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2021 Top Middle Atlantic Region Men's D1 Football Schools

24 Colleges
$43,191 Avg Tuition & Fees*
63% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

Student athletes have lots of options to chooose from today when trying to decide which college to attend. Our mission at College Factual is to arm you with as much information as we can to help you make that decision. Our Best Colleges for Division I Men's Football in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking is one tool we have developed to help in this regard.

We analyzed 24 colleges and universities across the Middle Atlantic Region to determine which were the best for D1 Men's Football athletes in the Middle Atlantic Region. Our ranking is based on several objective factors, including the school's overall quality and the athletic competitiveness of the school. We steer clear of subjective measures since they don't give a clear picture when determining how one school compares to another. So, even if a school has a great team, it won't place well if it is also considered a low quality college or university.

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Top Colleges in the Middle Atlantic Region for D1 Men's Football athletes in the Middle Atlantic Region

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
#12 in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

Lehigh University tops this year’s ranking as the best school for D1 Men’s Football athletes in the Middle Atlantic Region. Lehigh is a private not-for-profit institution located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 1,379 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The FCS Men’s Football team at Lehigh brought home $5,969,420 in revenue in a single year. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 972.

The impressive student-to-faculty ratio of 9 to 1 means that students may have more opportunities to work more closely with their professors than they would at other schools. On top of its placing in this ranking, Lehigh also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#2

Villanova University

Villanova, Pennsylvania
#21 in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

A rank of #2 on our list means Villanova University is a great place for D1 Men’s Football athletes in the Middle Atlantic Region working on their bachelor’s degree. This fairly large private not-for-profit school is located in Villanova, Pennsylvania, and it awarded 2,240 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the FCS Men’s Football team at Villanova made $6,765,161 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 983 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 95%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Villanova also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

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#3

Princeton University

Princeton, New Jersey
#1 in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Princeton University. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D1 Men’s Football athletes in the Middle Atlantic Region list. This medium-sized private not-for-profit school is located in Princeton, New Jersey, and it awarded 1,297 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the FCS Men’s Football team at Princeton made $4,030,758 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 982 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

With a student-to-faculty ratio of 5 to 1, it’s easy to see that the school is committed to helping their undergraduates succeed. Princeton did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #1 on our overall quality list.

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#4

Fordham University

Bronx, New York
Top 20% in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

A rank of #4 on our list means Fordham University is a great place for D1 Men’s Football athletes in the Middle Atlantic Region working on their bachelor’s degree. Fordham U is located in Bronx, New York and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 2,501 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The FCS Men’s Football team at Fordham U brought home $7,594,200 in revenue in a single year. The great academic progress rate of 985 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 91%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. In addition to its great ranking here, Fordham U is in the top 20% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#5

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
#2 in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend University of Pennsylvania. The school came in at #5 in this year’s ranking. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 3,632 students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the FCS Men’s Football team at UPenn made $3,485,696 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 992 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

Since the school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 6 to 1, those pursuing a bachelor’s degree will have more opportunities to interact with their professors. UPenn also took the #2 spot in our overall quality rankings.

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#6

Colgate University

Hamilton, New York
#7 in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

Colgate University came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Football in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking. Colgate is located in Hamilton, New York and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 894 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the FCS Men’s Football team at Colgate made $6,743,022 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 990 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

With a freshman retention rate of 94%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Colgate excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#7

Duquesne University

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Top 20% in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

Duquesne University ranked #7 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Football in the Middle Atlantic Region list. Duquesne is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school situated in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It awarded 1,487 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the FCS Men’s Football team at Duquesne made $3,935,782 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 943.

With a freshman retention rate of 86%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. On top of its placing in this ranking, Duquesne also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#8

University of Delaware

Newark, Delaware
#24 in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

University of Delaware ranked #8 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Football in the Middle Atlantic Region list. UD is a public institution located in Newark, Delaware. The school has a large population, and it awarded 4,849 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at UD took home $8,313,306 in revenue and paid out $7,844,569 in expenses in recent times. That boils down to a yearly profit of $468,737 for the sports team. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 958.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 91%. On top of its placing in this ranking, UD 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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#9

Bucknell University

Lewisburg, Pennsylvania
#13 in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

Bucknell University came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Football in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking. Lewisburg, Pennsylvania is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,034 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the FCS Men’s Football team at Bucknell took home $6,192,470 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 987 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 94%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Bucknell also is in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking.

