Analysis: College athletics grossed $31,832 per athlete in 2016

University of Georgia grossed $352,349 per athlete in 2016 – the highest of all athletic programs that year, followed by University of Texas at Austin ($346,947 per athlete) and Louisiana State University ($315,988 per athlete), 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, athletic programs had 569,475 student athletes and grossed more than $18.1 billion in 2016 – or $31,832 per athlete that year.

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Which athletic programs grossed the most revenue per athlete?


SchoolStateDivisionTotal athlete participationTotal revenueRevenue per athlete
1University of GeorgiaGANCAA Division I-FBS448$157,852,479$352,349
2The University of Texas at AustinTXNCAA Division I-FBS597$207,127,309$346,947
3Louisiana State UniversityLANCAA Division I-FBS465$146,934,487$315,988
4Florida State UniversityFLNCAA Division I-FBS486$144,692,380$297,721
5Auburn UniversityALNCAA Division I-FBS504$147,413,201$292,487
6University of ArkansasARNCAA Division I-FBS472$132,172,997$280,028
7The University of AlabamaALNCAA Division I-FBS631$174,305,613$276,237
8University of FloridaFLNCAA Division I-FBS525$142,545,938$271,516
9University of Oklahoma-Norman CampusOKNCAA Division I-FBS572$155,209,855$271,346
10University of MississippiMSNCAA Division I-FBS377$101,857,663$270,179
11The University of Tennessee-KnoxvilleTNNCAA Division I-FBS522$139,659,550$267,547
12University of Colorado BoulderCONCAA Division I-FBS359$94,226,108$262,468
13Sterling CollegeKSNAIA Division II16$4,130,153$258,135
14University of KentuckyKYNCAA Division I-FBS496$122,307,014$246,587
15Mississippi State UniversityMSNCAA Division I-FBS368$89,696,829$243,741
16University of South Carolina-ColumbiaSCNCAA Division I-FBS567$136,032,845$239,917
17Columbia CollegeMONAIA Division I23$5,417,949$235,563
18Vanderbilt UniversityTNNCAA Division I-FBS343$80,335,651$234,215
19University of MiamiFLNCAA Division I-FBS389$89,135,175$229,139
20University of OregonORNCAA Division I-FBS443$101,333,119$228,743
21Texas A & M University-College StationTXNCAA Division I-FBS588$130,442,544$221,841
22Texas Christian UniversityTXNCAA Division I-FBS493$105,055,587$213,094
23Clemson UniversitySCNCAA Division I-FBS498$104,925,252$210,693
24University of Washington-Seattle CampusWANCAA Division I-FBS617$128,745,183$208,663
25University of KansasKSNCAA Division I-FBS501$101,345,197$202,286
26University of LouisvilleKYNCAA Division I-FBS611$122,445,304$200,401
27University of Southern CaliforniaCANCAA Division I-FBS567$113,174,912$199,603
28University of Nebraska-LincolnNENCAA Division I-FBS602$117,743,538$195,587
29University of ArizonaAZNCAA Division I-FBS465$88,186,587$189,649
30Texas Tech UniversityTXNCAA Division I-FBS424$79,377,076$187,210
31University of Notre DameINNCAA Division I-FBS709$132,371,404$186,702
32University of IowaIANCAA Division I-FBS691$126,980,417$183,763
33University of Maryland-College ParkMDNCAA Division I-FBS517$94,881,357$183,523
34University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignILNCAA Division I-FBS454$83,307,820$183,497
35University of Wisconsin-MadisonWINCAA Division I-FBS775$139,430,724$179,911
36University of Missouri-ColumbiaMONCAA Division I-FBS502$90,034,258$179,351
37Georgia Institute of Technology-Main CampusGANCAA Division I-FBS400$71,438,008$178,595
38Kansas State UniversityKSNCAA Division I-FBS484$86,081,526$177,854
39West Virginia UniversityWVNCAA Division I-FBS523$92,593,373$177,043
40Northwestern UniversityILNCAA Division I-FBS478$84,279,755$176,317
41Purdue University-Main CampusINNCAA Division I-FBS483$84,841,133$175,655
42Pennsylvania State University-Main CampusPANCAA Division I-FBS821$144,017,062$175,417
43University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh CampusPANCAA Division I-FBS484$84,831,036$175,271
44University of Michigan-Ann ArborMINCAA Division I-FBS941$162,955,051$173,172
