Bethel University fields most volleyball players in Minnesota

Bethel 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.

Bethel University‘s volleyball team consisted of 26 members, the highest student popularity number in Minnesota.

In all, there are 669 students playing on 44 college and university volleyball teams in the state.

College volleyball participation rankings

RankSchoolDivisionTotal UndergraduatesVolleyball Total Participation
1Bethel UniversityNCAA Division III with football2,37726
2University of St ThomasNCAA Division III with football5,77426
3Crown CollegeNCAA Division III with football70022
4Gustavus Adolphus CollegeNCAA Division III with football2,21922
5Minnesota State University-MankatoNCAA Division II with football10,87021
6Bethany Lutheran CollegeNCAA Division III without football50418
7Macalester CollegeNCAA Division III with football2,09618
8The College of Saint ScholasticaNCAA Division III with football2,24918
9University of Minnesota-Twin CitiesNCAA Division I-FBS28,78218
10University of Northwestern-St PaulNCAA Division III with football1,61318
11Hamline UniversityNCAA Division III with football2,07917
12Minnesota State University MoorheadNCAA Division II with football4,23517
13Saint Cloud State UniversityNCAA Division II with football8,50617
14Saint Mary's University of MinnesotaNCAA Division III without football1,15117
15St Olaf CollegeNCAA Division III with football2,98317
16University of Minnesota-CrookstonNCAA Division II with football1,14317
17Augsburg CollegeNCAA Division III with football2,06216
18Minnesota State Community and Technical CollegeNJCAA Division III2,34916
19Southwest Minnesota State UniversityNCAA Division II with football1,85116
20St Catherine UniversityNCAA Division III without football2,03316
21Carleton CollegeNCAA Division III with football2,04515
22Martin Luther CollegeNCAA Division III with football71715
23Mesabi Range CollegeNJCAA Division III56115
24Ridgewater CollegeNJCAA Division III1,83515
25University of Minnesota-DuluthNCAA Division II with football8,62015
26University of Minnesota-MorrisNCAA Division III with football1,61815
27Winona State UniversityNCAA Division II with football6,62015
28Bemidji State UniversityNCAA Division II with football3,40014
29Concordia College at MoorheadNCAA Division III with football2,02114
30Concordia University-Saint PaulNCAA Division II with football1,33414
31Hibbing Community CollegeNJCAA Division III68313
32Rochester Community and Technical CollegeNJCAA Division III2,22713
33St Cloud Technical and Community CollegeNJCAA Division III2,08813
34North Central UniversityNCAA Division III without football86912
35Anoka-Ramsey Community CollegeNJCAA Division III2,47811
36Central Lakes College-BrainerdNJCAA Division III1,18911
37Itasca Community CollegeNJCAA Division III62911
38Northland Community and Technical CollegeNJCAA Division III1,25111
39Riverland Community CollegeNJCAA Division III1,07411
40Dakota County Technical CollegeNJCAA Division II1,2649
41Minnesota West Community and Technical CollegeNJCAA Division III1,0199
42Rainy River Community CollegeNJCAA Division III1639
43Fond du Lac Tribal and Community CollegeNJCAA Division III4638
44Vermilion Community CollegeNJCAA Division III4088
Source: U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education

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