Analysis: Penn State athletes No. 1 in Pennsylvania for economic impact


Pennsylvania State University sports programs brought in $175,417 per athlete in revenue in 2016, meaning its athletes on average generated the most sports revenue of any school in Pennsylvania that year, according to a Keystone Business News analysis of U.S. Department of Education data.

The university’s sports programs brought in a total of $144,017,062 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.

Pennsylvania’s 133 schools with money-generating sports programs reported $856,126,075  in sports revenue in 2016.

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Pennsylvania college sports revenue

RankSchoolTotal UndergraduatesSports Total ParticipationTotal Sports RevenueRevenue per Athlete
1Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus39,883821$144,017,062$175,417
2University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus18,129484$84,831,036$175,271
3Temple University26,128492$52,394,437$106,493
4Villanova University6,469629$42,400,846$67,410
5Lehigh University4,990624$34,314,228$54,991
6Duquesne University5,851410$20,566,765$50,163
7Drexel University13,258470$22,265,036$47,372
8University of Pennsylvania10,231890$40,611,793$45,631
9Saint Joseph's University4,649487$21,820,289$44,806
10Lafayette College2,505512$22,638,590$44,216
11Robert Morris University3,940405$17,796,699$43,942
12Bucknell University3,525721$28,439,815$39,445
13La Salle University3,174426$15,324,264$35,972
14Saint Francis University1,540455$15,651,126$34,398
15Harcum College1,07880$2,192,577$27,407
16Mercyhurst University2,402600$14,146,608$23,578
17California University of Pennsylvania4,603291$6,554,246$22,523
18Mansfield University of Pennsylvania1,921246$4,942,568$20,092
19Holy Family University1,420145$2,895,658$19,970
20Indiana University of Pennsylvania-

Main Campus

9,957410$8,100,888$19,758
21Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania5,532482$9,007,832$18,688
22Edinboro University of Pennsylvania4,346367$6,691,948$18,234
23Seton Hill University1,482460$8,017,147$17,429
24Gannon University2,471515$8,942,808$17,365
25University of the Sciences1,325144$2,248,219$15,613
26Kutztown University of Pennsylvania7,282447$6,806,128$15,226
27Lincoln University1,667209$3,175,051$15,192
28Millersville University of Pennsylvania5,910408$6,172,845$15,130
29Point Park University2,710274$4,128,932$15,069
30West Chester University of Pennsylvania12,794570$8,549,418$14,999
31Lock Haven University3,522419$6,278,741$14,985
32East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania5,616494$7,317,417$14,813
33Cheyney University of Pennsylvania657156$2,201,114$14,110
34Clarion University of Pennsylvania3,567349$4,857,567$13,919
35Philadelphia University2,317285$3,962,738$13,904
36Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania8,178418$5,469,616$13,085
37Community College of Beaver County85827$351,471$13,017
38Mercyhurst University-North East

Campus

549142$1,814,052$12,775
39Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania7,116447$5,628,418$12,592
40Swarthmore College1,540428$5,033,299$11,760
41Carlow University1,093155$1,789,294$11,544
42University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown2,706255$2,702,125$10,597
43Community College of Philadelphia4,83642$443,512$10,560
44Carnegie Mellon University6,068432$4,460,033$10,324
45Chestnut Hill College1,088339$3,447,379$10,169
46Westminster College1,147243$2,469,101$10,161
47Chatham University706149$1,441,152$9,672
48Pennsylvania State University-

Penn State Harrisburg

3,769249$2,373,296$9,531
49Neumann University1,606316$2,945,958$9,323
50Juniata College1,452377$3,344,414$8,871
51Franklin and Marshall College2,222606$5,320,410$8,780
52Bryn Athyn College of the New

