Analysis: College women's golf in Illinois grosses $4.8 million

Northern Illinois University women's golf tops the list of highest grossing programs in the state, reporting $432,067 – or $48,007 per athlete – in 2016, according to a Higher Education Tribune analysis of the latest federal data.


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Northern Illinois University women's golf tops the list of highest grossing programs in the state, reporting $432,067 – or $48,007 per athlete – in 2016, followed by Bradley University ($395,655) and Northwestern University ($365,696), 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, 42 colleges have women's golf programs. In all, they grossed more than $4.8 million in 2016.

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Illinois Women's Golf Programs by Revenue

SchoolDivisionTotal UndergraduatesWomen's Golf TeamWomen's Golf RevenueRevenue per athlete
Northern Illinois UniversityNCAA Division I-FBS12,3239$432,067$48,007
Bradley UniversityNCAA Division I without football4,27812$395,655$32,971
Northwestern UniversityNCAA Division I-FBS8,24910$365,696$36,570
Southern Illinois University-CarbondaleNCAA Division I-FCS10,5099$363,339$40,371
Loyola University ChicagoNCAA Division I without football10,2619$305,117$33,902
Illinois State UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS17,4208$302,202$37,775
Western Illinois UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS7,48210$223,767$22,377
University of Illinois at ChicagoNCAA Division I without football16,4089$213,246$23,694
Chicago State UniversityNCAA Division I without football1,4645$194,233$38,847
Lewis UniversityNCAA Division II without football3,7419$171,460$19,051
University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignNCAA Division I-FBS32,1269$167,974$18,664
Robert Morris University IllinoisNAIA Division II2,25312$128,632$10,719
McKendree UniversityNCAA Division II with football1,82014$127,249$9,089
Eastern Illinois UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS5,1177$110,986$15,855
University of Illinois at SpringfieldNCAA Division II without football1,89613$94,904$7,300
University of St FrancisNAIA Division II1,3206$89,254$14,876
Quincy UniversityNCAA Division II with football1,0357$87,095$12,442
Rend Lake CollegeNJCAA Division I1,1359$86,031$9,559
Olivet Nazarene UniversityNAIA Division II3,01912$82,567$6,881
Governors State UniversityNAIA Division II1,9236$70,299$11,717
Judson UniversityNAIA Division I7868$63,381$7,923
Saint Xavier UniversityNAIA Division II2,5995$63,279$12,656
Lake Forest CollegeNCAA Division III with football1,5029$53,243$5,916
Monmouth CollegeNCAA Division III with football1,1248$52,707$6,588
Wheaton CollegeNCAA Division III with football2,4006$50,441$8,407
John A Logan CollegeNJCAA Division I1,8996$49,542$8,257
Lincoln CollegeNJCAA Division III7276$48,561$8,094
Elmhurst CollegeNCAA Division III with football2,6827$48,479$6,926
Benedictine UniversityNCAA Division III with football2,68712$46,466$3,872
Millikin UniversityNCAA Division III with football1,7966$44,452$7,409
Illinois Wesleyan UniversityNCAA Division III with football1,76010$38,766$3,877
Trinity Christian CollegeNAIA Division II9035$37,372$7,474
North Central CollegeNCAA Division III with football2,53410$36,448$3,645
Knox CollegeNCAA Division III with football1,3253$31,030$10,343
Illinois CollegeNCAA Division III with football9496$30,463$5,077
Augustana CollegeNCAA Division III with football2,51412$30,206$2,517
Aurora UniversityNCAA Division III with football3,3029$29,431$3,270
Carl Sandburg CollegeNJCAA Division II9294$24,945$6,236
Kaskaskia CollegeNJCAA Division I1,2335$22,830$4,566
MacMurray CollegeNCAA Division III with football5315$13,456$2,691
Greenville CollegeNCAA Division III with football9131$4,978$4,978
Eureka CollegeNCAA Division III with football6448$1,522$190
Source: U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education

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