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2021 Top Men's D1 Soccer Schools

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

Men's Division I Soccer BadgeWhen pursuing a degree in today's world, student athletes have many different options to choose from. College Factual has developed its Best Colleges for Division I Men's Soccer ranking as one item you can use to help make this decision.

Our analysis looked at 188 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for D1 Men's Soccer athletes. To come up with this ranking, we look at a number of factors that are all objective measurements. These factors include the school's overall quality as determined by our Best Colleges ranking and the athletic competitiveness of the school. Thus, in order to rank well, the school must offer a quality education in addition to having a great sports team.

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Top Colleges in the U.S. for D1 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 analysis found Wake Forest University to be the best school for D1 Men’s Soccer athletes in this year’s ranking. Wake Forest University is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina that handed out 1,431 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Men’s Soccer team at Wake Forest University took home $1,844,675 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 980.

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

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend University of Denver. The school came in at #2 in this year’s ranking. This fairly large private not-for-profit school is located in Denver, Colorado, and it awarded 1,626 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Soccer team at DU brought home $1,579,473 in revenue in a single year. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 984.

With a freshman retention rate of 87%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, DU also is in the top 15% of our overall quality ranking.

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#3

Duke University

Durham, North Carolina

A rank of #3 on our list means Duke University is a great place for D1 Men’s Soccer athletes working on their bachelor’s degree. Duke is located in Durham, North Carolina and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 2,303 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the D1 Men’s Soccer team at Duke took home $1,422,891 in revenue. With a perfect academic progress rate of 1000, the team is showing that they know how to hit the books, too.

The impressive student-to-faculty ratio of 7 to 1 means that students may have more opportunities to work more closely with their professors than they would at other schools. In addition to its Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Soccer ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Duke is ranked #2 for overall quality in the United States.

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#4

Syracuse University

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

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Syracuse University. The school came in at #4 in this year’s ranking. 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.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Soccer team at Syracuse made $1,019,859 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 991 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 91%. On top of its placing in this ranking, Syracuse 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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#5

Stanford University

Stanford, California

A rank of #5 on our list means Stanford University is a great place for D1 Men’s Soccer athletes working on their bachelor’s degree. 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.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Soccer team at Stanford made $333,118 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 98%. Stanford also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 1% of all schools in this category.

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#6

University of Maryland - College Park

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

With a ranking of #6, University of Maryland - College Park did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Soccer ranking. University of Maryland - College Park is a large public school located in College Park, Maryland that handed out 8,390 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Soccer team at UMCP brought home $225,557 in revenue in a single year. The academic progress rate of the team is 962.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 96%. 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 Division I Men’s Soccer ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Portland, Oregon, and it awarded 1,003 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Soccer team at University of Portland brought home $1,567,324 in revenue in a single year. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 977.

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 Division I Men’s Soccer list. Located in Hamilton, New York, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 894 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Soccer team at Colgate made $1,108,221 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 992 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 94%. On top of its placing in this ranking, Colgate 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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#9

Clemson University

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

Clemson University landed the #9 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Soccer ranking. Clemson University is a large public school located in Clemson, South Carolina that handed out 4,676 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Soccer team at Clemson brought home $871,536 in revenue in a single year. The team has a great academic progress rate of 992, signifying that team members care about their grades.

With a freshman retention rate of 93%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. 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

University of Notre Dame ranked #10 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Soccer list. 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.

Speaking financially, the D1 Men’s Soccer team at Notre Dame took home $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.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 98%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Notre Dame also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 1% of all schools in this category.

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#11

Indiana University - Bloomington

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

Indiana University - Bloomington did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Soccer ranking, coming in at #11. IU Bloomington is a large public school situated in Bloomington, Indiana. It awarded 7,952 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Soccer team at IU Bloomington made $207,402 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 985.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 91%. In addition to its great ranking here, IU Bloomington is in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#12

University of Wisconsin - Madison

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

University of Wisconsin - Madison ranked #12 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Soccer list. University of Wisconsin - Madison is a large public school located in Madison, Wisconsin that handed out 8,915 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Soccer team at UW - Madison brought home $1,019,965 in revenue in a single year. The team has a great academic progress rate of 979, signifying that team members care about their grades.

