Georgetown University has most student athletes in Washington, D.C.


Georgetown University ranked No. 1 for student athletic participation in the district, according to a Washington D.C. 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 Georgetown University students taking part in athletic programs was 659 –  384 men and 275 women – representing the largest contingent of student athletes in district.

In all, there are 2,721 students – 1,469 men and 1,252 women – playing on athletic teams at 97 colleges and universities in the district.

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Colleges with the most student athletes

RankSchoolDivisionTotal UndergraduatesMale Student AthletesFemale Student AthletesTotal Number of Student Athletes
1Georgetown UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS6,874384275659
2Catholic University of AmericaNCAA Division III with football3,088309208517
3George Washington UniversityNCAA Division I without football10,343238271509
4Howard UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS5,553201168369
5Gallaudet UniversityNCAA Division III with football1,08216389252
6American UniversityNCAA Division I without football6,981110135245
7University of the District of ColumbiaNCAA Division II without football1,7866446110
8Trinity Washington UniversityNCAA Division III without football1,071

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

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