Eastern New Mexico University has most student athletes in state

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

RankSchoolDivisionTotal UndergraduatesMale Student AthletesFemale Student AthletesTotal Number of Student Athletes
1Eastern New Mexico University-Main CampusNCAA Division II with football2,569313161474
2University of New Mexico-Main CampusNCAA Division I-FBS15,732259181440
3New Mexico State University-Main CampusNCAA Division I-FBS9,825196220416
4New Mexico Highlands UniversityNCAA Division II with football1,462167109276
5University of the SouthwestNAIA Division I416150111261
6Western New Mexico UniversityNCAA Division II with football1,29213576211
7New Mexico Military InstituteNJCAA Division I42216530195
8New Mexico Junior CollegeNJCAA Division I7446442106
9Northern New Mexico


NAIA Division II587503080
10Luna Community CollegeNJCAA Division I331362157
11Navajo Technical UniversityOther1,026371249
12Mesalands Community CollegeOther180231033
Source: U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education

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