Pennsylvania State University fields most volleyball players in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania State 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.

Pennsylvania State University‘s volleyball team consisted of 41 members, the highest student popularity number in Pennsylvania.

In all, there are 1,934 students playing on 123 college and university volleyball teams in the state.

College volleyball participation rankings

RankSchoolDivisionTotal UndergraduatesVolleyball Total Participation
1Pennsylvania State University-Main CampusNCAA Division I-FBS39,88341
2Juniata CollegeNCAA Division III with football1,45240
3Saint Francis UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS1,54040
4Thiel CollegeNCAA Division III with football84633
5Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Erie-Behrend CollegeNCAA Division III without football4,14732
6Alvernia UniversityNCAA Division III without football1,71729
7Pennsylvania State University-Penn State AltoonaNCAA Division III without football3,32128
8Arcadia UniversityNCAA Division III without football2,26226
9Lancaster Bible CollegeNCAA Division III without football82426
10Wilkes UniversityNCAA Division III with football2,29725
11Indiana University of Pennsylvania-Main CampusNCAA Division II with football9,95723
12University of PennsylvaniaNCAA Division I-FCS10,23123
13Westminster CollegeNCAA Division III with football1,14722
14Cairn University-LanghorneNCAA Division III without football69921
15Geneva CollegeNCAA Division III with football1,30421
16Messiah CollegeNCAA Division III without football2,64821
17Bucknell UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS3,52520
18Carnegie Mellon UniversityNCAA Division III with football6,06820
19East Stroudsburg University of PennsylvaniaNCAA Division II with football5,61620
20Mercyhurst UniversityNCAA Division II with football2,40220
21Shippensburg University of PennsylvaniaNCAA Division II with football5,53220
22Washington & Jefferson CollegeNCAA Division III with football1,36920
23York College PennsylvaniaNCAA Division III without football3,84620
24Clarion University of PennsylvaniaNCAA Division II with football3,56719
25Lycoming CollegeNCAA Division III with football1,23919
26Slippery Rock University of PennsylvaniaNCAA Division II with football7,11619
27University of Pittsburgh-JohnstownNCAA Division II without football2,70619
28Edinboro University of PennsylvaniaNCAA Division II with football4,34618
29Millersville University of PennsylvaniaNCAA Division II with football5,91018
30Misericordia UniversityNCAA Division III with football1,64118
31Wilson CollegeNCAA Division III without football48118
32Allegheny CollegeNCAA Division III with football1,86517
33Franklin and Marshall CollegeNCAA Division III with football2,22217
34La Roche CollegeNCAA Division III without football1,15117
35Lehigh UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS4,99017
36Susquehanna UniversityNCAA Division III with football2,12417
37Swarthmore CollegeNCAA Division III without football1,54017
38University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh CampusNCAA Division I-FBS18,12917
39Waynesburg UniversityNCAA Division III with football1,32917
40West Chester University of PennsylvaniaNCAA Division II with football12,79417
41Albright CollegeNCAA Division III with football2,28416
42Chatham UniversityNCAA Division III without football70616
43Elizabethtown CollegeNCAA Division III without football1,70216
44Gannon UniversityNCAA Division II with football2,47116
45Gettysburg CollegeNCAA Division III with football2,37816
46King's CollegeNCAA Division III with football1,90316
47Seton Hill UniversityNCAA Division II with football1,48216
48Villanova UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS6,46916
49DeSales UniversityNCAA Division III without football1,85415
50Duquesne UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS5,85115
51La Salle UniversityNCAA Division I without football3,17415
52Lafayette CollegeNCAA Division I-FCS2,50515
53Muhlenberg CollegeNCAA Division III with football2,31215
54Northampton County Area Community


