in the USA


As a core sport at the Olym­pics, swim­ming is very important in the USA. At inter­na­tional cham­pions­hips, the US swim­mers are always among the favo­rites.

Many of the top swim­mers are curr­ently or were in one of the many swim­ming teams at American univer­si­ties. The unique sports system provides the athletes with the best condi­tions for their athletic, but also for their academic deve­lo­p­ment. More and more euro­pean elite level athletes, such as Anna Elendt or Marius Kusch, notice the advan­tages of a college career and decide to go to the USA.

In 10 years, Scho­l­ar­book was able to place more than 200 swim­mers with a scho­l­ar­ship at US colleges. With our unbeaten exper­tise, we can under­stand your needs and wishes as a talented swimmer and find your dream univer­sity.

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in the USA

How many scho­l­ar­s­hips are there?

Obtai­ning an athletic scho­l­ar­ship is the ulti­mate goal for all of our athletes. But how many teams are there and how many full scho­l­ar­s­hips can they award?
Univer­si­ties with swim teams:
  • Men: 225
  • Women: 318

Full scho­l­ar­s­hips per team

  • Men: 9,9
  • Women: 14

How does a college season look like?

The season starts at the end of October and concludes with the national cham­pions­hips in March. During the season, most schools sche­dule a mix of duals meets and large invi­ta­tio­nals. A dual meet is a head-to-head compe­ti­tion between two colle­giate teams. The invi­ta­tio­nals are highly compe­ti­tive meets with a high number of schools compe­ting.

The compe­ti­tions are attended by many spec­ta­tors. Confe­rence cham­pions­hips and the NCAA National Cham­pions­hips are even broad­casted on live tele­vi­sion.
Around Christmas time, there is a short break from compe­ti­tions, which many univer­sity teams use for a trai­ning camp in warmer regions in the south, such as Florida. Except, of course, those who are already in the South. Then they train outdoors all year round.

How is prac­tice in the USA struc­tured?

Of course, swim­ming coaches pursue diffe­rent philo­so­phies. Some trust in more quan­tity, while others look more at the quality of the work­outs. In any case the trai­ning is very profes­sional planned and executed.

Swim­ming teams usually prac­tice twice a day. After a workout before the first lecture starts, another workout session takes place in the after­noon. The coaches sche­dule prac­tice for the weekends as well, so that you quickly get over 25 trai­ning hours per week.

For Euro­pean swim­mers, a scho­l­ar­ship is an excel­lent chance to approach or catch up with the inter­na­tional elite level.

In order for you to be able to train and compete at the highest level, there is a large staff, consis­ting of a team doctor and physio­the­ra­pists, who work with the most modern tech­ni­ques and know­ledge. This in combi­na­tion with the top level faci­li­ties will drive you to great perfor­mances and new personal records.


Jeanette Diet­rich

Schwimmen | St. Bona­ven­ture Univer­sity

Jeanette Diet­rich was one of the first to go to the USA with the help of Scho­l­ar­books. Mean­while, Jeanette completed her bachelor’s degree in America and now lives and works in Buffalo, New York State.

“America is known to many as the land of endless possi­bi­li­ties, glamor and stars. Over the last 4.5 years, through Scho­l­ar­book, I had the incredible chance to get to know and love this country better. (…) It was by far the best 4 years of my life. Of course, it wasn’t always easy, but the expe­ri­ence I was able to gain as a student and athlete in America has paid off. I learned an incredible amount – about the culture, the language, the country, the sport, but above all about myself! And to anti­ci­pate this: I would recom­mend it to ever­yone, really every athlete who has this oppor­tu­nity, to use it! It’s really worth it!”

Jeanette Diet­rich, St. Bona­ven­ture Univer­sity.

Ann Wessler

Schwimmen | Ashford Univer­sity

Thanks to Schoo­lar­book, I don’t have to stop swim­ming, but can make my dream come true and combine studies and sports in the USA. I am very grateful to Scho­l­ar­book for the support!”

