A question which comes up often regarding scholarships is, “How many scholarships are available?” There are a number of ways to answer that, but I thought it would be helpful to look at how many there are per school per sport. The following information is for the NCAA.
First of all, the data I want to share with you is the maximum allowable scholarships. It all depends on funds available at that particular school as to whether the maximum is available for the program. For instance, if a golf coach is not a good fundraiser, he or she may not be able to fulfill the maximum allowable scholarship limit. It would be good to ask the coaches how many scholarships he or she has for their sport.
Secondly, most sports are equivalency sports. What that means is that scholarships are divided up among those on the team. In a lot of cases, there are no or few full rides for equivalency sports. A minority of sports are considered headcount sports. In these sports, athletes receive full rides. (Men: basketball and football; Women: basketball, gymnastics, tennis and volleyball).
The table below gives you the details. In the next post, we will look at other scholarship statistics.
|Division I Sports||Men’s||Women’s|
|Baseball / Softball||11.7||12|
|Track & Field||12.6||18|
|Swimming / Diving||9.9||8.1|
|Division II Sports||Men’s||Women’s|
|Baseball / Softball||9||7.2|
|Track & Field||12.69||12.69|
|Swimming / Diving||0||9|