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2021 Top North Carolina Men's Football Schools

31 Colleges
$30,021 Avg Tuition & Fees*
40% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

Student athletes have lots of options to chooose from today when trying to decide which college to attend. 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 North Carolina ranking - to help you make that decision.

We analyzed 31 colleges and universities across North Carolina to determine which were the best for Men's Football athletes in North Carolina. 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 North Carolina for Men's Football athletes in North Carolina

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#1

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Wake Forest University tops this year’s ranking as the best school for Men’s Football athletes in North Carolina. Located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school awarded 1,431 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at Wake Forest University made $26,722,457 in revenue, while incurring $21,462,286 in expenses. 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.

With a freshman retention rate of 94%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Wake Forest University did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #3 on our overall quality list.

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#2

Duke University

Durham, North Carolina

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Duke University. The school came in at #2 in this year’s ranking. Located in Durham, North Carolina, the fairly large private not-for-profit school awarded 2,303 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree 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 has a great academic progress rate of 986, 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. In addition to its Best Colleges for Men’s Football in North Carolina ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Duke is ranked #1 for overall quality in North Carolina.

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#3

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

A rank of #3 on our list means University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a great place for Men’s Football athletes in North Carolina working on their bachelor’s degree. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a large public school located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina that handed out 6,076 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at UNC Chapel Hill made $39,314,461 in revenue, while incurring $23,127,138 in expenses. Thus, the team actually made $16,187,323, which isn’t bad at all. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 959.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 96%. In addition to its Best Colleges for Men’s Football in North Carolina ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, UNC Chapel Hill is ranked #4 for overall quality in North Carolina.

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#4

Appalachian State University

Boone, North Carolina

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Appalachian State University. The school came in at #4 in this year’s ranking. Boone, North Carolina is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 4,172 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Football team at Appalachian State took home $9,365,952 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 955.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 89%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. In addition to its great ranking here, Appalachian State is in the top 15% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#5

Elon University

Elon, North Carolina

A rank of #5 on our list means Elon University is a great place for Men’s Football athletes in North Carolina working on their bachelor’s degree. This medium-sized private not-for-profit school is located in Elon, North Carolina, and it awarded 1,666 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Football team at Elon took home $6,043,145 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 988, 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%. Elon also took the #5 spot in our overall quality rankings.

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#6

Davidson College

Davidson, North Carolina

Davidson College came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Football in North Carolina ranking. Davidson College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Davidson, North Carolina that handed out 560 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Davidson brought in $1,803,457 while tallying up $1,746,425 in expenses for its Men’s Football team. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $57,032 in profit. The great academic progress rate of 982 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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. In addition to its Best Colleges for Men’s Football in North Carolina ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Davidson is ranked #2 for overall quality in North Carolina.

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#7

Guilford College

Greensboro, North Carolina

Guilford College ranked #7 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Football in North Carolina list. Located in Greensboro, North Carolina, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 349 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Guilford brought in $619,304 while tallying up $555,637 in expenses for its Men’s Football team. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $63,667 in profit.

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#8

North Carolina A & T State University

Greensboro, North Carolina

North Carolina A & T State University ranked #8 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Football in North Carolina list. NC A&T is a public institution located in Greensboro, North Carolina. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 1,686 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at NC A&T took home $5,609,344 in revenue and paid out $5,608,551 in expenses in recent times. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $793. The academic progress rate of the team is 962.

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#9

North Carolina Central University

Durham, North Carolina

North Carolina Central University ranked #9 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Football in North Carolina list. North Carolina Central University is a medium-sized public school situated in Durham, North Carolina. It awarded 1,145 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Football team at North Carolina Central University took home $3,936,515 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 947.

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#10

East Carolina University

Greenville, North Carolina

With a ranking of #10, East Carolina University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in North Carolina ranking. Located in Greenville, North Carolina, the large public school awarded 5,140 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

ECU brought in $14,136,043 while tallying up $14,094,264 in expenses for its Men’s Football team. That boils down to a yearly profit of $41,779 for the sports team. The academic progress rate of the team is 938.

