Analysis: Which college football program grossed the most in the U.S.


Tulane University of Louisiana, Louisiana Tech University and University of Louisiana at Lafayette top the list of highest grossing college football programs nationwide in 2016, according to a Higher Education Tribune analysis of data from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education.

Top 200 Football Programs by Revenue

Rank
State
School
Total Undergraduates
Athletes (#)
Revenue
Revenue Per Athlete
1
OK
University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus
18,218
115
$95,876,446
$833,708
2
IN
University of Notre Dame
8,480
117
$96,835,375
$827,653
3
AL
Auburn University
20,260
120
$91,652,926
$763,774
4
GA
University of Georgia
26,252
128
$93,335,288
$729,182
5
FL
Florida State University
29,051
121
$86,565,283
$715,416
6
OH
Ohio State University-Main Campus
41,666
130
$89,893,135
$691,486
7
FL
University of Florida
30,583
120
$82,791,752
$689,931
8
WI
University of Wisconsin-Madison
28,201
115
$73,548,409
$639,551
9
OR
University of Oregon
18,309
111
$66,307,082
$597,361
10
AR
University of Arkansas
19,774
122
$71,197,898
$583,589
11
CA
University of Southern California
18,070
107
$59,837,839
$559,232
12
MI
Michigan State University
35,280
118
$64,958,793
$550,498
13
MS
University of Mississippi
17,649
119
$62,681,760
$526,737
14
NE
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
19,381
139
$69,503,006
$500,022
15
IA
University of Iowa
20,690
121
$58,685,965
$485,008
16
TX
Texas Christian University
8,591
125
$58,775,636
$470,205
17
MN
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
28,782
112
$48,886,935
$436,490
18
CA
Stanford University
7,032
103
$44,469,378
$431,742
19
SC
Clemson University
17,849
121
$51,712,856
$427,379
20
UT
University of Utah
17,081
127
$51,559,243
$405,978
21
AZ
University of Arizona
29,049
113
$44,177,156
$390,948
22
TX
Baylor University
14,087
114
$43,223,215
$379,151
23
NY
Syracuse University
14,324
117
$44,182,377
$377,627
24
IL
Northwestern University
8,249
103
$38,681,564
$375,549
25
CO
University of Colorado Boulder
25,692
116
$43,529,706
$375,256
26
TX
Texas Tech University
26,588
121
$44,646,242
$368,977
27
AZ
Arizona State University-Tempe
38,761
121
$43,012,682
$355,477
28
KY
University of Louisville
12,325
121
$42,066,595
$347,658
29
WA
Washington State University
21,534
117
$40,547,097
$346,556
30
KS
Kansas State University
17,562
125
$40,887,031
$327,096
31
OR
Oregon State University
18,395
105
$33,866,008
$322,533
32
FL
The University of Miami
10,102
114
$35,358,218
$310,160
33
KS
University of Kansas
16,987
109
$33,144,217
$304,075
34
IA
Iowa State University
28,791
137
$41,584,474
$303,536
35
MS
Mississippi State University
16,134
119
$35,687,282
$299,893
36
KY
University of Kentucky
20,772
123
$36,393,185
$295,880
37
NC
Duke University
6,449
116
$33,907,896
$292,309
38
IN
Indiana University-Bloomington
31,884
128
$37,085,787
$289,733
39
TN
Vanderbilt University
6,808
104
$29,036,478
$279,197
40
MA
Boston College
9,486
105
$28,487,714
$271,312
41
MD
University of Maryland-College Park
26,174
111
$29,973,008
$270,027
42
CT
University of Connecticut
18,538
104
$25,936,445
$249,389
43
NJ
Rutgers University-New Brunswick
33,939
107
$25,423,916
$237,607
44
MO
