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

3 Colleges
$33,047 Avg Tuition & Fees*
57% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

With all of the options student athletes have for higher education today, it can be tough to choose which direction to take. One of our goals at College Factual is to give you as much information as we can - such as our Best Colleges for Division I (FBS) Men's Football in Pennsylvania ranking - to help you make that decision.

After analyzing 3 schools in Pennsylvania, we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for D1 (FBS) Men's Football athletes in Pennsylvania. 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 Pennsylvania for D1 (FBS) Men's Football athletes in Pennsylvania

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Pennsylvania State University - University Park

University Park, Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania State University - University Park tops this year’s ranking as the best school for D1 (FBS) Men’s Football athletes in Pennsylvania. Located in University Park, Pennsylvania, the large public school handed out 10,893 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Penn State University Park took home $100,133,983 in revenue and paid out $48,538,956 in expenses in recent times. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $51,595,027. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 982.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 93%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Penn State University Park also is in the top 15% of our overall quality ranking.

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Out of the 3 schools in Pennsylvania that were part of this year’s ranking, University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus landed the #2 spot on the list. Located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the large public school awarded 5,451 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Pitt brought in $39,176,605 while tallying up $31,843,372 in expenses for its FBS Men’s Football team. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $7,333,233.

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, Pitt is in the top 15% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#3

Temple University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Out of the 3 schools in Pennsylvania that were part of this year’s ranking, Temple University landed the #3 spot on the list. Temple University is a large public school located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that handed out 6,523 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the FBS Men’s Football team at Temple took home $24,397,873 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 987.

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

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 3 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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