Yale University ranked No. 1 for student athletic participation in the state, according to a Connecticut 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 Yale University students taking part in athletic programs was 844 – 490 men and 354 women – representing the largest contingent of student athletes in Connecticut.
In all, there are 8,244 students – 4,363 men and 3,881 women – playing on athletic teams at 21 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||Yale University||NCAA Division I-FCS||5,468||490||354||844|
|2||Sacred Heart University||NCAA Division I-FCS||4,793||399||418||817|
|3||Trinity College||NCAA Division III with football||2,132||403||261||664|
|4||University of Connecticut||NCAA Division I-FBS||18,538||334||314||648|
|5||Wesleyan University||NCAA Division III with football||2,912||363||241||604|
|6||Connecticut College||NCAA Division III without football||1,818||215||306||521|
|7||Fairfield University||NCAA Division I without football||3,802||231||247||478|
|8||Southern Connecticut State University||NCAA Division II with football||6,830||244||225||469|
|9||Quinnipiac University||NCAA Division I without football||6,784||165||290||455|
|NCAA Division III with football||4,116||257||129||386|
|NCAA Division I-FCS||7,529||217||164||381|
|NCAA Division III without football||4,291||155||170||325|
|13||University of New Haven||NCAA Division II with football||4,551||176||137||313|
|14||Post University||NCAA Division II without football||2,557||183||111||294|
|15||University of Hartford||NCAA Division I without football||4,506||155||104||259|
|16||University of Bridgeport||NCAA Division II without football||2,140||102||137||239|
|17||Mitchell College||NCAA Division III without football||537||111||75||186|
|18||Albertus Magnus College||NCAA Division III without football||1,034||102||77||179|
|19||University of Saint
|NCAA Division III without football||723||97||97|
|20||University of Connecticut-Avery Point||NJCAA Division III||614||46||9||55|
|21||Gateway Community College||NJCAA Division III||2,047||15||15||30|