Analysis: College sports raked in $18.1 billion in 2016

University of Texas at Austin grossed more than $207 million in 2016, making it the highest-grossing college athletics program that year, followed by Ohio State University ($176 million) and University of Alabama ($174 million), according to a Higher Education Tribune analysis of the latest federal data.

The U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education compiles athletics data annually from more than 2,000 schools receiving federal financial aid.

Altogether, the top 200 athletic programs reported more than $11.3 billion in revenue in 2016 – or 62 percent of the $18.1 billion reported by all schools that year.

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Top 200 college athletics programs by revenue

RankSchoolStateDivisionTotal undergraduatesTotal revenue
1The University of Texas at AustinTXNCAA Division I-FBS37,026$207,127,309
2Ohio State University-Main CampusOHNCAA Division I-FBS41,666$175,885,823
3The University of AlabamaALNCAA Division I-FBS29,071$174,305,613
4University of Michigan-Ann ArborMINCAA Division I-FBS27,833$162,955,051
5University of GeorgiaGANCAA Division I-FBS26,252$157,852,479
6University of Oklahoma-Norman CampusOKNCAA Division I-FBS18,218$155,209,855
7Auburn UniversityALNCAA Division I-FBS20,260$147,413,201
8Louisiana State UniversityLANCAA Division I-FBS23,036$146,934,487
9Florida State UniversityFLNCAA Division I-FBS29,051$144,692,380
10Pennsylvania State University-Main CampusPANCAA Division I-FBS39,883$144,017,062
11University of FloridaFLNCAA Division I-FBS30,583$142,545,938
12The University of Tennessee-KnoxvilleTNNCAA Division I-FBS20,719$139,659,550
13University of Wisconsin-MadisonWINCAA Division I-FBS28,201$139,430,724
14University of South Carolina-ColumbiaSCNCAA Division I-FBS23,947$136,032,845
15University of Notre DameINNCAA Division I-FBS8,480$132,371,404
16University of ArkansasARNCAA Division I-FBS19,774$132,172,997
17Texas A & M University-College StationTXNCAA Division I-FBS44,975$130,442,544
18University of Washington-Seattle CampusWANCAA Division I-FBS28,165$128,745,183
19University of IowaIANCAA Division I-FBS20,690$126,980,417
20Stanford UniversityCANCAA Division I-FBS7,032$125,039,558
21University of LouisvilleKYNCAA Division I-FBS12,325$122,445,304
22University of KentuckyKYNCAA Division I-FBS20,772$122,307,014
23University of Nebraska-LincolnNENCAA Division I-FBS19,381$117,743,538
24University of Southern CaliforniaCANCAA Division I-FBS18,070$113,174,912
25University of Minnesota-Twin CitiesMNNCAA Division I-FBS28,782$107,894,615
26Texas Christian UniversityTXNCAA Division I-FBS8,591$105,055,587
27Clemson UniversitySCNCAA Division I-FBS17,849$104,925,252
28Indiana University-BloomingtonINNCAA Division I-FBS31,884$104,819,338
29University of California-Los AngelesCANCAA Division I-FBS30,329$104,106,646
30Michigan State UniversityMINCAA Division I-FBS35,280$103,920,895
31University of MississippiMSNCAA Division I-FBS17,649$101,857,663
32University of KansasKSNCAA Division I-FBS16,987$101,345,197
33University of OregonORNCAA Division I-FBS18,309$101,333,119
34Duke UniversityNCNCAA Division I-FBS6,449$100,480,206
35Arizona State University-TempeAZNCAA Division I-FBS38,761$98,972,378
36Baylor UniversityTXNCAA Division I-FBS14,087$98,125,426
37University of Maryland-College ParkMDNCAA Division I-FBS26,174$94,881,357
38University of Colorado BoulderCONCAA Division I-FBS25,692$94,226,108
39University of Virginia-Main CampusVANCAA Division I-FBS15,420$92,962,999
40West Virginia UniversityWVNCAA Division I-FBS20,524$92,593,373
41Syracuse UniversityNYNCAA Division I-FBS14,324$91,445,865
