Graceland University-Lamoni fields most volleyball players in Iowa

Graceland University-Lamoni 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.

Graceland University-Lamoni‘s volleyball team consisted of 71 members, the highest student popularity number in Iowa.

In all, there are 985 students playing on 40 college and university volleyball teams in the state.

College volleyball participation rankings

RankSchoolDivisionTotal UndergraduatesVolleyball Total Participation
1Graceland University-LamoniNAIA Division II1,16671
2Grand View UniversityNAIA Division II1,64369
3Loras CollegeNCAA Division III with football1,40053
4Saint Ambrose UniversityNAIA Division II2,18753
5Briar Cliff UniversityNAIA Division II78846
6Clarke UniversityNAIA Division I73244
7Dordt CollegeNAIA Division II1,36744
8Morningside CollegeNAIA Division II1,29340
9Mount Mercy UniversityNAIA Division I1,04634
10Wartburg CollegeNCAA Division III with football1,43331
11Northwestern CollegeNAIA Division II1,04127
12Simpson CollegeNCAA Division III with football1,37926
13Central CollegeNCAA Division III with football1,17625
14University of DubuqueNCAA Division III with football1,67925
15William Penn UniversityNAIA Division I1,11122
16Waldorf UniversityNAIA Division II1,41320
17Iowa Wesleyan UniversityNCAA Division III with football47919
18University of IowaNCAA Division I-FBS20,69019
19University of Northern IowaNCAA Division I-FCS9,11919
20Coe CollegeNCAA Division III with football1,30518
21Iowa Central Community CollegeNJCAA Division II2,73218
22Iowa State UniversityNCAA Division I-FBS28,79117
23Cornell CollegeNCAA Division III with football97316
24Grinnell CollegeNCAA Division III with football1,65316
25Indian Hills Community CollegeNJCAA Division I2,08516
26Kirkwood Community CollegeNJCAA Division II5,64116
27Luther CollegeNCAA Division III with football2,10716
28North Iowa Area Community CollegeNJCAA Division II1,31716
29Des Moines Area Community CollegeNJCAA Division II6,34815
30Drake UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS3,09115
31Iowa Western Community CollegeNJCAA Division I2,82615
32Marshalltown Community CollegeNJCAA Division I75615
33Upper Iowa UniversityNCAA Division II with football2,22415
34Buena Vista UniversityNCAA Division III with football1,52313
35Southwestern Community CollegeNJCAA Division II70311
36Ellsworth Community CollegeNJCAA Division I59710
37Emmaus Bible CollegeOther23010
38Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological SeminaryNCCAA Division II19410
39Iowa Lakes Community CollegeNJCAA Division II98710
40Southeastern Community CollegeNJCAA Division I1,24510
Source: U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education

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