Brigham Young University-Provo has most student athletes in Utah

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

RankSchoolDivisionTotal UndergraduatesMale Student AthletesFemale Student AthletesTotal Number of Student Athletes
1Brigham Young University-ProvoNCAA Division I-FBS28,012322244566
2Utah State UniversityNCAA Division I-FBS16,888272252524
3University of UtahNCAA Division I-FBS17,081253204457
4Southern Utah UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS5,601206159365
5Dixie State UniversityNCAA Division II with football5,529218144362
6Weber State UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS10,265179170349
7Utah Valley UniversityNCAA Division I

without football

8Snow CollegeNJCAA Division I3,11018289271
9Westminster CollegeNCAA Division II without football2,003131112243
10Salt Lake Community CollegeNJCAA Division I7,2317861139
Source: U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education

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