Golf Scholarship Stats


Golf Scholarship Statistics

It is important for high school athletes to know the statistics for the sport in which they are attempting to get recruited.  Colleges do not have endless amounts of scholarship money to award athletes; therefore, knowing this information will help put into perspective the importance of a detailed recruiting game plan.

Number of schools offering Men’s golf scholarships

  • NCAA Division I = 300
  • NCAA Division II = 231
  • NCAA Division III = 293 (however D3 schools don’t offer athletic scholarships)
  • NAIA = 170
  • Junior College = 193

Number of schools offering Women’s golf scholarships

  • NCAA Division I = 263
  • NCAA Division II = 181
  • NCAA Division III = 184 (however D3 schools don’t offer athletic scholarships)
  • NAIA = 146
  • Junior College = 54

Number of available Men’s golf scholarships (per school) at each level

  • NCAA Division I = 4.5
  • NCAA Division II = 3.6
  • NCAA Division III = 0
  • NAIA = 5
  • Junior College = 8 (varies per school)

**Golf is an equivalency sport for NCAA scholarship purposes, so partial scholarships can be awarded to meet the limit per school.  For example, an NCAA Division I school can award 9 male golfers each a 1/2 scholarship and still meet the limit of 4.5 per school. 

Number of available Women’s golf scholarships (per school) at each level

  • NCAA Division I = 6
  • NCAA Division II = 5.4
  • NCAA Division III = 0
  • NAIA = 5
  • Junior College = 8 (varies per school)

**Golf is an equivalency sport for NCAA scholarship purposes, so partial scholarships can be awarded to meet the limit per school.  For example, an NCAA Division I school can award 12 female golfers each a 1/2 scholarship and still meet the limit of 6 per school. 

Average dollar amount per scholarship at each level for Men’s Golf

  • NCAA Division I = $14,713
  • NCAA Division II = $7,018
  • NCAA Division III = $0 (D3 schools don’t offer athletic scholarships)
  • NAIA = $6,677
  • Junior College = $1,881

Average dollar amount per scholarship at each level for Women’s Golf

  • NCAA Division I = $15,373
  • NCAA Division II = $7,024
  • NCAA Division III = $0 (D3 schools don’t offer athletic scholarships)
  • NAIA = $7,084
  • Junior College = $2,170

Odds of a male high school golfer playing college golf

  • Number of high school golfers = 152,647
  • Number of college golfers = 12,292
  • % of high school golfers competing in college = 8.1%

Odds of a female high school golfer playing college golf

  • Number of high school golfers = 72,172
  • Number of college golfers = 6,638
  • % of high school golfers competing in college = 9.1%