Analysis: College men's golf grosses $173 million

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West Virginia University men's golf tops the list of highest grossing programs, reporting nearly $2.1 million – or $190,559 per athlete – in 2016, followed by the University of Texas at Austin ($1.5 million) and Baylor University ($1.2 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 1,200 of those schools have men's golf programs. In all, they grossed nearly $173 million in 2016.

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Top 200 Men's Golf Programs by Revenue

SchoolStateDivisionTotal UndergraduatesMen's Golf TeamMen's Golf RevenueRevenue per athlete
West Virginia UniversityWVNCAA Division I-FBS20,52411$2,096,147$190,559
The University of Texas at AustinTXNCAA Division I-FBS37,0269$1,514,729$168,303
Baylor UniversityTXNCAA Division I-FBS14,08711$1,178,487$107,135
Vanderbilt UniversityTNNCAA Division I-FBS6,8089$1,176,414$130,713
University of Southern CaliforniaCANCAA Division I-FBS18,07011$1,081,093$98,281
University of Nevada-Las VegasNVNCAA Division I-FBS18,2379$985,362$109,485
Florida State UniversityFLNCAA Division I-FBS29,05111$943,378$85,762
The University of Texas at El PasoTXNCAA Division I-FBS13,3219$908,615$100,957
Pepperdine UniversityCANCAA Division I without football3,2209$847,288$94,143
Southern Methodist UniversityTXNCAA Division I-FBS6,2949$842,744$93,638
University of HoustonTXNCAA Division I-FBS25,39921$784,348$37,350
Colorado State University-Fort CollinsCONCAA Division I-FBS21,21110$739,172$73,917
University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignILNCAA Division I-FBS32,1267$705,097$100,728
Wake Forest UniversityNCNCAA Division I-FBS4,89911$688,571$62,597
Stanford UniversityCANCAA Division I-FBS7,03211$680,008$61,819
Middle Tennessee State UniversityTNNCAA Division I-FBS15,98512$672,091$56,008
University of the PacificCANCAA Division I without football3,37513$671,093$51,623
University of Virginia-Main CampusVANCAA Division I-FBS15,42012$668,046$55,671
University of DenverCONCAA Division I without football5,4789$667,096$74,122
University of Missouri-ColumbiaMONCAA Division I-FBS24,06010$664,949$66,495
University of San DiegoCANCAA Division I-FCS5,43311$663,096$60,281
College of CharlestonSCNCAA Division I without football9,47012$655,018$54,585
San Diego State UniversityCANCAA Division I-FBS26,53010$646,910$64,691
Mississippi State UniversityMSNCAA Division I-FBS16,13413$646,324$49,717
Duke UniversityNCNCAA Division I-FBS6,44912$640,371$53,364
Saint Mary's College of CaliforniaCANCAA Division I without football2,59013$618,019$47,540
University of New Mexico-Main CampusNMNCAA Division I-FBS15,73212$613,010$51,084
Brigham Young University-ProvoUTNCAA Division I-FBS28,01210$595,741$59,574
Kent State University at KentOHNCAA Division I-FBS19,03410$594,327$59,433
University of California-BerkeleyCANCAA Division I-FBS28,10720$590,831$29,542
Marquette UniversityWINCAA Division I without football7,9199$590,408$65,601
George Washington UniversityDCNCAA Division I without football10,3438$589,131$73,641
Rice UniversityTXNCAA Division I-FBS3,8249$583,273$64,808
Savannah College of Art and DesignGANAIA Division II8,40017$578,981$34,058
San Jose State UniversityCANCAA Division I-FBS21,56912$578,010$48,168
The University of AlabamaALNCAA Division I-FBS29,07111$573,108$52,101
Oregon State UniversityORNCAA Division I-FBS18,39510$566,411$56,641
East Carolina UniversityNCNCAA Division I-FBS19,6989$564,670$62,741
University of ConnecticutCTNCAA Division I-FBS18,53811$544,435$49,494
University of San FranciscoCANCAA Division I without football6,41310$542,527$54,253
Liberty UniversityVANCAA Division I-FCS27,10010$530,175$53,018
Northern Illinois UniversityILNCAA Division I-FBS12,32311$523,421$47,584
The University of Texas at ArlingtonTXNCAA Division I without football16,66314$496,016$35,430
