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Chances of a High School Athlete playing College Sports

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What are the chances of a high school athlete making the transition to the college level? We compared the number of athletes participating in varsity sports at US high schools during the 2013-14 school year to the number of college student athletes and arrived at the following percentages. Overall a little over 7% of high school athletes (about 1 in 14) went on to play a varsity sport in college, and about 2% of high school athletes (1 in 50) went on to play at the NCAA Division I level:

 

 

High School

College

% competing

% of foreign

% of high school athletes competing in

Varsity Sport

Boys *

Men

in College

Athletes **

NCAA I

NCAA II

NCAA III

NAIA

NJCAA

Other

Archery

2,705

54

2.0%

--

-

0.2%

0.4%

0.5%

0.2%

0.7%

Badminton

4,436

-

-

--

-

-

-

-

-

-

Baseball

482,629

55,410

11.5%

Low

2.1%

2.1%

2.7%

1.4%

2.3%

0.9%

Basketball

541,054

32,190

5.9%

Average

1.0%

0.9%

1.4%

0.8%

1.1%

0.7%

Bowling

28,121

736

2.6%

--

-

0.1%

-

1.7%

0.6%

0.1%

Cross Country

252,547

18,217

7.2%

Average

1.9%

1.3%

2.3%

0.8%

0.4%

0.4%

Cycling

466

179

n/m

--

n/m

n/m

n/m

n/m

n/m

n/m

Equestrian

177

49

n/m

--

n/m

n/m

n/m

n/m

n/m

n/m

Fencing

2,189

651

29.7%

Average

16.9%

1.3%

11.2%

-

-

0.2%

Field Hockey

159

-

-

--

-

-

-

-

-

-

Football

1,122,024

90,136

8.0%

Low

2.4%

1.6%

2.2%

0.8%

0.5%

0.5%

Golf

152,647

12,292

8.1%

High

2.0%

1.6%

2.1%

1.1%

0.9%

0.4%

Gymnastics

1,995

382

19.1%

Low

16.9%

-

1.1%

1.1%

-

-

Ice Hockey

35,393

4,360

12.3%

High

3.3%

1.7%

6.4%

0.3%

0.6%

-

Lacrosse

106,720

13,857

13.0%

Low

2.8%

2.1%

7.0%

0.4%

0.7%

-

Rifle

2,668

199

7.5%

Low

4.5%

1.3%

1.3%

-

0.3%

-

Rodeo

123

1,372

n/m

--

n/m

n/m

n/m

n/m

n/m

n/m

Rowing

2,544

3,091

n/m

Average

n/m

n/m

n/m

n/m

n/m

n/m

Rugby

1,440

555

n/m

--

n/m

n/m

n/m

n/m

n/m

n/m

Sailing

145

507

n/m

Low

n/m

n/m

n/m

n/m

n/m

n/m

Skiing - Alpine

5,593

495

8.9%

High

2.9%

1.4%

3.7%

0.5%

-

0.4%

Skiing - Nordic/XC

4,406

41

0.9%

--

-

-

0.8%

-

-

0.2%

Snowboarding

696

14

2.0%

--

-

-

-

-

-

2.0%

Soccer

417,419

37,890

9.1%

High

1.4%

1.4%

2.8%

1.3%

1.2%

1.0%

Softball

1,436

-

-

--

-

-

-

-

-

Squash

-

471

n/m

High

n/m

n/m

n/m

n/m

n/m

n/m

Swimming & Diving

138,373

10,893

7.9%

Average

2.8%

1.0%

3.1%

0.2%

0.2%

0.6%

Tennis

191,004

10,060

5.3%

High

1.4%

0.9%

1.9%

0.5%

0.3%

0.3%

Track & Field

653,971

27,772

4.2%

Average

1.3%

0.7%

1.3%

0.5%

0.2%

0.3%

Volleyball

52,149

2,314

4.4%

Average

0.9%

0.5%

1.8%

0.7%

-

0.5%

Water Polo

21,451

1,627

7.6%

Average

2.7%

0.6%

1.3%

0.1%

-

2.8%

Wrestling

269,514

9,756

3.6%

Low

0.9%

0.7%

1.0%

0.5%

0.3%

0.3%

Totals

4,496,194

330,374

7.3%

1.8%

1.3%

2.1%

0.8%

0.8%

0.5%

 

 

 

The following are the chances of high school girls competing at the college level by sport:

 

 

