Northwestern University

Northwestern University Sports Information

$111,421,226 Total Revenue
$111,421,226 Total Expenses
19 Head Coaches

Before making a decision to attend Northwestern University, student athletes should take a look at the information presented here on the sports team they are interested in as well as the general athletics program.

The Northwestern University Athletics Program

What Division Is Northwestern In?

As a member of the NCAA Division I-FBS, Northwestern competes in the Big Ten Conference conference.

A total number of 502 student athletes participate in varsity sports at the school, 257 of whom are male and 245 are female. Sports-related tudent aid is available at Northwestern and the average award is around $40,560 per athlete. Breaking it down by gender, the average amount of sports aid awarded to men is $44,001 and the average awarded to women is $36,950.

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Northwestern University Coaches

There are 19 head coaches at Northwestern, 8 of whom lead men’s teams and 11 of whom head up women’s teams. The average salary of the men’s team head coaches is $1,146,268, while the head coaches of women’s team make, on average, $236,760 per year.

In addition to the head coaches of Northwestern sports, there are 26 assistant coaches of men’s teams and 22 assitant coaches of women’s teams. The annual average salary for those who coach women’s teams is $78,339 and the average for those who coach men’s is $255,368. Note, the individual salary of coaches is often dependent on the team they coach.

Did the Northwestern Athletics Program Make Money?

The sports teams at Northwestern brought home $111,421,226 in revenue while shelling out $111,421,226 in expenses. So, basically, the school broke even - but that’s a whole lot better than losing money!

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The net profit or loss can vary with each sport. For example, sports like basketball and football are often moneymakers for a school while other sports could be operating at a deficit. The chart below compares the amount of money made (or lost) for each of the men’s sports offered at Northwestern.

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Likewise, money made for women’s athletics can vary quite a bit by sport. Here’s what the comparison looks like for women’s sports at Northwestern.

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A Note About Northwestern Sports Rankings

Below we give a summary of the data we have for each sport at Northwestern, including rankings when the school made it to one of our Best Schools for a Sport lists. College Factual’s sports rankings are a little different than the other ones you’ll find on the Internet, since our analyses take both athletics and academics into account. Because, after all, there is life after college sports, and a good education will make it easier to succeed in that life.

Northwestern Men’s Baseball

$-1,741,011 Net Profit/Loss
Excellent Graduation Rate

The head coach and 3 assistant coaches train and lead the 30 players of the Northwestern men’s baseball team. The team has an excellent academic progress rate of 1000 - proof that they don’t ignore the importance of getting a good education. According to College Factual’s Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Baseball analysis, Northwestern was ranked #13 out of the 271 schools in its division. That means the school is in the top 5% of the United States in this category.

In terms of financials, the Northwestern baseball program paid out $1,938,707 in expenses and made $197,696 in total revenue. That’s not such good news since it means the program lost money to the tune of $-1,741,011.

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Northwestern Women’s Basketball

$-3,831,335 Net Profit/Loss
Excellent Graduation Rate

The Northwestern women’s basketball team is made up of 14 players who, in turn, are trained and guided by a head coach and 3 assistant coaches. With an excellent academic progress rate of 1000, the team has shown that they take there time in the classroom seriously. According to College Factual’s Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball analysis, Northwestern was ranked #7 out of the 324 schools in its division. That means the school is in the top 5% of the United States in this category.

The women’s basketball program at Northwestern made $227,757 in revenue and spent $4,059,092 in expenses. Unfortunately, that means the program lost money, racking up a net loss of $-3,831,335.

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Northwestern Cross Country

Northwestern Women’s Cross Country

$-848,637 Net Profit/Loss
Excellent Graduation Rate
19 Team Members

The Northwestern women’s cross country team is made up of 19 players who, in turn, are trained and guided by a head coach and 2 assistant coaches. In addition to spending time on the field, teammates score well in the classroom, too. As a whole, the team has a super academic progress rate of 1000.

The women’s cross country program at Northwestern made $19,831 in revenue and spent $868,468 in expenses. This is a bit of a downer since it means that the program lost money, $-848,637 to be exact.

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Northwestern Fencing

Northwestern Women’s Fencing

$-811,207 Net Profit/Loss
Excellent Graduation Rate
32 Team Members

The 32-member women’s fencing team at Northwestern is kept in shape by one head coach and 2 assistant coaches. The team’s perfect academic progress rate of 1000 shows that team members do more than just fence - they are willing to hit the books, too.

