California Lutheran University fields most volleyball players in California

California Lutheran 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.

California Lutheran University‘s volleyball team consisted of 47 members, the highest student popularity number in California.

In all, there are 3,023 students playing on 163 college and university volleyball teams in the state.

College volleyball participation rankings

RankSchoolDivisionTotal UndergraduatesVolleyball Total Participation
1California Lutheran UniversityNCAA Division III with football2,76547
2Pepperdine UniversityNCAA Division I without football3,22044
3University of Southern CaliforniaNCAA Division I-FBS18,07044
4California State University-Long BeachNCAA Division I without football27,80441
5El Camino Community College DistrictCCCAA8,03641
6Concordia University-IrvineNCAA Division II without football1,77240
7University of California-San DiegoNCAA Division II without football27,38640
8Long Beach City CollegeCCCAA8,99439
9University of California-IrvineNCAA Division I without football26,87639
10Hope International UniversityNAIA Division I72638
11Santa Barbara City CollegeCCCAA6,26538
12University of California-Santa BarbaraNCAA Division I without football21,19938
13Los Angeles Pierce CollegeCCCAA5,31437
14University of California-Los AngelesNCAA Division I-FBS30,32937
15Orange Coast CollegeCCCAA8,45036
16Santa Monica CollegeCCCAA11,08436
17California State University-NorthridgeNCAA Division I without football29,05635
18Golden West CollegeCCCAA3,69335
19Grossmont CollegeCCCAA6,02635
20Stanford UniversityNCAA Division I-FBS7,03235
21California Baptist UniversityNCAA Division II without football5,87833
22University of California-MercedNAIA Division II6,74133
23Antelope Valley CollegeCCCAA4,02731
24University of California-Santa CruzNCAA Division III without football16,50931
25Fullerton CollegeCCCAA7,22830
26San Diego Mesa CollegeCCCAA5,70729
27Irvine Valley CollegeCCCAA4,95628
28Palomar CollegeCCCAA7,17128
29William Jessup UniversityNAIA Division I99528
30Moorpark CollegeCCCAA5,66626
31Simpson UniversityNAIA Division II74126
32Santiago Canyon CollegeCCCAA2,74725
33California State University-Dominguez HillsNCAA Division II without football9,32024
34San Diego City CollegeCCCAA3,32823
35Sonoma State UniversityNCAA Division II without football7,79323
36San Diego State UniversityNCAA Division I-FBS26,53022
37Los Angeles Trade Technical CollegeCCCAA3,37321
38Biola UniversityNCAA Division II without football3,94720
39University of California-BerkeleyNCAA Division I-FBS28,10720
40University of California-DavisNCAA Division I-FCS28,54420
41University of California-RiversideNCAA Division I without football19,53320
42Whittier CollegeNJCAA Division III1,57720
43Claremont McKenna CollegeNCAA Division III with football1,34319
44Feather River Community College DistrictCCCAA47519
45Los Angeles Harbor CollegeCCCAA2,50919
46University of San DiegoNCAA Division I-FCS5,43319
47California State University-Los AngelesNCAA Division II without football20,00318
48California State University-San MarcosNCAA Division II without football10,44418
49College of the SequoiasCCCAA4,94118
50De Anza CollegeCCCAA10,39218
51MiraCosta CollegeCCCAA5,13818
52Pasadena City CollegeCCCAA10,40118
53University of La VerneNCAA Division III with football3,81218
54Vanguard University of Southern CaliforniaNAIA Division I1,44718
55Bakersfield CollegeCCCAA6,36317
56California State University-BakersfieldNCAA Division I without football7,06217
57California State University-StanislausNCAA Division II without football7,21517
58Chapman UniversityNCAA Division III with football6,11917
59College of the DesertCCCAA3,94317
60Dominican University of CaliforniaNCAA Division II without football1,22517
61Humboldt State UniversityNCAA Division II with football7,48517
62San Jose State UniversityNCAA Division I-FBS21,56917
63Santa Clara UniversityNCAA Division I without football5,33317
64The Master's University and SeminaryNAIA Division I95317
65Ventura CollegeCCCAA4,26217
66Butte CollegeCCCAA5,09116
67Cabrillo CollegeCCCAA4,12216
68California Polytechnic State University-San Luis ObispoNCAA Division I-FCS19,65016
69California State University-FresnoNCAA Division I-FBS18,82816
70California State University-FullertonNCAA Division I without football27,92516
71California State University-

