How Much do D1 Colleges Spend on Baseball Programs?

Baseball on top of money representing college baseball expensesImagine choosing between two job offers. (I know, many would be grateful with just one but I did say imagine.) All other things being equal, you would pick the highest paying one, right? So if you’re deciding where to play D1 college baseball, all other things being equal, you would pick the one that spends the most money on the team.

Of course, all other things are never equal. There’s also the minor fact you have to have more than one baseball program wanting you on the team.

And then you have the issue of are you actually comparing apple to apples. Not exactly. Scholarships count for more at private colleges than at public ones. Programs that have to travel more, whether just for conference games or playoffs, will have higher expenses.

Finally, you have data errors. Not everyone is diligent in checking their data entry when submitting their information. So you never know if a school is really spending “that much” (or “only that much”) or if it’s a data entry error.

But just in case you’re still curious about how much colleges are spending operating their baseball programs, the table below shows the average college baseball expenses for NCAA D1 programs for five years from 2009 to 2013.

If you’re just looking at conferences, the SEC averages almost 3 million dollars with the next closest conference, the Big 12, coming in at 2.2 million. The Big 12, Pac 12, and ACC form the next tier of spending on college baseball expenses ranging from 1.8 to 2.2 million. There are 10 conferences that average over a million dollars in expenses. Six conferences average less than 500,000 with the Southwestern Athletic Conference averaging the lowest as $367,735.

The table shows two numbers-Operating Expenses and All Expenses. Operate 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.

All expenses are

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.

Again, the following college baseball expenses 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 Baseball Expenses
for 2009 to 2013

(2013 Data Available Here)

