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2021 Top Southwest Region Men's D1 Baseball Schools

24 Colleges
$29,186 Avg Tuition & Fees*
33% 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 the Southwest Region ranking is one tool we have developed to help in this regard.

We analyzed 24 colleges and universities across the Southwest Region to determine which were the best for D1 Men's Baseball athletes in the Southwest Region. 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 Southwest Region for D1 Men's Baseball athletes in the Southwest Region

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#2 in Quality in the Southwest Region

The University of Texas at Austin tops this year’s ranking as the best school for D1 Men’s Baseball athletes in the Southwest Region. Located in Austin, Texas, the large public school awarded 10,098 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Baseball team at UT Austin made $5,933,400 in revenue, while incurring $4,318,053 in expenses. That boils down to a yearly profit of $1,615,347 for the sports team. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 973.

With a freshman retention rate of 95%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. UT Austin not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #2 on our overall quality list.

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#2

Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, Texas
#5 in Quality in the Southwest Region

The excellent sports programs at Texas Christian University helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for D1 Men’s Baseball athletes in the Southwest Region. TCU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school situated in Fort Worth, Texas. It awarded 2,447 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Men’s Baseball team at TCU took home $4,914,925 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 954.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 91%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. TCU also took the #5 spot in our overall quality rankings.

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#3

Rice University

Houston, Texas
#1 in Quality in the Southwest Region

The excellent sports programs at Rice University helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for D1 Men’s Baseball athletes in the Southwest Region. Rice is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school situated in Houston, Texas. 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 team has a great academic progress rate of 988, 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 97%. Rice did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #1 on our overall quality list.

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#4

Baylor University

Waco, Texas
#7 in Quality in the Southwest Region

Out of the 24 schools in the Southwest Region that were part of this year’s ranking, Baylor University landed the #4 spot on the list. Baylor is a private not-for-profit institution located in Waco, Texas. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 3,798 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Baseball team at Baylor made $3,785,926 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 985, 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. 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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#5

Texas A&M University - College Station

College Station, Texas
#4 in Quality in the Southwest Region

The excellent sports programs at Texas A&M University - College Station helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for D1 Men’s Baseball athletes in the Southwest Region. Texas A&M College Station is located in College Station, Texas and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 13,198 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Baseball team at Texas A&M College Station made $3,353,061 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 961.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 92%. Texas A&M College Station did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #4 on our overall quality list.

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#6

University of Arizona

Tucson, Arizona
#16 in Quality in the Southwest Region

University of Arizona landed the #6 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Baseball in the Southwest Region ranking. Located in Tucson, Arizona, the large public school awarded 8,231 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Baseball team at University of Arizona made $1,214,952 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 974.

University of Arizona 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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#10 in Quality in the Southwest Region

With a ranking of #7, University of Oklahoma Norman Campus did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Baseball in the Southwest Region ranking. University of Oklahoma Norman Campus is a large public school located in Norman, Oklahoma that handed out 4,805 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Baseball team at University of Oklahoma brought home $796,731 in revenue in a single year.

With a freshman retention rate of 92%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, University of Oklahoma also is in the top 10% of our overall quality ranking.

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Texas Tech University

Lubbock, Texas
#24 in Quality in the Southwest Region

Texas Tech University ranked #8 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Baseball in the Southwest Region list. Located in Lubbock, Texas, the large public school handed out 6,599 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Men’s Baseball team at Texas Tech took home $1,851,692 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 985 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

On top of its placing in this ranking, Texas Tech also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#11 in Quality in the Southwest Region

Arizona State University - Tempe landed the #9 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Baseball in the Southwest Region ranking. Arizona State University - Tempe is a large public school located in Tempe, Arizona that handed out 10,401 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Baseball team at ASU - Tempe made $1,488,637 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 87%. On top of its placing in this ranking, ASU - Tempe 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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#10

University of Houston

Houston, Texas
#17 in Quality in the Southwest Region

University of Houston came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Baseball in the Southwest Region ranking. UH is a large public school situated in Houston, Texas. It awarded 7,631 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Baseball team at UH brought home $3,324,202 in revenue in a single year. The academic progress rate of the team is 970.

On top of its placing in this ranking, UH 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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#11

Oral Roberts University

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Oral Roberts University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Baseball in the Southwest Region ranking, coming in at #11. Tulsa, Oklahoma is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 596 students in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Baseball team at ORU made $1,158,320 in revenue, while incurring $1,150,734 in expenses. Thus, the team actually made $7,586, which isn’t bad at all. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 989.

