Analysis: College softball in Arizona grosses $5 million

University of Arizona softball tops the list of highest grossing programs in Arizona, reporting $948,362 – or $41,233 per athlete – in 2016, according to a Higher Education Tribune analysis of the latest federal data.

University of Arizona softball tops the list of highest grossing programs in Arizona, reporting $948,362 – or $41,233 per athlete – in 2016, followed by Grand Canyon University ($794,101), and Arizona State University-Tempe ($527,073), according to a Higher Education Tribune analysis of the latest federal data.

The U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education compiles athletics data annually from more than 2,000 schools receiving federal financial aid.

In Arizona, 18 schools have softball programs, grossing more than $5 million in 2016.

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Top Arizona softball programs by revenue

SchoolDivisionTotal undergraduatesSoftball playersSoftball team revenueRevenue per athlete
University of ArizonaNCAA Division I-FBS29,04923$948,362$41,233
Grand Canyon UniversityNCAA Division I without football14,54222$794,101$36,096
Arizona State University-TempeNCAA Division I-FBS38,76122$527,073$23,958
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-PrescottNAIA Division I2,25517$459,526$27,031
Yavapai CollegeNJCAA Division I1,69415$330,224$22,015
Eastern Arizona CollegeNJCAA Division I1,96916$282,690$17,668
Arizona Christian UniversityNAIA Division I65121$245,345$11,683
Arizona Western CollegeNJCAA Division I2,16319$236,739$12,460
Pima Community CollegeNJCAA Division I7,47623$210,105$9,135
Phoenix CollegeNJCAA Division II2,84621$176,370$8,399
Central Arizona CollegeNJCAA Division I1,73222$173,390$7,881
South Mountain Community CollegeNJCAA Division II1,21320$133,751$6,688
GateWay Community CollegeNJCAA Division II1,265

$118,631

Mesa Community CollegeNJCAA Division II5,88320$109,372$5,469
Scottsdale Community CollegeOther2,34214$106,853$7,632
Paradise Valley Community CollegeNJCAA Division II2,18520$75,026$3,751
Chandler-Gilbert Community CollegeNJCAA Division II3,62514$47,098$3,364
Glendale Community CollegeNJCAA Division II5,54618$32,330$1,796
Source: U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education

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