Analysis: Women's college outdoor track grosses $32.3 million

University of Southern California men's outdoor track tops the list of highest grossing programs, reporting more than $900,000 – or $32,149 per athlete – in 2016, followed by California Baptist University ($536,100) and SUNY at Albany ($507,758), 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.

Nearly 450 of those schools have women's outdoor track programs. In all, they grossed nearly $32.3 million in 2016.

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Top 200 Women's Outdoor Track Programs by Revenue

SchoolStateDivisionEnrollmentWomen's teamWomen's team revenueRevenue per athlete
University of Southern CaliforniaCANCAA Division I-FBS18,07036$1,052,072$29,224
California Baptist UniversityCANCAA Division II without football5,87821$536,100$25,529
SUNY at AlbanyNYNCAA Division I-FCS12,38745$507,758$11,284
California State University-FullertonCANCAA Division I without football27,92541$485,073$11,831
University of TulsaOKNCAA Division I-FBS3,24835$469,514$13,415
University of Alaska AnchorageAKNCAA Division II without football6,56020$469,256$23,463
LIU BrooklynNYNCAA Division I without football3,74923$455,847$19,819
University of Nevada-Las VegasNVNCAA Division I-FBS18,23738$432,158$11,373
Fresno Pacific UniversityCANCAA Division II without football2,07434$421,185$12,388
Saint Francis UniversityPANCAA Division I-FCS1,54035$345,424$9,869
University of California-Santa BarbaraCANCAA Division I without football21,19959$315,601$5,349
Indiana Wesleyan University-MarionINNAIA Division II2,61852$300,140$5,772
Northern Michigan UniversityMINCAA Division II with football6,25436$293,008$8,139
Doane University-Arts & SciencesNENAIA Division II1,03871$277,763$3,912
Dordt CollegeIANAIA Division II1,36740$273,435$6,836
University of California-IrvineCANCAA Division I without football26,87645$268,852$5,974
Niagara UniversityNYNCAA Division I without football2,91328$263,578$9,414
University of South AlabamaALNCAA Division I-FBS9,59642$260,621$6,205
Carson-Newman UniversityTNNCAA Division II with football1,71034$253,510$7,456
University of WyomingWYNCAA Division I-FBS8,09943$251,157$5,841
Maryville University of Saint LouisMONCAA Division II without football2,14727$246,433$9,127
San Jose State UniversityCANCAA Division I-FBS21,56932$242,275$7,571
California State University-ChicoCANCAA Division II without football15,16562$227,254$3,665
Howard UniversityDCNCAA Division I-FCS5,55334$213,651$6,284
Brenau UniversityGANAIA Division I1,03828$210,545$7,519
Oregon Institute of TechnologyORNAIA Division II2,35727$210,149$7,783
Friends UniversityKSNAIA Division II92032$209,540$6,548
Bloomfield CollegeNJNCAA Division II without football1,76830$209,456$6,982
Jacksonville State UniversityALNCAA Division I-FCS5,39231$197,720$6,378
Taylor UniversityINNAIA Division II1,80633$189,013$5,728
Wiley CollegeTXNAIA Division I1,15213$188,459$14,497
University of the PacificCANCAA Division I without football3,37523$177,202$7,704
Winona State UniversityMNNCAA Division II with football6,62059$175,959$2,982
Texas Southern UniversityTXNCAA Division I-FCS5,77619$175,713$9,248
Universidad MetropolitanaPROther8,85721$174,750$8,321
Williams CollegeMANCAA Division III with football2,04448$174,268$3,631
Saint Ambrose UniversityIANAIA Division II2,18737$174,125$4,706
Prairie View A & M UniversityTXNCAA Division I-FCS6,81737$173,047$4,677
The University of Tennessee-MartinTNNCAA Division I-FCS4,94321$172,724$8,225
Missouri Valley CollegeMONAIA Division I1,32914$172,341$12,310
Aquinas CollegeMINAIA Division II1,41652$168,477$3,240
University of San DiegoCANCAA Division I-FCS5,43328$166,031$5,930
