Can fencing help me get into college?

September 26, 2018 Donna Meyer

Everything you ever wanted to know about fencing athlete recruitment

Brown University NCAA Collegiate Fencing

While there are many advantages to participation in the sport of fencing, the most tangible advantage is the potential priority it affords fencers in the college admissions process through athlete recruitment. So the answer to the question, “Can fencing help get me into college? ” is a resounding YES!

Athlete recruitment to NCAA sanctioned college fencing programs is an opportunity available to both top ranked fencers, and dedicated fencers not even on the Junior National Points List. It all depends on which college you want admission to. Fencing can certainly help you bypass the brutally competitive college admissions process.

Many colleges with fencing programs in Division 1, Division 2 and Division 3 of the NCAA actively recruit fencers to their programs. There are a total of 46 colleges with NCAA sanctioned fencing programs. 

The term athlete recruitment in this blog includes both the hard recruitment by college fencing coaches that result in “Likely Letters” (LL), National Letters of Intent (NLI), and “pink letters”, as well as situations where the college fencing coach strongly supports your college application with the admissions committee, whether at the Early Decision/Early Action stage, or during the regular application cycle.

Check out the List of US Colleges with Fencing Teams (NCAA Sanctioned and Club Level) HERE

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