University of Arkansas ranked No. 1 for student athletic participation in the state, according to an Arkansas 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 Arkansas students taking part in athletic programs was 472 – 251 men and 221 women – representing the largest contingent of student athletes in Arkansas.
In all, there are 5,835 students – 3,785 men and 2,050 women – playing on athletic teams at 24 colleges and universities in the state.
Colleges with the most student athletes
|Rank||School||Division||Total Undergraduates||Male Student Athletes||Female Student Athletes||Total Number of Student Athletes|
|1||University of Arkansas||NCAA Division I-FBS||19,774||251||221||472|
|2||Harding University||NCAA Division II with football||4,143||284||137||421|
|3||Hendrix College||NCAA Division III with football||1,311||262||152||414|
|NCAA Division II with football||2,790||275||108||383|
|5||University of Central Arkansas||NCAA Division I-FCS||7,956||223||146||369|
|6||Ouachita Baptist University||NCAA Division II with football||1,461||256||111||367|
|7||Arkansas State University-Main Campus||NCAA Division I-FBS||7,248||214||123||337|
|8||Arkansas Tech University||NCAA Division II with football||6,773||226||90||316|
|9||Lyon College||NAIA Division I||678||219||88||307|
|10||Southern Arkansas University Main Campus||NCAA Division II with football||2,816||212||91||303|
|11||University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff||NCAA Division I-FCS||2,502||179||87||266|
|12||University of the Ozarks||NCAA Division III without football||667||156||89||245|
|13||University of Arkansas at Monticello||NCAA Division II with football||2,162||178||57||235|
|14||Williams Baptist College||NAIA Division I||423||136||91||227|
|15||University of Arkansas at Little Rock||NCAA Division I without football||4,424||86||115||201|
|16||Arkansas Baptist College||NJCAA Division II||753||146||29||175|
|17||Central Baptist College||NAIA Division I||631||99||63||162|
|18||John Brown University||NAIA Division I||1,521||63||67||130|
|19||University of Arkansas-
|NCAA Division II without football||4,235||76||47||123|
|20||Ecclesia College||NCCAA Division I||233||92||29||121|
|21||Crowley's Ridge College||NAIA Division I||192||75||45||120|
|22||North Arkansas College||NJCAA Division II||1,020||45||24||69|
|23||Philander Smith College||NAIA Division I||725||19||23||42|
|24||Arkansas State University Mid-South||NJCAA Division II||488||13||17||30|