If fencing is your sport, if you’re really good at it, and if you want to play it competitively at the college or university level, then you need to go to a top-ranked Division 1 NCAA school with the best athletes and coaches in fencing.

It’s been said that iron sharpens iron. To be the best that you can be, you need to be sharpening your athletic skills with other top athletes. Here are rankings for the best college fencing programs that should be at the top of your list:

Men’s Fencing Program Rankings

1. University of Notre Dame

2. Penn State University

3. Ohio State University

4. Princeton University

5. St. John’s (N.Y.)

6. Harvard University

7. University of Pennsylvania

8. Columbia University

9. Duke University

10. Air Force Academy

Women’s Fencing Program Rankings

1. University of Notre Dame

2. Penn State University

3. Northwestern University

4. Princeton University

5. Columbia-Barnard

6. St. John’s (N.Y.)

7. Ohio State University

8. Temple University

9. Harvard University

10. University of Pennsylvania

* Rankings are based on current program success. A record of success does not guarantee future success but does provide a good gauge for likely success.