Number of field hockey scholarships by division level
There are approximately 280 colleges with sponsored field hockey teams. Below you can see how these field hockey teams are distributed amongst the major division levels:
While there are no Field Hockey scholarships available for men, talented female players can obtain scholarships in both NCAA Division 1 and Division 2. Field Hockey in the US has seen its popularity rise over the last few years, and university teams have followed this trend by increasing the quality of the coaching, the facilities, and the competition. More and more national team players from around the world are deciding to enrol at an American university to combine Field Hockey and education, rather than staying in their respective countries and focusing on either their education or on hockey. Field Hockey powerhouses such as Duke, North Carolina, Stanford and others have been able to attract growing numbers of foreign players and have actually started focusing their recruiting on all parts of the world. This has led to the fact that in 2015, for the first time, over 10% of all college Field Hockey players came from outside the US. This number is likely to increase rapidly over the next few years, as we have experienced a high interest level in international players among college coaches.
The majority of field hockey programs are located in northeast, mid-Atlantic, and Midwest regions of the United States.
– NCAA Division I has 79 colleges offering 12 Scholarships per team.
– NCAA Division II has 33 colleges offering 6.3 Scholarships per team.
– NCAA Division III has 165 colleges with athletic scholarships unavailable.
Field hockey scholarships are most often awarded first to athletes in positions that directly impact scoring opportunities. For field hockey, this means college programs prioritize goalies and well-rounded forwards, as these positions prevent scoring and put points on the board. Following these positions are defenders and midfielders.
Below we have given you the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we receive about securing a field hockey scholarship in America.
Am I eligible for a field hockey scholarship?
An athletic field hockey scholarship is a form of scholarship to attend a U.S college or university awarded to an individual based on their academic and athletic capabilities. A field hockey scholarship can cover anywhere between 0-100% of costs and these offers are authorised by the coaches at American colleges/universities.
What determines how much scholarship I get in the USA?
Your scholarship will depend on many factors including your playing ability and academic standing, as well as your coaches assigned budget for the season. However, don’t worry it is our job to ensure that we find you an American college which best suits your preferences and capabilities. If, for example, a university costs $50,000 a year all in and the coach is giving you a scholarship worth $42,000, then this is a partial scholarship as there is a $8,000 shortfall that the coach wants you to contribute towards the costs of attending the university. Most partial scholarships come with the incentive that if you perform well, both on the pitch and in the classroom, then the coach can reward you with a scholarship increase and cover any costs that you had been contributing towards.
The female game is one of the most popular college sports, with increasing attendances and more and more new programs being created. Women’s Field Hockey is an equivalency sport, meaning that coaches are given the freedom to draw from a total pool of funds, not exceeding the value of 12 full scholarships, and allocate scholarship types in any combination. This means that in NCAA Division 1 for instance, coaches have the flexibility to award, say, twice as many scholarships at 50% then they would at 100%.
So there are plenty of scholarship opportunities available for female Field Hockey players among the 109 division 1 and 2 teams. So if you are interested in combining your education and your Field Hockey career, the US college system might just be the perfect fit for you.
Which universities offer field hockey scholarships?
Student-athletes can find scholarship opportunities at every NCAA division level. Division 1 and 2 programs award full or partial athletic scholarships, while Ivy League and Division 3 institutions award academic scholarships to student-athletes in high academic standing and with strong ACT/SAT test scores.
Below is a list of the best college for field hockey scholarships at each NCAA division level. These programs were identified using our U.S SS University Ranking system, which ranks schools based on academics, cost, graduation rates and more.
Top NCAA Division 1 Colleges: Princeton University, Harvard University, Yale University, Duke University, Columbia University, University of Virginia, Stanford University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Pennsylvania (Penn), Dartmouth College
Top NCAA Division 2 Colleges: Bentley University, West Chester University of Pennsylvania, Assumption College, Stonehill College, Bellarmine University, Slippery Rock University, Converse College, Saint Anselm College, Queens University of Charlotte, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
Top NCAA Division 3 Colleges: John Hopkins, Amherst College, Tufts University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Williams College, Middlebury College, Bowdoin College, Colby College, Wesleyan University, Washington & Lee University
How do I find out more about U.S Field Hockey Scholarships?
To find out more about the field hockey scholarship process, fill out our form and a U.S Sports Scholarships consultant will be in touch to answer any questions you may have. Alternatively, you can register for one of our UK field hockey Information Days where our expert team will deliver a detailed presentation that will provide you with information on the entire process and how we can help you with securing a field hockey scholarship. If this is of interest please complete our free online application now.