Analysis: College women's golf grosses $146 million

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Baylor University women's golf tops the list of highest grossing programs, reporting nearly $1.2 million – or $90,955 per athlete – in 2016, followed by the Vanderbilt University ($1.1 million) and Florida State University ($1 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 900 of those schools have women's golf programs. In all, they grossed nearly $146 million in 2016.

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Top 200 Women's Golf Programs by Revenue

SchoolStateDivisionTotal UndergraduatesWomen's Golf TeamWomen's Golf RevenueRevenue per athlete
Baylor UniversityTXNCAA Division I-FBS14,08713$1,182,412$90,955
Vanderbilt UniversityTNNCAA Division I-FBS6,8087$1,118,365$159,766
Florida State UniversityFLNCAA Division I-FBS29,05112$1,041,159$86,763
College of CharlestonSCNCAA Division I without football9,4707$1,003,815$143,402
University of MiamiFLNCAA Division I-FBS10,1026$863,479$143,913
Pepperdine UniversityCANCAA Division I without football3,2208$827,877$103,485
University of Virginia-Main CampusVANCAA Division I-FBS15,42012$817,185$68,099
Southern Methodist UniversityTXNCAA Division I-FBS6,2947$799,806$114,258
Brigham Young University-ProvoUTNCAA Division I-FBS28,0128$784,551$98,069
Duke UniversityNCNCAA Division I-FBS6,4497$755,329$107,904
Wake Forest UniversityNCNCAA Division I-FBS4,8998$749,251$93,656
Boston UniversityMANCAA Division I without football16,1996$742,575$123,763
Furman UniversitySCNCAA Division I-FCS2,6919$737,017$81,891
University of Missouri-ColumbiaMONCAA Division I-FBS24,0609$730,026$81,114
Tulane University of LouisianaLANCAA Division I-FBS6,4878$727,171$90,896
University of DenverCONCAA Division I without football5,4789$724,696$80,522
East Carolina UniversityNCNCAA Division I-FBS19,6987$710,080$101,440
Mississippi State UniversityMSNCAA Division I-FBS16,1349$706,021$78,447
University of TulsaOKNCAA Division I-FBS3,2489$702,899$78,100
University of San FranciscoCANCAA Division I without football6,4138$678,620$84,828
Rutgers University-New BrunswickNJNCAA Division I-FBS33,9398$665,346$83,168
Savannah College of Art and DesignGANAIA Division II8,40016$623,358$38,960
The University of Texas at El PasoTXNCAA Division I-FBS13,3217$608,486$86,927
Boston CollegeMANCAA Division I-FBS9,4867$592,001$84,572
Oregon State UniversityORNCAA Division I-FBS18,3956$590,339$98,390
University of Central FloridaFLNCAA Division I-FBS38,2286$581,570$96,928
Colorado State University-Fort CollinsCONCAA Division I-FBS21,2117$580,679$82,954
University of New Mexico-Main CampusNMNCAA Division I-FBS15,7329$569,569$63,285
The University of Texas at AustinTXNCAA Division I-FBS37,0269$564,505$62,723
University of Nevada-Las VegasNVNCAA Division I-FBS18,2379$561,697$62,411
Gonzaga UniversityWANCAA Division I without football5,0296$553,365$92,228
University of RichmondVANCAA Division I-FCS2,9989$541,888$60,210
James Madison UniversityVANCAA Division I-FCS18,4678$539,127$67,391
Coastal Carolina UniversitySCOther8,8287$538,753$76,965
California State University-FresnoCANCAA Division I-FBS18,82810$536,162$53,616
University of MemphisTNNCAA Division I-FBS12,3729$527,815$58,646
Texas State UniversityTXNCAA Division I-FBS28,1806$523,628$87,271
Texas Christian UniversityTXNCAA Division I-FBS8,5918$519,428$64,929
University of ToledoOHNCAA Division I-FBS12,8108$518,588$64,824
University of DelawareDENCAA Division I-FCS17,73610$504,368$50,437
Kent State University at KentOHNCAA Division I-FBS19,0349$496,126$55,125
San Diego State UniversityCANCAA Division I-FBS26,5308$494,664$61,833
Old Dominion UniversityVANCAA Division I-FBS15,1735$493,351$98,670
University of California-Los AngelesCANCAA Division I-FBS30,32911$487,930$44,357
University of South Florida-Main CampusFLNCAA Division I-FBS23,60313$483,409$37,185
