Colleges With the Most Athletes on Multi-Year Scholarships

If you’re serious about sports, consider one of these schools for a chance at a sweet multi-year scholarship.

By Sydney Nikols | February 17, 2017

Fresno State University takes football very seriously.

Snagging a sports-related scholarship isn’t easy – according to the NCAA, only two percent of high school athletes get awarded athletic scholarships. There’s good news, though: Division One scholarships used to expire after a year, but in 2011, the NCAA made it possible for schools to offer multi-year scholarships, and many have chosen to do so. Winning a scholarship may still be difficult, but at least many of them now mean four-year financial stability. The seven schools below have awarded the most multi-year scholarships to athletes since 2011.

If the possibility of a guaranteed four-year scholarship won’t motivate you to be at the top of your athletic game, we’re pretty sure nothing will.

1. Fresno State University

Multi-Year Scholarships Awarded Since 2011: 316

In 2011, Fresno State University implemented a policy that every single incoming athlete must receive a four-year scholarship. It may sound too good to be true, but that huge multi-year scholarship number doesn’t lie!

2. University of Illinois

Multi-Year Scholarships Awarded Since 2011: 293

Representatives at the University of Illinois have stated that they think it’s in student athletes’ best interests to receive multi-year scholarships, and they’re happy to show their athletes this sort of commitment. As a result, most athletes at Illinois do receive four-year scholarships.

3. Purdue University

Multi-Year Scholarships Awarded Since 2011: 122

Purdue University is just as serious about multi-year athletic scholarships as they are about maintaining high quality sports teams – their basketball teams have won more Big Ten championships than any other school in the country, and their football team consistently ranks in the Bowl Championship Series Big Ten.

4. Ohio State University

Multi-Year Scholarships Awarded Since 2011: 90

When people hear the words “Ohio State University” they usually think “sports, sports, sports.” The school’s athletic reputation is made even sweeter by the fact that it’s so good about doling out multi-year scholarships, further attracting top-notch football and basketball players from all over the country.

5. University of Iowa

Multi-Year Scholarships Awarded Since 2011: 71

As their name suggests, the University of Iowa Hawkeyes are dead-set on maintaining good athletic rankings, and they’re happy to commit to four-year scholarships for high-end athletes in order to keep up their good name.

Basketball players at the University of Iowa aren't afraid to hug it out.
Photo: Uiowa.edu

6. North Carolina State University

Multi-Year Scholarships Awarded Since 2011: 52

North Carolina State University athletes refer to themselves as the Wolfpack, and a good amount of them receive both year-long and multi-year scholarships. These scholarships are mostly funded by the school’s endowment program, which encourages alumni to give money in order to support the school’s athletic programs. It sounds like a lot of people remain part of the pack long after they graduate…

7. Michigan State University

Multi-Year Scholarships Awarded Since 2011: 45

Michigan State University football coach Mark Dantonio has stated that he’s committed to offering four-year deals to his players, making the school’s outstanding athletic department even more appealing to high school athletes.

If the possibility of a guaranteed four-year scholarship won’t motivate you to be at the top of your athletic game, we’re pretty sure nothing will.

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