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2021 Top Virginia Men's Football Schools

22 Colleges
$33,747 Avg Tuition & Fees*
45% 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. 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 Virginia ranking - to help you make that decision.

Our analysis looked at 22 schools in Virginia to determine which ones were the best for Men's Football athletes in Virginia. 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 Virginia for Men's Football athletes in Virginia

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

University of Richmond

University of Richmond, Virginia

Our analysis found University of Richmond to be the best school for Men’s Football athletes in Virginia in this year’s ranking. URichmond is a small private not-for-profit school situated in University of Richmond, Virginia. It awarded 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 team has a great academic progress rate of 984, signifying that team members care about their grades.

With a freshman retention rate of 93%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. URichmond not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #3 on our overall quality list.

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#2

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, Virginia

A rank of #2 on our list means Virginia Tech is a great place for Men’s Football athletes in Virginia working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in Blacksburg, Virginia, the large public school 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. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $26,101,630 in profit. The academic progress rate of the team is 958.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 93%. Virginia Tech also took the #5 spot in our overall quality rankings.

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#3

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, Virginia

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend James Madison University. The school came in at #3 in this year’s ranking. This large public school is located in Harrisonburg, Virginia, and it awarded 4,665 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Football team at JMU made $10,649,299 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 952.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 90%. JMU 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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#4

Washington and Lee University

Lexington, Virginia

The excellent sports programs at Washington and Lee University helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for Men’s Football athletes in Virginia. Located in Lexington, Virginia, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 564 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The team at Washington and Lee took home $434,649 in revenue and paid out $432,781 in expenses in recent times. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $1,868.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 97%. In addition to its Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Virginia ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Washington and Lee is ranked #1 for overall quality in Virginia.

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#5

Christopher Newport University

Newport News, Virginia

The excellent sports programs at Christopher Newport University helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for Men’s Football athletes in Virginia. CNU is a public institution located in Newport News, Virginia. The school has a small population, and it awarded 1,172 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Football team at CNU took home $712,230 in revenue.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 88%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. In addition to its great ranking here, CNU is in the top 20% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#6

Randolph - Macon College

Ashland, Virginia

Randolph - Macon College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Virginia ranking, coming in at #6. Located in Ashland, Virginia, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 386 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at Randolph - Macon brought home $661,122 in revenue in a single year.

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#7

College of William and Mary

Williamsburg, Virginia

With a ranking of #7, College of William and Mary did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Virginia ranking. Located in Williamsburg, Virginia, the medium-sized public school handed out 2,072 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Football team at William & Mary made $7,073,588 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 979.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 95%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. William & Mary also took the #4 spot in our overall quality rankings.

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#8

Shenandoah University

Winchester, Virginia

Shenandoah University ranked #8 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Virginia list. Winchester, Virginia is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 570 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Football team at Shenandoah took home $516,771 in revenue.

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#9

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, Virginia

University of Virginia - Main Campus came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Virginia ranking. Charlottesville, Virginia is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 5,167 students in 2018-2019.

University of Virginia brought in $33,726,985 while tallying up $26,280,855 in expenses for its Men’s Football team. Thus, the team actually made $7,446,130, which isn’t bad at all. The academic progress rate of the team is 972.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 96%. University of Virginia also took the #2 spot in our overall quality rankings.

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#10

Old Dominion University

Norfolk, Virginia

Old Dominion University ranked #10 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Virginia list. Located in Norfolk, Virginia, the large public school handed out 3,987 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Football team at Old Dominion took home $11,415,018 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 961.

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#11

Bridgewater College

Bridgewater, Virginia

Bridgewater College ranked #11 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Virginia list. Located in Bridgewater, Virginia, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 415 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at Bridgewater brought home $596,857 in revenue in a single year.

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#12

Emory and Henry College

Emory, Virginia

Emory and Henry College ranked #12 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Virginia list. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Emory, Virginia, and it awarded 249 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at Emory & Henry College brought home $559,665 in revenue in a single year.

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#13

Virginia Military Institute

Lexington, Virginia

With a ranking of #13, Virginia Military Institute did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Virginia ranking. Located in Lexington, Virginia, the small public school awarded 363 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Football team at VMI made $3,721,452 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 962.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 87%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. VMI 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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#14

Hampton University

Hampton, Virginia

Hampton University landed the #14 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Virginia ranking. Hampton, Virginia is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 640 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Football team at Hampton took home $2,926,282 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 933.

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#15

Southern Virginia University

Buena Vista, Virginia

With a ranking of #15, Southern Virginia University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Virginia ranking. SVU is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Buena Vista, Virginia. It awarded 168 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Football team at SVU made $627,074 in revenue.

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#16

Averett University

Danville, Virginia

With a ranking of #16, Averett University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Virginia ranking. Located in Danville, Virginia, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 195 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Football team at AU took home $422,610 in revenue.

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#17

Liberty University

Lynchburg, Virginia

With a ranking of #17, Liberty University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Virginia ranking. Liberty University is located in Lynchburg, Virginia and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 9,140 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The Men’s Football team at Liberty University brought home $16,358,467 in revenue in a single year. The academic progress rate of the team is 957.

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#18

Ferrum College

Ferrum, Virginia

Ferrum College came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Virginia ranking. Ferrum, Virginia is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 209 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Football team at Ferrum College took home $691,598 in revenue.

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#19

Norfolk State University

Norfolk, Virginia

Norfolk State University landed the #19 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Virginia ranking. Located in Norfolk, Virginia, the medium-sized public school awarded 612 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Football team at Norfolk State took home $3,259,352 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 956.

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#20

Virginia State University

Petersburg, Virginia

Virginia State University came in at #20 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Virginia ranking. Located in Petersburg, Virginia, the small public school handed out 672 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Football team at Virginia State made $1,502,282 in revenue.

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#21

Virginia Union University

Richmond, Virginia

With a ranking of #21, Virginia Union University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Virginia ranking. VUU is a private not-for-profit institution located in Richmond, Virginia. The school has a small population, and it awarded 252 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Football team at VUU made $1,250,154 in revenue.

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The University of Virginia’s College at Wise did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Virginia ranking, coming in at #22. UVa - Wise is a public institution located in Wise, Virginia. The school has a small population, and it awarded 266 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Football team at UVa - Wise made $1,216,589 in revenue.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 22 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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