Brigham Young University-Provo ranked No. 1 for student athletic participation in the state, according to a Utah 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 Brigham Young University-Provo students taking part in athletic programs was 566 – 322 men and 244 women – representing the largest contingent of student athletes in Utah.
In all, there are 3,605 students – 2,027 men and 1,578 women – playing on athletic teams at 10 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||Brigham Young University-Provo||NCAA Division I-FBS||28,012||322||244||566|
|2||Utah State University||NCAA Division I-FBS||16,888||272||252||524|
|3||University of Utah||NCAA Division I-FBS||17,081||253||204||457|
|4||Southern Utah University||NCAA Division I-FCS||5,601||206||159||365|
|5||Dixie State University||NCAA Division II with football||5,529||218||144||362|
|6||Weber State University||NCAA Division I-FCS||10,265||179||170||349|
|7||Utah Valley University||NCAA Division I
|8||Snow College||NJCAA Division I||3,110||182||89||271|
|9||Westminster College||NCAA Division II without football||2,003||131||112||243|
|10||Salt Lake Community College||NJCAA Division I||7,231||78||61||139|