Analysis: 20,508 college athletes participate in outdoor track and field

Mt. San Antonio College in California reported having the most outdoor track and field athletes in the U.S. in 2016, followed by Doane University-Arts & Sciences in Nebraska and Utica College in New York, according to a Higher Education Tribune analysis of the latest federal data.

The U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education compiles athletics data annually from more than 2,000 schools receiving federal financial aid.

Across the U.S., the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, 444 schools have outdoor track and field teams with the number of athletes totaling 20,508, including 10,906 men and 9,602 women.


Most popular colleges for outdoor track and field

SchoolStateDivisionMen's teamWomen's teamTotal athletes
Mt San Antonio CollegeCACCCAA11067177
Doane University-Arts & SciencesNENAIA Division II8171152
Utica CollegeNYNCAA Division III with football8462146
North Central CollegeILNCAA Division III with football8955144
St Olaf CollegeMNNCAA Division III with football7464138
Kenyon CollegeOHNCAA Division III with football6072132
University of Wisconsin-La CrosseWINCAA Division III with football5871129
University of Wisconsin-WhitewaterWINCAA Division III with football5970129
Wartburg CollegeIANCAA Division III with football5969128
University of California-Santa BarbaraCANCAA Division I without football6559124
University of Wisconsin-Stevens PointWINCAA Division III with football7153124
Loras CollegeIANCAA Division III with football6855123
California State University-ChicoCANCAA Division II without football6062122
Rochester Institute of TechnologyNYOther7843121
Rowan UniversityNJNCAA Division III with football6655121
University of Wisconsin-Eau ClaireWINCAA Division III with football5762119
Cedarville UniversityOHNCAA Division II without football6350113
Iowa Central Community CollegeIANJCAA Division II8132113
Aurora UniversityILNCAA Division III with football6745112
Aquinas CollegeMINAIA Division II5752109
Middlebury CollegeVTNCAA Division III with football5452106
Williams CollegeMANCAA Division III with football5748105
George Fox UniversityORNCAA Division III with football5846104
Christopher Newport UniversityVANCAA Division III with football6538103
Cerritos CollegeCACCCAA5844102
Riverside City CollegeCANJCAA Division I712798
University of Wisconsin-StoutWINCAA Division III with football475198
Claremont McKenna CollegeCANCAA Division III with football475097
Case Western Reserve UniversityOHNCAA Division III with football653196
Ohio Northern UniversityOHNCAA Division III with football524395
Colby CollegeMENCAA Division III with football543993
Worcester State UniversityMANCAA Division III with football534093
SUNY CortlandNYNCAA Division III with football514192
Indiana Wesleyan University-MarionINNAIA Division II395291
SUNY College at BrockportNYNCAA Division III with football464591
University of the Incarnate WordTXNCAA Division I-FCS504191
SUNY at AlbanyNYNCAA Division I-FCS454590
Bethel UniversityMNNCAA Division III with football474289
California State University-FullertonCANCAA Division I without football484189
Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyMANCAA Division III with football484189
St Lawrence UniversityNYNCAA Division III with football513889
Concordia College at MoorheadMNNCAA Division III with football424587
Dickinson CollegePANCAA Division III with football404787
Dordt CollegeIANAIA Division II474087
Mount Mercy UniversityIANAIA Division I434487
University of South AlabamaALNCAA Division I-FBS454287
Bridgewater State UniversityMANCAA Division III with football513586
Messiah CollegePANCAA Division III without football424385
Central CollegeIANCAA Division III with football533184
Albion CollegeMINCAA Division III with football434083
Rose-Hulman Institute of TechnologyINNCAA Division III with football533083
Saint Ambrose UniversityIANAIA Division II443781
Graceland University-LamoniIANAIA Division II463480
Prairie View A & M UniversityTXNCAA Division I-FCS423779
