College Rowing Scholarships and Recruiting

How do I get a College Rowing Scholarship?

Rowing has a tremendous amount of scholarship opportunities for girls who are willing to look for them. Despite the large number of scholarships available, don’t expect coaches to actively recruit athletes that did not contact them first. You must get in contact with coaches that are the right fit for you. Here is more advice on how to put yourself in a strong position to earn a scholarship.

How do I get a Rowing Coach to Notice Me?

Only coaches at the top NCAA Division I programs have the budget to travel to a few regattas a year. You can get a lot of information about where coaches usually go to recruit by reading where the girls on their current rosters competed at in high school. To get coaches to you at regattas, complete these simple tasks.

Improve Your Chances of a Scholarship

Being part of a college crew team can be one of the best experiences of your life. Many coaches recruit based on academic history combined with the athletic potential of the applicant.
Rowers need to have stamina, good balance and timing, and lots of strength. Unlike other college sports, you don’t need any experience to join a rowing team in college. As long as you are willing to put in the hard work and the time, you can be part of a team as a novice.

If you need scholarship money and you are not picky about exactly where you want to go to school, rowing is a great opportunity to look at, and you can help yourself during this process by following these suggestions.

How the Rowing Recruiting Process Works

Rowing recruiting is unique compared with other college sports. Due to Title IX, there are ample scholarships available for athletes who decide to commit fully to the sport. Be aware that this applies to women’s openweight rowing. Lightweight women’s rowing and men’s rowing are not NCAA sanctioned sports.The only way to get a coach interested in you is to put the time and effort in to contact and follow up with them. Here is the best way to get recruited.

How Good do I Have to be to Get a Rowing Scholarship?

While the erg is not the only measure of a rower, it is used by many coaches to get an idea of an athlete’s capabilities. These averages were gathered through our evaluation of incoming freshman.

2K erg Time

  • Experience Rowers
    • Division I: 7:15–7:30
    • Division II: 7:30-7:45
  • Novice Rowers
    • Division I: sub 7:30
    • Division II:  sub 8:00

Number of Scholarships Offered per Team per Year by Division

Not all colleges that are eligible to offer scholarships will choose to do so. For example, Ivy League schools choose not to offer athletic scholarships.Rowing is an equivalency sport, which means all scholarships are NOT full scholarships, and coaches may divide the total number of scholarships allotted to them between as many athletes as they wish.

Women’s Rowing Scholarships per college.

The majority of opportunities are at the DI level, and most schools are on the eastern side of the United States.

Rowing College’s per Division.

Total: 138

*NCAA Division III schools do not offer athletic scholarships, but they do offer other forms of financial aid.

What are the Top Colleges for Rowing

These are some of the top programs, and in all cases, it takes a combination of athletics and academics to be part of these programs. If you want to be an elite-level rower, you need to get above-average grades.


California, Princeton, Virginia, Yale, Brown, Stanford, Washington, Michigan State, USC, Washington State, Michigan, UCLA, Wisconsin, Clemson, Ohio State, Dartmouth, Harvard, Notre Dame, Oregon State


Western Washington, Mercyhurst, Barry, Philadelphia University, Florida Tech


Williams, Ithaca, Bates, Puget Sound, Trinity, St. Lawrence, Simmons, Smith, Rochester, Wellesley, Williamette, Wesleyan, Skidmore, Mount Holyoke, Coast Guard

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The sport of rowing has been in existence as long as humans have traveled the water by boat