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College Sports - Ice Hockey

Schools sponsored varsity Ice Hockey teams in 2021:

# of ScholarshipsAverage Athletic
# of# of teamsTotal AthletesAverage team sizelimit per teamScholarship
DivisionSchoolsMen'sWomen'sMenWomenMen'sWomen'sMenWomenMenWomen
NCAAI6261361,7398842925181817,40216,914
NCAAII876215132312413.5185,4656,541
NCAAIII8684682,4261,5703023----
Totals1561521104,3802,5862924----

Hockey is an equivalency sport for NCAA scholarship purposes, so partial scholarships can be awarded (up to 30 per team in NCAA Division I) and meet the limit per school. For example, an NCAA Division I school can award 27 players each a 2/3 scholarship and still meet the limit of 18 per school. Hockey teams at most NCAA II member schools compete at the NCAA I level. Some schools with varsity hockey programs compete in the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) which is composed primarily of club programs. Data from these schools is not included here.

*Average Athletic Scholarship is the average award per athlete for ALL varsity sports sponsored by the specific school. Some athletes receive full awards, some receive partial and many receive none. Additionally some sports within a school may be fully funded, some partially and some sports provide no athletic scholarships. Private schools generally have higher tuition than public schools and the average award will reflect this.

Odds of a High School Ice Hockey Player competing in College 2021:

MaleFemale
Estimated number of US High School aged Hockey Players 2019-2045,68712,496
Number of College Hockey Players4,3802,586
% of foreign students competing in NCAA I Hockey36.00%42.00%
% of US High School Hockey Players competing at NCAA I Schools2.40%4.20%
% of US High School Hockey Players Competing at any NCAA School8.00%17.00%
Odds of a US High School Hockey Player making an NCAA I Roster41:124:1
Odds of a US High School Hockey Player making any NCAA Roster12:16:1