Adrian College fields most volleyball players in Michigan

Adrian College 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.

Adrian College‘s volleyball team consisted of 41 members, the highest student popularity number in Michigan.

In all, there are 874 students playing on 51 college and university volleyball teams in the state.

College volleyball participation rankings

RankSchoolDivisionTotal UndergraduatesVolleyball Total Participation
1Adrian CollegeNCAA Division III with football1,60441
2Lawrence Technological UniversityNAIA Division II1,71141
3Olivet CollegeNCAA Division III with football94836
4Siena Heights UniversityNAIA Division II1,32631
5Finlandia UniversityNCAA Division III with football44029
6Albion CollegeNCAA Division III with football1,38427
7Davenport UniversityNCAA Division II with football2,51225
8Alma CollegeNCAA Division III with football1,38324
9University of Michigan-Ann ArborNCAA Division I-FBS27,83323
10Michigan State UniversityNCAA Division I-FBS35,28020
11Northwood UniversityNCAA Division II with football1,94719
12Calvin CollegeNCAA Division III without football3,58918
13Grand Valley State UniversityNCAA Division II with football19,66618
14Macomb Community CollegeNJCAA Division II5,15818
15Northern Michigan UniversityNCAA Division II with football6,25418
16Saginaw Valley State UniversityNCAA Division II with football6,75018
17Wayne State UniversityNCAA Division II with football11,95318
18Michigan Technological UniversityNCAA Division II with football5,44017
19Rochester CollegeNAIA Division II76117
20Grand Rapids Community CollegeNJCAA Division II4,28516
21Hope CollegeNCAA Division III with football3,02016
22Madonna UniversityNAIA Division II1,34016
23Oakland UniversityNCAA Division I without football12,91716
24Concordia University-Ann ArborNAIA Division II72715
25Ferris State UniversityOther8,76415
26Lake Superior State UniversityNCAA Division II without football1,81115
27Lansing Community CollegeNJCAA Division II4,92815
28Spring Arbor UniversityNAIA Division II1,55915
29St Clair County Community


NJCAA Division II1,16715
30Aquinas CollegeNAIA Division II1,41614
31Central Michigan UniversityNCAA Division I-FBS17,07714
32Kalamazoo CollegeNCAA Division III with football1,41414
33Mott Community CollegeNJCAA Division II2,11414
34Cornerstone UniversityNAIA Division II1,36313
35Eastern Michigan UniversityNCAA Division I-FBS12,71413
36Lake Michigan CollegeNJCAA Division II1,05713
37Muskegon Community CollegeNJCAA Division II1,28113
38University of Michigan-DearbornNAIA Division II4,91213
39Western Michigan UniversityNCAA Division I-FBS14,99913
40Glen Oaks Community CollegeNJCAA Division II32912
41Gogebic Community CollegeNJCAA Division II53312
42Grace Bible CollegeNCCAA Division II94512
43Kalamazoo Valley Community CollegeNJCAA Division I2,58912
44Kellogg Community CollegeNJCAA Division II1,16012
45Schoolcraft CollegeNJCAA Division I3,04412
46Alpena Community CollegeNJCAA Division II70811
47Great Lakes Christian CollegeNCCAA Division II10710
48Henry Ford CollegeNJCAA Division II4,29110
49Jackson CollegeNJCAA Division II2,1309
50Marygrove CollegeNAIA Division II3678
51Oakland Community CollegeNJCAA Division II2,7048
Source: U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education

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