The women’s fencing program at Northwestern made $83,095 in revenue and spent $894,302 in expenses. Unfortunately, that means the program lost money, racking up a net loss of $-811,207.

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Northwestern Women’s Field Hockey

$-1,550,887 Net Profit/Loss
Excellent Graduation Rate

The 25 players of the Northwestern women’s field hockey team are led by a head coach and 3 assistant coaches. Teammates care for more than field hockey, too. Their great academic progress rate of 1000 is a sign that they spend ample time on their studies as well. In College Factual’s most recent Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Field Hockey analysis, Northwestern ranked #7 out of 77 colleges and universities. This puts it among the top 10% in the country!

In terms of financials, the Northwestern women’s field hockey program paid out $1,661,850 in expenses and made $110,963 in total revenue. Unfortunately, that means the program lost money, racking up a net loss of $-1,550,887.

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Northwestern Men’s Football

$31,110,486 Net Profit/Loss
Excellent Graduation Rate

The 118 players of the Northwestern men’s football team are led by a head coach and 14 assistant coaches. Teammates care for more than football, too. Their great academic progress rate of 995 is a sign that they spend ample time on their studies as well. Northwestern landed the #9 spot in our Best Colleges for Division I (FBS) Men’s Football out of the 124 colleges and universities that were included in the analysis. This ranking makes the school sit in the top 10% in the nation.

In terms of financials, the Northwestern football program paid out $32,136,417 in expenses and made $63,246,903 in total revenue. This means the program turned a profit, making $31,110,486 for the school. This is great since many college sports programs lose money.

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Northwestern Golf

Northwestern Men’s Golf

$-681,440 Net Profit/Loss
Excellent Graduation Rate
8 Team Members

The 8-player men’s golf team at Northwestern is kept in shape by one head coach and 2 assistant coaches. The team members have more than golf on their mind, too, as seen by the team’s great academic progress rate of 992.

On the money side of things, the Northwestern men’s golf program brought home $406,479 in revenue and paid out $1,087,919 in total expenses. Unfortunately, that means the program lost money, racking up a net loss of $-681,440.

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Northwestern Women’s Golf

$-657,483 Net Profit/Loss
Excellent Graduation Rate

The 10-player women’s golf team at Northwestern is kept in shape by one head coach and 2 assistant coaches. The team members have more than golf on their mind, too, as seen by the team’s great academic progress rate of 1000. In College Factual’s most recent Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Golf analysis, Northwestern ranked #3 out of 18 colleges and universities. This puts it among the top 15% in the country!

Northwestern brought in $432,924 in revenue from its women’s golf program while paying out $1,090,407 in expenses. This is a bit of a downer since it means that the program lost money, $-657,483 to be exact.

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Northwestern Lacrosse

Northwestern Women’s Lacrosse

$-1,940,360 Net Profit/Loss
Excellent Graduation Rate

The Northwestern women’s lacrosse team is made up of 36 players who, in turn, are trained and guided by a head coach and 3 assistant coaches. The team has an excellent academic progress rate of 1000 - proof that they don’t ignore the importance of getting a good education. Northwestern landed the #7 spot in our Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Lacrosse out of the 100 colleges and universities that were included in the analysis. This ranking makes the school sit in the top 10% in the nation.

Northwestern brought in $180,401 in revenue from its women’s lacrosse program while paying out $2,120,761 in expenses. That’s not such good news since it means the program lost money to the tune of $-1,940,360.

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Northwestern Soccer

Northwestern Men’s Soccer

$-971,840 Net Profit/Loss
Excellent Graduation Rate

The Northwestern men’s soccer team is made up of 27 players who, in turn, are trained and guided by a head coach and 3 assistant coaches. With an excellent academic progress rate of 994, the team has shown that they take there time in the classroom seriously. In College Factual’s most recent Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Soccer analysis, Northwestern ranked #26 out of 188 colleges and universities. This puts it among the top 15% in the country!

The men’s soccer program at Northwestern made $344,397 in revenue and spent $1,316,237 in expenses. That’s not such good news since it means the program lost money to the tune of $-971,840.

