Track and Field

How do I get a college track and field scholarship?
Track and field 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 track and field coach to see me?

Track and field coaches will look at certain results of certain events when looking to recruit an athlete. Some coaches will also go to the same events each year as a scouting exercise so it is important to compete in these events.

How do I improve my chances of earning a college track and field scholarship?
Track and field 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 track and field scholarship?
Getting recruited in track and field relies heavily on your potential to score points for your coach and school.

What are the academic requirements to be eligible for a track and field scholarship?
Every college has a different level of academics required.

What are the athletic requirements to receive a track and field scholarship?
Requirements are to have competed at state, school or national level events.

How many track and field scholarships are available and what schools offer them?
The number of track and field 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.

Intercollegiate Divisions
NCAA-National Collegiate Athletic Association http://www.ncaa.org  
The NCAA endorses three divisions of collegiate track and field
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 278 male and 314 female track and field programs
Division II

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

       12.6 full scholarships available for women

       Currently sponsor 151 male and 160 female track and field programs
Must enrol in Initial Eligibility Centre for both Division I and II in order to be eligible.

Division III

       No financial aid allocated to athletes

Currently sponsor 263 male and 271 female track and field programs

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

        Students do require a SAT or ACT score to be admitted

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

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

Must enroll with the NAIA eligibility centre http://www.playnaia.org 
Currently sponsor 146 male and 152 female track and field programs

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

        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

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

        20.0 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 133 mens and 135 womens track and field programs