42University of North Carolina at Chapel HillNCNCAA Division I-FBS17,828$90,500,869
43University of Missouri-ColumbiaMONCAA Division I-FBS24,060$90,034,258
44Mississippi State UniversityMSNCAA Division I-FBS16,134$89,696,829
45University of California-BerkeleyCANCAA Division I-FBS28,107$89,382,397
46University of MiamiFLNCAA Division I-FBS10,102$89,135,175
47University of ArizonaAZNCAA Division I-FBS29,049$88,186,587
48Oklahoma State University-Main CampusOKNCAA Division I-FBS18,330$88,059,220
49Oregon State UniversityORNCAA Division I-FBS18,395$86,730,624
50Kansas State UniversityKSNCAA Division I-FBS17,562$86,081,526
51North Carolina State University at RaleighNCNCAA Division I-FBS20,818$85,201,572
52Purdue University-Main CampusINNCAA Division I-FBS29,301$84,841,133
53University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh CampusPANCAA Division I-FBS18,129$84,831,036
54Northwestern UniversityILNCAA Division I-FBS8,249$84,279,755
55University of ConnecticutCTNCAA Division I-FBS18,538$83,374,163
56University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignILNCAA Division I-FBS32,126$83,307,820
57Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityVANCAA Division I-FBS25,175$80,792,750
58Vanderbilt UniversityTNNCAA Division I-FBS6,808$80,335,651
59Texas Tech UniversityTXNCAA Division I-FBS26,588$79,377,076
60Rutgers University-New BrunswickNJNCAA Division I-FBS33,939$78,439,668
61University of UtahUTNCAA Division I-FBS17,081$74,774,278
62Boston CollegeMANCAA Division I-FBS9,486$74,587,091
63Georgia Institute of Technology-Main CampusGANCAA Division I-FBS13,698$71,438,008
64Washington State UniversityWANCAA Division I-FBS21,534$71,394,584
65Brigham Young University-ProvoUTNCAA Division I-FBS28,012$67,733,712
66Wake Forest UniversityNCNCAA Division I-FBS4,899$66,995,224
67Iowa State UniversityIANCAA Division I-FBS28,791$66,335,424
68Southern Methodist UniversityTXNCAA Division I-FBS6,294$57,193,821
69Temple UniversityPANCAA Division I-FBS26,128$52,394,437
70San Diego State UniversityCANCAA Division I-FBS26,530$51,569,852
71University of Central FloridaFLNCAA Division I-FBS38,228$51,128,904
72University of South Florida-Main CampusFLNCAA Division I-FBS23,603$49,960,339
73University of HoustonTXNCAA Division I-FBS25,399$48,820,426
74University of MemphisTNNCAA Division I-FBS12,372$48,443,154
75University of Cincinnati-Main CampusOHNCAA Division I-FBS21,445$46,776,240
76East Carolina UniversityNCNCAA Division I-FBS19,698$45,751,164
77Georgetown UniversityDCNCAA Division I-FCS6,874$44,652,901
78University of Hawaii at ManoaHINCAA Division I-FBS10,676$43,959,880
79California State University-FresnoCANCAA Division I-FBS18,828$43,903,160
80James Madison UniversityVANCAA Division I-FCS18,467$43,002,934
81Tulane University of LouisianaLANCAA Division I-FBS6,487$42,459,986
82University of TulsaOKNCAA Division I-FBS3,248$42,444,847
83Villanova UniversityPANCAA Division I-FCS6,469$42,400,846
84Old Dominion UniversityVANCAA Division I-FBS15,173$42,086,525
85Yale UniversityCTNCAA Division I-FCS5,468$41,603,825
86University of New Mexico-Main CampusNMNCAA Division I-FBS15,732$41,368,528
87Colorado State University-Fort CollinsCONCAA Division I-FBS21,211$41,208,764
88University of Nevada-Las VegasNVNCAA Division I-FBS18,237$40,613,503
89University of PennsylvaniaPANCAA Division I-FCS10,231$40,611,793
90University of Massachusetts-AmherstMANCAA Division I-FBS21,340$39,387,913
91Rice UniversityTXNCAA Division I-FBS3,824$39,125,169
92George Washington UniversityDCNCAA Division I without football10,343$37,743,777
93Texas State UniversityTXNCAA Division I-FBS28,180$36,740,982
94University of Nevada-RenoNVNCAA Division I-FBS15,390$36,730,274