Texas Christian UniversityTXNCAA Division I-FBS8,59111$494,088$44,917
University of Nevada-RenoNVNCAA Division I-FBS15,3909$488,136$54,237
Lipscomb UniversityTNNCAA Division I without football2,65112$487,742$40,645
James Madison UniversityVANCAA Division I-FCS18,46710$485,465$48,547
University of North FloridaFLNCAA Division I without football9,62910$484,465$48,447
The University of Tennessee-ChattanoogaTNNCAA Division I-FCS8,86810$481,897$48,190
Texas Wesleyan UniversityTXNAIA Division I1,4879$477,562$53,062
University of Cincinnati-Main CampusOHNCAA Division I-FBS21,44512$475,114$39,593
Bethune-Cookman UniversityFLNCAA Division I-FCS3,58310$474,284$47,428
DePaul UniversityILNCAA Division I without football13,12610$461,860$46,186
Gonzaga UniversityWANCAA Division I without football5,0298$459,351$57,419
Loyola Marymount UniversityCANCAA Division I without football5,9876$459,092$76,515
Rutgers University-New BrunswickNJNCAA Division I-FBS33,93910$458,795$45,880
University of Washington-Seattle CampusWANCAA Division I-FBS28,1659$454,088$50,454
University of North Carolina at CharlotteNCNCAA Division I-FBS20,2578$452,582$56,573
University of Rhode IslandRINCAA Division I-FCS12,4228$445,835$55,729
California State University-FresnoCANCAA Division I-FBS18,8289$438,374$48,708
University of Missouri-Kansas CityMONCAA Division I without football6,52810$436,646$43,665
Temple UniversityPANCAA Division I-FBS26,12811$435,272$39,570
Davidson CollegeNCNCAA Division I-FCS1,7919$434,159$48,240
Lamar UniversityTXNCAA Division I-FCS6,16113$433,962$33,382
University of Colorado BoulderCONCAA Division I-FBS25,69212$433,243$36,104
Oral Roberts UniversityOKNCAA Division I without football2,60111$431,079$39,189
Virginia Commonwealth UniversityVANCAA Division I without football20,0507$430,155$61,451
University of South Florida-Main CampusFLNCAA Division I-FBS23,6038$430,015$53,752
Furman UniversitySCNCAA Division I-FCS2,69115$425,757$28,384
University of California-DavisCANCAA Division I-FCS28,54411$421,394$38,309
University of RichmondVANCAA Division I-FCS2,9988$421,320$52,665
East Tennessee State UniversityTNNCAA Division I-FCS9,3337$420,761$60,109
University of MemphisTNNCAA Division I-FBS12,37212$419,394$34,950
Santa Clara UniversityCANCAA Division I without football5,33311$416,383$37,853
Wichita State UniversityKSNCAA Division I without football8,5668$415,472$51,934
Grand Canyon UniversityAZNCAA Division I without football14,54210$414,369$41,437
University of South Carolina-AikenSCNCAA Division II without football2,8189$414,083$46,009
St John's University-New YorkNYNCAA Division I without football11,46810$412,822$41,282
Coastal Carolina UniversitySCOther8,8288$408,136$51,017
University of Hawaii at ManoaHINCAA Division I-FBS10,67613$407,306$31,331
Jacksonville UniversityFLNCAA Division I-FCS2,1138$401,213$50,152
Elon UniversityNCNCAA Division I-FCS5,85412$398,628$33,219
University of Alabama at BirminghamALNCAA Division I-FBS8,9417$394,967$56,424
Miami University-OxfordOHNCAA Division I-FBS16,10910$394,951$39,495
Seton Hall UniversityNJNCAA Division I without football5,4847$393,977$56,282
Campbell UniversityNCNCAA Division I-FCS3,73410$391,428$39,143
Louisiana Tech UniversityLANCAA Division I-FBS7,4349$391,371$43,486
Ohio University-Main CampusOHNCAA Division I-FBS17,79411$390,553$35,505
Abilene Christian UniversityTXNCAA Division I-FCS3,55014$384,518$27,466
Georgetown UniversityDCNCAA Division I-FCS6,87410$383,154$38,315
California State University-Long BeachCANCAA Division I without football27,80410$381,035$38,104
Radford UniversityVANCAA Division I without football8,09110$380,396$38,040
Texas A & M University-College StationTXNCAA Division I-FBS44,97512$379,419$31,618
Eastern Kentucky UniversityKYNCAA Division I-FCS11,00210$378,549$37,855
Wofford CollegeSCNCAA Division I-FCS1,66415$377,853$25,190
Kennesaw State UniversityGANCAA Division I-FCS24,1719$377,170$41,908
