Analysis: College men's golf in Illinois grosses $6.5 million

University of Illinois men's golf tops the list of highest grossing programs in the state, reporting $705,097 – or $100,728 per athlete – in 2016, followed by Northern Illinois University ($523,421) and DePaul University ($461,860), 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, 61 colleges have men's golf programs. In all, they grossed nearly $6.5 million in 2016.


Illinois Men's Golf Programs by Revenue

SchoolDivisionTotal UndergraduatesMen's Golf TeamMen's Golf RevenueRevenue per athlete
University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignNCAA Division I-FBS32,1267$705,097$100,728
Northern Illinois UniversityNCAA Division I-FBS12,32311$523,421$47,584
DePaul UniversityNCAA Division I without football13,12610$461,860$46,186
Northwestern UniversityNCAA Division I-FBS8,2499$377,079$41,898
Illinois State UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS17,4208$277,160$34,645
Southern Illinois University-CarbondaleNCAA Division I-FCS10,5099$262,769$29,197
Bradley UniversityNCAA Division I without football4,27812$242,805$20,234
Loyola University ChicagoNCAA Division I without football10,2619$226,235$25,137
Southern Illinois University-EdwardsvilleNCAA Division I without football9,8839$206,843$22,983
Western Illinois UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS7,48210$198,288$19,829
Lewis UniversityNCAA Division II without football3,74110$166,959$16,696
McKendree UniversityNCAA Division II with football1,82028$124,280$4,439
Rend Lake CollegeNJCAA Division I1,1359$117,586$13,065
Eastern Illinois UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS5,1178$109,995$13,749
Chicago State UniversityNCAA Division I without football1,4648$107,858$13,482
Roosevelt UniversityNAIA Division II2,2507$107,111$15,302
Robert Morris University IllinoisNAIA Division II2,25314$102,036$7,288
Judson UniversityNAIA Division I78613$96,431$7,418
University of St FrancisNAIA Division II1,3208$96,141$12,018
Parkland CollegeNJCAA Division II2,9789$93,205$10,356
Trinity Christian CollegeNAIA Division II90310$90,872$9,087
Lincoln CollegeNJCAA Division III7278$84,010$10,501
Quincy UniversityNCAA Division II with football1,03510$83,636$8,364
Olivet Nazarene UniversityNAIA Division II3,01912$82,567$6,881
Governors State UniversityNAIA Division II1,9238$75,486$9,436
Saint Xavier UniversityNAIA Division II2,5995$75,067$15,013
North Central CollegeNCAA Division III with football2,53419$70,290$3,699
Black Hawk CollegeNJCAA Division II1,90912$70,031$5,836
University of Illinois at SpringfieldNCAA Division II without football1,89612$68,868$5,739
John A Logan CollegeNJCAA Division I1,8998$68,689$8,586
Lake Forest CollegeNCAA Division III with football1,50214$65,860$4,704
Illinois Central CollegeNJCAA Division II3,0827$65,414$9,345
Monmouth CollegeNCAA Division III with football1,12413$64,574$4,967
Benedictine UniversityNCAA Division III with football2,68722$58,971$2,681
North Park UniversityNCAA Division III with football1,8847$58,689$8,384
Wheaton CollegeNCAA Division III with football2,4009$57,034$6,337
Millikin UniversityNCAA Division III with football1,79613$53,083$4,083
Dominican UniversityNCAA Division III without football2,1018$52,252$6,532
Illinois Valley Community CollegeNJCAA Division II1,2565$51,694$10,339
Illinois Wesleyan UniversityNCAA Division III with football1,76014$51,450$3,675
Augustana CollegeNCAA Division III with football2,51412$45,934$3,828
Moraine Valley Community CollegeNJCAA Division II6,1866$42,066$7,011
Elmhurst CollegeNCAA Division III with football2,68212$39,845$3,320
Highland Community CollegeNJCAA Division I823

Waubonsee Community CollegeNJCAA Division II3,1016$36,651$6,109
Knox CollegeNCAA Division III with football1,3257$36,539$5,220
Lewis and Clark Community CollegeNJCAA Division I1,7316$35,805$5,968
Carl Sandburg CollegeNJCAA Division II9296$33,504$5,584
Lincoln Trail CollegeNJCAA Division I3867$31,782$4,540
Illinois CollegeNCAA Division III with football94913$31,575$2,429
College of DuPageNJCAA Division III6,3358$31,269$3,909
Oakton Community CollegeNJCAA Division II2,5965$30,156$6,031
Kaskaskia CollegeNJCAA Division I1,2336$26,001$4,334
Aurora UniversityNCAA Division III with football3,30217$23,452$1,380
College of Lake CountyNJCAA Division II3,8088$23,281$2,910
Blackburn CollegeNCAA Division III without football5698$22,093$2,762
Sauk Valley Community CollegeNJCAA Division I7924$18,442$4,611
MacMurray CollegeNCAA Division III with football53110$15,936$1,594
Greenville CollegeNCAA Division III with football9136$15,446$2,574
Elgin Community CollegeNJCAA Division III3,0082$14,294$7,147
Eureka CollegeNCAA Division III with football64415$2,823$188

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