Bryan College-Dayton fields most volleyball players in Tennessee

Bryan College-Dayton 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.

Bryan College-Dayton‘s volleyball team consisted of 37 members, the highest student popularity number in Tennessee.

In all, there are 583 students playing on 36 college and university volleyball teams in the state.

College volleyball participation rankings

RankSchoolDivisionTotal UndergraduatesVolleyball Total Participation
1Bryan College-DaytonNAIA Division II87037
2King UniversityNCAA Division II without football2,11935
3Lincoln Memorial UniversityNCAA Division II without football1,18927
4Bethel UniversityNAIA Division I3,47421
5Rhodes CollegeNCAA Division III with football1,97421
6The University of Tennessee-


NCAA Division I-FBS20,71920
7Tusculum CollegeNCAA Division II with football1,41720
8Maryville CollegeNCAA Division III with football1,16619
9Lee UniversityNCAA Division II without football3,82118
10Tennessee Technological UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS8,38618
11Cumberland UniversityNAIA Division I1,26517
12The University of Tennessee-ChattanoogaNCAA Division I-FCS8,86817
13University of MemphisNCAA Division I-FBS12,37216
14Carson-Newman UniversityNCAA Division II with football1,71015
15Martin Methodist CollegeNAIA Division I87315
16Middle Tennessee State UniversityNCAA Division I-FBS15,98515
17Union UniversityNCAA Division II without football1,61915
18Belmont UniversityNCAA Division I without football5,92514
19Christian Brothers UniversityNCAA Division II without football1,33114
20Freed-Hardeman UniversityNAIA Division I1,22714
21Milligan CollegeNAIA Division II76214
22Sewanee-The University of the SouthNCAA Division III with football1,71314
23Trevecca Nazarene UniversityNCAA Division II without football1,25114
24Austin Peay State UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS6,93513
25East Tennessee State UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS9,33313
26Hiwassee CollegeNCCAA Division I27413
27Lane CollegeNCAA Division II with football1,35613
28Lipscomb UniversityNCAA Division I without football2,65113
29Tennessee Wesleyan UniversityNAIA Division II90913
30The University of Tennessee-MartinNCAA Division I-FCS4,94313
31Walters State Community CollegeNJCAA Division I3,12913
32Tennessee State UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS5,69612
33Fisk UniversityNAIA Division II70610
34Le Moyne-Owen CollegeNCAA Division II without football84710
35Johnson UniversityNCCAA Division II6899
36Welch CollegeNCCAA Division II2098
Source: U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education

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