Recruiting / Scholarship Facts For Gymnastics


Recently, we had a mother of 2 gymnast twin daughters ask for some guidance regarding availability of college scholarships, etc.  She had attended a “2 hour” meeting and was severely mislead with wrong information.  We were able to answer all of her questions and supply her with the “correct” information that would not only enlighten her, but give her the proper direction of how to best assist her daughters during their recruiting process.  With this being one situation that could have had a horrible outcome for the student-athletes involved, as well as their mother, we thought it best to share this same information, so that others may also benefit!

The QUESTION we received was as follows:

“Hello- I have a question…I have been told that there are 1500 D1 full scholarships available for gymnastics in any given year, 1500 1/2 D2 scholarships available for gymnastics in any given year. Is there any way to find out easily which school will have a scholarship opportunity in the next two years available depending on the number of graduating seniors that are attending on a scholarship.”


Regarding scholarships for gymnastics participants at the collegiate level, it is very difficult to target a program’s requirements for any particular season, as there are so many factors to consider.  How many graduating seniors is one piece of it, as well as the talent level within the team.  Seniors do not necessarily equate to the best talent on a team, therefore, the type or amount of scholarships that the program may offer that year may be quite different from one college to the next.

The best way to find out what the needs of a particular program might be is to contact the coach of that team and talk to them about it.  Obviously, you do not want to waste time considering a program that may not even have a need for your talents.  The thing is, needs can change, due to athletes changing their minds, leaving school due to grades, injury or a number of other unforeseen issues.  This is why you really want to target a college “beyond” the sport of gymnastics.  Look at participating colleges that have the curriculum and social structure your student-athlete is interested in and is best fit for, then look at what their gymnastics program has to offer.  This area of research is so important and the path is so different for each student-athlete and their family.

The number of scholarships that you quoted is quite high.  The total number of gymnastics “participants” in 2012 alone was just under 2000 and that is combining men’s and women’s NCAA Div I, Div II, Div III “and” the NAIA….  346 men / 1561 women  These numbers include Varsity, JV and Freshmen college athletes.

In 2012, the gymnastics scholarship limits per team were 6.3 for men’s and 12 for women’s (Div I), 5.4 for men’s and 6 for women’s (Div II)…. With Division II, they are allowed to “split” up their scholarships, for example, they could give 12 “half-ride” scholarships, to meet the total limit of “6”.   So, with Division I, in 2012, there were 16 men’s teams, which gave a potential 101 scholarships and 64 women’s teams, which gave a potential 768 scholarships.  Division II had no men’s teams with scholarships and 7 women’s teams, which gave a potential 42 scholarships.  Division III has no athletic scholarships, but you can get an academic scholarship and compete with one of the 14 DIII colleges that sponsors a team…. The NAIA had one college (Azusa Pacific University) that had a team, but did not offer any scholarships.

To give you a little shot of reality (and to properly motivate you), there were 19,119 girls “high school” gymnasts and again, only 1,561 total participated in college……Only 768 were on scholarship….

I hope this better answers your questions and enlightens you as how best to proceed.  The main thing is to get your daughters’ profiles in front of the coaches at the colleges you are interested in.  You can do that by simply clicking on the “SEND TO COACHES” button on each of their profile pages.  Then, you have THEM (your daughters) call the coaches to follow-up, introduce themselves and make sure the coach saw the information.  It is a great opportunity to establish rapport and make the all-important first impression!  If you need to know who a coach is at a particular college, use the College Coach Contact Directory listed under COLLEGE SEARCH on our site menu…..

FYI, here is a list of colleges that participated in gymnastics last year (2012):


Auburn University
University of Alabama
University of Arkansas
Arizona State University
University of Arizona
California State University-Sacramento
San Jose State University
Stanford University
University of California-Berkeley
University of California-Davis
University of California-Los Angeles
U.S. Air Force Academy
University of Denver
Quinnipiac University
Yale University
George Washington University
University of Florida
University of Georgia
Iowa State University
University of Iowa
Boise State University
Illinois State University
Northern Illinois University
University of Illinois at Chicago
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Ball State University
University of Kentucky
Centenary College of Louisiana
Louisiana State University
Towson University
U.S. Naval Academy
University of Maryland-College Park
Central Michigan University
Eastern Michigan University
Michigan State University
University of Michigan
Western Michigan University
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Southeast Missouri State University
University of Missouri-Columbia
North Carolina State University at Raleigh
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
University of New Hampshire
Rutgers University-New Brunswick
Cornell University
U.S. Military Academy
Bowling Green State University
Kent State University
Ohio State University
University of Oklahoma
Oregon State University
University of Oregon
Pennsylvania State University
Temple University
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh
Brown University
Baylor University
Brigham Young University-Provo
Southern Utah University
University of Utah
Utah State University
College of William and Mary
University of Washington
West Virginia University


University of Alaska Anchorage
Southern Connecticut State University
University of Bridgeport
Winona State University
West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Texas Woman’s University
Seattle Pacific University


Springfield College
Gustavus Adolphus College
Hamline University
Ithaca College
SUNY College at Brockport
SUNY College at Cortland
Ursinus College
Wilson College
Rhode Island College
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
University of Wisconsin-Stout
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Again, thanks for contacting and we hope this response will be helpful.  Should you have any other questions or need any other assistance, please feel free to contact us again!

All The Best!


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