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
|Rank||School||Division||Total Undergraduates||Volleyball Total Participation|
|1||Sacred Heart University||NCAA Division I-FCS||4,793||38|
|2||Albertus Magnus College||NCAA Division III without football||1,034||21|
|3||Wesleyan University||NCAA Division III with football||2,912||19|
|4||Quinnipiac University||NCAA Division I without football||6,784||18|
|5||Fairfield University||NCAA Division I without football||3,802||17|
|6||Post University||NCAA Division II without football||2,557||17|
|7||Eastern Connecticut State
|NCAA Division III without football||4,291||16|
|8||University of Hartford||NCAA Division I without football||4,506||16|
|9||Yale University||NCAA Division I-FCS||5,468||16|
|10||Central Connecticut State
|NCAA Division I-FCS||7,529||15|
|11||Southern Connecticut State University||NCAA Division II with football||6,830||15|
|12||University of Connecticut||NCAA Division I-FBS||18,538||15|
|13||Western Connecticut State University||NCAA Division III with football||4,116||15|
|14||University of Bridgeport||NCAA Division II without football||2,140||14|
|15||Connecticut College||NCAA Division III without football||1,818||13|
|16||Trinity College||NCAA Division III with football||2,132||12|
|17||University of New Haven||NCAA Division II with football||4,551||12|
|18||Mitchell College||NCAA Division III without football||537||11|
|19||University of Saint Joseph||NCAA Division III without football||723||11|