95University of DenverCONCAA Division I without football5,478$36,635,635
96Boise State UniversityIDNCAA Division I-FBS12,350$36,348,138
97Liberty UniversityVANCAA Division I-FCS27,100$36,013,263
98Miami University-OxfordOHNCAA Division I-FBS16,109$35,903,047
99University of WyomingWYNCAA Division I-FBS8,099$35,796,878
100Florida International UniversityFLNCAA Division I-FBS25,920$35,297,643
101St John's University-New YorkNYNCAA Division I without football11,468$34,610,502
102Marquette UniversityWINCAA Division I without football7,919$34,563,086
103Lehigh UniversityPANCAA Division I-FCS4,990$34,314,228
104Utah State UniversityUTNCAA Division I-FBS16,888$33,858,736
105Boston UniversityMANCAA Division I without football16,199$33,757,327
106University of DelawareDENCAA Division I-FCS17,736$33,601,114
107University at BuffaloNYNCAA Division I-FBS18,732$33,584,196
108University of North TexasTXNCAA Division I-FBS25,486$33,429,160
109Fordham UniversityNYNCAA Division I-FCS8,725$33,102,582
110Providence CollegeRINCAA Division I without football3,768$32,982,408
111University of North Carolina at CharlotteNCNCAA Division I-FBS20,257$32,932,759
112Ohio University-Main CampusOHNCAA Division I-FBS17,794$32,621,410
113Western Michigan UniversityMINCAA Division I-FBS14,999$32,568,703
114University of Akron Main CampusOHNCAA Division I-FBS13,367$32,430,238
115Eastern Michigan UniversityMINCAA Division I-FBS12,714$32,311,248
116College of the Holy CrossMANCAA Division I-FCS2,689$32,140,448
117Central Michigan UniversityMINCAA Division I-FBS17,077$31,792,125
118University of New Hampshire-Main CampusNHNCAA Division I-FCS12,415$31,621,270
119The University of Texas at El PasoTXNCAA Division I-FBS13,321$30,891,851
120University of RichmondVANCAA Division I-FCS2,998$30,743,620
121University of California-DavisCANCAA Division I-FCS28,544$30,711,944
122Middle Tennessee State UniversityTNNCAA Division I-FBS15,985$30,528,498
123Virginia Commonwealth UniversityVANCAA Division I without football20,050$29,784,991
124Marshall UniversityWVNCAA Division I-FBS7,917$29,367,140
125Western Kentucky UniversityKYNCAA Division I-FBS12,967$29,177,882
126Dartmouth CollegeNHNCAA Division I-FCS4,230$29,071,662
127Northeastern UniversityMANCAA Division I without football13,345$29,025,294
128Columbia University in the City of New YorkNYNCAA Division I-FCS7,552$29,009,751
129University of ToledoOHNCAA Division I-FBS12,810$29,001,171
130Butler UniversityINOther4,171$28,971,821
131Coastal Carolina UniversitySCOther8,828$28,936,464
132University of Alabama at BirminghamALNCAA Division I-FBS8,941$28,929,743
133Princeton UniversityNJNCAA Division I-FCS5,236$28,855,106
134Troy UniversityALNCAA Division I-FBS9,329$28,571,770
135Kent State University at KentOHNCAA Division I-FBS19,034$28,535,475
136Bucknell UniversityPANCAA Division I-FCS3,525$28,439,815
137Furman UniversitySCNCAA Division I-FCS2,691$28,179,039
138North Dakota State University-Main CampusNDNCAA Division I-FCS10,631$28,124,505
139San Jose State UniversityCANCAA Division I-FBS21,569$28,090,817
140Gonzaga UniversityWANCAA Division I without football5,029$28,013,845
141Quinnipiac UniversityCTNCAA Division I without football6,784$27,891,934
142The University of Texas at San AntonioTXNCAA Division I-FBS19,995$27,826,471
143College of William and MaryVANCAA Division I-FCS6,206$27,800,936
144Ball State UniversityINNCAA Division I-FBS15,018$27,410,832
145Georgia State UniversityGANCAA Division I-FBS19,062$27,366,614
146The University of MontanaMTNCAA Division I-FCS7,789$27,064,306
147Cornell UniversityNYNCAA Division I-FCS14,461$27,021,756
148University of Rhode IslandRINCAA Division I-FCS12,422$26,883,562
149University of Louisiana at LafayetteLANCAA Division I-FBS12,859$26,541,072
