Analysis: College softball in Florida grosses $25 million

Florida State University softball tops the list of highest grossing programs in Florida, reporting more than $2.2 million – or $95,837 per athlete – in 2016, followed by University of Central Florida ($1.08 million), and Stetson University ($1.07 million), 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 Florida, 56 schools have softball programs, grossing $25 million in 2016.


Top Florida softball programs by revenue

SchoolDivisionTotal undergraduatesSoftball playersSoftball team revenueRevenue per athlete

Florida State UniversityNCAA Division I-FBS29,05123$2,204,241$95,837
University of Central FloridaNCAA Division I-FBS38,22820$1,082,535$54,127
Stetson UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS3,01719$1,074,658$56,561
University of South Florida-Main CampusNCAA Division I-FBS23,60328$932,519$33,304
Florida Atlantic UniversityNCAA Division I-FBS15,71521$749,832$35,706
Bethune-Cookman UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS3,58320$730,483$36,524
Florida International UniversityNCAA Division I-FBS25,92021$617,718$29,415
Florida Gulf Coast UniversityNCAA Division I without football10,80923$610,331$26,536
Chipola CollegeNJCAA Division I91024$576,894$24,037
Jacksonville UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS2,11320$576,384$28,819
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical UniversityNCAA Division I-FCS6,60421$566,878$26,994
University of FloridaNCAA Division I-FBS30,58321$553,407$26,353
Rollins CollegeNCAA Division II without football2,45019$524,674$27,614
Florida Institute of TechnologyNCAA Division II with football3,28118$517,917$28,773
Florida Southern CollegeNCAA Division II without football2,32319$514,967$27,104
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona BeachNCAA Division II without football5,00317$514,231$30,249
Miami Dade CollegeNJCAA Division I20,59424$493,780$20,574
Lynn UniversityNCAA Division II without football1,94818$491,764$27,320
Florida SouthWestern State CollegeNJCAA Division I4,22621$487,642$23,221
Barry UniversityNCAA Division II without football2,88918$468,854$26,047
Nova Southeastern UniversityNCAA Division II without football3,05115$467,182$31,145
University of North FloridaNCAA Division I without football9,62920$448,463$22,423
Palm Beach Atlantic UniversityNCAA Division II without football2,29519$437,505$23,027
The University of TampaNCAA Division II without football7,12425$422,124$16,885
Gulf Coast State CollegeNJCAA Division I1,71414$404,117$28,866
Southeastern UniversityNAIA Division II3,83117$402,246$23,662
Saint Leo UniversityNCAA Division II without football7,55518$389,708$21,650
Northwest Florida State CollegeNJCAA Division I2,02219$384,849$20,255
Keiser University-Ft LauderdaleNAIA Division II11,46817$378,775$22,281
Daytona State CollegeNJCAA Division I3,08319$377,094$19,847
The University of West FloridaNCAA Division II with football6,99717$358,304$21,077
Tallahassee Community CollegeNJCAA Division I5,56015$357,849$23,857
Indian River State CollegeNJCAA Division I5,14325$338,865$13,555
Flagler College-St AugustineNCAA Division II without football2,53921$335,311$15,967
Florida State College at JacksonvilleNJCAA Division I6,64617$302,453$17,791
Warner UniversityNAIA Division II83521$302,431$14,401
Santa Fe CollegeNJCAA Division I5,92218$301,191$16,733
Ave Maria UniversityNAIA Division II1,03127$298,350$11,050
Seminole State College of FloridaNJCAA Division I5,82123$284,523$12,371
St Petersburg CollegeNJCAA Division I6,97621$277,553$13,217
St Thomas UniversityNAIA Division II79817$274,234$16,131
Pensacola State CollegeNJCAA Division I3,25719$264,542$13,923
Eastern Florida State CollegeNJCAA Division I4,84919$262,493$13,815
Palm Beach State CollegeNJCAA Division I7,77715$258,038$17,203
State College of Florida-Manatee-SarasotaNJCAA Division I3,47122$255,009$11,591
Eckerd CollegeNCAA Division II without football1,89021$254,575$12,123
Webber International UniversityNAIA Division II62823$240,066$10,438
Saint Johns River State CollegeNJCAA Division I1,77924$227,284$9,470
College of Central FloridaNJCAA Division I2,77524$221,495$9,229
South Florida State CollegeNJCAA Division I84120$200,527$10,026
Polk State CollegeNJCAA Division I2,97421$184,650$8,793
Pasco-Hernando State CollegeNJCAA Division II4,02624$183,753$7,656
Broward CollegeNJCAA Division I11,95920$173,332$8,667
Lake-Sumter State CollegeNJCAA Division I1,23219$170,962$8,998
Hillsborough Community CollegeNJCAA Division I10,53919$152,684$8,036
Edward Waters CollegeNAIA Division I90312$144,410$12,034
Source: U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education

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