College Beach Volleyball Scholarships and Recruiting

How do I get a Beach Volleyball Scholarship?

Beach Volleyball is the fastest growing sport at both college and high school level. Prior to 2015 the sport was known as sand volleyball and classified as an “Emerging Sport for Women” by the NCAA. It is now a championship sport with over 80 competing colleges. This number is expected to more than double within the next 2 years, 71 more colleges have indicated that they will be offering the sport in 2019.

This exponential growth will see more and more scholarship/recruiting opportunities for female student/athletes.


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Important….. If you have been recruited to play “Indoor Volleyball” and the college also has a beach team then, under current NCAA rules/guidelines, you are eligible to play BOTH. A volleyball player who has beach volleyball experience is a huge asset… The coach can have an indoor scholarship player on the beach volleyball team roster without using one of the allocated Beach Volleyball Scholarships..

How to get coaches to watch you play

To get recruited for Beach Volleyball you will need to be proactive, college beach volleyball programs are still finding their feet and coaches are not in a position to attend all tournaments or send scouts. You can find detailed recruiting strategies and tips here.

Beach Volleyball Recruiting. How it works

There are many domestic and International student/athletes that want to play Beach Volleyball at the intercollegiate level. You need to separate yourself from the pack and show the coaches why you should receive a scholarship opportunity. You need to put your name out there. Read our advice here.

Academic and Admission Requirements

Remember, your grades and test scores will determine which colleges will accept you as a student. Being a good beach volleyball player will not guarantee you a roster spot at the college of your choice. Here is a detailed breakdown of the academic eligibility standards for all division levels.

Women’s indoor volleyball is a head-count sport which means that each athlete receives a full ride scholarship. Beach Volleyball on the other hand is an equivalency sport meaning that the number of scholarships offered can be divided between a larger number of athletes.

How many Beach Volleyball Scholarships are Offered?



NCAA DIII No athletic scholarships are offered but other forms of financial aid may be available. Click here for more information about DIII financial aid.

NAIA Varies by school..

How many colleges offer Beach Volleyball Scholarships?





Top/Best Colleges for Beach Volleyball


University of Alabama at Birmingham, University of Arizona, Arizona State University, Boise State University, California Polytechnic State University, CSU Bakersfield, Cal State Northridge, Cal State Sacramento, University of California, Berkeley, UCLA, College of Charleston, Florida Atlantic University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Florida International University, Florida State University, Georgia State University, Grand Canyon University, University of Hawaii, Manoa, Houston Baptist, Jacksonville University, Jacksonville State University, Long Beach State University, University of Louisiana at Monroe, Louisiana State University, Loyola Marymount University, Mercer University, Mississippi State University, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, University of New Mexico
University of New Orleans, University North Carolina, Wilmington, University of North Florida, University of Oregon, University of the Pacific, Pepperdine University, University of Portland, University of San Francisco, San Jose State University, Santa Clara University, University of South Carolina. University of Southern California (USC), St. Mary’s College of California, Stanford University, Stetson University, Texas A&M Corpus Christi, Texas Christian University, Tulane University and the University of Washington.


Carson-Newman,Colorado Mesa, Concordia University Irvine, Eckerd College, Lincoln Memorial, Spring Hill and Texas A&M Kingsville.


Arizona Christian University, Benedictine University – Mesa, Missouri Baptist University, Warner University and Webber International University.


More and more girls are taking up Beach volleyball at junior and High school level at the expense of traditional women’s sports and more and more colleges will be offering scholarship opportunities. For more information click on the Athlete/Parent buttons below..

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