College wrestling earned $1.8 million for North Dakota schools in 2016


North Dakota State University wrestling brought in $20,672 per athlete in revenue in 2016, making it among the highest-grossing wrestling programs in North Dakota 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 $785,544 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.

North Dakota's five schools with wrestling programs reported $1,768,212  in revenue in 2016.

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North Dakota college wrestling revenue

RankSchoolDivisionTotal UndergraduatesWrestling Total ParticipationWrestling Total RevenueRevenue per Athlete
1North Dakota State University-Main CampusNCAA Division I-FCS10,63138$785,544$20,672
2University of MaryNCAA Division II with football1,73120$231,304$11,565
3University of JamestownNAIA Division II91263$434,901$6,903
4Minot State UniversityNCAA Division II with football2,01931$205,973$6,644
5Dickinson State UniversityNAIA Division I90421$110,490$5,261
Source: U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education

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