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I’m posting this on behalf of sherpa, superdomestique, and BrooklynRye (just in time for the start of the 2016-17 college fencing recruiting season!)…
Google “College Fencing Recruiting” or some variant of that phrase and you’ll be rewarded with a wealth of information (and quite possibly a link to this thread). For the average student or parents looking to get either a snapshot/overview or perhaps an answer to a specific question — it can be a daunting task to sort through all the available info.
In an effort to consolidate some of the information in a single place — and to vet and preserve it for future reference, a few of the more experienced fencing parents on the forum got together to develop this new thread. All have successfully shepherded at least one child into a top fencing program at a selective college/university.
If you are truly new to the process, this article by longtime Northwestern University fencing coach Laurie Schiller is a great overview, including some insights on when to do what:
“College Recruiting Decoded”
The article originally appeared in USA Fencing’s “American Fencer” magazine, and the link goes to an archived scan that was hosted by Z Fencing Los Angeles.
Another good primer is this 2014 article from fencing.net (authored by Gerhard Guevarra):
“Fencing in College — How to Get on an NCAA Fencing Team”
One nice thing about this article is that has a relatively updated/accurate list of the various college fencing programs (though not broken into Div I, Div II, and Div III categories, the lists do include links) as well as a list of schools that have club programs.
And finally (for now), here’s a link to the Wikipedia list of NCAA programs:
If you are a freshman or sophomore in high school (or the parent of one) and are just getting started thinking about possibly fencing in college, these articles are pretty much required reading — and may answer many of the more basic questions you have about the process.