Emmanuel College has most student athletes in Georgia

Emmanuel College ranked No. 1 for student athletic participation in the state, according to a Georgia 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 Emmanuel College students taking part in athletic programs was 526 –  300 men and 226 women – representing the largest contingent of student athletes in Georgia.

In all, there are 12,687 students – 7,362 men and 5,325 women – playing on athletic teams at 57 colleges and universities in the state.


Colleges with the most student athletes

RankSchoolDivisionTotal UndergraduatesMale Student AthletesFemale Student AthletesTotal Number of Student Athletes
1Emmanuel CollegeNCAA Division II without football743300226526
2Berry CollegeNCAA Division III with football2,046303207510
3Shorter UniversityNCAA Division II with football1,212336149485
4Point UniversityNAIA Division II1,219292162454
5University of GeorgiaNCAA Division I-FBS26,252232216448
6Mercer UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS4,012258157415
7Reinhardt UniversityNAIA Division II1,223296114410
8Georgia Institute of Technology-Main CampusNCAA Division I-FBS13,698262138400
9Georgia Southern UniversityNCAA Division I-FBS15,912227161388
10Kennesaw State UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS24,171206182388
11Savannah College of Art

and Design

NAIA Division II8,400163221384
12Georgia State UniversityNCAA Division I-FBS19,062219159378
13Emory UniversityNCAA Division III without football6,639185187372
14LaGrange CollegeNCAA Division III with football854229113342
15Valdosta State UniversityNCAA Division II with football7,148225102327
16Brewton-Parker CollegeNAIA Division I40422496320
17University of West GeorgiaNCAA Division II with football8,958197119316
18Young Harris CollegeNCAA Division II without football1,102174142316
19Piedmont CollegeNCAA Division III without football1,177165134299
20Savannah State UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS4,10820985294
21Oglethorpe UniversityNCAA Division III without football1,112175116291
22Life UniversityNAIA Division I531126133259
23Albany State UniversityNCAA Division II with football2,18716875243
24Columbus State UniversityNCAA Division II without football4,753106126232
25Truett McConnell UniversityNAIA Division II692121110231
26Covenant CollegeNCAA Division III without football973125102227
27Clark Atlanta UniversityNCAA Division II with football2,98614773220
28Georgia Military CollegeNJCAA Division I4,36414773220
29University of North GeorgiaNCAA Division II without football12,349100106206
30Fort Valley State UniversityNCAA Division II with football1,99313466200
31Augusta UniversityNCAA Division II without football4,07810097197
32Georgia College and State UniversityNCAA Division II without football5,5199096186
33Middle Georgia State UniversityNAIA Division I4,6578687173
34Thomas UniversityNAIA Division II45810072172
35Georgia Southwestern State UniversityNCAA Division II without football1,7599477171
36Brenau UniversityNAIA Division I1,038

37Andrew CollegeNJCAA Division I2667066136
38Clayton  State UniversityNCAA Division II without football3,4567561136
39Georgia Gwinnett CollegeNAIA Division I8,0206950119
40Emory University-Oxford CollegeNJCAA Division III9766146107
41South Georgia State


NJCAA Division I1,5976145106
42Dalton State CollegeNAIA Division I3,2094952101
43Toccoa Falls CollegeNCCAA Division II7295842100
44College of Coastal GeorgiaNAIA Division I2,111265985
45Abraham Baldwin

Agricultural College

NJCAA Division I2,489424284
46Paine CollegeNCAA Division II without football389433881
47Gordon State CollegeNJCAA Division I2,432433780
48East Georgia State CollegeNJCAA Division I2,228492776
49Georgia Highlands CollegeNJCAA Division I2,698422870
50West Georgia Technical CollegeNJCAA Division III1,585482270
51Albany Technical CollegeNJCAA Division I1,369211132
52Central Georgia Technical CollegeNJCAA Division I2,290161430
53Georgia Northwestern Technical CollegeUSCAA1,522121729
54South Georgia Technical CollegeNJCAA Division I851151227
55Atlanta Metropolitan State CollegeNJCAA Division I1,115121224
56Carver Bible CollegeNCCAA Division I3414923
57Southern Crescent

Technical College

NJCAA Division III1,54215722
Source: U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education

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