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2021 Top Texas Men's Football Schools

34 Colleges
$32,649 Avg Tuition & Fees*
39% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

Student athletes have lots of options to chooose from today when trying to decide which college to attend. 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 Texas ranking is part of that endeavor.

After analyzing 34 schools in Texas, we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for Men's Football athletes in Texas. Our ranking is based on several objective factors, including the school's overall quality and the athletic competitiveness of the school. We steer clear of subjective measures since they don't give a clear picture when determining how one school compares to another. So, even if a school has a great team, it won't place well if it is also considered a low quality college or university.

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Top Colleges in Texas for Men's Football athletes in Texas

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

Our 2021 rankings named The University of Texas at Austin the best school for Men’s Football athletes in Texas working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in Austin, Texas, the large public school handed out 10,098 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at UT Austin made $156,147,208 in revenue, while incurring $43,200,270 in expenses. Thus, the team actually made $112,946,938, which isn’t bad at all. The academic progress rate of the team is 974.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 95%. In addition to its Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Texas ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, UT Austin is ranked #2 for overall quality in Texas.

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#2

Baylor University

Waco, Texas

The excellent sports programs at Baylor University helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for Men’s Football athletes in Texas. Baylor University is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in Waco, Texas that handed out 3,798 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at Baylor made $45,580,767 in revenue, while incurring $30,995,620 in expenses. Thus, the team actually made $14,585,147, which isn’t bad at all. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 974.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 90%. In addition to its great ranking here, Baylor is in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#3

Texas A&M University - College Station

College Station, Texas

A rank of #3 on our list means Texas A&M University - College Station is a great place for Men’s Football athletes in Texas working on their bachelor’s degree. Texas A&M College Station is a large public school situated in College Station, Texas. It awarded 13,198 bachelor’s degrees 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 team has a respectable academic progress rate of 965.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 92%. Texas A&M College Station also made our overall quality list, coming in at #4.

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Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, Texas

A rank of #4 on our list means Texas Christian University is a great place for Men’s Football athletes in Texas working on their bachelor’s degree. TCU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school situated in Fort Worth, Texas. It awarded 2,447 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at TCU made $65,384,773 in revenue, while incurring $40,861,131 in expenses. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $24,523,642. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 959.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 91%, 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 Texas ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, TCU is ranked #5 for overall quality in Texas.

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#5

Trinity University

San Antonio, Texas

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Trinity University. The school came in at #5 in this year’s ranking. Trinity U is located in San Antonio, Texas and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 617 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The Men’s Football team at Trinity U made $921,909 in revenue, while incurring $847,899 in expenses. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $74,010 in profit.

With a freshman retention rate of 89%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Trinity U also made our overall quality list, coming in at #3.

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Southern Methodist University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Texas ranking, coming in at #6. Dallas, Texas is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,942 students in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at SMU brought home $20,519,325 in revenue in a single year. The academic progress rate of the team is 974.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 91%. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, SMU also is in the top 10% of our overall quality ranking.

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#7

Southwestern University

Georgetown, Texas

Southwestern University ranked #7 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Texas list. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Georgetown, Texas, and it awarded 375 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Southwestern took home $824,666 in revenue and paid out $805,487 in expenses in recent times. That boils down to a yearly profit of $19,179 for the sports team.

With a freshman retention rate of 86%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Southwestern 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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Rice University

Houston, Texas

Rice University ranked #8 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Texas list. Located in Houston, Texas, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school handed out 1,228 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Football team at Rice took home $12,892,595 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 986, signifying that team members care about their grades.

Since the school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 6 to 1, those pursuing a bachelor’s degree will have more opportunities to interact with their professors. Rice did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #1 on our overall quality list.

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Austin College

Sherman, Texas

Austin College came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Texas ranking. Austin College is a private not-for-profit institution located in Sherman, Texas. The school has a small population, and it awarded 342 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

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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#10

University of Houston

Houston, Texas

University of Houston did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Texas ranking, coming in at #10. UH is a public institution located in Houston, Texas. The school has a large population, and it awarded 7,631 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at UH brought home $18,656,864 in revenue in a single year. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 961.

On top of its placing in this ranking, UH also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#11

Sam Houston State University

Huntsville, Texas

With a ranking of #11, Sam Houston State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Texas ranking. Located in Huntsville, Texas, the large public school awarded 4,343 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Football team at SHSU made $4,346,313 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 936.

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Texas Tech University

Lubbock, Texas

Texas Tech University ranked #12 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Texas list. Located in Lubbock, Texas, the large public school awarded 6,599 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students 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. That boils down to a yearly profit of $30,309,901 for the sports team. The academic progress rate of the team is 949.

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

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#13

Hardin - Simmons University

Abilene, Texas

Hardin - Simmons University ranked #13 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Texas list. Located in Abilene, Texas, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 381 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Hardin - Simmons took home $716,388 in revenue and paid out $701,917 in expenses in recent times. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $14,471.

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#14

Texas Lutheran University

Seguin, Texas

Texas Lutheran University ranked #14 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Texas list. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Seguin, Texas, and it awarded 278 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at TLU brought home $693,414 in revenue in a single year.

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University of Mary Hardin - Baylor landed the #15 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Texas ranking. Located in Belton, Texas, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 676 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Football team at UMHB made $1,699,972 in revenue.

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#16

University of North Texas

Denton, Texas

University of North Texas landed the #16 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Texas ranking. UNT is a large public school situated in Denton, Texas. It awarded 7,639 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

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

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McMurry University

Abilene, Texas

McMurry University landed the #17 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Texas ranking. McMurray University is located in Abilene, Texas and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 157 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The Men’s Football team at McMurray University brought home $626,850 in revenue in a single year.

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The University of Texas at San Antonio landed the #18 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Texas ranking. This large public school is located in San Antonio, Texas, and it awarded 5,655 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Football team at UTSA took home $11,209,349 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 961.

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Abilene Christian University

Abilene, Texas

Abilene Christian University landed the #19 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Texas ranking. Located in Abilene, Texas, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school awarded 844 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at Abilene Christian brought home $4,852,160 in revenue in a single year. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 938.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Abilene Christian also is in the top 20% of our overall quality ranking.

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Houston Baptist University

Houston, Texas

With a ranking of #20, Houston Baptist University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Texas ranking. Located in Houston, Texas, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 467 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Football team at HBU made $4,422,871 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 964.

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#21

East Texas Baptist University

Marshall, Texas

With a ranking of #21, East Texas Baptist University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Texas ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Marshall, Texas, and it awarded 277 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Football team at East Texas Baptist University made $810,047 in revenue.

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#22

Prairie View A & M University

Prairie View, Texas

Prairie View A & M University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Texas ranking, coming in at #22. Located in Prairie View, Texas, the medium-sized public school awarded 1,145 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Football team at PVAMU made $3,623,547 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 910.

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Texas State University

San Marcos, Texas

Texas State University came in at #23 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Texas ranking. Located in San Marcos, Texas, the large public school awarded 7,427 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Football team at Texas State took home $9,706,628 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 932.

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The University of Texas at El Paso ranked #24 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Texas list. UTEP is located in El Paso, Texas and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 3,846 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

UTEP brought in $14,219,107 while tallying up $12,101,963 in expenses for its Men’s Football team. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $2,117,144. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 941.

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#25

Sul Ross State University

Alpine, Texas

Sul Ross State University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Texas ranking, coming in at #25. Alpine, Texas is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 381 students in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at Sul Ross made $454,820 in revenue, while incurring $451,858 in expenses. Thus, the team actually made $2,962, which isn’t bad at all.

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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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