Complete list of US colleges with fencing teams (NCAA sanctioned and club level)
Updated on September 18. 2018
colleges with NCAA sanctioned fencing teams
46 colleges in total have NCAA sanctioned fencing teams across Division 1, 2 and 3. The main differences between the divisions are attributable to
the total amount of financial resources dedicated to promoting the sport within the school and the NCAA, the size of their teams and the importance of fencing as a sport for the school.
Division 1 schools maintain rigorous fencing training schedules for their fencers, requiring mandatory training of up to 6 days a week. Division 2 and Division 3 schools have less demanding training schedules.
Membership in each Division is by application to and approval of the NCAA.
Colleges with NCAA sanctioned fencing teams fill their rosters through a combination of athlete recruitment, and walk-on team members who are accepted to the college on their academic merits. There are, therefore, multiple ways that a fencer can join a NCAA fencing team , and fence through their college years if they so desire.
The highly competitive athlete recruitment process we hear so much about typically takes place between a select number of the academically elite colleges in Division 1, including 6 of the Ivy League colleges (Harvard, Columbia, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, Yale and Brown), Stanford University, Duke University, and University of Notre Dame. Pennsylvania State University and Ohio State University stand out as strong fencing schools that do not have as rigorous academic requirements for their athlete recruits. Northwestern University and Cornell University are academically elite schools in Division 1 that recruit women only.
Whether your fencer aspires to be an athlete recruit, or would like to walk on to a NCAA fencing team in college, here's the list to keep in mind when applying.
FENCER VITAL STATISTICS AT COLLEGES WITH NCAA FENCING TEAMS
Includes fencing rosters for all 46 colleges with detailed information on every fencer’s position on the Junior National Points List, and classification rating during the crucial recruitment period.
Includes average GPA, test score ranges, annual costs and financial aid for all 46 colleges.
Colleges with NCAA Division 1 fencing teams
Cleveland State University
Columbia University (including Barnard College)
Cornell University (women only)
Fairleigh Dickinson University (women only)
New Jersey Institute of Technology
Northwestern University (women only)
Ohio State University
Pennsylvania State University
Sacred Heart University
St Johns University
Temple University (women only)
United States Air Force Academy
University of Detroit Mercy
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of Notre Dame
University of Pennsylvania
University of the Incarnate Word
Wagner College (women only)
colleges with NCAA division 2 fencing teams
Long Island University CW Post Campus (women's team only)
Queens College, City University of New York (women's team only)
University of California, San Diego (will move to Division 1 in the 2020/2021 academic year)
Wayne State University
Find out how the athlete recruitment process works for fencers.
The diversity of colleges means that there is a place for those fencers determined to find a spot on an NCAA fencing team
colleges with NCAA division 3 fencing teams
California Institute of Technology
City College of New York (women only)
Johns Hopkins University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
New York University
Stevens Institute of Technology
Tufts University (women only)
Wellesley College (women only)
Delaware Valley University (will field first fencing team in 2019/2020 academic year)
colleges with collegiate fencing clubs
The United States Association of Collegiate Fencing Clubs (USACFC)) is an association of colleges with collegiate fencing clubs that are not NCAA sanctioned,. The USACFC holds its own annual inter-collegiate fencing championship.
For fencers who do not want to engage in the rigorous training of an NCAA college fencing program , or for fencers who want to pursue their love of fencing on a recreational basis while in college, there is a large group of colleges who have USACFC affiliated fencing clubs.
The National Club Rankings website has very useful statistics on test scores and earnings of alumni from these colleges with collegiate fencing clubs. You can access the rankings HERE.
Here’s the The list of colleges with Collegiate Fencing clubs
University of Chicago
University of Southern California
University of Virginia
College of William and Mary
Georgia Institute of Technology
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of Miami
University of Texas, Austin
Bryn Mawr College
Stony Brook University
George Washington University
University of Florida
University of Maryland - College Park
University of Pittsburgh
Mount Holyoke College
University of Georgia
University of Wisconsin
University of Maryland - Baltimore County
University of Massachusetts
Michigan State University
Texas A&M University
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
University of Vermont
Eastern Kentucky University
University of Tennessee
University of Rhode Island
East Carolina University
University of New Hampshire
United States Military Academy
United States Naval Academy
Cornell University (Men Only)
Carnegie Mellon University
The College of New Jersey
Rochester Institute of Technology
University of California - Berkeley
University of Michigan
University of Rochester
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