The Odds of Success

Fencing is among the best sports for families who want to get their kids ahead of the game in the college admissions and the scholarship process. Compared to the average of all sports, fencing has a fantastic advantage. The overall percentage of high school students who go from competing in a sport in high school to playing in college is just 7.6% for boys and 7.9% for girls. Fencers come in at a whopping 29.6% for boys and 38.2% for girls!

The numbers from www.scholarshipsstats.com are here to back it up:

In the two tables above (one for boys and one for girls) you will find stats including the percentage of kids that were accepted into the best colleges and universities who went on to compete in their high school sport at the collegiate level.

Colleges with NCAA Division 1 Fencing Teams

  • Boston College
  • Brown University
  • Cleveland State University
  • Columbia University (including Barnard College)
  • Cornell University (women only)
  • Duke University
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University (women only)
  • Harvard University
  • Lafayette College
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • Northwestern University (women only)
  • Ohio State University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Princeton University
  • Sacred Heart University
  • St Johns University
  • Stanford University
  • Temple University (women only)
  • United States Air Force Academy
  • University of Detroit Mercy
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of the Incarnate Word
  • Wagner College (women only)
  • Yale University

Colleges with NCAA Division 2 Fencing Teams

  • Long Island University CW Post Campus (women’s team only)
  • McKendree University
  • Queens College, City University of New York (women’s team only)
  • University of California, San Diego (will move to Division 1 in the 2020/2021 academic year)
  • Wayne State University

Colleges with NCAA Division 3 Fencing Teams

  • Brandeis University
  • California Institute of Technology
  • City College of New York (women only)
  • Drew University
  • Haverford College
  • Hunter College
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Lawrence University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • New York University
  • Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Tufts University (women only)
  • Vassar College
  • Wellesley College (women only)
  • Yeshiva University
  • Delaware Valley University (will field first fencing team in 2019/2020 academic year)