Riverside City CollegeCANJCAA Division I5,25627$162,085$6,003
Florida Institute of TechnologyFLNCAA Division II with football3,28121$160,847$7,659
Gonzaga UniversityWANCAA Division I without football5,02937$158,275$4,278
California State University-San BernardinoCANCAA Division II without football16,42545$156,637$3,481
San Francisco State UniversityCANCAA Division II without football21,27344$155,056$3,524
Cedarville UniversityOHNCAA Division II without football3,01050$149,911$2,998
East Tennessee State UniversityTNNCAA Division I-FCS9,33332$149,397$4,669
Bethune-Cookman UniversityFLNCAA Division I-FCS3,58332$147,037$4,595
University of West GeorgiaGANCAA Division II with football8,95831$145,332$4,688
Langston UniversityOKNAIA Division I1,83512$143,245$11,937
Mt San Antonio CollegeCACCCAA9,98467$143,163$2,137
Mount Vernon Nazarene UniversityOHNAIA Division II1,70810$143,000$14,300
Loyola University MarylandMDNCAA Division I without football4,03036$141,846$3,940
Cornerstone UniversityMINAIA Division II1,36330$141,563$4,719
William Penn UniversityIANAIA Division I1,11112$141,102$11,759
William Jessup UniversityCANAIA Division I99524$140,595$5,858
Oklahoma Christian UniversityOKNCAA Division II without football1,77826$140,125$5,389
Humboldt State UniversityCANCAA Division II with football7,48547$138,855$2,954
University of South Carolina-BeaufortSCNAIA Division II1,74626$137,394$5,284
University of the District of ColumbiaDCNCAA Division II without football1,78615$134,383$8,959
Georgetown CollegeKYNAIA Division I91728$134,187$4,792
Savannah State UniversityGANCAA Division I-FCS4,10817$127,213$7,483
St Andrews UniversityNCNAIA Division II6127$124,944$17,849
Southwestern Christian CollegeTXNJCAA Division I13710$119,863$11,986
Madonna UniversityMINAIA Division II1,34021$119,016$5,667
Truett McConnell UniversityGANAIA Division II6928$118,003$14,750
George Fox UniversityORNCAA Division III with football2,47446$115,725$2,516
University of MobileALNAIA Division I1,24114$115,536$8,253
Cerritos CollegeCACCCAA6,70644$112,557$2,558
California State University-Los AngelesCANCAA Division II without football20,00344$112,479$2,556
Willamette UniversityORNCAA Division III with football1,85024$112,268$4,678
Mount Mercy UniversityIANAIA Division I1,04644$112,163$2,549
Biola UniversityCANCAA Division II without football3,94737$111,630$3,017
University of Central OklahomaOKNCAA Division II with football10,46628$111,297$3,975
Claremont McKenna CollegeCANCAA Division III with football1,34350$111,227$2,225
Rust CollegeMSNCAA Division III without football87213$106,721$8,209
Middlebury CollegeVTNCAA Division III with football2,49652$106,228$2,043
Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico-PoncePROther4,57014$106,179$7,584
Felician UniversityNJNCAA Division II without football1,43218$106,054$5,892
Coker CollegeSCNCAA Division II without football95327$105,529$3,908
Caldwell UniversityNJNCAA Division II without football1,44529$105,079$3,623
Shaw UniversityNCNCAA Division II with football1,60419$103,371$5,441
San Diego Mesa CollegeCACCCAA5,70716$103,311$6,457
St Lawrence UniversityNYNCAA Division III with football2,34138$102,531$2,698
Bethel UniversityTNNAIA Division I3,4748$102,302$12,788
Spokane Falls Community CollegeWANWAC3,76328$100,493$3,589
Pomona CollegeCANCAA Division III with football1,54723$100,183$4,356
Alcorn State UniversityMSNCAA Division I-FCS2,58924$99,576$4,149
Lane Community CollegeORNWAC3,74722$99,561$4,526
Graceland University-LamoniIANAIA Division II1,16634$98,796$2,906
Judson UniversityILNAIA Division I78611$97,921$8,902
Nyack CollegeNYNCAA Division II without football1,17819$97,530$5,133
