Boise State University has most student athletes in Idaho

Boise State University ranked No. 1 for student athletic participation in the state, according to a

Idaho 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 Boise State University students taking part in athletic programs was 393 –  209 men and 184 women – representing the largest contingent of student athletes in Idaho.

In all, there are 2,012 students – 1,084 men and 928 women – playing on athletic teams at eight colleges and universities in the state.


Colleges with the most student athletes

RankSchoolDivisionTotal UndergraduatesMale Student AthletesFemale Student AthletesTotal Number of Student Athletes
1Boise State UniversityNCAA Division I-FBS12,350209184393
2The College of IdahoNAIA Division II918188144332
3University of IdahoNCAA Division I-FBS7,248168149317
4Idaho State UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS6,498137126263
5Northwest Nazarene UniversityNCAA Division II without football1,123124117241
6Lewis-Clark State CollegeNAIA Division I2,26311582197
7North Idaho CollegeOther2,0928574159
8College of Southern IdahoNJCAA Division I1,9445852110
Source: U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education

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