University of Jamestown has most student athletes in North Dakota

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

RankSchoolDivisionTotal UndergraduatesMale Student AthletesFemale Student AthletesTotal Number of Student Athletes
1University of JamestownNAIA Division II912316202518
2University of North DakotaNCAA Division I-FCS8,787216214430
3North Dakota State University-Main CampusNCAA Division I-FCS10,631266153419
4University of MaryNCAA Division II with football1,731251138389
5Minot State UniversityNCAA Division II with football2,01920497301
6Dickinson State UniversityNAIA Division I90420590295
7Valley City State UniversityNAIA Division II72519363256
8Mayville State UniversityNAIA Division II60915750207
9Dakota College at BottineauNJCAA Division II34314634180
10North Dakota State College

of Science

NJCAA Division I1,73710038138
11Williston State CollegeNJCAA Division I6188632118
12Bismarck State CollegeNJCAA Division I2,212403474
13Lake Region State CollegeNJCAA Division I481344074
14Trinity Bible College and Graduate SchoolNCCAA Division II162431962
15Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish CollegeOther179121830
16United Tribes Technical CollegeNJCAA Division II422151025
17Turtle Mountain Community CollegeIndependent493121224
Source: U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education

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Bismarck State College Dakota College at Bottineau Dickinson State University Lake Region State College Mayville State University Minot State University North Dakota State College of Science North Dakota State University-Main Campus Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College Turtle Mountain Community College United Tribes Technical College University of Jamestown University of Mary University of North Dakota Valley City State University Williston State College

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