Northwestern UniversityILNCAA Division I-FBS8,2499$377,079$41,898
University of North TexasTXNCAA Division I-FBS25,48611$374,490$34,045
University of Louisiana at LafayetteLANCAA Division I-FBS12,8599$374,361$41,596
The University of Texas at San AntonioTXNCAA Division I-FBS19,9956$373,074$62,179
Nova Southeastern UniversityFLNCAA Division II without football3,0518$371,129$46,391
Loyola University MarylandMDNCAA Division I without football4,0309$361,977$40,220
University of HartfordCTNCAA Division I without football4,5068$358,457$44,807
California State University-FullertonCANCAA Division I without football27,92511$354,842$32,258
University of California-Los AngelesCANCAA Division I-FBS30,32911$353,904$32,173
Lincoln Memorial UniversityTNNCAA Division II without football1,18915$353,601$23,573
Midland UniversityNENAIA Division II1,16821$352,761$16,798
University of Akron Main CampusOHNCAA Division I-FBS13,36710$347,472$34,747
Rollins CollegeFLNCAA Division II without football2,45017$347,277$20,428
Texas Tech UniversityTXNCAA Division I-FBS26,58811$345,753$31,432
Eastern Michigan UniversityMINCAA Division I-FBS12,71411$342,762$31,160
Drake UniversityIANCAA Division I-FCS3,0918$341,656$42,707
Augusta UniversityGANCAA Division II without football4,0789$341,283$37,920
New Mexico State University-Main CampusNMNCAA Division I-FBS9,82510$334,934$33,493
Oklahoma City UniversityOKNAIA Division I1,62111$333,761$30,342
Austin Peay State UniversityTNNCAA Division I-FCS6,9358$333,606$41,701
Lynn UniversityFLNCAA Division II without football1,94811$332,736$30,249
Florida Southern CollegeFLNCAA Division II without football2,32310$330,923$33,092
Texas State UniversityTXNCAA Division I-FBS28,18012$330,793$27,566
University of WyomingWYNCAA Division I-FBS8,0998$330,341$41,293
Samford UniversityALNCAA Division I-FCS3,20412$328,879$27,407
Mercer UniversityGANCAA Division I-FCS4,01210$328,854$32,885
Fairleigh Dickinson University-Metropolitan CampusNJNCAA Division I without football2,3298$328,514$41,064
Barry UniversityFLNCAA Division II without football2,88914$327,528$23,395
Michigan State UniversityMINCAA Division I-FBS35,28012$326,725$27,227
Marshall UniversityWVNCAA Division I-FBS7,91712$323,695$26,975
University of the Incarnate WordTXNCAA Division I-FCS4,48812$323,601$26,967
University of North Carolina WilmingtonNCNCAA Division I without football11,9139$322,470$35,830
Butler UniversityINOther4,1718$322,435$40,304
South Dakota State UniversitySDNCAA Division I-FCS8,4429$321,243$35,694
Drexel UniversityPANCAA Division I without football13,25811$321,238$29,203
Houston Baptist UniversityTXNCAA Division I-FCS2,16010$319,731$31,973
University of South AlabamaALNCAA Division I-FBS9,59611$316,665$28,788
Boston CollegeMANCAA Division I-FBS9,4868$315,588$39,449
Yale UniversityCTNCAA Division I-FCS5,4689$314,242$34,916
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityVANCAA Division I-FBS25,17511$312,118$28,374
University of Southern MississippiMSNCAA Division I-FBS10,2429$310,077$34,453
The University of FindlayOHNCAA Division II with football2,56114$308,697$22,050
University of ToledoOHNCAA Division I-FBS12,8108$308,607$38,576
Saint Edward's UniversityTXNCAA Division II without football3,6088$306,614$38,327
Georgia State UniversityGANCAA Division I-FBS19,06210$303,201$30,320
Stetson UniversityFLNCAA Division I-FCS3,01711$298,050$27,095
Troy UniversityALNCAA Division I-FBS9,3299$296,389$32,932
California Baptist UniversityCANCAA Division II without football5,8788$296,280$37,035
Old Dominion UniversityVANCAA Division I-FBS15,1738$296,090$37,011
Arkansas State University-Main CampusARNCAA Division I-FBS7,24811$295,033$26,821
University of Hawaii at HiloHINCAA Division II without football2,4367$294,513$42,073
Saint Leo UniversityFLNCAA Division II without football7,55514$292,852$20,918
