Resources for Penn Swimmers looking for Collegiate Opportunities

NCAA Eligibility Center -
This is the first place to look where the College-bound student-athletes goes while preparing to enroll in a Division I or Division II school.  It is also a great resource for those interested in Division III sports.  They need to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center to insure they have met amateurism standards and are academically prepared for college coursework.  It is also a great resource for all the rules and expectations that surround college level sport participation.

Recruit Spot -

This site is a gateway to a majority of the recruiting forms on the college sites.  When you visit the swim team page of many colleges and universities, there will tab for recruits and you will be asked to fill out a recruitment form.  Most of the time it is linked to Recruit Spot.  So, before starting to fill out recruitment forms, set up your account on Recruit Spot and a lot of the preliminary data will be preloaded when you fill out forms.  They also let you track which teams you have filled out recruitment forms for.

College -

This is the resource for all things college swimming.  There is information on collegiate and high school level programs, individual swimmers and club teams.  You can create profile for free but will have to pay a fee to access some of the more helpful features like “How do I fit” and the college tracker features.  Pay the fee, it is not that much.  It will give you so much information and highlight your swimmers interest and skills.  You do have to enter and update your times.  Some meets will automatically load, but you need to keep an eye on your profile times.

Be Recruited -
This is also a site where you can create a profile for free, but if you want to really be able to see who is scouting you and make use of the templated emails, tracking schools, etc. you need to join.  Do not join initially after making your profile, the membership rate goes on sale often they will send you emails.  Some schools use and some use  There does not seem to be overlap.  You do have to enter and update your times on your profile.

Next College Student Athlete (NCSA) -

This is a service that you pay for, this organization connects middle and high school student-athletes with college coaches.  Often after you set up a profile in Be Recruited or a recruiter from here may call you to offer this service.  Like other sites, NCSA gives each student-athlete his/her own recruiting profile.  Note this is not needed or required but still a good resource, they have training, webinars, and one-on-one contact with recruiters who know the process.  It allows you to research and email coaches all from the website keeping all your college information in one place.  If you swimmer is considering looking at Division I schools you may want to consider this, but can be expensive. 


College Navigator - National Center for Educational Statistics
Here you can run searches for potential schools, limiting results by size, location, teams, degree programs, etc.  They also provide retention, graduation, cost, safety and many other types of data that can be exported into an excel spread sheet. 

Raise Me -

This is a site that allows students to start earning small scholarship offers as early as ninth grade. Students create a portfolio, add their grades and activities, then instantly view scholarships from some of the 250 colleges that are members of the service. While they can start racking up a college’s scholarship money right away, they don’t actually get any of it unless they are accepted by that school and enroll there. 

Statistics on How Many Scholarships are Awarded to Swimmers in the USA

Information on Recruiting -

Recruiting can occur in many ways, such as face-to-face contact, phone calls or text messaging, through mailed or emailed material or through social media.  Division I and Division II have the strictest regulations, however at the Division III level, the NCAA allows unlimited official visits.  For more detailed information visit the NCAA recruiting site.


Important Questions to Ask on Your Official Visits -
This is a chance for you to ask any final questions that you have. Before your visit, write down some questions and keep adding to the list so you have something to refer to when you sit down with the coach. The coach will also probably have some questions for you, too. Here is a great article that includes questions a coach might ask you:


Swim/Swam 10 Most Important Questions to ask a College Swim Coach-


Some Additional Scholarship Resources:

·         Cappex

· The College Board

·         FinAid



If you have more questions please contact Coach Rich at