Analysis: College baseball grosses $684 million

Louisiana State University baseball tops the list of highest grossing programs, reporting more than $6.4 million – or $182,464 per athlete – in 2016, followed by Florida State University ($6 million), Vanderbilt ($5.9 million), UT Austin ($7 million) and University of Mississippi ($5 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 1,600 of those schools have baseball programs. In all, they grossed nearly $684 million in 2016.

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Top 200 baseball programs by revenue

SchoolStateDivisionTotal UndergraduatesBaseball playersBaseball team revenueRevenue per athlete
Louisiana State UniversityLANCAA Division I-FBS23,03635$6,386,244$182,464
Florida State UniversityFLNCAA Division I-FBS29,05138$5,964,646$156,964
Vanderbilt UniversityTNNCAA Division I-FBS6,80833$5,888,446$178,438
The University of Texas at AustinTXNCAA Division I-FBS37,02637$5,671,295$153,278
University of MississippiMSNCAA Division I-FBS17,64934$4,979,550$146,457
University of South Carolina-ColumbiaSCNCAA Division I-FBS23,94740$4,774,459$119,361
Texas Christian UniversityTXNCAA Division I-FBS8,59133$4,360,191$132,127
University of ArkansasARNCAA Division I-FBS19,77440$4,050,636$101,266
Oregon State UniversityORNCAA Division I-FBS18,39536$3,955,661$109,879
Mississippi State UniversityMSNCAA Division I-FBS16,13433$3,591,201$108,824
University of Virginia-Main CampusVANCAA Division I-FBS15,42035$3,546,486$101,328
Baylor UniversityTXNCAA Division I-FBS14,08737$3,214,301$86,873
Texas A & M University-College StationTXNCAA Division I-FBS44,97535$3,125,282$89,294
Rice UniversityTXNCAA Division I-FBS3,82440$3,119,362$77,984
Coastal Carolina UniversitySCOther8,82845$2,794,969$62,110
University of Missouri-ColumbiaMONCAA Division I-FBS24,06036$2,688,562$74,682
West Virginia UniversityWVNCAA Division I-FBS20,52436$2,402,944$66,748
East Carolina UniversityNCNCAA Division I-FBS19,69835$2,397,558$68,502
Tulane University of LouisianaLANCAA Division I-FBS6,48734$2,331,945$68,587
Boston CollegeMANCAA Division I-FBS9,48635$2,196,419$62,755
University of California-Santa BarbaraCANCAA Division I without football21,19943$2,190,676$50,946
University of HoustonTXNCAA Division I-FBS25,39936$2,159,462$59,985
Wake Forest UniversityNCNCAA Division I-FBS4,89935$2,158,789$61,680
Gonzaga UniversityWANCAA Division I without football5,02935$2,142,059$61,202
California State University-Long BeachCANCAA Division I without football27,80437$2,100,975$56,783
University of Southern CaliforniaCANCAA Division I-FBS18,07035$2,029,310$57,980
Dallas Baptist UniversityTXNCAA Division II without football2,37434$2,029,130$59,680
Brigham Young University-ProvoUTNCAA Division I-FBS28,01235$1,969,855$56,282
Clemson UniversitySCNCAA Division I-FBS17,84936$1,937,703$53,825
University of MiamiFLNCAA Division I-FBS10,10235$1,927,197$55,063
Liberty UniversityVANCAA Division I-FCS27,10046$1,923,345$41,812
Wichita State UniversityKSNCAA Division I without football8,56645$1,874,757$41,661
University of San FranciscoCANCAA Division I without football6,41334$1,810,849$53,260
University of Louisiana at LafayetteLANCAA Division I-FBS12,85938$1,801,904$47,419
Creighton UniversityNENCAA Division I without football3,97035$1,799,541$51,415
Santa Clara UniversityCANCAA Division I without football5,33337$1,751,148$47,328
California State University-FresnoCANCAA Division I-FBS18,82837$1,746,844$47,212
Duke UniversityNCNCAA Division I-FBS6,44938$1,712,102$45,055
University of California-BerkeleyCANCAA Division I-FBS28,10735$1,711,186$48,891
Pepperdine UniversityCANCAA Division I without football3,22036$1,684,559$46,793
University of the PacificCANCAA Division I without football3,37541$1,678,623$40,942
University of Hawaii at ManoaHINCAA Division I-FBS10,67639$1,675,586$42,964
Midland UniversityNENAIA Division II1,16894$1,655,720$17,614
California State University-FullertonCANCAA Division I without football27,92531$1,648,842$53,188
