Pacific University has most student athletes in Oregon

Pacific University ranked No. 1 for student athletic participation in the state, according to an Oregon 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 Pacific University students taking part in athletic programs was 530 –  322 men and 208 women – representing the largest contingent of student athletes in Oregon.

In all, there are 7,380 students – 4,188 men and 3,192 women – playing on athletic teams at 30 colleges and universities in the state.


Colleges with the most student athletes

RankSchoolDivisionTotal UndergraduatesMale Student AthletesFemale Student AthletesTotal Number of Student Athletes
1Pacific UniversityNCAA Division III with football1,815322208530
2Oregon State UniversityNCAA Division I-FBS18,395278224502
3George Fox UniversityNCAA Division III with football2,474302182484
4Linfield College-McMinnville CampusNCAA Division III with football1,584274192466
5University of OregonNCAA Division I-FBS18,309229214443
6Southern Oregon UniversityNAIA Division II3,507234134368
7Willamette UniversityNCAA Division III with football1,850224130354
8Lewis & Clark CollegeNCAA Division III with football2,024173180353
9Eastern Oregon UniversityNAIA Division II1,689222129351
10Western Oregon UniversityNCAA Division II with football4,074218123341
11Corban UniversityNAIA Division I938172148320
12Portland State UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS13,698169122291
13University of PortlandNCAA Division I without football3,708135137272
14Southwestern Oregon Community CollegeOther1,002147122269
15Concordia University-


NCAA Division II without football1,017126125251
16Oregon Institute of


NAIA Division II2,357133115248
17Treasure Valley Community CollegeOther863115105220
18Lane Community CollegeNWAC3,74711667183
19Northwest Christian


NAIA Division II4218497181
20Warner Pacific CollegeNAIA Division II4578269151
21Clackamas Community CollegeNWAC2,6738367150
22Blue Mountain Community CollegeNWAC8156260122
23Chemeketa Community CollegeNWAC4,5795654110
24Mt Hood Community CollegeNWAC3,1205645101
25Multnomah UniversityNAIA Division II363504595
26Linn-Benton Community CollegeNWAC2,730402565
27Portland Community CollegeNWAC11,219342256
28Rogue Community CollegeNWAC1,725261743
29Umpqua Community CollegeNWAC364142236
30New Hope Christian College-EugeneNCCAA Division I77121224
Source: U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education

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