Limestone College has most student athletes in South Carolina


Limestone College ranked No. 1 for student athletic participation in the state, according to a Palmetto 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 Limestone College students taking part in athletic programs was 784 –  558 men and 226 women – representing the largest contingent of student athletes in South Carolina.

In all, there are 10,064 students – 5,969 men and 4,095 women – playing on athletic teams at 38 colleges and universities in the state.

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Colleges with the most student athletes

RankSchoolDivisionTotal UndergraduatesMale Student AthletesFemale Student AthletesTotal Number of Student Athletes
1Limestone CollegeNCAA Division II with football2,156558226784
2Newberry CollegeNCAA Division II with football1,052369216585
3University of South Carolina-ColumbiaNCAA Division I-FBS23,947283284567
4Clemson UniversityNCAA Division I-FBS17,849267231498
5Furman UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS2,691304164468
6Coastal Carolina UniversityOther8,828263188451
7North Greenville

University

NCAA Division II with football1,925308131439
8Coker CollegeNCAA Division II without football953263146409
9Erskine CollegeNCAA Division II without football602255154409
10Citadel Military College of South CarolinaNCAA Division I-FCS2,50327786363
11College of CharlestonNCAA Division I without football9,470154209363
12Wofford CollegeNCAA Division I-FCS1,664227108335
13Presbyterian CollegeNCAA Division I-FCS943214119333
14Winthrop UniversityNCAA Division I without football4,537155174329
15Spartanburg Methodist CollegeNJCAA Division I730192112304
16Charleston Southern UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS2,896181117298
17University of South Carolina-UpstateNCAA Division I without football4,403126132258
18Anderson UniversityNCAA Division II without football2,480131113244
19South Carolina State UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS2,28115189240
20Southern Wesleyan UniversityNCAA Division II without football785120117237
21Lander UniversityNCAA Division II without football2,52912098218
22University of South Carolina-SalkehatchieNJCAA Division I57513859197
23University of South Carolina-AikenNCAA Division II without football2,81810888196
24Francis Marion UniversityNCAA Division II without football3,07810687193
25Benedict CollegeNCAA Division II with football2,24913247179
26Columbia CollegeNAIA Division I1,041

161161
27University of South Carolina-BeaufortNAIA Division II1,7467078148
28Claflin UniversityNCAA Division II without football1,8737173144
29Bob Jones UniversityNCCAA Division II2,3146767134
30Columbia International UniversityNCCAA Division I454524496
31University of South Carolina-LancasterNJCAA Division I703642387
32Allen UniversityNAIA Division II575463379
33Morris CollegeNAIA Division I735314172
34Florence-Darlington Technical CollegeNJCAA Division I2,299502070
35Voorhees CollegeNAIA Division I407462470
36University of South Carolina-SumterNJCAA Division I464391857
37Denmark Technical CollegeNJCAA Division I381171128
38Clinton CollegeNJCAA Division I20014721
Source: U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education

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