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#11

Campbell University

Buies Creek, North Carolina

Campbell University landed the #11 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in North Carolina ranking. This medium-sized private not-for-profit school is located in Buies Creek, North Carolina, and it awarded 1,006 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Football team at Campbell made $5,355,777 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 951.

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#12

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Charlotte, North Carolina

University of North Carolina at Charlotte landed the #12 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in North Carolina ranking. Charlotte, North Carolina is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 5,974 students in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at UNC Charlotte brought home $9,715,195 in revenue in a single year. The academic progress rate of the team is 945.

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#13

Gardner - Webb University

Boiling Springs, North Carolina

With a ranking of #13, Gardner - Webb University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in North Carolina ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Boiling Springs, North Carolina, and it awarded 452 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at Gardner - Webb brought home $2,945,128 in revenue in a single year. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 961.

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#14

Methodist University

Fayetteville, North Carolina

Methodist University came in at #14 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Football in North Carolina ranking. Methodist is located in Fayetteville, North Carolina and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 383 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The Men’s Football team at Methodist brought home $669,089 in revenue in a single year.

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#15

Greensboro College

Greensboro, North Carolina

Greensboro College landed the #15 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in North Carolina ranking. Greensboro College is a private not-for-profit institution located in Greensboro, North Carolina. The school has a small population, and it awarded 148 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at Greensboro College brought home $272,276 in revenue in a single year.

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#16

Western Carolina University

Cullowhee, North Carolina

Western Carolina University landed the #16 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in North Carolina ranking. Cullowhee, North Carolina is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 2,288 students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Football team at WCU made $2,921,553 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 981 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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#17

North Carolina Wesleyan College

Rocky Mount, North Carolina

North Carolina Wesleyan College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in North Carolina ranking, coming in at #17. Rocky Mount, North Carolina is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 591 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Football team at North Carolina Wesleyan College took home $632,387 in revenue.

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#18

Lenoir - Rhyne University

Hickory, North Carolina

Lenoir - Rhyne University ranked #18 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Football in North Carolina list. Lenoir - Rhyne University is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Hickory, North Carolina. It awarded 323 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Football team at Lenoir - Rhyne University took home $2,369,583 in revenue.

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#19

Saint Augustine's University

Raleigh, North Carolina

With a ranking of #19, Saint Augustine’s University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in North Carolina ranking. Raleigh, North Carolina is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 92 students in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at SAU brought home $485,443 in revenue in a single year.

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#20

Catawba College

Salisbury, North Carolina

With a ranking of #20, Catawba College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in North Carolina ranking. Catawba College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Salisbury, North Carolina that handed out 300 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at Catawba made $1,647,330 in revenue, while incurring $1,631,401 in expenses. Thus, the team actually made $15,929, which isn’t bad at all.

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#21

Shaw University

Raleigh, North Carolina

Shaw University came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Football in North Carolina ranking. Shaw University is located in Raleigh, North Carolina and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 168 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Football team at Shaw University took home $1,114,182 in revenue.

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#22

Wingate University

Wingate, North Carolina

With a ranking of #22, Wingate University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in North Carolina ranking. Wingate is located in Wingate, North Carolina and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 517 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Wingate brought in $1,842,054 while tallying up $1,769,928 in expenses for its Men’s Football team. That boils down to a yearly profit of $72,126 for the sports team.

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#23

Winston - Salem State University

Winston-Salem, North Carolina

With a ranking of #23, Winston - Salem State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in North Carolina ranking. This medium-sized public school is located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and it awarded 1,026 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Football team at WSSU made $1,086,115 in revenue.

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#24

Mars Hill University

Mars Hill, North Carolina

Mars Hill University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in North Carolina ranking, coming in at #24. Mars Hill is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Mars Hill, North Carolina. It awarded 239 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Football team at Mars Hill made $1,202,964 in revenue.

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#25

Johnson C Smith University

Charlotte, North Carolina

Johnson C Smith University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in North Carolina ranking, coming in at #25. JCSU is located in Charlotte, North Carolina and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 226 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Football team at JCSU made $1,099,678 in revenue.

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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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