The 10 Best Colleges for Gamers & ESports Scholarships

6. Concordia University – St. Paul (St. Paul, MN)

Concordia University St. Paul
McGhiever, Concordia University Saint Paul, CC BY-SA 4.0

Concordia is a small, private Lutheran university in St. Paul. It offers a diverse range of degree and certificate programs as well as 17 varsity sports, which now include co-ed competitive gaming.

Like UTD, the Concordia Golden Bears began competing in 2019. Students practice up to six hours a day and juggle gaming with academic coursework. Coach Logan Hermes emphasizes the sports-like aspects of gaming: “Players have to make good, quick, and smart decisions that affect the whole team’s play in a matter of seconds in order to win a match.”

And because gamers don’t require a certain physique — say, height for basketball — esports is perhaps the most inclusive collegiate sport out there. Hermes adds, “There are similarities to basketball and Esports from a coaching standpoint with rotations, movement, finding openings and waiting for mistakes to attack.” In fact, esports is often called cognitive athletics.

Scholarships available: Up to $11,000 per student player

Represented Games for ESports Scholarships: League of Legends, Overwatch, Hearthstone, NBA 2k, Rocket League


5. Bellevue University (Bellevue, NE)

Bellevue University
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Bellevue esports scholars benefit from sponsors Underarmour, North Star Athletic Association, Prestosports, and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).

Furthermore, the university has stocked the Bellevue Esports Arena — also known as the BRUIN Bunker — with top-tier equipment, including Alienware desktops, Razer peripherals, and high-end monitors, graphics cards, and processors.

The program, begun in 2017, offers scholarships to both male and female esports athletes, promoting inclusivity in an industry that has long been male-dominated. And with a substantial sum of up to $11,000 per year, the scholarship’s short history has already made a difference in students’ ability to afford tuition and thus get a college education.

Famous alumni of Bellevue include MLB player T.J. Bohn, former DC circuit law clerk Shon Hopwood, and current Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Judd H. Lyons.

Scholarships available: Up to $11,000 per student player

Represented Games for ESports Scholarships: League of Legends, Overwatch, Hearthstone


4. Ohio State University (Columbus, OH)

Ohio State University
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OSU stands out from the crowd of colleges offering gaming scholarships because it also offers academic tracks in gaming-related topics. In addition to an esports major, OSU teaches classes on esports management, game art and production, game design, programming, the business of games, and health and rehabilitation.

By incorporating the practice of esports with relevant studies in cybersecurity, ecommerce, AI, VR, and cloud infrastructure, students graduate not only with the potential to become professional gamers or streamers, but also with widely applicable skills in technology.

The esports facility in Lincoln Tower opened in 2019 and houses numerous virtual reality stations, video game consoles, a broadcast studio, a competition room, and 80 gaming PCs. The equipment was made available in large part through a partnership with Dell.

Scholarships available: Up to $12,000 per student player

Represented Games for ESports Scholarships: League of Legends, Overwatch

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