University of Missouri-Columbia
24,060
123
$29,205,904
$237,446
45
IN
Purdue University-Main Campus
29,301
110
$26,014,107
$236,492
46
NC
Wake Forest University
4,899
110
$23,955,942
$217,781
47
UT
Brigham Young University-Provo
28,012
128
$26,116,548
$204,036
48
VA
University of Virginia-Main Campus
15,420
108
$21,136,336
$195,707
49
ID
Boise State University
12,350
112
$21,302,390
$190,200
50
WV
West Virginia University
20,524
128
$22,453,097
$175,415
51
FL
University of Central Florida
38,228
124
$21,546,497
$173,762
52
PA
Temple University
26,128
125
$20,624,125
$164,993
53
TX
Southern Methodist University
6,294
120
$17,637,584
$146,980
54
OH
University of Cincinnati-Main Campus
21,445
108
$15,491,793
$143,443
55
LA
Tulane University of Louisiana
6,487
99
$13,367,701
$135,027
56
OK
University of Tulsa
3,248
116
$15,145,884
$130,568
57
TN
University of Memphis
12,372
120
$14,713,436
$122,612
58
TX
University of Houston
25,399
122
$14,641,643
$120,013
59
CA
California State University-Fresno
18,828
112
$13,219,900
$118,035
60
NC
East Carolina University
19,698
109
$12,595,950
$115,559
61
TX
The University of Texas at Austin
37,026
125
$14,117,344
$112,939
62
CA
San Diego State University
26,530
122
$13,715,072
$112,419
63
WY
University of Wyoming
8,099
119
$13,133,784
$110,368
64
TX
Rice University
3,824
112
$12,001,178
$107,153
65
TX
The University of Texas at El Paso
13,321
119
$12,454,995
$104,664
66
NM
University of New Mexico-Main Campus
15,732
113
$11,778,648
$104,236
67
HI
University of Hawaii at Manoa
10,676
119
$11,811,670
$99,258
68
NV
University of Nevada-Las Vegas
18,237
100
$9,806,497
$98,065
69
MA
University of Massachusetts-Amherst
21,340
114
$10,457,450
$91,732
70
OH
Ohio University-Main Campus
17,794
120
$10,705,125
$89,209
71
VA
Old Dominion University
15,173
118
$10,391,676
$88,065
72
TX
University of North Texas
25,486
113
$9,917,343
$87,764
73
MI
Western Michigan University
14,999
99
$8,667,334
$87,549
74
VA
James Madison University
18,467
119
$10,111,658
$84,972
75
CA
San Jose State University
21,569
97
$8,228,106
$84,826
76
OH
University of Toledo
12,810
120
$10,046,711
$83,723
77
LA
Louisiana Tech University
7,434
100
$8,334,252
$83,343
78
UT
Utah State University
16,888
108
$8,981,573
$83,163
79
PA
Lafayette College
2,505
80
$6,581,062
$82,263
80
TN
Middle Tennessee State University
15,985
129
$10,541,364
$81,716
81
DE
University of Delaware
17,736
94
$7,654,129
$81,427
82
OH
Miami University-Oxford
16,109
111
$9,029,644
$81,348
83
NV
University of Nevada-Reno
15,390
123
$9,730,719
$79,112
84
MT
The University of Montana
7,789
110
$8,605,296
$78,230
85
KY
Western Kentucky University
12,967
114
$8,914,222
$78,195
86
MT
Montana State University
12,157
110
$8,532,272
$77,566
87
MI
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
27,833
139
$10,587,610
$76,170
88
WV
Marshall University
7,917
117
$8,905,082
$76,112
89
NY
Fordham University
8,725
93
$7,060,178
$75,916
90
FL
Florida International University
25,920
109
$8,168,032
$74,936
91
PA
Villanova University
6,469
89
$6,650,278
$74,722
92
VA
Liberty University
27,100
107
$7,934,308
$74,152
93
NC
Appalachian State University
15,450
110
$7,923,498
$72,032
94
AL
University of South Alabama
9,596
126
$9,022,485
$71,607
95
IN
Ball State University
