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2021 Top Plains States Region Men's D2 Baseball Schools

33 Colleges
$20,473 Avg Tuition & Fees*
33% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

When it comes to choosing a college, student athletes have a lot of options - but not all of them are good. College Factual has developed its Best Colleges for Division II Men's Baseball in the Plains States Region ranking as one item you can use to help make this decision.

We analyzed 33 colleges and universities across the Plains States Region to determine which were the best for D2 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 D2 Men's Baseball athletes in the Plains States Region

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Augustana University

Sioux Falls, South Dakota
#19 in Quality in the Plains States Region

Augustana University tops this year’s ranking as the best school for D2 Men’s Baseball athletes in the Plains States Region. Sioux Falls, South Dakota is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 442 students in 2018-2019.

The D2 Men’s Baseball team at Augustana Sioux Falls brought home $666,882 in revenue in a single year.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 86%. On top of its placing in this ranking, Augustana Sioux Falls 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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#22 in Quality in the Plains States Region

Out of the 33 schools in the Plains States Region that were part of this year’s ranking, Missouri University of Science and Technology landed the #2 spot on the list. This medium-sized public school is located in Rolla, Missouri, and it awarded 1,388 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Men’s Baseball team at Missouri University of Science and Technology made $369,864 in revenue.

In addition to its great ranking here, Missouri University of Science and Technology is in the top 15% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#3

Drury University

Springfield, Missouri

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Drury University. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D2 Men’s Baseball athletes in the Plains States Region list. Located in Springfield, Missouri, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 347 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Men’s Baseball team at Drury University made $634,611 in revenue.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 88%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year.

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#4

Rockhurst University

Kansas City, Missouri
Top 20% in Quality in the Plains States Region

Out of the 33 schools in the Plains States Region that were part of this year’s ranking, Rockhurst University landed the #4 spot on the list. Rockhurst is located in Kansas City, Missouri and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 463 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the D2 Men’s Baseball team at Rockhurst took home $541,312 in revenue.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 86%. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Rockhurst also is in the top 20% of our overall quality ranking.

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#5

Emporia State University

Emporia, Kansas

The excellent sports programs at Emporia 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 the Plains States Region. This medium-sized public school is located in Emporia, Kansas, and it awarded 822 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D2 Men’s Baseball team at ESU brought home $340,886 in revenue in a single year.

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#6

Maryville University of Saint Louis

Saint Louis, Missouri
Top 25% in Quality in the Plains States Region

Maryville University of Saint Louis came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Baseball in the Plains States Region ranking. This fairly large private not-for-profit school is located in Saint Louis, Missouri, and it awarded 616 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Maryville U brought in $452,320 while tallying up $441,119 in expenses for its D2 Men’s Baseball team. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $11,201 in profit.

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#7

William Jewell College

Liberty, Missouri

William Jewell College ranked #7 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Baseball in the Plains States Region list. Located in Liberty, Missouri, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 323 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The D2 Men’s Baseball team at William Jewell made $650,922 in revenue, while incurring $564,364 in expenses. Thus, the team actually made $86,558, which isn’t bad at all.

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#8

Saint Cloud State University

Saint Cloud, Minnesota

With a ranking of #8, Saint Cloud State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Baseball in the Plains States Region ranking. Located in Saint Cloud, Minnesota, the fairly large public school awarded 2,065 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Men’s Baseball team at St. Cloud State University took home $317,456 in revenue.

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#9

University of Minnesota - Duluth

Duluth, Minnesota

University of Minnesota - Duluth ranked #9 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Baseball in the Plains States Region list. University of Minnesota - Duluth is a fairly large public school located in Duluth, Minnesota that handed out 2,162 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Men’s Baseball team at UMN Duluth took home $150,959 in revenue.

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#10

Lindenwood University

Saint Charles, Missouri

Lindenwood University ranked #10 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Baseball in the Plains States Region list. Located in Saint Charles, Missouri, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school awarded 1,829 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Men’s Baseball team at Lindenwood University took home $860,610 in revenue.

