Analysis: College women's basketball grosses $903 million

Stanford women's basketball tops the list of highest grossing programs with more than $21 million – or $1.5 million per athlete – in 2016, followed by UConn ($9 million), Baylor ($7.6 million), Florida State ($7 million) and Vanderbilt ($5.2 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.

More than 1,900 of those schools have women's basketball programs. In all, they grossed more than $900 million in 2016.

Forty-two of the 64 teams in the NCAA tournament are in the top 200 for revenue.

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Top 200 women's basketball programs by revenue


SchoolStateDivisionWomen's basketball playersWomen's basketball revenueRevenue per athlete
1Stanford UniversityCANCAA Division I-FBS14$21,440,365$1,531,455
2University of ConnecticutCTNCAA Division I-FBS12$9,032,881$752,740
3Baylor UniversityTXNCAA Division I-FBS31$7,568,184$244,135
4Florida State UniversityFLNCAA Division I-FBS15$6,981,167$465,411
5Vanderbilt UniversityTNNCAA Division I-FBS27$5,173,024$191,593
6University of MiamiFLNCAA Division I-FBS23$4,836,983$210,304
7Mississippi State UniversityMSNCAA Division I-FBS14$4,731,482$337,963
8University of Virginia-Main CampusVANCAA Division I-FBS30$4,273,169$142,439
9Rutgers University-New BrunswickNJNCAA Division I-FBS26$4,197,164$161,429
10Texas Christian UniversityTXNCAA Division I-FBS30$4,121,114$137,370
11The University of Tennessee-KnoxvilleTNNCAA Division I-FBS25$3,944,384$157,775
12University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh CampusPANCAA Division I-FBS19$3,815,579$200,820
13University of Oklahoma-Norman CampusOKNCAA Division I-FBS25$3,703,885$148,155
14Duke UniversityNCNCAA Division I-FBS13$3,605,428$277,341
15Southern Methodist UniversityTXNCAA Division I-FBS17$3,549,466$208,792
16University of Missouri-ColumbiaMONCAA Division I-FBS14$3,541,721$252,980
17Oregon State UniversityORNCAA Division I-FBS21$3,519,817$167,610
18Gonzaga UniversityWANCAA Division I without football18$3,503,396$194,633
19Marquette UniversityWINCAA Division I without football21$3,431,882$163,423
20Temple UniversityPANCAA Division I-FBS14$3,228,712$230,622
21Wake Forest UniversityNCNCAA Division I-FBS20$3,137,721$156,886
22Fordham UniversityNYNCAA Division I-FCS16$3,061,386$191,337
23DePaul UniversityILNCAA Division I without football14$3,057,956$218,425
24University of Southern CaliforniaCANCAA Division I-FBS14$2,960,163$211,440
25Seton Hall UniversityNJNCAA Division I without football17$2,849,311$167,607
26St John's University-New YorkNYNCAA Division I without football14$2,843,143$203,082
27University of South Florida-Main CampusFLNCAA Division I-FBS15$2,821,037$188,069
28Providence CollegeRINCAA Division I without football26$2,784,056$107,079
29Georgetown UniversityDCNCAA Division I-FCS15$2,761,286$184,086
30Villanova UniversityPANCAA Division I-FCS24$2,701,148$112,548
31Old Dominion UniversityVANCAA Division I-FBS22$2,697,171$122,599
32The University of Texas at AustinTXNCAA Division I-FBS33$2,689,305$81,494
33East Carolina UniversityNCNCAA Division I-FBS22$2,613,663$118,803
34Saint Joseph's UniversityPANCAA Division I without football15$2,611,953$174,130
35Tulane University of LouisianaLANCAA Division I-FBS13$2,609,724$200,748
36George Washington UniversityDCNCAA Division I without football13$2,594,860$199,605
37Virginia Commonwealth UniversityVANCAA Division I without football21$2,590,340$123,350
38Colorado State University-Fort CollinsCONCAA Division I-FBS14$2,585,240$184,660
39Quinnipiac UniversityCTNCAA Division I without football16$2,575,530$160,971
40University of Washington-Seattle CampusWANCAA Division I-FBS16$2,541,649$158,853
41University of San FranciscoCANCAA Division I without football15$2,483,636$165,576
42West Virginia UniversityWVNCAA Division I-FBS33$2,472,850$74,935
43Wichita State UniversityKSNCAA Division I without football23$2,467,879$107,299