Stetson UniversityFLNCAA Division I-FCS3,01736$1,623,877$45,108
University of Nebraska-LincolnNENCAA Division I-FBS19,38141$1,586,242$38,689
San Diego State UniversityCANCAA Division I-FBS26,53034$1,570,739$46,198
Texas Tech UniversityTXNCAA Division I-FBS26,58835$1,554,631$44,418
Radford UniversityVANCAA Division I without football8,09135$1,546,503$44,186
University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh CampusPANCAA Division I-FBS18,12931$1,544,154$49,811
University of San DiegoCANCAA Division I-FCS5,43336$1,543,727$42,881
Saint Mary's College of CaliforniaCANCAA Division I without football2,59038$1,528,583$40,226
University of PortlandORNCAA Division I without football3,70835$1,504,142$42,975
University of Southern MississippiMSNCAA Division I-FBS10,24237$1,496,202$40,438
University of Nevada-RenoNVNCAA Division I-FBS15,39035$1,493,239$42,664
University of New Mexico-Main CampusNMNCAA Division I-FBS15,73237$1,489,207$40,249
Loyola Marymount UniversityCANCAA Division I without football5,98738$1,477,794$38,889
University of South AlabamaALNCAA Division I-FBS9,59635$1,477,257$42,207
Oral Roberts UniversityOKNCAA Division I without football2,60134$1,466,704$43,138
St John's University-New YorkNYNCAA Division I without football11,46835$1,462,548$41,787
George Washington UniversityDCNCAA Division I without football10,34334$1,459,841$42,937
Northeastern UniversityMANCAA Division I without football13,34537$1,455,381$39,335
University of California-IrvineCANCAA Division I without football26,87635$1,451,081$41,459
James Madison UniversityVANCAA Division I-FCS18,46740$1,448,667$36,217
California State University-NorthridgeCANCAA Division I without football29,05640$1,447,624$36,191
Old Dominion UniversityVANCAA Division I-FBS15,17337$1,445,813$39,076
University of ConnecticutCTNCAA Division I-FBS18,53835$1,407,122$40,203
Lipscomb UniversityTNNCAA Division I without football2,65131$1,398,834$45,124
Rutgers University-New BrunswickNJNCAA Division I-FBS33,93935$1,397,838$39,938
Fordham UniversityNYNCAA Division I-FCS8,72542$1,381,269$32,887
Central Michigan UniversityMINCAA Division I-FBS17,07735$1,377,632$39,361
University of Cincinnati-Main CampusOHNCAA Division I-FBS21,44538$1,361,457$35,828
Seattle UniversityWANCAA Division I without football4,46334$1,360,289$40,009
Grand Canyon UniversityAZNCAA Division I without football14,54232$1,347,360$42,105
Robert Morris University IllinoisILNAIA Division II2,253126$1,345,435$10,678
California State University-SacramentoCANCAA Division I-FCS23,18137$1,336,125$36,111
Missouri State University-SpringfieldMONCAA Division I-FCS15,00832$1,329,270$41,540
Sam Houston State UniversityTXNCAA Division I-FCS14,49735$1,328,380$37,954
University of FloridaFLNCAA Division I-FBS30,58331$1,323,053$42,679
Seton Hall UniversityNJNCAA Division I without football5,48435$1,317,799$37,651
Furman UniversitySCNCAA Division I-FCS2,69146$1,312,672$28,536
Stony Brook UniversityNYNCAA Division I-FCS15,72933$1,312,180$39,763
Arizona State University-TempeAZNCAA Division I-FBS38,76134$1,308,098$38,473
Austin Peay State UniversityTNNCAA Division I-FCS6,93538$1,304,945$34,341
California Polytechnic State University-San Luis ObispoCANCAA Division I-FCS19,65035$1,294,610$36,989
University of Nevada-Las VegasNVNCAA Division I-FBS18,23735$1,286,333$36,752
University of MemphisTNNCAA Division I-FBS12,37235$1,273,995$36,400
University of South Florida-Main CampusFLNCAA Division I-FBS23,60335$1,273,081$36,374
College of CharlestonSCNCAA Division I without football9,47035$1,269,115$36,260
Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteNYNCAA Division III with football6,19737$1,268,506$34,284
Western Kentucky UniversityKYNCAA Division I-FBS12,96743$1,257,367$29,241
Hofstra UniversityNYNCAA Division I without football6,46232$1,251,470$39,108
Elon UniversityNCNCAA Division I-FCS5,85437$1,243,365$33,604
Campbell UniversityNCNCAA Division I-FCS3,73439$1,239,964$31,794
