University of Jamestown ranked No. 1 for student athletic participation in the state, according to a North 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 University of Jamestown students taking part in athletic programs was 518 – 316 men and 202 women – representing the largest contingent of student athletes in North Dakota.
In all, there are 3,540 students – 2,296 men and 1,244 women – playing on athletic teams at 17 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||University of Jamestown||NAIA Division II||912||316||202||518|
|2||University of North Dakota||NCAA Division I-FCS||8,787||216||214||430|
|3||North Dakota State University-Main Campus||NCAA Division I-FCS||10,631||266||153||419|
|4||University of Mary||NCAA Division II with football||1,731||251||138||389|
|5||Minot State University||NCAA Division II with football||2,019||204||97||301|
|6||Dickinson State University||NAIA Division I||904||205||90||295|
|7||Valley City State University||NAIA Division II||725||193||63||256|
|8||Mayville State University||NAIA Division II||609||157||50||207|
|9||Dakota College at Bottineau||NJCAA Division II||343||146||34||180|
|10||North Dakota State College
|NJCAA Division I||1,737||100||38||138|
|11||Williston State College||NJCAA Division I||618||86||32||118|
|12||Bismarck State College||NJCAA Division I||2,212||40||34||74|
|13||Lake Region State College||NJCAA Division I||481||34||40||74|
|14||Trinity Bible College and Graduate School||NCCAA Division II||162||43||19||62|
|15||Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College||Other||179||12||18||30|
|16||United Tribes Technical College||NJCAA Division II||422||15||10||25|
|17||Turtle Mountain Community College||Independent||493||12||12||24|