44James Madison UniversityVANCAA Division I-FCS26$2,432,324$93,551
45The University of Texas at El PasoTXNCAA Division I-FBS17$2,428,748$142,868
46University of Cincinnati-Main CampusOHNCAA Division I-FBS14$2,406,652$171,904
47University of New Mexico-Main CampusNMNCAA Division I-FBS23$2,370,067$103,046
48University of MemphisTNNCAA Division I-FBS12$2,335,389$194,616
49Saint Louis UniversityMONCAA Division I without football21$2,301,912$109,615
50University of TulsaOKNCAA Division I-FBS22$2,300,216$104,555
51University of DelawareDENCAA Division I-FCS14$2,276,155$162,583
52San Diego State UniversityCANCAA Division I-FBS13$2,255,742$173,519
53University of Rhode IslandRINCAA Division I-FCS15$2,253,570$150,238
54Rice UniversityTXNCAA Division I-FBS20$2,245,409$112,270
55Duquesne UniversityPANCAA Division I-FCS15$2,236,658$149,111
56California State University-FresnoCANCAA Division I-FBS16$2,227,702$139,231
57University of the PacificCANCAA Division I without football14$2,217,556$158,397
58Troy UniversityALNCAA Division I-FBS16$2,165,077$135,317
59University of HoustonTXNCAA Division I-FBS16$2,161,583$135,099
60Drexel UniversityPANCAA Division I without football14$2,153,980$153,856
61University of RichmondVANCAA Division I-FCS15$2,149,113$143,274
62Ball State UniversityINNCAA Division I-FBS15$2,119,723$141,315
63George Mason UniversityVANCAA Division I without football15$2,091,400$139,427
64University of Hawaii at ManoaHINCAA Division I-FBS19$2,074,980$109,209
65University of ToledoOHNCAA Division I-FBS34$2,069,113$60,856
66Santa Clara UniversityCANCAA Division I without football16$2,067,991$129,249
67University of Massachusetts-AmherstMANCAA Division I-FBS22$2,062,898$93,768
68University of South Carolina-ColumbiaSCNCAA Division I-FBS29$2,046,234$70,560
69University of Central FloridaFLNCAA Division I-FBS15$2,044,854$136,324
70University of DenverCONCAA Division I without football15$2,037,484$135,832
71Middle Tennessee State UniversityTNNCAA Division I-FBS12$2,028,726$169,061
72Northeastern UniversityMANCAA Division I without football13$2,020,455$155,420
73Brigham Young University-ProvoUTNCAA Division I-FBS21$1,986,133$94,578
74Hofstra UniversityNYNCAA Division I without football13$1,927,970$148,305
75University of California-Santa BarbaraCANCAA Division I without football16$1,913,198$119,575
76Boston UniversityMANCAA Division I without football21$1,902,279$90,585
77Loyola Marymount UniversityCANCAA Division I without football14$1,901,671$135,834
78Pepperdine UniversityCANCAA Division I without football15$1,873,651$124,910
79Lafayette CollegePANCAA Division I-FCS13$1,845,728$141,979
80Utah State UniversityUTNCAA Division I-FBS36$1,843,933$51,220
81Stetson UniversityFLNCAA Division I-FCS19$1,842,729$96,986
82University of Nevada-RenoNVNCAA Division I-FBS14$1,837,668$131,262
83University of San DiegoCANCAA Division I-FCS26$1,833,417$70,516
84Rider UniversityNJNCAA Division I without football15$1,826,219$121,748
85University of North TexasTXNCAA Division I-FBS15$1,809,049$120,603
86Syracuse UniversityNYNCAA Division I-FBS19$1,808,153$95,166
87Liberty UniversityVANCAA Division I-FCS17$1,801,761$105,986
88University of North Carolina at CharlotteNCNCAA Division I-FBS17$1,791,757$105,397
89Creighton UniversityNENCAA Division I without football15$1,788,900$119,260
90Seattle UniversityWANCAA Division I without football16$1,778,047$111,128
91Radford UniversityVANCAA Division I without football13$1,777,885$136,760
92Loyola University MarylandMDNCAA Division I without football17$1,768,849$104,050
93Furman UniversitySCNCAA Division I-FCS14$1,726,767$123,341
94Siena CollegeNYNCAA Division I without football14$1,726,019$123,287
95University of Wisconsin-MadisonWINCAA Division I-FBS15$1,725,172$115,011
96College of the Holy CrossMANCAA Division I-FCS14$1,724,617$123,187
97University of Alabama at BirminghamALNCAA Division I-FBS22$1,714,933$77,952
