University of Alabama has most student athletes in state

University of Alabama ranked No. 1 for student athletic participation in the state, according to an Alabama 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 Alabama students taking part in athletic programs was 631 –  295 men and 336 women – representing the largest contingent of student athletes in Alabama.

In all, there are 9,364 students – 5,440 men and 3,924 women – playing on athletic teams at 46 colleges and universities in the state.


Colleges with the most student athletes

RankSchoolDivisionTotal UndergraduatesMale Student AthletesFemale Student AthletesTotal Number of Student Athletes
1The University of AlabamaNCAA Division I-FBS29,071295336631
2Auburn UniversityNCAA Division I-FBS20,260263241504
3Birmingham Southern CollegeNCAA Division III with football1,282302150452
4Huntingdon CollegeNCAA Division III with football880320117437
5University of West AlabamaNCAA Division II with football1,722281134415
6Troy UniversityNCAA Division I-FBS9,329252142394
7University of South AlabamaNCAA Division I-FBS9,596244139383
8Jacksonville State UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS5,392233136369
9Alabama State UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS4,362206152358
10University of Alabama in HuntsvilleNCAA Division II without football5,238205147352
11Faulkner UniversityNAIA Division I1,77924991340
12Samford UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS3,204212128340
13University of MontevalloNCAA Division II without football2,177146173319
14Alabama A & M UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS4,211195119314
15University of North AlabamaNCAA Division II with football5,143192110302
16University of Alabama at BirminghamNCAA Division I-FBS8,94199173272
17Tuskegee UniversityNCAA Division II with football2,34617491265
18Spring Hill CollegeNCAA Division II without football1,365125132257
19University of MobileNAIA Division I1,241107120227
20Miles CollegeNCAA Division II with football1,77111863181
21Snead State Community


NJCAA Division I1,3448475159
22Auburn University at MontgomeryNCAA Division II without football3,0908171152
23James H Faulkner State Community CollegeNJCAA Division I2,5398065145
24George C Wallace State Community College-HancevilleNJCAA Division I2,6067260132
25Southern Union State Community CollegeNJCAA Division I2,4566952121
26Talladega CollegeNAIA Division I624534598
27Alabama Southern Community CollegeNJCAA Division II792544195
28Chattahoochee Valley Community CollegeNJCAA Division I860474491
29Concordia College AlabamaUSCAA305504191
30Shelton State Community CollegeNJCAA Division I2,093543791
31Bishop State Community


NJCAA Division I1,557474289
32Judson CollegeUSCAA241

33Jefferson Davis Community CollegeNJCAA Division I548443882
34Lurleen B Wallace Community CollegeNJCAA Division I1,032493281
35George C Wallace State Community College-SelmaNJCAA Division I898512980
36Lawson State Community College-Birmingham CampusNJCAA Division I1,690483179
37Marion Military InstituteNJCAA Division I421611879
38Central Alabama Community CollegeNJCAA Division I935443276
39John C Calhoun State Community CollegeNJCAA Division I3,470423274
40Oakwood UniversityUSCAA1,626314273
41Enterprise State Community CollegeNJCAA Division I821382260
42Stillman CollegeNAIA Division I579292857
43Gadsden State Community CollegeNJCAA Division I2,471302555
44Selma UniversityNCCAA Division I161322052
45George C Wallace Community College-DothanNJCAA Division I1,962242145
46Jefferson State Community CollegeNJCAA Division I2,7848412
Source: U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education

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