Northwestern University ranks No. 1 in U.S. for athletic student aid spending


Northwestern University ranks No. 1 in the nation in per-capita spending on student aid for sports teams, according to an Illinois Business Daily analysis of recent U.S. Department of Education data.

Among the 100 schools ranked in the analysis, Northwestern spent an average of $40,057 per player -- for a total of nearly $19.1 million -- in 2016, the latest year for which federal data was available.

Among other Illinois schools, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ranked 47th and spent $20,985 per player, or more than $12.5 million total. And DePaul University, No. 57 in the ranking, spent $20,333 per player, for a total of more than $6.2 million.

The college with the second-highest per-capita spending in the U.S. was Tulane University of Louisiana, which handed out $39,767 per player, or a total of more than $14.8 million.

The analyzed data came from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education, which collects athletics data each year from more than 2,000 colleges receiving federal financial aid.

More than 1,300 of those schools provide student aid to players on sports teams. In all, they spent more than $3.88 billion in 2016 on aid for 425,849 players.

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Top 100 schools: athletic student aid

SchoolStateDivisionUndergraduate EnrollmentTotal Athletic Student AidTotal Team ParticipationAthletic Student Aid Per Athlete
Northwestern UniversityILNCAA Division I-FBS8,249$19,147,191478$40,057
Tulane University of LouisianaLANCAA Division I-FBS6,487$14,872,987374$39,767
Vanderbilt UniversityTNNCAA Division I-FBS6,808$15,314,915388$39,471
University of MiamiFLNCAA Division I-FBS10,102$18,257,406480$38,036
Southern Methodist UniversityTXNCAA Division I-FBS6,294$18,886,345497$38,001
Wake Forest UniversityNCNCAA Division I-FBS4,899$15,579,981489$31,861
University of DenverCONCAA Division I without football5,478$11,096,902350$31,705
Texas Christian UniversityTXNCAA Division I-FBS8,591$17,933,026590$30,395
University of TulsaOKNCAA Division I-FBS3,248$15,667,872539$29,068
University of San FranciscoCANCAA Division I without football6,413$6,875,390237$29,010
Rice UniversityTXNCAA Division I-FBS3,824$13,293,192471$28,223
University of Maryland-College ParkMDNCAA Division I-FBS26,174$16,107,829576$27,965
Seton Hall UniversityNJNCAA Division I without football5,484$6,918,316253$27,345
University of Southern CaliforniaCANCAA Division I-FBS18,070$17,253,531638$27,043
University of Notre DameINNCAA Division I-FBS8,480$22,220,387834$26,643
Auburn UniversityALNCAA Division I-FBS20,260$15,656,581591$26,492
Syracuse UniversityNYNCAA Division I-FBS14,324$17,462,897671$26,025
Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical CollegeLANCAA Division I-FBS23,036$14,601,115569$25,661
Hofstra UniversityNYNCAA Division I without football6,462$8,117,809317$25,608
Clemson UniversitySCNCAA Division I-FBS17,849$15,419,417604$25,529
Duke UniversityNCNCAA Division I-FBS6,449$19,400,134779$24,904
Stanford UniversityCANCAA Division I-FBS7,032$24,263,866981$24,734
University of ArizonaAZNCAA Division I-FBS29,049$13,582,532559$24,298
University of the PacificCANCAA Division I without football3,375$8,493,155351$24,197
Temple UniversityPANCAA Division I-FBS26,128$12,686,976528$24,028
Quinnipiac UniversityCTNCAA Division I without football6,784$12,196,038516$23,636
Baylor UniversityTXNCAA Division I-FBS14,087$16,244,494691$23,509
Boston CollegeMANCAA Division I-FBS9,486$20,249,852867$23,356
LIU BrooklynNYNCAA Division I without football3,749$7,379,132318$23,205
Boston UniversityMANCAA Division I without football16,199$16,457,555710$23,180
Furman UniversitySCNCAA Division I-FCS2,691$12,640,760548$23,067
Wofford CollegeSCNCAA Division I-FCS1,664$8,783,013382$22,992
Pepperdine UniversityCANCAA Division I without football3,220$8,138,310357$22,796
Menlo CollegeCANAIA Division I760$5,416,127245$22,107
University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh CampusPANCAA Division I-FBS18,129$13,517,197612$22,087
University of RichmondVANCAA Division I-FCS2,998$10,128,304459$22,066
University of Colorado BoulderCONCAA Division I-FBS25,692$10,878,459494$22,021
University of Virginia-Main CampusVANCAA Division I-FBS15,420$17,645,078805$21,919
University of Michigan-Ann ArborMINCAA Division I-FBS27,833$24,577,2581,122$21,905
Northeastern UniversityMANCAA Division I without football13,345$12,638,075578$21,865
Loyola Marymount UniversityCANCAA Division I without football5,987$8,827,859404$21,851
