Benedictine University fields most volleyball players in Illinois


Benedictine University ranked No. 1 for student volleyball participation in the state, according to a Watchdog 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.

Benedictine University‘s volleyball team consisted of 77 members, the highest student popularity number in Illinois.

In all, there are 1,591 students playing on 83 college and university volleyball teams in the state.

College volleyball participation rankings

RankSchoolDivisionTotal UndergraduatesVolleyball Total Participation
1Benedictine UniversityNCAA Division III with football2,68777
2Robert Morris University IllinoisNAIA Division II2,25362
3North Central CollegeNCAA Division III with football2,53454
4McKendree UniversityNCAA Division II with football1,82046
5Quincy UniversityNCAA Division II with football1,03545
6Dominican UniversityNCAA Division III without football2,10144
7Lewis UniversityNCAA Division II without football3,74138
8Loyola University ChicagoNCAA Division I without football10,26136
9Trinity Christian CollegeNAIA Division II90334
10Millikin UniversityNCAA Division III with football1,79633
11Greenville CollegeNCAA Division III with football91332
12Saint Xavier UniversityNAIA Division II2,59931
13Augustana CollegeNCAA Division III with football2,51430
14Olivet Nazarene UniversityNAIA Division II3,01930
15Aurora UniversityNCAA Division III with football3,30224
16Illinois Wesleyan UniversityNCAA Division III with football1,76024
17Illinois CollegeNCAA Division III with football94922
18Illinois Institute of TechnologyNCAA Division III without football2,70922
19Elmhurst CollegeNCAA Division III with football2,68221
20Eureka CollegeNCAA Division III with football64421
21MacMurray CollegeNCAA Division III with football53121
22North Park UniversityNCAA Division III with football1,88420
23University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignNCAA Division I-FBS32,12620
24Northwestern UniversityNCAA Division I-FBS8,24919
25Western Illinois UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS7,48219
26Bradley UniversityNCAA Division I without football4,27818
27Parkland CollegeNJCAA Division II2,97818
28Roosevelt UniversityNAIA Division II2,25018
29University of Illinois at SpringfieldNCAA Division II without football1,89618
30Carl Sandburg CollegeNJCAA Division II92917
31Monmouth CollegeNCAA Division III with football1,12417
32Southern Illinois University-

Carbondale

NCAA Division I-FCS10,50917
33University of Illinois at ChicagoNCAA Division I without football16,40817
34DePaul UniversityNCAA Division I without football13,12616
35Judson UniversityNAIA Division I78616
36Lincoln Land Community CollegeNJCAA Division II2,26916
37Southern Illinois University-

Edwardsville

NCAA Division I without football9,88316
38University of St FrancisNAIA Division II1,32016
39Chicago State UniversityNCAA Division I without football1,46415
40Concordia University-ChicagoNCAA Division III with football1,35515
41Eastern Illinois UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS5,11715
42Lake Forest CollegeNCAA Division III with football1,50215
43Northern Illinois UniversityNCAA Division I-FBS12,32315
44Wheaton CollegeNCAA Division III with football2,40015
45William Rainey Harper CollegeNJCAA Division III4,33115
46Blackburn CollegeNCAA Division III without football56914
47Frontier Community CollegeNJCAA Division I25714
48Illinois Central CollegeNJCAA Division II3,08214
49Illinois State UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS17,42014
50Kankakee Community CollegeNJCAA Division II1,06414
51Lincoln CollegeNJCAA Division III72714
52Lincoln Trail CollegeNJCAA Division I38614
53South Suburban CollegeNJCAA Division II1,32814
54Kaskaskia CollegeNJCAA Division I1,23313
55Lake Land CollegeNJCAA Division I2,26113
56Lincoln Christian UniversityNAIA Division II35713
57Moraine Valley Community CollegeNJCAA Division II6,18613
58Rock Valley CollegeNJCAA Division III2,99913
59Trinity International University-IllinoisNAIA Division I63113
60Waubonsee Community CollegeNJCAA Division II3,10113
61Black Hawk CollegeNJCAA Division II1,90912
62John A Logan CollegeNJCAA Division I1,89912
63Morton CollegeNJCAA Division II1,25312
64Rend Lake CollegeNJCAA Division I1,13512
65Sauk Valley Community CollegeNJCAA Division I79212
66Triton CollegeOther3,10712
67University of ChicagoNCAA Division III with football5,95612
68Governors State UniversityNAIA Division II1,92311
69Highland Community CollegeNJCAA Division I82311
70Knox CollegeNCAA Division III with football1,32511
71Oakton Community CollegeNJCAA Division II2,59611
72Illinois Valley Community CollegeNJCAA Division II1,25610
73Lewis and Clark Community CollegeNJCAA Division I1,73110
74McHenry County CollegeNJCAA Division II1,94410
75Moody Bible InstituteNCCAA Division II2,27510
76Southwestern Illinois CollegeNJCAA Division I3,86010
77City Colleges of Chicago-Malcolm X CollegeNJCAA Division I2,4209
78College of Lake CountyNJCAA Division II3,8089
79Joliet Junior CollegeNJCAA Division III4,9889
80Rockford UniversityNCAA Division III with football9099
81College of DuPageNJCAA Division III6,3358
82Elgin Community CollegeNJCAA Division III3,0088
83Prairie State CollegeNJCAA Division II1,4008
Source: U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education

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