Princeton University has most student athletes in New Jersey

Princeton University ranked No. 1 for student athletic participation in the state, according to a New Jersey 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 Princeton University students taking part in athletic programs was 1,038 –  610 men and 428 women – representing the largest contingent of student athletes in New Jersey.

In all, there are 11,499 students – 6,633 men and 4,866 women – playing on athletic teams at 44 colleges and universities in the state.


Colleges with the most student athletes

RankSchoolDivisionTotal UndergraduatesMale Student AthletesFemale Student AthletesTotal Number of Student Athletes
1Princeton UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS5,2366104281,038
2Rutgers University-New BrunswickNCAA Division I-FBS33,939323316639
3Monmouth UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS4,484374245619
4Montclair State UniversityNCAA Division III with football14,857311214525
5Rowan UniversityNCAA Division III with football12,728281205486
6Stevens Institute of TechnologyNCAA Division III without football3,108293192485
7Fairleigh Dickinson University-Florham CampusNCAA Division III with football2,395258148406
8The College of New JerseyNCAA Division III with football6,419239162401
9Rider UniversityNCAA Division I without football3,632210177387
10Stockton UniversityNCAA Division III without football7,412163202365
11Kean UniversityNCAA Division III with football9,185222136358
12New Jersey Institute of TechnologyNCAA Division I without football6,152230110340
13Ramapo College of New JerseyNCAA Division III without football4,965163166329
14Drew UniversityNCAA Division III without football1,382173127300
15William Paterson University

of New Jersey

NCAA Division III with football7,490184111295
16Georgian Court UniversityNCAA Division II without football1,319141120261
17Seton Hall UniversityNCAA Division I without football5,484127126253
18Rutgers University-NewarkNCAA Division III without football6,666142102244
19Rutgers University-CamdenNCAA Division III without football4,052130113243
20Caldwell UniversityNCAA Division II without football1,445104133237
21Bloomfield CollegeNCAA Division II without football1,768125109234
22Saint Peter's UniversityNCAA Division I without football2,383120112232
23Fairleigh Dickinson University-Metropolitan CampusNCAA Division I without football2,329118113231
24Felician UniversityNCAA Division II without football1,43296115211
25Centenary UniversityNCAA Division III without football1,23212272194
26New Jersey City UniversityNCAA Division III without football5,1129580175
27Rowan College at Gloucester CountyNJCAA Division III3,94210560165
28Ocean County CollegeNJCAA Division III4,5919960159
29Brookdale Community CollegeNJCAA Division III6,00510553158
30Camden County CollegeNJCAA Division III5,08810946155
31Bergen Community CollegeNJCAA Division III7,92710741148
32Mercer County Community CollegeNJCAA Division I2,6588061141
33Union County CollegeNJCAA Division II4,3839439133
34Middlesex County CollegeNJCAA Division III5,2398247129
35County College of MorrisNJCAA Division II3,6567848126
36Raritan Valley Community CollegeNJCAA Division II3,2877350123
37Cumberland County CollegeNJCAA Division III1,7276338101
38Rowan College at Burlington CountyOther4,063584199
39Essex County CollegeNJCAA Division I4,748524193
40Sussex County Community CollegeNJCAA Division III1,418513182
41College of Saint ElizabethNCAA Division III without football570275279
42Atlantic Cape Community CollegeNJCAA Division III2,462341650
43Passaic County Community CollegeNJCAA Division III3,05632840
44Berkeley College-Woodland ParkOther2,78830

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

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