Swimming and Diving

How do I get a college swimming scholarship?
Swimming scholarships are becoming more accessible and are being awarded to more international athletes than ever beforeHowever, it is essential that an athlete actively pursues a coach or they may be overlooked.

How do I get a college swimming coach to see me?
Coaches will only go to the big meets so the more you compete in them the more a coach will make the trip out to see you. Also, certain coaches will frequent the same meets each year and you will need to figure out which competitions those are and qualify to compete in them.

How do I improve my chances of earning a college swimming scholarship?
Swimming coaches have to try and evaluate students from all over the world. If you have been able to make contact with a coach it may come down to how well you market yourself in both performance and personality.

Good grades will help in getting a scholarship. The more schools where you can qualify academically as well as athletically the higher the chance of a scholarship you have.

How do I get recruited for a swimming scholarship?
Getting recruited in swimming relies on how hard you work in and out of the pool. As athletes you need to communicate with the coaches and post some good times in your chosen events.

How many swimming scholarships are available and what schools offer them?
The number of swimming scholarships available varies by school and competition level. The level of scholarship funding will vary based on how the coach rates the athlete and the value add to their team.

What are the academic requirements for a college swimming scholarship?

Every college has a different level of academics required.

What are the athletic requirements to receive a college swimming scholarship?

Each coach and team will have a different level of athletic requirements based on their needs and opinions.

How many swimming scholarships are available and what schools offer them?
The number of swimming scholarships available varies by school and competition level. Depending on how important a scholarship is to you, finding the school with the most scholarship funding may be desirable.

 

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

9.9 full scholarships available for men (can be divided partially)

14.0 full scholarships available for women (head count only)

Currently sponsor 143 male and 200 female swimming programs
Division II

8.1 full scholarships available for men (can be divided partially)

8.1 full scholarships available for women

Currently sponsor 58 male and 77 female swimming programs
Must enrol in Initial Eligibility Centre for both Division I and II in order to be eligible. www.eligibiltycenter.org
Division III

No financial aid allocated to athletes

Currently sponsor 200 male and 242 female swimming programs

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

Students do require a SAT or ACT score to be admitted

8.0 full scholarships available for men (can be divided partially)

8.0 full scholarships available for women (can be divided partially)

Must enrol with the NAIA eligibility centre http://www.playnaia.org 
Currently sponsor 22 male and 31 female swimming programs

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

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

15.0 full scholarships available for men (can be divided partially)

15.0 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 20 mens and 21 womens swimming programs