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2021 Top Great Lakes Region Men's D3 Baseball Schools

74 Colleges
$41,973 Avg Tuition & Fees*
63% 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 III Men's Baseball in the Great Lakes Region ranking as one item you can use to help make this decision.

We analyzed 74 colleges and universities across the Great Lakes Region to determine which were the best for D3 Men's Baseball athletes in the Great Lakes 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 Great Lakes Region for D3 Men's Baseball athletes in the Great Lakes Region

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

DePauw University

Greencastle, Indiana
#5 in Quality in the Great Lakes Region

DePauw University tops this year’s ranking as the best school for D3 Men’s Baseball athletes in the Great Lakes Region. DePauw is a private not-for-profit institution located in Greencastle, Indiana. The school has a small population, and it awarded 595 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Men’s Baseball team at DePauw made $196,373 in revenue.

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. DePauw not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #5 on our overall quality list.

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#2

Denison University

Granville, Ohio
#13 in Quality in the Great Lakes Region

The excellent sports programs at Denison University helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for D3 Men’s Baseball athletes in the Great Lakes Region. Located in Granville, Ohio, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 643 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Men’s Baseball team at Denison made $253,716 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 976.

With a freshman retention rate of 91%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Denison 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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#3

The College of Wooster

Wooster, Ohio
Top 15% in Quality in the Great Lakes Region

A rank of #3 on our list means The College of Wooster is a great place for D3 Men’s Baseball athletes in the Great Lakes Region working on their bachelor’s degree. The College of Wooster is a small private not-for-profit school located in Wooster, Ohio that handed out 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. That boils down to a yearly profit of $56,399 for the sports team.

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

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#4

University of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois
#3 in Quality in the Great Lakes Region

Out of the 74 schools in the Great Lakes Region that were part of this year’s ranking, University of Chicago landed the #4 spot on the list. UChicago is a private not-for-profit institution located in Chicago, Illinois. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 2,024 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

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

The student-to-faculty ratio of 5 to 1 is a sign that students will have more opportunities to engage with their professors one-on-one. UChicago not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #3 on our overall quality list.

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#5

Kalamazoo College

Kalamazoo, Michigan
Top 15% in Quality in the Great Lakes Region

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Kalamazoo College. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D3 Men’s Baseball athletes in the Great Lakes Region list. Kalamazoo College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Kalamazoo, Michigan that handed out 373 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Men’s Baseball team at K College took home $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. K 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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#6

Saint Norbert College

De Pere, Wisconsin
Top 20% in Quality in the Great Lakes Region

Saint Norbert College landed the #6 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Baseball in the Great Lakes Region ranking. Located in De Pere, Wisconsin, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 604 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Men’s Baseball team at SNC took home $215,201 in revenue.

SNC excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 20% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#7

Augustana College

Rock Island, Illinois
Top 15% in Quality in the Great Lakes Region

Augustana College came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Baseball in the Great Lakes Region ranking. Augustana is located in Rock Island, Illinois and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 855 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The D3 Men’s Baseball team at Augustana brought home $304,771 in revenue in a single year.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 87%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. On top of its placing in this ranking, Augustana 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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#8

Wheaton College Illinois

Wheaton, Illinois
#14 in Quality in the Great Lakes Region

Wheaton College Illinois landed the #8 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Baseball in the Great Lakes Region ranking. Wheaton College Illinois is a private not-for-profit institution located in Wheaton, Illinois. The school has a small population, and it awarded 720 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Men’s Baseball team at Wheaton College Illinois took home $230,516 in revenue.

With a freshman retention rate of 93%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Wheaton College Illinois also is in the top 10% of our overall quality ranking.

