Illinois contains 22 schools that offer sports programs. Northwestern University, the highest-ranking sports school in IL, has a total student population of 19,853 and is the 11th highest ranked school in America.
Of the 22 sports schools in Illinois, only 5 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Northwestern University comes out as the most expensive ($28,371/yr), with Blackburn College as the lowest recorded at only $11,813/yr.
Sports students from Illinois schools who go on to become professional athletes, athletes, coaches, sports professionals, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 13,620 people working as athletes and sports competitors alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $80,950. Also, Umpires, referees, and other sports officials make on average $28,490 per year and there are about 14,860 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Illinois alone, there are 930 employed umpires, referees, and other sports officials earning an average yearly salary of $24,190. Athletes and sports competitors in this state earn $38,270/yr and there are 340 employed.
Also, within the sports schools in Illinois, the average student population is 3,360 and average student-to-faculty ratio is 17 to 1. Aside from sports, there are 7983 total degree (or certificate) programs in the state, with 2,830 people on average applying for a school. Undergraduate tuition costs are normally around $7,282, but can vary widely depending on the type of school.
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