Lindenwood University fields most volleyball players in Missouri


Lindenwood 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.

Lindenwood University‘s volleyball team consisted of 91 members, the highest student popularity number in Missouri.

In all, there are 945 students playing on 45 college and university volleyball teams in the state.

College volleyball participation rankings

RankSchoolDivisionTotal UndergraduatesVolleyball Total Participation
1Lindenwood UniversityNCAA Division II with football6,75591
2Missouri Baptist UniversityNAIA Division I1,43357
3Missouri Valley CollegeNAIA Division I1,32956
4Culver-Stockton CollegeNAIA Division II94449
5Central Methodist University-College of Liberal Arts and SciencesNAIA Division I1,06438
6Park UniversityNAIA Division I3,92927
7William Woods UniversityNAIA Division I83425
8Avila UniversityNAIA Division I1,09423
9Fontbonne UniversityNCAA Division III without football81923
10Webster UniversityNCAA Division III without football2,28323
11Rockhurst UniversityNCAA Division II without football1,40321
12Drury UniversityNCAA Division II without football2,34919
13Missouri State University-SpringfieldNCAA Division I-FCS15,00819
14Washington University in St LouisNCAA Division III with football6,86319
15William Jewell CollegeNCAA Division II with football97719
16Missouri University of Science and TechnologyNCAA Division II with football6,20118
17Saint Louis UniversityNCAA Division I

without football

6,67218
18Southeast Missouri State UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS7,72118
19University of Missouri-St LouisNCAA Division II without football5,24918
20Southwest Baptist UniversityNCAA Division II with football1,82117
21University of Missouri-ColumbiaNCAA Division I-FBS24,06017
22East Central CollegeNJCAA Division II1,34916
23Evangel UniversityNAIA Division I1,47116
24Maryville University of Saint LouisNCAA Division II without football2,14716
25Missouri Western State UniversityNCAA Division II with football3,40416
26Truman State UniversityNCAA Division II with football5,12416
27University of Central MissouriNCAA Division II with football7,75816
28University of Missouri-Kansas CityNCAA Division I

without football

6,52816
29Westminster CollegeNCAA Division III with football85816
30College of the OzarksNAIA Division II1,49915
31Hannibal-LaGrange UniversityNAIA Division I72615
32Missouri Southern State UniversityNCAA Division II with football4,37115
33Northwest Missouri State UniversityNCAA Division II with football4,88115
34Metropolitan Community College-Kansas CityOther6,42114
35Missouri State University-West PlainsNJCAA Division I94914
36Baptist Bible CollegeOther28513
37Mineral Area CollegeOther2,47613
38Saint Louis Community CollegeNJCAA Division II7,02313
39Columbia CollegeNAIA Division I6,34112
40Jefferson CollegeNJCAA Division I2,18112
41St Louis College of PharmacyNAIA Division I52812
42Harris-Stowe State UniversityNAIA Division I1,15711
43Calvary UniversityOther13210
44Ozark Christian CollegeNCCAA Division II48010
45Central Christian College of the BibleNCCAA Division II2018
Source: U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education

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