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2021 Top Massachusetts Men's Football Schools

27 Colleges
$38,162 Avg Tuition & Fees*
56% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

Student athletes have lots of options to chooose from today when trying to decide which college to attend. 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 Massachusetts ranking is one tool we have developed to help in this regard.

We analyzed 27 colleges and universities across Massachusetts to determine which were the best for Men's Football athletes in Massachusetts. 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 Massachusetts for Men's Football athletes in Massachusetts

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts

Our analysis found Boston College to be the best school for Men’s Football athletes in Massachusetts in this year’s ranking. This fairly large private not-for-profit school is located in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, and it awarded 3,062 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at Boston College made $32,347,820 in revenue, while incurring $24,855,252 in expenses. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $7,492,568 in profit. 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 95%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. On top of its placing in this ranking, Boston College 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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#2

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Out of the 27 schools in Massachusetts that were part of this year’s ranking, Massachusetts Institute of Technology landed the #2 spot on the list. MIT is a private not-for-profit institution located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 1,333 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at MIT brought home $213,327 in revenue in a single year.

The student-to-faculty ratio of 3 to 1 is a sign that students will have more opportunities to engage with their professors one-on-one. In addition to its Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Massachusetts ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, MIT is ranked #2 for overall quality in Massachusetts.

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#3

Amherst College

Amherst, Massachusetts

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Amherst College. The school came in at #3 in this year’s ranking. Amherst is located in Amherst, Massachusetts and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 705 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The Men’s Football team at Amherst brought home $800,369 in revenue in a single year.

The impressive student-to-faculty ratio of 8 to 1 means that students may have more opportunities to work more closely with their professors than they would at other schools. In addition to its Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Massachusetts ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Amherst is ranked #4 for overall quality in Massachusetts.

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#4

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Worcester, Massachusetts

The excellent sports programs at Worcester Polytechnic Institute helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for Men’s Football athletes in Massachusetts. WPI is a private not-for-profit institution located in Worcester, Massachusetts. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 1,138 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at WPI made $431,187 in revenue, while incurring $418,480 in expenses. Thus, the team actually made $12,707, which isn’t bad at all.

With a freshman retention rate of 95%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. WPI 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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#5

Tufts University

Medford, Massachusetts

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Tufts University. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football athletes in Massachusetts list. This fairly large private not-for-profit school is located in Medford, Massachusetts, and it awarded 1,822 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Tufts brought in $836,027 while tallying up $822,401 in expenses for its Men’s Football team. That boils down to a yearly profit of $13,626 for the sports team.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 96%. Tufts 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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#6

Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Harvard University ranked #6 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Massachusetts list. Harvard is a private not-for-profit institution located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The school has a large population, and it awarded 2,902 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Football team at Harvard made $3,163,293 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 982 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

With a freshman retention rate of 98%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Harvard also took the #1 spot in our overall quality rankings.

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#7

Massachusetts Maritime Academy

Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts

Massachusetts Maritime Academy came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Massachusetts ranking. This small public school is located in Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts, and it awarded 391 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Football team at Maritime made $195,235 in revenue.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 88%.

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#8

Western New England University

Springfield, Massachusetts

Western New England University ranked #8 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Massachusetts list. Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 569 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Football team at Western New England took home $501,578 in revenue.

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#9

Springfield College

Springfield, Massachusetts

With a ranking of #9, Springfield College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Massachusetts ranking. Springfield College is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Springfield, Massachusetts. It awarded 512 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Football team at Springfield College made $791,482 in revenue.

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

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#10

Endicott College

Beverly, Massachusetts

Endicott College ranked #10 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Massachusetts list. Endicott College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Beverly, Massachusetts that handed out 799 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Football team at Endicott took home $289,577 in revenue.

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#11

College of the Holy Cross

Worcester, Massachusetts

College of the Holy Cross came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Massachusetts ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Worcester, Massachusetts, and it awarded 848 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at Holy Cross brought home $5,605,872 in revenue in a single year. The team has a great academic progress rate of 987, signifying that team members care about their grades.

