Dakota Wesleyan University fields most volleyball players in South Dakota

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

RankSchoolDivisionTotal UndergraduatesVolleyball Total Participation
1Dakota Wesleyan UniversityNAIA Division II66628
2Presentation CollegeNAIA Division II53627
3Augustana UniversityNCAA Division II with football1,55317
4Black Hills State UniversityNCAA Division II with football2,15617
5Dakota State UniversityNAIA Division II1,27317
6Northern State UniversityNCAA Division II with football1,31817
7South Dakota School of Mines and TechnologyNCAA Division II with football2,00516
8University of Sioux FallsNCAA Division II with football1,03116
9Mount Marty CollegeNAIA Division II46115
10South Dakota State UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS8,44215
11University of South DakotaNCAA Division I-FCS4,92215
Source: U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education

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