15,018
99
$7,044,512
$71,157
96
IL
Northern Illinois University
12,323
113
$8,035,152
$71,108
97
MI
Eastern Michigan University
12,714
129
$9,033,503
$70,027
98
VA
University of Richmond
2,998
97
$6,740,937
$69,494
99
ID
University of Idaho
7,248
105
$7,283,199
$69,364
100
SC
Furman University
2,691
103
$7,131,648
$69,239
101
OH
University of Akron Main Campus
13,367
105
$7,253,770
$69,084
102
FL
Florida Atlantic University
15,715
115
$7,915,024
$68,826
103
OH
Kent State University at Kent
19,034
100
$6,861,750
$68,618
104
PA
Bucknell University
3,525
84
$5,672,257
$67,527
105
MA
College of the Holy Cross
2,689
92
$6,162,749
$66,986
106
AL
Troy University
9,329
131
$8,764,479
$66,904
107
GA
Georgia State University
19,062
119
$7,955,423
$66,852
108
NY
University at Buffalo
18,732
117
$7,796,405
$66,636
109
VA
College of William and Mary
6,206
100
$6,587,516
$65,875
110
NY
Colgate University
2,864
90
$5,899,143
$65,546
111
LA
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
12,859
133
$8,450,123
$63,535
112
MS
University of Southern Mississippi
10,242
111
$7,047,869
$63,494
113
MI
Central Michigan University
17,077
115
$7,233,254
$62,898
114
SC
Coastal Carolina University
8,828
122
$7,596,064
$62,263
115
PA
Lehigh University
4,990
90
$5,301,592
$58,907
116
TX
Texas State University
28,180
120
$6,952,086
$57,934
117
WA
Eastern Washington University
9,507
90
$5,080,398
$56,449
118
RI
University of Rhode Island
12,422
85
$4,545,687
$53,479
119
NC
Elon University
5,854
101
$5,355,620
$53,026
120
SC
Wofford College
1,664
97
$4,963,325
$51,168
121
AL
Samford University
3,204
108
$5,478,355
$50,726
122
DC
Howard University
5,553
89
$4,492,172
$50,474
123
GA
Georgia Southern University
15,912
123
$6,138,567
$49,907
124
GA
Mercer University
4,012
100
$4,931,350
$49,314
125
NY
Stony Brook University
15,729
108
$5,242,814
$48,545
126
MD
Towson University
16,827
95
$4,544,506
$47,837
127
ME
University of Maine
8,082
87
$4,161,371
$47,832
128
TN
Cumberland University
1,265
58
$2,738,002
$47,207
129
NY
University at Albany
12,387
97
$4,465,728
$46,038
130
IN
Indiana State University
9,347
90
$4,142,172
$46,024
131
FL
Bethune-Cookman University
3,583
106
$4,844,543
$45,703
132
GA
Kennesaw State University
24,171
102
$4,615,934
$45,254
133
NJ
Monmouth University
4,484
109
$4,919,009
$45,129
134
NC
North Carolina Central University
5,238
114
$5,110,609
$44,830
135
TX
University of The Incarnate Word
4,488
98
$4,358,369
$44,473
136
ND
University of North Dakota
8,787
100
$4,418,413
$44,184
137
AZ
Northern Arizona University
21,490
99
$4,277,876
$43,211
138
LA
University of Louisiana at Monroe
5,149
127
$5,394,664
$42,478
139
SC
Presbyterian College
943
104
$4,359,553
$41,919
140
TX
Lamar University
6,161
105
$4,389,388
$41,804
141
VA
Hampton University
3,652
81
$3,384,701
$41,786
142
TX
Houston Baptist University
2,160
98
$4,042,388
$41,249
143
LA
Grambling State University
3,597
84
$3,431,098
$40,846
144
CO
University of Northern Colorado
8,242
100
$4,024,251
$40,243
145
MD
Morgan State University
5,738
96
$3,805,156
$39,637
146
OH
Youngstown State University
8,618
102
$4,023,675
$39,448
147
DE
Delaware State University
3,486
81
$3,084,881
$38,085
148
TN
Tennessee State University
5,696
100
$3,807,885
$38,079
149
CT
Yale University
