Water Polo has been around for quite some time now, with the first national championship taking place in 1969. That year the UCLA Bruins completed a perfect season (19-0) by beating the California Bears in the championship game. Since then the sport has continued to grow, both worldwide and at the collegiate level. One thing has remained the same though in the last 50 years. College water polo keeps being dominiated by the California colleges. UCLA, Stanford, Southern California and California have basically split the national championships among themselves. However, this does not mean that there are only good water polo teams in California. In total there are currently 116 universities sponsoring varsity water polo teams. Many of them are located on the east coast or in other parts of the country.
Are there water polo scholarships available?
Here is the good news for young water polo players from around the world. There are plenty of water polo scholarships available, both on the men’s and women’s side. So if you are an experienced and talented water polo player, college water polo might just be the perfect fit for you. Competing at this level will allow you to continue playing water polo at the highest level all while getting a world-class education.
Am I eligible?
As it is the case with all NCAA recognized sports, having a high enough GPA and SAT/ACT score is the most overlooked concept by student athletes looking to be recruited. Even if you are one of the best water polo players in your region, state, or country, if you do not have the right grades, you simply will not be NCAA eligible or you will not get into the university of your dreams. This is especially important in water polo, where the best teams are sponsored by some of the best academic universities. So having a high GPA and good test scores, will only increase your chances of getting into those schools and will make you more attractive to coaches. The ASM Scholarships team has a lot of experience and will help you determine which university is the best fit for you based on your athletic and academic level.
The process to securing a water polo scholarship
Our team will work with you directly to complete each stage necessary to making sure your future water polo 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 water polo invites
*Only if required
Career pathway overview
College sports provides athletes the best of both worlds. Study and the ability to play high level sport. During this time we will continue to help manage your future career goals.