Even though college sailing is not an official NCAA sport, it is a very popular one among universities. Many of America’s most prestigious universities having varsity or club sailing teams. The sport is organized by the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association and is divided into seven different conferences. In total, there are 276 universities that offer sailing as a sport in one form or another. The sport is not considered an official NCAA sport. Hence sailing scholarships are not available in the form that they can be found in other sports such as basketball, football, golf or tennis. However, there are ways to reduce the cost of tuition for talented international sailors, especially for those with good grades and test scores.
The history of college sailing
College sailing has a very long tradition and the sport actually goes way back into the 19th century. Then, Yale was the first university to establish its own sailing club. In 1928, 47 years later, organized intercollegiate sailing was created and has since grown to where it is today. The Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association has its own national championship. Through that, teams can qualify via their respective conference races. The ICSA holds national championships in 6 different categories. Since sailing is a fall and spring sport, half of those championships take place in the Fall and the other half in the Spring.
Scholarship Opportunities in sailing
Even though sailing is not an official NCAA sport, it is basically run like one and the level of competition is very high. This can be attributed to the very long tradition of the sport at the collegiate level and to the importance it has for the repuation of some of America’s most famous universities. Although athletic scholarships are not awarded in the same way as it is the case in other sports, there are ways to reduce the cost for talented international sailors. One of the way to do that, is through an academic scholarship.
Just like it is the case for all other sports, we cannot emphasize the importance of doing well in the SAT and Toefl enough. Furthermore, this will be your chance to qualify for some very good academic scholarship. Our team of experts can help you with the necessary steps for this and knows how you can receive some sort of financial aid at universities with sailing teams or clubs.
Please keep in mind that collegiate sailing in the U.S. is available only to undergraduates. Therefore, if you are currently enrolled in a degree program, you would have to apply to a university as a Transfer Student.
The process to securing a Sailing scholarship
Our team will work with you directly to complete each stage necessary to making sure your future sailing pathway in America is easy and without hassle.
Customized recruitment timeline planning
Introduction to your management team members
Online ASM profile development & creation
College recruitment video production & editing
Access to ASM online recruitment academy portal
Review of athlete academic credentials
Identification of necessary exams
SAT registration & prep*
Toefl registration & prep*
ACT registration & prep*
NCAA Clearinghouse registration*
NAIA Clearinghouse registration*
Scheduling of your personal exam tutor prep classes
College marketing & Scholarship commitment
Identification & research of potential schools
Activation of soft recruitment campaign
Evaluation of initial marketing campaign
Activation of hard recruitment campaign
College coach interview prep
Finalizing of all college interest
Organization of college/university official visits*
Sport scholarship final offers
Review of offers & division making support
School application paperwork support
National Letter of Intent support
U.S. Entry prep
I20 preparation & support
Organization of U.S. embassy student visa process
Scholarship & Health insurance guidance & activation
Travel arrangements support
College pre checklist
Support & Pro Career Management
Support during university
University transfer assistance*
Tour sailing invites
*Only if required
Career pathway overview
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