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The NCAA is currently the highest level of competitive gymnastics outside of the Elite Pathway. Only student athletes who have graduated high school (or equivalent) and have been cleared by the NCAA Eligibility Center may compete. Student athletes have represented the NCAA as young as 15 and as old as 25. There's a limited eligibility window, as described below.

The NCAA consists of 3 Divisions. All teams in all divisions compete against one another throughout the regular season and are eligible for conference and NCAA championship awards as teams and individuals. NCAA sponsored men's gymnastics programs are funded by their individual schools and have annual budgets ranging from $150,000-$1,500,000. All schools have their own facilities where student athletes train free of charge. Each school has 2-3 coaches and there are 15-30 athletes on the roster. NCAA programs may only require 20 hours of training per week but student athletes are permitted to train beyond those 20 hours voluntarily. Student athletes have access to a full time trainer and doctors as needed. All athletes receive gear and uniforms, chalk, grips, wrist guards, travel, food and lodging during team competitions, and almost any other need related to gymnastics.

The NCAA men's gymnastics system currently has the top 300 athletes in the country and recruits approximately 75 of the best Junior athletes each year from the Junior elite track, top National track gymnasts, as well as international gymnasts The NCAA system provides athletes with the coaching and resources to take the path towards making the Senior National Team and competing internationally. All competitions include the highest caliber judges and are held in beautiful venues located at and provided by the school.

Student athletes are eligible for the sport's most prestigious awards including NCAA champions, All America accolades, Rookie of the year, Specialist of the year, Gymnast of the year, and the Nissen-Emery award, which is the "Heisman Trophy" of gymnastics. This award is given to a Senior each year and takes into account their entire collegiate career.

How to get recruited
If you are looking to be recruited to an NCAA program visit

Here you can Email, Text or Call any coach from the University that you are interested in attending. Coaches can help give you more information about their school or the recruiting process. Prospective athletes can contact coaches by phone at any time. There are restrictions on when and how coaches can contact athletes.

Once a student has completed and earned a high school diploma they have 1 "gap year" before their NCAA eligibility "clock" begins. An exception to the rules is if a student enrolls full time at any college their "clock" begins immediately. Each student has 5 years to compete 4 seasons once their clock begins. If an injury occurs during their 4 years of competition, a student athlete can apply for a "red shirt" waiver where they can use their 5th year for competition as long as they competed less than 30% of the season in the season that they suffered their injury and continue as a full time student undergraduate or graduate student during this year.

Division I
Division I is the highest level in the NCAA and has the most competitive teams. The NCAA Division I currently includes 12 universities:
  • Ohio State University
  • Penn State University
  • Stanford University
  • United States Air Force Academy
  • United States Military Academy West Point
  • United States Naval Academy
  • University of California-Berkeley
  • University of Illinois
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Nebraska
  • University of Oklahoma
  • William & Mary
All Division I men's gymnastics schools have a maximum of 6.3 scholarships (including partial scholarships) to divide between student athletes. William & Mary and the University of California-Berkeley are partially funded with scholarships. The 3 academies cover all expenses for all student athletes with a pledge of service upon graduation. All other programs have the maximum of 6.3 scholarships. An athlete could receive a full scholarship, a partial scholarship, or a walk-on opportunity. A walk-on opportunity receives all of the same incentives and support as a scholarship athlete but does not receive tuition assistance or a stipend for expenses. Walk-on athletes could have the opportunity to earn a scholarship after joining the program.

Most universities accept all athletes recruited onto the team as long as you meet the minimum eligibility requirements for NCAA eligibility center based on core curriculum, test scores, and GPA, even if the university would not accept that athlete on academic accolades alone. Nearly all Division I programs provide an academic counselor that oversees the team in addition to free tutoring.

Division I Qualifier Sliding Scale

Division II
The NCAA Division II currently does not have any schools which sponsor Men's Gymnastics. As we continue to grow, we expect this will change in the coming years. Future Division II men's gymnastics schools will have a maximum of 5.4 scholarships to divide between their rosters.

Division III
The NCAA Division III currently includes 3 universities. These schools are: Springfield University, Greenville University, and Simpson College. Division III men's gymnastics schools do not have athletic scholarships but they include all of the other perks and competition opportunities as the Division I and II schools. There are academic scholarship opportunities to offset the cost of attendance at the Division II & III Schools.

What Next?
NCAA athletes who no longer have collegiate eligibility, attend a school with a cut program, or have been cut from their team due to limited space can still continue gymnastics in either GymACT or NAIGC.