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#10

Stony Brook University

Stony Brook, New York
Top 20% in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

Stony Brook University landed the #10 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Football in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking. This large public school is located in Stony Brook, New York, and it awarded 4,945 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The FCS Men’s Football team at SUNY Stony Brook brought home $5,162,317 in revenue in a single year. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 965.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 90%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. In addition to its great ranking here, SUNY Stony Brook is in the top 20% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#11

Cornell University

Ithaca, New York
#3 in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

Cornell University landed the #11 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Football in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking. Located in Ithaca, New York, the large private not-for-profit school handed out 4,145 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The FCS Men’s Football team at Cornell brought home $3,468,715 in revenue in a single year. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 981.

With a freshman retention rate of 97%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Cornell not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #3 on our overall quality list.

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#12

University at Albany

Albany, New York

University at Albany did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Football in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking, coming in at #12. Located in Albany, New York, the fairly large public school handed out 3,525 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at UAlbany took home $4,910,081 in revenue and paid out $4,450,095 in expenses in recent times. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $459,986.

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#13

Georgetown University

Washington, District of Columbia
#17 in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

Georgetown University ranked #13 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Football in the Middle Atlantic Region list. This fairly large private not-for-profit school is located in Washington, District of Columbia, and it awarded 2,169 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The FCS Men’s Football team at Georgetown brought home $2,349,037 in revenue in a single year. 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 96%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Georgetown excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#14

Wagner College

Staten Island, New York

With a ranking of #14, Wagner College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Football in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking. Located in Staten Island, New York, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 457 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Wagner brought in $3,671,611 while tallying up $3,636,726 in expenses for its FCS Men’s Football team. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $34,885 in profit. The academic progress rate of the team is 965.

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#15

Lafayette College

Easton, Pennsylvania
#15 in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

Lafayette College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Football in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking, coming in at #15. Located in Easton, Pennsylvania, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 804 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The FCS Men’s Football team at Lafayette brought home $6,840,900 in revenue in a single year. The team has a great academic progress rate of 987, signifying that team members care about their grades.

With a freshman retention rate of 95%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Lafayette also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

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#16

Marist College

Poughkeepsie, New York
Top 20% in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

With a ranking of #16, Marist College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Football in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking. Marist is located in Poughkeepsie, New York and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,353 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the FCS Men’s Football team at Marist took home $1,514,261 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 979 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

With a freshman retention rate of 89%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. In addition to its great ranking here, Marist is in the top 20% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#8 in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

With a ranking of #17, Columbia University in the City of New York did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Football in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking. Located in New York, New York, the large private not-for-profit school awarded 2,702 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the FCS Men’s Football team at Columbia took home $5,033,453 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 959.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 97%. On top of its placing in this ranking, Columbia also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#18

Saint Francis University

Loretto, Pennsylvania

Saint Francis University landed the #18 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Football in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Loretto, Pennsylvania, and it awarded 402 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the FCS Men’s Football team at Saint Francis took home $3,057,635 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 945.

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#19

Towson University

Towson, Maryland

Towson University came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Football in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking. Towson University is a large public school located in Towson, Maryland that handed out 4,786 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the FCS Men’s Football team at Towson took home $4,822,097 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 969.

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#20

Monmouth University

West Long Branch, New Jersey

Monmouth University came in at #20 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Football in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking. Located in West Long Branch, New Jersey, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school awarded 1,185 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the FCS Men’s Football team at Monmouth took home $5,215,219 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 935.

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#21

Howard University

Washington, District of Columbia

Howard University came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Football in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking. Washington, District of Columbia is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,353 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the FCS Men’s Football team at Howard took home $4,096,718 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 915.

The student-to-faculty ratio of 8 to 1 is a sign that students will have more opportunities to engage with their professors one-on-one.

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#22

Robert Morris University

Moon Township, Pennsylvania

With a ranking of #22, Robert Morris University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Football in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking. Located in Moon Township, Pennsylvania, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 922 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the FCS Men’s Football team at RMU made $3,184,965 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 943.

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#23

Delaware State University

Dover, Delaware

Delaware State University landed the #23 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Football in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking. Located in Dover, Delaware, the small public school handed out 662 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the FCS Men’s Football team at Del State made $3,232,886 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 921.

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#24

Morgan State University

Baltimore, Maryland

Morgan State University landed the #24 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Football in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking. Morgan State University is a medium-sized public school located in Baltimore, Maryland that handed out 1,091 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The FCS Men’s Football team at Morgan State brought home $3,367,780 in revenue in a single year. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 940.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 24 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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