Cornell University has most student athletes in New York

Cornell University ranked No. 1 for student athletic participation in the state, according to a New York 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 Cornell University students taking part in athletic programs was 1,132 –  646 men and 486 women – representing the largest contingent of student athletes in New York.

In all, there are 43,241 students – 24,582 men and 18,659 women – playing on athletic teams at 150 colleges and universities in the state.


Colleges with the most student athletes

RankSchoolDivisionTotal UndergraduatesMale Student AthletesFemale Student AthletesTotal Number of Student Athletes
1Cornell UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS14,4616464861,132
2Columbia University in the City

of New York

NCAA Division I-FCS7,552472333805
3Ithaca CollegeNCAA Division III with football6,099440351791
4SUNY CortlandNCAA Division III with football6,187459320779
5St Lawrence UniversityNCAA Division III with football2,341424310734
6Utica CollegeNCAA Division III with football2,730413257670
7Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteNCAA Division III with football6,197415241656
8Rochester Institute of


9SUNY College at BrockportNCAA Division III with football6,375379239618
10Marist CollegeNCAA Division I-FCS4,964349254603
11Colgate UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS2,864328257585
12Hobart William Smith CollegesNCAA Division III with football2,232321261582
13Hamilton CollegeNCAA Division III with football1,866327252579
14Syracuse UniversityNCAA Division I-FBS14,324304263567
15Union CollegeNCAA Division III with football2,114340224564
16Saint John Fisher CollegeNCAA Division III with football2,601340212552
17Fordham UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS8,725308237545
18University of RochesterNCAA Division III with football6,138265257522
19New York UniversityNCAA Division III without football24,702289217506
20University at BuffaloNCAA Division I-FBS18,732289217506
21LIU PostNCAA Division II with football2,838275210485
22Wagner CollegeNCAA Division I-FCS1,762285195480
23SUNY College at GeneseoNCAA Division III without football5,369198259457
24SUNY at AlbanyNCAA Division I-FCS12,387267187454
25SUNY College at OswegoNCAA Division III without football6,868258190448
26Stony Brook UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS15,729285156441
27SUNY at BinghamtonNCAA Division I without football13,179247190437
28SUNY College of Technology

at Alfred

NCAA Division III with football3,44532797424
29Hartwick CollegeNCAA Division III with football1,362241181422
30SUNY OneontaNCAA Division III without football5,604212205417
31SUNY Maritime CollegeNCAA Division III with football1,58533875413
32Manhattan CollegeNCAA Division I without football3,444212199411
33St. Joseph's College-New YorkNCAA Division III without football3,372226180406
34Nazareth CollegeNCAA Division III without football2,039186217403
35Morrisville State CollegeNCAA Division III with football2,587236165401
36ASA CollegeNJCAA Division I4,10433956395
37Vassar CollegeNCAA Division III without football2,390200195395
38Clarkson UniversityNCAA Division III without football3,164227159386
39Skidmore CollegeNCAA Division III without football2,637193193386
40SUNY Buffalo StateNCAA Division III with football7,590239147386
41Alfred UniversityNCAA Division III with football1,700219161380
42United States Merchant Marine AcademyNCAA Division III with football90428491375
43Adelphi UniversityNCAA Division II without football4,737194180374
44Farmingdale State CollegeNCAA Division III without football6,820210156366
45Iona CollegeNCAA Division I-FCS3,066161205366
46Pace University-New YorkNCAA Division II with football7,654201165366
47Siena CollegeNCAA Division I without football3,060165190355
48Le Moyne CollegeNCAA Division II without football2,531191163354
49SUNY College at PlattsburghNCAA Division III without football4,812192144336
50Monroe CollegeNJCAA Division I4,35325183334
51Nassau Community CollegeNJCAA Division III11,25725282334
52St John's University-New YorkNCAA Division I without football11,468162168330
53SUNY at FredoniaNCAA Division III without football4,253173150323
54Niagara UniversityNCAA Division I without football2,913150168318
55Hofstra UniversityNCAA Division I without football6,462149167316
56Manhattanville CollegeNCAA Division III without football1,698156142298
57Mount Saint Mary CollegeNCAA Division III without football1,748168130298
58Molloy CollegeNCAA Division II without football2,900137157294
59Elmira CollegeNCAA Division III without football974145148293
60St Bonaventure UniversityNCAA Division I without football1,589142150292
61Erie Community CollegeNJCAA Division III7,38320982291
62Roberts Wesleyan CollegeNCAA Division II without football1,207143144287
63The College of Saint RoseNCAA Division II without football2,510150132282
64St. Thomas Aquinas CollegeNCAA Division II without football1,091153125278
65SUNY College at PotsdamNCAA Division III without football3,320151125276
66Bard CollegeNCAA Division III without football1,867167108275
67State University of New York at New PaltzNCAA Division III without football6,197120148268
68SUNY College of Technology at CantonNCAA Division III without football2,673157108265
69Hudson Valley Community CollegeNJCAA Division III5,62519965264
70Keuka CollegeNCAA Division III without football1,348132132264
71Suffolk County Community CollegeNJCAA Division III14,038137126263
72SUNY College of Agriculture

and Technology at Cobleskill

NCAA Division III without football2,167130132262
73CUNY Lehman CollegeNCAA Division III without football6,575139120259
74LIU BrooklynNCAA Division I without football3,74995164259
75Paul Smiths College of Arts

and Science

76Canisius CollegeNCAA Division I without football2,453131121252
77Onondaga Community CollegeNJCAA Division III5,57515394247
78New York Institute of


