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2021 Top Massachusetts Men's D1 Football Schools

2 Colleges
$53,332 Avg Tuition & Fees*
88% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

With all of the options student athletes have for higher education today, it can be tough to choose which direction to take. 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 Massachusetts ranking is part of that endeavor.

After analyzing 2 schools in Massachusetts, we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for D1 Men's Football athletes in Massachusetts. Instead of depending on subjective information, we focus on objective factors to determine this ranking. These factors include such things as the athletic competitiveness of the school and the school's overall quality. This means that a school must provide students with a great education in addition to having a good sports team if it wants to rank well.

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

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Harvard University tops this year’s ranking as the best school for D1 Men’s Football athletes in Massachusetts. Harvard is a private not-for-profit institution located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The school has a large population, and it awarded 2,902 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The FCS Men’s Football team at Harvard brought home $3,163,293 in revenue in a single year. The great academic progress rate of 982 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 98%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Harvard did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #1 on our overall quality list.

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#2

College of the Holy Cross

Worcester, Massachusetts

The excellent sports programs at College of the Holy Cross helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for D1 Men’s Football athletes in Massachusetts. Holy Cross is a private not-for-profit institution located in Worcester, Massachusetts. The school has a small population, and it awarded 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 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. Holy Cross 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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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 2 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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