Webber International University fields most volleyball players in Florida


Webber International University ranked No. 1 for student volleyball participation in the state, according to a Watchdog 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.

Webber International University‘s volleyball team consisted of 21 members, the highest student popularity number in Florida.

In all, there are 890 students playing on 58 college and university volleyball teams in the state.

College volleyball participation rankings

RankSchoolDivisionTotal UndergraduatesVolleyball Total Participation
1Webber International UniversityNAIA Division II62821
2Eckerd CollegeNCAA Division II without football1,89020
3Florida International UniversityNCAA Division I-FBS25,92020
4The University of West FloridaNCAA Division II with football6,99720
5University of South Florida-Main CampusNCAA Division I-FBS23,60320
6Florida National University-Main CampusUSCAA1,69919
7The University of TampaNCAA Division II without football7,12419
8University of Central FloridaNCAA Division I-FBS38,22819
9Warner UniversityNAIA Division II83519
10Florida Southern CollegeNCAA Division II without football2,32318
11University of FloridaNCAA Division I-FBS30,58318
12Ave Maria UniversityNAIA Division II1,03117
13Barry UniversityNCAA Division II without football2,88917
14Bethune-Cookman UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS3,58317
15Johnson & Wales University-North MiamiNAIA Division II1,42417
16Palm Beach Atlantic UniversityNCAA Division II without football2,29517
17Rollins CollegeNCAA Division II without football2,45017
18Santa Fe CollegeNJCAA Division I5,92217
19St Thomas UniversityNAIA Division II79817
20Stetson UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS3,01717
21Florida Atlantic UniversityNCAA Division I-FBS15,71516
22Keiser University-Ft LauderdaleNAIA Division II11,46816
23Lynn UniversityNCAA Division II without football1,94816
24Pasco-Hernando State CollegeNJCAA Division II4,02616
25Saint Leo UniversityNCAA Division II without football7,55516
26Southeastern UniversityNAIA Division II3,83116
27Daytona State CollegeNJCAA Division I3,08315
28Edward Waters CollegeNAIA Division I90315
29Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona BeachNCAA Division II without football5,00315
30Florida Institute of TechnologyNCAA Division II with football3,28115
31Gulf Coast State CollegeNJCAA Division I1,71415
32Indian River State CollegeNJCAA Division I5,14315
33Miami Dade CollegeNJCAA Division I20,59415
34Nova Southeastern UniversityNCAA Division II without football3,05115
35Palm Beach State CollegeNJCAA Division I7,77715
36Pensacola State CollegeNJCAA Division I3,25715
37University of MiamiNCAA Division I-FBS10,10215
38Broward CollegeNJCAA Division I11,95914
39College of Central FloridaNJCAA Division I2,77514
40Eastern Florida State CollegeNJCAA Division I4,84914
41Florida CollegeUSCAA52114
42Florida Gulf Coast UniversityNCAA Division I without football10,80914
43Hillsborough Community CollegeNJCAA Division I10,53914
44Lake-Sumter State CollegeNJCAA Division I1,23214
45Saint Johns River State CollegeNJCAA Division I1,77914
46Flagler College-St AugustineNCAA Division II without football2,53913
47Florida Agricultural and Mechanical UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS6,60413
48Florida State UniversityNCAA Division I-FBS29,05113
49Polk State CollegeNJCAA Division I2,97413
50State College of Florida-

Manatee-Sarasota

NJCAA Division I3,47113
51South Florida State CollegeNJCAA Division I84112
52St Petersburg CollegeNJCAA Division I6,97612
53University of North FloridaNCAA Division I without football9,62912
54Florida State College at JacksonvilleNJCAA Division I6,64611
55Jacksonville UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS2,11311
56Trinity Baptist CollegeNCCAA Division II27511
57Trinity College of FloridaNCCAA Division II16810
58Johnson University FloridaNCCAA Division II1617
Source: U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education

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