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2021 Top Great Lakes Region Men's D1 Baseball Schools

36 Colleges
$33,839 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 the Great Lakes Region ranking is part of that endeavor.

Our analysis looked at 36 schools in the Great Lakes Region to determine which ones were the best for D1 Men's Baseball athletes in the Great Lakes Region. Our ranking is based on several objective factors, including the school's overall quality and the athletic competitiveness of the school. We steer clear of subjective measures since they don't give a clear picture when determining how one school compares to another. So, even if a school has a great team, it won't place well if it is also considered a low quality college or university.

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Top Colleges in the Great Lakes Region for D1 Men's Baseball athletes in the Great Lakes Region

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#1

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, Michigan
#4 in Quality in the Great Lakes Region

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor tops this year’s ranking as the best school for D1 Men’s Baseball athletes in the Great Lakes Region. University of Michigan - Ann Arbor is a large public school located in Ann Arbor, Michigan that handed out 7,815 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Baseball team at U-M brought home $728,520 in revenue in a single year.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 97%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. U-M also made our overall quality list, coming in at #4.

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#2

Northwestern University

Evanston, Illinois
#1 in Quality in the Great Lakes Region

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Northwestern University. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D1 Men’s Baseball athletes in the Great Lakes Region list. Evanston, Illinois is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 2,770 students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Baseball team at Northwestern made $197,696 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. Northwestern not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #1 on our overall quality list.

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#3

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, Indiana
#2 in Quality in the Great Lakes Region

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend University of Notre Dame. The school came in at #3 in this year’s ranking. Located in Notre Dame, Indiana, the fairly large private not-for-profit school handed out 2,642 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Baseball team at Notre Dame brought home $728,879 in revenue in a single year. The great academic progress rate of 990 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

With a freshman retention rate of 98%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Notre Dame not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #2 on our overall quality list.

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#4

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, Indiana
#9 in Quality in the Great Lakes Region

A rank of #4 on our list means Purdue University - Main Campus is a great place for D1 Men’s Baseball athletes in the Great Lakes Region working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in West Lafayette, Indiana, the large public school handed out 7,568 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Baseball team at Purdue brought home $564,775 in revenue in a single year.

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, Purdue 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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#5

Michigan State University

East Lansing, Michigan
#12 in Quality in the Great Lakes Region

The excellent sports programs at Michigan State University helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for D1 Men’s Baseball athletes in the Great Lakes Region. Michigan State is a public institution located in East Lansing, Michigan. The school has a large population, and it awarded 8,997 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Men’s Baseball team at Michigan State took home $559,028 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 974.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 91%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Michigan State 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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#6

Indiana University - Bloomington

Bloomington, Indiana
#17 in Quality in the Great Lakes Region

Indiana University - Bloomington came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Baseball in the Great Lakes Region ranking. IU Bloomington is a large public school situated in Bloomington, Indiana. It awarded 7,952 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Baseball team at IU Bloomington brought home $411,998 in revenue in a single year. The academic progress rate of the team is 965.

With a freshman retention rate of 91%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. IU Bloomington 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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#11 in Quality in the Great Lakes Region

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Baseball in the Great Lakes Region ranking. This large public school is located in Champaign, Illinois, and it awarded 8,983 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Baseball team at UIUC brought home $479,074 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 92%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. UIUC 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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Top 25% in Quality in the Great Lakes Region

University of Illinois at Chicago came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Baseball in the Great Lakes Region ranking. Chicago, Illinois is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 4,524 students in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Baseball team at UIC brought home $1,071,603 in revenue in a single year. The team has a great academic progress rate of 993, signifying that team members care about their grades.

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#9

Butler University

Indianapolis, Indiana
Top 15% in Quality in the Great Lakes Region

Butler University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Baseball in the Great Lakes Region ranking, coming in at #9. Butler is located in Indianapolis, Indiana and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,065 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The D1 Men’s Baseball team at Butler made $1,372,402 in revenue, while incurring $1,309,914 in expenses. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $62,488 in profit. The team has a great academic progress rate of 990, signifying that team members care about their grades.

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

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#10

Xavier University

Cincinnati, Ohio
Top 20% in Quality in the Great Lakes Region

With a ranking of #10, Xavier University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Baseball in the Great Lakes Region ranking. Xavier is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school situated in Cincinnati, Ohio. It awarded 1,253 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Baseball team at Xavier made $658,850 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 995 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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

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#11

Miami University - Oxford

Oxford, Ohio
Top 15% in Quality in the Great Lakes Region

Miami University - Oxford came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Baseball in the Great Lakes Region ranking. Miami University - Oxford is a fairly large public school located in Oxford, Ohio that handed out 5,139 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Men’s Baseball team at Miami University - Oxford took home $1,187,811 in revenue. 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 91%. Miami University - Oxford 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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#25 in Quality in the Great Lakes Region

Ohio State University - Main Campus ranked #12 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Baseball in the Great Lakes Region list. Ohio State is located in Columbus, Ohio and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 11,596 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the D1 Men’s Baseball team at Ohio State took home $466,248 in revenue.

