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Analysis: College baseball in Illinois grosses $24.8 million


By LGIS Newsfeed | May 4, 2018


Robert Morris University baseball tops the list of highest grossing programs in Illinois, reporting more than $1.3 million – or $10,678 per athlete – in 2016, followed by Bradley University ($1.2 million), and University of Illinois at Chicago ($980,248), 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, 87 schools have baseball programs, grossing nearly $24.8 million in 2016.


Top Illinois baseball programs by revenue

SchoolDivisionTotal UndergraduatesBaseball playersBaseball team revenueRevenue per athlete
Robert Morris University IllinoisNAIA Division II2,253126$1,345,435$10,678
Bradley UniversityNCAA Division I without football4,27836$1,197,127$33,254
University of Illinois at ChicagoNCAA Division I without football16,40835$980,248$28,007
Illinois State UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS17,42041$893,216$21,786
Northern Illinois UniversityNCAA Division I-FBS12,32335$861,772$24,622
Southern Illinois University-CarbondaleNCAA Division I-FCS10,50934$768,992$22,617
Benedictine UniversityNCAA Division III with football2,687105$742,910$7,075
Eastern Illinois UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS5,11735$680,739$19,450
Quincy UniversityNCAA Division II with football1,03562$666,160$10,745
Southern Illinois University-EdwardsvilleNCAA Division I without football9,88334$663,777$19,523
Western Illinois UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS7,48232$609,074$19,034
Judson UniversityNAIA Division I78645$540,106$12,002
McKendree UniversityNCAA Division II with football1,82041$538,716$13,139
Saint Xavier UniversityNAIA Division II2,59937$497,594$13,448
University of St FrancisNAIA Division II1,32033$493,664$14,960
Lewis UniversityNCAA Division II without football3,74134$482,781$14,199
Chicago State UniversityNCAA Division I without football1,46423$406,348$17,667
Olivet Nazarene UniversityNAIA Division II3,01930$393,492$13,116
Concordia University-ChicagoNCAA Division III with football1,35531$370,188$11,942
University of Illinois at SpringfieldNCAA Division II without football1,89640$360,548$9,014
University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignNCAA Division I-FBS32,12635$360,506$10,300
Trinity Christian CollegeNAIA Division II90331$357,918$11,546
Trinity International University-IllinoisNAIA Division I63124$337,542$14,064
North Central CollegeNCAA Division III with football2,53448$333,327$6,944
Southwestern Illinois CollegeNJCAA Division I3,86033$330,866$10,026
Northwestern UniversityNCAA Division I-FBS8,24931$307,866$9,931
John A Logan CollegeNJCAA Division I1,89934$302,450$8,896
Kankakee Community CollegeNJCAA Division II1,06428$299,530$10,698
Lincoln CollegeNJCAA Division III72724$297,115$12,380
Augustana CollegeNCAA Division III with football2,51459$270,835$4,590
South Suburban CollegeNJCAA Division II1,32837$251,477$6,797
Rockford UniversityNCAA Division III with football90948$248,865$5,185
Lincoln Trail CollegeNJCAA Division I38635$245,949$7,027
North Park UniversityNCAA Division III with football1,88440$239,204$5,980
Rend Lake CollegeNJCAA Division I1,13531$224,519$7,243
Wabash Valley CollegeNJCAA Division I46436$222,712$6,186
Roosevelt UniversityNAIA Division II2,25025$219,187$8,767
Parkland CollegeNJCAA Division II2,97838$217,246$5,717
Wheaton CollegeNCAA Division III with football2,40034$215,267$6,331
Heartland Community CollegeNJCAA Division II2,10737$208,387$5,632
Lincoln Land Community CollegeNJCAA Division II2,26923$208,001$9,044
University of ChicagoNCAA Division III with football5,95635$205,692$5,877
Olney Central CollegeNJCAA Division I47945$205,315$4,563
Lake Land CollegeNJCAA Division I2,26124$201,342$8,389
Lewis and Clark Community CollegeNJCAA Division I1,73128$199,052$7,109
Aurora UniversityNCAA Division III with football3,30246$197,054$4,284
Illinois Central CollegeNJCAA Division II3,08236$191,911$5,331
Kaskaskia CollegeNJCAA Division I1,23327$189,574$7,021
Millikin UniversityNCAA Division III with football1,79646$186,997$4,065
Frontier Community CollegeNJCAA Division I25726$177,174$6,814
Danville Area Community CollegeNJCAA Division II97326$168,985$6,499
Illinois CollegeNCAA Division III with football94944$166,698$3,789
Dominican UniversityNCAA Division III without football2,10125$157,674$6,307
Joliet Junior CollegeNJCAA Division III4,98829$157,542$5,432
Illinois Institute of TechnologyNCAA Division III without football2,70926$149,443$5,748
Knox CollegeNCAA Division III with football1,32536$145,932$4,054
Carl Sandburg CollegeNJCAA Division II92928$143,167$5,113
Greenville CollegeNCAA Division III with football91330$139,784$4,659
Illinois Wesleyan UniversityNCAA Division III with football1,76039$138,623$3,554
Black Hawk CollegeNJCAA Division II1,90932$133,738$4,179
John Wood Community CollegeNJCAA Division II96525$122,233$4,889
College of DuPageNJCAA Division III6,33537$121,644$3,288
Blackburn CollegeNCAA Division III without football56926$118,887$4,573
Southeastern Illinois CollegeNJCAA Division I45731$116,154$3,747
Kishwaukee CollegeNJCAA Division II1,57026$114,962$4,422
Shawnee Community CollegeNJCAA Division I73920$106,764$5,338
Morton CollegeNJCAA Division II1,25325$104,108$4,164
Elmhurst CollegeNCAA Division III with football2,68228$104,016$3,715
Moraine Valley Community CollegeNJCAA Division II6,18626$101,567$3,906
Oakton Community CollegeNJCAA Division II2,59637$100,350$2,712
MacMurray CollegeNCAA Division III with football53142$97,817$2,329
McHenry County CollegeNJCAA Division II1,94432$97,127$3,035
College of Lake CountyNJCAA Division II3,80823$94,666$4,116
Monmouth CollegeNCAA Division III with football1,12442$91,957$2,189
Elgin Community CollegeNJCAA Division III3,00829$91,238$3,146
Triton CollegeOther3,10732$85,573$2,674
Illinois Valley Community CollegeNJCAA Division II1,25624$80,756$3,365
Eureka CollegeNCAA Division III with football64434$79,474$2,337
Spoon River CollegeNJCAA Division II72727$74,960$2,776
Prairie State CollegeNJCAA Division II1,40018$67,148$3,730
Highland Community CollegeNJCAA Division I82336$63,523$1,765
Lincoln Christian UniversityNAIA Division II35714$63,115$4,508
Sauk Valley Community CollegeNJCAA Division I79215$62,473$4,165
City Colleges of Chicago-Olive-Harvey CollegeNJCAA Division II78113$61,782$4,752
Waubonsee Community CollegeNJCAA Division II3,10127$58,294$2,159
Rock Valley CollegeNJCAA Division III2,99925$34,561$1,382
William Rainey Harper CollegeNJCAA Division III4,33125$32,887$1,315
Source: U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education

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