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2021 Top Texas Men's D1 Football Schools

6 Colleges
$28,080 Avg Tuition & Fees*
22% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

When it comes to choosing a college, student athletes have a lot of options - but not all of them are good. One of our goals at College Factual is to give you as much information as we can - such as our Best Colleges for Division I Men's Football in Texas ranking - to help you make that decision.

After analyzing 6 schools in Texas, we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for D1 Men's Football athletes in Texas. 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 Texas for D1 Men's Football athletes in Texas

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Sam Houston State University

Huntsville, Texas

Our 2021 rankings named Sam Houston State University the best school for D1 Men’s Football athletes in Texas working on their bachelor’s degree. Sam Houston State University is a large public school located in Huntsville, Texas that handed out 4,343 bachelor’s degrees 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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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Abilene Christian University. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D1 Men’s Football athletes in Texas list. Abilene, Texas is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 844 students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the FCS Men’s Football team at Abilene Christian made $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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#3

Houston Baptist University

Houston, Texas

A rank of #3 on our list means Houston Baptist University is a great place for D1 Men’s Football athletes in Texas working on their bachelor’s degree. Houston, Texas is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 467 students in 2018-2019.

The FCS Men’s Football team at HBU brought home $4,422,871 in revenue in a single year. The academic progress rate of the team is 964.

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#4

Prairie View A & M University

Prairie View, Texas

The excellent sports programs at Prairie View A & M University helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for D1 Men’s Football athletes in Texas. Located in Prairie View, Texas, the medium-sized public school handed out 1,145 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the FCS Men’s Football team at PVAMU took home $3,623,547 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 910.

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#5

University of the Incarnate Word

San Antonio, Texas

The excellent sports programs at University of the Incarnate Word helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for D1 Men’s Football athletes in Texas. San Antonio, Texas is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,363 students in 2018-2019.

UIW brought in $4,869,126 while tallying up $4,818,887 in expenses for its FCS Men’s Football team. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $50,239. The academic progress rate of the team is 938.

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Texas Southern University

Houston, Texas

Texas Southern University landed the #6 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Football in Texas ranking. Texas Southern University is a medium-sized public school located in Houston, Texas that handed out 1,120 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The FCS Men’s Football team at TSU made $2,865,776 in revenue, while incurring $2,865,335 in expenses. 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 6 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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