College softball earns $19.6 million for Illinois schools

DePaul University, Illinois State University and Bradley University top the list of highest grossing programs in Illinois, according to a Higher Education Tribune analysis of the latest federal data.

DePaul University softball tops the list of highest grossing programs in Illinois, reporting more than $1.3 million – or $63,791 per athlete – in 2016, followed by Illinois State University ($924,253), and Bradley University ($913,828), 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.

In Illinois, 84 schools have softball programs, grossing $19.6 million in 2016.


Top Illinois softball programs by revenue

SchoolDivisionTotal undergraduatesSoftball playersSoftball team revenueRevenue per athlete

DePaul UniversityNCAA Division I without football13,12621$1,339,619$63,791
Illinois State UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS17,42026$924,253$35,548
Bradley UniversityNCAA Division I without football4,27820$913,828$45,691
University of Illinois at ChicagoNCAA Division I without football16,40819$855,034$45,002
Southern Illinois University-CarbondaleNCAA Division I-FCS10,50916$783,139$48,946
Northern Illinois UniversityNCAA Division I-FBS12,32323$756,560$32,894
Loyola University ChicagoNCAA Division I without football10,26117$755,902$44,465
Southern Illinois University-EdwardsvilleNCAA Division I without football9,88321$710,260$33,822
Robert Morris University IllinoisNAIA Division II2,25341$575,116$14,027
Eastern Illinois UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS5,11721$567,810$27,039
Western Illinois UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS7,48220$531,674$26,584
McKendree UniversityNCAA Division II with football1,82035$438,554$12,530
University of St FrancisNAIA Division II1,32017$398,409$23,436
Benedictine UniversityNCAA Division III with football2,68755$358,757$6,523
Lewis UniversityNCAA Division II without football3,74119$353,525$18,607
Saint Xavier UniversityNAIA Division II2,59917$345,267$20,310
University of Illinois at SpringfieldNCAA Division II without football1,89622$309,221$14,056
Olivet Nazarene UniversityNAIA Division II3,01915$299,071$19,938
Quincy UniversityNCAA Division II with football1,03522$277,974$12,635
Judson UniversityNAIA Division I78621$271,146$12,912
Wabash Valley CollegeNJCAA Division I46419$263,697$13,879
Trinity International University-IllinoisNAIA Division I63115$262,441$17,496
Kankakee Community CollegeNJCAA Division II1,06415$239,201$15,947
University of ChicagoNCAA Division III with football5,95615$234,355$15,624
Lake Land CollegeNJCAA Division I2,26121$225,154$10,722
University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignNCAA Division I-FBS32,12624$213,218$8,884
Lincoln CollegeNJCAA Division III72716$200,038$12,502
Lincoln Land Community CollegeNJCAA Division II2,26917$196,408$11,553
Augustana CollegeNCAA Division III with football2,51426$189,243$7,279
Heartland Community CollegeNJCAA Division II2,10722$183,575$8,344
Danville Area Community CollegeNJCAA Division II97316$181,441$11,340
Illinois Central CollegeNJCAA Division II3,08214$176,463$12,605
Southwestern Illinois CollegeNJCAA Division I3,86017$175,471$10,322
John A Logan CollegeNJCAA Division I1,89914$171,521$12,252
Lincoln Trail CollegeNJCAA Division I38619$167,694$8,826
Greenville CollegeNCAA Division III with football91319$165,510$8,711
Roosevelt UniversityNAIA Division II2,25018$164,156$9,120
Kaskaskia CollegeNJCAA Division I1,23316$158,570$9,911
Rend Lake CollegeNJCAA Division I1,13516$156,171$9,761
Trinity Christian CollegeNAIA Division II90311$156,020$14,184
Illinois Wesleyan UniversityNCAA Division III with football1,76022$151,579$6,890
Aurora UniversityNCAA Division III with football3,30231$147,592$4,761
Wheaton CollegeNCAA Division III with football2,40015$134,724$8,982
South Suburban CollegeNJCAA Division II1,32817$130,048$7,650
North Central CollegeNCAA Division III with football2,53415$126,372$8,425
Millikin UniversityNCAA Division III with football1,79623$124,016$5,392
Concordia University-ChicagoNCAA Division III with football1,35516$122,021$7,626
Dominican UniversityNCAA Division III without football2,10122$118,868$5,403
Olney Central CollegeNJCAA Division I47921$117,821$5,611
Parkland CollegeNJCAA Division II2,97818$116,970$6,498
Carl Sandburg CollegeNJCAA Division II92920$116,108$5,805
Frontier Community CollegeNJCAA Division I25713$111,273$8,559
Elmhurst CollegeNCAA Division III with football2,68218$105,964$5,887
North Park UniversityNCAA Division III with football1,88418$103,187$5,733
Lake Forest CollegeNCAA Division III with football1,50221$98,815$4,705
Sauk Valley Community CollegeNJCAA Division I79217$96,937$5,702
Lewis and Clark Community CollegeNJCAA Division I1,73112$96,436$8,036
Illinois CollegeNCAA Division III with football94924$96,093$4,004
Illinois Valley Community CollegeNJCAA Division II1,25613$93,765$7,213
Shawnee Community CollegeNJCAA Division I73920$93,435$4,672
Knox CollegeNCAA Division III with football1,32513$92,134$7,087
Southeastern Illinois CollegeNJCAA Division I45714$88,655$6,333
Rockford UniversityNCAA Division III with football90910$88,209$8,821
John Wood Community CollegeNJCAA Division II96513$85,473$6,575
Waubonsee Community CollegeNJCAA Division II3,10115$83,517$5,568
Monmouth CollegeNCAA Division III with football1,12423$83,483$3,630
Triton CollegeOther3,10722$80,597$3,664
College of DuPageNJCAA Division III6,33516$80,537$5,034
Kishwaukee CollegeNJCAA Division II1,57013$76,250$5,865
MacMurray CollegeNCAA Division III with football53115$74,607$4,974
Joliet Junior CollegeNJCAA Division III4,98816$72,075$4,505
Prairie State CollegeNJCAA Division II1,40014$71,499$5,107
Northwestern UniversityNCAA Division I-FBS8,24920$70,771$3,539
Black Hawk CollegeNJCAA Division II1,90912$70,267$5,856
McHenry County CollegeNJCAA Division II1,94415$63,970$4,265
Spoon River CollegeNJCAA Division II72716$60,140$3,759
Blackburn CollegeNCAA Division III without football56918$59,458$3,303
Moraine Valley Community CollegeNJCAA Division II6,18617$53,792$3,164
Highland Community CollegeNJCAA Division I82321$49,175$2,342
Rock Valley CollegeNJCAA Division III2,99923$48,399$2,104
Eureka CollegeNCAA Division III with football64412$47,058$3,922
Morton CollegeNJCAA Division II1,25311$41,624$3,784
Oakton Community CollegeNJCAA Division II2,59613$36,695$2,823
William Rainey Harper CollegeNJCAA Division III4,33114$24,786$1,770
Source: U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education

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