George Mason University fields most volleyball players in Virginia

George Mason University ranked No. 1 for student volleyball participation in the state, according to a Watchdog analysis of college sports participation.

The U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education collects athletics data annually from all institutions with intercollegiate athletics programs that receive funding through federal financial aid programs. Data for 2016 – the latest year available – includes more than 2,000 schools nationwide.

George Mason University‘s volleyball team consisted of 36 members, the highest student popularity number in Virginia.

In all, there are 630 students playing on 34 college and university volleyball teams in the state.

College volleyball participation rankings

RankSchoolDivisionTotal UndergraduatesVolleyball Total Participation
1George Mason UniversityNCAA Division I without football19,02436
2Eastern Mennonite UniversityNCAA Division III without football1,08134
3Southern Virginia UniversityNCAA Division III with football75633
4Marymount UniversityNCAA Division III without football2,12132
5Bluefield CollegeNAIA Division II78824
6Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityNCAA Division I-FBS25,17523
7Averett UniversityNCAA Division III with football82821
8Emory & Henry CollegeNCAA Division III with football99520
9James Madison UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS18,46720
10Bridgewater CollegeNCAA Division III with football1,87019
11Hampton UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS3,65219
12Lynchburg CollegeNCAA Division III without football1,93419
13Christopher Newport UniversityNCAA Division III with football4,85618
14Radford UniversityNCAA Division I without football8,09118
15University of Virginia-Main CampusNCAA Division I-FBS15,42018
16Ferrum CollegeNCAA Division III with football1,27117
17Liberty UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS27,10017
18Norfolk State UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS4,00017
19The University of Virginia's College

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NCAA Division II with football1,27817
20University of Mary WashingtonNCAA Division III without football3,85017
21Virginia Wesleyan CollegeNCAA Division III without football1,29217
22Randolph-Macon CollegeNCAA Division III with football1,40916
23Washington and Lee UniversityNCAA Division III with football1,81816
24College of William and MaryNCAA Division I-FCS6,20615
25Randolph CollegeNCAA Division III without football64415
26Shenandoah UniversityNCAA Division III with football2,01615
27Virginia Commonwealth UniversityNCAA Division I without football20,05015
28Roanoke CollegeNCAA Division III without football1,91914
29Virginia State UniversityNCAA Division II with football4,02214
30Patrick Henry Community CollegeNJCAA Division II93412
31Virginia Union UniversityNCAA Division II with football1,31112
32Mary Baldwin UniversityNCAA Division III without football84411
33Northern Virginia Community CollegeNJCAA Division II17,19111
34Bryant & Stratton College-Virginia BeachNJCAA Division II2738
Source: U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education

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