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2021 Top Southeast Region Men's Football Schools

172 Colleges
$37,699 Avg Tuition & Fees*
62% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

It's not easy to decide which college to attend when there are so many options available for student athletes. 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 the Southeast Region ranking is one tool we have developed to help in this regard.

Our analysis looked at 172 schools in the Southeast Region to determine which ones were the best for Men's Football athletes in the Southeast Region. 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 the Southeast Region for Men's Football athletes in the Southeast Region

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

The University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Top 15% in Quality in the Southeast Region

The University of Alabama tops this year’s ranking as the best school for Men’s Football athletes in the Southeast Region. Located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, the large public school awarded 7,542 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at UA made $94,604,899 in revenue, while incurring $69,718,059 in expenses. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $24,886,840 in profit. The great academic progress rate of 990 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

With a freshman retention rate of 87%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. In addition to its great ranking here, UA is in the top 15% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#2

Clemson University

Clemson, South Carolina
#23 in Quality in the Southeast Region

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Clemson University. The school came in at #2 in this year’s ranking. Clemson, South Carolina is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 4,676 students in 2018-2019.

The team at Clemson took home $61,378,516 in revenue and paid out $55,649,888 in expenses in recent times. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $5,728,628. The team has a great academic progress rate of 993, signifying that team members care about their grades.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 93%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. On top of its placing in this ranking, Clemson 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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#3

University of Miami

Coral Gables, Florida
#15 in Quality in the Southeast Region

A rank of #3 on our list means University of Miami is a great place for Men’s Football athletes in the Southeast Region working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in Coral Gables, Florida, the fairly large private not-for-profit school awarded 3,118 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at U Miami brought home $56,257,383 in revenue in a single year.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 91%. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, U Miami also is in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking.

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#4

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, Tennessee
#2 in Quality in the Southeast Region

Out of the 166 schools in the Southeast Region that were part of this year’s ranking, Vanderbilt University landed the #4 spot on the list. This fairly large private not-for-profit school is located in Nashville, Tennessee, and it awarded 2,280 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at Vanderbilt made $32,108,897 in revenue, while incurring $28,610,632 in expenses. That boils down to a yearly profit of $3,498,265 for the sports team. The team has a great academic progress rate of 984, signifying that team members care about their grades.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 97%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Vanderbilt also took the #2 spot in our overall quality rankings.

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#5

Auburn University

Auburn, Alabama
Top 10% in Quality in the Southeast Region

The excellent sports programs at Auburn University helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for Men’s Football athletes in the Southeast Region. Auburn, Alabama is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 5,370 students in 2018-2019.

Auburn brought in $95,157,216 while tallying up $47,846,261 in expenses for its Men’s Football team. Thus, the team actually made $47,310,955, which isn’t bad at all. The great academic progress rate of 980 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 92%. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Auburn also is in the top 10% of our overall quality ranking.

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#6

University of Florida

Gainesville, Florida
#12 in Quality in the Southeast Region

University of Florida did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in the Southeast Region ranking, coming in at #6. Located in Gainesville, Florida, the large public school handed out 9,663 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at UF took home $84,837,920 in revenue and paid out $39,149,664 in expenses in recent times. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $45,688,256. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 973.

With a freshman retention rate of 96%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. UF excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#11 in Quality in the Southeast Region

Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus ranked #7 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Football in the Southeast Region list. Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus is a large public school located in Atlanta, Georgia that handed out 3,717 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at Georgia Tech made $42,553,892 in revenue, while incurring $29,744,089 in expenses. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $12,809,803. The team has a great academic progress rate of 978, signifying that team members care about their grades.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 97%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Georgia Tech also is in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking.

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#8

University of Richmond

University of Richmond, Virginia
#9 in Quality in the Southeast Region

University of Richmond did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in the Southeast Region ranking, coming in at #8. Located in University of Richmond, Virginia, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 1,005 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Football team at URichmond took home $7,031,345 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 984 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

With a student-to-faculty ratio of 8 to 1, it’s easy to see that the school is committed to helping their undergraduates succeed. On top of its placing in this ranking, URichmond also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#9

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, Virginia
#13 in Quality in the Southeast Region

With a ranking of #9, Virginia Tech did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in the Southeast Region ranking. Virginia Tech is a large public school located in Blacksburg, Virginia that handed out 7,156 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at Virginia Tech made $56,224,912 in revenue, while incurring $30,123,282 in expenses. That boils down to a yearly profit of $26,101,630 for the sports team. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 958.

With a freshman retention rate of 93%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. On top of its placing in this ranking, Virginia Tech also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#10

Florida State University

Tallahassee, Florida
#24 in Quality in the Southeast Region

Florida State University ranked #10 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Football in the Southeast Region list. This large public school is located in Tallahassee, Florida, and it awarded 9,688 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at Florida State brought home $68,893,857 in revenue in a single year. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 942.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 94%. Florida State 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 10% in Quality in the Southeast Region

The University of Tennessee - Knoxville did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in the Southeast Region ranking, coming in at #11. This large public school is located in Knoxville, Tennessee, and it awarded 5,103 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at UT Knoxville took home $91,022,335 in revenue and paid out $35,170,599 in expenses in recent times. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $55,851,736. The academic progress rate of the team is 967.

