Analysis: UM-Ann Arbor athletes No. 1 in Michigan for economic impact


University of Michigan-Ann Arbor sports programs brought in $173,172 per athlete in revenue in 2016, meaning its athletes on average generated the most sports revenue of any school in Michigan that year, according to a Michigan Business Daily analysis of U.S. Department of Education data.

The university’s sports programs brought in a total of $162,955,051 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.

Michigan's 58 schools with money-generating sports programs reported $554,846,239  in sports revenue in 2016.

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Michigan college sports revenue

RankSchoolTotal UndergraduatesSports Total ParticipationTotal Sports RevenueRevenue per Athlete
1University of Michigan-Ann Arbor27,833941$162,955,051$173,172
2Michigan State University35,280713$103,920,895$145,752
3Western Michigan University14,999378$32,568,703$86,161
4Central Michigan University17,077470$31,792,125$67,643
5Eastern Michigan University12,714556$32,311,248$58,114
6University of Detroit Mercy2,160290$15,299,277$52,756
7Oakland University12,917342$14,751,448$43,133
8Wayne State University11,953375$12,425,806$33,135
9Northern Michigan University6,254393$10,402,460$26,469
10Michigan Technological University5,440390$10,035,713$25,733
11Grand Valley State University19,666573$14,564,697$25,418
12Ferris State University8,764352$8,489,095$24,117
13Lake Superior State University1,811157$3,569,351$22,735
14Northwood University1,947420$8,247,676$19,637
15Davenport University2,512489$8,231,193$16,833
16Saginaw Valley State University6,750517$7,755,588$15,001
17Madonna University1,340323$4,612,254$14,279
18Lawrence Technological University1,711339$4,712,483$13,901
19Concordia University-Ann Arbor727485$6,719,932$13,856
20Spring Arbor University1,559283$3,761,054$13,290
21Rochester College761156$2,050,670$13,145
22University of Michigan-Dearborn4,912144$1,842,073$12,792
23Mott Community College2,114100$1,239,635$12,396
24Siena Heights University1,326554$6,579,778$11,877
25Cleary University256173$2,053,161$11,868
26Cornerstone University1,363290$3,148,359$10,856
27Marygrove College367100$994,040$9,940
28Oakland Community College2,70467$578,308$8,631
29Alma College1,383511$4,120,497$8,064
30Aquinas College1,416495$3,940,034$7,960
31Calvin College3,589382$2,939,003$7,694
32Muskegon Community College1,281187$1,395,112$7,460
33Lake Michigan College1,057104$773,623$7,439
34Wayne County Community College District2,45848$349,346$7,278
35Jackson College2,130140$1,001,602$7,154
36Grand Rapids Community College4,285104$741,476$7,130
37Kalamazoo College1,414338$2,368,955$7,009
38Finlandia University440286$1,972,956$6,898
39Albion College1,384518$3,495,216$6,748
40Hope College3,020497$3,247,793$6,535
41Adrian College1,604628$4,038,089$6,430
42Gogebic Community College53339$241,535$6,193
43Lansing Community College4,928126$769,004$6,103
44Alpena Community College70850$303,519$6,070
45Henry Ford College4,29167$400,950$5,984
46St Clair County Community College1,16788$478,249$5,435
47Olivet College948518$2,805,873$5,417
48Glen Oaks Community College32970$361,612$5,166
49Macomb Community College5,158131$621,171$4,742
50Grace Bible College94590$400,941$4,455
51Andrews University1,35674$308,188$4,165
52Kirtland Community College46725$103,457$4,138
53Mid Michigan Community College1,12951$207,009$4,059
54Kalamazoo Valley Community

College

2,58989$357,000$4,011
55Schoolcraft College3,044159$633,841$3,986
56Delta College3,100121$480,554$3,972
57Kellogg Community College1,16097$280,754$2,894
58Great Lakes Christian College10735$96,807$2,766
Source: U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education

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