Illinois ranks 13th in revenue generated by college athletics


The University of Illinois sees the most revenue from athletics in Illinois with $78.4 million, according to data from the U.S. Department of Education.   Adobe Stock

Illinois ranks 13th across the country for revenue from college athletics, according to data obtained from the U.S. Department of Education.

According to data gathered by the Higher Education Tribune on revenue generated from college athletics from both public and private schools at all levels, with 51 schools, Illinois sees approximately $468.8 million in revenue. The University of Illinois brings in the most revenue in the state, with $78.4 million. If broken down per capita, Illinois sees $36 per person in revenue.

Texas has the highest total revenue from college athletics at approximately $1.15 billion, while Washington, D.C., ranks highest per capita with $155 of revenue per person in the population.

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Top Athletic Revenue by state

The table below shows how much in revenue each state sees from college athletics, according to U.S. Department of Education.

State # of schoolsTotal RevenueTop School (Revenue)
Texas67$1,148,456,207Univ. of Texas ($182,104,126)
California79$1,082,932,418Stanford Univ. ($112,036,255)
Pennsylvania98$790,745,870Penn State Univ. ($132,306,528)
New York107$731,852,458Syracuse Univ. ($82,676,041)
Florida25$728,608,326Univ. of Florida ($134,033,664)
North Carolina48$700,958,483Duke Univ. ($91,971,836)
Ohio56$631,531,521Ohio State Univ. ($169,904,847)
Virginia36$551,447,275Univ. of Virginia ($100,632,835)
Indiana40$525,937,061Univ. of Notre Dame ($134,211,095)
Alabama26$519,463,405Univ. of Alabama ($164,005,589)
Michigan35$500,970,036Univ. of Michigan ($146,219,589)
Tennessee33$499,674,723Univ. of Tennessee ($135,949,847)
Illinois51$468,796,083Univ. of Illinois ($78,395,389)
South Carolina32$443,098,894Univ. of South Carolina ($122,331,092)
Georgia42$409,579,956Univ. of Georgia ($123,841,268)
Oklahoma25$400,919,708Univ. of Oklahoma ($150,371,578)
Kentucky26$390,716,181Univ. of Kentucky ($124,006,908)
Massachusetts53$388,420,441Boston College ($71,314,082)
Louisiana21$338,502,309Louisiana State ($141,456,764)
Missouri37$333,043,125Univ. of Missouri ($91,573,174)
Iowa27$327,727,025Univ. of Iowa ($117,002,340)
Kansas24$297,552,674Univ. of Kansas ($94,697,418)
Washington17$276,069,248Univ. of Washington ($107,154,560)
Connecticut19$274,123,061Univ. of Connecticut ($79,267,924)
Oregon18$259,026,921Univ. of Oregon ($92,375,046)
Mississippi14$254,871,408Ole Miss ($98,377,760)
New Jersey28$254,394,039Rutgers Univ. ($78,845,894)
Wisconsin30$252,475,332Univ. of Wisconsin ($130,045,544)
Colorado16$236,175,589Univ. of Colorado ($77,276,890)
Arkansas19$226,806,581Univ. of Arkansas ($127,316,374)
Minnesota29$219,070,053Univ. of Minnesota ($107,705,479)
Arizona6$219,041,539Arizona State ($92,146,148)
Maryland20$217,913,969Univ. of Maryland ($94,101,697)
Utah8$211,519,726Univ. of Utah ($703,464,405)
Nebraska14$211,422,825Univ. of Nebraska ($109,967,175)
West Virginia18$188,609,309Univ. of West Virginia ($91,412,352)
Rhode Island8$105,165,854Providence College ($30,751,094)
D.C.8$104,132,542Georgetown Univ. ($37,745,393)
New Hampshire11$88,887,496Univ. of New Hampshire ($29,173,087)
Idaho6$81,912,376Idaho State ($36,099,264)
New Mexico7$75,139,554Univ. of New Mexico ($35,338,508)
North Dakota8$70,746,588North Dakota State ($25,278,776)
Nevada3$70,115,732Univ. of Nevada-Las Vegas ($39,010,843)
Montana9$68,488,192Univ. of Montana ($20,231,317)
South Dakota11$65,726,181South Dakota St. ($14,370,734)
Hawaii5$59,531,792Univ. of Hawaii ($41,997,257)
Maine14$54,717,727Univ. of Maine ($18,817,295)
Delaware5$53,413,634Univ. of Delaware ($30,851,418)
Vermont11$37,774,791Univ. of Vermont ($17,874,475)
Wyoming1$35,450,681Univ. of Wyoming ($35,450,681)
Alaska2$19,504,634Univ. of Alaska-Anchorage ($12,962,142)
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Per Capita Athletic Revenue by State

The table below shows how much revenue per capita each state sees from college athletics, according to the U.S. Department of Education.

