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Athletic scholarships in the United States

Study while competing at a high level

The US higher education system

Our university consultancy service gives you access to athletic and academic scholarships at American universities.

Combine your studies and chosen sport to reach the top of your game in both.

You can opt for an athletic scholarship that can cover up to 100% of your expenses for the duration of your degree.

Athletic scholarship requirements

Provide proof that you hold a high school diploma or equivalent.

Achieve the required score in the SAT

Obligatory American university entrance examination (similar to the Spanish Selectividad).

A minimum score of 61 points on the TOEFL test (iBT).

Proof of the minimum sporting level in the practice of the sport through which the scholarship is sought.

Be considered eligible to compete and receive a scholarship by the different Associations that regulate American college sports (NCAA, NAIA, NJCAA).

Other requirements

Academic requirements

  • Baccalaureate (or equivalent in the country of origin)
  • Required TOEFL score
  • Required SAT score

* Depending on the university you apply to, the required score in these exams varies.

Athletic requirements

  • Sports level
  • Results obtained
  • The higher your level, the easier it will be to obtain an athletic scholarship in the United States.

About us

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can guide me through the university application process?

At DecoaSports we conduct interviews and personal evaluations for all our students which allow us to offer personalized advice and guidance regarding the American education system.

We offer comprehensive advice from the initial phase of the application process until the student arrives at his or her university in the United States.

Which sports offer scholarships in the United States?

There are more than 20 sports that offer sports scholarships in American universities. Among these sports we can highlight tennis, soccer, golf, basketball, athletics and swimming. Together with football, baseball and softball, these sports offer the highest number of scholarships.

What are the advantages of studying in the United States with an athletic scholarship?

The American university system allows you to combine sports training and studies. In addition, if your sports level is high enough, you can opt for a scholarship that can cover up to 100% of your expenses for the duration of your degree program.

The goal of American universities is to award scholarships and invest in those students who strive to be the best, offering them an effort-based educational program in which they can demand the best results.

Their mission can be summed up as, “the best student at the best university” and “the best athlete should have the best training”.

Students who benefit from a university scholarship in the United States train at a level that will open many doors in their professional career.

Apart from earning a degree from a renowned and prestigious university, these students will greatly improve their English language proficiency.

In this way, scholarship students will benefit from a more well-rounded résumé and will have more opportunities when it comes to looking for a good job.

What are the academic and athletic level requirements for scholarships in the United States?

In the United States there are more than 1,000 universities that offer athletic scholarships in different sports. There are also seven different academic levels.

Therefore, the academic and athletic level requirements vary according to the university you choose.

With this in mind, we conduct interviews with the candidates and their families in order to determine if the student has access to these scholarships, and if so, which universities he or she can apply to.

Do the sporting and academic standards vary from one university to another?

Without a doubt. As mentioned earlier, the differences are considerable. Academically, a top-ranked university requires very high grades both in the baccalaureate results (outstanding grade), the SAT (approx. score of 1400) or TOEFL (80-100 points). However, a lower-ranked university can accept students with much lower grades.

We help you to manage each particular case according to the student’s necessities, sports level and prospects.

Why go to the United States?

With highly-qualified professionals and state-of-the-art facilities at their disposal, American universities have consistently ranked among the world’s best.

American universities invest the most money in their students, and this includes athletes. Their approach is to demand maximum effort from the most talented students and help them become elite athletes.

Many of the best universities in the world are in the United States and the vast majority of them offer the possibility of obtaining substantial athletic and academic scholarships for those students with outstanding and above average results.


What are the admission requirements for American universities? (English level, university entrance exam, etc.)

To be admitted to an American university you must have a high school diploma (or your home country’s equivalent) and obtain the required score in the TOEFL and SAT exams.

There are some exceptions depending on the university but generally, both exams will be required. However, there is the possibility of being admitted without one of them.

What can I study in the United States?

The American university system offers a wide variety of career options and virtually all degree programs are available.

However, due to the sheer size of the country, it is advisable to think about where you want to work after graduating.

Therefore, it is not only a matter of deciding which degree you would like to do but also deciding in which university and state you would like to study in. Keep in mind that different states can have different study programs.

What will my daily life be like?

Student athletes usually have about 3 class hours per day, so that they can have enough time to train and finish the day early (around 6pm) and continue preparing for classes.

How can I get adequate health coverage?

Scholarships do not usually cover health insurance, so families usually make the necessary arrangements. Each university has its own rules and official insurance providers. However, there are other providers such as ISO International Student Health Insurance. More information can be found at

At DecoaSports we would be happy to answer any questions you might have about athletic and academic scholarships. Our team is always ready to offer you guidance, advice and help during the application process and throughout your stay in the United States.

What accommodations options are there?

The vast majority of universities have on-campus residence halls which offer shared accommodation. Some have other options such as apartments on and near campus.

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