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2021 Top Illinois Men's D1 Baseball Schools

10 Colleges
$26,662 Avg Tuition & Fees*
40% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

It's not easy to decide which college to attend when there are so many options available for student athletes. Our mission at College Factual is to arm you with as much information as we can to help you make that decision. Our Best Colleges for Division I Men's Baseball in Illinois ranking is one tool we have developed to help in this regard.

Our analysis looked at 10 schools in Illinois to determine which ones were the best for D1 Men's Baseball athletes in Illinois. 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 Illinois for D1 Men's Baseball athletes in Illinois

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Northwestern University

Evanston, Illinois

Northwestern University tops this year’s ranking as the best school for D1 Men’s Baseball athletes in Illinois. 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. 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 98%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. In addition to its Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Baseball in Illinois ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Northwestern is ranked #1 for overall quality in Illinois.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D1 Men’s Baseball athletes in Illinois list. UIUC is a public institution located in Champaign, Illinois. The school has a large population, 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 has a great academic progress rate of 995, signifying that team members care about their grades.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 92%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. UIUC also took the #3 spot in our overall quality rankings.

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A rank of #3 on our list means University of Illinois at Chicago is a great place for D1 Men’s Baseball athletes in Illinois working on their bachelor’s degree. This large public school is located in Chicago, Illinois, and it awarded 4,524 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Baseball team at UIC brought home $1,071,603 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 993.

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#4

Bradley University

Peoria, Illinois

A rank of #4 on our list means Bradley University is a great place for D1 Men’s Baseball athletes in Illinois working on their bachelor’s degree. Bradley is located in Peoria, Illinois and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,048 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Baseball team at Bradley made $1,257,043 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 86%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. On top of its placing in this ranking, Bradley also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#5

Illinois State University

Normal, Illinois

A rank of #5 on our list means Illinois State University is a great place for D1 Men’s Baseball athletes in Illinois working on their bachelor’s degree. Illinois State University is a large public school located in Normal, Illinois that handed out 4,822 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Men’s Baseball team at Illinois State took home $1,254,956 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 997.

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Southern Illinois University Carbondale ranked #6 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Baseball in Illinois list. SIUC is located in Carbondale, Illinois and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 3,120 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the D1 Men’s Baseball team at SIUC took home $1,024,966 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 991.

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#7

Northern Illinois University

Dekalb, Illinois

Northern Illinois University landed the #7 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Baseball in Illinois ranking. Located in Dekalb, Illinois, the fairly large public school awarded 3,441 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Baseball team at NIU brought home $869,806 in revenue in a single year. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 975.

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#8

Eastern Illinois University

Charleston, Illinois

Eastern Illinois University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Baseball in Illinois ranking, coming in at #8. This medium-sized public school is located in Charleston, Illinois, and it awarded 1,244 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Baseball team at EIU made $681,706 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 970.

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#9

Western Illinois University

Macomb, Illinois

Western Illinois University ranked #9 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Baseball in Illinois list. This medium-sized public school is located in Macomb, Illinois, and it awarded 1,785 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Men’s Baseball team at WIU took home $573,372 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 970.

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#10

Chicago State University

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago State University came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Baseball in Illinois ranking. This small public school is located in Chicago, Illinois, and it awarded 353 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Baseball team at CSU made $603,457 in revenue.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 10 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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