How do I get a college rowing scholarship?

International rowing athletes are sought after by US Colleges because they have traditionally been rowing for longer than domestic athletes. However, it is essential that a rower actively pursues a coach and attempts to make them self stand out because recruiting coaches from the US are looking at hundreds of potential athletes.

How do I get a college rowing coach to see me?

Rowing coaches will look at certain results of certain regattas when looking to recruit an athlete. Some coaches will also go to the same regattas each year so competing in these regattas are important. It is also important to record personal best times on the erg, and have some footage of you rowing to share with coaches when you are communicating with them.

How do I improve my chances of getting a college rowing scholarship?

Regatta results only matter to some coaches, most coaches however, are interested in if an athlete will make their boat row faster and not the athletes previous boats. Here are some things that you can highlight as strengths:

-      - 2km erg scores (standout scores for men – 6:10, women – 7:00)

-      - height

-      - small boat results (singles and pairs)

  1.       - team player/personality/leadership
  2.       academic results (Ivy League)

What are the academic requirements for a college rowing scholarship?

Every college rowing coach has a different preference in the level of academics they require, but all colleges require at least SAT I or ACT results. Ivy League schools often also require SAT II results.

How many college rowing scholarships are available?

Rowing can offer some of the best scholarship opportunities if you know where to look. Each division level and school has a different amount of scholarships to offer, as well as financial aid available to families who are unable to afford college fees. 

The NCAA endorses three divisions of collegiate rowing:

Division I

- 5,221 female athletes competing for 86 programs.

- 1,303 male athletes competing for 28 programs.

Division II

- 465 female athletes competing in 54 programs.

- 64 male athletes competing in 3 programs. 

Division III

- 1,313 female athletes competing in 41 programs. 

- 909 male athletes competing in 30 programs.