Kennesaw State UniversityGANCAA Division I-FCS24,1716$467,674$77,946
University of HoustonTXNCAA Division I-FBS25,39913$467,103$35,931
Oral Roberts UniversityOKNCAA Division I without football2,6017$466,626$66,661
Florida International UniversityFLNCAA Division I-FBS25,9206$464,897$77,483
University of Washington-Seattle CampusWANCAA Division I-FBS28,1658$462,934$57,867
The University of FindlayOHNCAA Division II with football2,56110$459,197$45,920
Michigan State UniversityMINCAA Division I-FBS35,28012$458,056$38,171
Washington State UniversityWANCAA Division I-FBS21,5349$457,659$50,851
University of Cincinnati-Main CampusOHNCAA Division I-FBS21,44510$455,755$45,576
New Mexico State University-Main CampusNMNCAA Division I-FBS9,82511$455,071$41,370
University of Hawaii at ManoaHINCAA Division I-FBS10,6767$449,719$64,246
Seton Hall UniversityNJNCAA Division I without football5,4847$448,990$64,141
University of Southern CaliforniaCANCAA Division I-FBS18,0708$443,752$55,469
Northern Illinois UniversityILNCAA Division I-FBS12,3239$432,067$48,007
Texas Wesleyan UniversityTXNAIA Division I1,4877$430,671$61,524
California State University-FullertonCANCAA Division I without football27,9257$430,496$61,499
Dallas Baptist UniversityTXNCAA Division II without football2,3747$419,961$59,994
SUNY at AlbanyNYNCAA Division I-FCS12,3879$419,270$46,586
The University of AlabamaALNCAA Division I-FBS29,0719$418,942$46,549
Wofford CollegeSCNCAA Division I-FCS1,6648$415,209$51,901
St John's University-New YorkNYNCAA Division I without football11,4686$413,699$68,950
Rollins CollegeFLNCAA Division II without football2,45010$411,407$41,141
University of California-RiversideCANCAA Division I without football19,53311$410,149$37,286
Mercer UniversityGANCAA Division I-FCS4,0128$410,025$51,253
Wichita State UniversityKSNCAA Division I without football8,56610$410,003$41,000
Texas Tech UniversityTXNCAA Division I-FBS26,5888$409,680$51,210
University of Missouri-Kansas CityMONCAA Division I without football6,5288$409,400$51,175
Grand Canyon UniversityAZNCAA Division I without football14,5429$405,871$45,097
Georgia State UniversityGANCAA Division I-FBS19,0628$403,235$50,404
Ohio University-Main CampusOHNCAA Division I-FBS17,79410$402,683$40,268
Campbell UniversityNCNCAA Division I-FCS3,7347$401,412$57,345
Bradley UniversityILNCAA Division I without football4,27812$395,655$32,971
University of North TexasTXNCAA Division I-FBS25,4869$392,608$43,623
San Jose State UniversityCANCAA Division I-FBS21,5697$390,937$55,848
Grand Valley State UniversityMINCAA Division II with football19,6668$389,910$48,739
Nova Southeastern UniversityFLNCAA Division II without football3,0516$388,309$64,718
LIU BrooklynNYNCAA Division I without football3,7497$387,180$55,311
The University of Texas at San AntonioTXNCAA Division I-FBS19,9957$386,883$55,269
North Carolina State University at RaleighNCNCAA Division I-FBS20,8189$384,501$42,722
University of North FloridaFLNCAA Division I without football9,62910$383,740$38,374
Northern Arizona UniversityAZNCAA Division I-FCS21,49010$381,453$38,145
The University of Tennessee-ChattanoogaTNNCAA Division I-FCS8,8686$381,174$63,529
University of IdahoIDNCAA Division I-FBS7,2489$379,513$42,168
Montana State UniversityMTNCAA Division I-FCS12,15711$379,230$34,475
Jacksonville UniversityFLNCAA Division I-FCS2,1137$379,046$54,149
Western Michigan UniversityMINCAA Division I-FBS14,9995$377,844$75,569
Middle Tennessee State UniversityTNNCAA Division I-FBS15,9859$376,328$41,814
California Baptist UniversityCANCAA Division II without football5,8788$376,219$47,027
Elon UniversityNCNCAA Division I-FCS5,8547$376,083$53,726
Ball State UniversityINNCAA Division I-FBS15,0188$372,893$46,612
Samford UniversityALNCAA Division I-FCS3,2047$372,565$53,224
Stetson UniversityFLNCAA Division I-FCS3,0178$372,117$46,515
Murray State UniversityKYNCAA Division I-FCS6,91611$372,056$33,823