University of RedlandsCANCAA Division III with football2,49127$97,266$3,602
Adelphi UniversityNYNCAA Division II without football4,73731$96,793$3,122
Huntington UniversityINNAIA Division II87118$96,742$5,375
Lewis-Clark State CollegeIDNAIA Division I2,26321$96,510$4,596
Southern University and A & M CollegeLANCAA Division I-FCS4,32827$95,257$3,528
Northwest Christian UniversityORNAIA Division II42127$94,445$3,498
Sacramento City CollegeCACCCAA5,32827$94,167$3,488
Stevenson UniversityMDNCAA Division III with football3,06527$94,066$3,484
The Master's University and SeminaryCANAIA Division I95314$93,412$6,672
Concordia University-Ann ArborMINAIA Division II72720$91,337$4,567
University of Wisconsin-Eau ClaireWINCAA Division III with football9,35062$91,117$1,470
San Joaquin Delta CollegeCACCCAA6,35119$90,944$4,787
Long Beach City CollegeCACCCAA8,99424$90,308$3,763
Rowan UniversityNJNCAA Division III with football12,72855$89,028$1,619
Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyMANCAA Division III with football4,44441$87,727$2,140
University of New OrleansLANCAA Division I without football4,64422$85,198$3,873
San Bernardino Valley CollegeCACCCAA3,8128$83,744$10,468
Rhodes CollegeTNNCAA Division III with football1,97426$83,593$3,215
Texas Lutheran UniversityTXNCAA Division III with football1,21227$83,491$3,092
Santa Monica CollegeCACCCAA11,08416$83,481$5,218
Saddleback CollegeCACCCAA5,78516$82,465$5,154
Grinnell CollegeIANCAA Division III with football1,65336$82,404$2,289
Southwestern Christian UniversityOKNAIA Division I63611$81,882$7,444
Albany State UniversityGANCAA Division II with football2,18721$81,796$3,895
Virginia University of LynchburgVAIndependent2616$81,762$13,627
Montana State University-BillingsMTNCAA Division II without football2,47029$81,408$2,807
Bethany CollegeKSNAIA Division II64017$80,144$4,714
Utica CollegeNYNCAA Division III with football2,73062$79,957$1,290
Saint John Fisher CollegeNYNCAA Division III with football2,60131$78,445$2,530
Southwestern Oklahoma State UniversityOKNCAA Division II with football3,65815$77,801$5,187
Whitworth UniversityWANCAA Division III with football2,24635$77,781$2,222
DeSales UniversityPANCAA Division III without football1,85424$77,569$3,232
Coahoma Community CollegeMSNJCAA Division I1,5698$75,973$9,497
Dominican College of BlauveltNYNCAA Division II without football1,33010$75,664$7,566
Pima Community CollegeAZNJCAA Division I7,47618$75,018$4,168
Whittier CollegeCANJCAA Division III1,57721$75,005$3,572
Monroe CollegeNYNJCAA Division I4,35314$74,872$5,348
California State University-East BayCANCAA Division II without football11,55318$74,196$4,122
Bakersfield CollegeCACCCAA6,36319$74,026$3,896
California Lutheran UniversityCANCAA Division III with football2,76529$73,913$2,549
Wartburg CollegeIANCAA Division III with football1,43369$73,352$1,063
Trinity Christian CollegeILNAIA Division II90325$73,202$2,928
Lane CollegeTNNCAA Division II with football1,35616$72,573$4,536
University of Puerto Rico-BayamonPRNCAA Division II without football4,28217$72,178$4,246
Albion CollegeMINCAA Division III with football1,38440$70,687$1,767
Bemidji State UniversityMNNCAA Division II with football3,40021$70,678$3,366
Dickinson State UniversityNDNAIA Division I90420$69,878$3,494
Vassar CollegeNYNCAA Division III without football2,39030$69,734$2,324
Salve Regina UniversityRINCAA Division III with football1,97530$69,161$2,305
Huston-Tillotson UniversityTXNAIA Division I91714$68,941$4,924
University of the Incarnate WordTXNCAA Division I-FCS4,48841$68,849$1,679
Dickinson CollegePANCAA Division III with football2,35647$68,778$1,463
Pratt Community CollegeKSNJCAA Division I59318$67,855$3,770
