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Colleges & Universities with USA Fencing College Clubs Ranked by Test Scores, Admission & Graduation Rates and Earnings of Alumni @ 11-29-2017

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There is anecdotal evidence that collegiate club fencing has grown rapidly over the past decade or so, while the proportion of NCAA colleges and universities sponsoring men’s and women’s varsity fencing teams continues to decline. Club fencing provides an excellent opportunity for many college-bound students whose chosen school does not have a varsity fencing team. Many of the clubs have stronger fencing teams than some of the NCAA Division I, II and III varsity programs!

With so many postsecondary options, it’s important that all prospective college level fencers have the information they need to make the best decision possible. Academic interests, selectivity, type of fencing program and affordability are just some of the factors to take into consideration. For those who look even further ahead to their post-college lives, the earnings of alumni can also be a factor in the overall decision.

To find out which schools with non-varsity fencing clubs produce the highest-earning alumni and have the lowest admission rates, we used the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard, which provides a variety of data on thousands of colleges, including the median earnings of federally aided students 10 years after enrolling and the average annual cost of attending. The database also includes admission rates, test scores, graduation rates and average annual costs.

The following table provides important 2015-2016 data for all, but one of the collegiate fencing clubs affiliated with USA Fencing, the latest year for which data is available. Data is not available for the U.S. Naval Academy. The data in College Scorecard only pertains to colleges with students that are federal financial aid recipients, so this rules out the U.S. Naval Academy. Each of the variables can be ranked by clicking on a heading. A similar table will be released before year end for all NCAA fencing schools.  The definitions of the terms used in the table are provided at the bottom of the post.

Colleges & Universities with USA Fencing College Clubs Ranked by Test Scores, Admission & Graduation Rates and Earnings of Alumni

CollegeAdmission RateSAT - Critical ReadingSAT-MathSAT-WritingACTAverage Annual CostGraduation RateSalary After Attending
Worcester Polytechnic Institute48.6%n/an/an/an/a$37,00285.0%$82,600
Carnegie Mellon University23.7%650-740710-800670-76031-34$34,85788.0%$81,800
Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus32.2%630-730680-770640-73030-33$11,57483.2%$75,800
Dartmouth College11.0%660-780670-780670-78030-34$29,98694.7%$70,000
Case Western Reserve University36.3%620-720680-770620-72030-33$27,94980.9%$69,900
George Washington University46.5%590-690600-700600-69027-31$33,63781.3%$67,100
Drexel University74.7%530-630565-680n/a25-30$37,74767.7%$66,600
Washington University in St Louis16.7%690-760710-790690-77032-34$32,87393.8%$66,300
Northwestern University13.0%690-760710-800680-77031-34$28,15593.0%$65,900
Vanderbilt University11.7%710-790720-800690-77032-35$18,14492.4%$64,500
California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo31.3%550-650580-690n/a26-31$17,66175.4%$63,100
University of California-Berkeley16.9%610-740640-770630-76030-34$13,26291.1%$61,800
University of Maryland-College Park44.9%590-690620-730n/an/a$15,63485.6%$61,700
University of Virginia-Main Campus29.8%620-720630-740620-72029-33$19,43093.7%$60,700
Rochester Institute of Technology57.3%540-660580-680520-63026-31$26,41065.1%$60,600
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University73.4%540-640560-680530-630n/a$20,17283.0%$60,500
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor26.3%630-730660-770640-73029-33$14,52190.5%$60,100
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign65.6%570-680700-790590-69026-31$18,14384.7%$57,600
University of Rochester33.8%n/an/an/an/a$24,97286.0%$57,500
College of William and Mary34.5%630-730630-730620-72028-32$18,30090.3%$55,400
Stony Brook University41.0%550-660600-720540-66026-31$13,71768.5%$55,100
University of Delaware66.6%540-640550-660530-64024-29$15,99278.9%$55,100
Purdue University-Main Campus59.0%520-630560-700510-63025-31$13,51673.7%$55,000
The University of Texas at Austin39.2%570-690600-720560-69026-32$17,74280.1%$54,900
University of Wisconsin-Madison57.6%560-660630-750590-69027-31$19,37884.3%$54,200
University of Maryland-Baltimore County59.4%540-640570-670530-63024-29$18,82762.2%$54,100
University of Florida47.5%580-670590-680570-67027-31$12,02287.0%$53,100
University of California-Santa Barbara32.6%530-660560-700510-63026-31$14,76781.1%$52,500
Michigan State University66.3%450-580530-680460-58023-28$16,78878.0%$51,500
The University of Texas at Dallas61.5%560-670600-700520-65025-31$12,94068.4%$51,100
DePaul University72.0%n/an/an/an/a$28,43472.0%$51,000
Clemson University51.3%560-660590-690n/a27-31$15,88581.6%$50,900
University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus53.9%580-660600-690570-67026-31$27,91781.8%$50,700
University of Iowa80.7%460-630540-690n/a23-28$14,08571.0%$50,200
North Carolina State University at Raleigh50.4%570-650590-680540-63026-31$14,98875.1%$49,300
Texas Tech University63.1%510-600520-620470-57023-27$16,80459.5%$49,300
Iowa State University87.2%460-620500-640n/a22-28$13,99770.1%$48,600
Temple University55.7%n/an/an/an/a$20,67069.9%$48,600
Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus51.3%530-630560-670540-64025-29$29,22685.9%$48,500
University of Georgia52.9%570-660580-670560-66026-30$12,02384.9%$48,500
Denison University47.9%n/an/an/an/a$24,25780.8%$48,400
University of Colorado Boulder79.6%530-640540-660n/a24-30$21,80670.6%$48,100
University of New Hampshire-Main Campus78.6%500-600500-610490-59022-27$24,01377.7%$47,700
University of California-Riverside55.6%490-600490-610510-63023-28$11,77971.2%$47,300
University of Wyoming95.7%480-615490-620n/a22-27$11,81354.7%$46,200
Indiana University-Bloomington78.0%520-630540-660510-62024-30$15,34977.4%$46,100
University of Arizona76.4%n/an/an/an/a$16,09960.6%$45,800
Arizona State University-Tempe82.9%510-630520-640n/a23-28$11,33764.5%$45,400
University of Vermont70.9%550-650550-640540-65025-30$17,41476.2%$45,200
Florida State University55.9%560-640560-640560-64025-29$15,66479.3%$44,900
Northern Illinois University50.4%450-530450-550410-52019-25$19,25950.0%$43,900
Ohio State University-Main Campus49.4%560-670610-720560-66027-31$18,09983.3%$43,700
The University of Tennessee-Knoxville76.3%520-630530-630n/a24-30$18,13869.8%$43,400
University of Central Florida48.6%540-630540-640510-61024-28$14,22170.1%$43,300
University of North Texas70.2%490-600500-600n/a21-26$12,78451.0%$43,300
University of South Carolina-Columbia64.5%550-640560-650n/a25-30$18,55572.7%$43,000
Portland State University85.7%470-590460-570440-56019-25$14,32342.0%$42,900
University of South Florida-Main Campus44.6%530-630540-640510-60024-28$11,23267.8%$41,800
University of Mississippi78.7%490-600500-600n/a21-28$14,28461.2%$41,100
Mississippi State University65.2%480-620480-640n/a21-29$16,03560.2%$40,300
Oberlin College28.8%640-740620-710630-73029-32$32,06187.7%$40,200
Ohio University-Main Campus74.4%490-600500-610470-59022-26$20,82666.9%$39,900
Ball State University60.5%510-600500-590490-58020-24$15,20159.5%$39,400
Indiana University of Pennsylvania-Main Campus88.3%430-530430-530410-52017-22$18,22154.1%$39,000
University of Alaska Fairbanks73.1%480-610480-610450-57018-26$9,94230.1%$37,100
Middle Tennessee State University72.6%480-630450-610n/a19-25$11,38145.0%$37,000
Murray State University90.6%480-590470-570n/a20-26$9,80850.3%$35,700
Colorado Mesa University83.1%430-540430-540n/a17-23$16,50734.0%$35,400
Eastern Kentucky University70.6%430-550430-550420-54519-25$11,64741.4%$34,800
Youngstown State University71.1%400-530410-530n/a18-24$11,69131.5%$34,000
Western Kentucky University92.7%430-580440-570n/a19-26$10,94843.0%$33,800
College of the Desertn/an/an/an/an/a$8,313n/a$29,500
Kennesaw State University58.6%510-590500-590470-57021-25$17,67541.9%n/a
United States Naval Academyn/an/an/an/an/an/an/an/a
Source: U.S. Department of Education: College Scorecard Data, V1.10.5.

