Brown University has most student athletes in Rhode Island

Brown University ranked No. 1 for student athletic participation in the state, according to a Rhode Island 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 Brown University students taking part in athletic programs was 891 –  462 men and 429 women – representing the largest contingent of student athletes in Rhode Island.

In all, there are 4,142 students – 2,130 men and 2,012 women – playing on athletic teams at nine colleges and universities in the state.


Colleges with the most student athletes

RankSchoolDivisionTotal UndergraduatesMale Student AthletesFemale Student AthletesTotal Number of Student Athletes
1Brown UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS6,556462429891
2Bryant UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS3,399329196525
3Roger Williams UniversityNCAA Division III without football4,120241250491
4Johnson & Wales University-ProvidenceNCAA Division III without football7,598227258485
5Salve Regina UniversityNCAA Division III with football1,975265209474
6University of Rhode


NCAA Division I-FCS12,422221243464
7Providence CollegeNCAA Division I without football3,768166192358
8Rhode Island CollegeNCAA Division III without football5,562140188328
9Community College of Rhode IslandNJCAA Division I4,3337947126
Source: U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education

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