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#11

Truman State University

Kirksville, Missouri
Top 20% in Quality in the Plains States Region

With a ranking of #11, Truman State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Baseball in the Plains States Region ranking. Truman State is a public institution located in Kirksville, Missouri. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 1,216 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Men’s Baseball team at Truman State took home $222,961 in revenue.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 86%. On top of its placing in this ranking, Truman State 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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#12

Northwest Missouri State University

Maryville, Missouri

With a ranking of #12, Northwest Missouri State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Baseball in the Plains States Region ranking. Northwest is a public institution located in Maryville, Missouri. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 1,101 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Men’s Baseball team at Northwest made $499,389 in revenue.

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#13

University of Central Missouri

Warrensburg, Missouri

University of Central Missouri ranked #13 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Baseball in the Plains States Region list. Located in Warrensburg, Missouri, the fairly large public school awarded 2,021 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Men’s Baseball team at UCM took home $649,451 in revenue.

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#14

Winona State University

Winona, Minnesota

Winona State University came in at #14 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Baseball in the Plains States Region ranking. Winona, Minnesota is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,822 students in 2018-2019.

The D2 Men’s Baseball team at Winona State brought home $377,426 in revenue in a single year.

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#15

University of Missouri - St Louis

Saint Louis, Missouri

University of Missouri - St Louis did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Baseball in the Plains States Region ranking, coming in at #15. Saint Louis, Missouri is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,921 students in 2018-2019.

The D2 Men’s Baseball team at UMSL brought home $370,056 in revenue in a single year.

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#16

University of Nebraska at Kearney

Kearney, Nebraska

University of Nebraska at Kearney came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Baseball in the Plains States Region ranking. This medium-sized public school is located in Kearney, Nebraska, and it awarded 850 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

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#17

Pittsburg State University

Pittsburg, Kansas

Pittsburg State University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Baseball in the Plains States Region ranking, coming in at #17. Pittsburg State University is a medium-sized public school located in Pittsburg, Kansas that handed out 1,099 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Men’s Baseball team at Pitt State made $394,665 in revenue.

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#18

Northern State University

Aberdeen, South Dakota

With a ranking of #18, Northern State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Baseball in the Plains States Region ranking. Located in Aberdeen, South Dakota, the small public school awarded 305 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The D2 Men’s Baseball team at NSU made $411,902 in revenue, while incurring $386,889 in expenses. That boils down to a yearly profit of $25,013 for the sports team.

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#19

University of Mary

Bismarck, North Dakota

University of Mary ranked #19 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Baseball in the Plains States Region list. UMary is located in Bismarck, North Dakota and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 532 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The D2 Men’s Baseball team at UMary brought home $398,214 in revenue in a single year.

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#20

Southwest Baptist University

Bolivar, Missouri

With a ranking of #20, Southwest Baptist University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Baseball in the Plains States Region ranking. Southwest Baptist University is a private not-for-profit institution located in Bolivar, Missouri. The school has a small population, and it awarded 378 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D2 Men’s Baseball team at Southwest Baptist University brought home $384,438 in revenue in a single year.

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#21

Concordia University, Saint Paul

Saint Paul, Minnesota

With a ranking of #21, Concordia University, Saint Paul did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Baseball in the Plains States Region ranking. Concordia University, Saint Paul is a private not-for-profit institution located in Saint Paul, Minnesota. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 752 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D2 Men’s Baseball team at Concordia University, Saint Paul brought home $508,996 in revenue in a single year.

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#22

University of Minnesota - Crookston

Crookston, Minnesota

University of Minnesota - Crookston landed the #22 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Baseball in the Plains States Region ranking. Located in Crookston, Minnesota, the small public school awarded 448 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The team at UMN Crookston took home $423,872 in revenue and paid out $408,091 in expenses in recent times. That boils down to a yearly profit of $15,781 for the sports team.

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#23

Minot State University

Minot, North Dakota

With a ranking of #23, Minot State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Baseball in the Plains States Region ranking. MSU is a small public school situated in Minot, North Dakota. It awarded 607 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Men’s Baseball team at MSU made $376,641 in revenue.

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#24

Wayne State College

Wayne, Nebraska

Wayne State College landed the #24 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Baseball in the Plains States Region ranking. WSC is located in Wayne, Nebraska and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 592 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the D2 Men’s Baseball team at WSC took home $313,892 in revenue.

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#25

Bemidji State University

Bemidji, Minnesota

Bemidji State University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Baseball in the Plains States Region ranking, coming in at #25. This small public school is located in Bemidji, Minnesota, and it awarded 1,036 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Men’s Baseball team at Bemidji State University made $208,534 in revenue.

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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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