Pacific University fields most volleyball players in Oregon


Pacific University ranked No. 1 for student volleyball participation in the state, according to a Watchdog 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.

Pacific University‘s volleyball team consisted of 33 members, the highest student popularity number in Oregon.

In all, there are 431 students playing on 28 college and university volleyball teams in the state.

College volleyball participation rankings

RankSchoolDivisionTotal UndergraduatesVolleyball Total Participation
1Pacific UniversityNCAA Division III with football1,81533
2Linfield College-McMinnville CampusNCAA Division III with football1,58423
3Corban UniversityNAIA Division I93821
4Oregon State UniversityNCAA Division I-FBS18,39519
5Southern Oregon UniversityNAIA Division II3,50718
6Lewis & Clark CollegeNCAA Division III with football2,02417
7Southwestern Oregon Community CollegeOther1,00217
8Western Oregon UniversityNCAA Division II with football4,07417
9Concordia University-PortlandNCAA Division II without football1,01716
10Oregon Institute of TechnologyNAIA Division II2,35715
11University of OregonNCAA Division I-FBS18,30915
12Willamette UniversityNCAA Division III with football1,85015
13Eastern Oregon UniversityNAIA Division II1,68914
14George Fox UniversityNCAA Division III with football2,47414
15Lane Community CollegeNWAC3,74714
16Northwest Christian UniversityNAIA Division II42114
17Portland State UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS13,69814
18Treasure Valley Community CollegeOther86314
19University of PortlandNCAA Division I without football3,70814
20Chemeketa Community CollegeNWAC4,57913
21Warner Pacific CollegeNAIA Division II45713
22Blue Mountain Community CollegeNWAC81512
23Linn-Benton Community CollegeNWAC2,73012
24Multnomah UniversityNAIA Division II36312
25Umpqua Community CollegeNWAC36412
26Clackamas Community CollegeNWAC2,67311
27Mt Hood Community CollegeNWAC3,12011
28New Hope Christian College-EugeneNCCAA Division I7711
Source: U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education

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