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2021 Top South Carolina Men's D1 Football Schools

5 Colleges
$36,701 Avg Tuition & Fees*
52% 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. At College Factual, we're committed to helping you make that decision by providing information such as that found in our Best Colleges for Division I Men's Football in South Carolina ranking.

We analyzed 5 colleges and universities across South Carolina to determine which were the best for D1 Men's Football athletes in South Carolina. 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 South Carolina for D1 Men's Football athletes in South Carolina

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Wofford College

Spartanburg, South Carolina

Our 2021 rankings named Wofford College the best school for D1 Men’s Football athletes in South Carolina working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in Spartanburg, South Carolina, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 476 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the FCS Men’s Football team at Wofford took home $5,529,094 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 984 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

With a freshman retention rate of 89%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. In addition to its Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Football in South Carolina ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Wofford is ranked #3 for overall quality in South Carolina.

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#2

Furman University

Greenville, South Carolina

Out of the 5 schools in South Carolina that were part of this year’s ranking, Furman University landed the #2 spot on the list. Furman University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Greenville, South Carolina that handed out 732 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Furman took home $7,366,155 in revenue and paid out $6,808,128 in expenses in recent times. Thus, the team actually made $558,027, which isn’t bad at all.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 93%. Furman also took the #1 spot in our overall quality rankings.

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#3

Presbyterian College

Clinton, South Carolina

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Presbyterian College. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D1 Men’s Football athletes in South Carolina list. PC is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Clinton, South Carolina. It awarded 228 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the FCS Men’s Football team at PC made $1,741,588 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 970.

On top of its placing in this ranking, PC also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#4

Charleston Southern University

Charleston, South Carolina

Out of the 5 schools in South Carolina that were part of this year’s ranking, Charleston Southern University landed the #4 spot on the list. Located in Charleston, South Carolina, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 661 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The FCS Men’s Football team at CSU brought home $2,972,984 in revenue in a single year. The academic progress rate of the team is 932.

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#5

South Carolina State University

Orangeburg, South Carolina

Out of the 5 schools in South Carolina that were part of this year’s ranking, South Carolina State University landed the #5 spot on the list. Orangeburg, South Carolina is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 333 students in 2018-2019.

The FCS Men’s Football team at South Carolina State University brought home $2,718,036 in revenue in a single year. The academic progress rate of the team is 940.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 5 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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