How Much do D1 Colleges Spend on Softball Programs?

Since I did a post on the average operating expenses for D1 baseball teams, I thought some might appreciate a similar one for softball. The table below shows the average college softball expenses from 2009 to 2013 for D1 softball programs.

As with the baseball data, there are a few things to keep in mind when looking at the data on college softball expenses. Probably the most important is that there is a good chance that it contains errors! If something looks “off” it could just be a data entry error. It’s been known to happen.

Then there’s the little warning posted by the Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE) that states “Please note that valid comparisons of athletics data are possible only with study and analysis of the conditions affecting each institution. ” In other words, you might not be comparing apples to apples.

Expenses are defined as follows:

All expenses attributable to intercollegiate athletic activities. This includes appearance guarantees and options, athletically related student aid, contract services, equipment, fundraising activities, operating expenses, promotional activities, recruiting expenses, salaries and benefits, supplies, travel, and any other expenses attributable to intercollegiate athletic activities. (OPE)

What they’re trying to say is that some schools travel more because of distance, some because of playoffs but it’s all included under expenses. “Athletically related student aid” at private schools will be more than that at public schools because public schools are cheaper. See some of the issues?

I used five years of data on college softball expenses to try to minimize the effect of any out of the ordinary expenses that show up just for one year. But still, user beware.

The average college softball expenses by school ranged from a low of $160,781 to $2,291,929. Two schools, the University of Arkansas and the University of Arizona, averaged over $2 million. Another 14 schools averaged over $1.5 million.

The conference with the highest average college softball expenses was the SEC at just over $1.5 million followed by the PAC 12, Big 12, Big 10, and ACC that all average over one million dollars.  The three D1 conferences with the averages were the Southwestern Athletic Conferences, Ivy Group, and the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. Approximately half of the conferences had college softball expenses that averaged over $600,000 while the other half averaged between $300,000 to under $600,000.

The table shows two numbers-Operating Expenses and All Expenses. Operating expenses covers only “Game Day” expenses. These are expenses

attributable to home, away, and neutral-site intercollegiate athletic contests (commonly known as game-day expenses), for (A) Lodging, meals, transportation, uniforms, and equipment for coaches, team members, support staff (including, but not limited to team managers and trainers), and others; and (B) Officials.

Again, the following data from the Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE) will have the issues I mentioned earlier. Or as OPE states in its cautionary note “Please note that valid comparisons of athletics data are possible only with study and analysis of the conditions affecting each institution.”

Average D1 College Softball Expenses for 2009-2013

(2013 Data Available Here)

