College wrestling earned nearly $3 million for Colorado schools in 2016

University of Northern Colorado wrestling brought in $23,461 per athlete in revenue in 2016, making it among the highest-grossing wrestling programs in Colorado that year, according to a Business Daily analysis of U.S. Department of Education data.

The university’s wrestling program brought in a total of $563,074 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.

Colorado's eight schools with wrestling programs reported $2,938,649  in revenue in 2016.


Colorado college wrestling revenue

RankSchoolDivisionTotal UndergraduatesWrestling Total ParticipationWrestling Total RevenueRevenue per Athlete
1University of Northern ColoradoNCAA Division I-FCS8,24224$563,074$23,461
2Western State

Colorado University

NCAA Division II with football1,90044$645,395$14,668
3Colorado Mesa UniversityNCAA Division II with football7,25232$437,874$13,684
4Adams State


NCAA Division II with football1,62326$301,557$11,598
5Otero Junior CollegeNJCAA Division I54823$245,787$10,686
6Colorado School of MinesNCAA Division II with football4,35931$293,411$9,465
7Colorado State University-PuebloNCAA Division II with football3,39139$319,792$8,200
8Northeastern Junior CollegeNJCAA Division I89926$131,759$5,068
Source: U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education

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