150California State University-SacramentoCANCAA Division I-FCS23,181$26,485,704
151University of DaytonOHNCAA Division I-FCS7,867$26,305,830
152Colgate UniversityNYNCAA Division I-FCS2,864$26,220,452
153Wichita State UniversityKSNCAA Division I without football8,566$26,192,382
154Florida Atlantic UniversityFLNCAA Division I-FBS15,715$26,135,496
155Illinois State UniversityILNCAA Division I-FCS17,420$26,056,566
156Appalachian State UniversityNCNCAA Division I-FBS15,450$25,795,349
157Harvard UniversityMANCAA Division I-FCS6,931$25,732,191
158DePaul UniversityILNCAA Division I without football13,126$25,597,183
159Stony Brook UniversityNYNCAA Division I-FCS15,729$25,557,023
160Elon UniversityNCNCAA Division I-FCS5,854$25,416,974
161University of North DakotaNDNCAA Division I-FCS8,787$25,219,135
162California Polytechnic State University-San Luis ObispoCANCAA Division I-FCS19,650$25,138,047
163Sacred Heart UniversityCTNCAA Division I-FCS4,793$25,118,429
164University of San DiegoCANCAA Division I-FCS5,433$24,730,465
165Northern Illinois UniversityILNCAA Division I-FBS12,323$24,695,763
166University of the PacificCANCAA Division I without football3,375$24,619,395
167University of South AlabamaALNCAA Division I-FBS9,596$24,059,763
168Monmouth UniversityNJNCAA Division I-FCS4,484$23,807,422
169Bowling Green State University-Main CampusOHNCAA Division I-FBS13,111$23,753,594
170Santa Clara UniversityCANCAA Division I without football5,333$23,688,106
171Creighton UniversityNENCAA Division I without football3,970$23,664,229
172Loyola Marymount UniversityCANCAA Division I without football5,987$23,598,739
173Southern Illinois University-CarbondaleILNCAA Division I-FCS10,509$22,652,421
174Lafayette CollegePANCAA Division I-FCS2,505$22,638,590
175Seton Hall UniversityNJNCAA Division I without football5,484$22,619,498
176SUNY at AlbanyNYNCAA Division I-FCS12,387$22,516,071
177Louisiana Tech UniversityLANCAA Division I-FBS7,434$22,467,526
178New Mexico State University-Main CampusNMNCAA Division I-FBS9,825$22,448,424
179Kennesaw State UniversityGANCAA Division I-FCS24,171$22,423,726
180Drexel UniversityPANCAA Division I without football13,258$22,265,036
181Grand Canyon UniversityAZNCAA Division I without football14,542$22,250,576
182University of Southern MississippiMSNCAA Division I-FBS10,242$22,230,837
183Towson UniversityMDNCAA Division I-FCS16,827$21,942,865
184Montana State UniversityMTNCAA Division I-FCS12,157$21,941,343
185Samford UniversityALNCAA Division I-FCS3,204$21,921,217
186Saint Joseph's UniversityPANCAA Division I without football4,649$21,820,289
187University of IdahoIDNCAA Division I-FBS7,248$21,650,195
188Hofstra UniversityNYNCAA Division I without football6,462$21,612,205
189George Mason UniversityVANCAA Division I without football19,024$21,527,895
190Xavier UniversityOHNCAA Division I without football4,292$21,475,964
191Bacone CollegeOKNAIA Division I935$21,342,202
192Saint Louis UniversityMONCAA Division I without football6,672$21,318,797
193Georgia Southern UniversityGANCAA Division I-FBS15,912$20,921,958
194Pepperdine UniversityCANCAA Division I without football3,220$20,862,298
195Brown UniversityRINCAA Division I-FCS6,556$20,854,933
196Duquesne UniversityPANCAA Division I-FCS5,851$20,566,765
197California State University-Long BeachCANCAA Division I without football27,804$20,258,440
198University of California-Santa BarbaraCANCAA Division I without football21,199$20,233,804
199University of San FranciscoCANCAA Division I without football6,413$20,100,200
200Wofford CollegeSCNCAA Division I-FCS1,664$19,822,191

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

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