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
|Rank||School||Division||Total Undergraduates||Male Student Athletes||Female Student Athletes||Total Number of Student Athletes|
|NAIA Division I||1,984||439||219||658|
|2||University of Louisville||NCAA Division I-FBS||12,325||289||322||611|
|3||Thomas More College||NCAA Division III with football||1,374||365||155||520|
|4||Centre College||NCAA Division III with football||1,420||315||195||510|
|5||University of Pikeville||NAIA Division I||1,127||336||174||510|
|6||University of the Cumberlands||NAIA Division I||1,738||286||219||505|
|7||University of Kentucky||NCAA Division I-FBS||20,772||308||188||496|
|8||Georgetown College||NAIA Division I||917||301||179||480|
|9||Campbellsville University||NAIA Division I||1,997||238||187||425|
|10||Union College||NAIA Division II||853||251||166||417|
|11||Bellarmine University||NCAA Division II
|12||Eastern Kentucky University||NCAA Division I-FCS||11,002||226||127||353|
|13||Transylvania University||NCAA Division III
|14||Morehead State University||NCAA Division I-FCS||5,792||191||139||330|
|15||Murray State University||NCAA Division I-FCS||6,916||166||157||323|
|16||Kentucky Wesleyan College||NCAA Division II with football||663||216||102||318|
|17||Western Kentucky University||NCAA Division I-FBS||12,967||211||107||318|
|18||Asbury University||NAIA Division II||1,298||155||135||290|
|19||Midway University||NAIA Division II||747||95||174||269|
|20||Northern Kentucky University||NCAA Division I
|21||Berea College||NCAA Division III
|22||Kentucky Christian University||NCCAA Division II||410||138||68||206|
|23||Kentucky State University||NCAA Division II with football||1,045||141||63||204|
|24||Spalding University||NCAA Division III
|25||Brescia University||NAIA Division II||707||109||74||183|
|26||Alice Lloyd College||NAIA Division II||572||69||52||121|
|27||Simmons College of Kentucky||NCCAA Division II||116||15||15|