45Oregon State UniversityORNCAA Division I-FBS502$86,730,624$172,770
46Wake Forest UniversityNCNCAA Division I-FBS394$66,995,224$170,039
47Baylor UniversityTXNCAA Division I-FBS578$98,125,426$169,767
48Ohio State University-Main CampusOHNCAA Division I-FBS1,050$175,885,823$167,510
49Oklahoma State University-Main CampusOKNCAA Division I-FBS530$88,059,220$166,149
50North Carolina State University at RaleighNCNCAA Division I-FBS514$85,201,572$165,762
51University of UtahUTNCAA Division I-FBS457$74,774,278$163,620
52Arizona State University-TempeAZNCAA Division I-FBS608$98,972,378$162,784
53Syracuse UniversityNYNCAA Division I-FBS567$91,445,865$161,280
54Indiana University-BloomingtonINNCAA Division I-FBS689$104,819,338$152,133
55University of California-Los AngelesCANCAA Division I-FBS688$104,106,646$151,318
56Duke UniversityNCNCAA Division I-FBS668$100,480,206$150,419
57Iowa State UniversityIANCAA Division I-FBS443$66,335,424$149,741
58Stanford UniversityCANCAA Division I-FBS851$125,039,558$146,933
59Michigan State UniversityMINCAA Division I-FBS713$103,920,895$145,752
60Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityVANCAA Division I-FBS557$80,792,750$145,050
61University of Minnesota-Twin CitiesMNNCAA Division I-FBS761$107,894,615$141,780
62Washington State UniversityWANCAA Division I-FBS504$71,394,584$141,656
63Tulane University of LouisianaLANCAA Division I-FBS301$42,459,986$141,063
64University of Virginia-Main CampusVANCAA Division I-FBS695$92,962,999$133,760
65University of ConnecticutCTNCAA Division I-FBS648$83,374,163$128,664
66Southern Methodist UniversityTXNCAA Division I-FBS455$57,193,821$125,701
67University of MemphisTNNCAA Division I-FBS390$48,443,154$124,213
68Rutgers University-New BrunswickNJNCAA Division I-FBS639$78,439,668$122,754
69DePaul UniversityILNCAA Division I without football212$25,597,183$120,741
70Brigham Young University-ProvoUTNCAA Division I-FBS566$67,733,712$119,671
71University of Central FloridaFLNCAA Division I-FBS437$51,128,904$117,000
72Colorado State University-Fort CollinsCONCAA Division I-FBS369$41,208,764$111,677
73Texas State UniversityTXNCAA Division I-FBS334$36,740,982$110,003
74Rice UniversityTXNCAA Division I-FBS360$39,125,169$108,681
75The University of Texas at El PasoTXNCAA Division I-FBS289$30,891,851$106,892
76University of HoustonTXNCAA Division I-FBS457$48,820,426$106,828
77Temple UniversityPANCAA Division I-FBS492$52,394,437$106,493
78East Carolina UniversityNCNCAA Division I-FBS430$45,751,164$106,398
79University of Alabama at BirminghamALNCAA Division I-FBS272$28,929,743$106,359
80University of Nevada-Las VegasNVNCAA Division I-FBS382$40,613,503$106,318
81University of DenverCONCAA Division I without football349$36,635,635$104,973
82St John's University-New YorkNYNCAA Division I without football330$34,610,502$104,880
83University of Cincinnati-Main CampusOHNCAA Division I-FBS452$46,776,240$103,487
84Marquette UniversityWINCAA Division I without football339$34,563,086$101,956
85University of North Carolina at Chapel HillNCNCAA Division I-FBS890$90,500,869$101,686
86University of South Florida-Main CampusFLNCAA Division I-FBS492$49,960,339$101,545
87Boston CollegeMANCAA Division I-FBS736$74,587,091$101,341
88Virginia Commonwealth UniversityVANCAA Division I without football299$29,784,991$99,615
89University of North TexasTXNCAA Division I-FBS338$33,429,160$98,903
90University of California-BerkeleyCANCAA Division I-FBS913$89,382,397$97,900
91California State University-FresnoCANCAA Division I-FBS452$43,903,160$97,131
92San Diego State UniversityCANCAA Division I-FBS541$51,569,852$95,323
93University of San FranciscoCANCAA Division I without football211$20,100,200$95,262
94University of New Mexico-Main CampusNMNCAA Division I-FBS440$41,368,528$94,019
95Boise State UniversityIDNCAA Division I-FBS393$36,348,138$92,489
96Providence CollegeRINCAA Division I without football358$32,982,408$92,130
97Western Kentucky UniversityKYNCAA Division I-FBS318$29,177,882$91,754
