University of Pennsylvania has most student athletes in state

University of Pennsylvania ranked No. 1 for student athletic participation in the state, according to a Keystone Business News 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 Pennsylvania students taking part in athletic programs was 890 –  517 men and 373 women – representing the largest contingent of student athletes in Pennsylvania.

In all, there are 40,246 students – 22,874 men and 17,372 women – playing on athletic teams at 133 colleges and universities in the state.


Colleges with the most student athletes

RankSchoolDivisionTotal UndergraduatesMale Student AthletesFemale Student AthletesTotal Number of Student Athletes
1University of PennsylvaniaNCAA Division I-FCS10,231517373890
2Pennsylvania State University-Main CampusNCAA Division I-FBS39,883474347821
3Bucknell UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS3,525360361721
4Villanova UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS6,469301328629
5Lehigh UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS4,990359265624
6Franklin and Marshall CollegeNCAA Division III with football2,222355251606
7Mercyhurst UniversityNCAA Division II with football2,402378222600
8Gettysburg CollegeNCAA Division III with football2,378340240580
9Susquehanna UniversityNCAA Division III with football2,124341235576
10West Chester University of PennsylvaniaNCAA Division II with football12,794252318570
11Ursinus CollegeNCAA Division III with football1,539343194537
12Dickinson CollegeNCAA Division III with football2,356309223532
13Lebanon Valley CollegeNCAA Division III with football1,598325193518
14Gannon UniversityNCAA Division II with football2,471282233515
15Lafayette CollegeNCAA Division I-FCS2,505290222512
16Misericordia UniversityNCAA Division III with football1,641263239502
17Westminster CollegeNCAA Division III with football1,147323178501
18Washington & Jefferson CollegeNCAA Division III with football1,369332167499
19Albright CollegeNCAA Division III with football2,284316178494
20East Stroudsburg University of PennsylvaniaNCAA Division II with football5,616236258494
21Temple UniversityNCAA Division I-FBS26,128265227492
22Saint Joseph's UniversityNCAA Division I without football4,649261226487
23York College PennsylvaniaNCAA Division III without football3,846279208487
24University of Pittsburgh-

Pittsburgh Campus

NCAA Division I-FBS18,129275209484
25Muhlenberg CollegeNCAA Division III with football2,312291191482
26Shippensburg University of PennsylvaniaNCAA Division II with football5,532246236482
27Drexel UniversityNCAA Division I without football13,258262208470
28King's CollegeNCAA Division III with football1,903318152470
29Delaware Valley UniversityNCAA Division III with football1,766345122467
30Widener UniversityNCAA Division III with football2,960301165466
31Allegheny CollegeNCAA Division III with football1,865287175462
32Seton Hill UniversityNCAA Division II with football1,482270190460
33Saint Francis UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS1,540231224455
34Thiel CollegeNCAA Division III with football846312136448
35Kutztown University of PennsylvaniaNCAA Division II with football7,282225222447
36Slippery Rock University of PennsylvaniaNCAA Division II with football7,116223224447
37Wilkes UniversityNCAA Division III with football2,297287148435
38Haverford CollegeNCAA Division III without football1,261227207434
39Moravian CollegeNCAA Division III with football1,793264170434
40Carnegie Mellon UniversityNCAA Division III with football6,068271161432
41Messiah CollegeNCAA Division III without football2,648226205431
42Swarthmore CollegeNCAA Division III without football1,540216212428
43La Salle UniversityNCAA Division I without football3,174187239426
44Lock Haven UniversityNCAA Division II with football3,522218201419
45Bloomsburg University of PennsylvaniaNCAA Division II with football8,178236182418
46University of ScrantonNCAA Division III without football3,658227188415
47Elizabethtown CollegeNCAA Division III without football1,702230183413
48Duquesne UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS5,851178232410
49Indiana University of Pennsylvania-Main CampusNCAA Division II with football9,957199211410
50Millersville University of PennsylvaniaNCAA Division II with football5,910204204408
51Robert Morris UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS3,940218187405
52Lycoming CollegeNCAA Division III with football1,239273131404
53Waynesburg UniversityNCAA Division III with football1,329262137399
54Juniata CollegeNCAA Division III with football1,452226151377
55Saint Vincent CollegeNCAA Division III with football1,581246128374
56Edinboro University of PennsylvaniaNCAA Division II with football4,346199168367
57Alvernia UniversityNCAA Division III without football1,717181177358
58Clarion University

