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2021 Top Middle Atlantic Region Men's D1 (FBS) Football Schools

7 Colleges
$35,524 Avg Tuition & Fees*
60% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

It's not easy to decide which college to attend when there are so many options available for student athletes. College Factual has developed its Best Colleges for Division I (FBS) Men's Football in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking as one item you can use to help make this decision.

We analyzed 7 colleges and universities across the Middle Atlantic Region to determine which were the best for D1 (FBS) Men's Football athletes in the Middle Atlantic Region. Our ranking methodology focuses a number of different objective factors - such as the overall quality of the school, the school's athletic competitiveness, and the amount of athletic aid per student - to make this determination. Having a great sports team is not enough - the school must also focus on academic excellence.

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Top Colleges in the Middle Atlantic Region for D1 (FBS) Men's Football athletes in the Middle Atlantic Region

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Pennsylvania State University - University Park

University Park, Pennsylvania
Top 10% in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

Our analysis found Pennsylvania State University - University Park to be the best school for D1 (FBS) Men’s Football athletes in the Middle Atlantic Region in this year’s ranking. Penn State University Park is a public institution located in University Park, Pennsylvania. The school has a large population, and it awarded 10,893 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Penn State University Park brought in $100,133,983 while tallying up $48,538,956 in expenses for its FBS Men’s Football team. Thus, the team actually made $51,595,027, which isn’t bad at all. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 982.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 93%. In addition to its great ranking here, Penn State University Park is in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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Top 15% in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

A rank of #2 on our list means University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus is a great place for D1 (FBS) Men’s Football athletes in the Middle Atlantic Region working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the large public school handed out 5,451 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Pitt took home $39,176,605 in revenue and paid out $31,843,372 in expenses in recent times. Thus, the team actually made $7,333,233, which isn’t bad at all.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 93%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Pitt also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

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#3

Temple University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Top 25% in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Temple University. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D1 (FBS) Men’s Football athletes in the Middle Atlantic Region list. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 6,523 students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the FBS Men’s Football team at Temple made $24,397,873 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 987 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

With a freshman retention rate of 90%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students.

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#4

Syracuse University

Syracuse, New York
Top 10% in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

Out of the 7 schools in the Middle Atlantic Region that were part of this year’s ranking, Syracuse University landed the #4 spot on the list. Located in Syracuse, New York, the large private not-for-profit school awarded 4,101 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The team at Syracuse took home $43,813,014 in revenue and paid out $28,000,705 in expenses in recent times. That boils down to a yearly profit of $15,812,309 for the sports team. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 965.

With a freshman retention rate of 91%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Syracuse also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

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#5

University of Maryland - College Park

College Park, Maryland
Top 10% in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

A rank of #5 on our list means University of Maryland - College Park is a great place for D1 (FBS) Men’s Football athletes in the Middle Atlantic Region working on their bachelor’s degree. UMCP is located in College Park, Maryland and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 8,390 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

UMCP brought in $46,592,593 while tallying up $28,507,867 in expenses for its FBS Men’s Football team. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $18,084,726 in profit. The academic progress rate of the team is 956.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 96%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. On top of its placing in this ranking, UMCP also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#6

Rutgers University - New Brunswick

New Brunswick, New Jersey
Top 15% in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

Rutgers University - New Brunswick ranked #6 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I (FBS) Men’s Football in the Middle Atlantic Region list. Located in New Brunswick, New Jersey, the large public school handed out 8,719 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the FBS Men’s Football team at Rutgers New Brunswick made $26,698,913 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 979 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 94%. On top of its placing in this ranking, Rutgers New Brunswick also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#7

University at Buffalo

Buffalo, New York
Top 20% in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

University at Buffalo ranked #7 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I (FBS) Men’s Football in the Middle Atlantic Region list. This large public school is located in Buffalo, New York, and it awarded 5,273 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The FBS Men’s Football team at University at Buffalo brought home $8,599,068 in revenue in a single year. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 955.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 87%. On top of its placing in this ranking, University at Buffalo also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 7 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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