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2021 Top Indiana Men's D1 Football Schools

3 Colleges
$34,780 Avg Tuition & Fees*
44% 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 Men's Football in Indiana ranking - to help you make that decision.

Our analysis looked at 3 schools in Indiana to determine which ones were the best for D1 Men's Football athletes in Indiana. 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 Indiana for D1 Men's Football athletes in Indiana

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:


Butler University

Indianapolis, Indiana

Butler University tops this year’s ranking as the best school for D1 Men’s Football athletes in Indiana. Butler is a private not-for-profit institution located in Indianapolis, Indiana. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 1,065 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the FCS Men’s Football team at Butler took home $1,048,440 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 989, signifying that team members care about their grades.

With a freshman retention rate of 89%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students.

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Valparaiso University

Valparaiso, Indiana

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Valparaiso University. The school came in at #2 in this year’s ranking. Valpo is located in Valparaiso, Indiana and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 893 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Valpo brought in $1,221,085 while tallying up $1,182,843 in expenses for its FCS Men’s Football team. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $38,242. The academic progress rate of the team is 956.

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Indiana State University

Terre Haute, Indiana

A rank of #3 on our list means Indiana State University is a great place for D1 Men’s Football athletes in Indiana working on their bachelor’s degree. Indiana State is a public institution located in Terre Haute, Indiana. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 2,011 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The FCS Men’s Football team at Indiana State made $4,499,988 in revenue, while incurring $4,256,090 in expenses. That boils down to a yearly profit of $243,898 for the sports team. The academic progress rate of the team is 958.

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Notes and References


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