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2021 Top Plains States Region Men's D1 Football Schools

8 Colleges
$18,605 Avg Tuition & Fees*
34% 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 Plains States Region ranking as one item you can use to help make this decision.

We analyzed 8 colleges and universities across the Plains States Region to determine which were the best for D1 Men's Football athletes in the Plains States Region. 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 the Plains States Region for D1 Men's Football athletes in the Plains States Region

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

Top 20% in Quality in the Plains States Region

North Dakota State University - Main Campus tops this year’s ranking as the best school for D1 Men’s Football athletes in the Plains States Region. This fairly large public school is located in Fargo, North Dakota, and it awarded 2,588 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the FCS Men’s Football team at North Dakota State University made $6,048,728 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 986.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, North Dakota State University also is in the top 20% of our overall quality ranking.

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#2

Drake University

Des Moines, Iowa
#11 in Quality in the Plains States Region

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Drake University. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D1 Men’s Football athletes in the Plains States Region list. Located in Des Moines, Iowa, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 896 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The team at Drake took home $1,406,161 in revenue and paid out $1,185,998 in expenses in recent times. That boils down to a yearly profit of $220,163 for the sports team. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 969.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 87%. Drake excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#3

University of North Dakota

Grand Forks, North Dakota
Top 25% in Quality in the Plains States Region

Out of the 8 schools in the Plains States Region that were part of this year’s ranking, University of North Dakota landed the #3 spot on the list. Located in Grand Forks, North Dakota, the fairly large public school awarded 2,231 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The FCS Men’s Football team at UND brought home $4,965,053 in revenue in a single year. The academic progress rate of the team is 962.

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#4

South Dakota State University

Brookings, South Dakota

Out of the 8 schools in the Plains States Region that were part of this year’s ranking, South Dakota State University landed the #4 spot on the list. Located in Brookings, South Dakota, the fairly large public school handed out 2,026 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the FCS Men’s Football team at South Dakota State made $3,950,727 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 978, signifying that team members care about their grades.

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University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, Iowa
Top 20% in Quality in the Plains States Region

A rank of #5 on our list means University of Northern Iowa is a great place for D1 Men’s Football athletes in the Plains States Region working on their bachelor’s degree. University of Northern Iowa is a fairly large public school located in Cedar Falls, Iowa that handed out 2,500 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the FCS Men’s Football team at UNI made $4,281,286 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 969.

UNI excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 20% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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University of South Dakota

Vermillion, South Dakota

University of South Dakota ranked #6 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Football in the Plains States Region list. University of South Dakota is a medium-sized public school located in Vermillion, South Dakota that handed out 1,352 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the FCS Men’s Football team at USD made $4,031,135 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 968.

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Missouri State University - Springfield did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Football in the Plains States Region ranking, coming in at #7. Missouri State is located in Springfield, Missouri and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 3,756 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the FCS Men’s Football team at Missouri State took home $3,846,066 in revenue.

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#8

Southeast Missouri State University

Cape Girardeau, Missouri

Southeast Missouri State University ranked #8 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Football in the Plains States Region list. Southeast Missouri State University is a public institution located in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 1,711 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the FCS Men’s Football team at Southeast Missouri State University made $3,051,705 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 959.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 8 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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