Collegiate fencing has existed for a long time. Some of the earliest programs in the U.S. came from the Ivy League schools, but now there are 45 collegiate schools offering fencing as a varsity sport across the nation. While there are also close to a hundred intercollegiate clubs offering fencing, only varsity teams may participate in the NCAA championship tournament.

The first NCAA fencing tournament was held at Northwestern University in 1941. Due to the limited number of colleges that have fencing teams, teams fence inter-division (teams from Division I schools to Division III), and all divisions participate in the NCAA Championships.

Division I and Division II schools offer partial to full-ride athletic scholarships to students.


Janos Gasparin with The Pennsylvania State University fencing team celebrating their 2009 NCAA Fencing Championship title!

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Coach Katalin Gasparin
Phone: (817) 876-0980