With a freshman retention rate of 94%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Ohio 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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#13

Bradley University

Peoria, Illinois
Top 15% in Quality in the Great Lakes Region

Bradley University landed the #13 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Baseball in the Great Lakes Region ranking. Bradley University is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in Peoria, Illinois that handed out 1,048 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Baseball team at Bradley made $1,257,043 in revenue. Sports aren’t the only thing that the team excels at - they had a perfect academic progress rate of 1000.

With a freshman retention rate of 86%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Bradley 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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Top 25% in Quality in the Great Lakes Region

University of Cincinnati - Main Campus came in at #14 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Baseball in the Great Lakes Region ranking. Located in Cincinnati, Ohio, the large public school handed out 6,175 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Men’s Baseball team at UC took home $1,775,336 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 990, signifying that team members care about their grades.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 86%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year.

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Ohio University - Athens Campus ranked #15 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Baseball in the Great Lakes Region list. OHIO Athens is located in Athens, Ohio and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 7,349 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Baseball team at OHIO Athens made $1,088,870 in revenue.

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#16

University of Dayton

Dayton, Ohio
#21 in Quality in the Great Lakes Region

University of Dayton did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Baseball in the Great Lakes Region ranking, coming in at #16. Located in Dayton, Ohio, the fairly large private not-for-profit school handed out 2,167 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Men’s Baseball team at UDayton took home $795,559 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 90%. UDayton 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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Kent State University at Kent ranked #17 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Baseball in the Great Lakes Region list. Kent State University at Kent is a large public school located in Kent, Ohio that handed out 5,465 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Men’s Baseball team at Kent State took home $1,238,826 in revenue.

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#18

Ball State University

Muncie, Indiana

Ball State University landed the #18 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Baseball in the Great Lakes Region ranking. Ball State is a large public school situated in Muncie, Indiana. It awarded 3,621 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Baseball team at Ball State brought home $1,232,420 in revenue in a single year. The team has a great academic progress rate of 978, signifying that team members care about their grades.

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#19

Valparaiso University

Valparaiso, Indiana
Top 25% in Quality in the Great Lakes Region

Valparaiso University came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Baseball in the Great Lakes Region ranking. Valpo is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Valparaiso, Indiana. It awarded 893 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Baseball team at Valpo made $969,809 in revenue, while incurring $950,046 in expenses. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $19,763. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 983.

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#20

Central Michigan University

Mount Pleasant, Michigan

Central Michigan University ranked #20 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Baseball in the Great Lakes Region list. Central Michigan is a fairly large public school situated in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. It awarded 4,343 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Baseball team at Central Michigan made $1,111,613 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 986 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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#21

Western Michigan University

Kalamazoo, Michigan

With a ranking of #21, Western Michigan University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Baseball in the Great Lakes Region ranking. Western Michigan University is a large public school located in Kalamazoo, Michigan that handed out 3,824 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Men’s Baseball team at WMU took home $863,922 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 986 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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#22

University of Evansville

Evansville, Indiana
Top 20% in Quality in the Great Lakes Region

With a ranking of #22, University of Evansville did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Baseball in the Great Lakes Region ranking. Located in Evansville, Indiana, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 504 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Baseball team at UE brought home $1,014,427 in revenue in a single year. The academic progress rate of the team is 962.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UE also is in the top 20% of our overall quality ranking.

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#23

Illinois State University

Normal, Illinois
Top 25% in Quality in the Great Lakes Region

Illinois State University came in at #23 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Baseball in the Great Lakes Region ranking. Illinois State is located in Normal, Illinois and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 4,822 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The D1 Men’s Baseball team at Illinois State brought home $1,254,956 in revenue in a single year. The team has a great academic progress rate of 997, signifying that team members care about their grades.

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Wright State University - Main Campus did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Baseball in the Great Lakes Region ranking, coming in at #24. Wright State University - Main Campus is a fairly large public school located in Dayton, Ohio that handed out 2,315 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Baseball team at Wright State University - Main Campus brought home $995,975 in revenue in a single year.

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Southern Illinois University Carbondale did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Baseball in the Great Lakes Region ranking, coming in at #25. This fairly large public school is located in Carbondale, Illinois, and it awarded 3,120 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Baseball team at SIUC brought home $1,024,966 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 991.

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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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