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2021 Top Tennessee Men's D1 Football Schools

5 Colleges
$20,388 Avg Tuition & Fees*
19% 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 Tennessee ranking.

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

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

Our analysis found The University of Tennessee - Chattanooga to be the best school for D1 Men’s Football athletes in Tennessee in this year’s ranking. UT Chattanooga is a fairly large public school situated in Chattanooga, Tennessee. It awarded 2,082 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the FCS Men’s Football team at UT Chattanooga took home $4,441,991 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 942.

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#2

Tennessee Technological University

Cookeville, Tennessee

Out of the 5 schools in Tennessee that were part of this year’s ranking, Tennessee Technological University landed the #2 spot on the list. This fairly large public school is located in Cookeville, Tennessee, and it awarded 2,248 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the FCS Men’s Football team at Tennessee Tech University made $3,321,977 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 947.

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A rank of #3 on our list means The University of Tennessee - Martin is a great place for D1 Men’s Football athletes in Tennessee working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in Martin, Tennessee, the medium-sized public school handed out 1,176 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at UT Martin took home $3,395,447 in revenue and paid out $3,219,855 in expenses in recent times. Thus, the team actually made $175,592, which isn’t bad at all. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 937.

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#4

Tennessee State University

Nashville, Tennessee

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Tennessee State University. The school came in at #4 in this year’s ranking. Tennessee State University is a public institution located in Nashville, Tennessee. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 1,081 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Tennessee State University took home $3,603,109 in revenue and paid out $3,389,880 in expenses in recent times. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $213,229 in profit. The academic progress rate of the team is 947.

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#5

Austin Peay State University

Clarksville, Tennessee

Out of the 5 schools in Tennessee that were part of this year’s ranking, Austin Peay State University landed the #5 spot on the list. Austin Peay State University is a public institution located in Clarksville, Tennessee. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 1,517 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Austin Peay State University took home $4,932,208 in revenue and paid out $4,129,068 in expenses in recent times. That boils down to a yearly profit of $803,140 for the sports team. The academic progress rate of the team is 941.

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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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