Figure skating doesn’t have to end after high school. In fact, thousands of dedicated figure skaters across the country represent their colleges and universities as they continue to progress through their personal skating journeys ― some even going on to promising post-graduate careers with Team USA.
There are three types of collegiate skating opportunities.
Intercollegiate competitions are governed by U.S. Figure Skating's Collegiate Skating Subcommittee. The country is divided into four sections: Pacific Coast, Midwest, Northeast and Southeast. The intercollegiate competitive season runs October through March, with two to three competitions held in each section, concluding with the National Intercollegiate Final, held each spring.
Intercollegiate team skating appeals to lots of skaters because it is a team-driven sport, and individuals representing their collegiate organizations are welcomed and encouraged. For many athletes, the highlight of the season is qualifying for the National Intercollegiate Final ― when athletes from all over the country come together for a cross-section competition.
U.S. Collegiate Championships
Started in 1985, the U.S. Collegiate Championships is the longest running of all the collegiate figure skating programs. Each summer, the event welcomes full-time college students from all over the country to participate. Athletes ranging from intermediate through senior athletes are eligible to compete.
The competitors find a friendly atmosphere and make lots of new friends who share their love for figure skating. In addition, skaters get a chance to learn about U.S. Figure Skating activities, volunteer opportunities in figure skating, coaching, forming collegiate clubs on their campuses and even try their hand at trial judging.
More information about the U.S. Collegiate Championships can be found here.
Collegiate Synchronized Skating
A collegiate synchronized skating team consists of 12-20 skaters. Skaters must be enrolled in a university, college or degree program as full-time students, and each member must have passed the U.S. Figure Skating juvenile moves in the field test. Collegiate synchronized skating teams can compete at qualifying competitions with the opportunity to advance and compete at the collegiate level in the U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships.
An open collegiate synchronized skating team consists of 8-16 skaters. This team does not have any test level requirements, however all skaters must be enrolled in a university, college or degree program as full-time students. Open collegiate teams may compete at the Sectional Championships but do not advance to the U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships.
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If you are looking for opportunities to skate as a collegiate athlete, use the event search on the Compete page to narrow down events that you might be interested in entering.
U.S. Figure Skating offers a special four-year membership for collegiate skaters. Available for purchase through your home club for $70 ― a 66 percent discount from a full four-year membership, collegiate memberships carry the same privileges as a full membership, including a subscription to SKATING magazine, testing and competition privileges.