Who would have thought 5 years ago that universities and colleges would own official varsity esports teams? Times are changing. Esports is gaining more and more importance all around the world. We are seeing an incredible rise of incoming college freshmen looking to get into collegiate esports.
Whether it is Fortnite, League of Legends or Overwatch, esports varsity teams are available around the nation in more than 500 universities.
At Gamercraft, we aim at helping during the application process. Which university is the right one to apply to? What are the available scholarships? What are the games played in the colleges on your shortlist?
In this article, we will explore 9 different teams managed by college esports teams:
ASU eSports college team of Arizona State University
4-Year – Tempe, AZ
Arizona State University is one of the largest universities in the country with more than 70,000 students enrolled on their different campuses. It is not really a surprise to see the presence of an esports team on their campus.
As part of the Tespa organization, they also own a varsity esports team with more than 136 players organized in 30 different college esports teams. It is a four-year program with the yearly tuition at $12,947. They have an acceptance rate of 84%. Admission is rolling.
The ASU eSports club is the largest esports club at ASU. They offer opportunities for college students to participate in competitions and have created a fun and open competitive setting for all those curious about esports at ASU. Anyone can actually join their teams.
Bruins college team of Bellevue University
4-Year – Bellevue, NE
Bellevue University is a private university with over 9,000 students enrolled on a yearly basis. Originally more focused on providing adult education, the university decided to go strong on the collegiate esports trend with three professional teams, twelve players and two coaches.
The academic acceptance rate is 100% with a tuition cost rising up to $11,359/year. They follow a traditional 4-year college program. The admission date is January 8th. They are part of Tespa. The esports team is currently focused on League of Legends, Overwatch and Hearthstone.
They are also ranked among the top 10 colleges for eSports and Gaming according to Value Gamers. They provide a very gamer-friendly environment to help you be at the top of your gaming performance in a college environment.
Boise Estate eSports college team of Boise State University
4-Year – Boise, ID
Boise State University is a public university with over 16,045 students enrolled. They have been a pioneer of college esports in the United States with the two founders of the team: Dr. Chris Haskell and Dr. Brett Shelton.
They hold their auditions for their varsity esports teams 2x a year. They then have very competitive tryouts for five different games: Overwatch, League of Legends, Rocket League, Heroes of the Storm and Hearthstone. They also have one of the most structured varsity esports teams we have seen with competitive plays between candidates, knowledge assessment and competitive scrims. They provide college esports scholarships.
Regarding the university itself, the tuition cost is $13,363 and the acceptance rate 84%. It is on a rolling admission basis and a 4-year program. Their esports varsity team has over 50 players, in 5 different teams with 3 different coaches.
Brown eSports Team of Brown University
4-Year – Providence, RI
Brown University is one of the only two Ivy League on our list. It is a small-sized university with over 6,580 students. Apparently, they do not own an eSports team but a very active on-campus club competing on the Tespa league.
They currently have over 90 players and 23 different teams. Brown eSports team is a student organization on Brown University’s campus centered around gaming, in both the competitive and casual fields of gaming. Their games are currently StarCraft II, Hearthstone, League of Legends, Fortnite and Super Smash Bros.
If you are an amazing academic student looking to strengthen your gaming skills while studying hard at Brown, this club is for you. The application to the college is very selective with 8% acceptance rate, tuition up to $25,651 and an application deadline on January 1st.
Columbia Cougars college team of Columbia College
4-Year – Columbia, MO
Columbia College is a private liberal arts college with over 14,790 students enrolled. The university itself has an acceptance rate of 100%, $23,062 of yearly tuition fees and is following the rolling admission model.
Their Columbia Cougars are actively competing in the national championship and very successful at League of Legends. They currently have two esports college teams, 14 players coached by two professional esports players.
They have been at the top-ranked level of League of Legends by competing in the last national final against Maryville University. If you are looking for playing at a professional level in the League of Legends fields, you should consider applying to their school.
eSports college team of Cornell University
4-Year – Ithaca, NY
Cornell University is the second Ivy League of our ranking. Cornell University is a private university located in Upstate New York. They don’t have a varsity esports team and instead own an eSports student club. Similar to Brown eSports, the eSports at Cornell gaming club is very active in national championships.
This group is dedicated to helping promote college esports on campus. Everyone is welcome, regardless of skill level and experience. They currently have over 7 different teams and 42 players. Regarding the university itself, the admission rate is at 13% and the tuition fees go up to $31,449. Over 14,471 undergraduate students are currently enrolled at the university. Sadly, they do not seem to provide college esports scholarships.
GSU Esports college team of Georgia State University
4-Year – Atlanta, GA
Georgia State University is a public university with more than 24,478 undergraduate students enrolled. GSUEsports is part of the National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE) and the Georgia Esports League (GEL). They currently hold on-going esports sessions.
Their esports teams are also part of the Tespa organization. Currently, 7 teams are part of the public university with more than 35 students. Their games are League of Legends, Overwatch, Hearthstone, Smite, Paladins, Brawlhalla and Dragon Ball FighterZ. The admission rate is 70% with $15,350 of yearly tuition fees. The college application is on a rolling admission basis.
Storm college team of Harrisburg University
4-Year – Harrisburg, PA
Harrisburg University is a private STEM university in Harrisburg, PA. The undergraduate enrollment is small with 374 students. Their esports college team was the first one in Pennsylvania to join NACE. Storm is their varsity esports team with nearly three different teams, 15 professional esports players and two different coaches.
Currently, their esports team focus on three different games: Overwatch, League of Legends and Hearthstone. The university itself has a 100% acceptance rate and $15,035 of tuition fees. They do seem to provide esports scholarships in their college program.
Red Hawks of Miami University
4-Year – Oxford, OH
Miami University is a public university with over 17,327 undergraduate students. Red Hawks is an esports college varsity team competing on Counter-Strike, Hearthstone, League of Legends and Overwatch. They are also part of the Tespa organization. They currently have 25 students in 4 different esports teams.
The university itself has 68% admission rate with a yearly tuition fee of $20,316. The application deadline is on February 1st. They do seem to provide esports college scholarships.4