Ohio State University fields most volleyball players in Ohio


Ohio State 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.

Ohio State University‘s volleyball team consisted of 45 members, the highest student popularity number in Ohio.

In all, there are 1,153 students playing on 65 college and university volleyball teams in the state.

College volleyball participation rankings

RankSchoolDivisionTotal UndergraduatesVolleyball Total Participation
1Ohio State University-Main CampusNCAA Division I-FBS41,66645
2Lourdes UniversityNAIA Division II84241
3Wittenberg UniversityNCAA Division III with football1,84438
4Heidelberg UniversityNCAA Division III with football1,10537
5Cincinnati Christian UniversityNAIA Division II61932
6Mount Saint Joseph UniversityNCAA Division III with football99628
7The University of FindlayNCAA Division II with football2,56128
8University of Northwestern OhioNAIA Division II3,41528
9Bluffton UniversityNCAA Division III with football72324
10Miami University-OxfordNCAA Division I-FBS16,10922
11Tiffin UniversityNCAA Division II with football1,74822
12Muskingum UniversityNCAA Division III with football1,29221
13The College of WoosterNCAA Division III with football1,97221
14Capital UniversityNCAA Division III with football2,45020
15Walsh UniversityNCAA Division II with football1,77820
16Case Western Reserve UniversityNCAA Division III with football4,97319
17Notre Dame CollegeNCAA Division II with football1,24719
18University of Mount UnionNCAA Division III with football2,10019
19Oberlin CollegeNCAA Division III with football2,86918
20Ohio Wesleyan UniversityNCAA Division III with football1,62118
21Otterbein UniversityNCAA Division III with football2,24718
22Cleveland State UniversityNCAA Division I without football9,14817
23Defiance CollegeNCAA Division III with football50717
24Denison UniversityNCAA Division III with football2,25917
25John Carroll UniversityNCAA Division III with football2,91017
26Kenyon CollegeNCAA Division III with football1,68817
27University of DaytonNCAA Division I-FCS7,86717
28University of ToledoNCAA Division I-FBS12,81017
29Youngstown State UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS8,61817
30Bowling Green State University-Main CampusNCAA Division I-FBS13,11116
31Kent State University at KentNCAA Division I-FBS19,03416
32Lake Erie CollegeNCAA Division II with football72316
33Malone UniversityNCAA Division II with football1,13516
34Ohio Dominican UniversityNCAA Division II with football99816
35Urbana UniversityNCAA Division II with football41716
36Xavier UniversityNCAA Division I without football4,29216
37Baldwin Wallace UniversityNCAA Division III with football3,01315
38Cedarville UniversityNCAA Division II without football3,01015
39Ohio Northern UniversityNCAA Division III with football2,04715
40Shawnee State UniversityNAIA Division I2,95815
41University of Akron Main CampusNCAA Division I-FBS13,36715
42University of Cincinnati-Main CampusNCAA Division I-FBS21,44515
43Ashland UniversityNCAA Division II with football3,26214
44Columbus State Community CollegeNJCAA Division III6,49014
45Mount Vernon Nazarene UniversityNAIA Division II1,70814
46Ohio Christian UniversityNAIA Division II2,45214
47Ohio University-Main CampusNCAA Division I-FBS17,79414
48University of Cincinnati-Clermont CollegeUSCAA1,45114
49Wilmington CollegeNCAA Division III with football1,06914
50Franciscan University of SteubenvilleNCAA Division III without football1,98613
51Lorain County Community CollegeNJCAA Division III2,83113
52Marietta CollegeNCAA Division III with football1,04213
53Sinclair Community CollegeNJCAA Division II5,61613
54University of Rio GrandeNAIA Division I80813
55Wright State University-Main CampusNCAA Division I without football9,58213
56Cuyahoga Community College DistrictNJCAA Division II4,93712
57Hiram CollegeNCAA Division III with football84212
58Owens Community CollegeNJCAA Division II2,66012
59Central State UniversityNCAA Division II with football1,60110
60Cincinnati State Technical and Community CollegeNJCAA Division III2,42110
61Edison State Community CollegeNJCAA Division II56010
62Ursuline CollegeNCAA Division II without football46310
63Lakeland Community CollegeNJCAA Division II1,6079
64Wright State University-Lake CampusUSCAA8909
65Hocking CollegeNJCAA Division III2,2647
Source: U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education

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