University of Hawaii at Manoa ranked No. 1 for student athletic participation in the state, according to a Hawaii 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 Hawaii at Manoa students taking part in athletic programs was 499 – 260 men and 239 women – representing the largest contingent of student athletes in Hawaii.
In all, there are 1,080 students – 518 men and 562 women – playing on athletic teams at four universities in the state.
Colleges with the most student athletes
|Rank||School||Division||Total Undergraduates||Male Student Athletes||Female Student Athletes||Total Number of Student Athletes|
|1||University of Hawaii at Manoa||NCAA Division I-FBS||10,676||260||239||499|
|2||Hawaii Pacific University||NCAA Division II without football||2,553||112||133||245|
|3||University of Hawaii at Hilo||NCAA Division II without football||2,436||94||100||194|
|NCAA Division II without football||1,352||52||90||142|