Varsity Sports sponsored by the most Schools Scholarship
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This is a ranking of the most popular college sports ranked by the number of schools sponsoring varsity programs for each sport. Club & intramural teams are not included in this list. Click on each sport for a listing of sponsoring schools and available athletic scholarships.

 # of Number of Varsity Athletes
2014 Totals by Sport schools Total Male Female
Basketball          2,035               59,900               32,190         27,710
Volleyball          1,781               28,884                 2,314         26,570
Softball          1,679               30,874                        -           30,874
Baseball          1,667               55,410               55,410                  -  
Soccer          1,667               75,650               37,890         37,760
Cross Country          1,525               37,568               18,217         19,351
Golf          1,328               18,930               12,292           6,638
Tennis          1,198               20,929               10,060         10,869
Track & Field          1,146               67,152               33,955         33,197
Football             891               90,136               90,136                  -  
Swimming & Diving             633               24,572               10,893         13,679
Lacrosse             538               24,726               13,857         10,869
Wrestling             340               10,050                 9,756               294
Field Hockey             271                 5,885                        -             5,885
 Ice Hockey             160                 6,510                 4,360           2,150
Rowing              152               10,891                 3,091           7,800
Bowling             129                 1,942                     769           1,173
Water Polo             112                 3,490                 1,670           1,820
Gymnastics                 93                 2,115                     382           1,733
Equestrian                75                 2,358                       53           2,305
Rodeo                74                 2,232                 1,368               864
Beach Volleyball                42                     619                        -                 619
Fencing                42                 1,328                     651               677
Skiing                 42                     991                     495               496
Squash                35                     920                     471               449
Sailing                33                 1,155                     507               648
Rifle                32                     388                     199               189
Rugby                 19                     917                     555               362
Badminton                16                     150                        -                 150
Cycling & Mountain Biking                10                     257                     179                 78
Archery                  9                     127                       54                 73
Sprint Football                  8                     420                     420                  -  
Synchronized Swimming                  5                       74                        -                   74
Other Sports                17                     470                     235               235
Total Varsity Athletes             587,550            342,194      245,356

          
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