Midland University has most student athletes in Nebraska

Midland University ranked No. 1 for student athletic participation in the state, according to a Nebraska 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 Midland University students taking part in athletic programs was 802 –  540 men and 262 women – representing the largest contingent of student athletes in Nebraska.

In all, there are 6,703 students – 4,042 men and 2,661 women – playing on athletic teams at 23 colleges and universities in the state.


Colleges with the most student athletes

RankSchoolDivisionTotal UndergraduatesMale Student AthletesFemale Student AthletesTotal Number of Student Athletes
1Midland UniversityNAIA Division II1,168540262802
2Concordia University-NebraskaNAIA Division II1,205378237615
3University of Nebraska-LincolnNCAA Division I-FBS19,381336266602
4Doane University-Arts & SciencesNAIA Division II1,038369200569
5Hastings CollegeNAIA Division II1,102336194530
6Nebraska Wesleyan UniversityNCAA Division III with football1,569326194520
7University of Nebraska at KearneyNCAA Division II with football4,217308174482
8Chadron State CollegeNCAA Division II with football1,70922293315
9Creighton UniversityNCAA Division I without football3,970117174291
10Wayne State CollegeNCAA Division II with football2,45318497281
11University of Nebraska at OmahaNCAA Division I without football9,820118149267
12York CollegeNAIA Division II372157101258
13Peru State CollegeNAIA Division II1,19117171242
14Mid-Plains Community CollegeNJCAA Division I7769087177
15Bellevue UniversityNAIA Division II4,6818374157
16Western Nebraska Community CollegeNJCAA Division I7606755122
17Southeast Community College AreaNJCAA Division II3,6126052112
18Northeast Community CollegeNJCAA Division I2,104425395
19Central Community CollegeOther1,995463682
20Grace UniversityNCCAA Division I239323668
21Nebraska College of Technical AgricultureOther245263157
22Union CollegeIndependent698191231
23Little Priest Tribal CollegeNJCAA Division II86151328
Source: U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education

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