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2021 Top Florida Men's Football Schools

13 Colleges
$27,522 Avg Tuition & Fees*
39% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

When pursuing a degree in today's world, student athletes have many different options to choose from. 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 Florida ranking is part of that endeavor.

Our analysis looked at 13 schools in Florida to determine which ones were the best for Men's Football athletes in Florida. 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 Florida for Men's Football athletes in Florida

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

University of Miami

Coral Gables, Florida

University of Miami tops this year’s ranking as the best school for Men’s Football athletes in Florida. U Miami is a private not-for-profit institution located in Coral Gables, Florida. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 3,118 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

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

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 91%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. U Miami not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #2 on our overall quality list.

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#2

University of Florida

Gainesville, Florida

Out of the 12 schools in Florida that were part of this year’s ranking, University of Florida landed the #2 spot on the list. Located in Gainesville, Florida, the large public school handed out 9,663 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

UF brought in $84,837,920 while tallying up $39,149,664 in expenses for its Men’s Football team. Thus, the team actually made $45,688,256, which isn’t bad at all. The academic progress rate of the team is 973.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 96%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. UF did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #1 on our overall quality list.

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#3

Florida State University

Tallahassee, Florida

A rank of #3 on our list means Florida State University is a great place for Men’s Football athletes in Florida working on their bachelor’s degree. 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 academic progress rate of the team is 942.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 94%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Florida State did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #3 on our overall quality list.

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The excellent sports programs at University of South Florida - Main Campus helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for Men’s Football athletes in Florida. Located in Tampa, Florida, the large public school handed out 8,684 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Football team at USF Tampa took home $16,760,097 in revenue.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 90%. USF Tampa also took the #5 spot in our overall quality rankings.

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#5

University of Central Florida

Orlando, Florida

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of Central Florida. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football athletes in Florida list. Located in Orlando, Florida, the large public school awarded 14,087 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

UCF brought in $30,248,726 while tallying up $24,767,711 in expenses for its Men’s Football team. That boils down to a yearly profit of $5,481,015 for the sports team. The great academic progress rate of 981 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 90%. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UCF also is in the top 15% of our overall quality ranking.

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#6

Jacksonville University

Jacksonville, Florida

Jacksonville University landed the #6 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Florida ranking. JU is a private not-for-profit institution located in Jacksonville, Florida. The school has a small population, and it awarded 762 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Football team at JU took home $1,307,558 in revenue.

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#7

Stetson University

DeLand, Florida

Stetson University landed the #7 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Florida ranking. Located in DeLand, Florida, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 799 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Football team at Stetson took home $1,887,025 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 968.

Stetson 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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Florida International University came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Florida ranking. Florida International University is a large public school located in Miami, Florida that handed out 12,352 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at FIU made $14,200,561 in revenue, while incurring $11,771,431 in expenses. Thus, the team actually made $2,429,130, which isn’t bad at all. The academic progress rate of the team is 968.

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

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#9

Florida Atlantic University

Boca Raton, Florida

Florida Atlantic University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Florida ranking, coming in at #9. Boca Raton, Florida is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 5,855 students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Football team at FAU made $11,877,533 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 965.

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Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Florida ranking. Florida A&M University is a medium-sized public school situated in Tallahassee, Florida. It awarded 1,444 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Football team at Florida A&M University made $3,115,877 in revenue.

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#11

Bethune - Cookman University

Daytona Beach, Florida

Bethune - Cookman University came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Florida ranking. Bethune - Cookman University is a private not-for-profit institution located in Daytona Beach, Florida. The school has a small population, and it awarded 477 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Football team at Bethune - Cookman University made $4,912,069 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 938.

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#12

The University of West Florida

Pensacola, Florida

The University of West Florida did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Florida ranking, coming in at #12. UWF is a public institution located in Pensacola, Florida. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 2,410 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at UWF took home $2,408,261 in revenue and paid out $1,988,428 in expenses in recent times. That boils down to a yearly profit of $419,833 for the sports team.

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#12

Florida Institute of Technology

Melbourne, Florida

Florida Institute of Technology came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Florida ranking. Florida Institute of Technology is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in Melbourne, Florida that handed out 787 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Football team at Florida Tech took home $3,096,914 in revenue.

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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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