Loyola University New Orleans fields most volleyball players in Louisiana

Loyola University New Orleans ranked No. 1 for student volleyball participation in the state, according to a Watchdog 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.

Loyola University’s volleyball team consisted of 21 members, the highest student popularity number in Louisiana.

In all, there are 263 students playing on 17 college and university volleyball teams in the state.

College volleyball participation rankings

School Division Total Undergraduates Volleyball Total Participation
Loyola University New Orleans NAIA Division I 2,274 21
University of Louisiana at Lafayette NCAA Division I-FBS 12,859 19
Dillard University NAIA Division I 1,179 17
Nicholls State University NCAA Division I-FCS 4,585 17
University of Louisiana at Monroe NCAA Division I-FBS 5,149 17
University of New Orleans NCAA Division I without football 4,644 17
McNeese State University NCAA Division I-FCS 5,444 16
Tulane University of Louisiana NCAA Division I-FBS 6,487 16
Grambling State University NCAA Division I-FCS 3,597 15
Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College NCAA Division I-FBS 23,036 15
Northwestern State University of Louisiana NCAA Division I-FCS 5,182 15
Southern University and A & M College NCAA Division I-FCS 4,328 15
Louisiana Tech University NCAA Division I-FBS 7,434 14
Xavier University of Louisiana NAIA Division I 2,120 14
Southeastern Louisiana University NCAA Division I-FCS 9,010 13
Centenary College of Louisiana NCAA Division III
without football
473 11
Southern University at New Orleans NAIA Division I 1,371 11

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

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