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2021 Top Middle Atlantic Region Men's Football Schools

105 Colleges
$48,767 Avg Tuition & Fees*
75% 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. College Factual was founded, in part, to help students make the decision as to what would be the best school for them. Our Best Colleges for Men's Football in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking is part of that endeavor.

Our analysis looked at 105 schools in the Middle Atlantic Region to determine which ones were the best for Men's Football athletes in the Middle Atlantic Region. Our ranking methodology focuses a number of different objective factors - such as the overall quality of the school, the school's athletic competitiveness, and the amount of athletic aid per student - to make this determination. Having a great sports team is not enough - the school must also focus on academic excellence.

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Top Colleges in the Middle Atlantic Region for Men's Football athletes in the Middle Atlantic Region

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#1

Pennsylvania State University - University Park

University Park, Pennsylvania
Top 10% in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

Our 2021 rankings named Pennsylvania State University - University Park the best school for Men’s Football athletes in the Middle Atlantic Region working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in University Park, Pennsylvania, the large public school awarded 10,893 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The team at Penn State University Park took home $100,133,983 in revenue and paid out $48,538,956 in expenses in recent times. Thus, the team actually made $51,595,027, which isn’t bad at all. The team has a great academic progress rate of 982, 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 93%. Penn State University Park 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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Top 15% in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

The excellent sports programs at University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for Men’s Football athletes in the Middle Atlantic Region. University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus is a large public school located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania that handed out 5,451 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Pitt took home $39,176,605 in revenue and paid out $31,843,372 in expenses in recent times. Thus, the team actually made $7,333,233, which isn’t bad at all.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 93%. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Pitt also is in the top 15% of our overall quality ranking.

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#3

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
#12 in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

The excellent sports programs at Lehigh University helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for Men’s Football athletes in the Middle Atlantic Region. Lehigh is a private not-for-profit institution located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 1,379 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Football team at Lehigh took home $5,969,420 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 972.

With a freshman retention rate of 96%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Lehigh also is in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking.

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#4

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, Maryland
#4 in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

Out of the 105 schools in the Middle Atlantic Region that were part of this year’s ranking, Johns Hopkins University landed the #4 spot on the list. Located in Baltimore, Maryland, the large private not-for-profit school handed out 1,747 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Football team at Johns Hopkins took home $759,356 in revenue.

With a freshman retention rate of 97%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Johns Hopkins also took the #4 spot in our overall quality rankings.

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#5

Villanova University

Villanova, Pennsylvania
#21 in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

The excellent sports programs at Villanova University helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for Men’s Football athletes in the Middle Atlantic Region. Located in Villanova, Pennsylvania, the fairly large private not-for-profit school awarded 2,240 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Football team at Villanova made $6,765,161 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 983 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 95%. On top of its placing in this ranking, Villanova 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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#19 in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute ranked #6 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Football in the Middle Atlantic Region list. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in Troy, New York that handed out 1,359 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

RPI brought in $768,173 while tallying up $707,149 in expenses for its Men’s Football team. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $61,024.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 93%. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, RPI also is in the top 10% of our overall quality ranking.

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#7

Temple University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Top 25% in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

Temple University came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Football in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking. Temple is a large public school situated in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It awarded 6,523 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Football team at Temple took home $24,397,873 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 987 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

With a freshman retention rate of 90%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students.

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#8

Hamilton College

Clinton, New York
#6 in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

Hamilton College ranked #8 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Football in the Middle Atlantic Region list. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Clinton, New York, and it awarded 603 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at Hamilton brought home $705,470 in revenue in a single year.

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. Hamilton also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

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#9

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
#9 in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

Carnegie Mellon University landed the #9 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking. This fairly large private not-for-profit school is located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and it awarded 1,848 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at Carnegie Mellon brought home $560,698 in revenue in a single year.

With a freshman retention rate of 96%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. In addition to its great ranking here, Carnegie Mellon is in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#10

Union College New York

Schenectady, New York
#11 in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

Union College New York landed the #10 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking. Union College is a private not-for-profit institution located in Schenectady, New York. The school has a small population, and it awarded 571 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Union College took home $634,775 in revenue and paid out $551,753 in expenses in recent times. Thus, the team actually made $83,022, which isn’t bad at all.

With a freshman retention rate of 92%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Union College also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

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#11

University of Rochester

Rochester, New York
#18 in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

University of Rochester came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Football in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking. This fairly large private not-for-profit school is located in Rochester, New York, and it awarded 1,921 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Football team at University of Rochester made $485,831 in revenue.

With a freshman retention rate of 97%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. University of Rochester 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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#12

Gettysburg College

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
#23 in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

Gettysburg College ranked #12 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Football in the Middle Atlantic Region list. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and it awarded 722 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Football team at Gettysburg took home $400,994 in revenue.

