Middlebury College has most student athletes in Vermont

Middlebury College ranked No. 1 for student athletic participation in the state, according to a Vermont 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 Middlebury College students taking part in athletic programs was 698 –  384 men and 314 women – representing the largest contingent of student athletes in Vermont.

In all, there are 3,389 students – 1,894 men and 1,495 women – playing on athletic teams at 12 colleges and universities in the state.


Colleges with the most student athletes

RankSchoolDivisionTotal UndergraduatesMale Student AthletesFemale Student AthletesTotal Number of Student Athletes
1Middlebury CollegeNCAA Division III with football2,496384314698
2Norwich UniversityNCAA Division III with football2,445413182595
3Castleton UniversityNCAA Division III with football1,730354228582
4University of VermontNCAA Division I without football9,940186231417
5Saint Michael's CollegeNCAA Division II without football1,839166204370
6Lyndon State CollegeNCAA Division III without football9619873171
7Johnson State CollegeNCAA Division III without football8817281153
8Southern Vermont CollegeNCAA Division III without football3516766133
9Green Mountain CollegeNCAA Division III without football4726145106
10College of St.


11Vermont Technical CollegeUSCAA1,020342054
12Sterling CollegeOther11051116
Source: U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education

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Castleton University Green Mountain College Johnson State College Lyndon State College Middlebury College Middlebury College Athletics Norwich University Saint Michael's College Southern Vermont College Sterling College University of Vermont Vermont Technical College

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