University of Texas at Austin has most student athletes in state

University of Texas at Austin ranked No. 1 for student athletic participation in the state, according to a TX 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 University of Texas at Austin students taking part in athletic programs was 597 –  305 men and 292 women – representing the largest contingent of student athletes in Texas.

In all, there are 25,840 students – 15,432 men and 10,408 women – playing on athletic teams at 111 colleges and universities in the state.


Colleges with the most student athletes

RankSchoolDivisionTotal UndergraduatesMale Student AthletesFemale Student AthletesTotal Number of Student Athletes
1The University of Texas at AustinNCAA Division I-FBS37,026305292597
2Texas A & M University-College StationNCAA Division I-FBS44,975311277588
3Baylor UniversityNCAA Division I-FBS14,087229349578
4Wayland Baptist UniversityNAIA Division I1,073381138519
5Texas Christian UniversityNCAA Division I-FBS8,591259234493
6Trinity UniversityNCAA Division III with football2,244306173479
7Southwestern UniversityNCAA Division III with football1,464297161458
8University of HoustonNCAA Division I-FBS25,399256201457
9Southern Methodist UniversityNCAA Division I-FBS6,294224231455
10West Texas A & M


NCAA Division II with football5,650266164430
11Texas Lutheran UniversityNCAA Division III with football1,212287141428
12Texas Tech UniversityNCAA Division I-FBS26,588260164424


NCAA Division III with football1,520282120402
14Stephen F Austin State UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS9,571218180398
15The University of Texas of the Permian BasinNCAA Division II with football2,166260132392
16University of the Incarnate WordNCAA Division I-FCS4,488235157392
17University of Mary Hardin-BaylorNCAA Division III with football2,994282101383
18Angelo State UniversityNCAA Division II with football4,976246134380
19Sam Houston State UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS14,497218155373
20McMurry UniversityNCAA Division III with football932261109370
21Rice UniversityNCAA Division I-FBS3,824232128360
22Texas A & M University-CommerceNCAA Division II with football6,007213142355
23Prairie View A & M


NCAA Division I-FCS6,817202149351
24Austin CollegeNCAA Division III with football1,258223127350
25East Texas Baptist


NCAA Division III with football1,177225118343
26Lamar UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS6,161205137342
27Howard Payne UniversityNCAA Division III with football95925683339
28University of North TexasNCAA Division I-FBS25,486180158338
29Texas State UniversityNCAA Division I-FBS28,180209125334
30The University of Texas at San AntonioNCAA Division I-FBS19,995199134333
31Abilene Christian UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS3,550221111332
32Tarleton State UniversityNCAA Division II with football8,059212114326
33The University of Texas at DallasNCAA Division III without football14,312195129324
34Texas A & M University-KingsvilleNCAA Division II with football5,094217105322
35The University of Texas at TylerNCAA Division III without football4,790167154321
36Houston Baptist UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS2,160204115319
37Concordia University-TexasNCAA Division III without football1,291185130315
38Texas Southern UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS5,776187126313
39Midwestern State UniversityNCAA Division II with football4,122196111307
40The University of Texas

at El Paso

NCAA Division I-FBS13,321164125289
41Southwestern Assemblies

of God University

NAIA Division I1,50620480284
42Saint Edward's UniversityNCAA Division II without football3,608150130280
43Schreiner UniversityNCAA Division III without football1,029166111277
44Sul Ross State UniversityNCAA Division III with football1,37718491275
45The University of Texas

Rio Grande Valley

NCAA Division I without football17,844159112271
46Ranger CollegeNJCAA Division I964160105265
47Tyler Junior CollegeNJCAA Division I5,90917588263
48University of DallasNCAA Division III without football1,371132114246
49Cisco CollegeNJCAA Division I1,31115489243
50The University of Texas at ArlingtonNCAA Division I without football16,663120121241
51Blinn CollegeNJCAA Division I9,37417659235
52Texas A & M University-Corpus ChristiNCAA Division I without football8,25195138233
53LeTourneau UniversityNCAA Division III without football1,245126106232
54Texas Wesleyan UniversityNAIA Division I1,48798119217
55Dallas Baptist UniversityNCAA Division II without football2,37412586211
56Western Texas CollegeNJCAA Division I47612190211
57St. Mary's UniversityNCAA Division II without football2,18011098208
58Texas A & M International UniversityNCAA Division II without football4,84910697203
59Lubbock Christian


NCAA Division II without football1,26710298200
60Texas CollegeNAIA Division I92014647193
61Our Lady of the Lake UniversityNAIA Division I1,17610785192
62Navarro CollegeNJCAA Division I3,18112463187
63Hill CollegeNJCAA Division I1,22510284186
64Odessa CollegeNJCAA Division I1,96010377180
65Jarvis Christian CollegeNAIA Division I8298983172
66Richland CollegeNJCAA Division III4,14110666172
67Trinity Valley Community CollegeNJCAA Division I2,04710666172
68Huston-Tillotson UniversityNAIA Division I9179271163
69Northeast Texas

Community College

NJCAA Division I1,4219567162
70Clarendon CollegeNJCAA Division I5078963152
71San Jacinto Community CollegeNJCAA Division I6,0549950149
72Wiley CollegeNAIA Division I1,1528861149
73Frank Phillips CollegeNJCAA Division I4496662128
74Howard CollegeNJCAA Division I1,0808147128
75Texas A&M University-TexarkanaNAIA Division I1,0989335128
76Coastal Bend CollegeNJCAA Division I1,2207352125
77South Plains CollegeNJCAA Division I4,3187054124
78Weatherford CollegeNJCAA Division I2,1247054124
79Angelina CollegeNJCAA Division I1,5967251123
80Kilgore CollegeNJCAA Division I2,6248932121
81Mountain View CollegeNJCAA Division III1,6228037117
82Jacksonville College-Main CampusNJCAA Division I2606946115
83Paris Junior CollegeNJCAA Division I1,7576645111
84University of Houston-VictoriaNAIA Division I1,5866641107
85University of St ThomasNAIA Division I1,3814957106
86McLennan Community CollegeNJCAA Division I3,4536341104
87Temple CollegeNJCAA Division I1,5174953102
88Laredo Community CollegeNJCAA Division I2,3526436100
89Panola CollegeOther1,348593998
90Midland CollegeNJCAA Division I1,553514697
91Texas Woman's UniversityNCAA Division II without football7,006

92Wharton County Junior CollegeNJCAA Division I2,849612990
93Eastfield CollegeNJCAA Division III2,620533689
94Vernon CollegeNJCAA Division I1,000444084
95Cedar Valley CollegeNJCAA Division III1,263453479
96North Central Texas


NJCAA Division I2,520324678
97Brookhaven CollegeNJCAA Division III2,053433477
98Dallas Christian CollegeNCCAA Division II187482977
99Southwestern Adventist UniversityUSCAA669344377
100North Lake CollegeNJCAA Division III2,252413172
101El Paso Community


NJCAA Division I8,346392463
102Arlington Baptist CollegeNCCAA Division II154402060
103Alvin Community CollegeNJCAA Division I1,206431659
104Paul Quinn CollegeNAIA Division I401382159
105Southwestern Christian CollegeNJCAA Division I137243256
106Grayson CollegeNJCAA Division I1,365352055
107Galveston CollegeNJCAA Division I543351651
108Collin County Community College DistrictNJCAA Division I9,533262248
109Lamar State College-Port ArthurNJCAA Division I784142438
110Lee CollegeNJCAA Division I1,370131528
111Southwest Texas Junior CollegeOther1,87410818
Source: U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education

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