Belmont Abbey College fields most volleyball players in North Carolina

Belmont Abbey College 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.

Belmont Abbey College‘s volleyball team consisted of 35 members, the highest student popularity number in North Carolina.

In all, there are 1,007 students playing on 64 college and university volleyball teams in the state.

College volleyball participation rankings

RankSchoolDivisionTotal UndergraduatesVolleyball Total Participation
1Belmont Abbey CollegeNCAA Division II without football1,40335
2Barton CollegeNCAA Division II without football90334
3St Andrews UniversityNAIA Division II61231
4University of Mount OliveNCAA Division II without football1,44630
5Lees-McRae CollegeNCAA Division II without football97829
6Pfeiffer UniversityNCAA Division II without football73927
7Brevard CollegeNCAA Division II with football69020
8Catawba CollegeNCAA Division II with football1,23619
9Lenoir-Rhyne UniversityNCAA Division II with football1,44819
10North Carolina Wesleyan CollegeNCAA Division III with football1,78319
11Shaw UniversityNCAA Division II with football1,60419
12University of North Carolina at Chapel HillNCAA Division I-FBS17,82819
13Wingate UniversityNCAA Division II with football2,04419
14Appalachian State UniversityNCAA Division I-FBS15,45018
15Gardner-Webb UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS1,90818
16Greensboro CollegeNCAA Division III with football75918
17University of North Carolina


NCAA Division I without football11,91318
18Catawba Valley Community CollegeNJCAA Division II1,71617
19Guilford CollegeNCAA Division III with football1,45517
20North Carolina State University at RaleighNCAA Division I-FBS20,81817
21University of North Carolina at GreensboroNCAA Division I without football13,90417
22Winston-Salem State UniversityNCAA Division II with football4,09617
23Davidson CollegeNCAA Division I-FCS1,79116
24Duke UniversityNCAA Division I-FBS6,44916
25East Carolina UniversityNCAA Division I-FBS19,69816
26John Wesley UniversityNCCAA Division I11016
27Montreat CollegeNAIA Division II52316
28University of North Carolina at PembrokeNCAA Division II with football4,47816
29Wake Forest UniversityNCAA Division I-FBS4,89916
30Cape Fear Community CollegeNJCAA Division I3,75615
31Elon UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS5,85415
32High Point UniversityNCAA Division I without football4,47615
33Mars Hill UniversityNCAA Division II with football1,25815
34North Carolina A & T State UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS8,65715
35Queens University of CharlotteNCAA Division II without football1,29415
36University of North Carolina at CharlotteNCAA Division I-FBS20,25715
37Chowan UniversityNCAA Division II with football1,46814
38Johnson & Wales University-CharlotteUSCAA2,06314
39North Carolina Central UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS5,23814
40Salem CollegeNCAA Division III without football71914
41Johnson C Smith UniversityNCAA Division II with football1,28413
42University of North Carolina at AshevilleNCAA Division I without football3,12713
43Campbell UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS3,73412
44Methodist UniversityNCAA Division III with football1,93312
45Pitt Community CollegeNJCAA Division II3,66712
46Sandhills Community CollegeNJCAA Division III1,34412
47Surry Community CollegeNJCAA Division II1,07612
48Western Carolina UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS7,81412
49William Peace UniversityNCAA Division III without football88012
50Central Carolina Community CollegeNJCAA Division III1,80611
51Guilford Technical Community CollegeNJCAA Division II5,16911
52Lenoir Community CollegeNJCAA Division II85711
53Vance-Granville Community CollegeNJCAA Division II89211
54Wake Technical Community CollegeNJCAA Division I7,62111
55Fayetteville State UniversityNCAA Division II with football3,94310
56Louisburg CollegeNJCAA Division I67210
57Piedmont International UniversityNCCAA Division II17610
58Davidson County Community CollegeNJCAA Division III1,3679
59Elizabeth City State UniversityNCAA Division II with football1,1909
60Livingstone CollegeNCAA Division II with football1,1829
61Mid-Atlantic Christian UniversityUSCAA1579
62Rockingham Community CollegeNJCAA Division III6039
63Saint Augustine's UniversityNCAA Division II with football9199
64Brunswick Community CollegeNJCAA Division II5048
Source: U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education

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