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2021 Top New York Men's D1 Football Schools

8 Colleges
$46,784 Avg Tuition & Fees*
71% 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. College Factual has developed its Best Colleges for Division I Men's Football in New York ranking as one item you can use to help make this decision.

We analyzed 8 colleges and universities across New York to determine which were the best for D1 Men's Football athletes in New York. 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 New York for D1 Men's Football athletes in New York

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Fordham University

Bronx, New York

Fordham University tops this year’s ranking as the best school for D1 Men’s Football athletes in New York. Located in Bronx, New York, the fairly large private not-for-profit school awarded 2,501 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The FCS Men’s Football team at Fordham U brought home $7,594,200 in revenue in a single year. The team has a great academic progress rate of 985, signifying that team members care about their grades.

With a freshman retention rate of 91%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students.

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#2

Colgate University

Hamilton, New York

The excellent sports programs at Colgate University helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for D1 Men’s Football athletes in New York. Colgate University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Hamilton, New York that handed out 894 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the FCS Men’s Football team at Colgate made $6,743,022 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 990, signifying that team members care about their grades.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 94%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. In addition to its Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Football in New York ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Colgate is ranked #3 for overall quality in New York.

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#3

Stony Brook University

Stony Brook, New York

Out of the 8 schools in New York that were part of this year’s ranking, Stony Brook University landed the #3 spot on the list. Located in Stony Brook, New York, the large public school awarded 4,945 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the FCS Men’s Football team at SUNY Stony Brook took home $5,162,317 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 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. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, SUNY Stony Brook also is in the top 20% of our overall quality ranking.

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#4

Cornell University

Ithaca, New York

A rank of #4 on our list means Cornell University is a great place for D1 Men’s Football athletes in New York working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in Ithaca, New York, the large private not-for-profit school awarded 4,145 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

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

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 97%. Cornell did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #1 on our overall quality list.

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#5

University at Albany

Albany, New York

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University at Albany. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D1 Men’s Football athletes in New York list. Albany, New York is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 3,525 students in 2018-2019.

UAlbany brought in $4,910,081 while tallying up $4,450,095 in expenses for its FCS Men’s Football team. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $459,986.

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#6

Wagner College

Staten Island, New York

Wagner College landed the #6 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Football in New York ranking. Located in Staten Island, New York, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 457 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The FCS Men’s Football team at Wagner made $3,671,611 in revenue, while incurring $3,636,726 in expenses. 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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#7

Marist College

Poughkeepsie, New York

With a ranking of #7, Marist College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Football in New York ranking. Poughkeepsie, New York 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 Marist took home $1,514,261 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 979.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 89%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. On top of its placing in this ranking, Marist 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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With a ranking of #8, Columbia University in the City of New York did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Football in New York ranking. Located in New York, New York, the large private not-for-profit school handed out 2,702 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the FCS Men’s Football team at Columbia made $5,033,453 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 959.

The impressive student-to-faculty ratio of 6 to 1 means that students may have more opportunities to work more closely with their professors than they would at other schools. Columbia also took the #4 spot in our overall quality rankings.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 8 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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