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2021 Top Men's D3 Baseball Schools

348 Colleges
$50,258 Avg Tuition & Fees*
77% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

Men's Division III Baseball BadgeIt's not easy to decide which college to attend when there are so many options available for student athletes. College Factual has developed its Best Colleges for Division III Men's Baseball ranking as one item you can use to help make this decision.

We analyzed 348 colleges and universities across the United States to determine which were the best for D3 Men's Baseball athletes. 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 U.S. for D3 Men's Baseball athletes

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#1

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, Maryland
#20 in Quality in the United States

Johns Hopkins University tops this year’s ranking as the best school for D3 Men’s Baseball athletes. Baltimore, Maryland is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,747 students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Men’s Baseball team at Johns Hopkins made $488,314 in revenue.

The impressive student-to-faculty ratio of 7 to 1 means that students may have more opportunities to work more closely with their professors than they would at other schools. On top of its placing in this ranking, Johns Hopkins also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#2

Washington University in St Louis

Saint Louis, Missouri
Top 5% in Quality in the United States

Out of the 348 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Washington University in St Louis landed the #2 spot on the list. Located in Saint Louis, Missouri, the fairly large private not-for-profit school handed out 2,407 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Baseball team at WUSTL made $410,861 in revenue, while incurring $389,190 in expenses. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $21,671 in profit.

With a student-to-faculty ratio of 8 to 1, it’s easy to see that the school is committed to helping their undergraduates succeed. WUSTL 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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#3

Tufts University

Medford, Massachusetts
Top 5% in Quality in the United States

The excellent sports programs at Tufts University helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for D3 Men’s Baseball athletes. Tufts University is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in Medford, Massachusetts that handed out 1,822 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Tufts took home $291,614 in revenue and paid out $282,375 in expenses in recent times. Thus, the team actually made $9,239, which isn’t bad at all.

The impressive student-to-faculty ratio of 9 to 1 means that students may have more opportunities to work more closely with their professors than they would at other schools. In addition to its great ranking here, Tufts is in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#4

DePauw University

Greencastle, Indiana
Top 5% in Quality in the United States

A rank of #4 on our list means DePauw University is a great place for D3 Men’s Baseball athletes working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in Greencastle, Indiana, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 595 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Baseball team at DePauw brought home $196,373 in revenue in a single year.

The impressive student-to-faculty ratio of 9 to 1 means that students may have more opportunities to work more closely with their professors than they would at other schools. On top of its placing in this ranking, DePauw also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#5

Washington and Lee University

Lexington, Virginia
#25 in Quality in the United States

Out of the 348 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Washington and Lee University landed the #5 spot on the list. Washington and Lee is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Lexington, Virginia. It awarded 564 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Men’s Baseball team at Washington and Lee made $208,943 in revenue.

With a student-to-faculty ratio of 8 to 1, it’s easy to see that the school is committed to helping their undergraduates succeed. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Washington and Lee also is in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking.

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#6

Emory University

Atlanta, Georgia
Top 5% in Quality in the United States

Emory University came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Baseball ranking. This fairly large private not-for-profit school is located in Atlanta, Georgia, and it awarded 2,598 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Emory brought in $395,295 while tallying up $382,893 in expenses for its D3 Men’s Baseball team. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $12,402 in profit.

The student-to-faculty ratio of 9 to 1 is a sign that students will have more opportunities to engage with their professors one-on-one. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Emory also is in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking.

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#7

Denison University

Granville, Ohio
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

Denison University ranked #7 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Baseball list. Denison is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Granville, Ohio. It awarded 643 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Men’s Baseball team at Denison took home $253,716 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 976 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

Since the school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 9 to 1, those pursuing a bachelor’s degree will have more opportunities to interact with their professors. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Denison also is in the top 10% of our overall quality ranking.

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#8

Washington & Jefferson College

Washington, Pennsylvania
Top 15% in Quality in the United States

Washington & Jefferson College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Baseball ranking, coming in at #8. W&J is located in Washington, Pennsylvania and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 382 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The D3 Men’s Baseball team at W&J made $257,016 in revenue, while incurring $256,999 in expenses. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $17.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 87%. W&J 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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#9

The College of Wooster

Wooster, Ohio
Top 15% in Quality in the United States

The College of Wooster came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Baseball ranking. Wooster College is a private not-for-profit institution located in Wooster, Ohio. The school has a small population, and it awarded 522 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Wooster College brought in $319,297 while tallying up $262,898 in expenses for its D3 Men’s Baseball team. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $56,399.

