Northern Illinois University

Northern Illinois University Sports Information

$26,795,495 Total Revenue
$25,041,731 Total Expenses
16 Head Coaches

If you’re a student athlete thinking about going to Northern Illinois University be sure to check out the facts on this page about the athletics program as a whole as well as the information about the particular sport you are interested in.

The Northern Illinois University Athletics Program

What Division Is NIU In?

As a proud member of the Mid-American Conference conference, NIU contends with other NCAA Division I-FBS schools.

A total number of 436 student athletes participate in varsity sports at the school, 236 of whom are male and 200 are female. They receive, on average, about $15,956 in sports-related student aid to attend NIU. Breaking it down by gender, the average amount of sports aid awarded to men is $17,659 and the average awarded to women is $13,947.

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Northern Illinois University Coaches

The sports at NIU are led by 16 head coaches, 7 of whom coach male teams and 9 of whom spearhead women’s teams. The average salary of the men’s team head coaches is $206,704, while the head coaches of women’s team make, on average, $93,314 per year.

The head coaches of NIU sports are supported by 14 assistant coaches of women’s teams and 25 assistant coaches of men’s teams. The average salary is $76,322 a year for assistant coaches of men’s teams and $40,498 for assistant coaches of women’s teams. Note, the individual salary of coaches is often dependent on the team they coach.

Did the NIU Athletics Program Make Money?

NIU sports teams made $26,795,495 in revenue, but they did have to spend $25,041,731 for expenses. In other words, the sports department made a profit of $1,753,764. That’s a whole lot better than taking a loss!

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The net profit or loss can vary with each sport. For example, sports like basketball and football are often moneymakers for a school while other sports could be operating at a deficit. The chart below compares the amount of money made (or lost) for each of the men’s sports offered at NIU.

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Likewise, money made for women’s athletics can vary quite a bit by sport. Here’s what the comparison looks like for women’s sports at NIU.

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A Note About NIU Sports Rankings

Along with the other data we present for each sport below, we also include the sport’s ranking on our Best Schools for the Sport list when applicable. In order to place in College Factual’s sports rankings, you have to have more than a good sports team. You need to offer a quality education as well. We believe it’s important to get a great education, whether you participate in sports or not.

NIU Men’s Baseball

$0 Net Profit/Loss
Great Graduation Rate

The head coach and 3 assistant coaches train and lead the 34 players of the NIU men’s baseball team. The team has an excellent academic progress rate of 975 - proof that they don’t ignore the importance of getting a good education. According to College Factual’s Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Baseball analysis, NIU was ranked #207 out of the 271 schools in its division.

On the money side of things, the NIU baseball program brought home $869,806 in revenue and paid out $869,806 in total expenses. Even though this means that the program didn’t make any money, at least it wasn’t in the red.

NIU Basketball

NIU Men’s Basketball

$0 Net Profit/Loss
Great Graduation Rate

The head coach and 3 assistant coaches train and lead the 16 players of the NIU men’s basketball team. You may be interested in knowing that the team’s academic progress rate is 951. Our Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball ranking placed NIU# 220 out of the 324 schools in its division.

The men’s basketball program at NIU made $1,775,696 in revenue and spent $1,775,696 in expenses. Even though this means that the program didn’t make any money, at least it wasn’t in the red.

NIU Women’s Basketball

$0 Net Profit/Loss
Excellent Graduation Rate

The NIU women’s basketball team is made up of 13 players who, in turn, are trained and guided by a head coach and 3 assistant coaches. The team has an excellent academic progress rate of 991 - proof that they don’t ignore the importance of getting a good education. NIU landed the #172 spot in our Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball out of the 324 colleges and universities that were included in the analysis.

NIU brought in $1,392,495 in revenue from its women’s basketball program while paying out $1,392,495 in expenses. So, the program broke even. It’s unfortunate that it didn’t make any money, but, then again, it didn’t lose any money either.

NIU Men’s Football

$0 Net Profit/Loss
Great Graduation Rate

The 108 players of the NIU men’s football team are led by a head coach and 14 assistant coaches. The team has an academic progress rate of 962, which is a measure of how well they do in the classroom. Our Best Colleges for Division I (FBS) Men’s Football] ranking placed NIU# 95 out of the 124 schools in its division.

On the money side of things, the NIU football program brought home $8,386,474 in revenue and paid out $8,386,474 in total expenses. So, the program broke even. It’s unfortunate that it didn’t make any money, but, then again, it didn’t lose any money either.

NIU Golf

NIU Men’s Golf

$0 Net Profit/Loss
Excellent Graduation Rate
11 Team Members

The head coach and assistant coach train and lead the 11 players of the NIU men’s golf team. The team members have more than golf on their mind, too, as seen by the team’s great academic progress rate of 994.

NIU brought in $657,692 in revenue from its men’s golf program while paying out $657,692 in expenses. So, the program broke even. It’s unfortunate that it didn’t make any money, but, then again, it didn’t lose any money either.

NIU Women’s Golf

$0 Net Profit/Loss
Excellent Graduation Rate
8 Team Members

The 8-member women’s golf team at NIU is kept in shape by one head coach and one assistant coach. Teammates care for more than golf, too. Their great academic progress rate of 993 is a sign that they spend ample time on their studies as well.

