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2021 Top Men's D1 Baseball Schools

271 Colleges
$44,653 Avg Tuition & Fees*
67% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

Men's Division I Baseball 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 Division I Men's Baseball ranking - to help you make that decision.

We analyzed 271 colleges and universities across the United States to determine which were the best for D1 Men's Baseball 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 D1 Men's Baseball athletes

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#1

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, Tennessee

Our 2021 rankings named Vanderbilt University the best school for D1 Men’s Baseball athletes working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in Nashville, Tennessee, the fairly large private not-for-profit school awarded 2,280 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The team at Vanderbilt took home $6,607,679 in revenue and paid out $6,511,989 in expenses in recent times. That boils down to a yearly profit of $95,690 for the sports team. The team has a great academic progress rate of 988, signifying that team members care about their grades.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 97%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Vanderbilt 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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Top 20% in Quality in the United States

Out of the 271 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College landed the #2 spot on the list. Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College is a large public school located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana that handed out 5,129 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Louisiana State University brought in $6,216,699 while tallying up $5,752,590 in expenses for its D1 Men’s Baseball team. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $464,109 in profit.

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

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Top 10% in Quality in the United States

A rank of #3 on our list means The University of Texas at Austin is a great place for D1 Men’s Baseball athletes working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in Austin, Texas, the large public school awarded 10,098 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

UT Austin brought in $5,933,400 while tallying up $4,318,053 in expenses for its D1 Men’s Baseball team. Thus, the team actually made $1,615,347, which isn’t bad at all. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 973.

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, UT Austin is in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#4

Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, Texas
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Texas Christian University. The school came in at #4 in this year’s ranking. Fort Worth, Texas is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 2,447 students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Baseball team at TCU made $4,914,925 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 954.

With a freshman retention rate of 91%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. On top of its placing in this ranking, TCU 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
#6 in Quality in the United States

A rank of #5 on our list means Stanford University is a great place for D1 Men’s Baseball athletes working on their bachelor’s degree. Stanford University is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in Stanford, California that handed out 1,892 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Baseball team at Stanford brought home $968,032 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 989.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 98%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. In addition to its great ranking here, Stanford is in the top 1% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#6

Wake Forest University

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

With a ranking of #6, Wake Forest University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Baseball ranking. Wake Forest University is located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,431 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The D1 Men’s Baseball team at Wake Forest University brought home $2,704,062 in revenue in a single year. The team has a great academic progress rate of 978, 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 94%. Wake Forest University 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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#7

Rice University

Houston, Texas

Rice University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Baseball ranking, coming in at #7. Rice is a private not-for-profit institution located in Houston, Texas. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 1,228 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Men’s Baseball team at Rice took home $2,436,407 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 988 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

The impressive student-to-faculty ratio of 6 to 1 means that students may have more opportunities to work more closely with their professors than they would at other schools. On top of its placing in this ranking, Rice also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 1% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#8

University of Miami

Coral Gables, Florida
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

University of Miami did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Baseball ranking, coming in at #8. U Miami is a fairly large private not-for-profit school situated in Coral Gables, Florida. It awarded 3,118 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at U Miami took home $4,958,396 in revenue and paid out $4,763,686 in expenses in recent times. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $194,710 in profit.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 91%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. U Miami 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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#9

Oregon State University

Corvallis, Oregon
Top 20% in Quality in the United States

With a ranking of #9, Oregon State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Baseball ranking. Oregon State is a public institution located in Corvallis, Oregon. The school has a large population, and it awarded 5,981 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Men’s Baseball team at Oregon State took home $2,514,745 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 989, signifying that team members care about their grades.

Oregon State excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 20% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#10

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, Michigan
Top 5% in Quality in the United States

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Baseball ranking. Located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the large public school awarded 7,815 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Baseball team at U-M made $728,520 in revenue.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 97%. On top of its placing in this ranking, U-M 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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#11

University of Virginia - Main Campus

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

With a ranking of #11, University of Virginia - Main Campus did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Baseball ranking. This large public school is located in Charlottesville, Virginia, and it awarded 5,167 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Baseball team at University of Virginia brought home $3,644,584 in revenue in a single year. The great academic progress rate of 982 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 96%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. 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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#12

Baylor University

Waco, Texas
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

Baylor University came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Baseball ranking. 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.

Speaking financially, the D1 Men’s Baseball team at Baylor took home $3,785,926 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 985 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

With a freshman retention rate of 90%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. 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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#13

Northwestern University

Evanston, Illinois
#12 in Quality in the United States

With a ranking of #13, Northwestern University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Baseball ranking. Northwestern is a large private not-for-profit school situated in Evanston, Illinois. It awarded 2,770 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Men’s Baseball team at Northwestern took home $197,696 in revenue. Sports aren’t the only thing that the team excels at - they had a perfect academic progress rate of 1000.

