How Much do Colleges Spend on D1 Women’s Basketball Programs?


In the NCAA, basketball is one of four headcount college sports for women. This means that the value of the scholarship cannot be split up and distributed to more than one athlete. The maximum number of scholarships allowed for D1 women’s basketball is 15.

There are 342 D1 women’s basketball programs with an average of 16.4 participants. The D1 average expenses per team was $1,705,444 as defined by the Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE):

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.

? Among D1 schools, 14 programs have four million dollars or more in expenses with Baylor having the highest followed by the University of Connecticut, Vanderbilt, and the University of Oklahoma. The lowest are Mississippi Valley State, the University of New Orleans, and the University of the Incarnate Word.

The average team expenses by conference was $1,590,001. Five had averages above three million, the Big Twelve, SEC, ACC, Big Ten, and Big East. The three conferences that averaged less than $800,000 were the Lone Star, Southwestern Athletic, and Ivy Group.

The data in the following table is from OPE and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

Expenses for D1 Women’s Basketball Programs

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