Eastern New Mexico University ranked No. 1 for student athletic participation in the state, according to a New Mexico 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 Eastern New Mexico University students taking part in athletic programs was 474 – 313 men and 161 women – representing the largest contingent of student athletes in New Mexico.
In all, there are 2,598 students – 1,595 men and 1,003 women – playing on athletic teams at 12 colleges and universities in the state.
Colleges with the most student athletes
|Rank||School||Division||Total Undergraduates||Male Student Athletes||Female Student Athletes||Total Number of Student Athletes|
|1||Eastern New Mexico University-Main Campus||NCAA Division II with football||2,569||313||161||474|
|2||University of New Mexico-Main Campus||NCAA Division I-FBS||15,732||259||181||440|
|3||New Mexico State University-Main Campus||NCAA Division I-FBS||9,825||196||220||416|
|4||New Mexico Highlands University||NCAA Division II with football||1,462||167||109||276|
|5||University of the Southwest||NAIA Division I||416||150||111||261|
|6||Western New Mexico University||NCAA Division II with football||1,292||135||76||211|
|7||New Mexico Military Institute||NJCAA Division I||422||165||30||195|
|8||New Mexico Junior College||NJCAA Division I||744||64||42||106|
|9||Northern New Mexico
|NAIA Division II||587||50||30||80|
|10||Luna Community College||NJCAA Division I||331||36||21||57|
|11||Navajo Technical University||Other||1,026||37||12||49|
|12||Mesalands Community College||Other||180||23||10||33|