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Analysis: Robert Morris University football participation ranks seventh in nation


By LGIS Newsfeed | Sep 28, 2018


Chicago-based Robert Morris University football fielded 190 players in 2016 – the seventh highest such student popularity number in the nation – according to a Prairie State Wire analysis of federal education data.

Other Illinois schools among the nation’s 100 college or university football teams that field the most football players were McKendree University in Lebanon (148) and North Central College in Naperville (132). 

The U.S. Department of Education’s 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.

Top 100: College football programs in U.S. with most participation 

SchoolStateDivisionFootball Team Members
University of Mount UnionOHNCAA Division III with football251
MidAmerica Nazarene UniversityKSNAIA Division I215
Methodist UniversityNCNCAA Division III with football201
Tusculum CollegeTNNCAA Division II with football192
Lindenwood UniversityMONCAA Division II with football191
Robert Morris University IllinoisILNAIA Division II190
Benedictine CollegeKSNAIA Division I190
Newberry CollegeSCNCAA Division II with football187
Limestone CollegeSCNCAA Division II with football178
Baldwin Wallace UniversityOHNCAA Division III with football174
Ashland UniversityOHNCAA Division II with football173
Alderson Broaddus UniversityWVNCAA Division II with football171
Delaware Valley UniversityPANCAA Division III with football169
Graceland University-LamoniIANAIA Division II167
Hardin-Simmons UniversityTXNCAA Division III with football167
Trine UniversityINNCAA Division III with football166
University of Mary Hardin-BaylorTXNCAA Division III with football165
Saint Ambrose UniversityIANAIA Division II163
North Carolina Wesleyan CollegeNCNCAA Division III with football163
Henderson State UniversityARNCAA Division II with football162
Thomas More CollegeKYNCAA Division III with football162
University of PikevilleKYNAIA Division I159
Howard Payne UniversityTXNCAA Division III with football158
University of DubuqueIANCAA Division III with football156
University of St ThomasMNNCAA Division III with football156
Mississippi CollegeMSNCAA Division II with football156
Midland UniversityNENAIA Division II156
Carson-Newman UniversityTNNCAA Division II with football156
Grand View UniversityIANAIA Division II154
Wayland Baptist UniversityTXNAIA Division I152
ASA CollegeNYNJCAA Division I151
Marian UniversityINNAIA Division II150
Lindsey Wilson CollegeKYNAIA Division I149
Olivet CollegeMINCAA Division III with football149
Carthage CollegeWINCAA Division III with football149
McKendree UniversityILNCAA Division II with football148
Wingate UniversityNCNCAA Division II with football146
Huntingdon CollegeALNCAA Division III with football145
Iowa Central Community CollegeIANJCAA Division II145
Georgetown CollegeKYNAIA Division I145
Heidelberg UniversityOHNCAA Division III with football145
Albright CollegePANCAA Division III with football145
Ohio Northern UniversityOHNCAA Division III with football144
Southeastern Oklahoma State UniversityOKNCAA Division II with football144
Shorter UniversityGANCAA Division II with football143
Bridgewater CollegeVANCAA Division III with football143
Saginaw Valley State UniversityMINCAA Division II with football142
Wagner CollegeNYNCAA Division I-FCS142
Averett UniversityVANCAA Division III with football142
Valdosta State UniversityGANCAA Division II with football141
Concordia University-NebraskaNENAIA Division II141
Pittsburg State UniversityKSNCAA Division II with football140
Adrian CollegeMINCAA Division III with football140
Chowan UniversityNCNCAA Division II with football140
Texas A & M University-CommerceTXNCAA Division II with football140
University of Michigan-Ann ArborMINCAA Division I-FBS139
University of Nebraska-LincolnNENCAA Division I-FBS139
Pacific UniversityORNCAA Division III with football139
Washington & Jefferson CollegePANCAA Division III with football139
Colorado State University-PuebloCONCAA Division II with football138
DePauw UniversityINNCAA Division III with football138
Iowa State UniversityIANCAA Division I-FBS137
Oklahoma State University-Main CampusOKNCAA Division I-FBS137
Warner UniversityFLNAIA Division II136
Lackawanna CollegePANJCAA Division II136
The University of AlabamaALNCAA Division I-FBS135
Hartwick CollegeNYNCAA Division III with football135
Tiffin UniversityOHNCAA Division II with football135
Arkansas Tech UniversityARNCAA Division II with football134
McNeese State UniversityLANCAA Division I-FCS134
Davenport UniversityMINCAA Division II with football134
University of North Carolina

at Chapel Hill

NCNCAA Division I-FBS134
University of Nebraska at KearneyNENCAA Division II with football134
John Carroll UniversityOHNCAA Division III with football134
George Fox UniversityORNCAA Division III with football134
University of California-BerkeleyCANCAA Division I-FBS133
Iowa Western Community CollegeIANJCAA Division I133
Wartburg CollegeIANCAA Division III with football133
University of Louisiana at LafayetteLANCAA Division I-FBS133
Northwood UniversityMINCAA Division II with football133
Lenoir-Rhyne UniversityNCNCAA Division II with football133
Chadron State CollegeNENCAA Division II with football133
Utica CollegeNYNCAA Division III with football133
Lake Erie CollegeOHNCAA Division II with football133
Mt San Antonio CollegeCACCCAA132
North Central CollegeILNCAA Division III with football132
Charleston Southern UniversitySCNCAA Division I-FCS132
Ferrum CollegeVANCAA Division III with football132
Troy UniversityALNCAA Division I-FBS131
Bethany CollegeKSNAIA Division II131
Stevenson UniversityMDNCAA Division III with football131
Concordia University-Ann ArborMINAIA Division II131
Doane University-Arts & SciencesNENAIA Division II131
Midwestern State UniversityTXNCAA Division II with football131
Southwestern Assemblies of God UniversityTXNAIA Division I131
Florida Institute of TechnologyFLNCAA Division II with football130
Louisiana CollegeLANCAA Division III with football130
Ohio State University-Main CampusOHNCAA Division I-FBS130
Walsh UniversityOHNCAA Division II with football130
Reinhardt UniversityGANAIA Division II129
Source: U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education

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