Lindenwood University has most student athletes in Missouri

Lindenwood University ranked No. 1 for student athletic participation in the state, according to a Missouri 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 Lindenwood University students taking part in athletic programs was 1,201 –  742 men and 459 women – representing the largest contingent of student athletes in Missouri.

In all, there are 14,749 students – 8,898 men and 5,851 women – playing on athletic teams at 53 colleges and universities in the state.


Colleges with the most student athletes

RankSchoolDivisionTotal UndergraduatesMale Student AthletesFemale Student AthletesTotal Number of Student Athletes
1Lindenwood UniversityNCAA Division II with football6,7557424591,201
2Missouri Valley CollegeNAIA Division I1,329484289773
3Missouri Baptist UniversityNAIA Division I1,433365233598
4Washington University in St LouisNCAA Division III with football6,863311202513
5Central Methodist University-College of Liberal Arts and SciencesNAIA Division I1,064296211507
6University of Missouri-ColumbiaNCAA Division I-FBS24,060305197502
7Truman State UniversityNCAA Division II with football5,124317184501
8University of Central MissouriNCAA Division II with football7,758321155476
9Culver-Stockton CollegeNAIA Division II944316156472
10William Jewell CollegeNCAA Division II with football977256152408
11Missouri State University-SpringfieldNCAA Division I-FCS15,008202186388
12Missouri University of Science and TechnologyNCAA Division II with football6,201279105384
13Northwest Missouri State UniversityNCAA Division II with football4,881249131380
14Southwest Baptist UniversityNCAA Division II with football1,821260119379
15Missouri Southern State UniversityNCAA Division II with football4,371250128378
16Maryville University of Saint LouisNCAA Division II without football2,147204168372
17Rockhurst UniversityNCAA Division II without football1,403214153367
18Southeast Missouri State UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS7,721205160365
19Avila UniversityNAIA Division I1,094237115352
20Evangel UniversityNAIA Division I1,471227125352
21Saint Louis UniversityNCAA Division I without football6,672149178327
22Drury UniversityNCAA Division II without football2,349182136318
23Westminster CollegeNCAA Division III with football858185117302
24William Woods UniversityNAIA Division I834156141297
25Webster UniversityNCAA Division III without football2,283147137284
26Missouri Western State UniversityNCAA Division II with football3,40417584259
27University of Missouri-Kansas CityNCAA Division I without football6,52899142241
28Fontbonne UniversityNCAA Division III without football81912994223
29Metropolitan Community College-Kansas CityOther6,42112791218
30University of Missouri-St LouisNCAA Division II without football5,249109108217
31Hannibal-LaGrange UniversityNAIA Division I72612788215
32Lincoln UniversityNCAA Division II with football1,82614564209
33Park UniversityNAIA Division I3,92911198209
34State Fair Community CollegeNJCAA Division I2,45012080200
35Columbia CollegeNAIA Division I6,34110492196
36Harris-Stowe State UniversityNAIA Division I1,1578256138
37Saint Louis Community CollegeNJCAA Division II7,0236955124
38Mineral Area CollegeOther2,4767447121
39College of the OzarksNAIA Division II1,4997446120
40Jefferson CollegeNJCAA Division I2,1816250112
41Crowder CollegeNJCAA Division I2,1286635101
42St Louis College of PharmacyNAIA Division I5284357100
43St Charles Community CollegeNJCAA Division I3,217483785
44Three Rivers CollegeNJCAA Division I1,929483381
45North Central Missouri CollegeNJCAA Division I691532679
46Ozark Christian CollegeNCCAA Division II480402161
47East Central CollegeNJCAA Division II1,349193049
48Central Christian College of the BibleNCCAA Division II201301747
49Baptist Bible CollegeOther285242246
50Calvary UniversityOther132221234
51Moberly Area Community CollegeNJCAA Division I2,243151530
52Missouri State University-West PlainsNJCAA Division I949141428
53Saint Louis Christian CollegeOther9310

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

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