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2021 Top Minnesota Men's Football Schools

21 Colleges
$31,911 Avg Tuition & Fees*
52% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

When pursuing a degree in today's world, student athletes have many different options to choose from. At College Factual, we're committed to helping you make that decision by providing information such as that found in our Best Colleges for Men's Football in Minnesota ranking.

Our analysis looked at 21 schools in Minnesota to determine which ones were the best for Men's Football athletes in Minnesota. 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 Minnesota for Men's Football athletes in Minnesota

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Our 2021 rankings named University of Minnesota - Twin Cities the best school for Men’s Football athletes in Minnesota working on their bachelor’s degree. Minneapolis, Minnesota is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 8,988 students in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at UMN Twin Cities made $63,016,508 in revenue, while incurring $32,403,693 in expenses. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $30,612,815. The team has a great academic progress rate of 980, 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 93%. UMN Twin Cities also took the #3 spot in our overall quality rankings.

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#2

Carleton College

Northfield, Minnesota

Out of the 21 schools in Minnesota that were part of this year’s ranking, Carleton College landed the #2 spot on the list. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Northfield, Minnesota, and it awarded 512 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at Carleton made $393,021 in revenue, while incurring $381,455 in expenses. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $11,566.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 96%, 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 Minnesota ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Carleton is ranked #1 for overall quality in Minnesota.

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#3

Macalester College

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Out of the 21 schools in Minnesota that were part of this year’s ranking, Macalester College landed the #3 spot on the list. Located in Saint Paul, Minnesota, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 679 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Football team at Macalester took home $584,346 in revenue.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 93%. Macalester not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #2 on our overall quality list.

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#4

St Olaf College

Northfield, Minnesota

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend St Olaf College. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football athletes in Minnesota list. St. Olaf is located in Northfield, Minnesota and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 920 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The Men’s Football team at St. Olaf made $493,222 in revenue, while incurring $473,991 in expenses. That boils down to a yearly profit of $19,231 for the sports team.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 92%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. St. Olaf did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #4 on our overall quality list.

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#4

Gustavus Adolphus College

Saint Peter, Minnesota

The excellent sports programs at Gustavus Adolphus College helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for Men’s Football athletes in Minnesota. Gustavus Adolphus is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Saint Peter, Minnesota. It awarded 621 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Football team at Gustavus Adolphus took home $497,293 in revenue.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 89%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Gustavus Adolphus also made our overall quality list, coming in at #5.

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#6

University of St Thomas Minnesota

Saint Paul, Minnesota

University of St Thomas Minnesota came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Minnesota ranking. This medium-sized private not-for-profit school is located in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and 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.

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#7

Concordia College at Moorhead

Moorhead, Minnesota

Concordia College at Moorhead came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Minnesota ranking. Concordia College Moorhead is a private not-for-profit institution located in Moorhead, Minnesota. The school has a small population, and it awarded 540 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Football team at Concordia College Moorhead made $503,296 in revenue.

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#8

Bethel University Minnesota

Saint Paul, Minnesota

With a ranking of #8, Bethel University Minnesota did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Minnesota ranking. Bethel University Minnesota is located in Saint Paul, Minnesota and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 831 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Football team at Bethel University Minnesota made $505,199 in revenue.

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#9

The College of Saint Scholastica

Duluth, Minnesota

The College of Saint Scholastica landed the #9 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Minnesota ranking. Located in Duluth, Minnesota, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 902 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Football team at St. Scholastica took home $495,405 in revenue.

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#10

University of Minnesota - Morris

Morris, Minnesota

University of Minnesota - Morris came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Minnesota ranking. UMN Morris is a public institution located in Morris, Minnesota. The school has a small population, and it awarded 385 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

UMN Morris brought in $252,733 while tallying up $242,782 in expenses for its Men’s Football team. Thus, the team actually made $9,951, which isn’t bad at all.

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#11

Hamline University

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Hamline University ranked #11 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Minnesota 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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#12

Augsburg University

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Augsburg University came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Minnesota ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and it awarded 637 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Football team at Augsburg took home $488,645 in revenue.

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#13

University of Northwestern - St Paul

Saint Paul, Minnesota

University of Northwestern - St Paul landed the #13 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Minnesota ranking. Located in Saint Paul, Minnesota, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 728 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Northwestern took home $320,099 in revenue and paid out $315,936 in expenses in recent times. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $4,163 in profit.

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#14

Crown College

Saint Bonifacius, Minnesota

Crown College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Minnesota ranking, coming in at #14. Crown is located in Saint Bonifacius, Minnesota and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 273 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The team at Crown took home $283,464 in revenue and paid out $276,424 in expenses in recent times. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $7,040 in profit.

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#15

Concordia University, Saint Paul

Saint Paul, Minnesota

With a ranking of #15, Concordia University, Saint Paul did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Minnesota ranking. This medium-sized private not-for-profit school is located in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and it awarded 752 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at Concordia University, Saint Paul brought home $1,187,206 in revenue in a single year.

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#16

Winona State University

Winona, Minnesota

Winona State University ranked #16 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Minnesota list. Located in Winona, Minnesota, the medium-sized public school awarded 1,822 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Football team at Winona State made $1,632,287 in revenue.

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#17

University of Minnesota - Crookston

Crookston, Minnesota

University of Minnesota - Crookston landed the #17 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Minnesota ranking. UMN Crookston is a small public school situated in Crookston, Minnesota. It awarded 448 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

UMN Crookston brought in $1,219,819 while tallying up $1,194,093 in expenses for its Men’s Football team. Thus, the team actually made $25,726, which isn’t bad at all.

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#18

University of Minnesota - Duluth

Duluth, Minnesota

With a ranking of #18, University of Minnesota - Duluth did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Minnesota ranking. UMN Duluth is a public institution located in Duluth, Minnesota. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 2,162 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Football team at UMN Duluth made $1,295,746 in revenue.

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#19

Saint Cloud State University

Saint Cloud, Minnesota

Saint Cloud State University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Minnesota ranking, coming in at #19. Located in Saint Cloud, Minnesota, the fairly large public school awarded 2,065 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Football team at St. Cloud State University brought home $1,080,612 in revenue in a single year.

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#20

Bemidji State University

Bemidji, Minnesota

Bemidji State University landed the #20 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Minnesota ranking. This small public school is located in Bemidji, Minnesota, and it awarded 1,036 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Football team at Bemidji State University made $966,491 in revenue.

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#21

Southwest Minnesota State University

Marshall, Minnesota

Southwest Minnesota State University ranked #21 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Football in Minnesota list. Southwest Minnesota State University is located in Marshall, Minnesota and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 484 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Football team at Southwest Minnesota State University made $1,004,065 in revenue.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 21 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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