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2021 Top Alabama Men's D1 Football Schools

3 Colleges
$24,362 Avg Tuition & Fees*
27% 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. 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 Alabama ranking is one tool we have developed to help in this regard.

After analyzing 3 schools in Alabama, we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for D1 Men's Football athletes in Alabama. 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 Alabama for D1 Men's Football athletes in Alabama

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:


Samford University

Birmingham, Alabama

Samford University tops this year’s ranking as the best school for D1 Men’s Football athletes in Alabama. This medium-sized private not-for-profit school is located in Birmingham, Alabama, and it awarded 891 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The FCS Men’s Football team at Samford brought home $5,938,603 in revenue in a single year. The team has a great academic progress rate of 977, signifying that team members care about their grades.

With a freshman retention rate of 87%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Samford also took the #1 spot in our overall quality rankings.

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Jacksonville State University

Jacksonville, Alabama

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Jacksonville State University. The school came in at #2 in this year’s ranking. Jacksonville State University is located in Jacksonville, Alabama and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,345 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The FCS Men’s Football team at Jacksonville State University brought home $5,070,277 in revenue in a single year. The academic progress rate of the team is 961.

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Alabama State University

Montgomery, Alabama

Out of the 3 schools in Alabama that were part of this year’s ranking, Alabama State University landed the #3 spot on the list. Alabama State University is a small public school located in Montgomery, Alabama that handed out 510 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the FCS Men’s Football team at Alabama State took home $3,622,267 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 942.

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Notes and References


*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 3 schools only.


  • 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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