Central Washington University fields most volleyball players in Washington

Central Washington 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.

Central Washington University‘s volleyball team consisted of 19 members, the highest student popularity number in Washington.

In all, there are 521 students playing on 38 college and university volleyball teams in the state.

College volleyball participation rankings

RankSchoolDivisionTotal UndergraduatesVolleyball Total Participation
1Central Washington UniversityNCAA Division II with football9,40519
2Gonzaga UniversityNCAA Division I without football5,02919
3Pacific Lutheran UniversityNCAA Division III with football2,69019
4Saint Martin's UniversityNCAA Division II without football1,03618
5University of Puget SoundNCAA Division III with football2,48718
6Western Washington UniversityNCAA Division II without football13,35418
7Whitworth UniversityNCAA Division III with football2,24618
8Eastern Washington UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS9,50717
9Washington State UniversityNCAA Division I-FBS21,53417
10Edmonds Community CollegeNWAC2,23116
11Northwest UniversityNAIA Division II88615
12Seattle Pacific UniversityNCAA Division II without football2,99515
13Wenatchee Valley CollegeNWAC1,90715
14Spokane Falls Community CollegeNWAC3,76314
15Walla Walla Community CollegeNWAC1,71914
16Whitman CollegeNCAA Division III without football1,45014
17Bellevue CollegeNWAC2,37413
18Clark CollegeNWAC4,48313
19Grays Harbor CollegeNWAC1,01013
20Lower Columbia CollegeNWAC73713
21Pierce College-Fort SteilacoomOther2,29713
22Seattle UniversityNCAA Division I without football4,46313
23Shoreline Community CollegeNWAC2,07413
24University of Washington-Seattle CampusNCAA Division I-FBS28,16513
25Big Bend Community CollegeNWAC1,29412
26Columbia Basin CollegeNWAC3,33812
27Everett Community CollegeNWAC2,89912
28Olympic CollegeNWAC3,01912
29Skagit Valley CollegeNWAC1,77112
30The Evergreen State CollegeNAIA Division II3,45612
31Yakima Valley CollegeOther1,85712
32Green River CollegeOther3,82510
33Highline CollegeNWAC2,97010
34South Puget Sound Community CollegeNWAC2,34910
35Tacoma Community CollegeNWAC3,80110
36Walla Walla UniversityNAIA Division II1,58510
37Whatcom Community CollegeNWAC1,6249
38Centralia CollegeOther1,3958
Source: U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education

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