There are no professional water polo teams in the US so college is the highest level of competition on offer. There are around 48 colleges and universities that offer water polo programs. Water polo is among the fastest growing youth and college sports in the US.

High school water polo is popular in states with warm weather, most notably California and Florida, but is played in many east north central and northeastern states.

Junior college water polo competition is mainly in California, where 31 schools offer programs.

In the US there are 120+ college varsity men’s and women’s water polo teams.


Water Polo & Swimming  webinar

(in Dutch)

Do you swim or play waterpolo at a regional or national level? Are you curious about what studying at a high school, college or university involves? The chances of finding a spot on the team at a good school are high – possibly including a sports or merit scholarship to help pay for your study and accommodation. UStudy has placed many swimmers and water polo players of all levels across the US.

Former student-athlete Rachelle Visser who was on the swimming team of Santa Barbara City College, will share what she gained from participating in collegiate sport and studying in the US.

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Placements – Swimming

Ruben van Leeuwen

Indian River State College, 2018

Mart Niehoff

Kenyon College, 2019

Robin Neumann

University of California Berkeley, 2017

Sebastiaan Rottier

University of Indianapolis, 2019

Gerard IJspeert

Iowa Central Community College, 2018

Rachelle Visser

Santa Barbara City College, 2013

Tjeerd van Stein

Iowa Central Community College, 2018

Rik Doornebal

Monmouth College, 2016

Arianne Kooijinga

Fresno Pacific University, 2018

Amber Visser

University of Missouri St. Louis, 2015

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