College wrestling earned $3.5 million for Illinois schools in 2016

Northern Illinois University wrestling brought in $17,428 per athlete in revenue in 2016, making it among the highest-grossing wrestling programs in Illinois that year, according to a Business Daily analysis of U.S. Department of Education data.

The university’s wrestling program brought in a total of $592,541 in 2016. 

The agency's office of postsecondary education collects athletics data annually from all institutions with intercollegiate athletics programs that receive funding through federal financial aid programs. Data for 2016 – the latest year available – includes more than 2,000 schools nationwide.

Illinois' 15 schools with wrestling programs reported $3,478,792  in revenue in 2016.


Illinois college wrestling revenue

RankSchoolDivisionTotal UndergraduatesWrestling Total ParticipationWrestling Total RevenueRevenue per Athlete
1Northern Illinois UniversityNCAA Division I-FBS12,32334$592,541$17,428
2Southern Illinois University-EdwardsvilleNCAA Division I without football9,88329$464,067$16,002
3McKendree UniversityNCAA Division II with football1,82041$528,164$12,882
4Northwestern UniversityNCAA Division I-FBS8,24920$224,988$11,249
5Lincoln CollegeNJCAA Division III72726$260,536$10,021
6Wheaton CollegeNCAA Division III with football2,40022$188,244$8,557
7MacMurray CollegeNCAA Division III with football53119$142,819$7,517
8University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignNCAA Division I-FBS32,12629$195,130$6,729
9Millikin UniversityNCAA Division III with football1,79635$231,640$6,618
10University of ChicagoNCAA Division III with football5,95628$171,399$6,121
11Augustana CollegeNCAA Division III with football2,51432$136,841$4,276
12North Central CollegeNCAA Division III with football2,53436$131,232$3,645
13Elmhurst CollegeNCAA Division III with football2,68235$112,425$3,212
14William Rainey Harper CollegeNJCAA Division III4,33122$52,840$2,402
15Triton CollegeOther3,10729$45,926$1,584
Source: U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education

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