Carroll College has most student athletes in Montana

Carroll College ranked No. 1 for student athletic participation in the state, according to a Montana 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 Carroll College students taking part in athletic programs was 369 –  222 men and 147 women – representing the largest contingent of student athletes in Montana.

In all, there are 2,672 students – 1,659 men and 1,013 women – playing on athletic teams at 14 colleges and universities in the state.


Colleges with the most student athletes

RankSchoolDivisionTotal UndergraduatesMale Student AthletesFemale Student AthletesTotal Number of Student Athletes
1Carroll CollegeNAIA Division I1,317222147369
2The University of MontanaNCAA Division I-FCS7,789181164345
3Montana State UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS12,157193122315
4Rocky Mountain CollegeNAIA Division I85721597312
5The University of Montana-WesternNAIA Division I1,23019186277
6University of Great FallsNAIA Division I484130117247
7Montana State University-BillingsNCAA Division II without football2,470117103220
8Montana Tech of the University of MontanaNAIA Division I1,67214839187
9Montana State University-NorthernNAIA Division I89212042162
10Miles Community CollegeOther288643195
11Dawson Community CollegeNJCAA Division I166504191
12Little Big Horn CollegeNJCAA Division I157111223
13Salish Kootenai CollegeIndependent680101121
14Blackfeet Community CollegeOther356718
Source: U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education

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