Church

287131$1,134,003$8,657
53Saint Vincent College1,581374$3,232,887$8,644
54DeSales University1,854326$2,793,043$8,568
55Cedar Crest College882105$889,517$8,472
56Wilkes University2,297435$3,544,620$8,149
57University of Scranton3,658415$3,379,883$8,144
58Cabrini University1,383275$2,172,701$7,901
59Moravian College1,793434$3,405,519$7,847
60Muhlenberg College2,312482$3,758,273$7,797
61Dickinson College2,356532$4,099,217$7,705
62Arcadia University2,262347$2,666,145$7,683
63Allegheny College1,865462$3,454,192$7,477
64Widener University2,960466$3,462,409$7,430
65University of Pittsburgh-Bradford1,346180$1,315,201$7,307
66Ursinus College1,539537$3,877,097$7,220
67Washington & Jefferson College1,369499$3,585,045$7,184
68Lycoming College1,239404$2,882,749$7,136
69Haverford College1,261434$3,089,404$7,118
70Susquehanna University2,124576$4,088,958$7,099
71Lancaster Bible College824178$1,253,654$7,043
72Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Abington3,038180$1,245,850$6,921
73Lackawanna College1,131246$1,651,706$6,714
74Johnson College39611$73,047$6,641
75Pennsylvania College of Technology4,582209$1,375,428$6,581
76Manor College40040$254,434$6,361
77Lebanon Valley College1,598518$3,236,818$6,249
78Wilson College481120$744,117$6,201
79Gettysburg College2,378580$3,525,576$6,079
80Mount Aloysius College1,076199$1,197,706$6,019
81Alvernia University1,717358$2,147,231$5,998
82Eastern University1,758327$1,951,801$5,969
83Geneva College1,304343$1,904,851$5,554
84Misericordia University1,641502$2,766,655$5,511
85Pennsylvania State University-

Penn State Erie-Behrend College

4,147317$1,745,862$5,507
86Delaware Valley University1,766467$2,563,030$5,488
87York College Pennsylvania3,846487$2,579,596$5,297
88Messiah College2,648431$2,275,992$5,281
89Rosemont College517109$569,459$5,224
90Elizabethtown College1,702413$2,149,633$5,205
91Waynesburg University1,329399$2,058,137$5,158
92Marywood University1,717314$1,528,835$4,869
93Pennsylvania State University-

Penn State Berks

2,526168$803,871$4,785
94Gwynedd Mercy University1,824248$1,137,949$4,589
95Keystone College1,087295$1,348,895$4,573
96Butler County Community College1,54562$282,620$4,558
97Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona3,321195$874,897$4,487
98Albright College2,284494$2,200,631$4,455
99Thiel College846448$1,978,842$4,417
100King's College1,903470$2,071,693$4,408
101Luzerne County Community College2,51865$285,050$4,385
102University of Valley Forge624106$457,774$4,319
103Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Lehigh Valley68545$188,713$4,194
104Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Fayette- Eberly54996$386,534$4,026
105Delaware County Community College3,55362$233,544$3,767
106Lehigh Carbon Community College2,45791$341,213$3,750
107Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Brandywine1,148157$537,738$3,425
108University of Pittsburgh-Titusville26926$87,257$3,356
109Pennsylvania State University-Penn State DuBois47287$284,883$3,275
110Cairn University-Langhorne699177$571,789$3,230
111University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg1,435151$485,704$3,217
112Valley Forge Military College249211$658,263$3,120
113Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Mont Alto679127$388,921$3,062
114Montgomery County Community College3,68990$274,188$3,047
115La Roche College1,151210$615,053$2,929
116Immaculata University943253$735,323$2,906
117Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg5,32362$180,024$2,904
118Pennsylvania State University-Penn State York83058$164,704$2,840
119Clarks Summit University354136$375,048$2,758
120Pennsylvania State University-Penn State New Kensington522112$307,646$2,747
121Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Schuylkill621129$351,429$2,724
122Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Hazleton760113$298,449$2,641
123Northampton County Area Community College4,406135$354,107$2,623
124Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology1,04788$228,994$2,602
125Westmoreland County Community College2,260122$299,695$2,457
126Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Greater Allegheny486108$259,514$2,403
127Community College of Allegheny County5,60298$227,621$2,323
128Pennsylvania Highlands Community College69435$78,191$2,234
129Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Beaver624101$210,383$2,083
130Central Penn College32684$160,741$1,914
131Bucks County Community College2,740104$192,643$1,852
132Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Worthington Scranton84795$156,639$1,649
133Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Wilkes-Barre42076$122,655$1,614
Source: U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education

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