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Rowing Recruiting

Top 10 Men’s College Rowing Programs

  1. Princeton University
  2. Harvard University
  3. Yale University
  4. Columbia University
  5. University of Pennsylvania
  6. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  7. University of California, Berkeley (Cal)
  8. Cornell University
  9. Dartmouth University
  10. Brown University

Top 10 Women’s College Rowing Programs

  1. Princeton University
  2. Harvard University
  3. Stanford University
  4. Yale University
  5. Columbia University
  6. University of Pennsylvania
  7. Duke University
  8. University of California, Berkeley (Cal)
  9. University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
  10. University of Michigan

Our Top 3 Tips For Getting Recruited In This Sport

  1. Your 2K erg time is the number one metric college coaches are looking at.
  2. Attend summer rowing camps at your favorite universities to get to know college coaches and show your technique in person.
  3. Row for a competitive local club team, rowing for your high school is not enough to get noticed.

**Grades are highly important: rowing recruits compose less than half of college rowers; the majority get in entirely on their academic merit and walk on to the team.

Date Official Contact Begins for D1 Schools

June 15 after sophomore year

Number of Programs

Men’s:
**Not an NCAA sport (governed by Intercollegiate Rowing Association)
IRA DI: 35
IRA DII: 6
IRA DIII: 27

Women’s:
NCAA DI: 88
NCAA DII: 16
NCAA DIII: 41

Number of D1 Scholarships

Men’s: Select Universities offer differing numbers of scholarships
Women’s: 20 (can be divided)

Links to Info/important Resources

Intercollegiate Rowing Association
Rowing News: “So you want to row in College” (2021)
Successful Example Recruiting Video

“There are opportunities for everybody. Every kid can row in college who wants to row in college, but they just might not be formally recruited to row in college”
– Bill Manning, Assistant Coach & Recruiting Coordinator for Princeton Women’s Rowing