NameAverage
Operating
Expenses
Average
Expenses
ConferenceConference
Average
Abilene Christian University76854412334Southland Conference484443
Alabama A & M University68334335389Southwestern Athletic Conference269908
Alabama State University99233413598Southwestern Athletic Conference269908
Alcorn State University34705245490Southwestern Athletic Conference269908
Appalachian State University95241408596Southern Conference536591
Arizona State University-Tempe3514001521539Pacific-12 Conference1413881
Auburn University3156131399828Southeastern Conference1515431
Austin Peay State University62717407830Ohio Valley Conference479175
Ball State University130399668542Mid-American Conference646023
Baylor University3447961501147Big Twelve Conference1309396
Belmont University62524520909Ohio Valley Conference479175
Bethune-Cookman University134821597423Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference350535
Boise State University202687541184Mountain West Conference747776
Boston College1490501024485Atlantic Coast Conference1074880
Boston University129773994427Patriot League667896
Bowling Green State University-Main Campus105033491007Mid-American Conference646023
Bradley University147234811951Missouri Valley Conference659133
Brigham Young University-Provo258698920698West Coast Conference692516
Brown University98754242966Ivy Group311243
Bryant University90503433557Northeast Conference536069
Bucknell University89895590356Patriot League667896
Butler University121890607540Big East Conference821285
California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo100923603449Big West Conference649014
California State University-Bakersfield96989431943Division I Independents445709
California State University-Fresno240757962324Mountain West Conference747776
California State University-Fullerton159256665607Big West Conference649014
California State University-Long Beach112313527168Big West Conference649014
California State University-Northridge98552541195Big West Conference649014
California State University-Sacramento69732556083Big Sky Conference460244
Campbell University109137659368Big South Conference567127
Canisius College78585597838Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference480712
Central Connecticut State University77134501060Northeast Conference536069
Central Michigan University131807620407Mid-American Conference646023
Charleston Southern University85655426600Big South Conference567127
Cleveland State University116912518457Horizon League509606
Coastal Carolina University119214739681Big South Conference567127
Colgate University94441751659Patriot League667896
College of Charleston117525667750Colonial Athletic Association769335
College of the Holy Cross54991430904Patriot League667896
Colorado State University-Fort Collins178594771209Mountain West Conference747776
Columbia University in the City of New York87279274847Ivy Group311243
Coppin State University29469170984Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference350535
Cornell University88307407414Ivy Group311243
Creighton University133297739728Big East Conference821285
Dartmouth College116876322849Ivy Group311243
Delaware State University85830473026Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference350535
DePaul University2007611075459Big East Conference821285
Drake University103926620791Missouri Valley Conference659133
Drexel University100325813146Colonial Athletic Association769335
East Carolina University237090831411Conference USA712125
East Tennessee State University58772453000Atlantic Sun Conference520830
Eastern Illinois University101616446660Ohio Valley Conference479175
Eastern Kentucky University122997597828Ohio Valley Conference479175
Eastern Michigan University66455533671Mid-American Conference646023
Elon University72056748600Southern Conference536591
Fairfield University61593542683Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference480712
Fairleigh Dickinson University-Metropolitan Campus44388411272Northeast Conference536069
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University86861412958Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference350535
Florida Atlantic University122379525297Sun Belt Conference585574
Florida Gulf Coast University126510473252Atlantic Sun Conference520830
Florida International University143243625234Conference USA712125
Florida State University3550221194500Atlantic Coast Conference1074880
Fordham University2027251145119Atlantic 10 Conference603646
Furman University64389639134Southern Conference536591
Gardner-Webb University80456533894Big South Conference567127
George Mason University74348300721Atlantic 10 Conference603646
George Washington University92943678094Atlantic 10 Conference603646
Georgetown University131475492527Big East Conference821285
Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus2945281022838Atlantic Coast Conference1074880
Georgia Southern University110139433098Southern Conference536591
Georgia State University143186554876Sun Belt Conference585574
Grambling State University67167241260Southwestern Athletic Conference269908
Grand Canyon University163019469682Western Athletic Conference585109
Hampton University83573460265Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference350535
Harvard University113172348245Ivy Group311243
Hofstra University2293431137775Colonial Athletic Association769335
Houston Baptist University77743630924Southland Conference484443
Howard University47676405078Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference350535
Idaho State University104515465542Big Sky Conference460244
Illinois State University183372696310Missouri Valley Conference659133
Indiana State University114384491927Missouri Valley Conference659133
Indiana University-Bloomington2138951092412Big Ten Conference1266634
Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne126403423766The Summit League455606
Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis111839415718The Summit League455606
Iona College92119449219Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference480712
Iowa State University2859991007126Big Twelve Conference1309396
Jackson State University40790235544Southwestern Athletic Conference269908
Jacksonville State University116281575051Ohio Valley Conference479175
Jacksonville University70270453837Atlantic Sun Conference520830
James Madison University164996974987Colonial Athletic Association769335
Kennesaw State University134324673496Atlantic Sun Conference520830
Kent State University at Kent123929639346Mid-American Conference646023
La Salle University79014420974Atlantic 10 Conference603646
Lafayette College56680510729Patriot League667896
Lamar University171875655851Southland Conference484443
Lehigh University87576729304Patriot League667896
Liberty University130694721834Big South Conference567127
Lipscomb University144604677749Atlantic Sun Conference520830
LIU Brooklyn177537952867Northeast Conference536069
Longwood University81054458273Big South Conference567127
Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College4466131645011Southeastern Conference1515431
Louisiana Tech University173934520511Conference USA712125
Loyola Marymount University113181697439West Coast Conference692516
Loyola University Chicago91966739813Missouri Valley Conference659133
Manhattan College74206412548Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference480712
Marist College92692418523Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference480712
Marshall University206641749658Conference USA712125
Mercer University65658552709Atlantic Sun Conference520830
Miami University-Oxford111707767974Mid-American Conference646023
Michigan State University2831261199927Big Ten Conference1266634
Middle Tennessee State University145032628506Conference USA712125
Mississippi State University2282461046163Southeastern Conference1515431
Mississippi Valley State University91111300743Southwestern Athletic Conference269908
Missouri State University-Springfield105027559593Missouri Valley Conference659133
Monmouth University64364528009Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference480712
Morehead State University123087471533Ohio Valley Conference479175
Morgan State University62443316346Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference350535
Mount St Mary's University67183289444Northeast Conference536069
Murray State University99853417190Ohio Valley Conference479175
New Mexico State University-Main Campus344594870717Western Athletic Conference585109
Niagara University83138339693Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference480712
Nicholls State University65609286827Southland Conference484443
Norfolk State University70017410325Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference350535
North Carolina A & T State University72423366559Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference350535
North Carolina Central University46329235041Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference350535
North Carolina State University at Raleigh1732351053449Atlantic Coast Conference1074880
North Dakota State University-Main Campus181598633163The Summit League455606
Northern Illinois University122285672411Mid-American Conference646023
Northern Kentucky University92133365245Atlantic Sun Conference520830
Northwestern State University of Louisiana98786552592Southland Conference484443
Northwestern University2217941332112Big Ten Conference1266634
Oakland University107307409593Horizon League509606
Ohio State University-Main Campus2171421405853Big Ten Conference1266634
Ohio University-Main Campus125915819591Mid-American Conference646023
Oklahoma State University-Main Campus215822845972Big Twelve Conference1309396
Oregon State University2986171238365Pacific-12 Conference1413881
Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus2307651141030Big Ten Conference1266634
Portland State University132731614881Big Sky Conference460244
Prairie View A & M University50926160781Southwestern Athletic Conference269908
Presbyterian College67445477341Big South Conference567127
Princeton University80822259656Ivy Group311243
Providence College155909847663Big East Conference821285
Purdue University-Main Campus224258974914Big Ten Conference1266634
Quinnipiac University89615710402Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference480712
Radford University111259501838Big South Conference567127
Rider University57847474717Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference480712
Robert Morris University74117510489Northeast Conference536069
Rutgers University-New Brunswick179241878805Big East Conference821285
Sacred Heart University109318641714Northeast Conference536069
Saint Francis University93537509210Northeast Conference536069
Saint Joseph's University151430622479Atlantic 10 Conference603646
Saint Louis University115497498543Atlantic 10 Conference603646
Saint Mary's College of California95126526937West Coast Conference692516
Saint Peter's University64035321554Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference480712
Sam Houston State University70092412289Southland Conference484443
Samford University102059664678Southern Conference536591
San Diego State University156144907746Mountain West Conference747776
San Jose State University155478561900Western Athletic Conference585109
Santa Clara University74164430188West Coast Conference692516
Savannah State University46547207741Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference350535
Seattle University122851510657Western Athletic Conference585109
Seton Hall University173455853670Big East Conference821285
Siena College55066492646Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference480712
South Carolina State University45758336858Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference350535
South Dakota State University151085415511The Summit League455606
Southeast Missouri State University59937429180Ohio Valley Conference479175
Southeastern Louisiana University87756493628Southland Conference484443
Southern Illinois University-Carbondale182480688794Missouri Valley Conference659133
Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville113562544290Ohio Valley Conference479175
Southern University and A & M College53132254321Southwestern Athletic Conference269908
Southern Utah University134694420970Big Sky Conference460244
St Bonaventure University89737294550Atlantic 10 Conference603646
St John's University-New York143241958439Big East Conference821285
Stanford University2321701233107Pacific-12 Conference1413881
Stephen F Austin State University275816584980Southland Conference484443
Stetson University77106886051Atlantic Sun Conference520830
Stony Brook University130915614774America East535750
SUNY at Albany119285513927America East535750
SUNY at Binghamton93626456442America East535750
Syracuse University2900331548523Atlantic Coast Conference1074880
Temple University126054698115American Athletic Conference884136
Tennessee State University81749377822Ohio Valley Conference479175
Tennessee Technological University110546536885Ohio Valley Conference479175
Texas A & M University-College Station4881541657049Southeastern Conference1515431
Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi112257459475Division I Independents445709
Texas Southern University55134344582Southwestern Athletic Conference269908
Texas State University168132608235Sun Belt Conference585574
Texas Tech University2708781087590Big Twelve Conference1309396
The University of Alabama3544781617334Southeastern Conference1515431
The University of Tennessee-Chattanooga119239598336Southern Conference536591
The University of Tennessee-Knoxville3768921677456Southeastern Conference1515431
The University of Tennessee-Martin78688424926Ohio Valley Conference479175
The University of Texas at Arlington170499594184Western Athletic Conference585109
The University of Texas at Austin5187881680034Big Twelve Conference1309396
