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Your Complete List of Men’s College Rowing Teams

Men’s college rowing is a sport that is experiencing growth, especially at the club level. However, it is not an NCAA sanctioned sport, and college rowing teams compete and organize under different ruling bodies, with the majority of varsity programs being part of the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA), which organizes six different qualifying regattas throughout the year in advance of the IRA national championship regatta. There is also a portion of varsity programs that are not organized by the IRA and end their season with a regional championship, such as the National Invitational Rowing Championship (NIRC). Additionally, a large number of college rowing teams are club teams, most of which compete in the American Collegiate Rowing Association (ACRA). These teams range from recreational on the bottom end to competing against strong varsity programs at championship regattas, rostering future Olympic rowers and receiving invitations to the Henley Royal Regatta at the high end. College rowers competing on a varsity team do not have to pay for most expenses, but club rowers have to fund their team with fees. In this section, we break down how many men’s rowing teams there are. 

How many colleges have men’s rowing teams?

There are currently around 84 varsity programs competing in college men’s rowing, with 50 competing in the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA). Meanwhile, according to the cMax in-season rankings, there were 73 American College Rowing Association (ACRA) teams competing during the 2018–19 season. Rowing is an expensive sport and team budgets and roster numbers may go up and down from year to year, making it difficult to get a competitive boat on the water in certain years, which partially explains the fluctuating number of men’s college rowing teams from season to season.

How many Division 1 rowing colleges are there?

There are currently 39 Division 1 colleges with rowing teams, the majority of which compete in the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) and follow most NCAA recruiting rules. To see a list of Division 1 rowing colleges, check out the NCSA Power Rankings of the Best Men’s Rowing Colleges.

Men’s college rowing rankings: What are the best colleges for men’s rowing?

There are several different men’s college rowing rankings that readers can reference in order to see how rowing teams are performing. In American rowing, the most important measurement of a program is the success of their varsity eight boat.

To see a ranking of college rowing teams that takes into consideration athletic and academic fit, you can check out NCSA Power Rankings of the Best Men’s Rowing Colleges. To see how the top varsity teams in the country stack up, check in on the IRA/USRowing varsity eight coaches’ poll. To see a relative estimate of how fast college rowing teams are, including both varsity and club teams, visit the cMax rankings page. Here are segments from the final men’s college rowing rankings for 2019:

NCSA Power Rankings

  1. Princeton University
  2. Harvard University
  3. Yale University
  4. Columbia University
  5. University of Pennsylvania
  6. Stanford University
  7. Brown University
  8. University of California, Berkeley
  9. Dartmouth College
  10. Cornell University

 