Institution NameOperating
Expenses
All
Expenses
ConferenceConf
Avg
Abilene Christian University153372649822Southland Conference693432
Alabama A & M University74547324033Southwestern Athletic Conference367734
Alabama State University148721642884Southwestern Athletic Conference367734
Alcorn State University55276322033Southwestern Athletic Conference367734
Appalachian State University139245548683Southern Conference692031
Arizona State University5180762433316Pacific-12 Conference1947288
Arizona State University-Tempe5644662526796Pacific-12 Conference1947288
Arkansas State University-Main Campus210650676446Sun Belt Conference890692
Auburn University6122683186144Southeastern Conference2933940
Auburn University Main Campus5113982337384Southeastern Conference2933940
Austin Peay State University112412630377Ohio Valley Conference568380
Ball State University166186707362Mid-American Conference731032
Baylor University6473392332537Big Twelve Conference2202942
Belmont University146513796174Ohio Valley Conference568380
Bethune-Cookman University299067830358Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference404213
Boston College3659751336241Atlantic Coast Conference1812256
Bowling Green State University-Main Campus131467618482Mid-American Conference731032
Bradley University2108711023570Missouri Valley Conference980058
Brigham Young University301727970383West Coast Conference1277453
Brigham Young University-Provo3844351297184West Coast Conference1277453
Brown University128843309604Ivy Group408572
Bryant University171969588700Northeast Conference576717
Bucknell University134129386124Patriot League465721
Butler University166784800768Atlantic 10 Conference746488
California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo214257932515Big West Conference996526
California State University-Bakersfield249762779668Division I Independents701697
California State University-Fresno3570451128718Mountain West Conference1109668
California State University-Fullerton3147421081552Big West Conference996526
California State University-Long Beach1903011106561Big West Conference996526
California State University-Northridge165641724076Big West Conference996526
California State University-Sacramento220523948192Western Athletic Conference808350
Campbell University189336916308Big South Conference783468
Campbell University Inc123651769663Big South Conference783468
Canisius College131328590536Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference606972
Central Connecticut State University92983495845Northeast Conference576717
Central Michigan University217988893449Mid-American Conference731032
Charleston Southern University104181477848Big South Conference783468
Chicago State University191629449591Western Athletic Conference808350
Citadel Military College of South Carolina242896971867Southern Conference692031
Clemson University5110882149475Atlantic Coast Conference1812256
Cleveland State University113519468342
Coastal Carolina University3181801407196Big South Conference783468
College of Charleston211654936013Colonial Athletic Association857055
College of the Holy Cross113787261135Patriot League465721
College of William and Mary196072810138Colonial Athletic Association857055
Columbia University in the City of New York199665467311Ivy Group408572
Coppin State University41222193999Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference404213
Cornell University130624478547Ivy Group408572
Creighton University2529201344719Big East Conference1069112
Dartmouth College165782438008Ivy Group408572
Davidson College92677421012Southern Conference692031
Delaware State University116063429279Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference404213
Duke University2098281562169Atlantic Coast Conference1812256
Duquesne University161904560903
East Carolina University4456991326353Conference USA1171897
East Tennessee State University132403609673Atlantic Sun Conference759245
Eastern Illinois University157246525729Ohio Valley Conference568380
Eastern Kentucky University165927631218Ohio Valley Conference568380
Eastern Michigan University110338671280Mid-American Conference731032
Elon University134817944956Southern Conference692031
Fairfield University104017561778Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference606972
Fairleigh Dickinson University-Metropolitan Campus63837426081Northeast Conference576717
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University85059338953Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference404213
Florida Atlantic University265549737029Sun Belt Conference890692
Florida Gulf Coast University183484695880Atlantic Sun Conference759245
Florida International University281302983612Conference USA1171897
Florida State University9290922395209Atlantic Coast Conference1812256
Fordham University1922941003487Atlantic 10 Conference746488
Furman University152951956216Southern Conference692031
Gardner-Webb University97867680089Big South Conference783468
George Mason University180421747582Atlantic 10 Conference746488
George Washington University1512731007874Atlantic 10 Conference746488
Georgetown University189743774187Big East Conference1069112
Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus4614461790507Atlantic Coast Conference1812256
Georgia Southern University171921584733Southern Conference692031
Georgia State University240216940534Sun Belt Conference890692
Gonzaga University3942151411531West Coast Conference1277453
Grambling State University83881286880Southwestern Athletic Conference367734
Grand Canyon University305786826899Western Athletic Conference808350
Harvard University171095444180Ivy Group408572
High Point University157257839379Big South Conference783468
Hofstra University256510934547Colonial Athletic Association857055
Houston Baptist University162591643402Southland Conference693432