The University of Texas at El Paso3045061090820Conference USA712125
The University of Texas at San Antonio140884659607Conference USA712125
Towson University131175580692Colonial Athletic Association769335
Troy University139634585642Sun Belt Conference585574
University at Buffalo143110680832Mid-American Conference646023
University of Akron Main Campus123652633675Mid-American Conference646023
University of Alabama at Birmingham221293832752Conference USA712125
University of Arizona3347102274561Pacific-12 Conference1413881
University of Arkansas3513632291929Southeastern Conference1515431
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff40282167375Southwestern Athletic Conference269908
University of California-Berkeley4015301291072Pacific-12 Conference1413881
University of California-Davis147756661407Big West Conference649014
University of California-Los Angeles3301881441683Pacific-12 Conference1413881
University of California-Riverside100770583542Big West Conference649014
University of California-Santa Barbara148306639230Big West Conference649014
University of Central Arkansas110597434268Southland Conference484443
University of Central Florida224738886926American Athletic Conference884136
University of Connecticut165308906692Big East Conference821285
University of Dayton113816563213Atlantic 10 Conference603646
University of Delaware133523813575Colonial Athletic Association769335
University of Detroit Mercy86660525941Horizon League509606
University of Evansville81269685196Missouri Valley Conference659133
University of Florida4960261772151Southeastern Conference1515431
University of Georgia2746271574668Southeastern Conference1515431
University of Hartford68434558884America East535750
University of Hawaii at Manoa251236970517Big West Conference649014
University of Houston175878751596American Athletic Conference884136
University of Illinois at Chicago150810799467Horizon League509606
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign2431531075577Big Ten Conference1266634
University of Iowa2795211125635Big Ten Conference1266634
University of Kansas3751211165187Big Twelve Conference1309396
University of Kentucky3614701253175Southeastern Conference1515431
University of Louisiana at Lafayette311005836362Sun Belt Conference585574
University of Louisiana at Monroe79461310352Sun Belt Conference585574
University of Louisville2353041142038American Athletic Conference884136
University of Maine96574633329America East535750
University of Maryland Eastern Shore50734164349Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference350535
University of Maryland-Baltimore County93096437144America East535750
University of Maryland-College Park146884786307Atlantic Coast Conference1074880
University of Massachusetts-Amherst224961836247Atlantic 10 Conference603646
University of Memphis3131561009035American Athletic Conference884136
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor3798161651804Big Ten Conference1266634
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities299740913005Big Ten Conference1266634
University of Mississippi3047631164702Southeastern Conference1515431
University of Missouri-Columbia3738291307989Southeastern Conference1515431
University of Missouri-Kansas City196278651991Western Athletic Conference585109
University of Nebraska at Omaha100557445962The Summit League455606
University of Nebraska-Lincoln3030991337146Big Ten Conference1266634
University of Nevada-Las Vegas229993802759Mountain West Conference747776
University of Nevada-Reno151027645429Mountain West Conference747776
University of New Mexico-Main Campus179374694569Mountain West Conference747776
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill172033820465Atlantic Coast Conference1074880
University of North Carolina at Charlotte127751525163Conference USA712125
University of North Carolina at Greensboro72415466040Southern Conference536591
University of North Carolina Wilmington70689397422Colonial Athletic Association769335
University of North Dakota147968436908Big Sky Conference460244
University of North Florida73495277777Atlantic Sun Conference520830
University of North Texas141480571696Conference USA712125
University of Northern Colorado115506364555Big Sky Conference460244
University of Northern Iowa151540595739Missouri Valley Conference659133
University of Notre Dame3109041407324Atlantic Coast Conference1074880
University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus4040581878714Big Twelve Conference1309396
University of Oregon2721231274139Pacific-12 Conference1413881
University of Pennsylvania90195290173Ivy Group311243
University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus177721810558Atlantic Coast Conference1074880
University of Rhode Island124937676520Atlantic 10 Conference603646
University of San Diego80659551247West Coast Conference692516
University of South Alabama139180676171Sun Belt Conference585574
University of South Carolina-Columbia2620651293154Southeastern Conference1515431
University of South Carolina-Upstate61914395181Atlantic Sun Conference520830
University of South Dakota108218370223The Summit League455606
University of South Florida-Main Campus227144817109American Athletic Conference884136
University of Southern Mississippi134221568765Conference USA712125
University of the Incarnate Word45697380738Southland Conference484443
University of the Pacific1367641028588West Coast Conference692516
University of Toledo133824630122Mid-American Conference646023
University of Tulsa130430941373Conference USA712125
University of Utah232765802753Pacific-12 Conference1413881
University of Virginia-Main Campus2065571035620Atlantic Coast Conference1074880
University of Washington-Seattle Campus4663931647712Pacific-12 Conference1413881
University of Wisconsin-Green Bay88449302067Horizon League509606
University of Wisconsin-Madison2421901950192Big Ten Conference1266634
Utah State University248398656985Mountain West Conference747776
Utah Valley University134038436632Western Athletic Conference585109
Valparaiso University109710606095Horizon League509606
Villanova University136486852325Big East Conference821285
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University2496661119616Atlantic Coast Conference1074880
Wagner College84961575005Northeast Conference536069
Weber State University103477362769Big Sky Conference460244
Western Carolina University94548334249Southern Conference536591
Western Illinois University116301484900The Summit League455606
Western Kentucky University126364587661Sun Belt Conference585574
Western Michigan University123726594697Mid-American Conference646023
Wichita State University155100701213Missouri Valley Conference659133
Winthrop University69783585311Big South Conference567127
Wright State University-Main Campus108897447138Horizon League509606
Yale University71180343793Ivy Group311243
Youngstown State University92917468090Horizon League509606

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