Florida Institute of Technology has most student athletes in state

Florida Institute of Technology ranked No. 1 for student athletic participation in the state, according to a Florida 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 Florida Institute of Technology students taking part in athletic programs was 588 –  383 men and 205 women – representing the largest contingent of student athletes in Florida.

In all, there are 14,598 students – 7,998 men and 6,600 women – playing on athletic teams at 63 colleges and universities in the state.


Colleges with the most student athletes

RankSchoolDivisionTotal UndergraduatesMale Student AthletesFemale Student AthletesTotal Number of Student Athletes
1Florida Institute of TechnologyNCAA Division II with football3,281383205588
2University of FloridaNCAA Division I-FBS30,583285240525
3The University of TampaNCAA Division II without football7,124262239501
4Florida Atlantic UniversityNCAA Division I-FBS15,715245253498
5University of South Florida-

Main Campus

NCAA Division I-FBS23,603237255492
6Florida State UniversityNCAA Division I-FBS29,051279207486
7Jacksonville UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS2,113279200479
8Rollins CollegeNCAA Division II without football2,450269207476
9University of Central FloridaNCAA Division I-FBS38,228219218437
10Stetson UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS3,017239188427
11Florida International UniversityNCAA Division I-FBS25,920219205424
12University of MiamiNCAA Division I-FBS10,102197192389
13Keiser University-Fort LauderdaleNAIA Division II11,468243141384
14Webber International UniversityNAIA Division II628246132378
15Ave Maria UniversityNAIA Division II1,031243133376
16The University of West FloridaNCAA Division II with football6,997224136360
17Florida Southern CollegeNCAA Division II without football2,323184172356
18Nova Southeastern UniversityNCAA Division II without football3,051148196344
19Saint Leo UniversityNCAA Division II without football7,555181157338
20Warner UniversityNAIA Division II835231100331
21Southeastern UniversityNAIA Division II3,831210101311
22Bethune-Cookman UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS3,583208101309
23Florida Agricultural and Mechanical UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS6,60418898286
24University of North FloridaNCAA Division I without football9,629122161283
25Florida Gulf Coast UniversityNCAA Division I without football10,809114148262
26Lynn UniversityNCAA Division II without football1,948145110255
27Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona BeachNCAA Division II without football5,003140114254
28Barry UniversityNCAA Division II without football2,889114120234
29Palm Beach Atlantic UniversityNCAA Division II without football2,295107120227
30Flagler College-St AugustineNCAA Division II without football2,53910892200
31Edward Waters CollegeNAIA Division I90313562197
32Eckerd CollegeNCAA Division II without football1,8909890188
33Florida National University-

Main Campus

34St Thomas UniversityNAIA Division II7989381174
35Eastern Florida State CollegeNJCAA Division I4,8498192173
36Daytona State CollegeNJCAA Division I3,0836780147
37Broward CollegeNJCAA Division I11,9596475139
38Indian River State CollegeNJCAA Division I5,1436170131
39Johnson & Wales University-North MiamiNAIA Division II1,4246358121
40Trinity Baptist CollegeNCCAA Division II2757538113
41Florida CollegeUSCAA5215251103
42College of Central FloridaNJCAA Division I2,7754753100
43Miami Dade CollegeNJCAA Division I20,594395493
44Hillsborough Community


NJCAA Division I10,539395291
45Pasco-Hernando State CollegeNJCAA Division II4,026375390
46Polk State CollegeNJCAA Division I2,974365490
47Santa Fe CollegeNJCAA Division I5,922404989
48Pensacola State CollegeNJCAA Division I3,257384987
49St Petersburg CollegeNJCAA Division I6,976335386
50Tallahassee Community


NJCAA Division I5,560433982
51State College of Florida-Manatee-SarasotaNJCAA Division I3,471374481
52Chipola CollegeNJCAA Division I910374279
53Florida SouthWestern State CollegeNJCAA Division I4,226413879
54Florida State College at JacksonvilleNJCAA Division I6,646374178
55Palm Beach State CollegeNJCAA Division I7,777374178
56Gulf Coast State CollegeNJCAA Division I1,714354277
57Trinity College of FloridaNCCAA Division II168462672
58Northwest Florida State


NJCAA Division I2,022383270
59South Florida State CollegeNJCAA Division I841234164
60Saint Johns River State


NJCAA Division I1,779253863
61Lake-Sumter State CollegeNJCAA Division I1,232263359
62Seminole State College of FloridaNJCAA Division I5,821263157
63Johnson University FloridaNCCAA Division II161321850
Source: U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education

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