Erskine College fields most volleyball players in South Carolina


Erskine 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.

Erskine College‘s volleyball team consisted of 37 members, the highest number in South Carolina.

In all, there are 537 students playing on 31 college and university volleyball teams in the state.

College volleyball participation rankings

RankSchoolDivisionTotal UndergraduatesVolleyball Total Participation
1Erskine CollegeNCAA Division II without football60237
2Coker CollegeNCAA Division II without football95334
3Limestone CollegeNCAA Division II with football2,15633
4North Greenville UniversityNCAA Division II with football1,92531
5Newberry CollegeNCAA Division II with football1,05223
6Clemson UniversityNCAA Division I-FBS17,84918
7Wofford CollegeNCAA Division I-FCS1,66418
8Anderson UniversityNCAA Division II without football2,48017
9College of CharlestonNCAA Division I without football9,47017
10Southern Wesleyan UniversityNCAA Division II without football78517
11University of South Carolina-ColumbiaNCAA Division I-FBS23,94717
12Citadel Military College of South CarolinaNCAA Division I-FCS2,50316
13Coastal Carolina UniversityOther8,82816
14Furman UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS2,69116
15Lander UniversityNCAA Division II without football2,52916
16South Carolina State UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS2,28116
17Spartanburg Methodist CollegeNJCAA Division I73016
18Charleston Southern UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS2,89615
19University of South Carolina-AikenNCAA Division II without football2,81815
20Bob Jones UniversityNCCAA Division II2,31414
21Columbia CollegeNAIA Division I1,04114
22University of South Carolina-SalkehatchieNJCAA Division I57514
23University of South Carolina-UpstateNCAA Division I without football4,40314
24Winthrop UniversityNCAA Division I without football4,53714
25Francis Marion UniversityNCAA Division II without football3,07813
26Morris CollegeNAIA Division I73513
27Presbyterian CollegeNCAA Division I-FCS94313
28Claflin UniversityNCAA Division II without football1,87312
29Benedict CollegeNCAA Division II with football2,24911
30Allen UniversityNAIA Division II57510
31University of South Carolina-

Lancaster

NJCAA Division I7037
Source: U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education

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