University of Oklahoma has most student athletes in state

University of Oklahoma ranked No. 1 for student athletic participation in the state, according to an Oklahoma 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 University of Oklahoma students taking part in athletic programs was 572 –  292 men and 280 women – representing the largest contingent of student athletes in Oklahoma.

In all, there are 9,251 students – 5,557 men and 3,694 women – playing on athletic teams at 35 colleges and universities in the state.


Colleges with the most student athletes

RankSchoolDivisionTotal UndergraduatesMale Student AthletesFemale Student AthletesTotal Number of Student Athletes
1University of Oklahoma-Norman CampusNCAA Division I-FBS18,218292280572
2Oklahoma Baptist UniversityNCAA Division II with football1,852285277562
3Oklahoma State University-Main CampusNCAA Division I-FBS18,330302228530
4University of TulsaNCAA Division I-FBS3,248243227470
5Northwestern Oklahoma State UniversityNCAA Division II with football1,423262150412
6University of Central OklahomaNCAA Division II with football10,466232176408
7Northeastern Oklahoma A&M CollegeNJCAA Division I1,569276129405
8Bacone CollegeNAIA Division I935261128389
9Southern Nazarene UniversityNCAA Division II with football1,556235128363
10Southwestern Oklahoma State UniversityNCAA Division II with football3,658199129328
11Oklahoma Panhandle State UniversityNCAA Division II with football88522686312
12Oklahoma Wesleyan UniversityNAIA Division II634180129309
13Southeastern Oklahoma State UniversityNCAA Division II with football2,40523075305
14Northeastern State UniversityNCAA Division II with football4,84319977276
15Oklahoma City UniversityNAIA Division I1,621146121267
16East Central UniversityNCAA Division II with football2,82917292264
17Oklahoma Christian UniversityNCAA Division II without football1,77816787254
18Oral Roberts UniversityNCAA Division I without football2,601135117252
19St. Gregory's UniversityNAIA Division I460110106216
20University of Science

and Arts of Oklahoma

NAIA Division I71412488212
21Northern Oklahoma CollegeNJCAA Division I1,96012089209
22Rogers State UniversityNCAA Division II without football2,35410293195
23Western Oklahoma State CollegeNJCAA Division II62913552187
24Mid-America Christian UniversityNAIA Division I1,83212165186
25Southwestern Christian UniversityNAIA Division I6369185176
26Seminole State CollegeNJCAA Division I8887081151
27Murray State CollegeNJCAA Division I1,1768956145
28Cameron UniversityNCAA Division II without football3,0487758135
29Langston UniversityNAIA Division I1,8358351134
30Connors State CollegeNJCAA Division I1,3137161132
31Rose State CollegeNJCAA Division I2,7987453127
32Eastern Oklahoma State CollegeNJCAA Division I8107550125
33Randall UniversityNCCAA Division II2628536121
34Redlands Community CollegeOther572581977
35Carl Albert State CollegeOther1,293301545
Source: U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education

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