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2021 Top Ohio Men's Football Schools

37 Colleges
$34,776 Avg Tuition & Fees*
50% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

Student athletes have lots of options to chooose from today when trying to decide which college to attend. At College Factual, we're committed to helping you make that decision by providing information such as that found in our Best Colleges for Men's Football in Ohio ranking.

Our analysis looked at 37 schools in Ohio to determine which ones were the best for Men's Football athletes in Ohio. 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 Ohio for Men's Football athletes in Ohio

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Our analysis found Ohio State University - Main Campus to be the best school for Men’s Football athletes in Ohio in this year’s ranking. Ohio State is a public institution located in Columbus, Ohio. The school has a large population, and it awarded 11,596 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Ohio State brought in $115,091,304 while tallying up $60,076,743 in expenses for its Men’s Football team. Thus, the team actually made $55,014,561, which isn’t bad at all.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 94%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Ohio State also is in the top 10% of our overall quality ranking.

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#2

University of Dayton

Dayton, Ohio

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend University of Dayton. The school came in at #2 in this year’s ranking. UDayton is a fairly large private not-for-profit school situated in Dayton, Ohio. It awarded 2,167 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at UDayton brought home $159,593 in revenue in a single year. The team has a great academic progress rate of 991, signifying that team members care about their grades.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 90%. In addition to its Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Ohio ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, UDayton is ranked #5 for overall quality in Ohio.

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#3

Kenyon College

Gambier, Ohio

The excellent sports programs at Kenyon College helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for Men’s Football athletes in Ohio. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Gambier, Ohio, and it awarded 517 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at Kenyon brought home $483,374 in revenue in a single year.

With a freshman retention rate of 93%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Kenyon did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #2 on our overall quality list.

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#4

Denison University

Granville, Ohio

Out of the 36 schools in Ohio that were part of this year’s ranking, Denison University landed the #4 spot on the list. Denison University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Granville, Ohio that handed out 643 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at Denison brought home $606,065 in revenue in a single year. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 972.

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. Denison also made our overall quality list, coming in at #3.

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Out of the 36 schools in Ohio that were part of this year’s ranking, Ohio Northern University landed the #5 spot on the list. Ohio Northern University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Ada, Ohio that handed out 415 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Football team at ONU took home $822,136 in revenue.

ONU 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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#6

The College of Wooster

Wooster, Ohio

With a ranking of #6, The College of Wooster did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Ohio ranking. Wooster, Ohio is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 522 students in 2018-2019.

The team at Wooster College took home $354,366 in revenue and paid out $335,742 in expenses in recent times. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $18,624 in profit.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Wooster College also is in the top 15% of our overall quality ranking.

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#7

John Carroll University

University Heights, Ohio

John Carroll University landed the #7 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Ohio ranking. Located in University Heights, Ohio, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 831 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Football team at John Carroll made $760,483 in revenue.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 86%. John Carroll 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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#8

Ohio Wesleyan University

Delaware, Ohio

Ohio Wesleyan University ranked #8 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Ohio list. OWU is located in Delaware, Ohio and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 395 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The Men’s Football team at OWU brought home $544,319 in revenue in a single year.

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. In addition to its great ranking here, OWU is in the top 20% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#9

Otterbein University

Westerville, Ohio

Otterbein University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Ohio ranking, coming in at #9. Otterbein is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Westerville, Ohio. It awarded 579 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at Otterbein made $408,392 in revenue, while incurring $341,272 in expenses. That boils down to a yearly profit of $67,120 for the sports team.

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Baldwin Wallace University landed the #10 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Ohio ranking. Located in Berea, Ohio, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 929 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Football team at Baldwin Wallace College made $622,074 in revenue.

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#11

Miami University - Oxford

Oxford, Ohio

Miami University - Oxford ranked #11 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Ohio list. Miami University - Oxford is a public institution located in Oxford, Ohio. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 5,139 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at Miami University - Oxford brought home $9,272,010 in revenue in a single year. The academic progress rate of the team is 973.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 91%. Miami University - Oxford 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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#12

Marietta College

Marietta, Ohio

Marietta College landed the #12 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Ohio ranking. Marietta College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Marietta, Ohio that handed out 210 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Marietta brought in $387,578 while tallying up $379,539 in expenses for its Men’s Football team. Thus, the team actually made $8,039, which isn’t bad at all.

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.

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Ohio University - Athens Campus landed the #13 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Ohio ranking. OHIO Athens is a public institution located in Athens, Ohio. The school has a large population, and it awarded 7,349 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at OHIO Athens brought home $9,100,410 in revenue in a single year.

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#14

Capital University

Columbus, Ohio

Capital University ranked #14 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Ohio list. Columbus, Ohio is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 678 students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Football team at Capital made $478,305 in revenue.

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#15

Wittenberg University

Springfield, Ohio

Wittenberg University came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Ohio ranking. Located in Springfield, Ohio, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 434 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The team at Wittenberg took home $598,062 in revenue and paid out $589,585 in expenses in recent times. Thus, the team actually made $8,477, which isn’t bad at all.

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#16

University of Toledo

Toledo, Ohio

University of Toledo ranked #16 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Ohio list. This fairly large public school is located in Toledo, Ohio, and it awarded 3,077 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Football team at University of Toledo took home $11,696,094 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 983.

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University of Mount Union

Alliance, Ohio

University of Mount Union landed the #17 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Ohio ranking. University of Mount Union is a small private not-for-profit school located in Alliance, Ohio that handed out 511 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Football team at Mount Union took home $834,398 in revenue.

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University of Cincinnati - Main Campus landed the #18 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Ohio ranking. University of Cincinnati - Main Campus is a large public school located in Cincinnati, Ohio that handed out 6,175 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at UC brought home $14,998,887 in revenue in a single year. The team has a great academic progress rate of 990, signifying that team members care about their grades.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 86%.

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#19

Muskingum University

New Concord, Ohio

Muskingum University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Ohio ranking, coming in at #19. New Concord, Ohio is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 331 students in 2018-2019.

Muskingum brought in $422,981 while tallying up $405,201 in expenses for its Men’s Football team. Thus, the team actually made $17,780, which isn’t bad at all.

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#20

Hiram College

Hiram, Ohio

Hiram College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Ohio ranking, coming in at #20. Located in Hiram, Ohio, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 227 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at Hiram brought home $380,373 in revenue in a single year.

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#21

Bluffton University

Bluffton, Ohio

Bluffton University ranked #21 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Ohio list. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Bluffton, Ohio, and it awarded 193 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at Bluffton brought home $460,418 in revenue in a single year.

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#22

Mount St. Joseph University

Cincinnati, Ohio

Mount St. Joseph University came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Ohio ranking. Mount St. Joseph University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Cincinnati, Ohio that handed out 280 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Football team at Mount St. Joe made $421,810 in revenue.

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#23

Heidelberg University

Tiffin, Ohio

Heidelberg University came in at #23 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Ohio ranking. Located in Tiffin, Ohio, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 254 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Football team at Heidelburg College made $528,211 in revenue.

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#24

Youngstown State University

Youngstown, Ohio

Youngstown State University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Ohio ranking, coming in at #24. Youngstown State University is located in Youngstown, Ohio and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,645 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Football team at Youngstown State University took home $4,349,972 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 956.

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Bowling Green State University - Main Campus came in at #25 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Ohio ranking. Located in Bowling Green, Ohio, the fairly large public school handed out 3,167 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Football team at BGSU took home $7,750,248 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 947.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 25 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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