Analysis: Which college football program grossed the most in Illinois


Northwestern University, Northern Illinois University and Illinois State University top the list of highest grossing college football programs in Illinois in 2016, according to a Higher Education Tribune analysis of the latest federal data from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education.

Illinois Football Programs by Revenue

Rank
School
Division
Athletes (#)
Revenue
Revenue Per Athlete
1
Northwestern University
NCAA Division I-FBS
103
$38,681,564
$375,549
2
Northern Illinois University
NCAA Division I-FBS
113
$8,035,152
$71,108
3
Illinois State University
NCAA Division I-FCS
114
$4,016,804
$35,235
4
Western Illinois University
NCAA Division I-FCS
105
$3,258,851
$31,037
5
Eastern Illinois University
NCAA Division I-FCS
100
$2,704,490
$27,045
6
Robert Morris University Illinois
NAIA Division II
190
$3,157,992
$16,621
7
University of St Francis
NAIA Division II
99
$1,428,374
$14,428
8
Quincy University
NCAA Division II with football
115
$1,569,700
$13,650
9
Saint Xavier University
NAIA Division II
80
$1,085,254
$13,566
10
Olivet Nazarene University
NAIA Division II
117
$1,442,785
$12,332
11
McKendree University
NCAA Division II with football
148
$1,667,870
$11,269
12
The University of Chicago
NCAA Division III with football
99
$667,320
$6,741
13
Millikin University
NCAA Division III with football
102
$606,674
$5,948
14
Knox College Gender and Women's Studies
NCAA Division III with football
55
$326,779
$5,941
15
Concordia University-Chicago
NCAA Division III with football
82
$448,175
$5,466
16
Wheaton College
NCAA Division III with football
112
$589,030
$5,259
17
Benedictine University, Lisle, IL
NCAA Division III with football
105
$547,730
$5,216
18
North Central College
NCAA Division III with football
132
$676,125
$5,122
19
Augustana College
NCAA Division III with football
127
$592,355
$4,664
20
Greenville College
NCAA Division III with football
87
$397,006
$4,563
21
Aurora University
NCAA Division III with football
111
$501,877
$4,521
22
Musician/North Park University
NCAA Division III with football
107
$475,315
$4,442
23
Lake Forest College
NCAA Division III with football
83
$364,573
$4,392
24
Macmurray College
NCAA Division III with football
82
$344,656
$4,203
25
Monmouth College
NCAA Division III with football
97
$396,530
$4,088
26
Elmhurst College
NCAA Division III with football
124
$481,220
$3,881
27
Illinois College
NCAA Division III with football
105
$398,359
$3,794
28
Rockford University
NCAA Division III with football
79
$267,005
$3,380
29
Illinois Wesleyan University
NCAA Division III with football
113
$379,453
$3,358
30
College of Dupage
NJCAA Division III
97
$318,223
$3,281
31
Eureka College
NCAA Division III with football
72
$225,072
$3,126

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Organizations in this Story

Augustana College Aurora University Benedictine University, Lisle, IL College of Dupage Concordia University-Chicago Eastern Illinois University Elmhurst College Eureka College Greenville College Illinois College Illinois State University Illinois Wesleyan University Knox College Gender and Women's Studies Lake Forest College Macmurray College McKendree University Millikin University Monmouth College Musician/North Park University North Central College Northern Illinois University Northwestern University Olivet Nazarene University Quincy University Robert Morris University Illinois Rockford University Saint Xavier University The University of Chicago University of St Francis Western Illinois University Wheaton College

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