ATHENS, Ohio – Ohio University paid for its $35.9 million sports program last year with the help of $19.8 million in support from university non-athletic sources, the school reported in its financial filing with the NCAA for the 2017-2018 school year.
Nearly $17.3 million was reported in “direct institutional support.” This includes, according to NCAA reporting requirements, any support the school provided to the athletic department from state money, tuition, tuition discounts, federal work study programs and more.
Another $2.6 million was classified as “indirect institutional support,” which includes the value of services provided by the university to the athletic department, such as administrative services, maintenance and security. Unlike some schools in Ohio, there are no specific student fees dedicated for the OU athletic department.
The overall subsidy covered 55 percent of OU’s sports budget. Based on total enrollment, the $19.8 million subsidy amounted to $719 per student. OU’s athletic subsidy in terms of total dollars has been relatively flat in recent years.
Ohio State is the only public university in Ohio that operates its athletic program without a subsidy from non-athletic sources.
This is part of cleveland.com’s annual series reporting on expenses and revenues for Ohio’s 11 public universities competing in Division I sports. Find details about other Ohio schools and the Big Ten, including Ohio State, at this link. Each Ohio public university will be covered in the coming days. Published: Akron, Bowling Green, Cleveland State, Cincinnati, Kent State and Miami.
Ohio University data summary
Some key details from Ohio’s latest report to the NCAA. The campus enrollment number is from the Ohio Board of Regents.
Student enrollment: 27,577 (Full-time equivalent enrollment in fall 2017, meaning two half-time students count as one.)
- Men (6): Baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf and wrestling.
- Women (10): Basketball, cross country, field hockey, golf, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, indoor track, outdoor track and volleyball.
- Ticket revenue: $1,049,472
- Contributions: $4,870,290
- NCAA: $1,519,839
- Conference: $1,501,913
- Subsidy from student fees and non-athletic department sources: $19,832,417
Scholarships: $8,403,029 was spent on 235.97 scholarships split among 352 student-athletes.
Coaching pay and benefits: $5,752,243
- Head football coach pay and benefits: $696,040
- Head men’s basketball coach pay and benefits: $633,874
- Head women’s basketball coach pay and benefits: $314,715
- Next highest paid women’s coach pay and benefits: Volleyball, $178,110
Staff pay and benefits: $3,303,172
Severance to coaches or staff: $0