The University of Iowa is a member of the Big Ten Conference and the National Collegiate Athletic Association. As such, its administrative staff, coaching staff and more than 650 male and female student-athletes competing in 24 intercollegiate athletics programs are committed to achieving at the highest levels athletically, academically and while making positive contributions to the greater Iowa City and University communities and the state of Iowa.
The UI's talented student-athletes score high marks not only in athletics competition, but in the classroom as well.
- The UI's 2013* Graduate Success Rate was 88 percent. This percentage is a new record for the UI and was one point better than in 2012 and was seven points better than the national average for NCAA Division I student-athletes.
- The UI's 2013** Federal Graduation Rate was 72 percent. This percentage was seven points better than the national average for NCAA Division I student-athletes.
- All 24 of the UI's sports programs scored above the NCAA's "Academic Progress Rate"*** of 930 used to determine whether a program is in good academic standing. While eligibility requirements make the individual student-athlete accountable, the NCAA created the Academic Progress Rate to create institutional responsibility. The Academic Progress Rate is a Division I metric developed to track the academic achievement of teams each academic term.
*-NCAA Fall 2013 GSR report
**-NCAA Fall 2013 Federal Graduation Rate report
***-NCAA Spring 2012 APR report
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The UI Athletics Department is responsible for generating 100 percent of the revenue required to successfully operate its 24 sports programs and Finkbine Golf Course, e.g. the Department receives no General Education Funds ("tax dollars"). It became 100 percent self-supporting in 2007-08.
- The Department's 2013-14 budget of $84.3 million ranks eighth among the public institutions in the Big Ten Conference. The athletics budget at Ohio State is the largest in the Big Ten Conference at $139 million; Northwestern's is No. 14 at $60 million. The revenue side of the budget is built upon three primary sources of income:
1--Ticket sales and parking revenue: $25,172,306
2--Big Ten Conference distribution: $25,455,000
3--Development (includes premium seat revenue): $20,926,590
- More than 85 percent of the revenue generated by the Department is directly or indirectly attributable to its football and men's basketball programs.
- Approximately 33 percent of the FY14 budget for the Department is earmarked for salaries and benefits.
- The Department is charged the same rates for all central services provided by the UI to other departments on campus such as utilities, maintenance, and administration overhead for operations.
- The Department pays the University the full value of the in-state and out-of-state tuition, room and board, and fees for all scholarships awarded annually to eligible male and female student-athletes. ($9.7 million in 2012-13)
- The Department pays the University for utility consumption and maintenance of intercollegiate athletics facilities including expenses associated with routine maintenance, green space management, snow removal, and custodial services. ($4.4 million in 2012-13)
- The Department pays the UI Department of Public Safety and other off-campus security staff for security and other similar services at events staged by the UI Athletics Department. ($977,000 in 2012-13)
- The Department pays The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and others for medical services provided to student-athletes. ($450,000 in 2012-13)
- The Department pays the University an annual administrative overhead fee for services provided by Administrative Data Processing, Information Technology Services, University Cashier, and the University Business Office. ($1.06 million in 2012-13)
- The Department pays the UI Department of Parking and Transportation for the use of select University parking lots on select game days/nights of UI athletics events including events involving the UI's football, men's basketball, women's basketball, and wrestling teams. ($390,000 in 2012-13)
- The Department provides financial support for the UI Marching Band that includes the salaries and benefits of select faculty of the UI School of Music and all expenses associated with the UI Marching Band's uniforms, equipment, and travel including all expenses related to the UI Marching Band's participation in a post-season bowl game and select post-season events should the UI participate in such events. ($280,000 in 2012-13)
Facilities that compare favorably with our peers in the Big Ten Conference and nationally are critical to the success of the Department. The list of facilities on the UI campus built or renovated during the last 10 years and used primarily by the UI Athletics Department continues to grow. All of those noted below have been or will be funded entirely (unless otherwise noted) with revenue generated by the UI Athletics Department.
- The UI's intercollegiate athletics program is, arguably, the most visible public relations tool available to the University of Iowa. Hawkeye teams will entertain (in person) more than 1 million spectators, visitors, and guests in intercollegiate athletics facilities during the 2012-13 year with millions more watching on television, listening on radio, or watching, listening, and/or reading about the Hawkeyes on the world wide web and other portable devices.
- Every game played by the UI football team is available to a national audience thanks to agreements managed by the Big Ten Conference with ABC, the ESPN family of networks, and the Big Ten Network.
- Every game played by the UI men's basketball team is available to a national audience thanks to agreements managed by the Big Ten Conference with CBS, the ESPN family of networks, and the Big Ten Network or BTN digital resources.
- Women's basketball, wrestling, volleyball, field hockey, women's gymnastics, softball and baseball are just some of the sports that have benefitted directly from the significant number of regular season events televised live to a national audience by the Big Ten Network or BTN digital resources.
- More than 4 million unique visitors downloaded almost 22 million pages of information from hawkeyesports.com, the official world wide web site of the Iowa Hawkeyes, in 2013-14.
- The UI Athletics Department currently ranks 11 nationally and fourth among its Big Ten Conference peers in utilizing the popular social media web site, "Facebook," as a means to communicate with friends and fans with more than 480,000* Facebook "friends."
*-as of 3/27/14
- The UI Athletics Department currently ranks 6th nationally and second among its Big Ten Conference peers in utilizing the popular social media web site, "Twitter," as a means to communicate with friends and fans with more than 71,000* Twitter "followers."
*-as of 3/27/14
- The Department either stages directly or is directly involved in the staging of hundreds of outreach events annually on behalf of the University ranging from the 30-plus National I-Club banquet events each spring that touch more thousands of friends of the University to numerous instructional clinics and seminars staged for youth and coaches in Iowa City and across the state and region.
- Each year, thousands of school-age children are introduced to the University of Iowa campus through several Hawkeye Sports camps. In addition to the young people experiencing the University and our community, the camps generate significant income for UI Residence Housing and Dining Services. In 2012-13, the Department paid $270,000 to UI Residence Services to house and feed camp participants.
- The Department operates award-winning Finkbine Golf Course as an educational, recreational, intercollegiate athletics, community-outreach facility without any financial support from the University. In excess of 30,000 rounds of golf are played at Finkbine annually.
- Almost $60 million of officially licensed merchandise featuring trademarks of the UI and the Iowa Hawkeyes and produced by more than 600 licensees managed by the UI was sold at retail last year in the United States and around the world.