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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 D3
Lewiston, Maine
New England
New England Small College Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Boston, Massachusetts
New England
Patriot League
NCAA D1
Providence, Rhode Island
New England
Ivy League
NCAA D1
Vallejo, California
West Coast
California Pacific Conference
NAIA
Washington, District Of Columbia
North East
Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference
NCAA D3
Hamilton, New York
North East
Patriot League
NCAA D1
Worcester, Massachusetts
New England
EARC
NCAA D1
New York, New York
North East
Ivy League
NCAA D1
New London, Connecticut
New England
New England Small College Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Ithaca, New York
North East
Ivy League
NCAA D1
Hanover, New Hampshire
New England
Ivy League
NCAA D1
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
North East
Colonial Athletic Association
NCAA D1
Daytona Beach, Florida
South East
Sunshine State Conference
NCAA D2
Fairfield, Connecticut
New England
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
NCAA D1
Melbourne, Florida
South East
Gulf South Conference
NCAA D2
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
North East
Centennial Conference
NCAA D3
Washington, District Of Columbia
North East
Big East Conference
NCAA D1
Spokane, Washington
West Coast
West Coast Conference
NCAA D1
Clinton, New York
North East
New England Small College Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Cambridge, Massachusetts
New England
Ivy League
NCAA D1
Geneva, New York
North East
Liberty League
NCAA D3
New Rochelle, New York
North East
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
NCAA FBS
Jacksonville, Florida
South East
Pioneer Football League
NCAA D1
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
North East
Atlantic 10 Conference
NCAA D1
Portland, Oregon
West Coast
Northwest Conference
NCAA D3
Los Angeles, California
West Coast
West Coast Conference
NCAA D1
Baltimore, Maryland
North East
Patriot League
NCAA D1
Riverdale, New York
North East
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
NCAA D1
Marietta, Ohio
Great Lakes
Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference
NCAA D3
Poughkeepsie, New York
North East
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
NCAA D1
Cambridge, Massachusetts
New England
Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges
NCAA D1
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Great Lakes
Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference
NCAA D3
Boston, Massachusetts
New England
Colonial Athletic Association
NCAA D1
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 D1
Princeton, New Jersey
North East
Ivy League
NCAA D1
Rochester, New York
North East
Liberty League
NCAA D3
Winter Park, Florida
South East
Sunshine State Conference
NCAA D2
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
North East
Atlantic 10 Conference
NCAA D1
Santa Clara, California
West Coast
West Coast Conference
NCAA D1
Bronxville, New York
North East
Skyline Conference
NCAA D3
Saratoga Springs, New York
North East
Liberty League
NCAA D3
Canton, New York
North East
Liberty League
NCAA D3
St. Mary's City, Maryland
North East
Capital Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
DeLand, Florida
South East
ASUN Conference
NCAA D1
Throggs Neck, New York
North East
Eastern Collegiate Football Conference
NCAA D3
Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania
North East
Centennial Conference
NCAA D3
Syracuse, New York
North East
Atlantic Coast Conference
NCAA D1
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
North East
American Athletic Conference
NCAA D1
Medford, Massachusetts
New England
New England Small College Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Schenectady, New York
North East
Liberty League
NCAA D3
New London, Connecticut
New England
New England Women's & Men's Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Annapolis, Maryland
North East
Eastern Association of Rowing
NCAA D1
Berkeley, California
West Coast
Pacific-12 Conference
NCAA D1
La Jolla, California
West Coast
Division II Independents
NCAA D1
Fredericksburg, Virginia
Mid East
Capital Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
North East
Ivy League
NCAA D1
Tacoma, Washington
West Coast
Northwest Conference
NCAA D3
San Diego, California
West Coast
West Coast Conference
NCAA D1
Seattle, Washington
West Coast
Pacific-12 Conference
NCAA D1
Madison, Wisconsin
Great Lakes
Big Ten Conference
NCAA D1
Chestertown, Maryland
North East
Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference
NCAA D3
Boston, Massachusetts
New England
Commonwealth Coast Conference
NCAA D3
Worcester, Massachusetts
New England
New England Women's & Men's Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
New Haven, Connecticut
New England
Ivy League
NCAA D1

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