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2021 Top Men's Soccer Schools

746 Colleges
$48,129 Avg Tuition & Fees*
73% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

Men's Soccer BadgeStudent athletes have lots of options to chooose from today when trying to decide which college to attend. 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 Soccer ranking - to help you make that decision.

We analyzed 746 colleges and universities across the United States to determine which were the best for Men's Soccer athletes. 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 U.S. for Men's Soccer athletes

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#1

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Top 5% in Quality in the United States

Our 2021 rankings named Wake Forest University the best school for Men’s Soccer athletes working on their bachelor’s degree. Wake Forest University is a private not-for-profit institution located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 1,431 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Soccer team at Wake Forest University took home $1,844,675 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 980, signifying that team members care about their grades.

With a freshman retention rate of 94%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. On top of its placing in this ranking, Wake Forest University also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#2

University of Denver

Denver, Colorado
Top 15% in Quality in the United States

A rank of #2 on our list means University of Denver is a great place for Men’s Soccer athletes working on their bachelor’s degree. DU is located in Denver, Colorado and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,626 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Soccer team at DU took home $1,579,473 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 984, 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 87%. In addition to its great ranking here, DU is in the top 15% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#3

Duke University

Durham, North Carolina

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Duke University. The school came in at #3 in this year’s ranking. Durham, North Carolina is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 2,303 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Soccer team at Duke took home $1,422,891 in revenue. Sports aren’t the only thing that the team excels at - they had a perfect academic progress rate of 1000.

Since the school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 7 to 1, those pursuing a bachelor’s degree will have more opportunities to interact with their professors. Duke did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #2 on our overall quality list.

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#4

Syracuse University

Syracuse, New York
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

Out of the 746 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Syracuse University landed the #4 spot on the list. Syracuse is located in Syracuse, New York and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 4,101 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Soccer team at Syracuse took home $1,019,859 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 991.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 91%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Syracuse also is in the top 10% of our overall quality ranking.

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#5

Stanford University

Stanford, California

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Stanford University. The school came in at #5 in this year’s ranking. Stanford, California is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,892 students in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Soccer team at Stanford brought home $333,118 in revenue in a single year. The team had a perfect academic progress rate of 1000.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 98%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Stanford also is in the top 1% of our overall quality ranking.

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#6

University of Maryland - College Park

College Park, Maryland
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

University of Maryland - College Park landed the #6 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Soccer ranking. College Park, Maryland is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 8,390 students in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Soccer team at UMCP brought home $225,557 in revenue in a single year. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 962.

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 great ranking here, UMCP is in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#7

University of Portland

Portland, Oregon
Top 15% in Quality in the United States

University of Portland landed the #7 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Soccer ranking. University of Portland is a small private not-for-profit school located in Portland, Oregon that handed out 1,003 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Soccer team at University of Portland made $1,567,324 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 977 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

With a freshman retention rate of 88%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. University of Portland 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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#8

Colgate University

Hamilton, New York
Top 5% in Quality in the United States

Colgate University ranked #8 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Soccer list. Colgate is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Hamilton, New York. It awarded 894 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Soccer team at Colgate brought home $1,108,221 in revenue in a single year. The great academic progress rate of 992 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 94%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. In addition to its great ranking here, Colgate is in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#9

Clemson University

Clemson, South Carolina
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

Clemson University ranked #9 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Soccer list. Clemson is a public institution located in Clemson, South Carolina. The school has a large population, and it awarded 4,676 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Soccer team at Clemson took home $871,536 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 992.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 93%. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Clemson also is in the top 10% of our overall quality ranking.

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#10

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, Indiana
#14 in Quality in the United States

With a ranking of #10, University of Notre Dame did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Soccer ranking. Located in Notre Dame, Indiana, the fairly large private not-for-profit school awarded 2,642 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Soccer team at Notre Dame made $298,304 in revenue. With a perfect academic progress rate of 1000, the team is showing that they know how to hit the books, too.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 98%. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Notre Dame also is in the top 1% of our overall quality ranking.

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#11

Indiana University - Bloomington

Bloomington, Indiana
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

Indiana University - Bloomington came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Soccer ranking. IU Bloomington is located in Bloomington, Indiana and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 7,952 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Soccer team at IU Bloomington took home $207,402 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 985 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 91%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. On top of its placing in this ranking, IU Bloomington 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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#12

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Madison, Wisconsin
Top 5% in Quality in the United States

University of Wisconsin - Madison landed the #12 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Soccer ranking. University of Wisconsin - Madison is a large public school located in Madison, Wisconsin that handed out 8,915 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Soccer team at UW - Madison made $1,019,965 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 979, 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 95%. In addition to its great ranking here, UW - Madison is in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#13

Providence College

Providence, Rhode Island
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

With a ranking of #13, Providence College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Soccer ranking. Providence is a private not-for-profit institution located in Providence, Rhode Island. The school has a small population, and it awarded 1,119 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Soccer team at Providence took home $1,398,740 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 995, signifying that team members care about their grades.

