Arizona State University-Tempe has most student athletes in state

Arizona State University-Tempe ranked No. 1 for student athletic participation in the state, according to an Arizona 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 Arizona State University-Tempe students taking part in athletic programs was 608 –  328 men and 280 women – representing the largest contingent of student athletes in Arizona.

In all, there are 5,287 students – 3,242 men and 2,045 women – playing on athletic teams at 23 colleges and universities in the state.


Colleges with the most student athletes

RankSchoolDivisionTotal UndergraduatesMale Student AthletesFemale Student AthletesTotal Number of Student Athletes
1Arizona State University-TempeNCAA Division I-FBS38,761328280608
2University of ArizonaNCAA Division I-FBS29,049258207465
3Arizona Christian UniversityNAIA Division I651274140414
4Mesa Community CollegeNJCAA Division II5,883270127397
5Grand Canyon UniversityNCAA Division I without football14,542200193393
6Pima Community CollegeNJCAA Division I7,476255112367
7Northern Arizona UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS21,490183150333
8Glendale Community CollegeNJCAA Division II5,54620976285
9Central Arizona CollegeNJCAA Division I1,73212194215
10Scottsdale Community


11Arizona Western CollegeNJCAA Division I2,16314565210
12Phoenix CollegeNJCAA Division II2,84614860208
13Eastern Arizona CollegeNJCAA Division I1,96913748185
14Paradise Valley Community CollegeNJCAA Division II2,18511171182
15Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-PrescottNAIA Division I2,2557790167
16Chandler-Gilbert Community CollegeNJCAA Division II3,6258666152
17South Mountain Community CollegeNJCAA Division II1,2138461145
18GateWay Community CollegeNJCAA Division II1,265524193
19Cochise County Community College DistrictNJCAA Division I1,626473885
20Yavapai CollegeNJCAA Division I1,694543084
21Dine CollegeOther851231841
22Estrella Mountain Community CollegeNJCAA Division I2,897141024
23Tohono O'Odham Community CollegeNJCAA Division II10313922
Source: U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education

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