Facts & Statistics

Student-Athlete Facts & Statistics

  • There are three governing associations of US collegiate athletics:

NCAA – National Collegiate Athletic Association

NJCAA – National Junior College Athletic Association

NAIA – National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics

  • Approximately 570,000 student-athletes participate in intercollegiate athletics across the three separate governing associations.
  • Athletic scholarships can be provided in full or divided partially between student-athletes, dependent on the sport and governing association.

Head-count sports – Each student who receives financial aid is provided with the actual cost of attendance as determined by the institution.

Equivalency sports – Scholarships can be divided partially, and allocated in various forms such as tuition, books, housing costs, or meals.

  • On average, student-athletes that participate in intercollegiate athletics graduate at a higher rate than the general student population.

NCAA Recruiting Facts

  • The NCAA was established in 1906.
  • 24 men’s and women’s sports are played across the 3 divisions of the NCAA.
  • More than 460,000 student-athletes participate in NCAA sports each year.
  • 1,121 colleges and universities nationwide, with 19,000 teams participating in NCAA intercollegiate competition.
  • 54,000 student-athletes advance to NCAA championships annually, competing at 89 national championships.

42 men’s sports national championships

44 women’s sports national championships

National championships for fencing, rifle, and skiing are co-ed.

  • Division I and II provide $2.7 billion in athletic scholarships annually, awarded to more than 150,000 student-athletes.
  • Only 6% of American high school athletes compete in NCAA intercollegiate athletics, with approximately 2% receiving an athletic scholarship.
  • Less than 2% of NCAA athletes will continue on to play sports professionally.
  • On average, the number of people that attend US college sporting events is 28.33 million each year.

NCAA Division I:

  • 173,500 student-athletes, 346 universities across America.
  • 53% of Division I student-athletes receive some portion of athletic financial aid.
  • 81% success rate for Division I student-athlete graduation.

NCAA Division II:

  • 109,100 student-athletes, 300 universities across America.
  • 56% of Division II student-athletes receive some portion of athletic financial aid.
  • 71% success rate for Division II student-athlete graduation.

NCAA Division III:

  • 183,500 student-athletes, 450 universities across America.
  • 75% of Division III student-athletes receive some form of academic grant or need-based scholarship – no financial aid allocated for athletics.
  • 87% success rate for Division III student-athlete graduation.

NJCAA Recruiting Facts

  • The NJCAA was established in 1938.
  • 15 men’s sports and 13 women’s sports are played in the NJCAA.
  • There is a 3 division system, similar to that of the NCAA.
  • There are approximately 45,300 student-athletes that compete in the NJCAA each year.
  • The NJCAA has 24 different regions, with over 50 national championships hosted annually.

NAIA Recruiting Facts

  • The NAIA was established in 1937.
  • Approximately 62,000 student-athletes participate in NAIA sports each year.
  • The NAIA supports 13 men’s and women’s sports.
  • 23 national championships are played annually.
  • There are more than 260 universities competing in NAIA sports nationwide.
  • $500 million in athletic scholarships provided to NAIA student-athletes.


American University Facts & Statistics

  • There are approximately 5,300 different colleges and universities within the American tertiary education system.
  • On average, that is 106 colleges and universities in each of the 50 states of America.
  • California has the most colleges and universities with 399, followed by New York with 307, and Pennsylvania with 260.
  • The terms college and university are often used interchangeably, however the difference is defined by the size of the school and the degree programs offered.
  • In the 2015-16 school year a total of 20.2 million students are expected to attend American colleges and universities.
  • There will be 11.5 million female students, compared to 8.7 million male students.
  • Students will be more likely to attend college on a full time basis, with 12.6 million full time students and 7.6 million part time students.
  • Approximately 7.0 million students will attend 2-year institutions compared to the 13.2 million students that will attend 4-year institutions.
  • It is expected that 17.3 million students will enrol in undergraduate programs and 3.0 million students will enrol in post-graduate programs.
  • During the 2015-16 school year, US colleges and universities are expected to award:

– 952,000 associate’s degrees

– 8 million bachelor’s degrees

– 802,000 master’s degrees

– 179,000 doctor’s degrees

  • Recently, the average annual price for undergraduate tuition, fees, and board was $15,640 at public institutions and $40,614 at private institutions.


International Student Facts & Statistics

  • There are approximately 975,000 international students attending US colleges nationwide.
  • During the 2014-15 school year, university attendance by international students increased by 10%.
  • China contributed the highest number of people to US colleges with 304,000 international students.
  • Followed by India with 133,000 international students, and South Korea with 64,000.
  • Neighbouring countries provided 44,000 international students; Canada with 27,000 and Mexico with 17,000.
  • Approximately 4,511 Australian students attended university in America during the 2014-15 school year.
  • The top US institutions hosting international students included:

– New York University – 13,178 international students

– University of Southern California – 12,334 international students

– Columbia University – 11,510 international students

– Arizona State University – 11,330 international students

– Michigan State University – 8,146 international students

– University of Washington – 8,035 international students

  • The Department of Commerce reports that international students contributed nearly $31 billion to the U.S. economy in the 2014-15 school year.
  • Business Management and Engineering are the most popular degrees with 197,000 international students each.
  • Followed by Maths and Computer Science with 113,000 international students completing these degrees.
  • Communications, Education, and Humanities degrees attract approximately 18,000-20,000 international students per year.
  • International students account for over 4% of the total U.S. graduate and undergraduate enrolment annually.
  • Amongst the top 200 US colleges that host international students, the graduation rate for international students is just over 70%.