Prestigious colleges recruit the best fencers across the country and the world to compete with each other at the NCAA level

Fencing is available as an Intramural, Junior Varsity, Varsity, or Club at many colleges and universities in the country. While schools themselves maybe a Division I, II, or III schools, fencing is competed on a combined basis. Division I and II schools may recruit fencers and may provide athletic scholarships except the Ivy League schools. Division III schools does not provide athletic scholarships. Division I, II, and III fencing coaches can play an important part of college application review process with the college admissions office.

  • The Spring 2013 edition of the American Fencing magazine featured a good article by Mr. Laurie Schiller (head fencing coach at Northwestern Univ) titled “College Recruiting Decoded”.
  • Current NCAA fencing program rankings can be found here Additional information about how to get into a College NCAA fencing program can be found here

Below lists all the Division I, II, and III schools that have fencing programs:

Division I Schools

  • Brown University Ivy
  • Cleveland State University
  • Columbia University-Barnard College Ivy
  • Cornell University Ivy
  • University of Detroit Mercy
  • Duke University
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University, Metropolitan Campus
  • Harvard University Ivy
  • Lafayette College
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Northwestern University
  • University of Notre Dame
  • The Ohio State University
  • University of Pennsylvania Ivy
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Princeton University Ivy
  • Sacred Heart University
  • St. John’s University (New York)
  • Stanford University
  • Temple University
  • U.S. Air Force Academy
  • Yale University Ivy

Division II Schools

  • University of California, San Diego
  • Queens College (New York)
  • Wayne State University (Michigan)

Division III Schools

  • Brandeis University
  • California Institute of Technology
  • The City College of New York
  • Drew University
  • Haverford College
  • Hunter College
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Lawrence University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • New York University
  • Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Tufts University
  • Vassar College
  • Wellesley College
  • Yeshiva University