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, UT Knoxville 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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#12

University of Georgia

Athens, Georgia
#22 in Quality in the Southeast Region

University of Georgia landed the #12 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in the Southeast Region ranking. UGA is located in Athens, Georgia and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 8,022 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The team at UGA took home $123,073,722 in revenue and paid out $49,207,808 in expenses in recent times. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $73,865,914 in profit. The academic progress rate of the team is 969.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 95%. In addition to its great ranking here, UGA is in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#13

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, Virginia
Top 10% in Quality in the Southeast Region

James Madison University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in the Southeast Region ranking, coming in at #13. JMU is a public institution located in Harrisonburg, Virginia. The school has a large population, and it awarded 4,665 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Football team at JMU took home $10,649,299 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 952.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 90%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. In addition to its great ranking here, JMU is in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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Top 10% in Quality in the Southeast Region

University of South Florida - Main Campus ranked #14 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Football in the Southeast Region list. Tampa, Florida is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 8,684 students in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at USF Tampa brought home $16,760,097 in revenue in a single year.

With a freshman retention rate of 90%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. In addition to its great ranking here, USF Tampa is in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#15

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, North Carolina
#6 in Quality in the Southeast Region

Wake Forest University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in the Southeast Region ranking, coming in at #15. This medium-sized private not-for-profit school is located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and it awarded 1,431 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Wake Forest University took home $26,722,457 in revenue and paid out $21,462,286 in expenses in recent times. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $5,260,171 in profit. The great academic progress rate of 990 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 94%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Wake Forest University excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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Top 10% in Quality in the Southeast Region

With a ranking of #16, Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in the Southeast Region ranking. Located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the large public school awarded 5,129 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at Louisiana State University made $91,950,610 in revenue, while incurring $35,319,160 in expenses. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $56,631,450.

Louisiana State University 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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#17

Duke University

Durham, North Carolina
#1 in Quality in the Southeast Region

Duke University ranked #17 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Football in the Southeast Region list. Durham, North Carolina is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 2,303 students in 2018-2019.

Duke brought in $40,328,603 while tallying up $28,806,459 in expenses for its Men’s Football team. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $11,522,144 in profit. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 986.

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

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#18

Washington and Lee University

Lexington, Virginia
#3 in Quality in the Southeast Region

Washington and Lee University landed the #18 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in the Southeast Region ranking. Washington and Lee is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Lexington, Virginia. It awarded 564 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at Washington and Lee made $434,649 in revenue, while incurring $432,781 in expenses. That boils down to a yearly profit of $1,868 for the sports team.

With a freshman retention rate of 97%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. In addition to its Best Colleges for Men’s Football in the Southeast Region ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Washington and Lee is ranked #3 for overall quality in the Southeast Region .

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#19

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, North Carolina
#8 in Quality in the Southeast Region

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in the Southeast Region ranking, coming in at #19. Located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, the large public school handed out 6,076 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at UNC Chapel Hill took home $39,314,461 in revenue and paid out $23,127,138 in expenses in recent times. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $16,187,323. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 959.

With a freshman retention rate of 96%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. UNC Chapel Hill excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#20

Wofford College

Spartanburg, South Carolina
Top 10% in Quality in the Southeast Region

Wofford College landed the #20 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in the Southeast Region ranking. Wofford is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Spartanburg, South Carolina. It awarded 476 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at Wofford brought home $5,529,094 in revenue in a single year. The team has a great academic progress rate of 984, 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 89%. Wofford 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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#21

University of Louisville

Louisville, Kentucky
Top 20% in Quality in the Southeast Region

University of Louisville ranked #21 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Football in the Southeast Region list. UofL is a public institution located in Louisville, Kentucky. The school has a large population, and it awarded 3,155 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at UofL took home $47,327,709 in revenue and paid out $44,057,106 in expenses in recent times. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $3,270,603. The team has a great academic progress rate of 984, signifying that team members care about their grades.

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

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#22

Rhodes College

Memphis, Tennessee
#19 in Quality in the Southeast Region

Rhodes College came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Football in the Southeast Region ranking. Located in Memphis, Tennessee, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 561 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Football team at Rhodes College took home $577,342 in revenue.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 91%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Rhodes College excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#23

Centre College

Danville, Kentucky
#21 in Quality in the Southeast Region

Centre College ranked #23 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Football in the Southeast Region list. Danville, Kentucky is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 378 students in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at Centre College of Kentucky brought home $527,833 in revenue in a single year.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 91%. Centre College of Kentucky excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#24

University of Arkansas

Fayetteville, Arkansas
Top 15% in Quality in the Southeast Region

University of Arkansas ranked #24 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Football in the Southeast Region list. Located in Fayetteville, Arkansas, the large public school handed out 5,181 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

UARK brought in $76,463,785 while tallying up $43,162,670 in expenses for its Men’s Football team. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $33,301,115.

UARK 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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#25

University of South Carolina - Columbia

Columbia, South Carolina
Top 10% in Quality in the Southeast Region

With a ranking of #25, University of South Carolina - Columbia did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in the Southeast Region ranking. Located in Columbia, South Carolina, the large public school awarded 6,966 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at UofSC made $65,004,536 in revenue, while incurring $36,206,781 in expenses. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $28,797,755. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 967.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 88%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. UofSC 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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Honorable Mentions

These schools also performed well in our Best Colleges for Men’s Football in the Southeast Region ranking:

Rank College Location
26 Tulane University of Louisiana New Orleans, LA
27 Samford University Birmingham, AL
28 Berry College Mount Berry, GA
29 Hendrix College Conway, AR
29 Christopher Newport University Newport News, VA
31 Randolph - Macon College Ashland, VA
32 West Virginia University Morgantown, WV
33 Millsaps College Jackson, MS
34 University of Kentucky Lexington, KY

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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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