Robert Morris University has most student athletes in Illinois


Robert Morris University Illinois ranked No. 1 for student athletic participation in the state, according to an Illinois 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 Robert Morris students taking part in athletic programs was 979 –  665 men and 314 women – representing the largest contingent of student athletes in Illinois.

In all, there are 23,295 students – 14,354 men and 8.941 women – playing on athletic teams at 97 colleges and universities in the state.

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Colleges with the most student athletes

RankSchoolDivisionTotal UndergraduatesMale Student AthletesFemale Student AthletesTotal Number of Student Athletes
1Robert Morris University IllinoisNAIA Division II2,253665314979
2Augustana CollegeNCAA Division III with football2,514435227662
3Benedictine UniversityNCAA Division III with football2,687428217645
4McKendree UniversityNCAA Division II with football1,820403233636
5North Central CollegeNCAA Division III with football2,534439190629
6Aurora UniversityNCAA Division III with football3,302399194593
7Olivet Nazarene UniversityNAIA Division II3,019375194569
8Illinois Wesleyan UniversityNCAA Division III with football1,760333206539
9Northwestern UniversityNCAA Division I-FBS8,249235243478
10University of ChicagoNCAA Division III with football5,956320154474
11Elmhurst CollegeNCAA Division III with football2,682327143470
12Monmouth CollegeNCAA Division III with football1,124294173467
13Millikin UniversityNCAA Division III with football1,796309156465
14Wheaton CollegeNCAA Division III with football2,400298166464
15University of Illinois at

Urbana-Champaign

NCAA Division I-FBS32,126269185454
16Eastern Illinois UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS5,117270164434
17University of St FrancisNAIA Division II1,320266167433
18Quincy UniversityNCAA Division II with football1,035294126420
19Illinois State UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS17,420230189419
20Northern Illinois UniversityNCAA Division I-FBS12,323242161403
21Western Illinois UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS7,482241155396
22North Park UniversityNCAA Division III with football1,884248138386
23Illinois CollegeNCAA Division III with football949250121371
24Southern Illinois University-CarbondaleNCAA Division I-FCS10,509227138365
25Greenville CollegeNCAA Division III with football913240122362
26Lake Forest CollegeNCAA Division III with football1,502207147354
27Lewis UniversityNCAA Division II without football3,741196155351
28University of Illinois at ChicagoNCAA Division I without football16,408169163332
29Concordia University-ChicagoNCAA Division III with football1,355201121322
30Knox CollegeNCAA Division III with football1,325178134312
31Judson UniversityNAIA Division I786174128302
32Saint Xavier UniversityNAIA Division II2,59920191292
33College of DuPageNJCAA Division III6,33520465269
34MacMurray CollegeNCAA Division III with football53118581266
35Rockford UniversityNCAA Division III with football90918360243
36University of Illinois

at Springfield

NCAA Division II without football1,896127115242
37Southern Illinois University-EdwardsvilleNCAA Division I without football9,883138102240
38Trinity Christian CollegeNAIA Division II903131106237
39Lincoln CollegeNJCAA Division III72713795232
40Bradley UniversityNCAA Division I without football4,278126101227
41Dominican UniversityNCAA Division III without football2,10112698224
42Loyola University ChicagoNCAA Division I without football10,261109114223
43Trinity International University-IllinoisNAIA Division I63115270222
44Eureka CollegeNCAA Division III with football64415560215
45DePaul UniversityNCAA Division I without football13,12699113212
46Illinois Institute of TechnologyNCAA Division III without football2,70912075195
47Triton CollegeOther3,10711975194
48William Rainey Harper CollegeNJCAA Division III4,33111966185
49Roosevelt UniversityNAIA Division II2,2508982171
50Moraine Valley Community CollegeNJCAA Division II6,1868783170
51Blackburn CollegeNCAA Division III without football5698076156
52Parkland CollegeNJCAA Division II2,9788369152
53Illinois Central CollegeNJCAA Division II3,0828763150
54Waubonsee Community CollegeNJCAA Division II3,1017869147
55Lewis and Clark Community CollegeNJCAA Division I1,7318264146
56Oakton Community CollegeNJCAA Division II2,5969842140
57Joliet Junior CollegeNJCAA Division III4,9886968137
58Southwestern Illinois CollegeNJCAA Division I3,8607363136
59Kaskaskia CollegeNJCAA Division I1,2336468132
60South Suburban CollegeNJCAA Division II1,3287359132
61Chicago State UniversityNCAA Division I without football1,4645575130
62Illinois Valley Community

College

NJCAA Division II1,2567353126
63Rock Valley CollegeNJCAA Division III2,9996165126
64Carl Sandburg CollegeNJCAA Division II9297352125
65College of Lake CountyNJCAA Division II3,8088342125
66Morton CollegeNJCAA Division II1,2536757124
67McHenry County CollegeNJCAA Division II1,9447342115
68Rend Lake CollegeNJCAA Division I1,1355358111
69Elgin Community CollegeNJCAA Division III3,0087333106
70Lincoln Land Community

College

NJCAA Division II2,2695947106
71Lincoln Trail CollegeNJCAA Division I3865946105
72Prairie State CollegeNJCAA Division II1,4006045105
73John A Logan CollegeNJCAA Division I1,8995646102
74Kankakee Community CollegeNJCAA Division II1,0646239101
75Heartland Community CollegeNJCAA Division II2,107574299
76Highland Community CollegeNJCAA Division I823554499
77Sauk Valley Community CollegeNJCAA Division I792454792
78Black Hawk CollegeNJCAA Division II1,909563490
79Olney Central CollegeNJCAA Division I479573390
80Lake Land CollegeNJCAA Division I2,261404989
81Wabash Valley CollegeNJCAA Division I464523587
82Danville Area Community

College

NJCAA Division II973463177
83Shawnee Community CollegeNJCAA Division I739353570
84Southeastern Illinois CollegeNJCAA Division I457432770
85Governors State UniversityNAIA Division II1,923283967
86John Wood Community CollegeNJCAA Division II965392766
87Lincoln Christian UniversityNAIA Division II357362864
88Moody Bible InstituteNCCAA Division II2,275333063
89City Colleges of Chicago-

Malcolm X College

NJCAA Division I2,420352459
90Frontier Community CollegeNJCAA Division I257262753
91City Colleges of Chicago-

Harry S Truman College

NJCAA Division I1,599391352
92Kishwaukee CollegeNJCAA Division II1,570371350
93Spoon River CollegeNJCAA Division II727271643
94City Colleges of Chicago-Kennedy-King CollegeNJCAA Division I1,570301141
95City Colleges of Chicago-

Olive-Harvey College

NJCAA Division II78129736
96City Colleges of Chicago-

Richard J Daley College

NJCAA Division I1,90134

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97City Colleges of Chicago-

Wilbur Wright College

NJCAA Division II3,149121224
Source: U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education

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