South Dakota State University ranked No. 1 for student athletic participation in the state, according to a South Dakota 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 South Dakota State students taking part in athletic programs was 514 – 296 men and 218 women – representing the largest contingent of student athletes in South Dakota.
In all, there are 3,735 students – 2,312 men and 1,423 women – playing on athletic teams at 12 colleges and universities in the state.
Colleges with the most student athletes
|Rank||School||Division||Total Undergraduates||Male Student Athletes||Female Student Athletes||Total Number of Student Athletes|
|1||South Dakota State
|NCAA Division I-FCS||8,442||296||218||514|
|2||Augustana University||NCAA Division II with football||1,553||275||148||423|
|3||University of Sioux Falls||NCAA Division II with football||1,031||229||153||382|
|4||University of South Dakota||NCAA Division I-FCS||4,922||200||182||382|
|5||Dakota Wesleyan University||NAIA Division II||666||251||114||365|
|6||Northern State University||NCAA Division II with football||1,318||232||133||365|
|7||Presentation College||NAIA Division II||536||217||96||313|
|8||Black Hills State University||NCAA Division II with football||2,156||174||132||306|
|9||South Dakota School of Mines and Technology||NCAA Division II with football||2,005||188||60||248|
|10||Mount Marty College||NAIA Division II||461||121||119||240|
|11||Dakota State University||NAIA Division II||1,273||107||56||163|
|12||Oglala Lakota College||Other||761||22||12||34|