Southern Illinois University-Carbondale ranked No. 18 for student football participation in the state, according to a Egyptian Review analysis of college sports participation.
Southern Illinois University-Carbondale's football team consisted of 103 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 3,544 students playing on 34 college and university football teams in the state.
College football participation rankings
|Ranking||School||Football Team Members|
|1||Robert Morris University Illinois||190|
|3||North Central College||132|
|6||Olivet Nazarene University||117|
|8||Illinois State University||114|
|9||Illinois Wesleyan University||113|
|10||Northern Illinois University||113|
|13||North Park University||107|
|16||Western Illinois University||105|
|18||Southern Illinois University-Carbondale||103|
|20||University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign||102|
|21||Eastern Illinois University||100|
|22||University of Chicago||99|
|23||University of St Francis||99|
|24||College of DuPage||97|
|27||Trinity International University-Illinois||84|
|28||Lake Forest College||83|
|31||Saint Xavier University||80|
Source: U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education