Odds of Playing in College (Good Grades Help!)

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Here are the odds of a female high school athlete playing at the next level for 4 popular sports:
Girls playing high School: Basketball Softball Soccer Volleyball
Playing in any Division in College 16 : 1 12 : 1 10 : 1 16 : 1
Playing in NCAA Division I 84 : 1 62 : 1 42 : 1 82 : 1
Going Pro 3,416 : 1 1,756 : 1

 

The following are the chances of high school girls competing at the college level by sport:
High School College % competing % of high school athletes competing in
Varsity Sport Girls* Women in College** 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% - -
Basketball 433,344 27,710 6.4% 1.2% 1.1% 1.5% 0.9% 1.1% 0.6%
Bowling 25,751 1,173 4.6% 1.1% 0.8% 0.4% 1.7% 0.5% 0.1%
Cross Country 218,121 19,351 8.9% 2.6% 1.6% 2.9% 0.9% 0.4% 0.5%
Equestrian 1,306 2,295 n/m n/m n/m n/m n/m n/m n/m
Fencing 1,774 677 38.2% 23.2% 2.0% 12.6% - - 0.4%
Field Hockey 61,471 5,885 9.6% 2.9% 1.1% 5.5% - - .1%
Golf 72,172 6,638 9.2% 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% 7.5% 2.4% 13.3% 0.2% 0.2% -
Lacrosse 81,969 10,869 13.3% 3.4% 2.1% 6.0% 0.3% 0.3% -
Rifle 1,587 189 11.9% 8.7% 1.3% 1.5% - 0.4% -
Rowing 4,242 7,800 n/m n/m n/m n/m n/m n/m n/m
Rugby 322 362 n/m n/m n/m n/m - - -
Skiing 4,541 496 10.9% 4.1% 1.8% 4.2% 0.6% - 0.3%
Soccer 374,564 37,760 10.1% 2.4% 1.8% 2.8% 1.3% 1.0% 0.8%
Softball 371,891 30,874 8.3% 1.6% 1.5% 2.0% 1.1% 1.6% 0.5%
Swimming & Diving 165,779 13,679 8.3% 3.3% 1.0% 3.2% 0.2% 0.1% 0.5%
Synchronized Swimming 603 74 12.3% 10.9% - 1.3% - - -
Tennis 215,737 10,869 5.0% 1.4% 0.9% 1.8% 0.4% 0.3% 0.2%
Track & Field 545,011 33,197 6.1% 2.3% 1.1% 1.7% 0.6% 0.2% 0.2%
Volleyball 429,634 26,570 6.2% 1.2% 1.1% 1.6% 0.9% 0.9% 0.5%
Water Polo 18,899 1,820 9.6% 3.6% 1.1% 1.5% 0.1% - 3.3%
Wrestling 9,904 294 3.0% - 0.6% 0.1% 1.9% 0.3% 0.1%
Totals 3,089,759 245,181 7.9% 2.3% 1.3% 2.3% 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.
The notation "n/m" reports that the computed participation percentage is not meaningful due to an insufficient number of high school participants to make a valid comparison of high school to college athletes in the sport.

* High school data is from the 2014-15 High School Athletics Participation Survey conducted by the National Federation of State High School Associations.

** Many foreign student athletes compete on U.S. college varsity teams and may not be reflected as US high school participants. This factor may result in computed participation percentages for many sports that are artificially high. Here is a summary of foreign student (non-resident alien) participation on NCAA I varsity teams per the
NCAA 2013-14 Race & Gender Demographics Database
:
% of foreign athletes
Sport - NCAA I Member Schools Men Women
Tennis 32.3% 30.4%
Ice Hockey 21.0% 26.9%
Skiing 17.9% 17.8%
Squash 14.7% 15.2%
Golf 12.2% 15.8%
Field Hockey - 10.2%
Soccer 12.1% 4.9%
Water Polo 6.8% 6.9%
Basketball 6.1% 4.4%
Swimming 5.9% 5.8%
Fencing 4.7% 6.5%
NCAA I Average 4.5% 5.6%
Sand Volleyball - 5.2%
Rowing 4.3% 2.8%
Volleyball 4.1% 4.5%
Cross Country 4.0% 3.3%
Track & Field 3.6% 3.4%
Lacrosse 3.0% 0.9%
Gymnastics 1.4% 4.3%
Rifle - 3.3%
Bowling - 2.5%
Synchronized Swimming - 2.4%
Equestrian - 1.1%
Softball - 0.9%
Baseball 0.8% -
Sailing 0.4% 2.2%
Football 0.4% -
Wrestling 0.2% -
Rugby - -