Fencing - Your gateway to top universities in the U.S

U.S universities are known to be very invested in sports. University sports teams compete at national levels and some even at international levels. Apart from popular sports such as basketball, baseball or football, more selective ones are also appreciated by higher education institutions among which fencing really stands out.



More than 130 universities in the U.S have NCAA fencing teams including Ivy League schools and other prestigious schools such as University of Notre Dame or Stanford University. Colombia University believes that “The fencer is unique.  The fencer brings experiences that enrich the college, just as an accomplished poet or violinist do.  This is the type of person the Admissions Directors like to have represented in their stacks of applicants. Being a fencer is a distinct advantage for the college applicant.”


It also shows in their scholarship systems how much U.S universities would love to have fencers entering their gates.

University of Notre Dame offers full scholarships to fencers with high academic scores annually.

Stanford has some of the best fencing teams around, and scholarships available to fencers with top grades.

Columbia has a special fencing scholarship award, the Herbert C. Spiselman Memorial Endowment for Fencing, which covers the cost of competitions.

Penn State offers a “Women’s Fencing Scholarship” endowment of $50,000 earmarked for women fencers who exhibit superior fencing talent and have strong academic marks.

Reed College (Portland, Oregon) hosts the Williams Scholarship Fencing Tournament each year and awards the top 3 finishers $10,000 in scholarship money to students who require financial aid.

If you think outstanding SAT or ACT scores is the only way to get you admitted to the U.S’s most admired colleges and universities, think again. If you think basketball is the only other way, think again. Fencing gives you the opportunity to stand out among thousands of applicants each year. The fact that you are committed to such unique sport at a young age is very appealing to colleges. It implies not only your physical strength but also determination and strategic thinking ability.

Fencing, however, is not an easy game. It requires proper gears, setup, facilities and coaching. Without these things, no matter how much a student loves it, he or she will not be able to practice and sharpen their skills. Hence, it is vital for young fencers that they go to high schools where fencing is offered. This is what we do at St. Paul American School Hanoi.


From this school year 2016 – 2017, St. Paul American School Hanoi will offer fencing as a Beyond activity. This is the first step to realize our vision of having outstanding young fencers who can be accepted to top colleges with their fencing ability. As our students start to learn their first moves, they will have the opportunity to compete with amateur as well as professional players in Vietnam and hopefully in other countries. Our fencing coaches are professional fencers and members of the national fencing delegates at Asian and international tournaments. We encourage students to try and families to support. Being an qualified fencer is an undeniable advantage when students apply for top universities in the U.S. 

Source: Academy of Fencing Masters