Grand Canyon University fields most volleyball players in Arizona


Grand Canyon 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.

Grand Canyon University‘s volleyball team consisted of 43 members, the highest student popularity number in Arizona.

In all, there are 274 students playing on 17 college and university volleyball teams in the state.

College volleyball participation rankings

RankSchoolDivisionTotal UndergraduatesVolleyball Total Participation
1Grand Canyon UniversityNCAA Division I without football14,54243
2Arizona State University-TempeNCAA Division I-FBS38,76125
3Arizona Christian UniversityNAIA Division I65119
4University of ArizonaNCAA Division I-FBS29,04919
5Northern Arizona UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS21,49016
6Yavapai CollegeNJCAA Division I1,69415
7Eastern Arizona CollegeNJCAA Division I1,96914
8Pima Community CollegeNJCAA Division I7,47614
9Chandler-Gilbert Community CollegeNJCAA Division II3,62513
10Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-PrescottNAIA Division I2,25513
11Mesa Community CollegeNJCAA Division II5,88313
12South Mountain Community CollegeNJCAA Division II1,21313
13Arizona Western CollegeNJCAA Division I2,16312
14Glendale Community CollegeNJCAA Division II5,54612
15Scottsdale Community CollegeOther2,34212
16Central Arizona CollegeNJCAA Division I1,73211
17Phoenix CollegeNJCAA Division II2,84610
Source: U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education

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