Bowling Green State University-Main CampusOHNCAA Division I-FBS13,11110$292,414$29,241
McNeese State UniversityLANCAA Division I-FCS5,44413$290,731$22,364
Lander UniversitySCNCAA Division II without football2,5299$289,545$32,172
Georgia Southern UniversityGANCAA Division I-FBS15,9129$288,642$32,071
California State University-NorthridgeCANCAA Division I without football29,0569$288,291$32,032
Appalachian State UniversityNCNCAA Division I-FBS15,4509$285,777$31,753
University of California-Santa BarbaraCANCAA Division I without football21,19918$283,819$15,768
North Carolina State University at RaleighNCNCAA Division I-FBS20,81811$283,680$25,789
California Polytechnic State University-San Luis ObispoCANCAA Division I-FCS19,65012$280,524$23,377
University of Oklahoma-Norman CampusOKNCAA Division I-FBS18,21811$279,321$25,393
Utah State UniversityUTNCAA Division I-FBS16,8888$279,146$34,893
Utah Valley UniversityUTNCAA Division I without football16,9759$278,606$30,956
Washington State UniversityWANCAA Division I-FBS21,5349$277,528$30,836
Winthrop UniversitySCNCAA Division I without football4,53710$277,167$27,717
Illinois State UniversityILNCAA Division I-FCS17,4208$277,160$34,645
Tennessee Wesleyan UniversityTNNAIA Division II90914$276,000$19,714
University of IdahoIDNCAA Division I-FBS7,2489$275,659$30,629
Ball State UniversityINNCAA Division I-FBS15,0189$274,666$30,518
LIU BrooklynNYNCAA Division I without football3,7496$274,057$45,676
Murray State UniversityKYNCAA Division I-FCS6,91610$273,861$27,386
Grand Valley State UniversityMINCAA Division II with football19,66611$269,241$24,476
University of Nebraska at OmahaNENCAA Division I without football9,8209$268,631$29,848
Florida Gulf Coast UniversityFLNCAA Division I without football10,80914$267,950$19,139
Martin Methodist CollegeTNNAIA Division I87311$267,913$24,356
Marian UniversityINNAIA Division II1,76111$267,799$24,345
University of DaytonOHNCAA Division I-FCS7,86711$267,580$24,325
Wingate UniversityNCNCAA Division II with football2,04412$265,645$22,137
Arizona State University-TempeAZNCAA Division I-FBS38,76110$265,206$26,521
Point UniversityGANAIA Division II1,21915$264,503$17,634
Seattle UniversityWANCAA Division I without football4,4639$264,140$29,349
University of Northwestern OhioOHNAIA Division II3,4153$263,313$87,771
Southern Illinois University-CarbondaleILNCAA Division I-FCS10,5099$262,769$29,197
Princeton UniversityNJNCAA Division I-FCS5,2367$261,462$37,352
Valparaiso UniversityINNCAA Division I-FCS3,1969$259,448$28,828
Sam Houston State UniversityTXNCAA Division I-FCS14,49712$259,200$21,600
Towson UniversityMDNCAA Division I-FCS16,8279$258,841$28,760
Bethany CollegeKSNAIA Division II64017$257,576$15,152
Wayne State UniversityMINCAA Division II with football11,95319$255,907$13,469
Clemson UniversitySCNCAA Division I-FBS17,8499$254,380$28,264
Florida Institute of TechnologyFLNCAA Division II with football3,28113$254,352$19,566
Harvard UniversityMANCAA Division I-FCS6,9315$252,931$50,586
Columbia University in the City of New YorkNYNCAA Division I-FCS7,55211$252,249$22,932
University of IndianapolisINNCAA Division II with football3,58911$251,788$22,890
North Dakota State University-Main CampusNDNCAA Division I-FCS10,6318$248,694$31,087
Corban UniversityORNAIA Division I93813$246,886$18,991
Oakland UniversityMINCAA Division I without football12,9177$246,811$35,259
High Point UniversityNCNCAA Division I without football4,47611$246,146$22,377
University of Notre DameINNCAA Division I-FBS8,48011$245,991$22,363
Southeastern Louisiana UniversityLANCAA Division I-FCS9,0109$245,422$27,269
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona BeachFLNCAA Division II without football5,00310$244,085$24,409
Weber State UniversityUTNCAA Division I-FCS10,2659$244,028$27,114
California State University-East BayCANCAA Division II without football11,55311$243,682$22,153

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