Get Recruited to Run Cross Country in College
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If your dream is to run cross country in college, you’ve taken a great first step. Getting recruited to run cross country 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 running in college.
The total number of scholarships offered by the NCAA apply to Cross Country and Track & Field combined. They are equivalency sports which mean partial scholarships can be awarded to meet the NCAA limit per school. For example, an NCAA Division II school can award 18 players each a 1/2 equivalent scholarship and still meet the team limit of 9.
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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 Run Cross Country in College
- Create Your Athletic Profile
- Set Realistic Expectations (Division of play & Geography)
- Connect with college coaches
- Repeat Steps 1-3
And don't forget, academics are critical! At first glance, the number of cross country scholarships looks attractive compared to average size of the team, however, after you combine the track team numbers, there are less scholarships offered than the total number of team members. This means most runners will not receive full cross country scholarships and there will be a deficit the family still has to pay the college. Academics can be a huge piece here. The higher your GPA and SAT and/or ACT, the more “academic” money you can receive from each college in case you do not receive a full athletic scholarship. This will decrease the amount you will owe out of pocket.
College Cross Country by the Numbers
- NCAA Division I - 316 Teams - 12.6 Scholarships - 14 Average Roster Size
- NCAA Division II - 273 Teams - 12.6 Scholarships - 11 Average Roster Size
- NCAA Division III - 406 Teams - 0 Scholarships - 14 Average Roster Size
- NAIA - 206 Teams - 12 Scholarships - 10 Average Roster Size
- NJCAA - 134 Teams - 20 Scholarships - 8 Average Roster Size
Total Men’s College Cross Country Programs ~ 1,445
Total Men’s College Cross Country Runners ~ 17,095
- NCAA Division I - 348 Teams - 18 Scholarships - 16 Average Roster Size
- NCAA Division II - 300 Teams - 18 Scholarships - 11 Average Roster Size
- NCAA Division III - 426 Teams - 0 Scholarships - 14 Average Roster Size
- NAIA - 214 Teams - 12 Scholarships - 10 Average Roster Size
- NJCAA - 141 Teams - 20 Scholarships - 6 Average Roster Size
Total Women’s College Cross Country Programs ~ 1,540
Total Women’s College Cross Country Runners ~ 18,682
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