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2021 Top Southwest Region Men's D1 Football Schools

7 Colleges
$26,609 Avg Tuition & Fees*
23% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

When pursuing a degree in today's world, student athletes have many different options to choose from. College Factual has developed its Best Colleges for Division I Men's Football in the Southwest Region ranking as one item you can use to help make this decision.

We analyzed 7 colleges and universities across the Southwest Region to determine which were the best for D1 Men's Football athletes in the Southwest Region. 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 the Southwest Region for D1 Men's Football athletes in the Southwest Region

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Sam Houston State University

Huntsville, Texas

Our analysis found Sam Houston State University to be the best school for D1 Men’s Football athletes in the Southwest Region in this year’s ranking. Huntsville, Texas is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 4,343 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the FCS Men’s Football team at SHSU took home $4,346,313 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 936.

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#2

Northern Arizona University

Flagstaff, Arizona

A rank of #2 on our list means Northern Arizona University is a great place for D1 Men’s Football athletes in the Southwest Region working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in Flagstaff, Arizona, the large public school awarded 6,248 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the FCS Men’s Football team at NAU took home $5,002,914 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 944.

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#23 in Quality in the Southwest Region

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Abilene Christian University. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D1 Men’s Football athletes in the Southwest Region list. Located in Abilene, Texas, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school handed out 844 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the FCS Men’s Football team at Abilene Christian took home $4,852,160 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 938.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Abilene Christian also is in the top 20% of our overall quality ranking.

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#4

Houston Baptist University

Houston, Texas

A rank of #4 on our list means Houston Baptist University is a great place for D1 Men’s Football athletes in the Southwest Region working on their bachelor’s degree. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Houston, Texas, and it awarded 467 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the FCS Men’s Football team at HBU took home $4,422,871 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 964.

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#5

Prairie View A & M University

Prairie View, Texas

Out of the 7 schools in the Southwest Region that were part of this year’s ranking, Prairie View A & M University landed the #5 spot on the list. Prairie View A & M University is a medium-sized public school located in Prairie View, Texas that handed out 1,145 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the FCS Men’s Football team at PVAMU made $3,623,547 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 910.

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#6

University of the Incarnate Word

San Antonio, Texas

With a ranking of #6, University of the Incarnate Word did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Football in the Southwest Region ranking. UIW is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school situated in San Antonio, Texas. It awarded 1,363 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

UIW brought in $4,869,126 while tallying up $4,818,887 in expenses for its FCS Men’s Football team. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $50,239 in profit. The academic progress rate of the team is 938.

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#7

Texas Southern University

Houston, Texas

Texas Southern University ranked #7 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Football in the Southwest Region list. Located in Houston, Texas, the medium-sized public school awarded 1,120 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

TSU brought in $2,865,776 while tallying up $2,865,335 in expenses for its FCS Men’s Football team. Thus, the team actually made $441, which isn’t bad at all. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 950.

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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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