Bowling has strong competition at the college level, particularly in Divisions I and II, where some of the top talent has a chance to earn substantial scholarship dollars. While collegiate bowling in the NCAA is only open to women, there are scholarships for male bowlers as well
Bowling scholarships are offered only to women. Most of the time bowling coaches do not actively scout athletes because they do not have the recruiting budget.
There are over 50,000 high school bowlers in the USA, and only 70+ colleges offer scholarships. If you want to be recruited, you must be proactive during this process
The top bowling teams in each division change from year to year. Our rankings are based only on athletics. There are opportunities for almost every level, but if you want to compete against the best, here is a list of the top bowling schools.
Fairleigh Dickinson, Maryland Eastern Shore, Central Missouri, Vanderbilt University, Nebraska, New Jersey City, Kutztown, Arkansas State, Sam Houston State, Sacred Heart, Valparaiso, Adelphi, Stephen F. Austin, Delaware State, St. Francis College, Alabama A&M, Norfolk State, Wisconsin–Whitewater, Minnesota State, Bowie State
These are the number of schools that compete in each division.
*NCAA Division 3 schools do not offer athletic scholarships, but THEY do offer other forms of financial aid.
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.
Bowling is an equivalency sport which means all scholarships are not full scholarships. Coaches may divide the total number of scholarships allotted to them between as many athletes as they wish.