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2021 Top Iowa Men's D1 Football Schools

2 Colleges
$32,031 Avg Tuition & Fees*
52% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

When pursuing a degree in today's world, student athletes have many different options to choose from. Our mission at College Factual is to arm you with as much information as we can to help you make that decision. Our Best Colleges for Division I Men's Football in Iowa ranking is one tool we have developed to help in this regard.

We analyzed 2 colleges and universities across Iowa to determine which were the best for D1 Men's Football athletes in Iowa. Instead of depending on subjective information, we focus on objective factors to determine this ranking. These factors include such things as the athletic competitiveness of the school and the school's overall quality. This means that a school must provide students with a great education in addition to having a good sports team if it wants to rank well.

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

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:


Drake University

Des Moines, Iowa

Our 2021 rankings named Drake University the best school for D1 Men’s Football athletes in Iowa working on their bachelor’s degree. Des Moines, Iowa is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 896 students in 2018-2019.

The FCS Men’s Football team at Drake made $1,406,161 in revenue, while incurring $1,185,998 in expenses. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $220,163 in profit. The academic progress rate of the team is 969.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 87%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Drake also took the #2 spot in our overall quality rankings.

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University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, Iowa

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend University of Northern Iowa. The school came in at #2 in this year’s ranking. UNI is a public institution located in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 2,500 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the FCS Men’s Football team at UNI took home $4,281,286 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 969.

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Notes and References


*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 2 schools only.


  • 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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