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

8 Colleges
$23,916 Avg Tuition & Fees*
37% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

Student athletes have lots of options to chooose from today when trying to decide which college to attend. Our mission at College Factual is to arm you with as much information as we can to help you make that decision. Our Best Colleges for Division I (FBS) Men's Football in Ohio ranking is one tool we have developed to help in this regard.

We analyzed 8 colleges and universities across Ohio to determine which were the best for D1 (FBS) Men's Football athletes in Ohio. Instead of depending on subjective information, we focus on objective factors to determine this ranking. These factors include such things as the athletic competitiveness of the school and the school's overall quality. This means that a school must provide students with a great education in addition to having a good sports team if it wants to rank well.

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

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

Ohio State University - Main Campus tops this year’s ranking as the best school for D1 (FBS) Men’s Football athletes in Ohio. Located in Columbus, Ohio, the large public school handed out 11,596 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The FBS Men’s Football team at Ohio State made $115,091,304 in revenue, while incurring $60,076,743 in expenses. Thus, the team actually made $55,014,561, which isn’t bad at all.

With a freshman retention rate of 94%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Ohio State also is in the top 10% of our overall quality ranking.

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The excellent sports programs at Miami University - Oxford helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for D1 (FBS) Men’s Football athletes in Ohio. Miami University - Oxford is a public institution located in Oxford, Ohio. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 5,139 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the FBS Men’s Football team at Miami University - Oxford took home $9,272,010 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 973.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 91%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Miami University - Oxford also is in the top 10% of our overall quality ranking.

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You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Ohio University - Athens Campus. The school came in at #3 in this year’s ranking. Ohio University - Athens Campus is a large public school located in Athens, Ohio that handed out 7,349 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the FBS Men’s Football team at OHIO Athens took home $9,100,410 in revenue.

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#4

University of Toledo

Toledo, Ohio

A rank of #4 on our list means University of Toledo is a great place for D1 (FBS) Men’s Football athletes in Ohio working on their bachelor’s degree. Toledo, Ohio is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 3,077 students in 2018-2019.

The FBS Men’s Football team at University of Toledo brought home $11,696,094 in revenue in a single year. The great academic progress rate of 983 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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A rank of #5 on our list means University of Cincinnati - Main Campus is a great place for D1 (FBS) Men’s Football athletes in Ohio working on their bachelor’s degree. UC is a public institution located in Cincinnati, Ohio. The school has a large population, and it awarded 6,175 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The FBS Men’s Football team at UC brought home $14,998,887 in revenue in a single year. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 990.

With a freshman retention rate of 86%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students.

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Bowling Green State University - Main Campus landed the #6 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I (FBS) Men’s Football in Ohio ranking. BGSU is a public institution located in Bowling Green, Ohio. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 3,167 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the FBS Men’s Football team at BGSU made $7,750,248 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 947.

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With a ranking of #7, University of Akron Main Campus did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I (FBS) Men’s Football in Ohio ranking. University of Akron Main Campus is a public institution located in Akron, Ohio. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 2,925 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The FBS Men’s Football team at University of Akron Main Campus brought home $8,186,577 in revenue in a single year.

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Kent State University at Kent ranked #8 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I (FBS) Men’s Football in Ohio list. Kent State is a public institution located in Kent, Ohio. The school has a large population, and it awarded 5,465 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the FBS Men’s Football team at Kent State made $6,901,879 in revenue.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 8 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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