University of California-Berkeley has most student athletes in state

University of California-Berkeley ranked No. 1 for student athletic participation in the state, according to a California 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 University of California-Berkeley students taking part in athletic programs was 913 –  518 men and 395 women – representing the largest contingent of student athletes in California.

In all, there are 48,271 students – 28,288 men and 19,983 women – playing on athletic teams at 181 colleges and universities in the state.


Colleges with the most student athletes

RankSchoolDivisionTotal UndergraduatesMale Student AthletesFemale Student AthletesTotal Number of Student Athletes
1University of California-BerkeleyNCAA Division I-FBS28,107518395913
2Stanford UniversityNCAA Division I-FBS7,032446405851
3University of California-Los AngelesNCAA Division I-FBS30,329311377688
4Mt San Antonio CollegeCCCAA9,984468205673
5University of California-DavisNCAA Division I-FCS28,544274309583
6University of California-San DiegoNCAA Division II without football27,386303273576
7University of Southern


NCAA Division I-FBS18,070291276567
8California Lutheran UniversityNCAA Division III with football2,765337209546
9San Diego State UniversityNCAA Division I-FBS26,530226315541
10Claremont McKenna CollegeNCAA Division III with football1,343271245516
11University of RedlandsNCAA Division III with football2,491310180490
12University of California-Santa BarbaraNCAA Division I without football21,199271204475
13California Polytechnic State University-San Luis ObispoNCAA Division I-FCS19,650326148474
14Cerritos CollegeCCCAA6,706324146470
15California State University-SacramentoNCAA Division I-FCS23,181220248468
16Orange Coast CollegeCCCAA8,450313151464
17El Camino Community College DistrictCCCAA8,036315143458
18California State University-


NCAA Division I-FBS18,828213239452
19Chapman UniversityNCAA Division III with football6,119261189450
20San Jose State UniversityNCAA Division I-FBS21,569218222440
21Riverside City CollegeNJCAA Division I5,256292146438
22Azusa Pacific UniversityNCAA Division II with football5,259250184434
23University of San DiegoNCAA Division I-FCS5,433228206434
24Ventura CollegeCCCAA4,262279139418
25Pomona CollegeNCAA Division III with football1,547229188417
26Fullerton CollegeCCCAA7,228291118409
27Sacramento City CollegeCCCAA5,328261142403
28Whittier CollegeNJCAA Division III1,577238165403
29Santa Barbara City CollegeCCCAA6,265262133395
30Long Beach City CollegeCCCAA8,994263130393
31Fresno City CollegeCCCAA6,797254133387
32University of La VerneNCAA Division III with football3,812256126382
33Palomar CollegeCCCAA7,171258118376
34Santa Clara UniversityNCAA Division I without football5,333196179375
35Concordia University-IrvineNCAA Division II without football1,772174200374
36Humboldt State UniversityNCAA Division II with football7,485183191374
37Santa Rosa Junior CollegeCCCAA6,431260114374
38California Baptist UniversityNCAA Division II without football5,878211162373
39California State University-NorthridgeNCAA Division I without football29,056173188361
40Loyola Marymount UniversityNCAA Division I without football5,987156201357
41Bakersfield CollegeCCCAA6,363243113356
42California State University-

Long Beach

NCAA Division I without football27,804157197354
43San Diego Mesa CollegeCCCAA5,707236117353
44College of the CanyonsCCCAA6,267251101352
45De Anza CollegeCCCAA10,392226126352
46Chabot CollegeCCCAA3,91125295347
47Modesto Junior CollegeCCCAA5,759228118346
48Shasta CollegeCCCAA3,35125690346
49Occidental CollegeNCAA Division III with football1,943206139345
50American River CollegeCCCAA6,254219125344
51San Joaquin Delta CollegeCCCAA6,351220124344
52Saddleback CollegeCCCAA5,785206124330
53University of California-IrvineNCAA Division I without football26,876171158329
54Sierra CollegeCCCAA6,331190138328
55East Los Angeles CollegeCCCAA7,761208115323
56Santa Monica CollegeCCCAA11,084214109323
57Golden West CollegeCCCAA3,69322397320
58Fresno Pacific UniversityNCAA Division II without football2,074178138316
59University of California-


NCAA Division I without football19,533159157316
60University of the PacificNCAA Division I without football3,375152164316
61Glendale Community CollegeCCCAA6,69721697313
62California State University-


NCAA Division II without football15,165159150309
63Chaffey CollegeCCCAA5,866207102309
64Pepperdine UniversityNCAA Division I without football3,220138167305
65Biola UniversityNCAA Division II without football3,947136166302
66Grossmont CollegeCCCAA6,026186113299
67California State University-BakersfieldNCAA Division I without football7,062130168298
68Southwestern CollegeCCCAA7,107196102298
69Saint Mary's College

