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
|Rank||School||Division||Total Undergraduates||Male Student Athletes||Female Student Athletes||Total Number of Student Athletes|
|1||Carroll College||NAIA Division I||1,317||222||147||369|
|2||The University of Montana||NCAA Division I-FCS||7,789||181||164||345|
|3||Montana State University||NCAA Division I-FCS||12,157||193||122||315|
|4||Rocky Mountain College||NAIA Division I||857||215||97||312|
|5||The University of Montana-Western||NAIA Division I||1,230||191||86||277|
|6||University of Great Falls||NAIA Division I||484||130||117||247|
|7||Montana State University-Billings||NCAA Division II without football||2,470||117||103||220|
|8||Montana Tech of the University of Montana||NAIA Division I||1,672||148||39||187|
|9||Montana State University-Northern||NAIA Division I||892||120||42||162|
|10||Miles Community College||Other||288||64||31||95|
|11||Dawson Community College||NJCAA Division I||166||50||41||91|
|12||Little Big Horn College||NJCAA Division I||157||11||12||23|
|13||Salish Kootenai College||Independent||680||10||11||21|
|14||Blackfeet Community College||Other||356||7||1||8|