98University of Nevada-RenoNVNCAA Division I-FBS401$36,730,274$91,597
99University of WyomingWYNCAA Division I-FBS396$35,796,878$90,396
100University of TulsaOKNCAA Division I-FBS470$42,444,847$90,308
101Seton Hall UniversityNJNCAA Division I without football253$22,619,498$89,405
102University of Hawaii at ManoaHINCAA Division I-FBS499$43,959,880$88,096
103James Madison UniversityVANCAA Division I-FCS492$43,002,934$87,404
104Old Dominion UniversityVANCAA Division I-FBS482$42,086,525$87,316
105Middle Tennessee State UniversityTNNCAA Division I-FBS354$30,528,498$86,239
106Western Michigan UniversityMINCAA Division I-FBS378$32,568,703$86,161
107Wichita State UniversityKSNCAA Division I without football305$26,192,382$85,877
108The University of Texas at San AntonioTXNCAA Division I-FBS333$27,826,471$83,563
109Florida International UniversityFLNCAA Division I-FBS424$35,297,643$83,249
110Creighton UniversityNENCAA Division I without football291$23,664,229$81,320
111University of Akron Main CampusOHNCAA Division I-FBS413$32,430,238$78,524
112The University of MontanaMTNCAA Division I-FCS345$27,064,306$78,447
113University of the PacificCANCAA Division I without football316$24,619,395$77,909
114Ohio University-Main CampusOHNCAA Division I-FBS419$32,621,410$77,855
115Xavier UniversityOHNCAA Division I without football277$21,475,964$77,531
116University of North Carolina at CharlotteNCNCAA Division I-FBS426$32,932,759$77,307
117University of RichmondVANCAA Division I-FCS399$30,743,620$77,052
118Gonzaga UniversityWANCAA Division I without football364$28,013,845$76,961
119University of ToledoOHNCAA Division I-FBS391$29,001,171$74,172
120George Washington UniversityDCNCAA Division I without football509$37,743,777$74,153
121University of Nebraska at OmahaNENCAA Division I without football267$19,541,735$73,190
122Marshall UniversityWVNCAA Division I-FBS403$29,367,140$72,871
123Troy UniversityALNCAA Division I-FBS394$28,571,770$72,517
124Georgia State UniversityGANCAA Division I-FBS378$27,366,614$72,398
125Louisiana Tech UniversityLANCAA Division I-FBS315$22,467,526$71,325
126Bradley UniversityILNCAA Division I without football227$16,183,183$71,292
127Liberty UniversityVANCAA Division I-FCS509$36,013,263$70,753
128Miami University-OxfordOHNCAA Division I-FBS511$35,903,047$70,260
129Montana State UniversityMTNCAA Division I-FCS315$21,941,343$69,655
130University of Alaska AnchorageAKNCAA Division II without football161$11,180,464$69,444
131Northeastern UniversityMANCAA Division I without football419$29,025,294$69,273
132Pepperdine UniversityCANCAA Division I without football305$20,862,298$68,401
133Hofstra UniversityNYNCAA Division I without football316$21,612,205$68,393
134University of IdahoIDNCAA Division I-FBS317$21,650,195$68,297
135Georgetown UniversityDCNCAA Division I-FCS659$44,652,901$67,759
136Central Michigan UniversityMINCAA Division I-FBS470$31,792,125$67,643
137Villanova UniversityPANCAA Division I-FCS629$42,400,846$67,410
138North Dakota State University-Main CampusNDNCAA Division I-FCS419$28,124,505$67,123
139Butler UniversityINOther432$28,971,821$67,064
140University at BuffaloNYNCAA Division I-FBS506$33,584,196$66,372
141University of Louisiana at LafayetteLANCAA Division I-FBS401$26,541,072$66,187
142Loyola Marymount UniversityCANCAA Division I without football357$23,598,739$66,103
143Elon UniversityNCNCAA Division I-FCS385$25,416,974$66,018
144Ball State UniversityINNCAA Division I-FBS419$27,410,832$65,420
145Saint Louis UniversityMONCAA Division I without football327$21,318,797$65,195
146University of PortlandORNCAA Division I without football272$17,720,908$65,150
147Utah State UniversityUTNCAA Division I-FBS524$33,858,736$64,616
148Samford UniversityALNCAA Division I-FCS340$21,921,217$64,474
149Coastal Carolina UniversitySCOther451$28,936,464$64,161
150San Jose State UniversityCANCAA Division I-FBS440$28,090,817$63,843
151University of DaytonOHNCAA Division I-FCS414$26,305,830$63,541