NJCAA Division III4,40615
55Pennsylvania State University-Penn State AbingtonNCAA Division III without football3,03815
56Pennsylvania State University-Penn State BerksNCAA Division III without football2,52615
57Pennsylvania State University-Penn State HarrisburgNCAA Division III without football3,76915
58Philadelphia UniversityNCAA Division II without football2,31715
59Point Park UniversityNAIA Division II2,71015
60Robert Morris UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS3,94015
61Saint Vincent CollegeNCAA Division III with football1,58115
62University of Pittsburgh-BradfordNCAA Division III without football1,34615
63University of ScrantonNCAA Division III without football3,65815
64Widener UniversityNCAA Division III with football2,96015
65California University of PennsylvaniaNCAA Division II with football4,60314
66Carlow UniversityNAIA Division II1,09314
67Chestnut Hill CollegeNCAA Division II without football1,08814
68Delaware Valley UniversityNCAA Division III with football1,76614
69Immaculata UniversityNCAA Division III without football94314
70Kutztown University of PennsylvaniaNCAA Division II with football7,28214
71Lebanon Valley CollegeNCAA Division III with football1,59814
72Lock Haven UniversityNCAA Division II with football3,52214
73Montgomery County Community CollegeNJCAA Division III3,68914
74Pennsylvania College of TechnologyNCAA Division III without football4,58214
75Cedar Crest CollegeNCAA Division III without football88213
76Dickinson CollegeNCAA Division III with football2,35613
77Gwynedd Mercy UniversityNCAA Division III without football1,82413
78Harcum CollegeOther1,07813
79Moravian CollegeNCAA Division III with football1,79313
80Neumann UniversityNCAA Division III without football1,60613
81Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Fayette- EberlyOther54913
82Pennsylvania State University-Penn State HazletonUSCAA76013
83Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Wilkes-BarreUSCAA42013
84Temple UniversityNCAA Division I-FBS26,12813
85University of Pittsburgh-GreensburgNCAA Division III without football1,43513
86University of the SciencesNCAA Division II without football1,32513
87Butler County Community CollegeNJCAA Division III1,54512
88Clarks Summit UniversityNCAA Division III without football35412
89Haverford CollegeNCAA Division III without football1,26112
90Holy Family UniversityNCAA Division II without football1,42012
91Keystone CollegeNCAA Division III without football1,08712
92Lincoln UniversityNCAA Division II with football1,66712
93Mount Aloysius CollegeNCAA Division III without football1,07612
94Pennsylvania State University-Penn State BeaverUSCAA62412
95Pennsylvania State University-Penn State SchuylkillUSCAA62112
96Ursinus CollegeNCAA Division III with football1,53912
97Valley Forge Military CollegeNJCAA Division III24912
98Cabrini UniversityNCAA Division III without football1,38311
99Cheyney University of PennsylvaniaNCAA Division II with football65711
100Eastern UniversityNCAA Division III without football1,75811
101Harrisburg Area Community College-HarrisburgNJCAA Division III5,32311
102Luzerne County Community CollegeNJCAA Division III2,51811
103Marywood UniversityNCAA Division III without football1,71711
104Mercyhurst University-North East CampusNJCAA Division II54911
105Pennsylvania State University-Penn State New KensingtonUSCAA52211
106Community College of PhiladelphiaNJCAA Division III4,83610
107Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Greater AlleghenyUSCAA48610
108Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Mont AltoUSCAA67910
109Rosemont CollegeNCAA Division III without football51710
110Bucks County Community CollegeNJCAA Division III2,7409
111Community College of Beaver CountyNJCAA Division II8589
112Delaware County Community CollegeNJCAA Division III3,5539
113Pennsylvania Highlands Community CollegeNJCAA Division III6949
114Pennsylvania State University-Penn State BrandywineUSCAA1,1489
115Pennsylvania State University-Penn State DuBoisUSCAA4729
116Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Worthington ScrantonUSCAA8479
117University of Valley ForgeNCAA Division III without football6249
118Bryn Athyn College of the New ChurchNCAA Division III without football2878
119Central Penn CollegeUSCAA3268
120Lackawanna CollegeNJCAA Division II1,1318
121Lehigh Carbon Community CollegeNJCAA Division III2,4578
122Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Lehigh ValleyUSCAA6857
123University of Pittsburgh-TitusvilleOther2697
Source: U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education

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