Lindsey Wilson College has most student athletes in Kentucky

Lindsey Wilson College ranked No. 1 for student athletic participation in the state, according to a Kentucky 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 Lindsey Wilson College students taking part in athletic programs was 658 –  439 men and 219 women – representing the largest contingent of student athletes in Kentucky.

In all, there are 9,457 students – 5,589 men and 3,868 women – playing on athletic teams at 27 colleges and universities in the state.


Colleges with the most student athletes

RankSchoolDivisionTotal UndergraduatesMale Student AthletesFemale Student AthletesTotal Number of Student Athletes
1Lindsey Wilson


NAIA Division I1,984439219658
2University of LouisvilleNCAA Division I-FBS12,325289322611
3Thomas More CollegeNCAA Division III with football1,374365155520
4Centre CollegeNCAA Division III with football1,420315195510
5University of PikevilleNAIA Division I1,127336174510
6University of the CumberlandsNAIA Division I1,738286219505
7University of KentuckyNCAA Division I-FBS20,772308188496
8Georgetown CollegeNAIA Division I917301179480
9Campbellsville UniversityNAIA Division I1,997238187425
10Union CollegeNAIA Division II853251166417
11Bellarmine UniversityNCAA Division II

without football

12Eastern Kentucky UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS11,002226127353
13Transylvania UniversityNCAA Division III

without football

14Morehead State UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS5,792191139330
15Murray State UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS6,916166157323
16Kentucky Wesleyan CollegeNCAA Division II with football663216102318
17Western Kentucky UniversityNCAA Division I-FBS12,967211107318
18Asbury UniversityNAIA Division II1,298155135290
19Midway UniversityNAIA Division II74795174269
20Northern Kentucky UniversityNCAA Division I

without football

21Berea CollegeNCAA Division III

without football

22Kentucky Christian UniversityNCCAA Division II41013868206
23Kentucky State UniversityNCAA Division II with football1,04514163204
24Spalding UniversityNCAA Division III

without football

25Brescia UniversityNAIA Division II70710974183
26Alice Lloyd CollegeNAIA Division II5726952121
27Simmons College of KentuckyNCCAA Division II11615

Source: U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education

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