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
|Rank||School||Division||Total Undergraduates||Male Student Athletes||Female Student Athletes||Total Number of Student Athletes|
|1||Brown University||NCAA Division I-FCS||6,556||462||429||891|
|2||Bryant University||NCAA Division I-FCS||3,399||329||196||525|
|3||Roger Williams University||NCAA Division III without football||4,120||241||250||491|
|4||Johnson & Wales University-Providence||NCAA Division III without football||7,598||227||258||485|
|5||Salve Regina University||NCAA Division III with football||1,975||265||209||474|
|6||University of Rhode
|NCAA Division I-FCS||12,422||221||243||464|
|7||Providence College||NCAA Division I without football||3,768||166||192||358|
|8||Rhode Island College||NCAA Division III without football||5,562||140||188||328|
|9||Community College of Rhode Island||NJCAA Division I||4,333||79||47||126|