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2021 Top Pennsylvania Men's D1 Football Schools

8 Colleges
$48,856 Avg Tuition & Fees*
66% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

It's not easy to decide which college to attend when there are so many options available for student athletes. College Factual was founded, in part, to help students make the decision as to what would be the best school for them. Our Best Colleges for Division I Men's Football in Pennsylvania ranking is part of that endeavor.

After analyzing 8 schools in Pennsylvania, we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for D1 Men's Football athletes in Pennsylvania. Our ranking methodology focuses a number of different objective factors - such as the overall quality of the school, the school's athletic competitiveness, and the amount of athletic aid per student - to make this determination. Having a great sports team is not enough - the school must also focus on academic excellence.

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Top Colleges in Pennsylvania for D1 Men's Football athletes in Pennsylvania

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Our analysis found Lehigh University to be the best school for D1 Men’s Football athletes in Pennsylvania in this year’s ranking. This medium-sized private not-for-profit school is located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, 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. Lehigh also took the #4 spot in our overall quality rankings.

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#2

Villanova University

Villanova, Pennsylvania

A rank of #2 on our list means Villanova University is a great place for D1 Men’s Football athletes in Pennsylvania working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in Villanova, Pennsylvania, the fairly large private not-for-profit school awarded 2,240 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The FCS Men’s Football team at Villanova brought home $6,765,161 in revenue in a single year. The team has a great academic progress rate of 983, 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. On top of its placing in this ranking, Villanova 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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#3

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of Pennsylvania. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D1 Men’s Football athletes in Pennsylvania list. Located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the large private not-for-profit school awarded 3,632 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree 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 team has a great academic progress rate of 992, signifying that team members care about their grades.

With a student-to-faculty ratio of 6 to 1, it’s easy to see that the school is committed to helping their undergraduates succeed. In addition to its Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Football in Pennsylvania ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, UPenn is ranked #1 for overall quality in Pennsylvania.

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#4

Duquesne University

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Out of the 8 schools in Pennsylvania that were part of this year’s ranking, Duquesne University landed the #4 spot on the 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. In addition to its great ranking here, Duquesne is in the top 20% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#5

Bucknell University

Lewisburg, Pennsylvania

The excellent sports programs at Bucknell University helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for D1 Men’s Football athletes in Pennsylvania. Bucknell is located in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,034 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the FCS Men’s Football team at Bucknell made $6,192,470 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 987.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 94%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Bucknell not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #5 on our overall quality list.

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#6

Lafayette College

Easton, Pennsylvania

With a ranking of #6, Lafayette College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Football in Pennsylvania ranking. Located in Easton, Pennsylvania, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 804 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the FCS Men’s Football team at Lafayette made $6,840,900 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 987, signifying that team members care about their grades.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 95%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Lafayette also is in the top 10% of our overall quality ranking.

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#7

Saint Francis University

Loretto, Pennsylvania

Saint Francis University landed the #7 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Football in Pennsylvania ranking. Located in Loretto, Pennsylvania, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 402 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

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

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#8

Robert Morris University

Moon Township, Pennsylvania

Robert Morris University landed the #8 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Football in Pennsylvania ranking. RMU is a private not-for-profit institution located in Moon Township, Pennsylvania. The school has a small population, and it awarded 922 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The FCS Men’s Football team at RMU brought home $3,184,965 in revenue in a single year. The academic progress rate of the team is 943.

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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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