University of Hawaii at Manoa has most student athletes in state


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.

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Colleges with the most student athletes

RankSchoolDivisionTotal UndergraduatesMale Student AthletesFemale Student AthletesTotal Number of Student Athletes
1University of Hawaii at ManoaNCAA Division I-FBS10,676260239499
2Hawaii Pacific UniversityNCAA Division II without football2,553112133245
3University of Hawaii at HiloNCAA Division II without football2,43694100194
4Chaminade University

of Honolulu

NCAA Division II without football1,3525290142
Source: U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education

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