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2021 Top Indiana Men's D1 (FBS) Football Schools

4 Colleges
$36,915 Avg Tuition & Fees*
60% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

When pursuing a degree in today's world, student athletes have many different options to choose from. College Factual was founded, in part, to help students make the decision as to what would be the best school for them. Our Best Colleges for Division I (FBS) Men's Football in Indiana ranking is part of that endeavor.

After analyzing 4 schools in Indiana, we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for D1 (FBS) Men's Football athletes in Indiana. Our ranking is based on several objective factors, including the school's overall quality and the athletic competitiveness of the school. We steer clear of subjective measures since they don't give a clear picture when determining how one school compares to another. So, even if a school has a great team, it won't place well if it is also considered a low quality college or university.

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Top Colleges in Indiana for D1 (FBS) Men's Football athletes in Indiana

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, Indiana

Our analysis found University of Notre Dame to be the best school for D1 (FBS) Men’s Football athletes in Indiana in this year’s ranking. Notre Dame, Indiana is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 2,642 students in 2018-2019.

The FBS Men’s Football team at Notre Dame made $115,510,518 in revenue, while incurring $50,201,929 in expenses. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $65,308,589 in profit. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 970.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 98%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Notre Dame did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #1 on our overall quality list.

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#2

Indiana University - Bloomington

Bloomington, Indiana

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Indiana University - Bloomington. The school came in at #2 in this year’s ranking. This large public school is located in Bloomington, Indiana, and it awarded 7,952 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The FBS Men’s Football team at IU Bloomington made $52,577,443 in revenue, while incurring $24,216,483 in expenses. Thus, the team actually made $28,360,960, which isn’t bad at all. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 969.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 91%. IU Bloomington also made our overall quality list, coming in at #5.

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#3

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, Indiana

Out of the 4 schools in Indiana that were part of this year’s ranking, Purdue University - Main Campus landed the #3 spot on the list. This large public school is located in West Lafayette, Indiana, and it awarded 7,568 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Purdue brought in $54,752,462 while tallying up $27,342,141 in expenses for its FBS Men’s Football team. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $27,410,321 in profit.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 91%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Purdue also made our overall quality list, coming in at #4.

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#4

Ball State University

Muncie, Indiana

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Ball State University. The school came in at #4 in this year’s ranking. Located in Muncie, Indiana, the large public school handed out 3,621 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the FBS Men’s Football team at Ball State made $7,135,305 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 969.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 4 schools only.

References

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of our data about colleges.
  • Revenue and expense information comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s Equity in Athletics Data Analysis (EADA) website.
  • The academic progress rate (APR) of each team was made available by the NCAA.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Information about the national average student loan default rate is from the U.S. Department of Education and refers to data about the 2016 borrower cohort tracking period for which the cohort default rate (CDR) was 10.1%.

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