• July 28, 2014

How Do Athletics Endowments Measure Up?

At every college, athletics endowments are dwarfed by their universitywide counterparts. Even the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's sports endowment, the largest in a Chronicle survey, is one-tenth the size of the university's total endowment. But that gap shrinks, and often reverses, when the endowments are measured on a per-student and per-scholarship-athlete basis. By that measure, North Carolina has endowed its athletes four times as much as other undergraduates. Below are the top 10 athletics endowments, based on the survey, and how they stack up against their institutions' overall endowments.

Institution
Sports endowment
Athletes
Endowment per athlete
Overall endowment
Undergraduates
Endowment per student
1. U. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
$212,000,000
437
$485,126
$2,164,444,000
17,628
$122,784
2. Duke U.
$150,717,426
339
$444,594
$5,910,280,000
6,394
$924,348
3. Boston College
$100,000,000
262
$381,679
$1,670,092,000
9,860
$169,380
4. Georgia Tech
$80,058,950
292
$274,174
$1,608,682,000
12,565
$128,028
5. U. of Virginia
$61,873,981
477
$129,715
$4,370,209,000
15,078
$289,840
6. U. of Washington
$56,000,000
380
$147,368
$2,184,374,000
28,570
$76,457
7. U. of Georgia
$51,000,000
403
$126,551
$705,316,000
25,335
$27,840
8. Pennsylvania State U.
$49,390,069
450
$109,756
$1,590,000,000
36,815
$43,189
9. U. of Connecticut
$48,051,366
340
$141,328
$337,945,000
16,348
$20,672
10. Ohio State U.
$46,139,682
660
$69,909
$2,338,103,000
39,209
$59,632
NOTE: Enrollment numbers are for main campuses
* Sports endowment figures are from June 30, 2008, while institutional endowment totals are from June 30, 2007, the latest data available.
Includes endowments for the institutions and their foundations.
SOURCES: National Association of College and University Business Officers; National Center for Education Statistics; Chronicle reporting

http://chronicle.com Section: Money & Management Volume 55, Issue 20, Page A1

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