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Northwestern Women’s Soccer

$-1,758,584 Net Profit/Loss
Excellent Graduation Rate

The Northwestern women’s soccer team is made up of 29 players who, in turn, are trained and guided by a head coach and 3 assistant coaches. Teammates care for more than soccer, too. Their great academic progress rate of 1000 is a sign that they spend ample time on their studies as well. In College Factual’s most recent Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Soccer analysis, Northwestern ranked #3 out of 306 colleges and universities. This puts it among the top 1% in the country!

Northwestern brought in $45,338 in revenue from its women’s soccer program while paying out $1,803,922 in expenses. Unfortunately, that means the program lost money, racking up a net loss of $-1,758,584.

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Northwestern Women’s Softball

$-1,674,559 Net Profit/Loss
Excellent Graduation Rate

The 20-player women’s softball team at Northwestern is kept in shape by one head coach and 3 assistant coaches. With an excellent academic progress rate of 992, the team has shown that they take there time in the classroom seriously. According to College Factual’s Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Softball analysis, Northwestern was ranked #21 out of the 273 schools in its division. That means the school is in the top 10% of the United States in this category.

In terms of financials, the Northwestern women’s softball program paid out $1,855,411 in expenses and made $180,852 in total revenue. Unfortunately, that means the program lost money, racking up a net loss of $-1,674,559.

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Northwestern Swimming & Diving

Northwestern Men’s Swimming & Diving

$-660,604 Net Profit/Loss
25 Team Members

The head coach and 8 assistant coaches train and lead the 25 players of the Northwestern men’s swimming and diving team.

The men’s swimming and diving program at Northwestern made $218,507 in revenue and spent $879,111 in expenses. This is a bit of a downer since it means that the program lost money, $-660,604 to be exact.

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Northwestern Women’s Swimming & Diving

$-1,395,621 Net Profit/Loss
31 Team Members

The Northwestern women’s swimming and diving team is made up of 31 players who, in turn, are trained and guided by a head coach and 8 assistant coaches.

The women’s swimming and diving program at Northwestern made $104,744 in revenue and spent $1,500,365 in expenses. That’s not such good news since it means the program lost money to the tune of $-1,395,621.

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Northwestern Tennis

Northwestern Men’s Tennis

$-648,899 Net Profit/Loss
Excellent Graduation Rate

The 11 players of the Northwestern men’s tennis team are led by a head coach and 2 assistant coaches. In addition to spending time on the field, teammates score well in the classroom, too. As a whole, the team has a super academic progress rate of 1000. Our Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Tennis ranking placed Northwestern# 11 out of the 21 schools in its division.

Northwestern brought in $240,049 in revenue from its men’s tennis program while paying out $888,948 in expenses. That’s not such good news since it means the program lost money to the tune of $-648,899.

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Northwestern Women’s Tennis

$-1,183,608 Net Profit/Loss
Excellent Graduation Rate
9 Team Members

The Northwestern women’s tennis team is made up of 9 players who, in turn, are trained and guided by a head coach and an assistant coach. In addition to spending time on the field, teammates score well in the classroom, too. As a whole, the team has a super academic progress rate of 992.

The Northwestern women’s tennis program paid out $1,217,256 in expenses while making $33,648 in total revenue. Unfortunately, that means the program lost money, racking up a net loss of $-1,183,608.

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Northwestern Volleyball

Northwestern Women’s Volleyball

$-1,993,471 Net Profit/Loss
Excellent Graduation Rate

There are 20 players on the Northwestern women’s volleyball team, and they are led by one head coach and 3 assistant coaches. The team members have more than volleyball on their mind, too, as seen by the team’s great academic progress rate of 1000. Northwestern landed the #55 spot in our Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Volleyball out of the 307 colleges and universities that were included in the analysis.

Northwestern brought in $53,199 in revenue from its women’s volleyball program while paying out $2,046,670 in expenses. This is a bit of a downer since it means that the program lost money, $-1,993,471 to be exact.

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Northwestern Men’s Wrestling

$-1,200,247 Net Profit/Loss
Excellent Graduation Rate
24 Team Members

The 24 players of the Northwestern men’s wrestling team are led by a head coach and 3 assistant coaches. The team has an excellent academic progress rate of 993 - proof that they don’t ignore the importance of getting a good education.

In terms of financials, the Northwestern wrestling program paid out $1,497,903 in expenses and made $297,656 in total revenue. That’s not such good news since it means the program lost money to the tune of $-1,200,247.

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Notes & References

Note that if we don’t have data on a particular sport, it won’t be listed in the section above.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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