Competition for Water-polo scholarships is fierce as coaches value international water-polo players just as much as they do domestic water-polo players. Water-polo is not available at every college or university, and Californian schools tend to dominate the sport.
The top Water-polo programs are currently at the University of Southern California, Stanford University, the University of California-San Diego and the University of Hawaii..
The NCAA has member institutions that sponsor both Men's and Women's water polo programs at Division I and Division II levels. There are 21 D1 and 9 D2 Men's Water Polo programs. Currently programs are allowed to sponsor more scholarships for women than for men.
Competition is fierce for Water polo scholarships in the USA. The NCAA sanctions a total of 78 men's teams and 109 women's teams across Divisions I, II and III. Within each of these teams, Men receive 4.5 scholarships, and women receive 8 scholarships.
A water polo scholarship can cover many, sometimes all, of the costs associated with earning a university degree. In return, the student-athlete will represent the university in their respective sport and maintain a good level of academic performance.
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