98Western Kentucky UniversityKYNCAA Division I-FBS14$1,709,659$122,119
99Elon UniversityNCNCAA Division I-FCS12$1,707,578$142,298
100Fairfield UniversityCTNCAA Division I without football12$1,704,537$142,045
101Saint Mary's College of CaliforniaCANCAA Division I without football13$1,701,005$130,847
102SUNY at AlbanyNYNCAA Division I-FCS17$1,685,373$99,140
103Bucknell UniversityPANCAA Division I-FCS23$1,680,094$73,048
104Louisiana Tech UniversityLANCAA Division I-FBS14$1,674,809$119,629
105The University of Tennessee-ChattanoogaTNNCAA Division I-FCS15$1,673,511$111,567
106Grand Canyon UniversityAZNCAA Division I without football23$1,669,745$72,598
107Loyola University ChicagoILNCAA Division I without football12$1,661,595$138,466
108Colgate UniversityNYNCAA Division I-FCS14$1,658,607$118,472
109Oral Roberts UniversityOKNCAA Division I without football16$1,656,739$103,546
110Miami University-OxfordOHNCAA Division I-FBS28$1,656,068$59,145
111Monmouth UniversityNJNCAA Division I-FCS15$1,654,679$110,312
112Butler UniversityINOther12$1,652,733$137,728
113American UniversityDCNCAA Division I without football16$1,650,501$103,156
114Marist CollegeNYNCAA Division I-FCS14$1,648,694$117,764
115Belmont UniversityTNNCAA Division I without football23$1,647,069$71,612
116Georgia State UniversityGANCAA Division I-FBS22$1,635,321$74,333
117Wright State University-Main CampusOHNCAA Division I without football11$1,624,734$147,703
118Illinois State UniversityILNCAA Division I-FCS13$1,616,567$124,351
119University of California-DavisCANCAA Division I-FCS20$1,606,179$80,309
120University of Nevada-Las VegasNVNCAA Division I-FBS13$1,605,255$123,481
121University of North DakotaNDNCAA Division I-FCS19$1,602,482$84,341
122Iona CollegeNYNCAA Division I-FCS22$1,598,331$72,651
123University of HartfordCTNCAA Division I without football12$1,593,566$132,797
124College of CharlestonSCNCAA Division I without football14$1,592,601$113,757
125Ohio University-Main CampusOHNCAA Division I-FBS16$1,584,857$99,054
126University of Akron Main CampusOHNCAA Division I-FBS15$1,569,908$104,661
127Missouri State University-SpringfieldMONCAA Division I-FCS13$1,566,309$120,485
128Manhattan CollegeNYNCAA Division I without football14$1,559,495$111,393
129Lehigh UniversityPANCAA Division I-FCS15$1,550,238$103,349
130Western Michigan UniversityMINCAA Division I-FBS17$1,546,444$90,967
131La Salle UniversityPANCAA Division I without football14$1,546,002$110,429
132Mercer UniversityGANCAA Division I-FCS14$1,545,815$110,415
133LIU BrooklynNYNCAA Division I without football14$1,544,552$110,325
134Niagara UniversityNYNCAA Division I without football15$1,540,060$102,671
135Drake UniversityIANCAA Division I-FCS22$1,540,021$70,001
136University of WyomingWYNCAA Division I-FBS15$1,539,793$102,653
137College of William and MaryVANCAA Division I-FCS14$1,537,529$109,824
138University of Detroit MercyMINCAA Division I without football14$1,535,175$109,655
139University of California-IrvineCANCAA Division I without football17$1,526,335$89,784
140University at BuffaloNYNCAA Division I-FBS14$1,518,866$108,490
141University of Wisconsin-Green BayWINCAA Division I without football13$1,512,854$116,373
142University of Maryland-Baltimore CountyMDNCAA Division I without football16$1,511,948$94,497
143Coastal Carolina UniversitySCOther19$1,506,885$79,310
144Davidson CollegeNCNCAA Division I-FCS11$1,506,518$136,956
145The University of Texas at ArlingtonTXNCAA Division I without football24$1,506,501$62,771
146Lipscomb UniversityTNNCAA Division I without football19$1,500,739$78,986
147Saint Francis UniversityPANCAA Division I-FCS16$1,498,820$93,676
148University of Louisiana at LafayetteLANCAA Division I-FBS19$1,496,863$78,782
149New Jersey Institute of TechnologyNJNCAA Division I without football15$1,496,509$99,767
150Kent State University at KentOHNCAA Division I-FBS15$1,496,096$99,740
151San Jose State UniversityCANCAA Division I-FBS12$1,495,120$124,593
