Thats the answer. 2% of college students get an athletic scholarship. I got that answer off the NCAA site.
By comparison when I looked at merit scholarships last year in my article How Many College Students Get Scholarships? I found that 8.3% of students got private scholarships and 8.8% got institutional scholarships. I assume there is some overlap though and there is nothing I know that keeps a student from getting private scholarships and athletic scholarships.
All and all though, I'd say its about 4 times as likely that an individual will get a merit based academic scholarship than an athletic scholarship. However I'd assume athletic scholarships have a higher average value.
October 13, 2013