Softball Scholarship Stats


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 softball scholarships

  • NCAA Division I = 289
  • NCAA Division II = 268
  • NCAA Division III = 411 (however D3 schools don’t offer athletic scholarships)
  • NAIA = 210
  • Junior College = 361

Number of available softball scholarships (per school) at each level

  • NCAA Division I = 12
  • NCAA Division II = 7.2
  • NCAA Division III = 0
  • NAIA = 10
  • Junior College = 24 (varies per school)

*Softball 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 24 softball players each a 1/2 scholarship and still meet the  limit of 12 per school. 

Average dollar amount per scholarship at each level

  • 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 = $2,881

Odds of a high school athlete playing in college

  • Number of high school softball players = 371,891
  • Number of college softball players = 30,874
  • % of high school players competing in college = 8.3%