With a freshman retention rate of 95%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UW - Madison also is in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking.

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#13

Providence College

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

Providence College landed the #13 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Soccer ranking. Providence is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Providence, Rhode Island. It awarded 1,119 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Men’s Soccer team at Providence took home $1,398,740 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 92%. Providence 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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Top 10% in Quality in the United States

Southern Methodist University ranked #14 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Soccer list. Southern Methodist University is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in Dallas, Texas that handed out 1,942 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Soccer team at SMU made $2,129,826 in revenue. 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%. In addition to its great ranking here, SMU is in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#15

Creighton University

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

Creighton University ranked #15 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Soccer list. 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 D1 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.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 89%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Creighton also is in the top 10% of our overall quality ranking.

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#16

University of Connecticut

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

With a ranking of #16, University of Connecticut did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I 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 D1 Men’s Soccer team at UCONN brought home $2,435,382 in revenue in a single year. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 985.

With a freshman retention rate of 94%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. In addition to its great ranking here, UCONN is 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 came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Soccer ranking. Located in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, the fairly large private not-for-profit school handed out 3,062 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Soccer team at Boston College made $1,349,479 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 990.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 95%. 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 Division I Men’s Soccer ranking. This large public school is located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and it awarded 6,076 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Men’s Soccer team at UNC Chapel Hill took home $570,215 in revenue. Sports aren’t the only thing that the team excels at - they had a perfect academic progress rate of 1000.

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, UNC Chapel Hill is 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 ranked #19 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Soccer list. Michigan State is a large public school situated in East Lansing, Michigan. It awarded 8,997 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Soccer team at Michigan State made $431,718 in revenue. 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. In addition to its great ranking here, Michigan State is 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 ranked #19 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Soccer list. 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.

The D1 Men’s Soccer team at Villanova brought home $1,056,819 in revenue in a single year. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 995.

With a freshman retention rate of 95%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Villanova 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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#21

Loyola Marymount University

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

Loyola Marymount University ranked #21 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Soccer list. Located in Los Angeles, California, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school handed out 1,674 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Men’s Soccer team at Loyola Marymount took home $1,143,627 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 985 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 91%. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Loyola Marymount also is in the top 10% of our overall quality ranking.

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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 ranked #22 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Soccer list. University of Virginia is located in Charlottesville, Virginia and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 5,167 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

University of Virginia brought in $1,620,542 while tallying up $1,620,541 in expenses for its D1 Men’s Soccer team. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $1 in profit. The team has a great academic progress rate of 984, signifying that team members care about their grades.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 96%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, University of Virginia also is in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking.

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#23

Boston University

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

With a ranking of #23, Boston University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Soccer ranking. Boston, Massachusetts is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 4,780 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 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. Boston U 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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#24

American University

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

With a ranking of #24, American University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Soccer ranking. Washington, District of Columbia is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,952 students in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Soccer team at The American University brought home $1,041,368 in revenue in a single year. The team has a great academic progress rate of 996, signifying that team members care about their grades.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 90%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. On top of its placing in this ranking, The American University 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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#25

Virginia Tech

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

With a ranking of #25, Virginia Tech did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Soccer ranking. Virginia Tech is a large public school located in Blacksburg, Virginia that handed out 7,156 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Soccer team at Virginia Tech brought home $106,541 in revenue in a single year. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 949.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 93%. Virginia Tech 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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Rest of the Top 15% Best Colleges for D1 Men's Soccer athletes

Not only did these schools make the top 29 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

Honorable Mentions

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

Rank College Location
30 George Washington University Washington, DC
31 Furman University Greenville, SC
32 Elon University Elon, NC
33 University of California - Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
34 University of Delaware Newark, DE
34 Quinnipiac University Hamden, CT
36 Columbia University in the City of New York New York, NY
37 Loyola University Maryland Baltimore, MD
38 Butler University Indianapolis, IN

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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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