COLLEGE SWIMMING

Most graduating NDAC Seniors choose to continue their swimming careers in college, a testament to the program’s ability to prepare and mentor young athletes for the college swimming experience.

Below are some of the schools NDAC athletes have committed to over the years.
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DIVISION 1   DIVISION 3
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American University   Alfred University
Colgate University   Bryn Mawr College
Fordham University   Clarkson University
Indiana University Bloomington   Clarkstown University
Iona College   Franklin & Marshall
Manhattan College   Franklin College
Marist College   Hartwick College
Princeton University   Ithaca College
Sacred Heart University   Marywood University
Saint Francis University   Mount Saint Mary
St. Bonaventure University   Nazareth College
SUNY Binghamton   Sarah Lawrence College
University of Vermont   Skidmore College
West Point   St Lawrence University
    SUNY Brockport
DIVISION 2   SUNY Cobbleskill
    SUNY Cortland
Florida Institute of Technology   SUNY Geneseo
LI University - CW Post   SUNY New Paltz
    SUNY Oneota
    SUNY Oswego
    SUNY Potsdam
    SUNY Stony Brook
    Swarthmore College
    University of Scranton
    Vassar College
    Wesleyan University
    Worcester Polytechnic Institute

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Do you want to learn more about swimming in college?

There are many different levels you can swim at in college, from very competitive to club level. Figure out what suits you best. Find out what level the colleges offer that you are interested in. You might not want an athletic scholarship but like the sport and camaraderie of a team. Swimming is definitely an asset on your college application, no matter what level you are aiming at.

USA Swimming has a "How To Help Your Swimmer Find Their Perfect College" page and NCAA information.

Additionally, check out the College Swimming site and Be Recruited. You can become a member in both and update your own profile and stats. Membership is free, athletes usually register at the end of their sophomore year in high school or in their junior year​. College coaches look at both sites. College Swimming is the official college website and some meet results are automatically updated. You can check out your ranking in your state or across the nation. It is a great site to see how and where you might fit in.

You should never pay for a recruiting service (no need to upgrade to the Be-Recruited membership that costs money, it does not increase your chances in any way), stay away from scouts that offer services such as making videos and contacting coaches for you. College coaches do not use them! Note: college coaches may not contact you before your junior year!

Look at the schools you are interested in and find their athletic websites. If they offer swimming, you can probably find a recruit/new athlete questionnaire. If you are interested, fill it out and submit. Best time to start is after the last championships in your sophomore year. Don't make up times, be honest!

If coaches are interested, they will contact you. They will probably do so by email first because there are strict NCAA rules for contact. They may not contact you before your junior year. You can write to coaches directly, they are listed on the colleges' athletic sites but you should be fairly serious and also know that you could fit in competition wise.

Differences between D1, D2, and D3 schools:

First of all, D1, D2 or D3 status does not say anything about the quality of the swimming program it is mainly about scholarships and the overall amount of varsity sports offered at the institution. Having a fantastic football team does not guarantee swimming on the same level.

D1 schools offer athletic scholarships, with the exception of the Ivy League. You can get anything from a full scholarship to a partial scholarship for your education. They also offer academic scholarships or a combination thereof. There are big and small D1 schools, fast and not so fast (they might have a great basketball team but a slow or small swim team, for instance), private and public. All D1 schools are NCAA members. If you are looking for an athletic scholarship you should look at D1 and start an account in the NCAA Eligibility Center. That membership costs around $50, you should register in your junior year. Athletic scholarships are great but be aware that you can lose them if you get injured. Do your homework and investigate the programs and the conditions of the scholarships.

D2 schools offer partial athletic scholarships. The athletic scholarships may not exceed a certain amount of your tuition but they may be combined with academic scholarships. There are D2 schools at many levels, they usually offer a smaller number of varsity sports than D1 schools. D2 also requires NCAA membership.

D3 schools are not allowed to offer any athletic scholarships and some may not even require NCAA membership. That said, there are some very competitive and good D3 schools out there with very fast swimming programs. Academic scholarships are possible and being earmarked by a coach from a D3 school can also help your college application, especially if it is a very prestigious school.

Lastly, many varsity teams allow walk-ons. This means that even if you were not recruited you can join the team once you have been accepted into the college. Some walk-ons really take off and become part of the competing teams at championships. Walk-ons do not get athletic scholarships but swimming and being part of a team can be as important.

Check out the NCAA website for more information about the Divisions your favorite colleges are in. Always check out the academic programs first before you look at the athletics.

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