Wooster College 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

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Worcester, Massachusetts
Top 5% in Quality in the United States

Worcester Polytechnic Institute did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Baseball ranking, coming in at #10. WPI is a private not-for-profit institution located in Worcester, Massachusetts. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 1,138 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Men’s Baseball team at WPI took home $248,036 in revenue.

With a freshman retention rate of 95%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. On top of its placing in this ranking, WPI also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#11

Williams College

Williamstown, Massachusetts
#7 in Quality in the United States

Williams College landed the #11 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Baseball ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Williamstown, Massachusetts, and it awarded 718 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Men’s Baseball team at Williams took home $258,363 in revenue.

With a freshman retention rate of 98%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. On top of its placing in this ranking, Williams also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 1% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#12

Babson College

Wellesley, Massachusetts
Top 5% in Quality in the United States

Babson College came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Baseball ranking. Babson College is a private not-for-profit institution located in Wellesley, Massachusetts. The school has a small population, and it awarded 548 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Men’s Baseball team at Babson College made $282,070 in revenue.

With a freshman retention rate of 96%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Babson College also is in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking.

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#13

The College of New Jersey

Ewing, New Jersey
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

The College of New Jersey did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Baseball ranking, coming in at #13. TCNJ is a public institution located in Ewing, New Jersey. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 1,685 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Men’s Baseball team at TCNJ took home $227,951 in revenue.

With a freshman retention rate of 94%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. TCNJ also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

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#14

Ithaca College

Ithaca, New York
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

Ithaca College ranked #14 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Baseball list. Ithaca, New York is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,501 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Men’s Baseball team at Ithaca took home $290,351 in revenue.

In addition to its great ranking here, Ithaca is in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#15

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, Massachusetts
#5 in Quality in the United States

Massachusetts Institute of Technology came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Baseball ranking. Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the fairly large private not-for-profit school handed out 1,333 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Baseball team at MIT brought home $148,869 in revenue in a single year.

Since the school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 3 to 1, those pursuing a bachelor’s degree will have more opportunities to interact with their professors. MIT also made our overall quality list, coming in at #5.

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#16

Bethel University Minnesota

Saint Paul, Minnesota
Top 20% in Quality in the United States

Bethel University Minnesota came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Baseball ranking. Bethel University Minnesota is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Saint Paul, Minnesota. It awarded 831 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Baseball team at Bethel University Minnesota brought home $161,940 in revenue in a single year.

On top of its placing in this ranking, Bethel University Minnesota 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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#17

Trinity University

San Antonio, Texas
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

Trinity University came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Baseball ranking. San Antonio, Texas is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 617 students in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Baseball team at Trinity U brought home $313,416 in revenue in a single year.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 89%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Trinity U also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

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#18

University of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois
#19 in Quality in the United States

University of Chicago ranked #18 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Baseball list. Chicago, Illinois is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 2,024 students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Men’s Baseball team at UChicago made $221,504 in revenue.

With a freshman retention rate of 99%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. UChicago 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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#19

Trinity College

Hartford, Connecticut
Top 5% in Quality in the United States

Trinity College ranked #19 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Baseball list. Hartford, Connecticut 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.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Men’s Baseball team at Trinity Bantams made $224,638 in revenue.

The impressive student-to-faculty ratio of 9 to 1 means that students may have more opportunities to work more closely with their professors than they would at other schools. Trinity Bantams 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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#20

Kalamazoo College

Kalamazoo, Michigan
Top 15% in Quality in the United States

Kalamazoo College came in at #20 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Baseball ranking. K College is a private not-for-profit institution located in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The school has a small population, and it awarded 373 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Men’s Baseball team at K College made $401,765 in revenue.

