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


Florida State University sports programs brought in $297,721 per athlete in revenue in 2016, meaning its athletes on average generated the most sports revenue of any school in Florida that year, according to a

Florida Business Daily analysis of U.S. Department of Education data.

The university’s sports programs brought in a total of $144,692,380 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.

Florida's 63 schools with money-generating sports programs reported $823,441,692  in sports revenue in 2016.

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Florida college sports revenue

RankSchoolTotal UndergraduatesSports Total ParticipationTotal Sports RevenueRevenue per Athlete
1Florida State University29,051486$144,692,380$297,721
2University of Florida30,583525$142,545,938$271,516
3University of Miami10,102389$89,135,175$229,139
4University of Central Florida38,228437$51,128,904$117,000
5University of South Florida-Main Campus23,603492$49,960,339$101,545
6Florida International University25,920424$35,297,643$83,249
7Florida Gulf Coast University10,809262$14,554,098$55,550
8Florida Atlantic University15,715498$26,135,496$52,481
9Bethune-Cookman University3,583309$14,982,056$48,486
10Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona Beach5,003254$10,837,660$42,668
11Stetson University3,017427$18,187,619$42,594
12University of North Florida9,629283$11,666,902$41,226
13Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University6,604286$11,314,486$39,561
14Nova Southeastern University3,051344$12,843,489$37,336
15Miami Dade College20,59493$3,230,190$34,733
16Barry University2,889234$7,768,164$33,197
17Jacksonville University2,113479$15,791,995$32,969
18Lynn University1,948255$8,393,410$32,915
19Gulf Coast State College1,71477$2,255,228$29,289
20The University of West Florida6,997360$10,312,738$28,646
21Chipola College91079$2,224,387$28,157
22Florida SouthWestern State College4,22679$2,219,567$28,096
23Eckerd College1,890188$5,245,416$27,901
24Florida Southern College2,323356$9,303,196$26,133
25Northwest Florida State College2,02270$1,796,316$25,662
26Flagler College-St Augustine2,539200$4,945,883$24,729
27Florida Institute of Technology3,281588$14,180,523$24,117
28Saint Leo University7,555338$8,031,045$23,760
29Southeastern University3,831311$7,306,061$23,492
30Daytona State College3,083147$3,321,848$22,598
31Palm Beach Atlantic University2,295227$5,038,326$22,195
32Tallahassee Community College5,56082$1,808,476$22,055
33Rollins College2,450476$10,207,839$21,445
34Palm Beach State College7,77778$1,658,302$21,260
35Santa Fe College5,92289$1,888,952$21,224
36The University of Tampa7,124501$10,559,591$21,077
37St Thomas University798174$3,556,135$20,438
38State College of Florida-Manatee-Sarasota3,47181$1,606,965$19,839
39Keiser University-Ft Lauderdale11,468384$7,482,866$19,487
40St Petersburg College6,97686$1,654,203$19,235
41Seminole State College of Florida5,82157$1,023,703$17,960
42Florida State College at Jacksonville6,64678$1,347,949$17,281
43Indian River State College5,143131$2,209,421$16,866
44Pensacola State College3,25787$1,457,058$16,748
45Webber International University628378$6,009,089$15,897
46Eastern Florida State College4,849173$2,646,993$15,301
47Lake-Sumter State College1,23259$887,577$15,044
48Polk State College2,97490$1,312,880$14,588
49Saint Johns River State College1,77963$909,913$14,443
50South Florida State College84164$842,890$13,170
51Johnson & Wales University-North Miami1,424121$1,579,251$13,052
52Warner University835331$3,878,002$11,716
53College of Central Florida2,775100$1,165,504$11,655
54Broward College11,959139$1,609,790$11,581
55Ave Maria University1,031376$4,311,098$11,466
56Pasco-Hernando State College4,02690$959,741$10,664
57Florida National University-Main Campus1,699187$1,830,851$9,791
58Edward Waters College903197$1,784,048$9,056
59Florida College521103$926,076$8,991
60Hillsborough Community College10,53991$714,014$7,846
61Johnson University Florida16150$218,763$4,375
62Trinity College of Florida16872$312,913$4,346
63Trinity Baptist College275113$434,361$3,844
Source: U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education

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