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2021 Top Michigan Men's Football Schools

18 Colleges
$30,735 Avg Tuition & Fees*
35% 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 Men's Football in Michigan ranking is one tool we have developed to help in this regard.

Our analysis looked at 18 schools in Michigan to determine which ones were the best for Men's Football athletes in Michigan. 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 Michigan for Men's Football athletes in Michigan

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Our 2021 rankings named University of Michigan - Ann Arbor the best school for Men’s Football athletes in Michigan working on their bachelor’s degree. U-M is a large public school situated in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It awarded 7,815 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at U-M made $122,270,243 in revenue, while incurring $47,430,574 in expenses. That boils down to a yearly profit of $74,839,669 for the sports team.

With a freshman retention rate of 97%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. U-M not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #1 on our overall quality list.

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#2

Western Michigan University

Kalamazoo, Michigan

Out of the 18 schools in Michigan that were part of this year’s ranking, Western Michigan University landed the #2 spot on the list. WMU is located in Kalamazoo, Michigan and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 3,824 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The Men’s Football team at WMU brought home $9,257,979 in revenue in a single year. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 948.

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#3

Hope College

Holland, Michigan

The excellent sports programs at Hope College helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for Men’s Football athletes in Michigan. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Holland, Michigan, and it awarded 838 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Football team at Hope took home $506,748 in revenue.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 88%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Hope also took the #4 spot in our overall quality rankings.

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#4

Kalamazoo College

Kalamazoo, Michigan

The excellent sports programs at Kalamazoo College helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for Men’s Football athletes in Michigan. K College is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Kalamazoo, Michigan. It awarded 373 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at K College brought home $554,643 in revenue in a single year.

With a freshman retention rate of 90%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. K College also took the #5 spot in our overall quality rankings.

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#5

Albion College

Albion, Michigan

The excellent sports programs at Albion College helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for Men’s Football athletes in Michigan. Albion is a private not-for-profit institution located in Albion, Michigan. The school has a small population, and it awarded 371 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Football team at Albion made $503,163 in revenue.

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#6

Michigan State University

East Lansing, Michigan

With a ranking of #6, Michigan State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Michigan ranking. Michigan State is located in East Lansing, Michigan and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 8,997 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The Men’s Football team at Michigan State made $75,545,976 in revenue, while incurring $33,928,232 in expenses. Thus, the team actually made $41,617,744, which isn’t bad at all. 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 91%. Michigan State also made our overall quality list, coming in at #2.

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#7

Alma College

Alma, Michigan

Alma College ranked #7 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Michigan list. Located in Alma, Michigan, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 326 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Football team at Alma made $630,557 in revenue.

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#8

Central Michigan University

Mount Pleasant, Michigan

Central Michigan University came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Michigan ranking. Located in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, the fairly large public school handed out 4,343 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at Central Michigan brought home $8,175,068 in revenue in a single year. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 972.

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#9

Adrian College

Adrian, Michigan

Adrian College landed the #9 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Michigan ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Adrian, Michigan, and it awarded 360 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at Adrian brought home $364,478 in revenue in a single year.

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#10

Eastern Michigan University

Ypsilanti, Michigan

With a ranking of #10, Eastern Michigan University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Michigan ranking. Ypsilanti, Michigan is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 3,635 students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Football team at Eastern Michigan made $8,770,408 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 976.

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#11

Finlandia University

Hancock, Michigan

Finlandia University came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Michigan ranking. Finlandia is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Hancock, Michigan. It awarded 61 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Football team at Finlandia made $334,974 in revenue.

The student-to-faculty ratio of 7 to 1 is a sign that students will have more opportunities to engage with their professors one-on-one.

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#12

Olivet College

Olivet, Michigan

With a ranking of #12, Olivet College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Michigan ranking. Olivet is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Olivet, Michigan. It awarded 184 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Olivet took home $565,749 in revenue and paid out $515,919 in expenses in recent times. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $49,830 in profit.

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#13

Grand Valley State University

Allendale, Michigan

Grand Valley State University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Michigan ranking, coming in at #13. This large public school is located in Allendale, Michigan, and it awarded 5,421 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at GVSU made $3,360,909 in revenue, while incurring $3,136,132 in expenses. That boils down to a yearly profit of $224,777 for the sports team.

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#14

Wayne State University

Detroit, Michigan

With a ranking of #14, Wayne State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Michigan ranking. Located in Detroit, Michigan, the large public school awarded 3,652 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Football team at Wayne State took home $2,251,791 in revenue.

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#15

Northern Michigan University

Marquette, Michigan

Northern Michigan University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Michigan ranking, coming in at #15. Located in Marquette, Michigan, the medium-sized public school handed out 1,219 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Northern Michigan University took home $2,119,397 in revenue and paid out $2,099,092 in expenses in recent times. Thus, the team actually made $20,305, which isn’t bad at all.

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#16

Michigan Technological University

Houghton, Michigan

Michigan Technological University came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Michigan ranking. Michigan Tech is a medium-sized public school situated in Houghton, Michigan. It awarded 1,197 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Football team at Michigan Tech took home $1,753,622 in revenue.

Michigan Tech also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

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#17

Saginaw Valley State University

University Center, Michigan

With a ranking of #17, Saginaw Valley State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Michigan ranking. University Center, Michigan is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,527 students in 2018-2019.

Saginaw Valley State University brought in $1,793,290 while tallying up $1,791,832 in expenses for its Men’s Football team. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $1,458.

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#18

Ferris State University

Big Rapids, Michigan

Ferris State University ranked #18 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Michigan list. Ferris State University is a fairly large public school located in Big Rapids, Michigan that handed out 2,493 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at Ferris made $2,323,872 in revenue, while incurring $2,114,843 in expenses. Thus, the team actually made $209,029, which isn’t bad at all.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 18 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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