UM-Twin Cities has most student athletes in Minnesota

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities ranked No. 1 for student athletic participation in the state, according to a Minnesota 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 Minnesota-Twin Cities students taking part in athletic programs was 761 –  383 men and 378 women – representing the largest contingent of student athletes in Minnesota.

In all, there are 12,763 students – 7,658 men and 5,105 women – playing on athletic teams at 48 colleges and universities in the state.


Colleges with the most student athletes

RankSchoolDivisionTotal UndergraduatesMale Student AthletesFemale Student AthletesTotal Number of Student Athletes
1University of Minnesota-Twin CitiesNCAA Division I-FBS28,782383378761
2University of St ThomasNCAA Division III with football5,774475256731
3Gustavus Adolphus CollegeNCAA Division III with football2,219393232625
4St Olaf CollegeNCAA Division III with football2,983338218556
5Concordia College

at Moorhead

NCAA Division III with football2,021333183516
6Minnesota State University-MankatoNCAA Division II with football10,870258225483
7Bethel UniversityNCAA Division III with football2,377305167472
8Hamline UniversityNCAA Division III with football2,079264201465
9Saint Cloud State UniversityNCAA Division II with football8,506252202454
10Augsburg CollegeNCAA Division III with football2,062284140424
11The College of Saint


NCAA Division III with football2,249248175423
12University of Minnesota-DuluthNCAA Division II with football8,620233160393
13Macalester CollegeNCAA Division III with football2,096225158383
14Carleton CollegeNCAA Division III with football2,045224151375
15Minnesota State University MoorheadNCAA Division II with football4,235184185369
16Southwest Minnesota State UniversityNCAA Division II with football1,851226113339
17Winona State UniversityNCAA Division II with football6,620166167333
18Bemidji State UniversityNCAA Division II with football3,400191136327
19University of Northwestern-

St. Paul

NCAA Division III with football1,613192135327
20Concordia University-

Saint Paul

NCAA Division II with football1,334193125318
21Saint Mary's University of MinnesotaNCAA Division III without football1,151166142308
22University of Minnesota-CrookstonNCAA Division II with football1,143176116292
23University of Minnesota-MorrisNCAA Division III with football1,618154110264
24Martin Luther CollegeNCAA Division III with football717151111262
25Crown CollegeNCAA Division III with football70016090250
26Bethany Lutheran CollegeNCAA Division III without football50496102198
27St Catherine UniversityNCAA Division III without football2,033

28Rochester Community and Technical CollegeNJCAA Division III2,22711938157
29Minnesota West Community

and Technical College

NJCAA Division III1,01911427141
30Itasca Community CollegeNJCAA Division III62910729136
31Northland Community and Technical CollegeNJCAA Division III1,25110128129
32Central Lakes College-BrainerdNJCAA Division III1,1899928127
33North Central UniversityNCAA Division III without football8697252124
34Minnesota State Community

and Technical College

NJCAA Division III2,3498830118
35Ridgewater CollegeNJCAA Division III1,8358731118
36Mesabi Range CollegeNJCAA Division III5618234116
37Anoka-Ramsey Community CollegeNJCAA Division III2,4786048108
38Dakota County Technical


NJCAA Division II1,264553792
39Vermilion Community CollegeNJCAA Division III408751792
40Century CollegeNJCAA Division III3,355523385
41Riverland Community CollegeNJCAA Division III1,074622183
42St Cloud Technical and Community CollegeNJCAA Division III2,088453176
43Hibbing Community CollegeNJCAA Division III683373471
44Rainy River Community


NJCAA Division III163382462
45Fond du Lac Tribal and Community CollegeNJCAA Division III463471259
46Oak Hills Christian CollegeNCCAA Division II10019827
47Lake Superior CollegeNJCAA Division III1,61120

48Leech Lake Tribal CollegeIndependent2189716
Source: U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education

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