High School

College

% competing

% of foreign

% of high school athletes competing in

Varsity Sport

Girls *

Women

in College

Athletes **

NCAA I

NCAA II

NCAA III

NAIA

NJCAA

Other

Archery

2,162

73

3.4%

--

0.5%

0.1%

0.5%

1.2%

0.2%

0.9%

Badminton

12,152

150

1.2%

--

-

-

0.2%

1.1%

-

-

Baseball

1,066

-

-

--

-

-

-

-

-

-

Basketball

433,344

27,710

6.4%

Average

1.2%

1.1%

1.5%

0.9%

1.1%

0.6%

Beach Volleyball

-

619

n/m

Average

n/m

n/m

n/m

n/m

n/m

n/m

Bowling

25,751

1,124

4.4%

Low

1.1%

0.9%

0.3%

1.5%

0.4%

0.1%

Cross Country

218,121

19,351

8.9%

Average

2.6%

1.6%

2.9%

0.9%

0.4%

0.5%

Cycling

130

78

n/m

--

n/m

n/m

n/m

n/m

n/m

n/m

Equestrian

1,306

2,295

n/m

Low

n/m

n/m

n/m

n/m

n/m

n/m

Fencing

1,774

677

38.2%

Average

23.2%

2.0%

12.6%

-

-

0.4%

Field Hockey

61,471

5,885

9.6%

High

2.9%

1.1%

5.5%

-

-

.1%

Football

1,828

-

-

--

-

-

-

-

-

-

Golf

72,172

6,638

9.2%

High

3.1%

2.0%

2.0%

1.4%

0.4%

0.3%

Gymnastics

19,231

1,733

9.0%

6.2%

1.3%

1.3%

.1%

-

-

Ice Hockey

9,150

2,150

23.5%

High

7.5%

2.4%

13.3%

0.2%

0.2%

-

Lacrosse

81,969

10,869

13.3%

Low

3.4%

2.1%

6.0%

0.3%

0.3%

-

Rifle

1,587

189

11.9%

Average

8.7%

1.3%

1.5%

-

0.4%

-

Rodeo

143

850

n/m

--

n/m

n/m

n/m

n/m

n/m

n/m

Rowing

4,242

7,800

n/m

Low

n/m

n/m

n/m

n/m

n/m

n/m

Rugby

322

362

n/m

Low

n/m

n/m

n/m

-

-

-

Sailing

122

648

n/m

n/m

n/m

n/m

n/m

n/m

n/m

Skiing

4,541

496

10.9%

High

4.1%

1.8%

4.2%

0.6%

-

0.3%

Skiing - Nordic/XC

4,863

44

0.9%

--

-

-

0.9%

-

-

-

Snowboarding

290

11

3.8%

--

-

-

-

-

-

3.8%

Soccer

374,564

37,760

10.1%

Average

2.4%

1.8%

2.8%

1.3%

1.0%

0.8%

Softball

371,891

30,874

8.3%

Low

1.6%

1.5%

2.0%

1.1%

1.6%

0.5%

Squash

-

449

n/m

High

n/m

n/m

n/m

n/m

n/m

n/m

Swimming & Diving

165,779

13,679

8.3%

Average

3.3%

1.0%

3.2%

0.2%

0.1%

0.5%

Synchronized Swimming

603

74

12.3%

Low

10.9%

-

1.3%

-

-

-

Tennis

215,737

10,869

5.0%

High

1.4%

0.9%

1.8%

0.4%

0.3%

0.2%

Track & Field

545,011

26,059

4.8%

Average

1.8%

0.8%

1.3%

0.5%

0.2%

0.2%

Volleyball

429,634

26,570

6.2%

Average

1.2%

1.1%

1.6%

0.9%

0.9%

0.5%

Water Polo

18,899

1,803

9.5%

Average

3.7%

1.2%

1.3%

0.1%

-

3.3%

Wrestling

9,904

294

3.0%

--

-

0.6%

0.1%

1.9%

0.3%

0.1%

Totals

3,089,759

234,727

7.6%

2.2%

1.2%

2.2%

0.8%

0.7%

0.5%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For additional information see our page on the chances of a high school athlete getting a college athletic scholarship.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

* High school data is from the 2013-14 High School Athletics Participation Survey conducted by the National Federation of State High School Associations. This data is based on competition at the High School Level during the 2013-14 School Year.

 

 

 

** Many foreign student athlete