Carson-Newman UniversityTNNCAA Division II with football433477
Simpson CollegeIANCAA Division III with football463177
Wittenberg UniversityOHNCAA Division III with football324577
York College PennsylvaniaPANCAA Division III without football433477
California State University-Los AngelesCANCAA Division II without football314475
Roberts Wesleyan CollegeNYNCAA Division II without football363975
Gonzaga UniversityWANCAA Division I without football373774
Humboldt State UniversityCANCAA Division II with football274774
University of California-IrvineCANCAA Division I without football294574
Pacific UniversityORNCAA Division III with football442973
Saint Francis UniversityPANCAA Division I-FCS383573
Trine UniversityINNCAA Division III with football541872
University of WyomingWYNCAA Division I-FBS294372
Farmingdale State CollegeNYNCAA Division III without football462571
Frostburg State UniversityMDNCAA Division III with football462571
Bloomfield CollegeNJNCAA Division II without football403070
Fresno Pacific UniversityCANCAA Division II without football353469
Mesa Community CollegeAZNJCAA Division II432669
University of TulsaOKNCAA Division I-FBS343569
Grinnell CollegeIANCAA Division III with football323668
Whitworth UniversityWANCAA Division III with football333568
Bethune-Cookman UniversityFLNCAA Division I-FCS353267
Heidelberg UniversityOHNCAA Division III with football392867
Taylor UniversityINNAIA Division II343367
Viterbo UniversityWINAIA Division II343367
Connecticut CollegeCTNCAA Division III without football273966
Hartnell CollegeCACCCAA432366
Lebanon Valley CollegePANCAA Division III with football412566
Spokane Falls Community CollegeWANWAC382866
Texas Lutheran UniversityTXNCAA Division III with football392766
Howard UniversityDCNCAA Division I-FCS313465
Linfield College-McMinnville CampusORNCAA Division III with football273865
Nichols CollegeMANCAA Division III with football471865
Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Erie-Behrend CollegePANCAA Division III without football452065
Cornell CollegeIANCAA Division III with football313364
De Anza CollegeCACCCAA372764
University of Southern CaliforniaCANCAA Division I-FBS283664
California Lutheran UniversityCANCAA Division III with football342963
Fitchburg State UniversityMANCAA Division III with football392463
Roanoke CollegeVANCAA Division III without football313263
Southern Oregon UniversityORNAIA Division II372663
Westminster CollegePANCAA Division III with football372663
Adelphi UniversityNYNCAA Division II without football313162
American River CollegeCACCCAA392362
Biola UniversityCANCAA Division II without football253762
East Tennessee State UniversityTNNCAA Division I-FCS303262
Oklahoma Christian UniversityOKNCAA Division II without football362662
Oregon Institute of TechnologyORNAIA Division II352762
Stevenson UniversityMDNCAA Division III with football352762
Coker CollegeSCNCAA Division II without football342761
Washington and Lee UniversityVANCAA Division III with football322961
Berry CollegeGANCAA Division III with football303060
Husson UniversityMENCAA Division III with football293160
Muskingum UniversityOHNCAA Division III with football332760
San Joaquin Delta CollegeCACCCAA411960
University of La VerneCANCAA Division III with football392160
Waynesburg UniversityPANCAA Division III with football322860
College of the CanyonsCACCCAA392059
DeSales UniversityPANCAA Division III without football352459
Gallaudet UniversityDCNCAA Division III with football352459
Rhodes CollegeTNNCAA Division III with football332659
Trinity UniversityTXNCAA Division III with football283159
Winona State UniversityMNNCAA Division II with football
Berea CollegeKYNCAA Division III without football283058
Coe CollegeIANCAA Division III with football372158
Lane Community CollegeORNWAC362258
Long Beach City CollegeCACCCAA342458
Plymouth State UniversityNHNCAA Division III with football332558
Saint John Fisher CollegeNYNCAA Division III with football273158
University of Puerto Rico-BayamonPRNCAA Division II without football411758
Webster UniversityMONCAA Division III without football292958