NIU brought in $414,956 in revenue from its women’s golf program while paying out $414,956 in expenses. So, the program broke even. It’s unfortunate that it didn’t make any money, but, then again, it didn’t lose any money either.

NIU Gymnastics

NIU Women’s Gymnastics

$0 Net Profit/Loss
Excellent Graduation Rate
18 Team Members

The 18-member women’s gymnastics team at NIU is kept in shape by one head coach and 2 assistant coaches. In addition to their athletic activities, teammates perform great in the classroom as evidenced by the team’s perfect academic progress rate of 1000.

NIU brought in $552,355 in revenue from its women’s gymnastics program while paying out $552,355 in expenses. So, the program broke even. It’s unfortunate that it didn’t make any money, but, then again, it didn’t lose any money either.

NIU Soccer

NIU Men’s Soccer

$0 Net Profit/Loss
Excellent Graduation Rate

The head coach and 3 assistant coaches train and lead the 26 players of the NIU men’s soccer team. With an excellent academic progress rate of 993, the team has shown that they take there time in the classroom seriously. According to College Factual’s Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Soccer analysis, NIU was ranked #162 out of the 188 schools in its division.

The men’s soccer program at NIU made $655,902 in revenue and spent $655,902 in expenses. On the positive side, this means the program didn’t lose any money - and that’s not something every college sports program can claim.

NIU Women’s Soccer

$0 Net Profit/Loss
Excellent Graduation Rate

The 25-player women’s soccer team at NIU is kept in shape by one head coach and 2 assistant coaches. The team has an excellent academic progress rate of 995 - proof that they don’t ignore the importance of getting a good education. In College Factual’s most recent Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Soccer analysis, NIU ranked #227 out of 306 colleges and universities.

On the money side of things, the NIU women’s soccer program brought home $649,803 in revenue and paid out $649,803 in total expenses. On the positive side, this means the program didn’t lose any money - and that’s not something every college sports program can claim.

NIU Women’s Softball

$0 Net Profit/Loss
Excellent Graduation Rate

The 24 players of the NIU women’s softball team are led by a head coach and 2 assistant coaches. Teammates care for more than softball, too. Their great academic progress rate of 992 is a sign that they spend ample time on their studies as well. In College Factual’s most recent Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Softball analysis, NIU ranked #134 out of 273 colleges and universities.

The women’s softball program at NIU made $816,546 in revenue and spend $816,546 in expenses. On the positive side, this means the program didn’t lose any money - and that’s not something every college sports program can claim.

NIU Tennis

NIU Men’s Tennis

$0 Net Profit/Loss
Excellent Graduation Rate
8 Team Members

There are 8 players on the NIU men’s tennis team, and they are led by one head coach and one assistant coach. Teammates care for more than tennis, too. Their great academic progress rate of 1000 is a sign that they spend ample time on their studies as well.

In terms of financials, the NIU men’s tennis program paid out $327,591 in expenses and made $327,591 in total revenue. So, the program broke even. It’s unfortunate that it didn’t make any money, but, then again, it didn’t lose any money either.

NIU Women’s Tennis

$0 Net Profit/Loss
Excellent Graduation Rate
9 Team Members

The 9-player women’s tennis team at NIU is kept in shape by one head coach and 2 assistant coaches. The team members have more than tennis on their mind, too, as seen by the team’s great academic progress rate of 980.

NIU brought in $480,665 in revenue from its women’s tennis program while paying out $480,665 in expenses. Even though this means that the program didn’t make any money, at least it wasn’t in the red.

NIU Track & Field (Combined)

NIU Women’s Track & Field (Combined)

$0 Net Profit/Loss
88 Team Members

The 88-player women’s track and field team at NIU is kept in shape by 2 head coaches and 3 assistant coaches. There are 88 players on the NIU women’s track and field team, and they are led by one head coach and one assistant coach.

The women’s track and field program at NIU made $976,946 in revenue and spent $976,946 in expenses. So, the program broke even. It’s unfortunate that it didn’t make any money, but, then again, it didn’t lose any money either.

NIU Volleyball

NIU Women’s Volleyball

$0 Net Profit/Loss
Excellent Graduation Rate

The 15-player women’s volleyball team at NIU is kept in shape by one head coach and 3 assistant coaches. With an excellent academic progress rate of 1000, the team has shown that they take there time in the classroom seriously. NIU was given a rank of 92 out of the 307 schools in its division in our most recent Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Volleyball report.

In terms of financials, the NIU women’s volleyball program paid out $819,311 in expenses and made $819,311 in total revenue. On the positive side, this means the program didn’t lose any money - and that’s not something every college sports program can claim.

NIU Men’s Wrestling

$0 Net Profit/Loss
Great Graduation Rate
33 Team Members

The 33 players of the NIU men’s wrestling team are led by a head coach and 3 assistant coaches. The team’s academic progress rate of 963 is one sign of how well teammates do in the classroom.

The wrestling program at NIU made $555,698 in revenue and spend $555,698 in expenses. So, the program broke even. It’s unfortunate that it didn’t make any money, but, then again, it didn’t lose any money either.

Notes & References

It’s possible that you may not find your favorite sport on this page, since we only include those sports on which we have data.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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