The impressive student-to-faculty ratio of 6 to 1 means that students may have more opportunities to work more closely with their professors than they would at other schools. On top of its placing in this ranking, Northwestern also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 1% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#14

University of Florida

Gainesville, Florida
Top 5% in Quality in the United States

University of Florida did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Baseball ranking, coming in at #14. UF is a public institution located in Gainesville, Florida. The school has a large population, and it awarded 9,663 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Men’s Baseball team at UF took home $1,141,246 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 976.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 96%. UF 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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#15

Clemson University

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

With a ranking of #15, Clemson University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Baseball ranking. Clemson is a large public school situated in Clemson, South Carolina. It awarded 4,676 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Men’s Baseball team at Clemson took home $1,948,115 in revenue. Sports aren’t the only thing that the team excels at - they 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 93%. On top of its placing in this ranking, Clemson 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

Duke University

Durham, North Carolina

Duke University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Baseball ranking, coming in at #16. Duke is a private not-for-profit institution located in Durham, North Carolina. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 2,303 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Baseball team at Duke brought home $1,797,242 in revenue in a single year. The great academic progress rate of 994 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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. In addition to its Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Baseball 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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#17

University of South Carolina - Columbia

Columbia, South Carolina
Top 15% in Quality in the United States

University of South Carolina - Columbia did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Baseball ranking, coming in at #17. This large public school is located in Columbia, South Carolina, and it awarded 6,966 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Baseball team at UofSC brought home $4,145,897 in revenue in a single year. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 961.

With a freshman retention rate of 88%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UofSC also is in the top 15% of our overall quality ranking.

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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 Baseball ranking. Located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, the large public school handed out 6,076 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Men’s Baseball team at UNC Chapel Hill took home $1,244,942 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 979.

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

Tulane University of Louisiana

New Orleans, Louisiana
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

Tulane University of Louisiana landed the #19 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Baseball ranking. Located in New Orleans, Louisiana, the fairly large private not-for-profit school handed out 2,417 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Men’s Baseball team at Tulane took home $2,241,409 in revenue.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 93%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Tulane also is in the top 10% of our overall quality ranking.

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#20

Florida State University

Tallahassee, Florida
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

With a ranking of #20, Florida State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Baseball ranking. Located in Tallahassee, Florida, the large public school awarded 9,688 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Baseball team at Florida State made $7,466,680 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 971.

With a freshman retention rate of 94%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Florida State 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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#21

Texas A&M University - College Station

College Station, Texas
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

With a ranking of #21, Texas A&M University - College Station did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Baseball ranking. Located in College Station, Texas, the large public school awarded 13,198 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Men’s Baseball team at Texas A&M College Station took home $3,353,061 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 961.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 92%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Texas A&M College Station 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

Boston College

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

With a ranking of #22, Boston College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Baseball 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 Baseball team at Boston College made $2,153,992 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 992, 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, Boston College also is in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking.

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#23

Furman University

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

Furman University ranked #23 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Baseball list. Located in Greenville, South Carolina, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 732 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Furman brought in $1,235,881 while tallying up $1,219,449 in expenses for its D1 Men’s Baseball team. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $16,432.

With a freshman retention rate of 93%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. In addition to its great ranking here, Furman is in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#24

Loyola Marymount University

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

Loyola Marymount University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Baseball ranking, coming in at #24. Loyola Marymount is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school situated in Los Angeles, California. It awarded 1,674 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Baseball team at Loyola Marymount made $1,762,650 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 970.

With a freshman retention rate of 91%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. In addition to its great ranking here, Loyola Marymount is in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#25

University of Louisville

Louisville, Kentucky
Top 25% in Quality in the United States

With a ranking of #25, University of Louisville did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Baseball ranking. University of Louisville is a large public school located in Louisville, Kentucky that handed out 3,155 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Baseball team at UofL made $914,859 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 993, signifying that team members care about their grades.

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Rest of the Top 15% Best Colleges for D1 Men's Baseball athletes

Not only did these schools make the top 41 list, but they also landed in the top 15% of this year’s ranking:

#26

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, Indiana
#27

University of Arkansas

Fayetteville, Arkansas
#28

University of Delaware

Newark, Delaware
#29

University of California - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California
#30

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California
#31

University of Arizona

Tucson, Arizona
#32

Auburn University

Auburn, Alabama
#32

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Minneapolis, Minnesota
#34

Northeastern University

Boston, Massachusetts
#35

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Lincoln, Nebraska
#36

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, Indiana
#38

University of Iowa

Iowa City, Iowa
#39

Michigan State University

East Lansing, Michigan
#40

St John's University - New York

Queens, New York
#41

Gonzaga University

Spokane, Washington

Honorable Mentions

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

Rank College Location
42 Saint Louis University Saint Louis, MO
43 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
44 George Washington University Washington, DC
45 Indiana University - Bloomington Bloomington, IN
46 Seton Hall University South Orange, NJ
47 University of Kentucky Lexington, KY
48 Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus Atlanta, GA
49 University of Oklahoma Norman Campus Norman, OK
50 University of Central Florida Orlando, FL
51 Yale University New Haven, CT
52 College of William and Mary Williamsburg, VA
53 University of San Diego San Diego, CA
54 The University of Tennessee - Knoxville Knoxville, TN
55 University of South Florida - Main Campus Tampa, FL

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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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