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2021 Top Plains States Region Men's Football Schools

71 Colleges
$39,594 Avg Tuition & Fees*
61% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

When pursuing a degree in today's world, student athletes have many different options to choose from. 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 the Plains States Region ranking - to help you make that decision.

Our analysis looked at 71 schools in the Plains States Region to determine which ones were the best for Men's Football athletes in the Plains States Region. 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 the Plains States Region for Men's Football athletes in the Plains States Region

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#1

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Lincoln, Nebraska
#20 in Quality in the Plains States Region

Our 2021 rankings named University of Nebraska - Lincoln the best school for Men’s Football athletes in the Plains States Region working on their bachelor’s degree. UNL is located in Lincoln, Nebraska and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 4,859 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The Men’s Football team at UNL made $94,336,296 in revenue, while incurring $34,574,999 in expenses. That boils down to a yearly profit of $59,761,297 for the sports team. The academic progress rate of the team is 974.

UNL also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

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#2

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Minneapolis, Minnesota
#6 in Quality in the Plains States Region

A rank of #2 on our list means University of Minnesota - Twin Cities is a great place for Men’s Football athletes in the Plains States Region working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the large public school awarded 8,988 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The team at UMN Twin Cities took home $63,016,508 in revenue and paid out $32,403,693 in expenses in recent times. That boils down to a yearly profit of $30,612,815 for the sports team. The team has a great academic progress rate of 980, signifying that team members care about their grades.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 93%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. UMN Twin Cities 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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#3

University of Iowa

Iowa City, Iowa
#15 in Quality in the Plains States Region

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend University of Iowa. The school came in at #3 in this year’s ranking. University of Iowa is a large public school located in Iowa City, Iowa that handed out 5,811 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Iowa took home $81,037,375 in revenue and paid out $36,838,032 in expenses in recent times. Thus, the team actually made $44,199,343, which isn’t bad at all. The academic progress rate of the team is 971.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 86%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Iowa also is in the top 10% of our overall quality ranking.

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#4

Washington University in St Louis

Saint Louis, Missouri
#1 in Quality in the Plains States Region

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Washington University in St Louis. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football athletes in the Plains States Region list. This fairly large private not-for-profit school is located in Saint Louis, Missouri, and it awarded 2,407 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at WUSTL made $673,891 in revenue, while incurring $659,371 in expenses. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $14,520.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 97%. WUSTL also made our overall quality list, coming in at #1.

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#5

Carleton College

Northfield, Minnesota
#2 in Quality in the Plains States Region

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Carleton College. The school came in at #5 in this year’s ranking. Located in Northfield, Minnesota, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 512 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The team at Carleton took home $393,021 in revenue and paid out $381,455 in expenses in recent times. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $11,566 in profit.

The student-to-faculty ratio of 9 to 1 is a sign that students will have more opportunities to engage with their professors one-on-one. Carleton also made our overall quality list, coming in at #2.

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#6

Macalester College

Saint Paul, Minnesota
#4 in Quality in the Plains States Region

Macalester College came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Football in the Plains States Region ranking. Saint Paul, Minnesota is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 679 students in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at Macalester brought home $584,346 in revenue in a single year.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 93%, 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 the Plains States Region ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Macalester is ranked #4 for overall quality in the Plains States Region .

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#7

St Olaf College

Northfield, Minnesota
#8 in Quality in the Plains States Region

St Olaf College came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Football in the Plains States Region ranking. Located in Northfield, Minnesota, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 920 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

St. Olaf brought in $493,222 while tallying up $473,991 in expenses for its Men’s Football team. Thus, the team actually made $19,231, which isn’t bad at all.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 92%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, St. Olaf also is in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking.

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#7

Gustavus Adolphus College

Saint Peter, Minnesota
#10 in Quality in the Plains States Region

Gustavus Adolphus College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in the Plains States Region ranking, coming in at #7. Located in Saint Peter, Minnesota, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 621 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Football team at Gustavus Adolphus made $497,293 in revenue.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 89%. Gustavus Adolphus 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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#9

Kansas State University

Manhattan, Kansas
Top 15% in Quality in the Plains States Region

With a ranking of #9, Kansas State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in the Plains States Region ranking. Located in Manhattan, Kansas, the large public school awarded 4,048 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The team at K -State took home $46,167,900 in revenue and paid out $20,549,475 in expenses in recent times. Thus, the team actually made $25,618,425, which isn’t bad at all. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 978.

K -State also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

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#10

University of St Thomas Minnesota

Saint Paul, Minnesota
#14 in Quality in the Plains States Region

University of St Thomas Minnesota ranked #10 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Football in the Plains States Region list. UST MN is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school situated in Saint Paul, Minnesota. It awarded 1,561 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at UST MN brought home $1,057,785 in revenue in a single year.