State Total RevenuePopulationRevenue Per Person
D.C.$104,132,542672,228$155
Nebraska$211,422,8251,881,503$112
Alabama$519,463,4054,849,377$107
Iowa$327,727,0253,107,126$105
Oklahoma$400,919,7083,878,051$103
Kansas$297,552,6742,904,021$102
West Virginia$188,609,3091,850,326$102
Rhode Island$105,165,8541,055,173$100
North Dakota$70,746,588739,482$96
South Carolina$443,098,8944,832,482$92
Kentucky$390,716,1814,413,457$89
Mississippi$254,871,4082,984,926$85
Indiana$525,937,0616,596,855$80
South Dakota$65,726,181853,175$77
Tennessee$499,674,7236,549,352$76
Connecticut$274,123,0613,596,677$76
Arkansas$226,806,5812,994,079$76
Louisiana$338,502,3094,649,676$73
Utah$211,519,7262,942,902$72
North Carolina$700,958,4839,943,964$70
New Hampshire$88,887,4961,326,813$67
Montana$68,488,1921,023,579$67
Virginia$551,447,2758,326,289$66
Oregon$259,026,9213,970,239$65
Pennsylvania$790,745,87012,787,209$62
Wyoming$35,450,681584,153$61
Vermont$37,774,791626,011$60
Massachusetts$388,420,4416,745,408$58
Delaware$53,413,634935,614$57
Missouri$333,043,1256,063,589$55
Ohio$631,531,52111,594,163$54
Michigan$500,970,0369,909,877$51
Idaho$81,912,3761,634,464$50
Colorado$236,175,5895,355,856$44
Wisconsin$252,475,3325,757,564$44
Texas$1,148,456,20726,956,958$43
Hawaii$59,531,7921,419,561$42
Maine$54,717,7271,330,089$41
Georgia$409,579,95610,097,343$41
Minnesota$219,070,0535,457,173$40
Washington$276,069,2487,061,530$39
New York$731,852,45819,746,227$37
Florida$728,608,32619,893,297$37
Maryland$217,913,9695,976,407$36
Illinois$468,796,08312,880,580$36
New Mexico$75,139,5542,085,572$36
Arizona$219,041,5396,731,484$33
New Jersey$254,394,0398,938,175$28
California$1,082,932,41838,802,500$28
Alaska$19,504,634737,732$26
Nevada$70,115,7322,839,099$25

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Total Revenue by School in Illinois

The table below shows how much in revenue each school in the state sees from college athletics, according to the U.S. Department of Education.

School

Total Revenue

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign$78,395,389
Northwestern University$77,906,464
Northern Illinois University$27,329,629
DePaul University$24,462,727
Illinois State University$23,762,675
Southern Illinois University-Carbondale$23,524,171
University of Illinois at Chicago$16,250,168
Loyola University Chicago$14,188,920
Bradley University$13,593,964
Robert Morris University Illinois$12,943,667
Western Illinois University$12,231,233
Eastern Illinois University$10,859,615
McKendree University$9,145,736
Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville$8,981,826
Olivet Nazarene University$7,259,099
Quincy University$6,781,304
Lewis University$6,715,651
University of St Francis$6,588,773
Saint Xavier University$5,648,433
Chicago State University$5,453,050
University of Chicago$5,448,246
Benedictine University$4,814,980
Trinity International University-Illinois$4,770,630
Judson University$3,933,987
Wheaton College$3,814,281
Aurora University$3,653,161
North Central College$3,556,132
Augustana College$3,317,559
University of Illinois at Springfield$3,276,339
Greenville College$3,012,309
Concordia University-Chicago$2,992,125
Millikin University$2,853,095
North Park University$2,785,144
Trinity Christian College$2,735,641
Illinois Wesleyan University$2,714,073
Lake Forest College$2,632,548
Elmhurst College$2,494,609
Illinois College$2,305,829
Knox College$2,169,157
Roosevelt University$2,136,767
Dominican University$1,685,409
Monmouth College$1,441,343
Rockford University$1,387,177
Illinois Institute of Technology$1,375,553
Eureka College$1,115,076
South Suburban College$996,358
Governors State University$969,654
Blackburn College$889,392
MacMurray College$843,449
Lincoln Christian University$463,668
Spoon River College$189,898

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