Analysis: University of Connecticut athletes No. 1 in state for economic impact


University of Connecticut sports programs brought in $128,664 per athlete in revenue in 2016, meaning its athletes on average generated the most sports revenue of any school in Connecticut that year, according to a Connecticut Business Daily analysis of U.S. Department of Education data.

The university’s sports programs brought in a total of $83,374,163 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.

Connecticut’s 21 schools with money-generating sports programs reported $285,947,166  in sports revenue in 2016.

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Connecticut college sports revenue

RankSchoolTotal UndergraduatesSports Total ParticipationTotal Sports RevenueRevenue per Athlete
1University of Connecticut18,538648$83,374,163$128,664
2Quinnipiac University6,784455$27,891,934$61,301
3University of Hartford4,506259$14,487,088$55,935
4Yale University5,468844$41,603,825$49,294
5Central Connecticut State University7,529381$17,616,876$46,239
6Fairfield University3,802478$18,771,658$39,271
7University of Bridgeport2,140239$7,506,187$31,407
8Sacred Heart University4,793817$25,118,429$30,745
9University of New Haven4,551313$7,412,756$23,683
10Post University2,557294$4,956,212$16,858
11Southern Connecticut State University6,830469$7,796,610$16,624
12Trinity College2,132664$8,020,743$12,079
13Wesleyan University2,912604$7,013,621$11,612
14Eastern Connecticut State University4,291325$3,303,605$10,165
15Western Connecticut State University4,116386$3,795,768$9,834
16Connecticut College1,818521$4,361,355$8,371
17University of Saint Joseph72397$601,961$6,206
18Mitchell College537186$1,141,635$6,138
19Albertus Magnus College1,034179$956,943$5,346
20University of Connecticut-Avery Point61455$129,990$2,363
21Gateway Community College2,04793$85,807$923
Source: U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education

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