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
|Rank||School||Division||Total Undergraduates||Male Student Athletes||Female Student Athletes||Total Number of Student Athletes|
|1||University of Delaware||NCAA Division I-FCS||17,736||273||340||613|
|2||Wesley College||NCAA Division III with football||1,305||241||118||359|
|3||Delaware State University||NCAA Division I-FCS||3,486||153||163||316|
|4||Wilmington University||NCAA Division II without football||3,422||115||113||228|
|5||Goldey-Beacom College||NCAA Division II without football||575||85||70||155|
|6||Delaware Technical Community College-Terry||Other||5,158||74||40||114|