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2021 Top Indiana Men's Football Schools

13 Colleges
$36,348 Avg Tuition & Fees*
53% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

With all of the options student athletes have for higher education today, it can be tough to choose which direction to take. 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 Men's Football in Indiana ranking is one tool we have developed to help in this regard.

Our analysis looked at 13 schools in Indiana to determine which ones were the best for Men's Football athletes in Indiana. 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 Indiana for Men's Football athletes in Indiana

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, Indiana

Our 2021 rankings named University of Notre Dame the best school for Men’s Football athletes in Indiana working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in Notre Dame, Indiana, the fairly large private not-for-profit school awarded 2,642 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at Notre Dame made $115,510,518 in revenue, while incurring $50,201,929 in expenses. That boils down to a yearly profit of $65,308,589 for the sports team. The academic progress rate of the team is 970.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 98%. Notre Dame also made our overall quality list, coming in at #1.

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#2

DePauw University

Greencastle, Indiana

Out of the 13 schools in Indiana that were part of this year’s ranking, DePauw University landed the #2 spot on the list. DePauw is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Greencastle, Indiana. It awarded 595 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Football team at DePauw took home $683,986 in revenue.

The student-to-faculty ratio of 9 to 1 is a sign that students will have more opportunities to engage with their professors one-on-one. DePauw also made our overall quality list, coming in at #2.

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#3

Indiana University - Bloomington

Bloomington, Indiana

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Indiana University - Bloomington. The school came in at #3 in this year’s ranking. IU Bloomington is a large public school situated in Bloomington, Indiana. It awarded 7,952 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

IU Bloomington brought in $52,577,443 while tallying up $24,216,483 in expenses for its Men’s Football team. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $28,360,960 in profit. The academic progress rate of the team is 969.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 91%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. IU Bloomington not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #5 on our overall quality list.

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#4

Hanover College

Hanover, Indiana

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Hanover College. The school came in at #4 in this year’s ranking. Located in Hanover, Indiana, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 247 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Hanover took home $425,046 in revenue and paid out $421,957 in expenses in recent times. Thus, the team actually made $3,089, which isn’t bad at all.

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#5

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, Indiana

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Purdue University - Main Campus. The school came in at #5 in this year’s ranking. Purdue is located in West Lafayette, Indiana and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 7,568 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The team at Purdue took home $54,752,462 in revenue and paid out $27,342,141 in expenses in recent times. That boils down to a yearly profit of $27,410,321 for the sports team.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 91%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Purdue did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #4 on our overall quality list.

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#6

Franklin College

Franklin, Indiana

With a ranking of #6, Franklin College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Indiana ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Franklin, Indiana, and it awarded 265 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Football team at Franklin College of Indiana made $490,903 in revenue.

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#7

Trine University

Angola, Indiana

Trine University ranked #7 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Indiana list. Trine University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Angola, Indiana that handed out 406 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Trine took home $751,888 in revenue and paid out $675,569 in expenses in recent times. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $76,319. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 954.

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#8

Manchester University

North Manchester, Indiana

Manchester University came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Indiana ranking. Manchester University is located in North Manchester, Indiana and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 325 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Football team at Manchester University took home $453,445 in revenue.

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#9

Butler University

Indianapolis, Indiana

With a ranking of #9, Butler University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Indiana ranking. Butler is a private not-for-profit institution located in Indianapolis, Indiana. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 1,065 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Football team at Butler made $1,048,440 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 989 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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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#10

Anderson University Indiana

Anderson, Indiana

Anderson University Indiana did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Indiana ranking, coming in at #10. Anderson University Indiana is a private not-for-profit institution located in Anderson, Indiana. The school has a small population, and it awarded 370 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at Anderson University Indiana made $391,820 in revenue, while incurring $376,767 in expenses. Thus, the team actually made $15,053, which isn’t bad at all.

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#11

Ball State University

Muncie, Indiana

Ball State University came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Indiana ranking. Ball State University is a large public school located in Muncie, Indiana that handed out 3,621 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Football team at Ball State made $7,135,305 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 969.

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#12

Valparaiso University

Valparaiso, Indiana

Valparaiso University ranked #12 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Indiana list. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Valparaiso, Indiana, and it awarded 893 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Valpo brought in $1,221,085 while tallying up $1,182,843 in expenses for its Men’s Football team. Thus, the team actually made $38,242, which isn’t bad at all. The academic progress rate of the team is 956.

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#13

Indiana State University

Terre Haute, Indiana

Indiana State University ranked #13 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Indiana list. Indiana State is located in Terre Haute, Indiana and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 2,011 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The team at Indiana State took home $4,499,988 in revenue and paid out $4,256,090 in expenses in recent times. Thus, the team actually made $243,898, which isn’t bad at all. The academic progress rate of the team is 958.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 13 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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