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2021 Top New York Men's D1 (FBS) Football Schools

2 Colleges
$40,224 Avg Tuition & Fees*
62% 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 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 New York ranking is part of that endeavor.

We analyzed 2 colleges and universities across New York to determine which were the best for D1 (FBS) Men's Football athletes in New York. 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.

Find out more about our ranking methodology.

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

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:


Syracuse University

Syracuse, New York

Syracuse University tops this year’s ranking as the best school for D1 (FBS) Men’s Football athletes in New York. This large private not-for-profit school is located in Syracuse, New York, and it awarded 4,101 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Syracuse brought in $43,813,014 while tallying up $28,000,705 in expenses for its FBS Men’s Football team. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $15,812,309. 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. On top of its placing in this ranking, Syracuse 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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University at Buffalo

Buffalo, New York

A rank of #2 on our list means University at Buffalo is a great place for D1 (FBS) Men’s Football athletes in New York working on their bachelor’s degree. University at Buffalo is a large public school located in Buffalo, New York that handed out 5,273 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the FBS Men’s Football team at University at Buffalo made $8,599,068 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 955.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 87%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. In addition to its great ranking here, University at Buffalo is in the top 20% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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Notes and References


*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 2 schools only.


  • 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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