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2021 Top California Men's Football Schools

20 Colleges
$38,607 Avg Tuition & Fees*
50% 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 Men's Football in California ranking - to help you make that decision.

After analyzing 20 schools in California, we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for Men's Football athletes in California. 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 California for Men's Football athletes in California

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California

Our analysis found University of Southern California to be the best school for Men’s Football athletes in California in this year’s ranking. Los Angeles, California is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 5,337 students in 2018-2019.

USC brought in $50,046,008 while tallying up $32,124,522 in expenses for its Men’s Football team. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $17,921,486 in profit. The academic progress rate of the team is 970.

Since the school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 9 to 1, those pursuing a bachelor’s degree will have more opportunities to interact with their professors. USC also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

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#2

Stanford University

Stanford, California

A rank of #2 on our list means Stanford University is a great place for Men’s Football athletes in California working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in Stanford, California, the fairly large private not-for-profit school awarded 1,892 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at Stanford made $44,462,092 in revenue, while incurring $30,470,121 in expenses. Thus, the team actually made $13,991,971, which isn’t bad at all. The team has a great academic progress rate of 990, signifying that team members care about their grades.

With a freshman retention rate of 98%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Stanford not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #2 on our overall quality list.

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#3

Pomona College

Claremont, California

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Pomona College. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football athletes in California list. Pomona is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Claremont, California. It awarded 449 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Pomona brought in $499,487 while tallying up $420,830 in expenses for its Men’s Football team. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $78,657.

With a freshman retention rate of 98%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Pomona did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #3 on our overall quality list.

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#4

University of San Diego

San Diego, California

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of San Diego. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football athletes in California list. USD is a private not-for-profit institution located in San Diego, California. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 1,501 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at USD brought home $1,532,784 in revenue in a single year. The great academic progress rate of 977 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 90%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. In addition to its great ranking here, USD is in the top 20% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#5

Occidental College

Los Angeles, California

A rank of #5 on our list means Occidental College is a great place for Men’s Football athletes in California working on their bachelor’s degree. Oxy is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Los Angeles, California. It awarded 529 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at Oxy made $752,107 in revenue, while incurring $469,493 in expenses. That boils down to a yearly profit of $282,614 for the sports team.

With a student-to-faculty ratio of 9 to 1, it’s easy to see that the school is committed to helping their undergraduates succeed. On top of its placing in this ranking, Oxy also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#6

San Diego State University

San Diego, California

San Diego State University came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Football in California ranking. Located in San Diego, California, the large public school handed out 8,159 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at SDSU brought home $13,422,004 in revenue in a single year. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 969.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 89%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year.

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#7

Chapman University

Orange, California

Chapman University came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Football in California ranking. Chapman is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school situated in Orange, California. It awarded 1,717 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Football team at Chapman took home $509,937 in revenue.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 91%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year.

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#8

University of Redlands

Redlands, California

University of Redlands came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Football in California ranking. Located in Redlands, California, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 755 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at University of Redlands made $748,166 in revenue, while incurring $716,281 in expenses. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $31,885.

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#9

University of California - Berkeley

Berkeley, California

With a ranking of #9, University of California - Berkeley did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in California ranking. University of California - Berkeley is a large public school located in Berkeley, California that handed out 9,627 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

UC Berkeley brought in $33,532,252 while tallying up $27,790,118 in expenses for its Men’s Football team. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $5,742,134. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 977.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 97%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. On top of its placing in this ranking, UC Berkeley also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#10

University of California - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California

With a ranking of #10, University of California - Los Angeles did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in California ranking. Located in Los Angeles, California, the large public school awarded 9,069 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at UCLA made $41,288,698 in revenue, while incurring $35,463,068 in expenses. Thus, the team actually made $5,825,630, which isn’t bad at all. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 944.

With a freshman retention rate of 97%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UCLA also is in the top 10% of our overall quality ranking.

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#11

California Lutheran University

Thousand Oaks, California

California Lutheran University landed the #11 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in California ranking. CLU is a private not-for-profit institution located in Thousand Oaks, California. The school has a small population, and it awarded 849 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at CLU brought home $572,673 in revenue in a single year.

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#12

University of La Verne

La Verne, California

University of La Verne landed the #12 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in California ranking. ULV is located in La Verne, California and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,300 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The team at ULV took home $482,898 in revenue and paid out $462,198 in expenses in recent times. Thus, the team actually made $20,700, which isn’t bad at all.

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California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo ranked #13 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Football in California list. San Luis Obispo, California is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 5,185 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Football team at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo took home $4,546,931 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 983.

With a freshman retention rate of 95%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. On top of its placing in this ranking, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#14

University of California - Davis

Davis, California

With a ranking of #14, University of California - Davis did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in California ranking. UC Davis is located in Davis, California and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 8,711 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Football team at UC Davis took home $5,754,648 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 970.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 93%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. On top of its placing in this ranking, UC Davis also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#15

San Jose State University

San Jose, California

San Jose State University landed the #15 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in California ranking. This large public school is located in San Jose, California, and it awarded 6,826 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Football team at San Jose State made $8,512,268 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 952.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 87%.

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#16

California State University - Sacramento

Sacramento, California

California State University - Sacramento ranked #16 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Football in California list. This large public school is located in Sacramento, California, and it awarded 7,479 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at Sac State brought home $5,515,779 in revenue in a single year. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 959.

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With a ranking of #17, California State University - Fresno did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in California ranking. Located in Fresno, California, the large public school handed out 4,921 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Football team at Fresno State made $16,419,529 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 954.

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#18

Humboldt State University

Arcata, California

Humboldt State University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in California ranking, coming in at #18. Humboldt State University is a medium-sized public school situated in Arcata, California. It awarded 2,053 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at Humboldt State University brought home $719,826 in revenue in a single year.

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#19

Azusa Pacific University

Azusa, California

With a ranking of #19, Azusa Pacific University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in California ranking. Located in Azusa, California, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school handed out 1,694 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at Azusa Pacific made $2,719,567 in revenue, while incurring $2,563,946 in expenses. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $155,621.

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#19

Lincoln University

Oakland, California

With a ranking of #19, Lincoln University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in California ranking. LU California is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Oakland, California. It awarded 12 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 20 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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