Dakota Wesleyan 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.
Dakota Wesleyan University‘s volleyball team consisted of 28 members, the highest student popularity number in South Dakota.
In all, there are 200 students playing on 11 college and university volleyball teams in the state.
College volleyball participation rankings
|Rank||School||Division||Total Undergraduates||Volleyball Total Participation|
|1||Dakota Wesleyan University||NAIA Division II||666||28|
|2||Presentation College||NAIA Division II||536||27|
|3||Augustana University||NCAA Division II with football||1,553||17|
|4||Black Hills State University||NCAA Division II with football||2,156||17|
|5||Dakota State University||NAIA Division II||1,273||17|
|6||Northern State University||NCAA Division II with football||1,318||17|
|7||South Dakota School of Mines and Technology||NCAA Division II with football||2,005||16|
|8||University of Sioux Falls||NCAA Division II with football||1,031||16|
|9||Mount Marty College||NAIA Division II||461||15|
|10||South Dakota State University||NCAA Division I-FCS||8,442||15|
|11||University of South Dakota||NCAA Division I-FCS||4,922||15|