Full list of Men’s Varsity Rowing Colleges

School
City and State
Region
Conference
Division
Adrian, MICHIGAN
Great Lakes
Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association  
NCAA III  
Lewiston, MAINE
New England
New England Small College Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Boston, MASSACHUSETTS
New England
Patriot League  
NCAA I  
Providence, RHODE ISLAND
New England
Ivy League  
NCAA I  
Vallejo, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
California Pacific Conference  
NAIA  
Galesburg, ILLINOIS
Great Lakes
NJCAA  
JC  
Pittsburgh, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
University Athletic Association  
NCAA III  
Washington, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
North East
New England Women's & Men's Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Worcester, MASSACHUSETTS
New England
New England Women's & Men's Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Waterville, MAINE
New England
New England Small College Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Hamilton, NEW YORK
North East
Patriot League  
NCAA I  
Worcester, MASSACHUSETTS
New England
Patriot League  
NCAA I  
New York, NEW YORK
North East
Ivy League  
NCAA I  
New London, CONNECTICUT
New England
New England Small College Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Ithaca, NEW YORK
North East
Ivy League  
NCAA I  
Hanover, NEW HAMPSHIRE
New England
Ivy League  
NCAA I  
Philadelphia, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
Colonial Athletic Association  
NCAA I  
Daytona Beach, FLORIDA
South East
Sun Conference  
NCAA II  
Fairfield, CONNECTICUT
New England
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference  
NCAA I  
Melbourne, FLORIDA
South East
Gulf South Conference  
NCAA II  
Lancaster, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
Centennial Conference  
NCAA III  
Washington, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
North East
Atlantic 10 Conference  
NCAA I  
Washington, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
North East
Patriot League  
NCAA I  
Spokane, WASHINGTON
West Coast
West Coast Conference  
NCAA I  
Clinton, NEW YORK
North East
New England Small College Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Cambridge, MASSACHUSETTS
New England
Ivy League  
NCAA I  
Geneva, NEW YORK
North East
Liberty League  
NCAA III  
New Rochelle, NEW YORK
North East
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference  
NCAA I  
Ithaca, NEW YORK
North East
Liberty League  
NCAA III  
Jacksonville, FLORIDA
South East
ASUN Conference  
NCAA I  
Manhattan, KANSAS
Mid West
Big 12 Conference  
NCAA I  
Philadelphia, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
Atlantic 10 Conference  
NCAA I  
Portland, OREGON
West Coast
Northwest Conference  
NCAA III  
Los Angeles, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
West Coast Conference  
NCAA I  
Baltimore, MARYLAND
North East
Patriot League  
NCAA I  
Riverdale, NEW YORK
North East
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference  
NCAA I  
Marietta, OHIO
Great Lakes
Ohio Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Poughkeepsie, NEW YORK
North East
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference  
NCAA I  
Cambridge, MASSACHUSETTS
New England
New England Women's & Men's Athletic Conference  
NCAA I  
Buzzards Bay, MASSACHUSETTS
New England
Commonwealth Coast Football  
NCAA III  
Erie, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Milwaukee, WISCONSIN
Great Lakes
Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference  
NCAA III  
Murray, KENTUCKY
Mid East
Ohio Valley Conference  
NCAA I  
Boston, MASSACHUSETTS
New England
Colonial Athletic Association  
NCAA I  
Oklahoma City, OKLAHOMA
Mid South
Sooner Athletic Conference  
NAIA  
Costa Mesa, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Orange Empire Conference, Mission Conference for football  
JC  
Corvallis, OREGON
West Coast
Pacific-12 Conference  
NCAA I  
Tacoma, WASHINGTON
West Coast
Division III Independents  
NCAA III  
Princeton, NEW JERSEY
North East
Ivy League  
NCAA I  
Rochester, NEW YORK
North East
Liberty League  
NCAA III  
Winter Park, FLORIDA
South East
Sunshine State Conference  
NCAA II  
Piscataway, NEW JERSEY
North East
Big Ten Conference  
NCAA I  
Camden, NEW JERSEY
North East
New Jersey Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Philadelphia, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
Atlantic 10 Conference  
NCAA I  
Santa Clara, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
West Coast Conference  
NCAA I  
Bronxville, NEW YORK
North East
Skyline Conference  
NCAA III  
Saratoga Springs, NEW YORK
North East
Liberty League  
NCAA III  
Rochester, NEW YORK
North East
Empire 8 Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Canton, NEW YORK
North East
Liberty League  
NCAA III  
St. Mary's City, MARYLAND
North East
Capital Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Stanford, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Pacific-12 Conference  
NCAA I  
DeLand, FLORIDA
South East
Atlantic Sun Conference  
NCAA I  
Throggs Neck, NEW YORK
North East
Eastern Collegiate Football Conference  
NCAA III  
Selinsgrove, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
Centennial Conference  
NCAA III  
Syracuse, NEW YORK
North East
Atlantic Coast Conference  
NCAA I  
Philadelphia, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
American Athletic Conference  
NCAA I  
Hartford, CONNECTICUT
New England
New England Small College Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Medford, MASSACHUSETTS
New England
New England Small College Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Schenectady, NEW YORK
North East
Liberty League  
NCAA III  
New London, CONNECTICUT
New England
New England Women's & Men's Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Annapolis, MARYLAND
North East
American Athletic Conference  
NCAA I  
Berkeley, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Pacific-12 Conference  
NCAA I  
La Jolla, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Division II Independents  
NCAA II  
Charleston, WEST VIRGINIA
Mid East
Mountain East Conference  
NCAA II  
Fredericksburg, VIRGINIA
Mid East
Capital Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Philadelphia, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
Ivy League  
NCAA I  
Tacoma, WASHINGTON
West Coast
Northwest Conference  
NCAA III  
San Diego, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
West Coast Conference  
NCAA I  
Seattle, WASHINGTON
West Coast
Pacific-12 Conference  
NCAA I  
Madison, WISCONSIN
Great Lakes
Big Ten Conference  
NCAA I  
Poughkeepsie, NEW YORK
North East
Liberty League  
NCAA III  
Chestertown, MARYLAND
North East
Centennial Conference  
NCAA III  
Saint Louis, MISSOURI
Mid West
University Athletic Association  
NCAA III  
Boston, MASSACHUSETTS
New England
Commonwealth Coast Conference  
NCAA III  
Middletown, CONNECTICUT
New England
New England Small College Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Williamstown, MASSACHUSETTS
New England
New England Small College Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
Worcester, MASSACHUSETTS
New England
New England Women's & Men's Athletic Conference  
NCAA III  
New Haven, CONNECTICUT
New England
Ivy League  
NCAA I  
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