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Women's Rowing Scholarships

If you are a woman wanting to pursue the sport at the collegiate level, the advantage is in your favour when it comes to being offered college rowing scholarships. A major reason for this is the fact women’s rowing is a sanctioned NCAA sport.  This allows talented female rowers the opportunity to pursue a university degree with financial support, whilst competing at the highest levels on the water.

Women’s rowing is an NCAA equivalency sport which means US universities with rowing programs are permitted to offer scholarships. The ‘equivalency’ distinction allows schools to offer scholarships which tally up to the equivalent amount of 20 ‘full’ scholarships. This means a college may offer you anywhere from a full scholarship to any size ‘partial’ scholarship amount.

There are a variety of partial scholarship offerings. For instance, you may be awarded half-tuition. Or, you may receive an offer paying for your room and meals. Or, the offer may be an allotment to pay for your books and lab fees.

Not all scholarship-eligible universities will offer athletic scholarships. The Ivy League schools such as Yale, Harvard and Princeton, choose not to offer athletic grants-in-aid. Like NCAA Division 3 schools, though, these schools will offer other forms of financial aid.

Can You Get A Scholarship for Rowing? How Good Do You Have to Be?

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. 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.

Colleges That Offer Rowing Scholarships

Opportunities to earn college rowing scholarships are available for you. If you are a woman, there are many more such opportunities. There are approximately 90 NCAA Division 1 colleges and universities with rowing programs and many of them have women’s rowing scholarship monies available. Schools such as Ohio State, the University of Michigan, Stanford University and San Diego State provide women’s rowing scholarships (including full grants-in-aid) as a method of satisfying Title IX requirements.

Rowing Recruiting 2k Times – Rowing Scholarships ERG Times

  • 7:10-7:20 (Elite) – If you’ve recorded times within this range, you can expect to get a few phone calls from interested D1 coaches. To get to this stage of rowing, you will have completely absorbed the discipline of strength, aerobic and cross training as part of your daily routines. Add favourable GPA and ACT scores and you may be one of the elites and be on your way to successfully obtaining your college rowing scholarship.
  • 7:20-7:30 (Very Good) – If you land in this range many college recruiters will place you in the 90thpercentile of the college rowing scholarship talent pool. Not quite at the level of the ‘elite’ status, but nonetheless you will have grasped the idea of what’s necessary in year-round training in order to perform at your peak conditioning in competitive rowing.
  • 7:30-7:40 (Good) – If you’re clocking in around here the college rowing scholarship is still very much within reach. College rowing coaches sees you as having the potential to become a contributing rower after a season or two working out under collegiate conditions. Grades are always important, but if your timing fits here the better the grades the better your opportunity.
  • 7:40-8:00 (Above Average) – It’s this erg range where your college rowing scholarship options are likely to be with a D2 sized program. Better GPA and ACT scores definitely come into play here, as it could also mean academic monies at the D2, D3 level institutions.


Lightweight Rowing Recruiting 2k Times

  • D1: Sub 7:45

Novice Rowing Recruiting 2k Times

  • Division 1: Sub 7:30
  • Division 2: Sub 8:00

Rowing Recruiting 5k ERG and 6k ERG Times

  • Rowing Recruiting 5K ERG Times
  • D1: 20:00

Rowing Recruiting 6K ERG Times

  • D1: 24:00

College Rowing Teams – Which US Colleges Have a Rowing Team?

Women's Teams
Men's Teams
NCAA Division I
NCAA Division II
NCAA Division III

The bulk of the universities and colleges which fund rowing programs are NCAA D1 institutions, with D3 schools more than doubling D2 rowing programs. Of the 88 D1 colleges, only 35 of them support a men’s rowing team. All 88 schools have women’s rowing programs. Similarly, only six of the D2 and 27 of the D3 colleges have men’s rowing programs.

Did you know 85 percent of collegiate rowers were members of either a high school or club rowing team? The remaining participants come from varied high school athletic backgrounds. It’s also important to realize the time commitment necessary to participate as a collegiate rower. It’s almost like a full-time job while attending college. Rowers can look to spend 28 hours per week in training and team-related activities in addition to an average 46 hours per week earmarked for academics.

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