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2021 Top Illinois Men's D1 Football Schools

4 Colleges
$19,062 Avg Tuition & Fees*
34% 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. At College Factual, we're committed to helping you make that decision by providing information such as that found in our Best Colleges for Division I Men's Football in Illinois ranking.

We analyzed 4 colleges and universities across Illinois to determine which were the best for D1 Men's Football athletes in Illinois. 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 Illinois for D1 Men's Football athletes in Illinois

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Illinois State University

Normal, Illinois

Our 2021 rankings named Illinois State University the best school for D1 Men’s Football athletes in Illinois working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in Normal, Illinois, the large public school handed out 4,822 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The FCS Men’s Football team at Illinois State brought home $4,429,532 in revenue in a single year. The academic progress rate of the team is 962.

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#2

Eastern Illinois University

Charleston, Illinois

Out of the 4 schools in Illinois that were part of this year’s ranking, Eastern Illinois University landed the #2 spot on the list. EIU is a medium-sized public school situated in Charleston, Illinois. It awarded 1,244 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the FCS Men’s Football team at EIU took home $2,971,448 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 930.

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#3

Western Illinois University

Macomb, Illinois

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Western Illinois University. The school came in at #3 in this year’s ranking. Located in Macomb, Illinois, the medium-sized public school handed out 1,785 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the FCS Men’s Football team at WIU made $3,100,811 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 959.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Southern Illinois University Carbondale. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D1 Men’s Football athletes in Illinois list. Southern Illinois University Carbondale is a fairly large public school located in Carbondale, Illinois that handed out 3,120 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the FCS Men’s Football team at SIUC took home $4,212,321 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 971.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

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