Xavier UniversityOHNCAA Division I without football4,29233$67,327$2,040
Lees-McRae CollegeNCNCAA Division II without football97816$67,151$4,197
American River CollegeCACCCAA6,25423$66,960$2,911
Sonoma State UniversityCANCAA Division II without football7,79330$66,803$2,227
Roberts Wesleyan CollegeNYNCAA Division II without football1,20739$66,721$1,711
Gallaudet UniversityDCNCAA Division III with football1,08224$65,831$2,743
SUNY CortlandNYNCAA Division III with football6,18741$65,780$1,604
The College of Saint ScholasticaMNNCAA Division III with football2,24923$65,668$2,855
Colby CollegeMENCAA Division III with football1,87939$65,501$1,680
Paradise Valley Community CollegeAZNJCAA Division II2,18513$65,136$5,010
North Central CollegeILNCAA Division III with football2,53455$64,720$1,177
Southern Oregon UniversityORNAIA Division II3,50726$63,515$2,443
Washington and Lee UniversityVANCAA Division III with football1,81829$62,709$2,162
Mercer UniversityGANCAA Division I-FCS4,01226$62,676$2,411
University of Wisconsin-WhitewaterWINCAA Division III with football10,04670$62,253$889
Robert Morris University IllinoisILNAIA Division II2,25320$62,103$3,105
University of Wisconsin-La CrosseWINCAA Division III with football9,14271$61,809$871
Bethel College-North NewtonKSNAIA Division II4419$61,484$6,832
University of La VerneCANCAA Division III with football3,81221$61,139$2,911
Lourdes UniversityOHNAIA Division II84213$60,888$4,684
University of UtahUTNCAA Division I-FBS17,08138$60,601$1,595
Upper Iowa UniversityIANCAA Division II with football2,22420$60,000$3,000
Aurora UniversityILNCAA Division III with football3,30245$59,845$1,330
SUNY College at PlattsburghNYNCAA Division III without football4,81227$59,656$2,209
Miles CollegeALNCAA Division II with football1,77118$59,533$3,307
University of Wisconsin-StoutWINCAA Division III with football6,80451$59,274$1,162
Trinity UniversityTXNCAA Division III with football2,24431$59,129$1,907
Clackamas Community CollegeORNWAC2,67316$58,869$3,679
University of Wisconsin-Stevens PointWINCAA Division III with football7,67953$58,472$1,103
Paine CollegeGANCAA Division II without football38919$58,328$3,070
Soka University of AmericaCANAIA Division I41719$57,787$3,041
Fullerton CollegeCACCCAA7,22810$57,724$5,772
Linfield College-McMinnville CampusORNCAA Division III with football1,58438$57,526$1,514
Santa Barbara City CollegeCACCCAA6,26513$56,844$4,373
Moorpark CollegeCACCCAA5,66623$56,827$2,471
Ohio Northern UniversityOHNCAA Division III with football2,04743$56,658$1,318
De Anza CollegeCACCCAA10,39227$56,378$2,088
West Los Angeles CollegeCAOther2,82521$56,336$2,683
Lewis & Clark CollegeORNCAA Division III with football2,02423$56,117$2,440
Texas CollegeTXNAIA Division I9205$56,058$11,212
Bethel UniversityMNNCAA Division III with football2,37742$55,791$1,328
William Carey UniversityMSNAIA Division I1,63015$55,486$3,699
Modesto Junior CollegeCACCCAA5,75920$54,864$2,743
The College of Saint RoseNYNCAA Division II without football2,51014$54,644$3,903
Belmont Abbey CollegeNCNCAA Division II without football1,40322$54,399$2,473
Hamilton CollegeNYNCAA Division III with football1,86628$53,915$1,926
St Olaf CollegeMNNCAA Division III with football2,98364$53,142$830
Pasadena City CollegeCACCCAA10,4017$53,126$7,589
Campbellsville UniversityKYNAIA Division I1,99725$52,980$2,119
Fort Lewis CollegeCONCAA Division II with football3,13727$52,654$1,950
Roanoke CollegeVANCAA Division III without football1,91932$52,604$1,644
Loras CollegeIANCAA Division III with football1,40055$51,558$937
Ventura CollegeCACCCAA4,26222$51,254$2,330

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

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