University of Delaware has most student athletes in state

University of Delaware ranked No. 1 for student athletic participation in the state, according to a Delaware 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 Delaware students taking part in athletic programs was 613 –  273 men and 340 women – representing the largest contingent of student athletes in Delaware.

In all, there are 1,785 students – 941 men and 844 women – playing on athletic teams at six colleges and universities in the state.


Colleges with the most student athletes

RankSchoolDivisionTotal UndergraduatesMale Student AthletesFemale Student AthletesTotal Number of Student Athletes
1University of DelawareNCAA Division I-FCS17,736273340613
2Wesley CollegeNCAA Division III with football1,305241118359
3Delaware State UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS3,486153163316
4Wilmington UniversityNCAA Division II without football3,422115113228
5Goldey-Beacom CollegeNCAA Division II without football5758570155
6Delaware Technical Community College-TerryOther5,1587440114
Source: U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education

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