The admission rates range from 11% for Dartmouth College, NH to 95.7% for the University of Wyoming, WY. Of the 72 schools with salary information, 31 or 43% have higher than average salaries compared to the entire group of 31 schools.  The average salary is $50,963 which compares favorably to the average of $33,800 for all schools in College Scorecard. The salary ranges from a high of $82,600 in the case of Worcester Polytechnic Institute, MA to a low of $29,500 for College of the Desert, CA. 


Admission Rate: Is defined as the number of admitted undergraduates divided by the number of undergraduates who applied.

Test Scores: At schools that report their test scores, 50 percent had scores within this range. Of the remaining 50 percent, half were above the range and half were below. Not all schools require test scores. Students who were admitted and enrolled typically had standardized test scores in these ranges.

Average Annual Cost: The average annual net price for federal financial aid recipients, after aid from the school, state, or federal government. For public schools, this is only the average cost for in-state students. Readers can compare the average annual cost of a college with the national average of all colleges which is currently $16,300.

Graduation Rate: The graduation rate within 150 percent of the expected time to completion (typically six years for schools that award predominantly four-year degrees and three years for schools that award predominantly two-year degrees). These rates are only for full-time students enrolled for the first time. Readers can compare the graduation rate of a college with the national average which is currently 42%.

Salary After Attending: The median earnings of former students who received federal financial aid, at 10 years after entering the school. Readers can compare the salary after attending a college with the national average of $34,100.

2 Responses to "Colleges & Universities with USA Fencing College Clubs Ranked by Test Scores, Admission & Graduation Rates and Earnings of Alumni @ 11-29-2017"
  1. Ann B. says:

    Let the buyer beware. Many of these “clubs” are run by students and the quality varies wildly. For example, while my son was in grad school he went to fence with the university’s club. No requirement for proper protective gear, sweatshirts and pants were fine. No gloves. No equipment available. No scoring equipment either. (We promptly packed up all his old gear and sent it him as he refused to fence someone without a mask on).

    99.99% of fencers are going to college to get a degree. If the best school for them doesn’t have a club, they can always pick up the sport when they get out of school.

  2. Ross Woods says:

    Your point is well taken. Seventy (70) of the 74 clubs listed have an affiliate membership with the USFA. Affiliate Clubs can host sanctioned events, receive website listing, magazine subscription, and have the ability to field a team at national events, but do not participate in the USA Fencing insurance program. Recognizing these clubs is the first step in expanding the number of schools with non varsity fencing teams. Hopefully, the quality of collegiate fencing clubs will improve over time.

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