With a freshman retention rate of 88%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. On top of its placing in this ranking, UST MN 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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#11

Concordia College at Moorhead

Moorhead, Minnesota
#16 in Quality in the Plains States Region

Concordia College at Moorhead came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Football in the Plains States Region ranking. Moorhead, Minnesota is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 540 students in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at Concordia College Moorhead brought home $503,296 in revenue in a single year.

In addition to its great ranking here, Concordia College Moorhead is in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#12

Luther College

Decorah, Iowa
#18 in Quality in the Plains States Region

Luther College came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Football in the Plains States Region ranking. Luther College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Decorah, Iowa that handed out 591 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at Luther made $466,642 in revenue, while incurring $448,172 in expenses. Thus, the team actually made $18,470, which isn’t bad at all.

In addition to its great ranking here, Luther is in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#13

Cornell College

Mount Vernon, Iowa
#23 in Quality in the Plains States Region

Cornell College landed the #13 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in the Plains States Region ranking. Located in Mount Vernon, Iowa, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 268 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at Cornell College brought home $350,718 in revenue in a single year.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Cornell College also is in the top 15% of our overall quality ranking.

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#14

Central College

Pella, Iowa
#24 in Quality in the Plains States Region

Central College came in at #14 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Football in the Plains States Region ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Pella, Iowa, and it awarded 290 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at Central brought home $608,097 in revenue in a single year.

Central also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

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#15

Bethel University Minnesota

Saint Paul, Minnesota
Top 15% in Quality in the Plains States Region

Bethel University Minnesota landed the #15 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in the Plains States Region ranking. Located in Saint Paul, Minnesota, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 831 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Football team at Bethel University Minnesota took home $505,199 in revenue.

Bethel University Minnesota also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

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Top 20% in Quality in the Plains States Region

North Dakota State University - Main Campus did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in the Plains States Region ranking, coming in at #16. North Dakota State University is a public institution located in Fargo, North Dakota. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 2,588 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at North Dakota State University brought home $6,048,728 in revenue in a single year. The great academic progress rate of 986 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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

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#17

Drake University

Des Moines, Iowa
#11 in Quality in the Plains States Region

Drake University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in the Plains States Region ranking, coming in at #17. Drake is a private not-for-profit institution located in Des Moines, Iowa. The school has a small population, and it awarded 896 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at Drake made $1,406,161 in revenue, while incurring $1,185,998 in expenses. That boils down to a yearly profit of $220,163 for the sports team. The academic progress rate of the team is 969.

With a freshman retention rate of 87%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. In addition to its great ranking here, Drake is in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#18

The College of Saint Scholastica

Duluth, Minnesota
Top 20% in Quality in the Plains States Region

The College of Saint Scholastica landed the #18 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in the Plains States Region ranking. Located in Duluth, Minnesota, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 902 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at St. Scholastica brought home $495,405 in revenue in a single year.

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

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#19

Coe College

Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Top 20% in Quality in the Plains States Region

Coe College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in the Plains States Region ranking, coming in at #19. Coe is a private not-for-profit institution located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The school has a small population, and it awarded 411 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at Coe brought home $352,859 in revenue in a single year.

Coe 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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#20

Simpson College

Indianola, Iowa
Top 25% in Quality in the Plains States Region

Simpson College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in the Plains States Region ranking, coming in at #20. Simpson College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Indianola, Iowa that handed out 464 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at Simpson College brought home $463,887 in revenue in a single year.

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#21

University of Minnesota - Morris

Morris, Minnesota
Top 25% in Quality in the Plains States Region

University of Minnesota - Morris did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in the Plains States Region ranking, coming in at #21. Located in Morris, Minnesota, the small public school awarded 385 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at UMN Morris made $252,733 in revenue, while incurring $242,782 in expenses. Thus, the team actually made $9,951, which isn’t bad at all.

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#22

Wartburg College

Waverly, Iowa

With a ranking of #22, Wartburg College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in the Plains States Region ranking. Waverly, Iowa is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 316 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Football team at Wartburg took home $406,142 in revenue.

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#23

Nebraska Wesleyan University

Lincoln, Nebraska

With a ranking of #23, Nebraska Wesleyan University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in the Plains States Region ranking. Located in Lincoln, Nebraska, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 480 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at NWU brought home $314,954 in revenue in a single year.

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#24

Loras College

Dubuque, Iowa

Loras College came in at #24 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Football in the Plains States Region ranking. Loras College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Dubuque, Iowa that handed out 429 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at Loras brought home $501,655 in revenue in a single year.

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#25

Hamline University

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Hamline University ranked #25 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Football in the Plains States Region list. Located in Saint Paul, Minnesota, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 582 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Football team at Hamline took home $415,840 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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