California State University-SacramentoCANCAA Division I-FCS23,1819$371,115$41,235
Eastern Kentucky UniversityKYNCAA Division I-FCS11,0028$371,047$46,381
Saint Edward's UniversityTXNCAA Division II without football3,60811$368,002$33,455
Central Michigan UniversityMINCAA Division I-FBS17,0777$367,226$52,461
Quinnipiac UniversityCTNCAA Division I without football6,78410$366,785$36,679
Northwestern UniversityILNCAA Division I-FBS8,24910$365,696$36,570
University of Alabama at BirminghamALNCAA Division I-FBS8,9416$365,425$60,904
Southern Illinois University-CarbondaleILNCAA Division I-FCS10,5099$363,339$40,371
Barry UniversityFLNCAA Division II without football2,8898$361,656$45,207
Lamar UniversityTXNCAA Division I-FCS6,1618$358,794$44,849
Houston Baptist UniversityTXNCAA Division I-FCS2,1608$358,237$44,780
Lynn UniversityFLNCAA Division II without football1,9487$356,422$50,917
University of the Incarnate WordTXNCAA Division I-FCS4,48814$356,322$25,452
Wingate UniversityNCNCAA Division II with football2,04410$353,750$35,375
University of Nevada-RenoNVNCAA Division I-FBS15,39010$351,875$35,188
University of North Carolina at Chapel HillNCNCAA Division I-FBS17,82810$351,411$35,141
University of IndianapolisINNCAA Division II with football3,5898$351,261$43,908
Pennsylvania State University-Main CampusPANCAA Division I-FBS39,88310$348,994$34,899
Stanford UniversityCANCAA Division I-FBS7,03210$347,550$34,755
High Point UniversityNCNCAA Division I without football4,4768$341,875$42,734
Marshall UniversityWVNCAA Division I-FBS7,9176$340,131$56,689
Radford UniversityVANCAA Division I without football8,0916$337,061$56,177
California State University-Long BeachCANCAA Division I without football27,80411$335,186$30,471
Belmont UniversityTNNCAA Division I without football5,9258$333,016$41,627
University of Detroit MercyMINCAA Division I without football2,16010$331,308$33,131
California Polytechnic State University-San Luis ObispoCANCAA Division I-FCS19,65010$327,354$32,735
Fairleigh Dickinson University-Metropolitan CampusNJNCAA Division I without football2,3296$325,794$54,299
Arkansas State University-Main CampusARNCAA Division I-FBS7,24810$324,955$32,496
Oklahoma City UniversityOKNAIA Division I1,6219$323,879$35,987
Bowling Green State University-Main CampusOHNCAA Division I-FBS13,1119$323,689$35,965
Florida Southern CollegeFLNCAA Division II without football2,32311$322,368$29,306
University of WyomingWYNCAA Division I-FBS8,09911$321,224$29,202
Longwood UniversityVANCAA Division I without football3,9517$320,633$45,805
California State University-NorthridgeCANCAA Division I without football29,0568$319,948$39,994
Austin Peay State UniversityTNNCAA Division I-FCS6,9359$319,673$35,519
Drake UniversityIANCAA Division I-FCS3,0919$317,357$35,262
University of North Carolina WilmingtonNCNCAA Division I without football11,9135$314,006$62,801
Indiana State UniversityINNCAA Division I-FCS9,34711$313,454$28,496
Troy UniversityALNCAA Division I-FBS9,3298$313,299$39,162
University of California-DavisCANCAA Division I-FCS28,5448$312,197$39,025
Midland UniversityNENAIA Division II1,16819$312,170$16,430
East Tennessee State UniversityTNNCAA Division I-FCS9,3336$311,957$51,993
North Dakota State University-Main CampusNDNCAA Division I-FCS10,6318$308,509$38,564
Morehead State UniversityKYNCAA Division I-FCS5,7928$307,589$38,449
West Texas A & M UniversityTXNCAA Division II with football5,6509$307,483$34,165
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityVANCAA Division I-FBS25,17510$305,165$30,517
Loyola University ChicagoILNCAA Division I without football10,2619$305,117$33,902
Portland State UniversityORNCAA Division I-FCS13,6986$304,402$50,734
Clemson UniversitySCNCAA Division I-FBS17,8497$303,476$43,354
Illinois State UniversityILNCAA Division I-FCS17,4208$302,202$37,775
Lincoln Memorial UniversityTNNCAA Division II without football1,18911$302,151$27,468
Oakland UniversityMINCAA Division I without football12,9179$298,319$33,147