Gianni Ferrero

Schwimmen | Grand Valley State Univer­sity

“Three months before my Abitur, I still had no idea what to do with a possible degree. I only knew one thing for sure: I didn’t want to give up my sport at any price. I had made the decision to apply for a scho­l­ar­ship in the USA via Scho­l­ar­book almost on the side. Accord­ingly, the whole situa­tion felt surreal at the begin­ning. But no sooner had all the required infor­ma­tion been collected than ever­ything suddenly happened incredibly quickly! Email after email arrived in my mailbox; all from America, all from inte­rested coaches. In retro­spect, I’m still amazed at how quickly close contacts and offers deve­loped. (…) It took just 6 weeks from the first letter to the verbal agree­ment between the coach and me.”

Dario Sieber

Schwimmen | Lime­stone College

“When I started my new season last summer, I thought that I would have to end my swim­ming career at the end of this season, because after gradua­ting from high school I would actually have to go to recrui­ting school. Thanks to Scho­l­ar­book, I came up with the idea of studying in the USA after gradua­ting from high school, now I have decided to study at Lime­stone College in the USA. I’m really looking forward to this adven­ture. I would like to thank you once again for the support of Scho­l­ar­book!”

Requi­re­ments for a

Swim­ming Scho­l­ar­ship

In general, you have a good chance of recei­ving a swim­ming scho­l­ar­ship after parti­ci­pa­ting in the National Cham­pions­hips of your home country. For a more detailed look on the requi­re­ments, you can see the tables below or fill out our oppor­tu­nity assess­ment for a personal consul­ta­tion:


90 – 100%
70 – 80%
Women 25m Course 50m Course 25m Course 50m Course
100 m Freestyle 56,50 sec 57,40 sec 59,00 sec 1:00,00 min
200 m Freestyle 2:03,00 min 2:04,00 min 2:10,00 min 2:11,00 min
400 m Freestyle 4:18,00 min 4:21,80 min 4:32,00 min 4:35,80 min
800 m Freestyle 8:52,00 min 9:03,30 min 9:17,00 min 9:28,30 min
100 m Butterfly 1:02,00 min 1:03,30 min 1:05,00 min 1:06,30 min
200 m Butterfly 2:16,00 min 2:19,30 min 2:23,00 min 2:26,30 min
100 m Backstroke 1:01,50 min 1:03,00 min 1:05,00 min 1:06,50 min
200 m Backstroke 2:12,00 min 2:16,50 min 2:21,00 min 2:24,00 min
100 m Breaststroke 1:10,50 min 1:12,00 min 1:14,00 min 1:15,50 min
200 m Breaststroke 2:31,50 min 2:35,00 min 2:39,00 min 2:42,50 min
200 m Medley 2:17,00 min 2:20,60 min 2:24,00 min 2:27,60 min
400 m Medley 4:50,00 min 4:30,30 min 4:58,10 min 5:13,10 min
90 – 100%
70 – 80%
Men 25m Course 50m Course 25m Course 50m Course
100 m Freestyle 49,40 sec 50,30 sec 51,90 sec 52,80 sec
200 m Freestyle 1:49,60 min 1:50,60 min 1:55,08 min 1:56,08 min
400 m Freestyle 3:54,50 min 3:59,00 min 4:05,50 min 4:09,40 min
800 m Freestyle 8:03,30 min 8:14,30 min 8:27,50 min 8:38,50 min
100 m Butterfly 53,75 sec 55,05 sec 56,45 sec 57,75 sec
200 m Butterfly 1:59,40 min 2:00,70 min 2:05,40 min 2:06,70 min
100 m Backstroke 54,35 sec 55,85 sec 57,10 sec 58,60 sec
200 m Backstroke 2:00,00 min 2:03,00 min 2:06,00 min 2:09,00 min
100 m Breaststroke 1:00,70 min 1:02,20 min 1:03,70 min 1:05,20 min
200 m Breaststroke 2:13,40 min 2:16,90 min 2:20,05 min 2:23,55 min
200 m Medley 2:00,95 min 2:04,55 min 2:06,98 min 2:10,58 min
400 m Medley 4:22,20 min 4:30,30 min 4:35,30 min 4:43,40 min

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