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2021 Top Virginia Men's D1 Football Schools

7 Colleges
$34,506 Avg Tuition & Fees*
51% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

Student athletes have lots of options to chooose from today when trying to decide which college to attend. College Factual has developed its Best Colleges for Division I Men's Football in Virginia ranking as one item you can use to help make this decision.

Our analysis looked at 7 schools in Virginia to determine which ones were the best for D1 Men's Football athletes in Virginia. To come up with this ranking, we look at a number of factors that are all objective measurements. These factors include the school's overall quality as determined by our Best Colleges ranking and the athletic competitiveness of the school. Thus, in order to rank well, the school must offer a quality education in addition to having a great sports team.

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

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

University of Richmond

University of Richmond, Virginia

Our 2021 rankings named University of Richmond the best school for D1 Men’s Football athletes in Virginia working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in University of Richmond, Virginia, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 1,005 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the FCS Men’s Football team at URichmond took home $7,031,345 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 984.

Since the school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 8 to 1, those pursuing a bachelor’s degree will have more opportunities to interact with their professors. URichmond also took the #3 spot in our overall quality rankings.

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#2

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, Virginia

Out of the 7 schools in Virginia that were part of this year’s ranking, James Madison University landed the #2 spot on the list. Located in Harrisonburg, Virginia, the large public school awarded 4,665 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the FCS Men’s Football team at JMU made $10,649,299 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 952.

With a freshman retention rate of 90%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. JMU excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#3

College of William and Mary

Williamsburg, Virginia

The excellent sports programs at College of William and Mary helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for D1 Men’s Football athletes in Virginia. Located in Williamsburg, Virginia, the medium-sized public school awarded 2,072 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the FCS Men’s Football team at William & Mary made $7,073,588 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 979 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 95%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. William & Mary did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #4 on our overall quality list.

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#4

Virginia Military Institute

Lexington, Virginia

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Virginia Military Institute. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D1 Men’s Football athletes in Virginia list. VMI is a public institution located in Lexington, Virginia. The school has a small population, and it awarded 363 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The FCS Men’s Football team at VMI brought home $3,721,452 in revenue in a single year. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 962.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 87%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. VMI excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#5

Hampton University

Hampton, Virginia

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Hampton University. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D1 Men’s Football athletes in Virginia list. Hampton is located in Hampton, Virginia and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 640 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The FCS Men’s Football team at Hampton brought home $2,926,282 in revenue in a single year. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 933.

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#6

Liberty University

Lynchburg, Virginia

Liberty University ranked #6 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Football in Virginia list. Liberty University is a private not-for-profit institution located in Lynchburg, Virginia. The school has a large population, and it awarded 9,140 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the FCS Men’s Football team at Liberty University took home $16,358,467 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 957.

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#7

Norfolk State University

Norfolk, Virginia

Norfolk State University landed the #7 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Football in Virginia ranking. Located in Norfolk, Virginia, the medium-sized public school awarded 612 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the FCS Men’s Football team at Norfolk State took home $3,259,352 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 956.

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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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