Yale University has most student athletes in Connecticut

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

RankSchoolDivisionTotal UndergraduatesMale Student AthletesFemale Student AthletesTotal Number of Student Athletes
1Yale UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS5,468490354844
2Sacred Heart UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS4,793399418817
3Trinity CollegeNCAA Division III with football2,132403261664
4University of ConnecticutNCAA Division I-FBS18,538334314648
5Wesleyan UniversityNCAA Division III with football2,912363241604
6Connecticut CollegeNCAA Division III without football1,818215306521
7Fairfield UniversityNCAA Division I without football3,802231247478
8Southern Connecticut State UniversityNCAA Division II with football6,830244225469
9Quinnipiac UniversityNCAA Division I without football6,784165290455
10Western Connecticut

State University

NCAA Division III with football4,116257129386
11Central Connecticut

State University

NCAA Division I-FCS7,529217164381
12Eastern Connecticut

State University

NCAA Division III without football4,291155170325
13University of New HavenNCAA Division II with football4,551176137313
14Post UniversityNCAA Division II without football2,557183111294
15University of HartfordNCAA Division I without football4,506155104259
16University of BridgeportNCAA Division II without football2,140102137239
17Mitchell CollegeNCAA Division III without football53711175186
18Albertus Magnus CollegeNCAA Division III without football1,03410277179
19University of Saint


NCAA Division III without football723

20University of Connecticut-Avery PointNJCAA Division III61446955
21Gateway Community CollegeNJCAA Division III2,047151530
Source: U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education

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