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2021 Top Southwest Region Men's Football Schools

52 Colleges
$32,867 Avg Tuition & Fees*
43% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

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After analyzing 52 schools in the Southwest Region , we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for Men's Football athletes in the Southwest Region. Instead of depending on subjective information, we focus on objective factors to determine this ranking. These factors include such things as the athletic competitiveness of the school and the school's overall quality. This means that a school must provide students with a great education in addition to having a good sports team if it wants to rank well.

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Top Colleges in the Southwest Region for Men's Football athletes in the Southwest Region

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#10 in Quality in the Southwest Region

University of Oklahoma Norman Campus tops this year’s ranking as the best school for Men’s Football athletes in the Southwest Region. Located in Norman, Oklahoma, the large public school handed out 4,805 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at University of Oklahoma made $94,817,907 in revenue, while incurring $43,453,315 in expenses. That boils down to a yearly profit of $51,364,592 for the sports team.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 92%. On top of its placing in this ranking, University of Oklahoma 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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#2 in Quality in the Southwest Region

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend The University of Texas at Austin. The school came in at #2 in this year’s ranking. Located in Austin, Texas, the large public school awarded 10,098 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The team at UT Austin took home $156,147,208 in revenue and paid out $43,200,270 in expenses in recent times. That boils down to a yearly profit of $112,946,938 for the sports team. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 974.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 95%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. UT Austin did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #2 on our overall quality list.

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#3

University of Tulsa

Tulsa, Oklahoma
#8 in Quality in the Southwest Region

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend University of Tulsa. The school came in at #3 in this year’s ranking. University of Tulsa is located in Tulsa, Oklahoma and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 820 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The Men’s Football team at University of Tulsa brought home $15,231,473 in revenue in a single year. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 945.

With a freshman retention rate of 88%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. In addition to its great ranking here, University of Tulsa is in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#4

Baylor University

Waco, Texas
#7 in Quality in the Southwest Region

The excellent sports programs at Baylor University helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for Men’s Football athletes in the Southwest Region. Waco, Texas is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 3,798 students in 2018-2019.

Baylor brought in $45,580,767 while tallying up $30,995,620 in expenses for its Men’s Football team. That boils down to a yearly profit of $14,585,147 for the sports team. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 974.

With a freshman retention rate of 90%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Baylor 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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#5

Texas A&M University - College Station

College Station, Texas
#4 in Quality in the Southwest Region

Out of the 51 schools in the Southwest Region that were part of this year’s ranking, Texas A&M University - College Station landed the #5 spot on the list. Located in College Station, Texas, the large public school awarded 13,198 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at Texas A&M College Station made $73,517,543 in revenue, while incurring $42,803,201 in expenses. That boils down to a yearly profit of $30,714,342 for the sports team. The academic progress rate of the team is 965.

With a freshman retention rate of 92%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Texas A&M College Station did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #4 on our overall quality list.

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#6

Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, Texas
#5 in Quality in the Southwest Region

Texas Christian University landed the #6 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in the Southwest Region ranking. Fort Worth, Texas is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 2,447 students in 2018-2019.

TCU brought in $65,384,773 while tallying up $40,861,131 in expenses for its Men’s Football team. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $24,523,642 in profit. The academic progress rate of the team is 959.

With a freshman retention rate of 91%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. TCU also made our overall quality list, coming in at #5.

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#7

Trinity University

San Antonio, Texas
#3 in Quality in the Southwest Region

Trinity University ranked #7 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Football in the Southwest Region list. Located in San Antonio, Texas, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 617 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at Trinity U made $921,909 in revenue, while incurring $847,899 in expenses. That boils down to a yearly profit of $74,010 for the sports team.

The impressive student-to-faculty ratio of 9 to 1 means that students may have more opportunities to work more closely with their professors than they would at other schools. Trinity U not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #3 on our overall quality list.

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#25 in Quality in the Southwest Region

Oklahoma State University - Main Campus landed the #8 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in the Southwest Region ranking. Stillwater, Oklahoma is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 4,899 students in 2018-2019.

OSU brought in $52,218,241 while tallying up $24,289,694 in expenses for its Men’s Football team. Thus, the team actually made $27,928,547, which isn’t bad at all.

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

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#6 in Quality in the Southwest Region

Southern Methodist University came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Football in the Southwest Region ranking. SMU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school situated in Dallas, Texas. It awarded 1,942 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Football team at SMU made $20,519,325 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 974.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 91%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. SMU 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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#10

Southwestern University

Georgetown, Texas
#9 in Quality in the Southwest Region

Southwestern University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in the Southwest Region ranking, coming in at #10. Southwestern is located in Georgetown, Texas and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 375 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The Men’s Football team at Southwestern made $824,666 in revenue, while incurring $805,487 in expenses. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $19,179.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 86%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. In addition to its great ranking here, Southwestern is in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#11

Rice University

Houston, Texas
#1 in Quality in the Southwest Region

With a ranking of #11, Rice University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in the Southwest Region ranking. Located in Houston, Texas, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school awarded 1,228 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at Rice brought home $12,892,595 in revenue in a single year. The team has a great academic progress rate of 986, 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 97%. Rice also made our overall quality list, coming in at #1.