University of California-IrvineCANCAA Division I without football26,87611$298,210$27,110
Sam Houston State UniversityTXNCAA Division I-FCS14,4977$298,046$42,578
Academy of Art UniversityCANCAA Division II without football4,8138$297,799$37,225
Utah Valley UniversityUTNCAA Division I without football16,9758$293,833$36,729
Sacred Heart UniversityCTNCAA Division I-FCS4,79313$292,879$22,529
Georgia Southern UniversityGANCAA Division I-FBS15,9128$291,404$36,426
Winthrop UniversitySCNCAA Division I without football4,5378$290,920$36,365
Citadel Military College of South CarolinaSCNCAA Division I-FCS2,5038$290,738$36,342
University of Akron Main CampusOHNCAA Division I-FBS13,3676$289,680$48,280
Yale UniversityCTNCAA Division I-FCS5,46811$288,996$26,272
Indiana University-Purdue University-IndianapolisINNCAA Division I without football17,28710$286,951$28,695
Eastern Washington UniversityWANCAA Division I-FCS9,5079$286,411$31,823
University of North Carolina at GreensboroNCNCAA Division I without football13,9046$284,501$47,417
University of Southern MississippiMSNCAA Division I-FBS10,2428$284,442$35,555
Point Loma Nazarene UniversityCANCAA Division II without football2,5346$281,217$46,870
Seattle UniversityWANCAA Division I without football4,4637$281,081$40,154
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona BeachFLNCAA Division II without football5,00310$280,580$28,058
Western Kentucky UniversityKYNCAA Division I-FBS12,9679$280,056$31,117
Arizona State University-TempeAZNCAA Division I-FBS38,7618$278,490$34,811
Santa Clara UniversityCANCAA Division I without football5,3338$276,872$34,609
University of Colorado BoulderCONCAA Division I-FBS25,6927$276,791$39,542
Daytona State CollegeFLNJCAA Division I3,0838$275,876$34,485
The University of West FloridaFLNCAA Division II with football6,9978$275,108$34,389
Bethune-Cookman UniversityFLNCAA Division I-FCS3,5836$272,322$45,387
Saint Leo UniversityFLNCAA Division II without football7,55510$271,966$27,197
University of South AlabamaALNCAA Division I-FBS9,5965$271,495$54,299
University of Louisiana at MonroeLANCAA Division I-FBS5,1499$270,846$30,094
South Dakota State UniversitySDNCAA Division I-FCS8,4428$270,830$33,854
University of Notre DameINNCAA Division I-FBS8,4808$269,999$33,750
Augusta UniversityGANCAA Division II without football4,07810$269,159$26,916
Towson UniversityMDNCAA Division I-FCS16,8278$268,471$33,559
Harvard UniversityMANCAA Division I-FCS6,9317$268,049$38,293
Eastern Michigan UniversityMINCAA Division I-FBS12,7147$266,040$38,006
Weber State UniversityUTNCAA Division I-FCS10,26510$265,768$26,577
Southern Utah UniversityUTNCAA Division I-FCS5,6018$261,715$32,714
William Woods UniversityMONAIA Division I83413$260,329$20,025
University of Northern ColoradoCONCAA Division I-FCS8,2428$260,318$32,540
Charleston Southern UniversitySCNCAA Division I-FCS2,8968$260,265$32,533
Northern Kentucky UniversityKYNCAA Division I without football9,11912$259,683$21,640
University of Missouri-St LouisMONCAA Division II without football5,2497$257,750$36,821
University of HartfordCTNCAA Division I without football4,5067$256,910$36,701
Florida Institute of TechnologyFLNCAA Division II with football3,2818$255,334$31,917
McNeese State UniversityLANCAA Division I-FCS5,44410$254,216$25,422
St. Mary's UniversityTXNCAA Division II without football2,1808$253,715$31,714
Saint Francis UniversityPANCAA Division I-FCS1,54010$253,538$25,354
Florida Gulf Coast UniversityFLNCAA Division I without football10,8098$253,402$31,675
Lehigh UniversityPANCAA Division I-FCS4,9907$251,888$35,984
Jacksonville State UniversityALNCAA Division I-FCS5,3927$251,737$35,962
University of Central ArkansasARNCAA Division I-FCS7,9566$250,070$41,678
Gardner-Webb UniversityNCNCAA Division I-FCS1,9087$249,656$35,665

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

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