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2021 Top New England Region Men's D1 Football Schools

11 Colleges
$44,464 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 has developed its Best Colleges for Division I Men's Football in the New England Region ranking as one item you can use to help make this decision.

We analyzed 11 colleges and universities across the New England Region to determine which were the best for D1 Men's Football athletes in the New England Region. 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 the New England Region for D1 Men's Football athletes in the New England Region

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts
#1 in Quality in the New England Region

Our analysis found Harvard University to be the best school for D1 Men’s Football athletes in the New England Region in this year’s ranking. Harvard University is a large private not-for-profit school located in Cambridge, Massachusetts that handed out 2,902 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the FCS Men’s Football team at Harvard made $3,163,293 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 982 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

The student-to-faculty ratio of 7 to 1 is a sign that students will have more opportunities to engage with their professors one-on-one. Harvard also took the #1 spot in our overall quality rankings.

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You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend University of New Hampshire - Main Campus. The school came in at #2 in this year’s ranking. UNH is located in Durham, New Hampshire and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 3,550 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the FCS Men’s Football team at UNH made $5,264,384 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 970.

With a freshman retention rate of 86%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students.

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#3

College of the Holy Cross

Worcester, Massachusetts
#10 in Quality in the New England Region

A rank of #3 on our list means College of the Holy Cross is a great place for D1 Men’s Football athletes in the New England Region working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in Worcester, Massachusetts, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 848 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the FCS Men’s Football team at Holy Cross made $5,605,872 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 987.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 95%. Holy Cross 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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#4

Dartmouth College

Hanover, New Hampshire
#6 in Quality in the New England Region

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Dartmouth College. The school came in at #4 in this year’s ranking. This medium-sized private not-for-profit school is located in Hanover, New Hampshire, and it awarded 1,249 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the FCS Men’s Football team at Dartmouth made $3,357,730 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 992 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

The student-to-faculty ratio of 7 to 1 is a sign that students will have more opportunities to engage with their professors one-on-one. On top of its placing in this ranking, Dartmouth 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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#5

Bryant University

Smithfield, Rhode Island

Out of the 11 schools in the New England Region that were part of this year’s ranking, Bryant University landed the #5 spot on the list. Bryant University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Smithfield, Rhode Island that handed out 931 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the FCS Men’s Football team at Bryant took home $4,171,935 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 985, signifying that team members care about their grades.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 90%.

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#6

Brown University

Providence, Rhode Island
#5 in Quality in the New England Region

Brown University came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Football in the New England Region ranking. Brown is a private not-for-profit institution located in Providence, Rhode Island. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 2,097 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The FCS Men’s Football team at Brown brought home $3,431,594 in revenue in a single year. The team has a great academic progress rate of 994, signifying that team members care about their grades.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 98%. Brown not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #5 on our overall quality list.

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#7

Sacred Heart University

Fairfield, Connecticut

Sacred Heart University landed the #7 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Football in the New England Region ranking. Sacred Heart is a private not-for-profit institution located in Fairfield, Connecticut. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 1,411 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The FCS Men’s Football team at Sacred Heart brought home $3,267,299 in revenue in a single year. The academic progress rate of the team is 954.

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#8

University of Maine

Orono, Maine

University of Maine ranked #8 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Football in the New England Region list. Located in Orono, Maine, the fairly large public school awarded 1,739 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the FCS Men’s Football team at UMaine made $4,287,134 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 952.

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#9

Yale University

New Haven, Connecticut
#4 in Quality in the New England Region

Yale University came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Football in the New England Region ranking. This fairly large private not-for-profit school is located in New Haven, Connecticut, and it awarded 1,664 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Yale brought in $4,247,553 while tallying up $4,247,118 in expenses for its FCS Men’s Football team. That boils down to a yearly profit of $435 for the sports team. The team has a great academic progress rate of 992, signifying that team members care about their grades.

With a freshman retention rate of 99%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Yale not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #4 on our overall quality list.

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#10

University of Rhode Island

Kingston, Rhode Island

University of Rhode Island came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Football in the New England Region ranking. Kingston, Rhode Island is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 3,624 students in 2018-2019.

The FCS Men’s Football team at URI made $4,682,906 in revenue, while incurring $4,667,164 in expenses. That boils down to a yearly profit of $15,742 for the sports team. The great academic progress rate of 976 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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#11

Central Connecticut State University

New Britain, Connecticut

Central Connecticut State University ranked #11 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Football in the New England Region list. Located in New Britain, Connecticut, the fairly large public school handed out 2,083 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the FCS Men’s Football team at CCSU made $3,106,994 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 960.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 11 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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