Tennis

How do I get a college tennis scholarship?
Tennis scholarships are becoming more accessible and are being awarded to more international athletes than ever before. It is essential that a player actively pursues a coach or they may never be noticed.

How do I get a college tennis coach to see me?
The higher level tournaments you play the more likely a coach will make the trip out to see you. Having a video is a must to convince coaches to come see you in person. Also, certain coaches will frequent the same tournaments each year and you will need to figure out which tournaments those are and qualify to play in them.

How do I improve my chances of earning a college tennis scholarship?
Tennis coaches have to try and evaluate students from all over the world. If you have been able to get a coach to watch your video and exchange emails with you then it comes down your personality and how you present yourself.

How do I get recruited for a tennis scholarship?
Getting recruited in tennis relies heavily on the tournaments you play and the rankings that you earn. However, with so many different ranking systems both internationally and domestically, you need more than just a good ranking for a coach to want to recruit you.

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

What are the athletic requirements to receive a tennis scholarship?
Players at the top colleges are expected to have international and national experience but you don’t have to in order to play college tennis. There are thousands of opportunities, take the time to explore the different schools and study their rosters

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

Intercollegiate Divisions
NCAA-National Collegiate Athletic Association http://www.ncaa.org  

The NCAA endorses three divisions of collegiate tennis

Division I

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

Currently sponsor 263 male and 320 female tennis programs

Division II

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

Currently sponsor 161 male and 212 female tennis programs
Must enroll in Intial Eligibility Clearinghouse for both Division I and II in order to be eligible. www.ncaaclearinghouse.org

Division III

  • No financial aid allocated to athletes

Currently sponsor 314 male and 361 female tennis programs

NAIA-National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics http://www.naia.org

The NAIA endorses one division of collegiate tennis

  • Students do 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 enroll with the NAIA eligibility centre http://www.playnaia.org
Currently sponsor 92 male and 110 female tennis programs

NJCAA-National Junior Collegiate Athletic Association http://www.njcaa.org

The NJCAA endorses three divisions of collegiate tennis

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

Must be approved by the NJCAA Eligibility Centre regarding Academics
Currently sponsor 120 mens and 141 womens tennis programs