The number of colleges with esports teams is growing by the day. Varsity programs award esports scholarships to academically eligible gamers who impress during open tryouts and win roster spots. At the club level, teams and individual students can earn scholarships by winning official college tournaments. While gaming clubs don’t offer a standardized recruiting process, experienced players and college faculty advisors schedule tryouts and practice sessions to put together the “A Team” roster.
College esports scholarships are given to students on a school-by-school basis. The majority are partial and range from $500 to $8,000 per year. Several colleges are beginning to offer full-tuition and even full-ride scholarships. In many cases, partial esports scholarship opportunities can be combined with merit and academic scholarships to reduce your total tuition costs.
Coaches kick off the recruiting process by performing an initial evaluation of prospects who submit a recruiting form. To cast a wider net, coaches will also monitor local tournaments to find talented recruits. After reviewing your Twitch stream and video on demand, the coach will offer you an invitation to visit campus for a meeting with current team members and a live tryout. Tryouts are usually held during or shortly before the school year. They enable the coach to evaluate you in person and test your abilities in a team setting. If you pass the test with flying colors, the coach will offer you a place on the team and a partial, full-tuition or full-ride scholarship.
You can begin your college esports recruiting process by reaching out to coaches at any time. NCSA is the official Recruiting Services Partner of NACE and all NACE programs are using the NCSA Recruiting Network to search for esports athletes. You can build a free online profile to increase exposure across our vast network of college coaches.
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