NAIA AND NCAA CROSS COUNTRY SCHOLARSHIPS
FACTS ABOUT COLLEGE CROSS COUNTRY RECRUITING AND SCOUTING
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Not all sports scholarships are full ride like football and basketball, so called “head count” sports; most are classed as “equivalency” sports, like college cross country. This means that coaches can “share” their allocation between a larger number of runners.
There are 309 division I and 218 division II colleges that offer college cross country scholarships for men. A total of 6,668.01 cross country scholarships in the NCAA alone. For women’s cross-country the total number in the NCAA is 8,901.
The facts about the cross country scouting and recruiting process and college cross country scholarships.
College track and cross-country scouts are looking for athletes with a good mix of talent, you can be recruited by a small Division III college or a top Division I school, but attending a college track camp will increase your chances of being scouted by cross country recruiters.
The NCAA allows each division I track and field-cross country program 12.69 scholarships for men and 18 for women. In division II the ratio is 12.6 scholarships for men and 12.6 for women.
You should be aware that the above figures also include, in most cases, track and field scholarships; both outdoor and indoor.
As a high school runner you should be aware that the standard at college level is very high. I would recommend that you attend a few meets to gauge the actual intensity of athletics at this level. Remember that only the absolute top runners will be scouted and approached with offers.
You should not just concentrate on the best division I colleges, many of these larger schools usually have a large number of potential recruits. The competition is fierce, unless you are a blue chip runner you wont be scouted or receive scholarship offers. There is nothing wrong with smaller division I, division II or NAIA colleges. What would you rather have, a partial or full cross country scholarship at a division II school or the offer of a walk on at one of the top schools? At the end of the day its your education that’s important.