University of Virginia has most student athletes in state

University of Virginia ranked No. 1 for student athletic participation in the state, according to a Virginia Business Daily 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.

The number of University of Virginia students taking part in athletic programs was 695 –  361 men and 334 women – representing the largest contingent of student athletes in Virginia.

In all, there are 14,083 students – 8,320 men and 5,763 women – playing on athletic teams at 45 colleges and universities in the state.


Colleges with the most student athletes

RankSchoolDivisionTotal UndergraduatesMale Student AthletesFemale Student AthletesTotal Number of Student Athletes
1University of Virginia-Main CampusNCAA Division I-FBS15,420361334695
2Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityNCAA Division I-FBS25,175331226557
3Christopher Newport UniversityNCAA Division III with football4,856343203546
4College of William and MaryNCAA Division I-FCS6,206291245536
5Liberty UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS27,100276233509
6Washington and Lee UniversityNCAA Division III with football1,818307197504
7James Madison UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS18,467227265492
8Bridgewater CollegeNCAA Division III with football1,870313173486
9Old Dominion UniversityNCAA Division I-FBS15,173281201482
10Shenandoah UniversityNCAA Division III with football2,016295170465
11George Mason UniversityNCAA Division I without football19,024227237464
12Randolph-Macon CollegeNCAA Division III with football1,409298164462
13Emory & Henry CollegeNCAA Division III with football995250159409
14University of Mary


NCAA Division III without football3,850203200403
15Virginia Military InstituteNCAA Division I-FCS1,71331387400
16University of RichmondNCAA Division I-FCS2,998223176399
17Lynchburg CollegeNCAA Division III without football1,934199193392
18Roanoke CollegeNCAA Division III without football1,919186183369
19Ferrum CollegeNCAA Division III with football1,27127098368
20Virginia Wesleyan CollegeNCAA Division III without football1,292177160337
21Averett UniversityNCAA Division III with football82824687333
22The University of Virginia's College at WiseNCAA Division II with football1,278220111331
23Southern Virginia UniversityNCAA Division III with football756210108318
24Hampton UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS3,652158141299
25Virginia Commonwealth UniversityNCAA Division I without football20,050125174299
26Hampden-Sydney CollegeNCAA Division III with football1,026285

27Norfolk State UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS4,00018199280
28Marymount UniversityNCAA Division III without football2,121171108279
29Eastern Mennonite UniversityNCAA Division III without football1,081141120261
30Bluefield CollegeNAIA Division II78817286258
31Radford UniversityNCAA Division I without football8,091121135256
32Randolph CollegeNCAA Division III without football64496141237
33Longwood UniversityNCAA Division I without football3,951100132232
34Virginia State UniversityNCAA Division II with football4,02214880228
35Virginia Union UniversityNCAA Division II with football1,31112070190
36Patrick Henry Community CollegeNJCAA Division II9349968167
37Virginia University of LynchburgIndependent26114319162
38Northern Virginia Community CollegeNJCAA Division II17,1915743100
39Mary Baldwin UniversityNCAA Division III without football844

40Bryant & Stratton College-Virginia BeachNJCAA Division II273511869
41Richard Bland College of William and MaryNJCAA Division II945341953
42Regent UniversityNCCAA Division I2,091202040
43Danville Community CollegeNJCAA Division III1,00222

44New River Community CollegeNJCAA Division II1,44415

45Thomas Nelson Community CollegeNJCAA Division III2,61414

Source: U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education

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