Monterey Bay

NCAA Division II without football6,08916
72California State University-SacramentoNCAA Division I-FCS23,18116
73Menlo CollegeNAIA Division I76016
74Pomona CollegeNCAA Division III with football1,54716
75Rio Hondo CollegeCCCAA3,87716
76Allan Hancock CollegeCCCAA3,24215
77Azusa Pacific UniversityNCAA Division II with football5,25915
78California State University-ChicoNCAA Division II without football15,16515
79Chaffey CollegeCCCAA5,86615
80Citrus CollegeCCCAA4,99715
81Fresno City CollegeCCCAA6,79715
82Loyola Marymount UniversityNCAA Division I without football5,98715
83Mt San Antonio CollegeCCCAA9,98415
84Pacific Union CollegeNAIA Division II1,28015
85Point Loma Nazarene UniversityNCAA Division II without football2,53415
86Reedley CollegeCCCAA2,89415
87Saddleback CollegeCCCAA5,78515
88San Diego Christian CollegeNAIA Division I51715
89San Francisco State UniversityNCAA Division II without football21,27315
90Sierra CollegeCCCAA6,33115
91University of Antelope ValleyNAIA Division II84515
92University of the PacificNCAA Division I without football3,37515
93Westmont CollegeNAIA Division I1,27515
94American River CollegeCCCAA6,25414
95California Institute of TechnologyNCAA Division III without football97914
96California State Polytechnic University-PomonaNCAA Division II without football21,11214
97Canada CollegeCCCAA1,01014
98Cerritos CollegeCCCAA6,70614
99College of the SiskiyousCCCAA79514
100Cuyamaca CollegeCCCAA2,09714
101Cypress CollegeCCCAA5,21114
102East Los Angeles CollegeCCCAA7,76114
103Folsom Lake CollegeCCCAA2,16314
104Foothill CollegeCCCAA4,86414
105Fresno Pacific UniversityNCAA Division II without football2,07414
106Glendale Community CollegeCCCAA6,69714
107La Sierra UniversityNAIA Division II1,76514
108Mt San Jacinto Community College DistrictCCCAA5,68714
109Notre Dame de Namur UniversityNCAA Division II without football74014
110Providence Christian CollegeNAIA Division I16214
111Sacramento City CollegeCCCAA5,32814
112Saint Mary's College of CaliforniaNCAA Division I without football2,59014
113San Joaquin Delta CollegeCCCAA6,35114
114Santa Ana CollegeCCCAA5,06914
115University of RedlandsNCAA Division III with football2,49114
116California State University-East BayNCAA Division II without football11,55313
117California State University-San BernardinoNCAA Division II without football16,42513
118Chabot CollegeCCCAA3,91113
119College of San MateoCCCAA2,43113
120College of the CanyonsCCCAA6,26713
121Hartnell CollegeCCCAA3,42813
122Los Medanos CollegeCCCAA2,89213
123Mendocino CollegeCCCAA1,09513
124Monterey Peninsula CollegeCCCAA2,37413
125Ohlone CollegeCCCAA3,36513
126Porterville CollegeCCCAA1,66413
127Shasta CollegeCCCAA3,35113
128Skyline CollegeCCCAA2,46913
129Solano Community CollegeCCCAA2,94613
130Academy of Art UniversityNCAA Division II without football4,81312
131Columbia CollegeCCCAA68912
132Cuesta CollegeCCCAA3,46112
133Diablo Valley CollegeCCCAA7,40912
134Gavilan CollegeCCCAA1,77712
135Los Angeles Mission CollegeCCCAA2,31412
136Napa Valley CollegeCCCAA2,16512
137Occidental CollegeNCAA Division III with football1,94312
138Riverside City CollegeNJCAA Division I5,25612
139San Bernardino Valley CollegeCCCAA3,81212
140San Diego Miramar CollegeCCCAA2,37612
141Southwestern CollegeCCCAA7,10712
142Taft CollegeCCCAA1,16412
143University of San FranciscoNCAA Division I without football6,41312
144West Hills College-CoalingaCCCAA95912
145Holy Names UniversityNCAA Division II without football44511
146Merced CollegeCCCAA4,43311
147Victor Valley CollegeCCCAA3,88811
148West Los Angeles CollegeOther2,82511
149West Valley CollegeCCCAA2,54611
150Contra Costa CollegeCCCAA1,77610
151Imperial Valley CollegeCCCAA3,38410
152Lassen Community CollegeCCCAA60810
153Life Pacific CollegeNCCAA Division I46710
154Modesto Junior CollegeCCCAA5,75910
155Yuba CollegeCCCAA2,23410
156College of the RedwoodsCCCAA1,7829
157Cosumnes River CollegeCCCAA3,3679
158Mission CollegeCCCAA1,7169
159Santa Rosa Junior CollegeCCCAA6,4319
160Cerro Coso Community CollegeCCCAA8398
161City College of San FranciscoCCCAA5,3508
162Laney CollegeCCCAA2,0097
163College of MarinCCCAA1,2886
Source: U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education

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