Illinois State University193777723511Missouri Valley Conference980058
Indiana State University222250699615Missouri Valley Conference980058
Indiana University-Bloomington3508461505746Big Ten Conference1443972
Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne153455410277The Summit League458293
Iona College82974445213Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference606972
Jackson State University54312282173Southwestern Athletic Conference367734
Jacksonville State University161172725671Ohio Valley Conference568380
Jacksonville University138924860736Atlantic Sun Conference759245
James Madison University2088591035545Colonial Athletic Association857055
Kansas State University4477861606906Big Twelve Conference2202942
Kennesaw State University228920877153Atlantic Sun Conference759245
Kent State University at Kent166504892962Mid-American Conference731032
Kent State University Kent Campus87003605067Mid-American Conference731032
La Salle University165739492564Atlantic 10 Conference746488
Lafayette College126811605716Patriot League465721
Lamar University207602876403Southland Conference693432
Lehigh University105405609910Patriot League465721
Liberty University2503681393713Big South Conference783468
Lipscomb University2480871029834Atlantic Sun Conference759245
LIU Brooklyn168495826507Northeast Conference576717
Long Island University-Brooklyn Campus169500884931Northeast Conference576717
Longwood University95131485439Big South Conference783468
Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College8007146089840Southeastern Conference2933940
Louisiana Tech University275729707992Conference USA1171897
Loyola Marymount University2445661218830West Coast Conference1277453
Manhattan College156746603412Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference606972
Marist College145131602358Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference606972
Marshall University300952856255Conference USA1171897
Mercer University132276830366Atlantic Sun Conference759245
Miami University-Oxford189276872644Mid-American Conference731032
Michigan State University3920271251964Big Ten Conference1443972
Middle Tennessee State University220915790927Conference USA1171897
Mississippi State University4987642512589Southeastern Conference2933940
Mississippi Valley State University89372260928Southwestern Athletic Conference367734
Missouri State University116340707416Missouri Valley Conference980058
Missouri State University-Springfield189132924706Missouri Valley Conference980058
Monmouth University126981744980Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference606972
Morehead State University169150555343Ohio Valley Conference568380
Mount St Mary's University124585348470Northeast Conference576717
Mount St. Mary's University105904328537Northeast Conference576717
Murray State University112390497040Ohio Valley Conference568380
New Jersey Institute of Technology203800641850Independent Northeast Region641850
New Mexico State University-Main Campus357647913268Western Athletic Conference808350
Niagara University133876482586Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference606972
Nicholls State University175848490773Southland Conference693432
Norfolk State University87516415830Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference404213
North Carolina A & T State University95408409681Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference404213
North Carolina Central University80582375510Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference404213
North Carolina State University at Raleigh3533491621814Atlantic Coast Conference1812256
North Dakota State University-Main Campus195366555471The Summit League458293
Northeastern University2435901071107Colonial Athletic Association857055
Northern Illinois University198813702557Mid-American Conference731032
Northern Kentucky University163879515446Atlantic Sun Conference759245
Northwestern State University of Louisiana165819667810Southland Conference693432
Northwestern University2409401082199Big Ten Conference1443972
Oakland University160492520721Horizon League665355
Ohio State University-Main Campus5199071693773Big Ten Conference1443972
Ohio University-Main Campus157386891407Mid-American Conference731032
Oklahoma State University-Main Campus3555661574264Big Twelve Conference2202942
Old Dominion University2082461025048Conference USA1171897
Oral Roberts University3441451192182Southland Conference693432
Oregon State University5019232112079Pacific-12 Conference1947288
Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus2872631536203Big Ten Conference1443972
Pepperdine University3722871474139West Coast Conference1277453
Prairie View A & M University56124285681Southwestern Athletic Conference367734
Presbyterian College97984554537Big South Conference783468
Princeton University122190363158Ivy Group408572
Purdue University-Main Campus3187111076088Big Ten Conference1443972
Quinnipiac University116044886192Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference606972
Radford University180561804345Big South Conference783468
Rice University5355722857764Conference USA1171897
Rider University109476590122Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference606972
Rutgers University-New Brunswick3227311024671Big East Conference1069112
Sacred Heart University159873684432Northeast Conference576717
Saint Bonaventure University109281439864Atlantic 10 Conference746488
Saint Joseph's University261028783051Atlantic 10 Conference746488
Saint Louis University292649912104Atlantic 10 Conference746488
Saint Louis University-Main Campus238700815360Atlantic 10 Conference746488
Saint Marys College of California2013151066394West Coast Conference1277453
Saint Mary's College of California2820301189381West Coast Conference1277453
