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

2 Colleges
$46,810 Avg Tuition & Fees*
78% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

When it comes to choosing a college, student athletes have a lot of options - but not all of them are good. 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 Massachusetts ranking - to help you make that decision.

After analyzing 2 schools in Massachusetts, we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for D1 (FBS) Men's Football athletes in Massachusetts. To come up with this ranking, we look at a number of factors that are all objective measurements. These factors include the school's overall quality as determined by our Best Colleges ranking and the athletic competitiveness of the school. Thus, in order to rank well, the school must offer a quality education in addition to having a great sports team.

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

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:


Boston College

Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts

Our analysis found Boston College to be the best school for D1 (FBS) Men’s Football athletes in Massachusetts in this year’s ranking. Boston College is a private not-for-profit institution located in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 3,062 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The FBS Men’s Football team at Boston College made $32,347,820 in revenue, while incurring $24,855,252 in expenses. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $7,492,568. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 989.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 95%. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Boston College also is in the top 20% of our overall quality ranking.

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University of Massachusetts Amherst

Amherst, Massachusetts

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of Massachusetts Amherst. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D1 (FBS) Men’s Football athletes in Massachusetts list. UMass Amherst is a public institution located in Amherst, Massachusetts. The school has a large population, and it awarded 6,878 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the FBS Men’s Football team at UMass Amherst took home $10,347,538 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 938.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 91%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year.

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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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