Sacred Heart University fields most volleyball players in Connecticut

Sacred Heart 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.

Sacred Heart University‘s volleyball team consisted of 38 members, the highest student popularity number in Connecticut.

In all, there are 311 students playing on 19 college and university volleyball teams in the state.

College volleyball participation rankings

RankSchoolDivisionTotal UndergraduatesVolleyball Total Participation
1Sacred Heart UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS4,79338
2Albertus Magnus CollegeNCAA Division III without football1,03421
3Wesleyan UniversityNCAA Division III with football2,91219
4Quinnipiac UniversityNCAA Division I without football6,78418
5Fairfield UniversityNCAA Division I without football3,80217
6Post UniversityNCAA Division II without football2,55717
7Eastern Connecticut State


NCAA Division III without football4,29116
8University of HartfordNCAA Division I without football4,50616
9Yale UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS5,46816
10Central Connecticut State


NCAA Division I-FCS7,52915
11Southern Connecticut State UniversityNCAA Division II with football6,83015
12University of ConnecticutNCAA Division I-FBS18,53815
13Western Connecticut State UniversityNCAA Division III with football4,11615
14University of BridgeportNCAA Division II without football2,14014
15Connecticut CollegeNCAA Division III without football1,81813
16Trinity CollegeNCAA Division III with football2,13212
17University of New HavenNCAA Division II with football4,55112
18Mitchell CollegeNCAA Division III without football53711
19University of Saint JosephNCAA Division III without football72311
Source: U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education

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