St John's University-New YorkNYNCAA Division I without football11,468$8,069,291372$21,692
The University of Tennessee-KnoxvilleTNNCAA Division I-FBS20,719$13,516,363630$21,455
Pennsylvania State University-Main CampusPANCAA Division I-FBS39,883$20,084,738940$21,367
Elon UniversityNCNCAA Division I-FCS5,854$9,249,834436$21,215
University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignILNCAA Division I-FBS32,126$12,506,785596$20,985
Mississippi State UniversityMSNCAA Division I-FBS16,134$9,415,716455$20,694
George Washington UniversityDCNCAA Division I without football10,343$11,402,340554$20,582
Providence CollegeRINCAA Division I without football3,768$9,383,174456$20,577
Drexel UniversityPANCAA Division I without football13,258$9,675,175472$20,498
University of KentuckyKYNCAA Division I-FBS20,772$11,993,764586$20,467
Hope International UniversityCANAIA Division I726$4,091,976200$20,460
University of EvansvilleINNCAA Division I without football2,015$4,988,591244$20,445
University of ConnecticutCTNCAA Division I-FBS18,538$15,959,923781$20,435
Cumberland UniversityTNNAIA Division I1,265$6,373,030312$20,426
DePaul UniversityILNCAA Division I without football13,126$6,221,958306$20,333
The University of AlabamaALNCAA Division I-FBS29,071$15,887,597785$20,239
University of OregonORNCAA Division I-FBS18,309$11,226,560561$20,012
Middle Tennessee State UniversityTNNCAA Division I-FBS15,985$8,376,019424$19,755
West Virginia UniversityWVNCAA Division I-FBS20,524$11,076,068564$19,638
University of Oklahoma-Norman CampusOKNCAA Division I-FBS18,218$13,808,619704$19,615
University of ToledoOHNCAA Division I-FBS12,810$8,985,319461$19,491
Mercer UniversityGANCAA Division I-FCS4,012$8,568,989441$19,431
Old Dominion UniversityVANCAA Division I-FBS15,173$9,345,355482$19,389
University of MississippiMSNCAA Division I-FBS17,649$9,698,230501$19,358
Georgia Institute of Technology-Main CampusGANCAA Division I-FBS13,698$10,415,257539$19,323
University of Central FloridaFLNCAA Division I-FBS38,228$9,324,382491$18,991
Fairleigh Dickinson University-Metropolitan CampusNJNCAA Division I without football2,329$5,465,295289$18,911
University of UtahUTNCAA Division I-FBS17,081$9,944,679528$18,835
Fordham UniversityNYNCAA Division I-FCS8,725$14,013,799745$18,810
The University of Texas at El PasoTXNCAA Division I-FBS13,321$6,591,247352$18,725
Indiana University-BloomingtonINNCAA Division I-FBS31,884$15,526,886830$18,707
Western Michigan UniversityMINCAA Division I-FBS14,999$8,372,112449$18,646
Samford UniversityALNCAA Division I-FCS3,204$8,207,400441$18,611
Purdue University-Main CampusINNCAA Division I-FBS29,301$11,091,949596$18,611
Saint Mary's College of CaliforniaCANCAA Division I without football2,590$6,359,057344$18,486
University of GeorgiaGANCAA Division I-FBS26,252$12,235,297663$18,454
North Carolina State University at RaleighNCNCAA Division I-FBS20,818$11,511,295627$18,359
Colgate UniversityNYNCAA Division I-FCS2,864$12,712,847693$18,345
Arizona State University-TempeAZNCAA Division I-FBS38,761$12,973,531717$18,094
University of ArkansasARNCAA Division I-FBS19,774$11,222,345621$18,071
University of Hawaii at ManoaHINCAA Division I-FBS10,676$10,000,316554$18,051
Ball State UniversityINNCAA Division I-FBS15,018$8,368,035466$17,957
Miami University-OxfordOHNCAA Division I-FBS16,109$11,088,804622$17,828
Oregon State UniversityORNCAA Division I-FBS18,395$10,093,018570$17,707
Houston Baptist UniversityTXNCAA Division I-FCS2,160$7,049,773404$17,450
Rutgers University-New BrunswickNJNCAA Division I-FBS33,939$12,886,190741$17,390
Colorado State University-Fort CollinsCONCAA Division I-FBS21,211$8,884,298513$17,318
University of California-Los AngelesCANCAA Division I-FBS30,329$13,932,973810$17,201
University of FloridaFLNCAA Division I-FBS30,583$11,276,380659$17,111
University of Washington-Seattle CampusWANCAA Division I-FBS28,165$12,863,959752$17,106
University of Nevada-Las VegasNVNCAA Division I-FBS18,237$8,000,025469$17,058
Harcum CollegePAOther1,078$1,653,18997$17,043
University of LouisvilleKYNCAA Division I-FBS12,325$12,156,890714$17,026
University of Alabama at BirminghamALNCAA Division I-FBS8,941$4,968,564292$17,016
Ohio State University-Main CampusOHNCAA Division I-FBS41,666$19,435,2761,146$16,959
Northern Illinois UniversityILNCAA Division I-FBS12,323$7,757,914458$16,939
University of Wisconsin-MadisonWINCAA Division I-FBS28,201$15,356,203908$16,912
Martin Methodist CollegeTNNAIA Division I873$3,056,741182$16,795
Washington State UniversityWANCAA Division I-FBS21,534$10,637,993634$16,779
Source: U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education

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