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, K College is in the top 15% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#21

The University of Texas at Dallas

Richardson, Texas
Top 20% in Quality in the United States

The University of Texas at Dallas came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Baseball ranking. Located in Richardson, Texas, the large public school handed out 4,225 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Baseball team at UT Dallas made $199,421 in revenue, while incurring $156,932 in expenses. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $42,489.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 88%. On top of its placing in this ranking, UT Dallas 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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#22

California Lutheran University

Thousand Oaks, California
Top 25% in Quality in the United States

California Lutheran University landed the #22 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Baseball ranking. CLU is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Thousand Oaks, California. It awarded 849 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Baseball team at CLU brought home $214,172 in revenue in a single year.

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#23

Macalester College

Saint Paul, Minnesota
Top 5% in Quality in the United States

Macalester College came in at #23 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Baseball ranking. Macalester is located in Saint Paul, Minnesota and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 679 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the D3 Men’s Baseball team at Macalester took home $222,993 in revenue.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 93%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Macalester 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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#23

St. John Fisher College

Rochester, New York
Top 20% in Quality in the United States

St. John Fisher College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Baseball ranking, coming in at #23. Fisher is a private not-for-profit institution located in Rochester, New York. The school has a small population, and it awarded 761 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Fisher took home $277,070 in revenue and paid out $263,411 in expenses in recent times. Thus, the team actually made $13,659, which isn’t bad at all.

Fisher also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools in this category.

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#25

Middlebury College

Middlebury, Vermont
Top 5% in Quality in the United States

Middlebury College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Baseball ranking, coming in at #25. Middlebury College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Middlebury, Vermont that handed out 771 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Baseball team at Middlebury brought home $238,295 in revenue in a single year.

With a student-to-faculty ratio of 8 to 1, it’s easy to see that the school is committed to helping their undergraduates succeed. Middlebury 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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Rest of the Top 50 Best Colleges for D3 Men's Baseball athletes

Not only did these schools make the top 50 list, but they also landed in the top 15% of this year’s ranking:

#26

SUNY Cortland

Cortland, New York
#27

Union College New York

Schenectady, New York
#28

The College of Saint Scholastica

Duluth, Minnesota
#29

Amherst College

Amherst, Massachusetts
#30

Clark University

Worcester, Massachusetts
#31

Birmingham Southern College

Birmingham, Alabama
#32

Willamette University

Salem, Oregon
#33

Saint Norbert College

De Pere, Wisconsin
#34

Augustana College

Rock Island, Illinois
#35

Salisbury University

Salisbury, Maryland
#36

Chapman University

Orange, California
#37

Catholic University of America

Washington, District of Columbia
#38

Haverford College

Haverford, Pennsylvania
#39

Wesleyan University

Middletown, Connecticut
#40

University of St Thomas Minnesota

Saint Paul, Minnesota
#41

Gettysburg College

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
#42

Salve Regina University

Newport, Rhode Island
#43

Wheaton College Illinois

Wheaton, Illinois
#44

Grinnell College

Grinnell, Iowa
#45

Shenandoah University

Winchester, Virginia
#46

Rhodes College

Memphis, Tennessee
#47

Wheaton College Massachusetts

Norton, Massachusetts
#47

Occidental College

Los Angeles, California
#49

Elizabethtown College

Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
#50

Ursinus College

Collegeville, Pennsylvania

Rest of the Top 15% Best Colleges in the United States for International Students

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Rank College Location
51 Luther College Decorah, IA
52 Centenary College of Louisiana Shreveport, LA
53 Vassar College Poughkeepsie, NY

Honorable Mentions

These schools also performed well in our Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Baseball ranking:

Rank College Location
54 Gustavus Adolphus College Saint Peter, MN
55 University of Redlands Redlands, CA
56 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy, NY
57 Clarkson University Potsdam, NY
58 Bates College Lewiston, ME
59 Oberlin College Oberlin, OH
60 Pomona College Claremont, CA
61 Hamilton College Clinton, NY
62 Christopher Newport University Newport News, VA
63 Dickinson College Carlisle, PA
64 Hope College Holland, MI
65 Allegheny College Meadville, PA
66 Randolph - Macon College Ashland, VA
67 Bowdoin College Brunswick, ME
68 Concordia College at Moorhead Moorhead, MN
Rank College Location
69 Earlham College Richmond, IN
70 Misericordia University Dallas, PA

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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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