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

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