Cross Country

 

How do I get a college cross country scholarship?
There are many athletes who run times that are good enough to compete at a collegiate level, however, to earn a scholarship an athlete must pursue a coach and show a desire to compete for his/her team.

 

How do I get a college cross country coach to see me? 

Cross Country coaches will look at certain results of certain events when looking to recruit an athlete. Some coaches will have scouts at certain International competitions, to provide them feedback on levels.

 

How do I improve my chances of earning a college cross country scholarship?
Cross country coaches evaluate students from all over the world so it is important that you continually work on improving your 5k run time. Also, you need to market your abilities off the track as well.

 

How do I get recruited for a college cross country scholarship?
Working hard on improving your 5k run time and competing in events that college coaches may target. Providing a great video of your skills will help promote you further as an athletes as well.

 

What are the academic requirements to be eligible for a college cross country scholarship?
Every college cross country coach has a different preference in the level of academics he requires.

 

What are the athletic requirements to receive a college cross country scholarship?
Depending on what division you are looking at going to the time you run the 5k. The times below are a guide you can use

 Men: DI- Under 16:10. DII- Under 17:20. DIII/NAIA- Under 17:45. NJCAA- Under 19:00 

Women: DI- Under 20:15. DII- Under 21:45. DIII/NAIA- Under 22:45. NJCAA- Under 23:45

 

How many college cross country scholarships are available and what schools offer them?
The number of cross country scholarships available varies by school and competition level. Depending on how important a scholarship is to you, finding the school with the most scholarships opportunities might be high on your priority list. 

 

Intercollegiate Divisions
NCAA-National Collegiate Athletic Association  http://www.ncaa.org  
The NCAA endorses three divisions of collegiate cross country

Division I

 

  • 12.6 full scholarships available for men (can be divided partially)
  • 18.0 full scholarships available for women (head count only)

 

Currently sponsor 305 male and 333 female cross country programs

 

Division II

 

  • 12.6 full scholarships available for men (can be divided partially)
  • 12.6 full scholarships available for women

 

Currently sponsor 231 male and 260 female cross country programs
Must enrol in the NCAA Eligibility Centre for both Divisions I and II in order to be eligible.  

 


Division III

 

  • No financial aid allocated to athletes

 

Currently sponsor 369 male and 394 female cross country programs

NAIA-National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics  http://www.naia.org
The NAIA endorses one division of collegiate cross country

 

  • Students do not require a SAT or ACT score to be admitted
  • 5.0 full scholarships available for men (can be divided partially)
  • 5.0 full scholarships available for women (can be divided partially)

 

Must enrol with the NAIA eligibility centre  http://www.playnaia.org
Currently sponsor 203 male and 212 female cross country programs

NJCAA-National Junior Collegiate Athletic Association  http://www.njcaa.org
The NJCAA endorses three divisions of collegiate cross country

 

  • Athletes at NJCAA institutions predominately compete for two years while completing their academic requirements
  • After completion of an Associate Degree, athletes can transfer to an NCAA Division if they have successfully completed all the academic requirements
  • 30.0 full scholarships available for men (can be divided partially)
  • 30.0 full scholarships available for women (can be divided partially)
  • Students do not require a SAT or ACT score to be admitted

 

Must be approved by the NJCAA Eligibility Centre regarding Academics
Currently sponsor 176 men’s and 187 women’s cross country programs