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2021 Top North Carolina Men's D1 Football Schools

7 Colleges
$29,104 Avg Tuition & Fees*
45% 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 North Carolina ranking is part of that endeavor.

Our analysis looked at 7 schools in North Carolina to determine which ones were the best for D1 Men's Football athletes in North Carolina. 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 North Carolina for D1 Men's Football athletes in North Carolina

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Elon University

Elon, North Carolina

Our analysis found Elon University to be the best school for D1 Men’s Football athletes in North Carolina in this year’s ranking. Elon is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school situated in Elon, North Carolina. It awarded 1,666 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The FCS Men’s Football team at Elon brought home $6,043,145 in revenue in a single year. The team has a great academic progress rate of 988, signifying that team members care about their grades.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 89%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Elon not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #5 on our overall quality list.

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#2

Davidson College

Davidson, North Carolina

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Davidson College. The school came in at #2 in this year’s ranking. Davidson, North Carolina is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 560 students in 2018-2019.

The team at Davidson took home $1,803,457 in revenue and paid out $1,746,425 in expenses in recent times. Thus, the team actually made $57,032, which isn’t bad at all. The great academic progress rate of 982 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

The student-to-faculty ratio of 9 to 1 is a sign that students will have more opportunities to engage with their professors one-on-one. Davidson not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #2 on our overall quality list.

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#3

North Carolina A & T State University

Greensboro, North Carolina

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend North Carolina A & T State University. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D1 Men’s Football athletes in North Carolina list. Located in Greensboro, North Carolina, the fairly large public school handed out 1,686 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The FCS Men’s Football team at NC A&T made $5,609,344 in revenue, while incurring $5,608,551 in expenses. Thus, the team actually made $793, which isn’t bad at all. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 962.

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#4

North Carolina Central University

Durham, North Carolina

A rank of #4 on our list means North Carolina Central University is a great place for D1 Men’s Football athletes in North Carolina working on their bachelor’s degree. North Carolina Central University is a medium-sized public school situated in Durham, North Carolina. It awarded 1,145 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The FCS Men’s Football team at North Carolina Central University brought home $3,936,515 in revenue in a single year. The academic progress rate of the team is 947.

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#5

Campbell University

Buies Creek, North Carolina

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Campbell University. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D1 Men’s Football athletes in North Carolina list. This medium-sized private not-for-profit school is located in Buies Creek, North Carolina, and it awarded 1,006 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the FCS Men’s Football team at Campbell took home $5,355,777 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 951.

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#6

Gardner - Webb University

Boiling Springs, North Carolina

Gardner - Webb University came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Football in North Carolina ranking. Located in Boiling Springs, North Carolina, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 452 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The FCS Men’s Football team at Gardner - Webb brought home $2,945,128 in revenue in a single year. The academic progress rate of the team is 961.

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#7

Western Carolina University

Cullowhee, North Carolina

Western Carolina University came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Football in North Carolina ranking. Cullowhee, North Carolina is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 2,288 students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the FCS Men’s Football team at WCU made $2,921,553 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 981.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 7 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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