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


Lacrosse is the fastest growing sport at the college level. According to the Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE), in 2012 there were 98 D1 programs for women’s lacrosse with an average expense of $688,599. D1 women’s lacrosse programs can offer up to 12 equivalency scholarships.

All the numbers I just mentioned have lots of asterisks attached to them. Since lacrosse is such a fast growing sport, the number of programs has changed since 2012. LAXPower lists 103 D1 women’s programs for 2014.

The average expenses include the following:

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.

This means that you would expect private schools to have higher expenses just because the value of their scholarships will be higher. Programs that have to travel a lot for games or those that make it to post-season play will also have more expenses.

And finally, just because a school is allowed to offer 12 scholarships, doesn’t mean that it will.?  The average number of participants on a D1 women’s lacrosse team is 28 which means that full-scholarships are likely to be the exception rather than the rule.

So use the following numbers with caution. A total of 18 schools had expenses greater than $1,000,000. Syracuse had the highest at $2,202,208 followed by Northwestern, University of Florida, Vanderbilt, and Duke. The D1 programs with the lowest expenses were Delaware State, Niagara, and Iona.

The 21 conferences with D1 women’s lacrosse programs had average expenses ranging from $262,347 to $1,465,028. The Big East, Big 10, and ACC had the highest averages. The Southern and Mid-Eastern Athletic Conferences had the lowest.