Saint Peter's College105373515167Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference606972
Saint Peter's University123694470417Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference606972
Sam Houston State University136379685435Southland Conference693432
Samford University193907882523Southern Conference692031
San Diego State University3575291336574Mountain West Conference1109668
San Jose State University224014837734Western Athletic Conference808350
Santa Clara University2384971384302West Coast Conference1277453
Savannah State University91012288808Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference404213
Seattle University273071900889Western Athletic Conference808350
Seton Hall University3012451113598Big East Conference1069112
Siena College156309663301Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference606972
South Dakota State University203732468463The Summit League458293
Southeast Missouri State University132626497300Ohio Valley Conference568380
Southeastern Louisiana University159219683221Southland Conference693432
Southern Illinois University Carbondale188607693703Missouri Valley Conference980058
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville87668395408Ohio Valley Conference568380
Southern Illinois University-Carbondale236146692499Missouri Valley Conference980058
Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville116625481098Ohio Valley Conference568380
Southern University and A & M College75644409694Southwestern Athletic Conference367734
Southern Utah University176404387561
St Bonaventure University141156453267Atlantic 10 Conference746488
St John's University-New York3075611392288Big East Conference1069112
St. John's University-New York2863521316044Big East Conference1069112
Stanford University3774461866268Pacific-12 Conference1947288
Stephen F Austin State University439615863748Southland Conference693432
Stetson University1821531165872Atlantic Sun Conference759245
Stony Brook University195078747999America East644490
SUNY at Albany153901531796America East644490
SUNY at Binghamton135961560656America East644490
Temple University167293675248American Athletic Conference1246472
Tennessee Technological University150691549116Ohio Valley Conference568380
Texas A & M University5845742173561Southeastern Conference2933940
Texas A & M University-College Station8091882823462Southeastern Conference2933940
Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi153701623727Division I Independents701697
Texas Christian University7305453027612Big Twelve Conference2202942
Texas Southern University86472473760Southwestern Athletic Conference367734
Texas State University4335081063849Sun Belt Conference890692
Texas State University-San Marcos293427853229Sun Belt Conference890692
Texas Tech University5065871965408Big Twelve Conference2202942
The University of Alabama6903992296275Southeastern Conference2933940
The University of Tennessee3915622159838Southeastern Conference2933940
The University of Tennessee-Knoxville3866692246594Southeastern Conference2933940
The University of Tennessee-Martin78528431660Ohio Valley Conference568380
The University of Texas at Arlington250137765832Western Athletic Conference808350
The University of Texas at Austin11737593848371Big Twelve Conference2202942
The University of Texas at San Antonio241011982161Conference USA1171897
The University of Texas-Pan American240637761103Western Athletic Conference808350
Towson University174914555409Colonial Athletic Association857055
Troy University1711491079125Sun Belt Conference890692
Tulane University of Louisiana2920331848446Conference USA1171897
University at Buffalo176674574896Mid-American Conference731032
University of Akron Main Campus173600629790Mid-American Conference731032
University of Alabama at Birmingham3034731060496Conference USA1171897
University of Arizona4693632706557Pacific-12 Conference1947288
University of Arkansas10193642879382Southeastern Conference2933940
University of Arkansas at Little Rock199148837410Sun Belt Conference890692
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff66696389279Southwestern Athletic Conference367734
University of California-Berkeley4094011506466Pacific-12 Conference1947288
University of California-Davis177030819554Big West Conference996526
University of California-Irvine2449341139368Big West Conference996526
University of California-Los Angeles5680562190426Pacific-12 Conference1947288
University of California-Riverside178106863578Big West Conference996526
University of California-Santa Barbara206491931643Big West Conference996526
University of Central Arkansas151437514635Southland Conference693432
University of Central Florida3013011145246Conference USA1171897
University of Cincinnati-Main Campus2848071015847American Athletic Conference1246472
University of Connecticut4990001338675Big East Conference1069112
University of Dayton189232848373Atlantic 10 Conference746488
University of Delaware216081879879Colonial Athletic Association857055
University of Evansville117097822697Missouri Valley Conference980058
University of Florida8787642699832Southeastern Conference2933940
University of Georgia3561882362989Southeastern Conference2933940
University of Hartford128713721844America East644490
University of Hawaii at Manoa3304751369893Big West Conference996526
University of Houston3485511387760American Athletic Conference1246472
University of Illinois at Chicago162762881067Horizon League665355
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign2969711124637Big Ten Conference1443972
University of Iowa3182701274529Big Ten Conference1443972
University of Kansas6511851845508Big Twelve Conference2202942
University of Kentucky4420341928893Southeastern Conference2933940
University of Louisiana at Lafayette4486861112687Sun Belt Conference890692
University of Louisiana at Monroe166397573782Sun Belt Conference890692