152Jacksonville UniversityFLNCAA Division I-FCS15$1,488,057$99,204
153University of Illinois at ChicagoILNCAA Division I without football15$1,483,023$98,868
154University of California-RiversideCANCAA Division I without football16$1,481,379$92,586
155Northern Illinois UniversityILNCAA Division I-FBS19$1,479,356$77,861
156Towson UniversityMDNCAA Division I-FCS15$1,477,223$98,482
157University of Nebraska-LincolnNENCAA Division I-FBS23$1,474,287$64,099
158University of Notre DameINNCAA Division I-FBS11$1,473,148$133,923
159Northern Arizona UniversityAZNCAA Division I-FCS15$1,472,663$98,178
160Canisius CollegeNYNCAA Division I without football14$1,469,002$104,929
161Bryant UniversityRINCAA Division I-FCS16$1,467,315$91,707
162St Bonaventure UniversityNYNCAA Division I without football22$1,465,954$66,634
163Appalachian State UniversityNCNCAA Division I-FBS17$1,463,982$86,117
164California State University-Long BeachCANCAA Division I without football14$1,460,202$104,300
165University of PortlandORNCAA Division I without football13$1,447,880$111,375
166Bradley UniversityILNCAA Division I without football15$1,438,412$95,894
167University of EvansvilleINNCAA Division I without football13$1,435,970$110,459
168Oakland UniversityMINCAA Division I without football15$1,434,181$95,612
169University of North Carolina WilmingtonNCNCAA Division I without football17$1,431,498$84,206
170Florida Gulf Coast UniversityFLNCAA Division I without football15$1,430,374$95,358
171Bowling Green State University-Main CampusOHNCAA Division I-FBS13$1,430,297$110,023
172Robert Morris UniversityPANCAA Division I-FCS12$1,428,012$119,001
173University of New Hampshire-Main CampusNHNCAA Division I-FCS15$1,423,294$94,886
174Eastern Michigan UniversityMINCAA Division I-FBS16$1,414,297$88,394
175University of Southern MississippiMSNCAA Division I-FBS20$1,409,970$70,499
176Clemson UniversitySCNCAA Division I-FBS14$1,408,594$100,614
177Central Michigan UniversityMINCAA Division I-FBS22$1,400,552$63,661
178University of Missouri-Kansas CityMONCAA Division I without football15$1,397,252$93,150
179Valparaiso UniversityINNCAA Division I-FCS20$1,393,618$69,681
180California Polytechnic State University-San Luis ObispoCANCAA Division I-FCS15$1,390,223$92,682
181University of Massachusetts-LowellMANCAA Division I without football15$1,383,842$92,256
182Washington State UniversityWANCAA Division I-FBS35$1,379,384$39,411
183South Dakota State UniversitySDNCAA Division I-FCS15$1,379,137$91,942
184Fairleigh Dickinson University-Metropolitan CampusNJNCAA Division I without football14$1,378,826$98,488
185University of Wisconsin-MilwaukeeWINCAA Division I without football20$1,375,033$68,752
186University of Maryland-College ParkMDNCAA Division I-FBS14$1,373,321$98,094
187University of South DakotaSDNCAA Division I-FCS14$1,373,070$98,076
188Princeton UniversityNJNCAA Division I-FCS16$1,369,574$85,598
189Sacred Heart UniversityCTNCAA Division I-FCS15$1,365,462$91,031
190New Mexico State University-Main CampusNMNCAA Division I-FBS17$1,358,879$79,934
191North Dakota State University-Main CampusNDNCAA Division I-FCS13$1,356,305$104,331
192Campbell UniversityNCNCAA Division I-FCS13$1,356,033$104,310
193University of IdahoIDNCAA Division I-FBS14$1,353,458$96,676
194Texas State UniversityTXNCAA Division I-FBS19$1,340,276$70,541
195University of MaineMENCAA Division I-FCS17$1,332,831$78,402
196California State University-NorthridgeCANCAA Division I without football14$1,326,324$94,737
197Xavier UniversityOHNCAA Division I without football16$1,313,028$82,064
198High Point UniversityNCNCAA Division I without football15$1,307,318$87,155
199University of North Carolina at GreensboroNCNCAA Division I without football18$1,307,260$72,626
200Eastern Washington UniversityWANCAA Division I-FCS16$1,300,850$81,303

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

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