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Track and Field scholarships to the USA are an excellent pathway for student-athletes that allows them to continue developing within their chosen discipline whilst they study and earn a world class education.
College track and field is a hugely popular sport in America, which they consistently rank as the very best at at every Olympic games. The US college system has proven to be the perfect platform for this success, with numerous athletes coming through after they have competed at college over the four years.
The reason for their success is because the college route provides student-athletes with a positive atmosphere to develop both physically and mentally in a team environment, where they regularly train and compete against some of the best athletes in the world. It is little wonder then that student athletes across the globe are choosing the US because for those fortunate enough to be able to pursue it, a track and field scholarship that can potentially cover all of the students costs, going alongside their athletic development and education it is an incredible opportunity.
Track and field scholarship opportunities vary considerably depending on each student athletes athletic and academic ability, with college coaches typically looking for a strong combination of the two in order to put an attractive financial aid package together. The students who possess the better times/ranking/results (nationally and internationally) and have maintained the higher academic grades are usually the ones who receive the larger athletics scholarship offers.
In the NCAA Division one there are currently 278 college track and field programs and of these the coaches are generally allowed to offer a maximum of 12.6 full athletic scholarships to spread out amongst its squad, with amounts ranging from a full 100% to 25% in financial aid.
The NCAA division two, which at the higher end are just as strong as most division one colleges has 151 programs around the country, with coaches being able to offer the same as division one with 12.6 full scholarships per squad.
There are 146 NAIA colleges that offer track programs with 12 full scholarships per squad and 133 NJCAA colleges being able to offer a whopping 20 full scholarships.
Although there is a lot of choice and spaces available to track and field student athletes there is also a big demand and plenty of competition for those scholarships, with college coaches being contacted by hundreds of students every day. Below we have listed the range of times/distances/points that the current roster of college athletes recorded in their recent respective national or regional championships, which will give you an idea on the level of competition that you need to be in order to be considered a realistic prospect by a college coach.
If you have not yet achieved any of the below please contact us with your recent personal best and one of our Recruitment Advisors will get back to you with a FREE assessment on your scholarship chances.
|Event||NCAA Div.1||NCAA Div.2||NAIA||NJCAA Div.1|
|60M||6.56 - 6.72||6.65 - 6.97||6.64 - 6.91||6.78 - 7.25|
|100M||9.96 - 10.45||10.12 - 10.81||10.34 - 11.02||10.23 - 12.26|
|200M||20.23 - 21.24||20.28 - 22.53||20.77 - 22.75||20.73 - 25.12|
|400M||44.58 - 47.56||45.89 - 47.98||45.95 - 48.56||47.32 - 55.43|
|800M||1:45.59 - 1:51.49||1:48.93 - 2:01.61||1:47.98 - 1:57.69||1:50.05 - 2:16.95|
|1500M||3:39.84 - 3:50.58||3:46.57 - 4:34.34||3:41.39 - 4:20.65||3:54.70 - 4:55.29|
|3000M Steeplechase||8:39.09 - 9:17.73||8:45.95 - 10:09.64||8:58.44 - 10:06.41||3:34.48 - 11:57.19|
|5000M||13:40.05 - 14:44.62||13:53.51 - 16:09.25||14:04.72 - 16:40.86||15:03.73 - 18:57.28|
|10000M||28:07.14 - 31:00.68||28:23.54 - 33:02.70||29:35.85 - 33:59.78||33:46.65 - 44:44.21|
|60M Hurdles||7.54 - 7.72||7.77 - 8.85||7.90 - 8.20||8.74 - 10.37|
|110M Hurdles||13.26 - 14.17||13.60 - 14.40||14.03 - 16.00||14.39 - 18.83|
|400M Hurdles||48.79 - 52.30||50.60 - 55.25||50.97 - 57.71||53.20 - 1:04.63|
|Pole Vault||5.65m - 5.00m||5.15m - 4.75m||5.05m - 4.60m||4.88m - 4.35m|
|Long Jump||8.23m - 6.85m||7.90m - 6.74m||7.87m - 6.56m||7.74m - 5.55m|
|Triple Jump||16.92m - 14.39m||15.78m - 12.88m||16.13m - 13.69m||15.02m - 11.29m|
|Discus Throw||62.79m - 51.71m||59.77m - 47.08m||60.17m - 41.75m||50.92m - 29.22m|
|Hammer Throw||75.78m - 58.99m||70.74m - 58.19m||60.96m - 47.91m||61.09m - 35.76m|
|Javelin Throw||81.69m - 57.28m||71.90m - 56.87m||65.64m - 50.00m||63.74m - 30.00m|
|Decathlon||8062 - 6614||7366 - 6390||7598 - 5218||5733 - 4791|
|High Jump||2.34m - 2.10m||2.25m - 2.05m||2.13m - 1.98m||2.12m - 1.77m|
|Shot Put||20.86m - 17.35m||19.15m - 13.29m||18.47m - 14.91m||16.33m - 8.26m|
In the womens NCAA division one there are 314 track and field programs and due to the Title IX rule in college sport, the college coaches often have 18 full athletic scholarships available to spread out amongst its team.