University of Louisiana Monroe138755473446Sun Belt Conference890692
University of Louisiana-Lafayette4519051082816Sun Belt Conference890692
University of Louisiana-Monroe150389495935Sun Belt Conference890692
University of Louisville4603812332493American Athletic Conference1246472
University of Maine200789759322America East644490
University of Maryland Eastern Shore81275355497Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference404213
University of Maryland-Baltimore County116158545327America East644490
University of Maryland-College Park2647761045331Atlantic Coast Conference1812256
University of Massachusetts Amherst186045432414Atlantic 10 Conference746488
University of Massachusetts-Amherst182737458703Atlantic 10 Conference746488
University of Memphis3424761094029American Athletic Conference1246472
University of Miami3781023014487Atlantic Coast Conference1812256
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor5249191873288Big Ten Conference1443972
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities4873601464858Big Ten Conference1443972
University of Mississippi10624113305115Southeastern Conference2933940
University of Mississippi Main Campus6003462472880Southeastern Conference2933940
University of Missouri-Columbia3544561470178Southeastern Conference2933940
University of Nebraska at Omaha146109410080The Summit League458293
University of Nebraska-Lincoln4985542000406Big Ten Conference1443972
University of Nevada-Las Vegas3873591138909Mountain West Conference1109668
University of Nevada-Reno291904884050Mountain West Conference1109668
University of New Mexico-Main Campus3101361060089Mountain West Conference1109668
University of New Orleans153354465914Southland Conference693432
University of North Carolina at Asheville144279384067Big South Conference783468
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill4630501679064Atlantic Coast Conference1812256
University of North Carolina at Charlotte248310767954Conference USA1171897
University of North Carolina at Greensboro138332631719Southern Conference692031
University of North Carolina at Wilmington169111629833Colonial Athletic Association857055
University of North Carolina Wilmington201075716005Colonial Athletic Association857055
University of North Carolina-Wilmington135014563501Colonial Athletic Association857055
University of North Dakota204983443690Western Athletic Conference808350
University of North Florida159358595556Atlantic Sun Conference759245
University of Northern Colorado187241445625Great West Conference445625
University of Notre Dame5083441751393Atlantic Coast Conference1812256
University of Oklahoma Norman Campus7845412458320Big Twelve Conference2202942
University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus7348943067722Big Twelve Conference2202942
University of Oregon5995672424388Pacific-12 Conference1947288
University of Pennsylvania105189341827Ivy Group408572
University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus3454451007774Atlantic Coast Conference1812256
University of Portland2782781040342West Coast Conference1277453
University of Rhode Island227255701394Atlantic 10 Conference746488
University of Richmond151978849194Atlantic 10 Conference746488
University of San Diego2371821352023West Coast Conference1277453
University of San Francisco2892221423987Western Athletic Conference808350
University of South Alabama2131051000193Sun Belt Conference890692
University of South Carolina-Columbia6469384136912Southeastern Conference2933940
University of South Carolina-Upstate74335411935Atlantic Sun Conference759245
University of South Florida-Main Campus380933973452American Athletic Conference1246472
University of Southern California5679061731811Pacific-12 Conference1947288
University of Southern Mississippi217920882412Conference USA1171897
University of the Incarnate Word75804587833Southland Conference693432
University of the Pacific2356341293095West Coast Conference1277453
University of Toledo160857666290Mid-American Conference731032
University of Utah3200441010969Pacific-12 Conference1947288
University of Virginia-Main Campus7242133020769Atlantic Coast Conference1812256
University of Washington-Seattle Campus5930581707022Pacific-12 Conference1947288
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee144777585486Horizon League665355
Utah Valley University266597620662Western Athletic Conference808350
Valparaiso University199215801866Horizon League665355
Vanderbilt University7288293838984Southeastern Conference2933940
Villanova University226231730376Big East Conference1069112
Virginia Commonwealth University186297755139Atlantic 10 Conference746488
Virginia Military Institute122534566281Big South Conference783468
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University3441031510929Atlantic Coast Conference1812256
Wagner College174953624235Northeast Conference576717
Wake Forest University2569641486427Atlantic Coast Conference1812256
Washington State University5817771712164Pacific-12 Conference1947288
West Virginia University4244721045669Big Twelve Conference2202942
Western Carolina University127341562295Southern Conference692031
Western Illinois University129240447173The Summit League458293
Western Kentucky University2232181127113Sun Belt Conference890692
Western Michigan University199115708850Mid-American Conference731032
Wichita State University3530552016304Missouri Valley Conference980058
Winthrop University141687921743Big South Conference783468
Wofford College114441416310Southern Conference692031
Wright State University-Main Campus203128804209
Xavier University186930849634Big East Conference1069112
Yale University105515425941Ivy Group408572
Youngstown State University164053537632Horizon League665355

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