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

University of South Carolina-Columbia sports programs brought in $239,917 per athlete in revenue in 2016, meaning its athletes on average generated the most sports revenue of any school in South Carolina that year, according to a Palmetto Business Daily analysis of U.S. Department of Education data.

The university’s sports programs brought in a total of $136,032,845 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.

South Carolina’s 38 schools with money-generating sports programs reported $481,924,400 in sports revenue in 2016.


South Carolina college sports revenue

RankSchoolTotal UndergraduatesSports Total ParticipationTotal Sports RevenueRevenue per Athlete
1University of South Carolina-Columbia23,947567$136,032,845$239,917
2Clemson University17,849498$104,925,252$210,693
3Coastal Carolina University8,828451$28,936,464$64,161
4Furman University2,691468$28,179,039$60,212
5Wofford College1,664335$19,822,191$59,171
6College of Charleston9,470363$18,325,207$50,483
7Citadel Military College of South


8Presbyterian College943333$13,687,684$41,104
9Charleston Southern University2,896298$12,023,160$40,346
10Winthrop University4,537329$11,361,086$34,532
11South Carolina State University2,281240$8,198,974$34,162
12Lander University2,529218$6,256,606$28,700
13University of South Carolina-Upstate4,403258$7,130,768$27,639
14University of South Carolina-Aiken2,818196$5,287,859$26,979
15Benedict College2,249179$4,398,603$24,573
16Francis Marion University3,078193$4,419,840$22,901
17Anderson University2,480244$5,032,172$20,624
18Clinton College20021$388,120$18,482
19Claflin University1,873144$2,513,581$17,455
20University of South Carolina-Beaufort1,746148$2,421,073$16,359
21Southern Wesleyan University785237$3,702,040$15,620
22North Greenville University1,925439$6,673,820$15,202
23Limestone College2,156784$10,358,123$13,212
24Allen University57579$980,463$12,411
25Coker College953409$4,947,121$12,096
26Newberry College1,052585$6,769,873$11,572
27Columbia College1,041196$2,059,131$10,506
28Erskine College602409$4,231,608$10,346
29Columbia International University45496$905,983$9,437
30Bob Jones University2,314134$1,106,209$8,255
31Voorhees College40770$466,655$6,667
32University of South Carolina-Sumter46457$345,742$6,066
33Morris College73572$375,750$5,219
34Spartanburg Methodist College730304$1,514,842$4,983
35Denmark Technical College38128$124,156$4,434
36University of South Carolina-Lancaster70387$375,541$4,317
37Florence-Darlington Technical College2,29970$244,400$3,491
38University of South Carolina-Salkehatchie575197$437,920$2,223
Source: U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education

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