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

Expenses for D1 Women’s Lacrosse Programs

NameTypeStateFull-time
Under-
graduates
4 yr
Grad
Rate
Basketball ConferenceTeam
Expenses
Participants Women's Team
Syracuse UniversityPrivateNY1416969Big East Conference220220843
Northwestern UniversityPrivateIL854286Big Ten Conference153341937
University of FloridaPublicFL3024164Southeastern Conference148407632
Vanderbilt UniversityPrivateTN673187Southeastern Conference144597926
Duke UniversityPrivateNC663187Atlantic Coast Conference139323935
University of OregonPublicOR1884744Pacific-12 Conference132085532
University of Notre DamePrivateIN846289Big East Conference124555133
Loyola University MarylandPrivateMD387579Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference120328427
Ohio State University-Main CampusPublicOH3888453Big Ten Conference119869732
University of Virginia-Main CampusPublicVA1492887Atlantic Coast Conference118724832
Boston CollegePrivateMA953389Atlantic Coast Conference117035827
Boston UniversityPrivateMA1663479America East115483325
Hofstra UniversityPrivateNY637445Colonial Athletic Association113781830
Georgetown UniversityPrivateDC725189Big East Conference112513634
University of DenverPrivateCO496561Western Athletic Conference112137226
University of LouisvillePublicKY1219226Big East Conference107826229
Stanford UniversityPrivateCA700380Pacific-12 Conference103702827
Pennsylvania State University-Main CampusPublicPA3791765Big Ten Conference100149529
James Madison UniversityPublicVA1732963Colonial Athletic Association93146833
University of Maryland-College ParkPublicMD2448663Atlantic Coast Conference92127034
University of North Carolina at Chapel HillPublicNC1756276Atlantic Coast Conference91232637
Marquette UniversityPrivateWI796960Big East Conference90952734
University of Southern CaliforniaPrivateCA1761974Pacific-12 Conference88555127
University of ConnecticutPublicCT1673667Big East Conference85178135
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityPublicVA2336659Atlantic Coast Conference85067132
Drexel UniversityPrivatePA1307227Colonial Athletic Association84357628
Colgate UniversityPrivateNY285085Patriot League82896725
University of DelawarePublicDE1664267Colonial Athletic Association79286527
George Washington UniversityPrivateDC975874Atlantic 10 Conference78321626
University of VermontPublicVT995665America East78147728
Rutgers University-New BrunswickPublicNJ3003857Big East Conference77914829
University of RichmondPrivateVA310677Atlantic 10 Conference77750327
Quinnipiac UniversityPrivateCT623171Northeast Conference76682830
University of Massachusetts AmherstPublicMA2030654Atlantic 10 Conference76579336
Temple UniversityPublicPA2438236Atlantic 10 Conference75298429
University of New Hampshire-Main CampusPublicNH1234260America East74139325
California State University-FresnoPublicCA1715614Western Athletic Conference73317025
Lehigh UniversityPrivatePA482478Patriot League71975926
San Diego State UniversityPublicCA2303632Mountain West Conference67725330
University of Cincinnati-Main CampusPublicOH1966724Big East Conference67518523
Fairfield UniversityPrivateCT347178Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference67379838
Monmouth UniversityPrivateNJ443744Northeast Conference65142531
Duquesne UniversityPrivatePA565063Atlantic 10 Conference64962320
Old Dominion UniversityPublicVA1494925Colonial Athletic Association64888826
Dartmouth CollegePrivateNH413988Ivy Group64346930
Lafayette CollegePrivatePA243889Patriot League63685133
Towson UniversityPublicMD1585239Colonial Athletic Association62744534
High Point UniversityPrivateNC399650Big South Conference61791834
College of William and MaryPublicVA609783Colonial Athletic Association61578433
Liberty UniversityPrivateVA2477724Big South Conference60424024
Princeton UniversityPrivateNJ532788Ivy Group60107927
Stony Brook UniversityPublicNY1456647America East59677828
University of California-BerkeleyPublicCA2501868Pacific-12 Conference59391928
La Salle UniversityPrivatePA355756Atlantic 10 Conference59032434
SUNY at AlbanyPublicNY1206453America East56762426
University of Detroit MercyPrivateMI225135Horizon League55855522
University of PennsylvaniaPrivatePA1032487Ivy Group55607229
Villanova UniversityPrivatePA658485Big East Conference55519942
University of Maryland-Baltimore CountyPublicMD937137America East55306226
University of California-DavisPublicCA2505652Big West Conference55243428
Long Island University-Brooklyn CampusPrivateNY43077Northeast Conference54822021
Robert Morris UniversityPrivatePA364336Northeast Conference52777832
George Mason UniversityPublicVA1626542Colonial Athletic Association51931226
Harvard UniversityPrivateMA723386Ivy Group51506728
Saint Joseph's UniversityPrivatePA443374Atlantic 10 Conference51430931
Wagner CollegePrivateNY174763Northeast Conference49290327
College of the Holy CrossPrivateMA289190Patriot League48769627
Mount St Mary's UniversityPrivateMD175562Northeast Conference44597922
Canisius CollegePrivateNY295458Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference44141125
Bryant UniversityPrivateRI307877Northeast Conference43607625
Howard UniversityPrivateDC627042Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference43160720
SUNY at BinghamtonPublicNY1190468America East42753825
Cornell UniversityPrivateNY1424587Ivy Group42167329
Yale UniversityPrivateCT539389Ivy Group40058930
Sacred Heart UniversityPrivateCT339958Northeast Conference40049221
Bucknell UniversityPrivatePA351586Patriot League39929033
Saint Marys College of CaliforniaPrivateCA278250West Coast Conference39604425
Coastal Carolina UniversityPublicSC791629Big South Conference39233928
Campbell UniversityPrivateNC337440Big South Conference38461715
Presbyterian CollegePrivateSC114961Big South Conference37830725
Saint Francis UniversityPrivatePA159051Northeast Conference37710520
Longwood UniversityPublicVA396342Big South Conference36207328
Stetson UniversityPrivateFL247756Atlantic Sun Conference36018523
Marist CollegePrivateNY476871Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference35996627
Jacksonville UniversityPrivateFL215327Atlantic Sun Conference35828933
Manhattan CollegePrivateNY314166Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference35334323
Saint Bonaventure UniversityPrivateNY183951Atlantic 10 Conference33615924
Winthrop UniversityPublicSC446233Big South Conference33606225
Central Connecticut State UniversityPublicCT777121Northeast Conference33583520
Brown UniversityPrivateRI611783Ivy Group33183129
Kennesaw State UniversityPublicGA1695414Atlantic Sun Conference32287420
Siena CollegePrivateNY304869Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference31874326
Columbia University in the City of New YorkPrivateNY723688Ivy Group30164422
American UniversityPrivateDC697073Patriot League28445322
Davidson CollegePrivateNC179089Southern Conference26234724
Iona CollegePrivateNY292756Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference26110525
Niagara UniversityPrivateNY281062Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference25848324
Delaware State UniversityPublicDE344515Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference18393822

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