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2021 Top California Men's D1 Baseball Schools

21 Colleges
$39,200 Avg Tuition & Fees*
51% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

When pursuing a degree in today's world, student athletes have many different options to choose from. College Factual was founded, in part, to help students make the decision as to what would be the best school for them. Our Best Colleges for Division I Men's Baseball in California ranking is part of that endeavor.

Our analysis looked at 21 schools in California to determine which ones were the best for D1 Men's Baseball athletes in California. 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 California for D1 Men's Baseball athletes in California

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#1

Stanford University

Stanford, California

Stanford University tops this year’s ranking as the best school for D1 Men’s Baseball athletes in California. Stanford is located in Stanford, California and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,892 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Baseball team at Stanford made $968,032 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 989 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 98%. Stanford also took the #2 spot in our overall quality rankings.

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#2

Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, California

Out of the 21 schools in California that were part of this year’s ranking, Loyola Marymount University landed the #2 spot on the 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 Baseball team at Loyola Marymount took home $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. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Loyola Marymount also is in the top 15% of our overall quality ranking.

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#3

University of California - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California

Out of the 21 schools in California that were part of this year’s ranking, University of California - Los Angeles landed the #3 spot on the list. University of California - Los Angeles is a large public school located in Los Angeles, California that handed out 9,069 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Men’s Baseball team at UCLA took home $1,188,767 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 987 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 97%. UCLA 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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#4

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend University of Southern California. The school came in at #4 in this year’s ranking. USC is a private not-for-profit institution located in Los Angeles, California. The school has a large population, and it awarded 5,337 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Baseball team at USC brought home $2,296,929 in revenue in a single year. The great academic progress rate of 987 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

With a student-to-faculty ratio of 9 to 1, it’s easy to see that the school is committed to helping their undergraduates succeed. In addition to its great ranking here, USC is in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#5

University of San Diego

San Diego, California

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of San Diego. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D1 Men’s Baseball athletes in California list. San Diego, California is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,501 students in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Baseball team at USD brought home $1,615,052 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.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 90%. In addition to its great ranking here, USD is in the top 20% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#6

San Diego State University

San Diego, California

San Diego State University landed the #6 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Baseball in California ranking. Located in San Diego, California, the large public school awarded 8,159 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

SDSU brought in $1,823,420 while tallying up $1,746,949 in expenses for its D1 Men’s Baseball team. That boils down to a yearly profit of $76,471 for the sports team. The team has a great academic progress rate of 982, 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 89%.

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#7

University of California - Berkeley

Berkeley, California

University of California - Berkeley ranked #7 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Baseball in California list. UC Berkeley is a large public school situated in Berkeley, California. It awarded 9,627 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Men’s Baseball team at UC Berkeley took home $1,493,807 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 97%. UC Berkeley 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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#8

University of San Francisco

San Francisco, California

University of San Francisco ranked #8 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Baseball in California list. USFCA is located in San Francisco, California and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,634 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Baseball team at USFCA made $1,797,574 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 981, signifying that team members care about their grades.

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#9

Pepperdine University

Malibu, California

Pepperdine University came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Baseball in California ranking. Pepperdine University is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in Malibu, California that handed out 943 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Baseball team at Pepperdine made $1,783,159 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 981.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 90%. Pepperdine 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 California - Davis

Davis, California

University of California - Davis ranked #10 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Baseball in California list. Located in Davis, California, the large public school awarded 8,711 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Baseball team at UC Davis brought home $1,074,084 in revenue in a single year. The team has a great academic progress rate of 989, 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. In addition to its great ranking here, UC Davis is in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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With a ranking of #11, California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Baseball in California ranking. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is a large public school situated in San Luis Obispo, California. It awarded 5,185 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Baseball team at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo made $1,477,459 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 979 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%. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo 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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#12

California State University - Long Beach

Long Beach, California

California State University - Long Beach landed the #12 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Baseball in California ranking. CSULB is located in Long Beach, California and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 8,950 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the D1 Men’s Baseball team at CSULB took home $1,388,693 in revenue.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 88%.

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#13

University of California - Irvine

Irvine, California

University of California - Irvine ranked #13 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Baseball in California list. Irvine, California is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 8,394 students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Baseball team at UC Irvine made $1,551,012 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 94%. UC Irvine excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#14

University of the Pacific

Stockton, California

University of the Pacific ranked #14 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Baseball in California list. Located in Stockton, California, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school awarded 815 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Baseball team at Pacific brought home $1,379,042 in revenue in a single year. The academic progress rate of the team is 959.

Pacific 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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#15

University of California - Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, California

University of California - Santa Barbara ranked #15 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Baseball in California list. Santa Barbara, California is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 6,327 students in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Baseball team at UCSB brought home $2,301,656 in revenue in a single year. The academic progress rate of the team is 959.

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, UCSB also is in the top 15% of our overall quality ranking.

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#16

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, California

Santa Clara University ranked #16 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Baseball in California list. Located in Santa Clara, California, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school handed out 1,495 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Baseball team at SCU made $1,803,559 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 969.

With a freshman retention rate of 94%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. SCU 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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#17

California State University - Fullerton

Fullerton, California

California State University - Fullerton did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Baseball in California ranking, coming in at #17. Fullerton, California is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 9,996 students in 2018-2019.

The team at Cal State Fullerton took home $2,974,818 in revenue and paid out $2,587,189 in expenses in recent times. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $387,629 in profit. The academic progress rate of the team is 952.

With a freshman retention rate of 87%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students.

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#18

University of California - Riverside

Riverside, California

University of California - Riverside did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Baseball in California ranking, coming in at #18. UCR is a public institution located in Riverside, California. The school has a large population, and it awarded 4,649 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Baseball team at UCR made $1,229,035 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 969.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 89%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year.

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With a ranking of #19, California State University - Fresno did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Baseball in California ranking. Located in Fresno, California, the large public school awarded 4,921 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Baseball team at Fresno State brought home $1,849,535 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 981.

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#20

San Jose State University

San Jose, California

San Jose State University came in at #20 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Baseball in California ranking. San Jose State is located in San Jose, California and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 6,826 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The D1 Men’s Baseball team at San Jose State brought home $1,200,633 in revenue in a single year. The academic progress rate of the team is 940.

With a freshman retention rate of 87%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students.

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#21

California State University - Sacramento

Sacramento, California

California State University - Sacramento did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Baseball in California ranking, coming in at #21. Sac State is located in Sacramento, California and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 7,479 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The D1 Men’s Baseball team at Sac State brought home $1,365,277 in revenue in a single year. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 965.

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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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