Collegiate Fencing

The sport of fencing enjoys a long tradition at many colleges and universities across the United States. Fencing can provide that needed edge that kids and parents seek in the highly competitive college admissions process.  Many schools have either an NCAA Fencing Program or a Competitive Club fencing team.

College applicants, with fencing experience, can have an advantage in admissions. Colleges and Universities need men and women who can fence to participate on their NCAA or Competitive Club teams.  Many adult fencers believe that fencing made the difference between going to a “good” school and a “great” school.

Bay State Fencers has worked with fencers who have grown up with us, graduated from high school, and gone on to attend some of this country’s finest colleges and universities. Most have continued to fence in college and some have been offered positions on teams and in some cases have received scholarships.

  • Emma Harris 
    University of Pennsylvania – NCAA Division 1 – Women’s Epee Team
  • Alexander Chiclana
    Brown University – NCAA Division 1 – Men’s Epee Team
  • Gianina Didonato
    Boston College – NCAA Division 1 – Women’s Epee Team
  • Conor Ghazaleh
    Duke University – NCAA Division 1 – Men’s Epee Team
  • Alejandra Trumble
    University of Pennsylvania – NCAA Division 1 – Women’s Epee Team
  • Andrew Marshall
    Rice University – Competitive Club
  • Claire McNeill
    Stevens Institute – NCAA Division 3 – Women’s Epee Team
  • Katya Stavitsky
    Stanford University – NCAA Division 1 – Women’s Epee Team
  • Zachary Boynton
    University of Massachusetts, Amherst – Competitive Club

NCAA Fencing Teams (local schools are in bold)

  • Division I
    Boston College
• Brown University
• Cleveland State University
• Columbia University (with Barnard College)
• Cornell University (women only)
• Duke University
• Fairleigh Dickinson University (women only)
• Harvard University • Lafayette College • New Jersey Institute of Technology
• Northwestern University (women only)

• Ohio State University
• Pennsylvania State University
• Princeton University
• Sacred Heart University

• St. John’s University, New York • Stanford University 
• Temple University (women only)
• United States Air Force Academy
• University of California San Diego • University of Detroit Mercy • University of Pennsylvania • University of the Incarnate Word • Wagner College (women only) • Yale University
  • Division II
    Long Island University CW Post Campus (women only) • McKendee University • Queens College, City College of New York (women only)
• Wayne State University
  • Division III
    Brandeis University
• California Institute of Technology • City College of New York (women only) • Drew University
• Haverford College
• Hunter College
• Johns Hopkins University
• Lawrence University
• Massachusetts Institute of Technology
• New York University
• Stevens Institute of Technology
• Tufts University (women only)
• Vassar College
• Wellesley College (women only)
• Yeshiva University • Delaware Valley University

Collegiate Fencing Clubs: (local schools are in bold)

  • University of Chicago • Dartmouth College • Swarthmore College • Georgetown University • University of Southern California • Liberty University • University of Virginia • Oberlin College • College of William and Mary • Georgia Institute of Technology • Boston University • University of California, Santa Barbara • University of Miami • University of Texas, Austin • Bryn Mawr College • Stony Brook University • Smith College • George Washington University • University of Florida • University of Maryland, College Park • Clemson University • University of Pittsburgh • Mount Holyoke College • University of Georgia • University of Wisconsin • Purdue University • University of Maryland, Baltimore County • Rutgers University • University of Massachusetts • Michigan State University • Oakland University • Texas A&M University • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University • Xavier University • University of Vermont • Eastern Kentucky University • University of Tennessee • Indiana University • University of Rhode Island • East Carolina University • University of New Hampshire • United States Military Academy • United States Naval Academy • Cornell University (Men Only) • Carnegie Mellon University • The College of New Jersey • Denison University • Rochester Institute of Technology • Tufts University • University of California Berkeley • University of Michigan • University of Rochester

Getting recruited to a Division 1 NCAA college fencing team can seem like a daunting process to those unfamiliar with the rules. On top of the stress of figuring out which NCAA coaches would be open to considering your fencer for recruitment to the team, there are numerous do’s and don’ts to comply with, and a rigid calendar that governs when you can initiate conversations and when you can make “in person” contact with head coaches of the NCAA fencing teams that interest you. It is important to remember that the majority of these strict rules and recruiting calendar apply specifically to colleges within Division 1. While colleges in Division 2 must adhere to NCAA eligibility rules, the rules on contact and the calendar are substantially more relaxed. The rules applicable to Division 3 colleges are even less stringent. There is no athlete recruitment per se since students are admitted largely on academic merit (frequently through Early Decision), not sporting achievement.

To Learn More please download the Fencing Parent’s Guide to NCAA Rules of Athlete Recruitment

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