Xavier UniversityOHNCAA Division I without football253358
Friends UniversityKSNAIA Division II253257
Hamilton CollegeNYNCAA Division III with football292857
Montana State University-BillingsMTNCAA Division II without football282957
San Diego Mesa CollegeCACCCAA411657
Shasta CollegeCACCCAA391857
SUNY College at PlattsburghNYNCAA Division III without football302757
Vassar CollegeNYNCAA Division III without football273057
Florida Institute of TechnologyFLNCAA Division II with football352156
Moorpark CollegeCACCCAA332356
Concordia University-WisconsinWINCAA Division III with football154055
Manchester UniversityINNCAA Division III with football253055
Pomona CollegeCANCAA Division III with football322355
Ramapo College of New JerseyNJNCAA Division III without football322355
Sacramento City CollegeCACCCAA282755
Santa Monica CollegeCACCCAA391655
Santa Rosa Junior CollegeCACCCAA371855
Eastern Mennonite UniversityVANCAA Division III without football312354
Georgetown CollegeKYNAIA Division I262854
Reinhardt UniversityGANAIA Division II381654
University of RedlandsCANCAA Division III with football272754
Caldwell UniversityNJNCAA Division II without football242953
Campbellsville UniversityKYNAIA Division I282553
Concordia University-ChicagoILNCAA Division III with football332053
Lewis-Clark State CollegeIDNAIA Division I322153
West Los Angeles CollegeCAOther322153
Bethany CollegeWVNCAA Division III with football341852
Cornerstone UniversityMINAIA Division II223052
CUNY City CollegeNYNCAA Division III without football282452
Franklin and Marshall CollegePANCAA Division III with football302252
Monmouth CollegeILNCAA Division III with football282452
Montclair State UniversityNJNCAA Division III with football292352
Pima Community CollegeAZNJCAA Division I341852
Roger Williams UniversityRINCAA Division III without football282452
Universidad MetropolitanaPROther312152
Colby-Sawyer CollegeNHNCAA Division III without football252651
Juniata CollegePANCAA Division III with football242751
Modesto Junior CollegeCACCCAA312051
South Dakota School of Mines and TechnologySDNCAA Division II with football302151
University of South Carolina-BeaufortSCNAIA Division II252651
Ventura CollegeCACCCAA292251
Colorado CollegeCONCAA Division III without football232750
Diablo Valley CollegeCACCCAA311950
Marywood UniversityPANCAA Division III without football262450
Northwest Christian UniversityORNAIA Division II232750
Orange Coast CollegeCACCCAA321850
The University of Texas at TylerTXNCAA Division III without football302050
West Liberty UniversityWVNCAA Division II with football292150
Bethany CollegeKSNAIA Division II321749
Fresno City CollegeCACCCAA381149
University of Massachusetts-DartmouthMANCAA Division III with football212849
Butte CollegeCACCCAA381048
College of the SequoiasCACCCAA361248
Elmhurst CollegeILNCAA Division III with football301848
Franklin CollegeINNCAA Division III with football301848
Santa Barbara City CollegeCACCCAA351348
SUNY College of Technology at DelhiNYUSCAA262248
University of Alaska AnchorageAKNCAA Division II without football282048
LIU BrooklynNYNCAA Division I without football242347
Madonna UniversityMINAIA Division II262147
Maryville University of Saint LouisMONCAA Division II without football202747
Methodist UniversityNCNCAA Division III with football222547
Robert Morris University IllinoisILNAIA Division II272047
Southern University and A & M CollegeLANCAA Division I-FCS202747
University of Wisconsin-SuperiorWINCCAA Division II311647
Willamette UniversityORNCAA Division III with football232447
William Jessup UniversityCANAIA Division I232447
Dickinson State UniversityNDNAIA Division I262046
Lake Superior State UniversityMINCAA Division II without football252146
Siena CollegeNYNCAA Division I without football252146
Alcorn State UniversityMSNCAA Division I-FCS212445
California State University-San BernardinoCANCAA Division II without football
Castleton UniversityVTNCAA Division III with football222345
Concordia University-Ann ArborMINAIA Division II252045
Glendale Community CollegeAZNJCAA Division II36945

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