With a freshman retention rate of 95%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Holy Cross 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

University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth

North Dartmouth, Massachusetts

University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Massachusetts ranking. This medium-sized public school is located in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts, and it awarded 1,469 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at UMass Dartmouth made $259,548 in revenue, while incurring $238,979 in expenses. That boils down to a yearly profit of $20,569 for the sports team.

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#13

Fitchburg State University

Fitchburg, Massachusetts

With a ranking of #13, Fitchburg State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Massachusetts ranking. Fitchburg State University is a medium-sized public school located in Fitchburg, Massachusetts that handed out 815 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at Fitchburg State brought home $159,334 in revenue in a single year.

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#14

Westfield State University

Westfield, Massachusetts

Westfield State University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Massachusetts ranking, coming in at #14. Westfield is a public institution located in Westfield, Massachusetts. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 1,555 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at Westfield made $212,951 in revenue, while incurring $204,613 in expenses. That boils down to a yearly profit of $8,338 for the sports team.

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#15

Worcester State University

Worcester, Massachusetts

Worcester State University landed the #15 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Massachusetts ranking. Worcester State University is a medium-sized public school located in Worcester, Massachusetts that handed out 1,217 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Football team at Worcester State took home $211,079 in revenue.

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#16

Bridgewater State University

Bridgewater, Massachusetts

Bridgewater State University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Massachusetts ranking, coming in at #16. Bridgewater State is a public institution located in Bridgewater, Massachusetts. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 2,306 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at Bridgewater State brought home $140,285 in revenue in a single year.

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#17

Framingham State University

Framingham, Massachusetts

Framingham State University came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Massachusetts ranking. Framingham State is a public institution located in Framingham, Massachusetts. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 862 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Framingham State brought in $232,153 while tallying up $227,323 in expenses for its Men’s Football team. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $4,830 in profit.

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#18

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Amherst, Massachusetts

University of Massachusetts Amherst landed the #18 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Massachusetts ranking. University of Massachusetts Amherst is a large public school located in Amherst, Massachusetts that handed out 6,878 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Football team at UMass Amherst made $10,347,538 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 938.

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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#19

Curry College

Milton, Massachusetts

Curry College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Massachusetts ranking, coming in at #19. Curry is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Milton, Massachusetts. It awarded 706 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Football team at Curry made $374,990 in revenue.

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#20

Nichols College

Dudley, Massachusetts

Nichols College ranked #20 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Massachusetts list. Nichols is a private not-for-profit institution located in Dudley, Massachusetts. The school has a small population, and it awarded 294 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at Nichols made $435,728 in revenue, while incurring $396,123 in expenses. Thus, the team actually made $39,605, which isn’t bad at all.

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#21

Becker College

Worcester, Massachusetts

Becker College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Massachusetts ranking, coming in at #21. Becker College is located in Worcester, Massachusetts and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 332 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The Men’s Football team at Becker College brought home $186,894 in revenue in a single year.

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#22

Anna Maria College

Paxton, Massachusetts

Anna Maria College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Massachusetts ranking, coming in at #22. Paxton, Massachusetts is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 270 students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Football team at Anna Maria made $420,384 in revenue.

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#23

American International College

Springfield, Massachusetts

American International College ranked #23 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Massachusetts list. Springfield, Massachusetts is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 294 students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Football team at AIC made $1,676,834 in revenue.

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#24

Merrimack College

North Andover, Massachusetts

Merrimack College landed the #24 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Massachusetts ranking. This medium-sized private not-for-profit school is located in North Andover, Massachusetts, and it awarded 825 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at Merrimack brought home $2,236,658 in revenue in a single year.

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#25

Stonehill College

Easton, Massachusetts

With a ranking of #25, Stonehill College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Massachusetts ranking. Easton, Massachusetts is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 719 students in 2018-2019.

Stonehill brought in $1,337,690 while tallying up $1,309,346 in expenses for its Men’s Football team. That boils down to a yearly profit of $28,344 for the sports team.

With a freshman retention rate of 86%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students.

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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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