NCAA Division II without football3,16814997246
79Houghton CollegeNCAA Division III without football998119122241
80Mohawk Valley Community CollegeNJCAA Division III3,331140100240
81Herkimer County Community CollegeNJCAA Division III1,67714891239
82Cazenovia CollegeNCAA Division III without football85897139236
83CUNY Hunter CollegeNCAA Division III without football12,164109122231
84Mercy CollegeNCAA Division II without football5,143117113230
85SUNY College of Technology

at Delhi

86SUNY at Purchase CollegeNCAA Division III without football3,64213285217
87College of Staten Island CUNYNCAA Division III without football9,56811797214
88College of Mount Saint VincentNCAA Division III without football1,583111101212
89Daemen CollegeNCAA Division II without football1,621100106206
90Yeshiva UniversityNCAA Division III without football2,62811591206
91CUNY John Jay College of Criminal JusticeNCAA Division III without football9,82810398201
92Monroe Community CollegeNJCAA Division II8,21098103201
93SUNY Polytechnic InstituteNCAA Division III without football1,68512873201
94CUNY Bernard M Baruch


NCAA Division III without football11,23812971200
95CUNY Kingsborough Community CollegeNJCAA Division III8,69810595200
96St Francis CollegeNCAA Division I without football2,33910593198
97Wells CollegeNCAA Division III without football5059699195
98CUNY City CollegeNCAA Division III without football9,96511775192
99Nyack CollegeNCAA Division II without football1,1789298190
100Medaille CollegeNCAA Division III without football1,18410089189
101SUNY College at Old WestburyNCAA Division III without football3,5899293185
102SUNY College of Environmental Science and ForestryUSCAA1,71112857185
103Hilbert CollegeNCAA Division III without football74011269181
104D'Youville CollegeNCAA Division III without football1,33370110180
105CUNY Brooklyn CollegeNCAA Division III without football10,1188494178
106Finger Lakes Community


NJCAA Division III2,54010870178
107The Sage CollegesNCAA Division III without football1,27770107177
108SUNY Broome Community CollegeNJCAA Division III4,11711262174
109Genesee Community CollegeNJCAA Division II2,31310270172
110Dominican College of BlauveltNCAA Division II without football1,3309177168
111CUNY York CollegeNCAA Division III without football4,9978285167
112Niagara County Community CollegeNJCAA Division III3,36010657163
113CUNY Queens CollegeNCAA Division II without football11,6548082162
114Sarah Lawrence CollegeNCAA Division III without football1,3616393156
115Concordia College-New YorkNCAA Division II without football8138966155
116Tompkins Cortland Community CollegeNJCAA Division III1,90910253155
117Jefferson Community CollegeNJCAA Division III2,0459955154
118Pratt Institute-MainUSCAA3,3536881149
119CUNY Queensborough Community CollegeNJCAA Division III9,0759150141
120Jamestown Community CollegeNJCAA Division III2,0338150131
121Adirondack Community CollegeNJCAA Division III2,1397949128
122Corning Community CollegeNJCAA Division III1,6376457121
123CUNY Medgar Evers CollegeNCAA Division III without football4,6645960119
124CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community CollegeNJCAA Division III18,1446645111
125SUNY Westchester Community CollegeNJCAA Division III6,7946935104
126Orange County Community CollegeOther3,1146537102
127Rockland Community CollegeNJCAA Division III3,7778121102
128Fulton-Montgomery Community CollegeNJCAA Division III1,3456239101
129Albany College of Pharmacy

and Health Sciences

130Sullivan County Community CollegeNJCAA Division III806633497
131The College of New RochelleNCAA Division III without football2,490376097
132Dutchess Community CollegeNJCAA Division III3,980623395
133Berkeley College-New YorkOther3,392543488
134Cayuga County Community CollegeNJCAA Division III1,596384684
135Fashion Institute of TechnologyNJCAA Division III7,355156883
136North Country Community CollegeNJCAA Division III716295180
137Ulster County Community


138Bryant & Stratton College-SyracuseUSCAA357393574
139CUNY Bronx Community


NJCAA Division III6,963532073
140The King's CollegeUSCAA511323971
141Villa Maria CollegeUSCAA470393271
142Vaughn College of Aeronautics and TechnologyUSCAA1,275581270
143Clinton Community CollegeNJCAA Division III684323163
144Davis CollegeUSCAA165342559
145Schenectady County Community CollegeNJCAA Division III1,934372259
146Columbia-Greene Community CollegeNJCAA Division III672312152
147CUNY Hostos Community CollegeNJCAA Division III4,045211940
148Webb InstituteOther9236440
149Five Towns CollegeOther623121224
150Touro CollegeIndependent4,97015

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

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