With a freshman retention rate of 90%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Gettysburg also is in the top 10% of our overall quality ranking.

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#13

Dickinson College

Carlisle, Pennsylvania
#22 in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

Dickinson College landed the #13 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking. Dickinson is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. It awarded 752 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at Dickinson made $382,758 in revenue, while incurring $315,467 in expenses. That boils down to a yearly profit of $67,291 for the sports team.

With a freshman retention rate of 90%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Dickinson 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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#14

Princeton University

Princeton, New Jersey
#1 in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

Princeton University came in at #14 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Football in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking. Princeton is a private not-for-profit institution located in Princeton, New Jersey. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 1,297 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Football team at Princeton made $4,030,758 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 982 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

The impressive student-to-faculty ratio of 5 to 1 means that students may have more opportunities to work more closely with their professors than they would at other schools. Princeton did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #1 on our overall quality list.

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#15

Fordham University

Bronx, New York
Top 20% in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

Fordham University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking, coming in at #15. Fordham U is a private not-for-profit institution located in Bronx, New York. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 2,501 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Football team at Fordham U made $7,594,200 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 985, signifying that team members care about their grades.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 91%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Fordham U 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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#16

United States Merchant Marine Academy

Kings Point, New York
Top 10% in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

United States Merchant Marine Academy landed the #16 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking. Located in Kings Point, New York, the small public school handed out 200 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at USMMA took home $676,874 in revenue and paid out $524,078 in expenses in recent times. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $152,796 in profit. The academic progress rate of the team is 975.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 92%. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, USMMA also is in the top 10% of our overall quality ranking.

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#17

St Lawrence University

Canton, New York
Top 15% in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

St Lawrence University ranked #17 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Football in the Middle Atlantic Region list. Located in Canton, New York, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 765 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at St. Lawrence brought home $541,823 in revenue in a single year.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 92%. St. Lawrence 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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Top 10% in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

Hobart and William Smith Colleges landed the #18 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking. Hobart and William Smith Colleges is a small private not-for-profit school located in Geneva, New York that handed out 594 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Football team at The Colleges took home $560,632 in revenue.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 86%. On top of its placing in this ranking, The Colleges 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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#19

Ithaca College

Ithaca, New York
Top 15% in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

With a ranking of #19, Ithaca College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking. Ithaca is a private not-for-profit institution located in Ithaca, New York. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 1,501 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Football team at Ithaca took home $696,855 in revenue.

Ithaca 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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#20

The College of New Jersey

Ewing, New Jersey
Top 15% in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

The College of New Jersey ranked #20 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Football in the Middle Atlantic Region list. TCNJ is a public institution located in Ewing, New Jersey. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 1,685 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at TCNJ brought home $552,679 in revenue in a single year.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 94%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. TCNJ excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#21

Muhlenberg College

Allentown, Pennsylvania
Top 15% in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

Muhlenberg College landed the #21 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking. Muhlenberg College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Allentown, Pennsylvania that handed out 733 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Muhlenberg brought in $482,299 while tallying up $460,967 in expenses for its Men’s Football team. That boils down to a yearly profit of $21,332 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. On top of its placing in this ranking, Muhlenberg 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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#22

Washington & Jefferson College

Washington, Pennsylvania
Top 20% in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

Washington & Jefferson College came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Football in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking. W&J is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Washington, Pennsylvania. It awarded 382 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

W&J brought in $502,865 while tallying up $479,087 in expenses for its Men’s Football team. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $23,778 in profit.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 87%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. In addition to its great ranking here, W&J is in the top 20% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#23

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
#2 in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

University of Pennsylvania did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking, coming in at #23. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 3,632 students in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at UPenn brought home $3,485,696 in revenue in a single year. The great academic progress rate of 992 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

With a student-to-faculty ratio of 6 to 1, it’s easy to see that the school is committed to helping their undergraduates succeed. In addition to its Best Colleges for Men’s Football in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, UPenn is ranked #2 for overall quality in the Middle Atlantic Region .

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#24

Ursinus College

Collegeville, Pennsylvania
Top 20% in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

Ursinus College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking, coming in at #24. Ursinus is a private not-for-profit institution located in Collegeville, Pennsylvania. The school has a small population, and it awarded 400 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at Ursinus brought home $531,569 in revenue in a single year.

Ursinus also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools in this category.

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#25

Catholic University of America

Washington, District of Columbia
Top 20% in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

With a ranking of #25, Catholic University of America did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking. This medium-sized private not-for-profit school is located in Washington, District of Columbia, and it awarded 830 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at CUA took home $626,206 in revenue and paid out $594,460 in expenses in recent times. Thus, the team actually made $31,746, which isn’t bad at all.

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. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, CUA also is in the top 20% of our overall quality ranking.

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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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