Johns Hopkins University has most student athletes in Maryland

Johns Hopkins University ranked No. 1 for student athletic participation in the state, according to a Maryland 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 Johns Hopkins University students taking part in athletic programs was 679 –  404 men and 275 women – representing the largest contingent of student athletes in Maryland.

In all, there are 8,959 students – 5,122 men and 3,837 women – playing on athletic teams at 35 colleges and universities in the state.


Colleges with the most student athletes

RankSchoolDivisionTotal UndergraduatesMale Student AthletesFemale Student AthletesTotal Number of Student Athletes
1Johns Hopkins UniversityOther5,589404275679
2Stevenson UniversityNCAA Division III with football3,065419225644
3Salisbury UniversityNCAA Division III with football7,236331209540
4University of Maryland-College ParkNCAA Division I-FBS26,174311206517
5Towson UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS16,827232277509
6Frostburg State UniversityNCAA Division III with football4,087337171508
7McDaniel CollegeNCAA Division III with football1,523309151460
8University of Maryland-Baltimore CountyNCAA Division I without football9,474219183402
9Washington CollegeNCAA Division III without football1,437183182365
10Loyola University MarylandNCAA Division I without football4,030169194363
11St Mary's College of MarylandNCAA Division III without football1,540175177352
12Mount St Mary's UniversityNCAA Division I without football1,627169150319
13Hood CollegeNCAA Division III without football1,086154122276
14The Community College of Baltimore CountyNJCAA Division II5,92318192273
15Morgan State UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS5,738151110261
16Goucher CollegeNCAA Division III without football1,436117143260
17Harford Community CollegeNJCAA Division I2,08711276188
18University of Maryland Eastern ShoreNCAA Division I without football2,9178696182
19Bowie State UniversityNCAA Division II with football3,93110258160
20Howard Community CollegeNJCAA Division III3,5119564159
21Coppin State UniversityNCAA Division I without football1,8877381154
22Frederick Community


NJCAA Division II1,9409162153
23Montgomery CollegeNJCAA Division III7,4698465149
24Anne Arundel Community CollegeNJCAA Division III3,8788661147
25College of Southern


NJCAA Division II2,9087464138
26Cecil CollegeNJCAA Division II9396349112
27Hagerstown Community CollegeNJCAA Division I9687537112
28Allegany College of


NJCAA Division II1,4156737104
29Chesapeake CollegeNJCAA Division II654602989
30St. John's CollegeIndependent432532982
31Prince George's Community CollegeNJCAA Division III3,258641781
32Notre Dame of Maryland UniversityNCAA Division III without football515

33Garrett CollegeOther444402161
34Washington Adventist UniversityNAIA Division II697242751
35Baltimore City Community CollegeNJCAA Division I1,293122032
Source: U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education

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