1,509            1,812
North Idaho College Coeur d'Alene ID NJCAA  M      2,982            2,733
Harper College Palatine IL NJCAA  M             -                     -  
Lincoln College Lincoln IL NJCAA   M      9,025          10,263
Triton College River Grove IL NJCAA  M          881            1,412
Barton County CC Great Bend KS NJCAA  M      1,875            2,230
Colby CC Colby KS NJCAA  M      2,737            2,324
Labette CC Parsons KS NJCAA  M      2,264            2,245
Neosho County CC Chanute KS NJCAA  M      1,588            1,715
Northwest Kansas Tech College Goodland KS NJCAA  M      1,453            2,923
Pratt CC Pratt KS NJCAA  M      2,416            2,521
Springfield Technical CC Springfield MA NJCAA  M W             -                     -  
Muskegon CC Muskegon MI NJCAA  M          709                891
Itasca CC Grand Rapids MN NJCAA  M             -                     -  
Minnesota West CC & Tech College Granite Falls MN NJCAA  M             -                     -  
Northland CC & Tech College Thief River Falls MN NJCAA  M             -                     -  
Ridgewater College Willmar MN NJCAA  M             -                     -  
Rochester CC & Tech College Rochester MN NJCAA  M             -                     -  
2 Year Schools with Varsity           Avr  Scholarship * Admission
Wrestling Programs 2017       City State Division Teams Men Women Rate
Wentworth Military Academy & College Lexington MO NJCAA  M    10,109          10,328
Bergen CC Paramus NJ NJCAA  M             -                     -  
Camden County College Blackwood NJ NJCAA  M             -                     -  
Middlesex County College Edison NJ NJCAA  M             -                     -  
Rowan College - Gloucester County Sewell NJ NJCAA  M             -                     -  
Jamestown CC Jamestown NY NJCAA  M          163                178
Nassau CC Garden City NY NJCAA  M             -                     -  
Niagara County CC Sanborn NY NJCAA  M          204                  20
Sullivan County CC Loch Sheldrake NY NJCAA  M             -                     -  
Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College Miami OK NJCAA  M      2,455            2,805
Clackamas Community College Oregon City OR NWAC M      2,296            2,766
Southwestern Oregon Community College Coos Bay OR NWAC M W      1,648            2,100
Mercyhurst Univ-North East  North East PA NJCAA  M      5,486            5,191
Thaddeus Stevens College of Tech Lancaster PA NJCAA  M             -                     -  
Valley Forge Military College Wayne PA NJCAA  M             -                     -  
Williamson College of the Trades Media PA NJCAA M             -                     -   -
Spartanburg Methodist College Spartanburg SC NJCAA  M          958            1,598
The Apprentice School NewPort News VA USCAA M             -                     -   -
Grays Harbor College Aberdeen WA NWAC M W          955            1,795
Highline College Des Moines WA NWAC M      1,014            1,399
Northwest College Powell WY NJCAA  M      3,360            5,046
Western Wyoming CC Rock Springs WY NJCAA  M      4,326            4,820
                 

 

 

Coach's Corner New Feature!
We asked a few wrestling coaches from around the country to provide some brief input for high school and middle school wrestlers hoping to compete in College. We've highlighted some thoughts we believe are particularly helpful:

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Joe Russell, George Mason University (NCAA I) :


Dream and prepare about going to college at a young age. Taking care of academics in high school is key to having options as a college athlete. Don’t wait until you’re a junior or senior to worry about academics.

Athletic aid is limited and competitive to get. Winning a state title does not mean you will receive an athletic scholarship. In wrestling, most walk on. In wrestling very few get a full-ride. Most athletes on aid are only going to receive a partial scholarship. To get noticed athletically in wrestling, you will most likely need to do well in national competitions. How are you doing at the bigger tournaments? If you can’t get to them, how is your instate competition doing against the best in the country.

Stand out academically and on the mat. Have coaches advocate on your behalf. If your coach speaks well of you, it matters. Have people in your community speak on your behalf. If you are a leader in your community, it matters. Have your teammates speak well of you. I watch team interaction to see if a wrestler is respected by his peers.

Be coachable. Seek out instruction. Be visible. Go to camps. Attend out of season competitions. Be in the sport for the long haul. It takes time to make gains. Consistency, diligence and perseverance gets rewarded in wrestling.

 
Josh Hutchens, Ashland University (NCAA II):

Coaches are  interested in motivation.  You show motivation for the sport by training and competing in the offseason.  You show motivation for the school by communicating with the coaches and visiting the campus.
 

People are often misinformed of the availability of scholarships for college wrestling.   DII wrestling teams are allowed a total of 9 scholarships per team, but very few are funded close to that number.

The best way to increase your total financial aid is through academics.  The NCAA currently exempts academic aid for students with high school GPA’s at or above 3.5, ACT sum of 100 or top 20% of graduating class.  This means that any academic scholarship you receive does not count toward the 9 allowable by the NCAA.  If you meet any of these criteria you are a more attractive candidate for athletic aid. 

Athletic success is still the most influential criteria for athletic aid.  Each state tournament is rated differently, so it is important to also compete nationally.  You should seek out competitions where you can showcase your abilities against highly ranked opponents.

 

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