of California

NCAA Division I without football2,590116181297
70College of the SequoiasCCCAA4,941178114292
71College of the DesertCCCAA3,94319695291
72Sonoma State UniversityNCAA Division II without football7,793115176291
73Diablo Valley CollegeCCCAA7,409171116287
74Moorpark CollegeCCCAA5,666178105283
75Pasadena City CollegeCCCAA10,401172108280
76College of the SiskiyousCCCAA79521464278
77Butte CollegeCCCAA5,09119581276
78Antelope Valley CollegeCCCAA4,02717695271
79California State University-FullertonNCAA Division I without football27,925130140270
80City College of San FranciscoCCCAA5,35017397270
81Hartnell CollegeCCCAA3,42818090270
82California State University-StanislausNCAA Division II without football7,215126141267
83Citrus CollegeCCCAA4,99717295267
84California State University-Monterey BayNCAA Division II without football6,089132132264
85Los Angeles Pierce CollegeCCCAA5,31416499263
86San Bernardino Valley CollegeCCCAA3,81217485259
87San Francisco State UniversityNCAA Division II without football21,273122137259
88California State University-East BayNCAA Division II without football11,553110148258
89California State University-San MarcosNCAA Division II without football10,444118137255
90Feather River Community College DistrictCCCAA47515297249
91William Jessup UniversityNAIA Division I995121120241
92Victor Valley CollegeCCCAA3,88816474238
93Cabrillo CollegeCCCAA4,12214888236
94Menlo CollegeNAIA Division I760124110234
95California State University-San BernardinoNCAA Division II without football16,42599134233
96California State University Maritime AcademyNAIA Division II1,07518346229
97California State University-Los AngelesNCAA Division II without football20,003115114229
98Simpson UniversityNAIA Division II741109119228
99Allan Hancock CollegeCCCAA3,24213790227
100California State Polytechnic University-PomonaNCAA Division II without football21,112119104223
101Santa Ana CollegeCCCAA5,06914280222
102Foothill CollegeCCCAA4,864116102218
103Cuesta CollegeCCCAA3,461109105214
104Los Angeles Harbor CollegeCCCAA2,50914470214
105Vanguard University

of Southern California

NAIA Division I1,447113100213
106College of San MateoCCCAA2,43114071211
107Merced CollegeCCCAA4,43314071211
108Mt San Jacinto Community College DistrictCCCAA5,68713378211
109University of San FranciscoNCAA Division I without football6,41311398211
110Los Angeles Valley CollegeCCCAA4,06914169210
111California Institute of


NCAA Division III without football97913673209
112Marymount California UniversityNAIA Division II88213376209
113University of California-Santa CruzNCAA Division III without football16,509104105209
114Monterey Peninsula CollegeCCCAA2,37414759206
115Academy of Art UniversityNCAA Division II without football4,81395109204
116College of the RedwoodsCCCAA1,78214064204
117Holy Names UniversityNCAA Division II without football44511292204
118Point Loma Nazarene


NCAA Division II without football2,53486117203
119El Camino College-Compton CenterCCCAA1,71914853201
120Rio Hondo CollegeCCCAA3,87710693199
121Westmont CollegeNAIA Division I1,27511087197
122Cypress CollegeCCCAA5,21110290192
123Hope International UniversityNAIA Division I72610686192
124West Los Angeles CollegeOther2,82513755192
125Contra Costa CollegeCCCAA1,77614444188
126San Diego City CollegeCCCAA3,3289987186
127Reedley CollegeCCCAA2,89411568183
128California State University-Dominguez HillsNCAA Division II without football9,3208893181
129Irvine Valley CollegeCCCAA4,95610772179
130West Valley CollegeCCCAA2,54610771178
131Yuba CollegeCCCAA2,23411759176
132The Master's University and SeminaryNAIA Division I9539777174
133Lassen Community CollegeCCCAA60810171172
134Ohlone CollegeCCCAA3,3658587172
135San Diego Christian CollegeNAIA Division I5178782169
136Mendocino CollegeCCCAA1,09511750167
137Los Medanos CollegeCCCAA2,89211056166
138Folsom Lake CollegeCCCAA2,16310163164
139Notre Dame de Namur


NCAA Division II without football7408082162
140West Hills College-CoalingaCCCAA95912438162
141Dominican University of CaliforniaNCAA Division II without football1,2256099159
142Gavilan CollegeCCCAA1,77711840158
143Laney CollegeCCCAA2,00910947156
144Cuyamaca CollegeCCCAA2,0979757154
145La Sierra UniversityNAIA Division II1,7658165146
146Skyline CollegeCCCAA2,4699254146
147University of Antelope ValleyNAIA Division II8457670146
148Las Positas CollegeCCCAA2,9437662138
149University of California-MercedNAIA Division II6,7416771138
150Oxnard CollegeCCCAA1,8558051131
151Cosumnes River CollegeCCCAA3,3676664130
152Canada CollegeCCCAA1,0108544129
153Imperial Valley CollegeCCCAA3,3846166127
154Solano Community CollegeCCCAA2,9466066126
155College of MarinCCCAA1,2887144115
156Taft CollegeCCCAA1,1645355108
157Santiago Canyon CollegeCCCAA2,7474660106
158Los Angeles Southwest CollegeCCCAA1,5049510105
159MiraCosta CollegeCCCAA5,1385450104
160Los Angeles Trade Technical CollegeCCCAA3,3734654100
161Napa Valley CollegeCCCAA2,165663399
162San Jose City CollegeCCCAA1,854742599
163Bethesda UniversityNCCAA Division I186662995
164West Hills College-LemooreCCCAA1,361573895
165Los Angeles Mission CollegeCCCAA2,314612687
166Porterville CollegeCCCAA1,664493887
167Soka University of AmericaNAIA Division I417384785
168Merritt CollegeCCCAA1,016552984
169Providence Christian CollegeNAIA Division I162503383
170Clovis Community CollegeCCCAA1,830393877
171Pacific Union CollegeNAIA Division II1,280383775
172San Diego Miramar CollegeCCCAA2,376403474
173Mission CollegeCCCAA1,716403373
174Cerro Coso Community CollegeCCCAA839403272
175Lake Tahoe Community CollegeCCCAA649342155
176Barstow Community CollegeCCCAA1,17147754
177Norco CollegeCCCAA2,237291746
178Evergreen Valley CollegeCCCAA2,425212445
179Life Pacific CollegeNCCAA Division I467181432
180Columbia CollegeCCCAA689111223
181College of AlamedaCCCAA88414

Source: U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education

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