Estimated Probability of Competing in College Athletics

What are your chances of competing in sports in college? The NCAA, which is the main organization that sanctions collegiate athletics in the United States, has published information about the number of athletes participating on teams in their member institutions for the 2013-14 school year. In the table below, you can see how many high school students participated on their school teams during the year and how many athletes participated on their college teams during the year. The NCAA breaks down the information by Division.

This table does not include athletes participating on teams at NAIA-member schools or in junior colleges.

NCAA Sports High School Participants NCAA Participants % HS to NCAA Division I % HS to NCAA Division II % HS to NCAA Division III Total % HS to NCAA

Men

           
Baseball 482,629 33,431 2.1% 2.1% 2.7% 6.9%
Baskeball 541,054 18,320 1.0% 1.0% 1.4% 3.4%
Cross Country 252,547 14,218 1.9% 2.4% 2.4% 6.7%
Football 1,093,234 71,291 2.5% 1.7% 2.3% 6.5%
Golf 152,647 8,654 1.9% 1.6% 2.1% 5.6%
Ice Hockey 35,393 3,976 4.6% 0.5% 6.1% 11.2%
Lacrosse 106,720 12,682 2.9% 2.1% 6.9% 11.9%
Soccer 417,419 23,602 1.4% 1.4% 2.8% 5.6%
Swimming & Diving 138,373 9,630 2.8% 1.0% 3.2% 7.0%
Tennis 160,545 8,081 1.7% 1.1% 2.3% 5.1%
Track & Field 580,321 27,514 1.9% 1.1% 1.7% 4.7%
Volleyball 52,149 1,720 0.9% 0.7% 1.7% 3.3%
Water Polo 21,451 1,051 2.7% 0.7% 1.5% 4.9%
Wrestling 269,514 6,982 0.9% 0.7% 1.0% 2.6%

Women

           
Basketball 433,344 16,319 1.1% 1.1% 1.5% 3.7%
Cross Country 218,121 15,922 2.8% 1.7% 2.8% 7.3%
Field Hockey 61,471 5,902 2.9% 1.1% 5.6% 9.6%
Golf 72,172 5,076 3.0% 2.0% 2.0% 7.0%
Ice Hockey 9,150 2,140 8.7% 1.2% 13.5% 23.4%
Lacrosse 81,969 10,330 3.7% 2.4% 6.5% 12.6%
Soccer 374,564 26,358 2.4% 1.8% 2.8% 7.0%
Softball 371,891 19,047 1.6% 1.5% 2.0% 5.1%
Swimming & Diving 165,779 12,333 3.3% 1.1% 3.1% 7.5%
Tennis 184,080 9,028 1.6% 1.1% 2.2% 4.9%
Track & Field 478,885 27,752 2.7% 1.3% 1.8% 5.8%
Volleyball 429,634 16,647 1.2% 1.1% 1.6% 3.9%
Water Polo 18,899 1,201 3.8% 1.1% 1.5% 6.4%

 

Sources: High school figures come from the 2013-14 High School Athletics Participation Survey conducted by the National Federation of State High School Associations College numbers are from the NCAA’s 2013-14 Sports Sponsorship and Participation Rates Report. These college numbers account for participation in college athletics at NCAA-member schools only. Last Updated: April 13, 2015

 

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