Citadel Military College of South CarolinaSCNCAA Division I-FCS2,50350$1,238,426$24,769
North Carolina State University at RaleighNCNCAA Division I-FBS20,81836$1,237,263$34,368
San Jose State UniversityCANCAA Division I-FBS21,56935$1,231,567$35,188
Saint Joseph's UniversityPANCAA Division I without football4,64934$1,223,869$35,996
Mercer UniversityGANCAA Division I-FCS4,01235$1,211,712$34,620
University of HartfordCTNCAA Division I without football4,50636$1,209,787$33,605
Virginia Commonwealth UniversityVANCAA Division I without football20,05036$1,207,227$33,534
Bradley UniversityILNCAA Division I without football4,27836$1,197,127$33,254
University of Alabama at BirminghamALNCAA Division I-FBS8,94136$1,195,193$33,200
The University of AlabamaALNCAA Division I-FBS29,07136$1,182,296$32,842
University of ArizonaAZNCAA Division I-FBS29,04935$1,180,946$33,741
Texas State UniversityTXNCAA Division I-FBS28,18035$1,168,606$33,389
College of William and MaryVANCAA Division I-FCS6,20636$1,162,590$32,294
Kent State University at KentOHNCAA Division I-FBS19,03437$1,162,108$31,408
University of IowaIANCAA Division I-FBS20,69040$1,156,272$28,907
Saint Louis UniversityMONCAA Division I without football6,67235$1,154,778$32,994
Missouri Baptist UniversityMONAIA Division I1,43361$1,153,230$18,905
Eastern Michigan UniversityMINCAA Division I-FBS12,71435$1,145,636$32,732
Indiana Institute of TechnologyINNAIA Division II4,30282$1,143,816$13,949
Northern Kentucky UniversityKYNCAA Division I without football9,11937$1,136,526$30,717
Miami University-OxfordOHNCAA Division I-FBS16,10935$1,135,212$32,435
Oklahoma State University-Main CampusOKNCAA Division I-FBS18,33043$1,134,162$26,376
Lamar UniversityTXNCAA Division I-FCS6,16133$1,127,622$34,170
Ohio University-Main CampusOHNCAA Division I-FBS17,79435$1,123,420$32,098
University of Central FloridaFLNCAA Division I-FBS38,22834$1,115,767$32,817
University of North Carolina at Chapel HillNCNCAA Division I-FBS17,82845$1,114,692$24,771
Ball State UniversityINNCAA Division I-FBS15,01837$1,110,590$30,016
University at BuffaloNYNCAA Division I-FBS18,73232$1,103,357$34,480
Butler UniversityINOther4,17135$1,079,377$30,839
Bryant UniversityRINCAA Division I-FCS3,39931$1,075,779$34,703
Georgetown UniversityDCNCAA Division I-FCS6,87430$1,071,377$35,713
Louisiana Tech UniversityLANCAA Division I-FBS7,43434$1,067,519$31,398
California Baptist UniversityCANCAA Division II without football5,87837$1,066,047$28,812
Samford UniversityALNCAA Division I-FCS3,20436$1,060,994$29,472
Georgia State UniversityGANCAA Division I-FBS19,06237$1,060,429$28,660
University of DelawareDENCAA Division I-FCS17,73634$1,055,245$31,037
New Mexico State University-Main CampusNMNCAA Division I-FBS9,82535$1,048,284$29,951
Jacksonville UniversityFLNCAA Division I-FCS2,11332$1,044,100$32,628
University of North Carolina at CharlotteNCNCAA Division I-FBS20,25731$1,043,030$33,646
The University of Texas at San AntonioTXNCAA Division I-FBS19,99535$1,026,995$29,343
Faulkner UniversityALNAIA Division I1,77961$1,020,611$16,731
Marshall UniversityWVNCAA Division I-FBS7,91735$1,020,054$29,144
University of OregonORNCAA Division I-FBS18,30939$1,012,030$25,949
University of EvansvilleINNCAA Division I without football2,01533$1,008,407$30,558
Middle Tennessee State UniversityTNNCAA Division I-FBS15,98539$1,008,009$25,846
University of Northwestern OhioOHNAIA Division II3,41598$1,006,977$10,275
The University of Texas at ArlingtonTXNCAA Division I without football16,66334$1,000,854$29,437
High Point UniversityNCNCAA Division I without football4,47638$993,348$26,141
Kennesaw State UniversityGANCAA Division I-FCS24,17139$993,292$25,469
Menlo CollegeCANAIA Division I76033$993,188$30,097
Georgia Southern UniversityGANCAA Division I-FBS15,91235$984,175$28,119
University of Rhode IslandRINCAA Division I-FCS12,42233$983,842$29,813
Florida Gulf Coast UniversityFLNCAA Division I without football10,80935$982,120$28,061