of Pennsylvania

NCAA Division II with football3,567191158349
59Arcadia UniversityNCAA Division III without football2,262182165347
60Geneva CollegeNCAA Division III with football1,304230113343
61Chestnut Hill CollegeNCAA Division II without football1,088211128339
62Eastern UniversityNCAA Division III without football1,758179148327
63DeSales UniversityNCAA Division III without football1,854173153326
64Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Erie-Behrend CollegeNCAA Division III without football4,147194123317
65Neumann UniversityNCAA Division III without football1,606155161316
66Marywood UniversityNCAA Division III without football1,717145169314
67Keystone CollegeNCAA Division III without football1,087156139295
68California University of PennsylvaniaNCAA Division II with football4,60319299291
69Philadelphia UniversityNCAA Division II without football2,317124161285
70Cabrini UniversityNCAA Division III without football1,383143132275
71Point Park UniversityNAIA Division II2,710133141274
72University of Pittsburgh-JohnstownNCAA Division II without football2,70616095255
73Immaculata UniversityNCAA Division III without football943122131253
74Pennsylvania State University-Penn State HarrisburgNCAA Division III without football3,769146103249
75Gwynedd Mercy UniversityNCAA Division III without football1,824129119248
76Lackawanna CollegeNJCAA Division II1,13119155246
77Mansfield University of PennsylvaniaNCAA Division II without football1,921135111246
78Lincoln UniversityNCAA Division II with football1,66716776243
79Valley Forge Military CollegeNJCAA Division III24917932211
80La Roche CollegeNCAA Division III without football1,15112090210
81Pennsylvania College of TechnologyNCAA Division III without football4,58212881209
82Mount Aloysius CollegeNCAA Division III without football1,07610495199
83Pennsylvania State University-Penn State AltoonaNCAA Division III without football3,32111184195
84Pennsylvania State University-Penn State AbingtonNCAA Division III without football3,0389882180
85University of Pittsburgh-BradfordNCAA Division III without football1,3469684180
86Lancaster Bible CollegeNCAA Division III without football8249484178
87Cairn University-LanghorneNCAA Division III without football69910572177
88Pennsylvania State University-Penn State BerksNCAA Division III without football2,5269474168
89Pennsylvania State University-Penn State BrandywineUSCAA1,1489067157
90Cheyney University of PennsylvaniaNCAA Division II with football65712135156
91Carlow UniversityNAIA Division II1,09347108155
92University of Pittsburgh-GreensburgNCAA Division III without football1,4358764151
93Chatham UniversityNCAA Division III without football70648101149
94Holy Family UniversityNCAA Division II without football1,4205095145
95University of the SciencesNCAA Division II without football1,3257470144
96Mercyhurst University-

North East Campus

NJCAA Division II5498656142
97Clarks Summit UniversityNCAA Division III without football3546769136
98Northampton County Area Community CollegeNJCAA Division III4,4067956135
99Bryn Athyn College of the New ChurchNCAA Division III without football2877061131
100Pennsylvania State University-Penn State SchuylkillUSCAA6217653129
101Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Mont AltoUSCAA6797948127
102Westmoreland County

Community College

NJCAA Division III2,2607052122
103Wilson CollegeNCAA Division III without football4814872120
104Pennsylvania State University-Penn State HazletonUSCAA7606350113
105Pennsylvania State University-Penn State New KensingtonUSCAA5228824112
106Rosemont CollegeNCAA Division III without football5176544109
107Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Greater AlleghenyUSCAA4866444108
108University of Valley ForgeNCAA Division III without football6245551106
109Cedar Crest CollegeNCAA Division III without football882

110Bucks County Community


NJCAA Division III2,7405648104
111Pennsylvania State University-Penn State BeaverUSCAA6244952101
112Community College of Allegheny CountyNJCAA Division III5,602702898
113Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Fayette- EberlyOther549504696
114Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Worthington


115Lehigh Carbon Community CollegeNJCAA Division III2,457613091
116Montgomery County Community CollegeNJCAA Division III3,689474390
117Thaddeus Stevens College of TechnologyNJCAA Division III1,04787188
118Pennsylvania State University-Penn State DuBoisUSCAA472582987
119Central Penn CollegeUSCAA326483684
120Harcum CollegeOther1,078423880
121Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Wilkes-BarreUSCAA420601676
122Luzerne County Community CollegeNJCAA Division III2,518323365
123Butler County Community


NJCAA Division III1,545323062
124Delaware County Community CollegeNJCAA Division III3,553412162
125Harrisburg Area Community College-HarrisburgNJCAA Division III5,323392362
126Pennsylvania State University-Penn State YorkUSCAA830481058
127Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Lehigh ValleyUSCAA685281745
128Community College of PhiladelphiaNJCAA Division III4,836192342
129Manor CollegeNJCAA Division III400301040
130Pennsylvania Highlands Community CollegeNJCAA Division III694142135
131Community College of Beaver CountyNJCAA Division II858101727
132University of Pittsburgh-


133Johnson CollegeNJCAA Division III


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

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