With a freshman retention rate of 92%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. On top of its placing in this ranking, Providence 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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Top 10% in Quality in the United States

Southern Methodist University came in at #14 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Soccer ranking. 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.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Soccer team at SMU made $2,129,826 in revenue. 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 91%. SMU also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

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#15

Creighton University

Omaha, Nebraska
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

Creighton University landed the #15 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Soccer ranking. Creighton is a private not-for-profit institution located in Omaha, Nebraska. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 1,243 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Soccer team at Creighton took home $1,420,974 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 982.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 89%. On top of its placing in this ranking, Creighton 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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#16

University of Connecticut

Storrs, Connecticut
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

University of Connecticut landed the #16 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Soccer ranking. UCONN is a large public school situated in Storrs, Connecticut. It awarded 6,052 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Soccer team at UCONN brought home $2,435,382 in revenue in a single year. The team has a great academic progress rate of 985, signifying that team members care about their grades.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 94%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. UCONN 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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#17

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
Top 5% in Quality in the United States

Boston College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Soccer ranking, coming in at #17. Boston College is a private not-for-profit institution located in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 3,062 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Soccer team at Boston College brought home $1,349,479 in revenue in a single year. The great academic progress rate of 990 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 95%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Boston College 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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#18

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Top 5% in Quality in the United States

With a ranking of #18, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Soccer ranking. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a large public school located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina that handed out 6,076 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Soccer team at UNC Chapel Hill took home $570,215 in revenue. The team had a perfect academic progress rate of 1000.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 96%. UNC Chapel Hill 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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#19

Michigan State University

East Lansing, Michigan
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

Michigan State University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Soccer ranking, coming in at #19. Located in East Lansing, Michigan, the large public school handed out 8,997 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Soccer team at Michigan State brought home $431,718 in revenue in a single year. With a perfect academic progress rate of 1000, the team is showing that they know how to hit the books, too.

With a freshman retention rate of 91%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Michigan State 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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#19

Villanova University

Villanova, Pennsylvania
Top 5% in Quality in the United States

Villanova University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Soccer ranking, coming in at #19. Villanova is located in Villanova, Pennsylvania and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 2,240 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Soccer team at Villanova made $1,056,819 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 995 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 95%. Villanova also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

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#21

Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, California
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

Loyola Marymount University came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Soccer ranking. This medium-sized private not-for-profit school is located in Los Angeles, California, and it awarded 1,674 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Soccer team at Loyola Marymount brought home $1,143,627 in revenue in a single year. The great academic progress rate of 985 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 91%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Loyola Marymount also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

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#22

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, Virginia
Top 5% in Quality in the United States

University of Virginia - Main Campus did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Soccer ranking, coming in at #22. Located in Charlottesville, Virginia, the large public school awarded 5,167 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The team at University of Virginia took home $1,620,542 in revenue and paid out $1,620,541 in expenses in recent times. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $1. The great academic progress rate of 984 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 96%. University of Virginia also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

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#23

Boston University

Boston, Massachusetts
Top 5% in Quality in the United States

Boston University ranked #23 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Soccer list. Boston U is a private not-for-profit institution located in Boston, Massachusetts. The school has a large population, and it awarded 4,780 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Soccer team at Boston U took home $1,352,594 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 979, 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. On top of its placing in this ranking, Boston U also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#24

American University

Washington, District of Columbia
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

American University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Soccer ranking, coming in at #24. The American University is a fairly large private not-for-profit school situated in Washington, District of Columbia. It awarded 1,952 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Soccer team at The American University brought home $1,041,368 in revenue in a single year. The great academic progress rate of 996 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 90%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. The American University also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

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#25

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, Virginia
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

Virginia Tech ranked #25 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Soccer list. Located in Blacksburg, Virginia, the large public school handed out 7,156 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Soccer team at Virginia Tech took home $106,541 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 949.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 93%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. On top of its placing in this ranking, Virginia Tech 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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Rest of the Top 50 Best Colleges for Men's Soccer athletes

Not only did these schools make the top 50 list, but they also landed in the top 15% of this year’s ranking:

#26

Northwestern University

Evanston, Illinois
#28

University of Tulsa

Tulsa, Oklahoma
#29

Loyola University Chicago

Chicago, Illinois
#30

George Washington University

Washington, District of Columbia
#31

Furman University

Greenville, South Carolina
#32

Elon University

Elon, North Carolina
#33

University of California - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California
#34

University of Delaware

Newark, Delaware
#34

Quinnipiac University

Hamden, Connecticut
#37

Loyola University Maryland

Baltimore, Maryland
#38

Butler University

Indianapolis, Indiana
#39

Hofstra University

Hempstead, New York
#40

San Diego State University

San Diego, California
#41

Fordham University

Bronx, New York
#42

Wofford College

Spartanburg, South Carolina
#43

Adelphi University

Garden City, New York
#44

University of California - Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, California
#44

Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts
#46

College of William and Mary

Williamsburg, Virginia
#47

University of Vermont

Burlington, Vermont
#48

Pennsylvania State University - University Park

University Park, Pennsylvania
#48

University of San Francisco

San Francisco, California
#50

DePaul University

Chicago, Illinois

Rest of the Top 15% Best Colleges in the United States for International Students

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Rank College Location
51 High Point University High Point, NC
52 Marquette University Milwaukee, WI
53 Lafayette College Easton, PA
54 University of New Hampshire - Main Campus Durham, NH
55 Georgetown University Washington, DC
56 University of Cincinnati - Main Campus Cincinnati, OH
57 Temple University Philadelphia, PA
58 Amherst College Amherst, MA
59 University of Kentucky Lexington, KY
60 University of Chicago Chicago, IL
61 Lehigh University Bethlehem, PA
62 University of the Pacific Stockton, CA
62 University of South Carolina - Columbia Columbia, SC
64 Trinity University San Antonio, TX
65 University of Louisville Louisville, KY
Rank College Location
66 Gonzaga University Spokane, WA
67 University of California - San Diego La Jolla, CA
68 Dartmouth College Hanover, NH
69 University of Evansville Evansville, IN
70 University of South Florida - Main Campus Tampa, FL
71 Mercer University Macon, GA
72 Colorado College Colorado Springs, CO
73 University of California - Berkeley Berkeley, CA
74 St John’s University - New York Queens, NY
75 Saint Louis University Saint Louis, MO
76 Santa Clara University Santa Clara, CA
77 Northeastern University Boston, MA
78 Duquesne University Pittsburgh, PA
79 College of the Holy Cross Worcester, MA
79 Bucknell University Lewisburg, PA
81 Fairfield University Fairfield, CT
82 University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI
83 Rider University Lawrenceville, NJ
83 Valparaiso University Valparaiso, IN
85 University of San Diego San Diego, CA
86 Kenyon College Gambier, OH
87 Lipscomb University Nashville, TN
88 University of California - Davis Davis, CA
89 Saint Edward’s University Austin, TX
90 Oregon State University Corvallis, OR
Rank College Location
91 University of North Carolina at Charlotte Charlotte, NC
91 Siena College Loudonville, NY
93 James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA
94 Messiah University Mechanicsburg, PA
95 Rockhurst University Kansas City, MO
96 Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD
97 Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, VA
98 Brown University Providence, RI
99 University of Massachusetts - Lowell Lowell, MA
100 Marist College Poughkeepsie, NY
101 University of Dayton Dayton, OH
102 University of Alabama at Birmingham Birmingham, AL
103 University at Albany Albany, NY
104 Seton Hall University South Orange, NJ
105 Calvin University Grand Rapids, MI
106 Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA
106 Binghamton University Vestal, NY
108 University of St Thomas Minnesota Saint Paul, MN
108 Vassar College Poughkeepsie, NY
110 Haverford College Haverford, PA
111 Stony Brook University Stony Brook, NY
112 Canisius College Buffalo, NY

Honorable Mentions

These schools also performed well in our Best Colleges for Men’s Soccer ranking:

Rank College Location
113 Washington and Lee University Lexington, VA
114 Western Michigan University Kalamazoo, MI
115 New Jersey Institute of Technology Newark, NJ
116 University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA
116 Rollins College Winter Park, FL
118 Princeton University Princeton, NJ
119 Florida International University Miami, FL
120 United States Merchant Marine Academy Kings Point, NY
121 University of Scranton Scranton, PA
122 Oberlin College Oberlin, OH
123 Drake University Des Moines, IA
124 University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA
125 Xavier University Cincinnati, OH
126 Macalester College Saint Paul, MN
127 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
Rank College Location
128 University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL
129 Bradley University Peoria, IL
130 Ohio Northern University Ada, OH
131 Georgia State University Atlanta, GA
132 Christopher Newport University Newport News, VA
133 Tufts University Medford, MA
134 LIU Post Brookville, NY
135 University of Rhode Island Kingston, RI
136 Middlebury College Middlebury, VT
137 Rutgers University - Newark Newark, NJ
138 Washington University in St Louis Saint Louis, MO
139 Emory University Atlanta, GA
140 University of North Florida Jacksonville, FL
141 University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA
142 Radford University Radford, VA
143 Lebanon Valley College Annville, PA
143 Saint Joseph’s University Philadelphia, PA
145 Williams College Williamstown, MA
146 St Lawrence University Canton, NY
147 California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo, CA
Rank College Location
148 Molloy College Rockville Centre, NY
149 Saint Francis University Loretto, PA
150 University of California - Riverside Riverside, CA

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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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