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#25 in Quality in the Southwest Region

With a ranking of #12, Oklahoma State University - Main Campus did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Baseball in the Southwest Region ranking. OSU is located in Stillwater, Oklahoma and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 4,899 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the D1 Men’s Baseball team at OSU took home $1,324,840 in revenue.

On top of its placing in this ranking, OSU also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#13

New Mexico State University - Main Campus

Las Cruces, New Mexico

New Mexico State University - Main Campus landed the #13 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Baseball in the Southwest Region ranking. NMSU Main Campus is located in Las Cruces, New Mexico and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 2,465 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Baseball team at NMSU Main Campus made $1,251,344 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 974.

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#14

Sam Houston State University

Huntsville, Texas

Sam Houston State University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Baseball in the Southwest Region ranking, coming in at #14. SHSU is a public institution located in Huntsville, Texas. The school has a large population, and it awarded 4,343 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Baseball team at SHSU brought home $1,360,883 in revenue in a single year. The team has a great academic progress rate of 979, signifying that team members care about their grades.

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#15

Houston Baptist University

Houston, Texas

Houston Baptist University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Baseball in the Southwest Region ranking, coming in at #15. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Houston, Texas, and it awarded 467 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Baseball team at HBU made $936,743 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 971.

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#16

Texas State University

San Marcos, Texas
Top 25% in Quality in the Southwest Region

With a ranking of #16, Texas State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Baseball in the Southwest Region ranking. Located in San Marcos, Texas, the large public school handed out 7,427 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Baseball team at Texas State made $1,273,244 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 969.

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#17

University of New Mexico - Main Campus

Albuquerque, New Mexico

With a ranking of #17, University of New Mexico - Main Campus did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Baseball in the Southwest Region ranking. University of New Mexico - Main Campus is a large public school located in Albuquerque, New Mexico that handed out 4,321 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at UNM took home $1,592,997 in revenue and paid out $1,474,216 in expenses in recent times. Thus, the team actually made $118,781, which isn’t bad at all. The academic progress rate of the team is 965.

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The University of Texas at San Antonio landed the #18 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Baseball in the Southwest Region ranking. UTSA is a large public school situated in San Antonio, Texas. It awarded 5,655 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Men’s Baseball team at UTSA took home $1,068,447 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 979.

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#19

Abilene Christian University

Abilene, Texas
#23 in Quality in the Southwest Region

With a ranking of #19, Abilene Christian University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Baseball in the Southwest Region ranking. This medium-sized private not-for-profit school is located in Abilene, Texas, and it awarded 844 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Men’s Baseball team at Abilene Christian took home $899,826 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 955.

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

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#20

University of the Incarnate Word

San Antonio, Texas

University of the Incarnate Word landed the #20 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Baseball in the Southwest Region ranking. UIW is located in San Antonio, Texas and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,363 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Baseball team at UIW made $1,056,404 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 959.

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#21

Grand Canyon University

Phoenix, Arizona

With a ranking of #21, Grand Canyon University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Baseball in the Southwest Region ranking. This large private for-profit school is located in Phoenix, Arizona, and it awarded 11,319 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Men’s Baseball team at Grand Canyon University took home $1,309,532 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 979, signifying that team members care about their grades.

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#22

Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi, Texas

Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Baseball in the Southwest Region ranking. Texas A&M Corpus Christi is a public institution located in Corpus Christi, Texas. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 1,783 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Men’s Baseball team at Texas A&M Corpus Christi took home $970,406 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 963.

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#23

Texas Southern University

Houston, Texas

Texas Southern University ranked #23 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Baseball in the Southwest Region list. TSU is a medium-sized public school situated in Houston, Texas. It awarded 1,120 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Baseball team at TSU made $543,418 in revenue, while incurring $536,746 in expenses. Thus, the team actually made $6,672, which isn’t bad at all. The academic progress rate of the team is 957.

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#24

Prairie View A & M University

Prairie View, Texas

Prairie View A & M University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Baseball in the Southwest Region ranking, coming in at #24. This medium-sized public school is located in Prairie View, Texas, and it awarded 1,145 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Men’s Baseball team at PVAMU took home $599,282 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 975.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 24 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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