Analysis: Ohio State athletes No. 1 in state for economic impact


Ohio State University sports programs brought in $167,510 per athlete in revenue in 2016, meaning its athletes on average generated the most sports revenue of any school in Ohio that year, according to an Ohio Business Daily analysis of U.S. Department of Education data.

The university’s sports programs brought in a total of $175,885,823 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.

Ohio's 68 schools with money-generating sports programs reported $676.284,068  in sports revenue in 2016.

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Ohio college sports revenue

RankSchoolTotal UndergraduatesSports Total ParticipationTotal Sports RevenueRevenue per Athlete
1Ohio State University-Main Campus41,6661050$175,885,823$167,510
2University of Cincinnati-Main Campus21,445452$46,776,240$103,487
3University of Akron Main Campus13,367413$32,430,238$78,524
4Ohio University-Main Campus17,794419$32,621,410$77,855
5Xavier University4,292277$21,475,964$77,531
6University of Toledo12,810391$29,001,171$74,172
7Miami University-Oxford16,109511$35,903,047$70,260
8University of Dayton7,867414$26,305,830$63,541
9Kent State University at Kent19,034478$28,535,475$59,698
10Bowling Green State University-Main Campus13,111410$23,753,594$57,936
11Wright State University-Main Campus9,582267$12,756,674$47,778
12Cleveland State University9,148309$13,083,041$42,340
13Youngstown State University8,618400$15,410,657$38,527
14Ursuline College463108$3,158,857$29,249
15The University of Findlay2,561693$15,939,840$23,001
16Central State University1,601116$2,456,888$21,180
17Owens Community College2,66038$767,983$20,210
18Urbana University417253$4,281,530$16,923
19University of Northwestern Ohio3,415380$6,138,043$16,153
20Walsh University1,778515$8,055,171$15,641
21Wilberforce University49630$469,214$15,640
22Ohio Dominican University998369$5,472,867$14,832
23Lake Erie College723408$6,019,409$14,753
24Cedarville University3,010297$4,367,561$14,706
25Malone University1,135478$6,660,639$13,934
26Tiffin University1,748648$8,911,327$13,752
27Ohio Christian University2,452193$2,631,452$13,634
28Mount Vernon Nazarene University1,708225$3,001,324$13,339
29Cincinnati State Technical and Community College2,42167$890,478$13,291
30Ashland University3,262560$7,393,054$13,202
31Notre Dame College1,247606$7,593,048$12,530
32University of Rio Grande808234$2,881,985$12,316
33Cincinnati Christian University619325$3,971,375$12,220
34Lourdes University842338$3,641,993$10,775
35Cuyahoga Community College District4,937145$1,532,670$10,570
36Denison University2,259540$5,333,009$9,876
37Oberlin College2,869409$3,928,546$9,605
38Case Western Reserve University4,973469$4,253,311$9,069
39Shawnee State University2,958227$2,056,814$9,061
40Columbus State Community College6,49059$532,016$9,017
41Mount Saint Joseph University996345$3,104,038$8,997
42Kenyon College1,688488$4,064,620$8,329
43Marietta College1,042316$2,540,638$8,040
44Sinclair Community College5,61678$591,806$7,587
45Ohio Northern University2,047650$4,904,228$7,545
46Defiance College507300$2,166,277$7,221
47Baldwin Wallace University3,013599$4,264,824$7,120
48Lakeland Community College1,607104$724,259$6,964
49Ohio Wesleyan University1,621467$3,190,219$6,831
50John Carroll University2,910591$4,009,122$6,784
51Wittenberg University1,844555$3,753,537$6,763
52Otterbein University2,247540$3,597,276$6,662
53Hiram College842326$2,088,635$6,407
54Capital University2,450432$2,747,473$6,360
55Heidelberg University1,105532$3,144,782$5,911
56The College of Wooster1,972518$3,050,477$5,889
57Wilmington College1,069338$1,886,266$5,581
58Edison State Community College56067$365,249$5,451
59Franciscan University of Steubenville1,986252$1,366,716$5,423
60Bluffton University723348$1,877,905$5,396
61Clark State Community College1,34442$188,480$4,488
62Muskingum University1,292448$1,902,588$4,247
63Southern State Community College74734$139,003$4,088
64Lorain County Community College2,83175$299,959$3,999
65University of Mount Union2,100821$3,205,980$3,905
66Hocking College2,26499$359,043$3,627
67University of Cincinnati-Clermont

College

1,451134$361,704$2,699
68Wright State University-Lake Campus89047$109,396$2,328
Source: U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education

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