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2021 Top Alabama Men's Football Schools

13 Colleges
$22,122 Avg Tuition & Fees*
25% 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. One of our goals at College Factual is to give you as much information as we can - such as our Best Colleges for Men's Football in Alabama ranking - to help you make that decision.

After analyzing 13 schools in Alabama, we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for Men's Football athletes in Alabama. 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 Alabama for Men's Football athletes in Alabama

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

The University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Our analysis found The University of Alabama to be the best school for Men’s Football athletes in Alabama in this year’s ranking. UA is located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 7,542 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

UA brought in $94,604,899 while tallying up $69,718,059 in expenses for its Men’s Football team. That boils down to a yearly profit of $24,886,840 for the sports team. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 990.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 87%. UA also took the #3 spot in our overall quality rankings.

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#2

Auburn University

Auburn, Alabama

The excellent sports programs at Auburn University helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for Men’s Football athletes in Alabama. Auburn University is a large public school located in Auburn, Alabama that handed out 5,370 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Auburn took home $95,157,216 in revenue and paid out $47,846,261 in expenses in recent times. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $47,310,955. The team has a great academic progress rate of 980, signifying that team members care about their grades.

With a freshman retention rate of 92%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. In addition to its Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Alabama ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Auburn is ranked #2 for overall quality in Alabama.

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#3

Samford University

Birmingham, Alabama

A rank of #3 on our list means Samford University is a great place for Men’s Football athletes in Alabama working on their bachelor’s degree. Samford is located in Birmingham, Alabama and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 891 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Football team at Samford took home $5,938,603 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 977.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 87%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Samford not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #1 on our overall quality list.

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#4

Birmingham Southern College

Birmingham, Alabama

Out of the 13 schools in Alabama that were part of this year’s ranking, Birmingham Southern College landed the #4 spot on the list. Birmingham Southern College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Birmingham, Alabama that handed out 354 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Football team at BSC took home $544,172 in revenue.

BSC did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #5 on our overall quality list.

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#5

Jacksonville State University

Jacksonville, Alabama

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Jacksonville State University. The school came in at #5 in this year’s ranking. Jacksonville State University is located in Jacksonville, Alabama and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,345 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Football team at Jacksonville State University made $5,070,277 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 961.

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#6

Troy University

Troy, Alabama

Troy University landed the #6 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Alabama ranking. This fairly large public school is located in Troy, Alabama, and it awarded 2,450 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at TROY took home $8,995,915 in revenue and paid out $8,571,387 in expenses in recent times. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $424,528. The academic progress rate of the team is 961.

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#7

University of South Alabama

Mobile, Alabama

University of South Alabama did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Alabama ranking, coming in at #7. University of South Alabama is a fairly large public school located in Mobile, Alabama that handed out 1,940 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Football team at USA made $9,783,711 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 955.

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#8

Huntingdon College

Montgomery, Alabama

Huntingdon College came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Alabama ranking. Huntingdon College is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Montgomery, Alabama. It awarded 265 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at Huntingdon College brought home $728,461 in revenue in a single year.

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#9

Alabama State University

Montgomery, Alabama

Alabama State University came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Alabama ranking. This small public school is located in Montgomery, Alabama, and it awarded 510 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Football team at Alabama State took home $3,622,267 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 942.

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#10

Tuskegee University

Tuskegee, Alabama

Tuskegee University came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Alabama ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Tuskegee, Alabama, and it awarded 403 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Football team at Tuskegee made $2,303,355 in revenue.

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#11

University of North Alabama

Florence, Alabama

University of North Alabama came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Alabama ranking. Florence, Alabama is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,208 students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Football team at UNA made $2,745,528 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 946.

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#12

Miles College

Fairfield, Alabama

Miles College ranked #12 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Alabama list. Miles College is located in Fairfield, Alabama and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 230 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Football team at Miles College took home $2,263,965 in revenue.

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#13

University of West Alabama

Livingston, Alabama

University of West Alabama landed the #13 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Alabama ranking. Livingston, Alabama is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 319 students in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at University of West Alabama made $2,353,036 in revenue, while incurring $2,279,062 in expenses. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $73,974.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 13 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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