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2021 Top Plains States Region Men's D1 Baseball Schools

13 Colleges
$25,675 Avg Tuition & Fees*
40% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

Student 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 in the Plains States Region ranking - to help you make that decision.

We analyzed 13 colleges and universities across the Plains States Region to determine which were the best for D1 Men's Baseball athletes in the Plains States Region. Instead of depending on subjective information, we focus on objective factors to determine this ranking. These factors include such things as the athletic competitiveness of the school and the school's overall quality. This means that a school must provide students with a great education in addition to having a good sports team if it wants to rank well.

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Top Colleges in the Plains States Region for D1 Men's Baseball athletes in the Plains States Region

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Minneapolis, Minnesota
#6 in Quality in the Plains States Region

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities tops this year’s ranking as the best school for D1 Men’s Baseball athletes in the Plains States Region. This large public school is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and it awarded 8,988 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Men’s Baseball team at UMN Twin Cities took home $248,310 in revenue. The team had a perfect academic progress rate of 1000.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 93%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. UMN Twin Cities 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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#2

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Lincoln, Nebraska
#20 in Quality in the Plains States Region

The excellent sports programs at University of Nebraska - Lincoln helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for D1 Men’s Baseball athletes in the Plains States Region. University of Nebraska - Lincoln is a large public school located in Lincoln, Nebraska that handed out 4,859 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Men’s Baseball team at UNL took home $1,548,120 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 989, signifying that team members care about their grades.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UNL also is in the top 15% of our overall quality ranking.

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#3

University of Iowa

Iowa City, Iowa
#15 in Quality in the Plains States Region

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of Iowa. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D1 Men’s Baseball athletes in the Plains States Region list. Iowa City, Iowa is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 5,811 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Men’s Baseball team at Iowa took home $455,338 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 964.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 86%. In addition to its great ranking here, Iowa is in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#4

Saint Louis University

Saint Louis, Missouri
#9 in Quality in the Plains States Region

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Saint Louis University. The school came in at #4 in this year’s ranking. SLU is located in Saint Louis, Missouri and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,867 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the D1 Men’s Baseball team at SLU took home $1,491,729 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 966.

With a freshman retention rate of 90%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, SLU also is in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking.

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#5

Creighton University

Omaha, Nebraska
#7 in Quality in the Plains States Region

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Creighton University. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D1 Men’s Baseball athletes in the Plains States Region list. Creighton is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school situated in Omaha, Nebraska. It awarded 1,243 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Baseball team at Creighton made $1,847,599 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 950.

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

University of Missouri - Columbia

Columbia, Missouri
#25 in Quality in the Plains States Region

With a ranking of #6, University of Missouri - Columbia did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Baseball in the Plains States Region ranking. Mizzou is a public institution located in Columbia, Missouri. The school has a large population, and it awarded 6,314 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Men’s Baseball team at Mizzou took home $2,489,005 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 974.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 87%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Mizzou 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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#7

University of Kansas

Lawrence, Kansas
#21 in Quality in the Plains States Region

With a ranking of #7, University of Kansas did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Baseball in the Plains States Region ranking. KU is a public institution located in Lawrence, Kansas. The school has a large population, and it awarded 4,536 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Men’s Baseball team at KU took home $67,993 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 976, signifying that team members care about their grades.

In addition to its great ranking here, KU is in the top 15% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#8

Kansas State University

Manhattan, Kansas
Top 15% in Quality in the Plains States Region

Kansas State University landed the #8 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Baseball in the Plains States Region ranking. Manhattan, Kansas is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 4,048 students in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Baseball team at K -State brought home $153,738 in revenue in a single year. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 966.

K -State 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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Top 20% in Quality in the Plains States Region

With a ranking of #9, North Dakota State University - Main Campus did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Baseball in the Plains States Region ranking. North Dakota State University - Main Campus is a fairly large public school located in Fargo, North Dakota that handed out 2,588 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Baseball team at North Dakota State University made $948,063 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 995, signifying that team members care about their grades.

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

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#10

Missouri State University - Springfield

Springfield, Missouri

Missouri State University - Springfield ranked #10 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Baseball in the Plains States Region list. Springfield, Missouri is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 3,756 students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Baseball team at Missouri State made $1,360,980 in revenue.

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#11

South Dakota State University

Brookings, South Dakota

South Dakota State University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Baseball in the Plains States Region ranking, coming in at #11. South Dakota State is a public institution located in Brookings, South Dakota. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 2,026 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Baseball team at South Dakota State made $645,530 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 984, signifying that team members care about their grades.

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#12

Wichita State University

Wichita, Kansas

With a ranking of #12, Wichita State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Baseball in the Plains States Region ranking. WSU is a fairly large public school situated in Wichita, Kansas. It awarded 2,231 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Men’s Baseball team at WSU took home $2,697,649 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 986, signifying that team members care about their grades.

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#13

Southeast Missouri State University

Cape Girardeau, Missouri

Southeast Missouri State University ranked #13 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Baseball in the Plains States Region list. Southeast Missouri State University is a fairly large public school located in Cape Girardeau, Missouri that handed out 1,711 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Baseball team at Southeast Missouri State University made $719,525 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 980, signifying that team members care about their grades.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 13 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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