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#11 in Quality in the Southwest Region

With a ranking of #12, Arizona State University - Tempe did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in the Southwest Region ranking. Tempe, Arizona is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 10,401 students in 2018-2019.

The team at ASU - Tempe took home $39,007,842 in revenue and paid out $26,245,544 in expenses in recent times. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $12,762,298. The team has a great academic progress rate of 978, signifying that team members care about their grades.

With a freshman retention rate of 87%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. ASU - Tempe 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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#13

Austin College

Sherman, Texas
#21 in Quality in the Southwest Region

Austin College landed the #13 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in the Southwest Region ranking. Austin College is located in Sherman, Texas and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 342 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The Men’s Football team at Austin College brought home $469,709 in revenue in a single year.

Austin College also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools in this category.

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#14

University of Houston

Houston, Texas
#17 in Quality in the Southwest Region

University of Houston came in at #14 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Football in the Southwest Region ranking. Located in Houston, Texas, the large public school handed out 7,631 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Football team at UH made $18,656,864 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 961.

UH 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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#15

University of Arizona

Tucson, Arizona
#16 in Quality in the Southwest Region

University of Arizona landed the #15 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in the Southwest Region ranking. University of Arizona is a public institution located in Tucson, Arizona. The school has a large population, and it awarded 8,231 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at University of Arizona took home $43,272,457 in revenue and paid out $22,548,661 in expenses in recent times. Thus, the team actually made $20,723,796, which isn’t bad at all. The academic progress rate of the team is 964.

In addition to its great ranking here, University of Arizona is in the top 15% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#16

Sam Houston State University

Huntsville, Texas

With a ranking of #16, Sam Houston State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in the Southwest Region ranking. SHSU is a public institution located in Huntsville, Texas. The school has a large population, and it awarded 4,343 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Football team at SHSU took home $4,346,313 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 936.

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#17

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, Texas
#24 in Quality in the Southwest Region

Texas Tech University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in the Southwest Region ranking, coming in at #17. Texas Tech is a large public school situated in Lubbock, Texas. It awarded 6,599 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Texas Tech took home $51,075,082 in revenue and paid out $20,765,181 in expenses in recent times. Thus, the team actually made $30,309,901, which isn’t bad at all. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 949.

Texas Tech 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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#18

University of New Mexico - Main Campus

Albuquerque, New Mexico

University of New Mexico - Main Campus ranked #18 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Football in the Southwest Region list. University of New Mexico - Main Campus is a large public school located in Albuquerque, New Mexico that handed out 4,321 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Football team at UNM took home $9,160,962 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 943.

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#19

Hardin - Simmons University

Abilene, Texas

Hardin - Simmons University ranked #19 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Football in the Southwest Region list. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Abilene, Texas, and it awarded 381 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Hardin - Simmons brought in $716,388 while tallying up $701,917 in expenses for its Men’s Football team. That boils down to a yearly profit of $14,471 for the sports team.

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#20

Texas Lutheran University

Seguin, Texas

Texas Lutheran University came in at #20 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Football in the Southwest Region ranking. Texas Lutheran University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Seguin, Texas that handed out 278 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Football team at TLU took home $693,414 in revenue.

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With a ranking of #21, University of Mary Hardin - Baylor did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in the Southwest Region ranking. UMHB is located in Belton, Texas and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 676 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Football team at UMHB took home $1,699,972 in revenue.

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#22

University of North Texas

Denton, Texas

University of North Texas landed the #22 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in the Southwest Region ranking. Denton, Texas is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 7,639 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Football team at UNT took home $11,692,600 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 961.

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#23

McMurry University

Abilene, Texas

McMurry University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in the Southwest Region ranking, coming in at #23. Located in Abilene, Texas, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 157 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Football team at McMurray University took home $626,850 in revenue.

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The University of Texas at San Antonio came in at #24 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Football in the Southwest Region ranking. This large public school is located in San Antonio, Texas, and it awarded 5,655 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Football team at UTSA made $11,209,349 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 961.

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#25

Northern Arizona University

Flagstaff, Arizona

Northern Arizona University landed the #25 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in the Southwest Region ranking. Flagstaff, Arizona is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 6,248 students in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at NAU brought home $5,002,914 in revenue in a single year. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 944.

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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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