5,468
103
$3,884,949
$37,718
150
TX
Sam Houston State University
14,497
121
$4,520,319
$37,358
151
KY
Eastern Kentucky University
11,002
118
$4,236,561
$35,903
152
OR
Portland State University
13,698
115
$4,112,577
$35,762
153
SC
South Carolina State University
2,281
101
$3,606,733
$35,710
154
IL
Illinois State University
17,420
114
$4,016,804
$35,235
155
UT
Southern Utah University
5,601
116
$4,053,189
$34,941
156
VA
Virginia Military Institute
1,713
99
$3,440,530
$34,753
157
CT
Central Connecticut State University
7,529
95
$3,285,715
$34,586
158
UT
Weber State University
10,265
103
$3,553,197
$34,497
159
PA
Robert Morris University
3,940
89
$3,069,513
$34,489
160
TN
Austin Peay State University
6,935
104
$3,584,968
$34,471
161
TX
Stephen F Austin State University
9,571
105
$3,614,225
$34,421
162
TX
Prairie View A & M University
6,817
93
$3,165,173
$34,034
163
TX
Abilene Christian University
3,550
114
$3,867,984
$33,930
164
IA
University of Northern Iowa
9,119
105
$3,549,488
$33,805
165
KY
Murray State University
6,916
94
$3,164,078
$33,660
166
LA
Southeastern Louisiana University
9,010
115
$3,860,567
$33,570
167
RI
Bryant University
3,399
114
$3,727,218
$32,695
168
SD
University of South Dakota
4,922
111
$3,588,676
$32,330
169
ID
Idaho State University
6,498
85
$2,738,235
$32,215
170
VA
Norfolk State University
4,000
92
$2,958,047
$32,153
171
PA
Duquesne University
5,851
95
$3,046,078
$32,064
172
TN
Tennessee Technological University
8,386
100
$3,203,560
$32,036
173
IL
Western Illinois University
7,482
105
$3,258,851
$31,037
174
NC
Western Carolina University
7,814
102
$3,132,692
$30,713
175
TN
East Tennessee State University
9,333
112
$3,420,456
$30,540
176
AL
Jacksonville State University
5,392
127
$3,877,285
$30,530
177
AL
Alabama State University
4,362
99
$2,982,550
$30,127
178
SD
South Dakota State University
8,442
112
$3,356,974
$29,973
179
AL
Miles College
1,771
66
$1,955,041
$29,622
180
AR
University of Central Arkansas
7,956
106
$3,090,076
$29,152
181
MS
Alcorn State University
2,589
91
$2,645,152
$29,068
182
NH
Dartmouth College
4,230
110
$3,183,044
$28,937
183
MO
Northwest Missouri State University
4,881
127
$3,666,982
$28,874
184
TN
University of Tennessee at Martin
4,943
109
$3,140,802
$28,815
185
TX
Texas Southern University
5,776
102
$2,935,139
$28,776
186
AL
Alabama A & M University
4,211
108
$2,996,306
$27,744
187
NJ
Princeton University
5,236
118
$3,260,011
$27,627
188
PA
Saint Francis University
1,540
103
$2,841,503
$27,587
189
NC
Gardner-Webb University
1,908
107
$2,945,128
$27,525
190
DC
Georgetown University
6,874
78
$2,117,506
$27,148
191
IL
Eastern Illinois University
5,117
100
$2,704,490
$27,045
192
PA
University of Pennsylvania
10,231
107
$2,888,337
$26,994
193
SC
Charleston Southern University
2,896
132
$3,543,321
$26,843
194
MA
Harvard University
6,931
111
$2,940,824
$26,494
195
NY
LIU Post
2,838
91
$2,401,000
$26,385
196
CA
Azusa Pacific University
5,259
111
$2,842,169
$25,605
197
CT
Sacred Heart University
4,793
117
$2,850,386
$24,362
198
MO
Southeast Missouri State University
7,721
110
$2,677,134
$24,338
199
MI
Grand Valley State University
19,666
122
$2,936,809
$24,072
200
LA
McNeese State University
5,444
134
$3,210,736
$23,961

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