Harvard University has most student athletes in Massachusetts

Harvard University ranked No. 1 for student athletic participation in the state, according to a Massachusetts 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 Harvard University students taking part in athletic programs was 1,132 –  649 men and 483 women – representing the largest contingent of student athletes in Massachusetts.

In all, there are 22,876 students – 13,163 men and 9,713 women – playing on athletic teams at 65 colleges and universities in the state.


Colleges with the most student athletes

RankSchoolDivisionTotal UndergraduatesMale Student AthletesFemale Student AthletesTotal Number of Student Athletes
1Harvard UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS6,9316494831,132
2Williams CollegeNCAA Division III with football2,044427317744
3Tufts UniversityNCAA Division III with football5,414415326741
4Boston CollegeNCAA Division I-FBS9,486358378736
5Massachusetts Institute

of Technology

NCAA Division III with football4,444388287675
6College of the Holy


NCAA Division I-FCS2,689373294667
7Springfield CollegeNCAA Division III with football2,082414241655
8University of Massachusetts-AmherstNCAA Division I-FBS21,340347273620
9Worcester Polytechnic InstituteNCAA Division III with football4,214391228619
10Merrimack CollegeNCAA Division II with football3,295308308616
11Amherst CollegeNCAA Division III with football1,846334253587
12Boston UniversityNCAA Division I

without football

13American International CollegeNCAA Division II with football1,347360210570
14Assumption CollegeNCAA Division II with football1,982293251544
15Bentley UniversityNCAA Division II with football4,076350187537
16Western New England UniversityNCAA Division III with football2,580351165516
17Endicott CollegeNCAA Division III with football2,783302207509
18Bridgewater State UniversityNCAA Division III with football7,789278192470
19University of Massachusetts-DartmouthNCAA Division III with football5,953270196466
20Stonehill CollegeNCAA Division II with football2,455253186439
21Westfield State UniversityNCAA Division III with football4,956244193437
22Nichols CollegeNCAA Division III with football1,159295137432
23University of Massachusetts-LowellNCAA Division I

without football

24Northeastern UniversityNCAA Division I

without football

25Worcester State


NCAA Division III with football4,021247158405
26Babson CollegeNCAA Division III without football2,283223177400
27Becker CollegeNCAA Division III with football1,564218172390
28Massachusetts Maritime AcademyNCAA Division III with football1,60527679355
29Wheaton CollegeNCAA Division III without football1,635158196354
30Fitchburg State UniversityNCAA Division III with football3,422221131352
31Curry CollegeNCAA Division III with football2,109248102350
32Framingham State UniversityNCAA Division III with football3,670218112330
33Dean CollegeNCAA Division III with football1,13223090320
34University of Massachusetts-BostonNCAA Division III without football9,139194123317
35Brandeis UniversityNCAA Division III without football3,591171145316
36Wentworth Institute of TechnologyNCAA Division III without football3,91621794311
37Clark UniversityNCAA Division III without football2,219152146298
38Salem State UniversityNCAA Division III without football5,828144128272
39Mount Ida CollegeNCAA Division III with football1,294154115269
40Regis CollegeNCAA Division III without football964110148258
41Gordon CollegeNCAA Division III without football1,559120135255
42Lasell CollegeNCAA Division III without football1,747129126255
43Anna Maria CollegeNCAA Division III with football78015784241
44Emmanuel CollegeNCAA Division III without football1,833111122233
45Emerson CollegeNCAA Division III without football3,733116109225
46Suffolk UniversityNCAA Division III without football4,89913190221
47College of Our Lady

of the Elms

NCAA Division III without football95394115209
48Eastern Nazarene


NCAA Division III without football65610180181
49Massachusetts College

of Liberal Arts

NCAA Division III without football1,2568991180
50Newbury CollegeNCAA Division III without football6759288180
51Lesley UniversityNCAA Division III without football1,5328090170
52Wheelock CollegeNCAA Division III without football7135263115
53Springfield Technical Community CollegeNJCAA Division III2,3277536111
54Massasoit Community CollegeOther3,0336642108
55Holyoke Community CollegeNJCAA Division III2,5385354107
56Fisher CollegeNAIA Division II1,1237628104
57Bunker Hill Community CollegeNJCAA Division III4,2096537102
58Hampshire CollegeUSCAA1,305444892
59Pine Manor CollegeNCAA Division III without football280523688
60Bristol Community


NJCAA Division III3,914363167
61Massachusetts Bay Community CollegeNJCAA Division III1,55654


Community College

NJCAA Division III2,803301949
63Northern Essex

Community College

NJCAA Division III2,056271845
64Roxbury Community CollegeNJCAA Division III595181028
65Benjamin Franklin

Institute of Technology

NJCAA Division III42622

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

Want to get notified whenever we write about Harvard University ?

Sign-up Next time we write about Harvard University, we'll email you a link to the story. You may edit your settings or unsubscribe at any time.

Organizations in this Story

Harvard University

More News

Metro Business Network