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2021 Top California Men's D2 Baseball Schools

12 Colleges
$25,386 Avg Tuition & Fees*
23% 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 II Men's Baseball in California ranking is part of that endeavor.

Our analysis looked at 12 schools in California to determine which ones were the best for D2 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 D2 Men's Baseball athletes in California

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

University of California - San Diego

La Jolla, California

University of California - San Diego tops this year’s ranking as the best school for D2 Men’s Baseball athletes in California. UCSD is located in La Jolla, California and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 8,037 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The D2 Men’s Baseball team at UCSD brought home $837,542 in revenue in a single year.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 94%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UCSD also is in the top 15% of our overall quality ranking.

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#2

Azusa Pacific University

Azusa, California

The excellent sports programs at Azusa Pacific University helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for D2 Men’s Baseball athletes in California. Azusa Pacific University is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in Azusa, California that handed out 1,694 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Azusa Pacific brought in $974,487 while tallying up $857,101 in expenses for its D2 Men’s Baseball team. That boils down to a yearly profit of $117,386 for the sports team.

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#3

California Baptist University

Riverside, California

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend California Baptist University. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D2 Men’s Baseball athletes in California list. Cal Baptist is located in Riverside, California and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,670 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The team at Cal Baptist took home $1,590,134 in revenue and paid out $1,568,747 in expenses in recent times. That boils down to a yearly profit of $21,387 for the sports team. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 970.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend California State Polytechnic University - Pomona. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D2 Men’s Baseball athletes in California list. California State Polytechnic University - Pomona is a large public school located in Pomona, California that handed out 4,810 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Men’s Baseball team at Cal Poly Pomona took home $615,424 in revenue.

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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#5

Sonoma State University

Rohnert Park, California

The excellent sports programs at Sonoma State University helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for D2 Men’s Baseball athletes in California. SSU is a medium-sized public school situated in Rohnert Park, California. It awarded 2,444 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D2 Men’s Baseball team at SSU brought home $543,565 in revenue in a single year. The academic progress rate of the team is 962.

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With a ranking of #6, California State University - Monterey Bay did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Baseball in California ranking. CSUMB is located in Seaside, California and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,953 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The D2 Men’s Baseball team at CSUMB made $472,402 in revenue, while incurring $472,401 in expenses. That boils down to a yearly profit of $1 for the sports team.

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#7

California State University - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California

California State University - Los Angeles ranked #7 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Baseball in California list. Los Angeles, California is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 5,803 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Men’s Baseball team at Cal State LA took home $425,574 in revenue.

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#8

Fresno Pacific University

Fresno, California

Fresno Pacific University came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Baseball in California ranking. Fresno, California is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,026 students in 2018-2019.

The D2 Men’s Baseball team at Fresno Pacific made $670,183 in revenue, while incurring $610,177 in expenses. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $60,006.

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California State University - East Bay came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Baseball in California ranking. Located in Hayward, California, the fairly large public school handed out 3,195 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D2 Men’s Baseball team at Cal State East Bay brought home $385,081 in revenue in a single year.

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#10

San Francisco State University

San Francisco, California

San Francisco State University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Baseball in California ranking, coming in at #10. San Francisco, California is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 6,508 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Men’s Baseball team at SFSU took home $452,147 in revenue.

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#11

California State University - San Bernardino

San Bernardino, California

With a ranking of #11, California State University - San Bernardino did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Baseball in California ranking. CSUSB is a large public school situated in San Bernardino, California. It awarded 4,453 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D2 Men’s Baseball team at CSUSB made $439,576 in revenue, while incurring $399,713 in expenses. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $39,863 in profit.

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With a ranking of #12, California State University - Dominguez Hills did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Baseball in California ranking. CSUDH is a public institution located in Carson, California. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 3,183 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D2 Men’s Baseball team at CSUDH brought home $459,370 in revenue in a single year.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 12 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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