Here's my history of fencing. I started at Texas A&M as it was an option for fufilling my PE requirements for my degree. I fenced several semesters but had to quit when I tore my ACL (messed up my knee). Good knees is a must for fencing, so I didn't want to stress them out. After I mostly healed up from that I took country western dancing to hopefully meet some women but that didn't work out to well as I found out I can't dance too well unless I have the same partner for awhile. Anyway cut to late last year when my friend Brett said he and Alma were taking a fencing class. I had wanted to look into getting back into it since my knee was feeling much better and I had confidence in it. We joined Salle Mauro fencing classes through Leisure Learning, which is a kind of organization that organizes classes for people. Salle Mauro is a really nice academy, a nice facility, and the gear is decent when the class size is small.
If you are looking to get into fencing I would heartily recommend it. Most major colleges probably have a fencing class or fencing club, and the bigger cities probably do as well.