Graceland University - Lamoni ranked No. 1 for student football participation in the state, according to a Clive News analysis of college sports participation.
Graceland University Lamoni's football team consisted of 167 members in 2016, according to federal athletics data.
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.
In all, there are 3,006 students playing on 28 college and university football teams in the state.
College football participation rankings
|Ranking||School||Football Team Members|
|2||Saint Ambrose University||163|
|3||University of Dubuque||156|
|4||Grand View University||154|
|5||Iowa Central Community College||145|
|6||Iowa State University||137|
|7||Iowa Western Community College||133|
|11||University of Iowa||121|
|12||Upper Iowa University||113|
|14||University of Northern Iowa||105|
|21||Briar Cliff University||93|
|22||Ellsworth Community College||79|
|23||Iowa Wesleyan University||77|
|25||Buena Vista University||62|
|26||William Penn University||59|
Source: U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education