152University of Massachusetts-AmherstMANCAA Division I-FBS620$39,387,913$63,529
153Santa Clara UniversityCANCAA Division I without football375$23,688,106$63,168
154University of South AlabamaALNCAA Division I-FBS383$24,059,763$62,819
155University of Missouri-Kansas CityMONCAA Division I without football241$15,094,615$62,633
156Lipscomb UniversityTNNCAA Division I without football283$17,657,623$62,394
157Illinois State UniversityILNCAA Division I-FCS419$26,056,566$62,188
158The University of Tennessee-ChattanoogaTNNCAA Division I-FCS284$17,660,119$62,184
159Southern Illinois University-CarbondaleILNCAA Division I-FCS365$22,652,421$62,061
160Loyola University ChicagoILNCAA Division I without football223$13,810,655$61,931
161University of Southern MississippiMSNCAA Division I-FBS359$22,230,837$61,924
162Quinnipiac UniversityCTNCAA Division I without football455$27,891,934$61,301
163Northern Illinois UniversityILNCAA Division I-FBS403$24,695,763$61,280
164Fordham UniversityNYNCAA Division I-FCS545$33,102,582$60,739
165University of Arkansas at Little RockARNCAA Division I without football201$12,184,771$60,621
166Furman UniversitySCNCAA Division I-FCS468$28,179,039$60,212
167Kent State University at KentOHNCAA Division I-FBS478$28,535,475$59,698
168University of New Hampshire-Main CampusNHNCAA Division I-FCS534$31,621,270$59,216
169LIU BrooklynNYNCAA Division I without football259$15,329,921$59,189
170Wofford CollegeSCNCAA Division I-FCS335$19,822,191$59,171
171University of North DakotaNDNCAA Division I-FCS430$25,219,135$58,649
172Boston UniversityMANCAA Division I without football577$33,757,327$58,505
173Belmont UniversityTNNCAA Division I without football242$14,151,161$58,476
174Eastern Michigan UniversityMINCAA Division I-FBS556$32,311,248$58,114
175Stony Brook UniversityNYNCAA Division I-FCS441$25,557,023$57,952
176University of Rhode IslandRINCAA Division I-FCS464$26,883,562$57,939
177Bowling Green State University-Main CampusOHNCAA Division I-FBS410$23,753,594$57,936
178Kennesaw State UniversityGANCAA Division I-FCS388$22,423,726$57,793
179California State University-Long BeachCANCAA Division I without football354$20,258,440$57,227
180University of San DiegoCANCAA Division I-FCS434$24,730,465$56,983
181University of California-IrvineCANCAA Division I without football329$18,727,667$56,923
182Grand Canyon UniversityAZNCAA Division I without football393$22,250,576$56,617
183California State University-SacramentoCANCAA Division I-FCS468$26,485,704$56,593
184University of North Carolina WilmingtonNCNCAA Division I without football319$18,039,677$56,551
185The University of Texas at ArlingtonTXNCAA Division I without football241$13,570,285$56,308
186California State University-FullertonCANCAA Division I without football270$15,194,607$56,276
187Fairleigh Dickinson University-Metropolitan CampusNJNCAA Division I without football231$12,952,210$56,070
188University of HartfordCTNCAA Division I without football259$14,487,088$55,935
189Northern Arizona UniversityAZNCAA Division I-FCS333$18,511,106$55,589
190Florida Gulf Coast UniversityFLNCAA Division I without football262$14,554,098$55,550
191American UniversityDCNCAA Division I without football245$13,588,278$55,462
192Lehigh UniversityPANCAA Division I-FCS624$34,314,228$54,991
193Bacone CollegeOKNAIA Division I389$21,342,202$54,864
194University of DelawareDENCAA Division I-FCS613$33,601,114$54,814
195Saint Mary's College of CaliforniaCANCAA Division I without football308$16,779,005$54,477
196Oral Roberts UniversityOKNCAA Division I without football252$13,667,647$54,237
197California State University-BakersfieldCANCAA Division I without football298$16,134,125$54,141
198Eastern Washington UniversityWANCAA Division I-FCS289$15,628,353$54,077
199Appalachian State UniversityNCNCAA Division I-FBS478$25,795,349$53,965
200New Mexico State University-Main CampusNMNCAA Division I-FBS416$22,448,424$53,963

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

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