Indiana State UniversityINNCAA Division I-FCS9,34736$980,270$27,230
University of Illinois at ChicagoILNCAA Division I without football16,40835$980,248$28,007
Bethany CollegeKSNAIA Division II64068$971,882$14,292
Florida International UniversityFLNCAA Division I-FBS25,92035$971,234$27,750
University of California-RiversideCANCAA Division I without football19,53334$970,070$28,531
Villanova UniversityPANCAA Division I-FCS6,46935$969,643$27,704
Quinnipiac UniversityCTNCAA Division I without football6,78432$967,445$30,233
Monmouth UniversityNJNCAA Division I-FCS4,48437$965,915$26,106
University of North Carolina WilmingtonNCNCAA Division I without football11,91336$964,949$26,804
Bethune-Cookman UniversityFLNCAA Division I-FCS3,58335$964,811$27,566
Belmont UniversityTNNCAA Division I without football5,92531$963,101$31,068
Georgetown CollegeKYNAIA Division I91759$955,134$16,189
University of the Incarnate WordTXNCAA Division I-FCS4,48839$953,206$24,441
University of RichmondVANCAA Division I-FCS2,99833$948,005$28,727
Appalachian State UniversityNCNCAA Division I-FBS15,45035$944,540$26,987
Winthrop UniversitySCNCAA Division I without football4,53733$942,986$28,575
Cumberland UniversityTNNAIA Division I1,26536$930,832$25,856
Manhattan CollegeNYNCAA Division I without football3,44434$930,738$27,375
University of Wisconsin-MilwaukeeWINCAA Division I without football17,37336$930,107$25,836
Lewis-Clark State CollegeIDNAIA Division I2,26345$926,121$20,580
Wofford CollegeSCNCAA Division I-FCS1,66435$924,912$26,426
University of California-DavisCANCAA Division I-FCS28,54435$924,432$26,412
Marymount California UniversityCANAIA Division II88267$922,818$13,773
Wright State University-Main CampusOHNCAA Division I without football9,58233$913,983$27,696
George Mason UniversityVANCAA Division I without football19,02434$909,827$26,760
North Dakota State University-Main CampusNDNCAA Division I-FCS10,63135$898,371$25,668
Lindenwood UniversityMONCAA Division II with football6,755103$893,353$8,673
Illinois State UniversityILNCAA Division I-FCS17,42041$893,216$21,786
Abilene Christian UniversityTXNCAA Division I-FCS3,55035$891,207$25,463
University of ToledoOHNCAA Division I-FBS12,81034$889,102$26,150
Auburn UniversityALNCAA Division I-FBS20,26033$884,192$26,794
Utah Valley UniversityUTNCAA Division I without football16,97539$882,328$22,624
Washington State UniversityWANCAA Division I-FBS21,53425$880,196$35,208
Rollins CollegeFLNCAA Division II without football2,45064$877,378$13,709
Eastern Kentucky UniversityKYNCAA Division I-FCS11,00240$876,520$21,913
Saint Edward's UniversityTXNCAA Division II without football3,60859$876,248$14,852
Southeastern Louisiana UniversityLANCAA Division I-FCS9,01037$873,416$23,606
Western Michigan UniversityMINCAA Division I-FBS14,99933$873,099$26,458
Marist CollegeNYNCAA Division I-FCS4,96432$867,934$27,123
Longwood UniversityVANCAA Division I without football3,95132$865,872$27,059
Hope International UniversityCANAIA Division I72631$864,724$27,894
Arkansas State University-Main CampusARNCAA Division I-FBS7,24834$863,520$25,398
Northern Illinois UniversityILNCAA Division I-FBS12,32335$861,772$24,622
The University of TampaFLNCAA Division II without football7,12460$859,033$14,317
Keiser University-Ft LauderdaleFLNAIA Division II11,46860$858,446$14,307
Valparaiso UniversityINNCAA Division I-FCS3,19634$854,524$25,133
Stephen F Austin State UniversityTXNCAA Division I-FCS9,57135$850,954$24,313
University of MaineMENCAA Division I-FCS8,08231$850,581$27,438
Oklahoma Wesleyan UniversityOKNAIA Division II63455$847,403$15,407
Troy UniversityALNCAA Division I-FBS9,32935$845,414$24,155
University of Massachusetts-LowellMANCAA Division I without football9,90635$843,882$24,111
University of Oklahoma-Norman CampusOKNCAA Division I-FBS18,21837$839,800$22,697
Point UniversityGANAIA Division II1,21959$839,113$14,222

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

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