In the NCAA division two there are currently 160 colleges with track programs, with each able to offer a maximum of 12.6 full track and field scholarships.
The NAIA has 152 programs and can offer 12 full scholarships and the NJCAA has 135 programs with 20 full track scholarships.
The main difference in standard as you can see from the table below between the NCAA division one colleges and the rest is not necessarily the standard at the top-end, it is rather the strength in depth of its student-athletes through out their respective colleges and conferences. The times/distances/points in the table are from the recent national championships and will give you a great idea on the level that you need to be in order for college coaches to look at you as a serious prospective scholarship athlete.
If you have not yet achieved any of the below times/distances/points please contact us and tell us your recent personal best and we will get back to you with a FREE assessment on your scholarship chances
|Event||NCAA Div.1||NCAA Div.2||NAIA||NJCAA Div.1|
|60M||7.12 - 7.53||7.39 - 7.77||7.38 - 7.78||8.23- 9.01|
|100M||11.10 - 11.69||11.23 - 12.99||11.35 - 13.03||11.46 - 14.27|
|200M||22.19 - 24.24||22.80 - 25.49||23.26 - 25.58||23.63 - 31.78|
|400M||50.95 - 53.51||52.53 - 58.34||52.28 - 59.45||55.42 - 1:05.32|
|800M||2:01.06 - 2:12.74||2:09.63 - 2:24.94||2:07.10 - 2:17.57||2:17.92 - 2:48.91|
|1500M||4:11.69 - 4:26.98||4:22.19 - 4:59.72||4:30.10 - 5:00.50||4:53.20 - 6:24.68|
|3000M Steeplechase||9:49.02 - 10:52.12||10:15.47 - 12:13.49||11:11.63 - 12:50.10||11:55.07 - 15:08.37|
|5000M||15:25.97 - 17:55.05||16:10.43 - 18:49.19||17:28.34 - 20:17.32||18:40.66 - 25:56.21|
|10000M||32:41.63 - 36:17.94||33:22.70 - 39:34.84||35:54.03 - 41:51.60||43.32.49 - 55:40.60|
|60M Hurdles||7.91 - 8.40||8.29 - 8.74||8.56 - 9.18||9.42 - 11.54|
|100M Hurdles||12.71 - 13.52||12.80 - 14.18||13.28 - 16.03||14.47 - 17.32|
|400M Hurdles||55.59 - 1:04.19||57.25 - 1:03.88||57.33 - 1:07.35||1:02.98 - 1:25.77|
|Pole Vault||4.45m - 3.90m||4.15m - 3.60m||3.85m - 3.40m||3.65m - 2.45m|
|Long Jump||6.82m - 6.17m||6.20 - 5.39m||6.23m - 4.97m||5.84m - 3.39m|
|Discus Throw||59.99m - 46.53m||54.72m - 38.95m||52.74m - 36.97||47.64m - 23.14m|
|Hammer Throw||68.45m - 56.33m||62.33m - 44.26m||57.54m - 44.78m||56.73m - 35.90m|
|Javelin Throw||56.27m - 42.77m||51.24m - 37.61m||45.57m - 30.44m||37.07m - 18.33m|
|Heptathlon||8062 - 6614||5748 - 4377||5308 - 3801||3934 - 1910|
|High Jump||1.93m - 1.70m||1.82m - 1.65m||2.13m - 1.98m||1.73m - 1.35m|
|Shot Put||18.44m - 14.42m||16.01m - 12.76m||15.49m - 12.20m||14.64m - 6.91m|
As well as the track and field scholarships that are available at colleges, if the student-athlete has good academic grades it may also be possible to receive an academic scholarship as well to help with the families financial commitment. Please contact one of our Play Atlantic recruitment coordinators if you would like some advice on this area.