College Rowing Recruiting

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Get Recruited to Row in College

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If your dream is to row in college, you’ve taken a great first step.  Getting recruited to row is not easy, however, it is certainly achievable if you know how to navigate the college recruiting process.  We teach you how to successfully do just that and realize your dream of participating in crew.

Rowing is an equivalency sport for NCAA scholarship purposes which means partial scholarships can be awarded to meet the NCAA limit per school.  

Females have a huge advantage over males in this sport in college.  20 total scholarships are offered at the Division I and II level for females.  In addition, colleges can make these partial scholarships as well which means a college coach could offer a ½ scholie to 40 rowers.  CollegePrep has even seen instances when females that had no experience rowing were offered scholarships. Former female high school basketball and volleyball players that have height and power have been offered rowing scholarships.  Unfortunately, there are no male rowing scholarships available.

START YOUR RECRUITING EARLY AND WITH A PLAN! The earlier you begin, the better your chances of being seen by college coaches, evaluated, and ultimately offered a scholarship.

How To Get Recruited To Row In College
  1. Create Your Athletic Profile
  2. Set Realistic Expectations (Division of play & Geography)
  3. Perfect your 2k Erg test
  4. Connect with college coaches
  5. Repeat Steps 1-4

Academics are critical! This is absolutely crucial for rowing.  #1- there are no male scholarships available so academic money from a college can be a gamechanger.   #2- If you are a female and do not receive a full rowing scholie, there will be left over money for the family to cover for college.  Academics can be a big factor here. The higher your GPA and SAT and/or ACT, the more “academic” money you can receive from each college which decreases the amount you will owe out of pocket.  

College Rowing by the Numbers


  • NCAA Division I - 35 Teams - 0 Scholarships - 54 Average Roster Sizecollege rowing recruiting
  • NCAA Division II - 6 Teams - 0 Scholarships - 25 Average Roster Size
  • NCAA Division III - 27 Teams - 0 Scholarships - 28 Average Roster Size
  • NAIA - 2 Teams - 0 Scholarships - 34 Average Roster Size
  • NJCAA - 2 Teams - 2 Scholarships - 27 Average Roster Size   

Total Men’s College Rowing Programs ~ 72

Total Men’s College Rowers ~ 2,914


  • NCAA Division I - 88 Teams - 20 Scholarships - 57 Average Roster Size
  • NCAA Division II - 16 Teams - 20 Scholarships - 31 Average Roster Size
  • NCAA Division III - 41 Teams - 0 Scholarships - 30 Average Roster Size
  • NAIA - 2 Teams - 0 Scholarships - 16 Average Roster Size
  • NJCAA - 2 Teams - 0 Scholarships - 16 Average Roster Size

Total Women’s College Rowing Programs ~ 150

Total Women’s College Rowers ~ 6,799

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