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#9

Oberlin College

Oberlin, Ohio
#16 in Quality in the Great Lakes Region

Oberlin College came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Baseball in the Great Lakes Region ranking. Located in Oberlin, Ohio, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 872 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The team at Oberlin took home $194,514 in revenue and paid out $162,721 in expenses in recent times. That boils down to a yearly profit of $31,793 for the sports team.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 91%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Oberlin 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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#10

Hope College

Holland, Michigan
Top 10% in Quality in the Great Lakes Region

Hope College ranked #10 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Baseball in the Great Lakes Region list. Holland, Michigan is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 838 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Men’s Baseball team at Hope took home $141,794 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. In addition to its great ranking here, Hope is in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#11

Earlham College

Richmond, Indiana
Top 25% in Quality in the Great Lakes Region

Earlham College came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Baseball in the Great Lakes Region ranking. Earlham College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Richmond, Indiana that handed out 229 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Earlham took home $252,767 in revenue and paid out $222,638 in expenses in recent times. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $30,129.

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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#12

Otterbein University

Westerville, Ohio

Otterbein University landed the #12 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Baseball in the Great Lakes Region ranking. Located in Westerville, Ohio, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 579 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Men’s Baseball team at Otterbein took home $151,269 in revenue.

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#13

University of Wisconsin - La Crosse

La Crosse, Wisconsin
Top 25% in Quality in the Great Lakes Region

University of Wisconsin - La Crosse landed the #13 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Baseball in the Great Lakes Region ranking. UW - La Crosse is a public institution located in La Crosse, Wisconsin. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 2,211 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Baseball team at UW - La Crosse made $321,079 in revenue, while incurring $310,990 in expenses. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $10,089 in profit.

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#14

Illinois Wesleyan University

Bloomington, Illinois
#22 in Quality in the Great Lakes Region

Illinois Wesleyan University ranked #14 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Baseball in the Great Lakes Region list. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Bloomington, Illinois, and it awarded 434 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Men’s Baseball team at Illinois Wesleyan took home $156,647 in revenue.

With a freshman retention rate of 89%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Illinois Wesleyan excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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Top 15% in Quality in the Great Lakes Region

Ohio Northern University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Baseball in the Great Lakes Region ranking, coming in at #15. ONU is located in Ada, Ohio and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 415 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The D3 Men’s Baseball team at ONU brought home $226,059 in revenue in a single year.

On top of its placing in this ranking, ONU 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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#16

North Central College

Naperville, Illinois

North Central College ranked #16 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Baseball in the Great Lakes Region list. North Central is located in Naperville, Illinois and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 872 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The team at North Central took home $386,180 in revenue and paid out $319,565 in expenses in recent times. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $66,615 in profit.

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#17

Kenyon College

Gambier, Ohio
#10 in Quality in the Great Lakes Region

Kenyon College came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Baseball in the Great Lakes Region ranking. Kenyon is located in Gambier, Ohio and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 517 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The D3 Men’s Baseball team at Kenyon brought home $246,670 in revenue in a single year.

With a student-to-faculty ratio of 9 to 1, it’s easy to see that the school is committed to helping their undergraduates succeed. In addition to its great ranking here, Kenyon is in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#18

University of Mount Union

Alliance, Ohio

University of Mount Union ranked #18 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Baseball in the Great Lakes Region list. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Alliance, Ohio, and it awarded 511 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Men’s Baseball team at Mount Union took home $156,362 in revenue.

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#19

University of Wisconsin - Whitewater

Whitewater, Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin - Whitewater landed the #19 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Baseball in the Great Lakes Region ranking. University of Wisconsin - Whitewater is a fairly large public school located in Whitewater, Wisconsin that handed out 2,426 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Men’s Baseball team at UW - Whitewater took home $293,587 in revenue.

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#20

Milwaukee School of Engineering

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Top 20% in Quality in the Great Lakes Region

Milwaukee School of Engineering came in at #20 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Baseball in the Great Lakes Region ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and it awarded 549 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Baseball team at MSOE made $141,652 in revenue, while incurring $126,097 in expenses. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $15,555.

On top of its placing in this ranking, MSOE 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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#21

Calvin University

Grand Rapids, Michigan
Top 15% in Quality in the Great Lakes Region

Calvin University landed the #21 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Baseball in the Great Lakes Region ranking. Calvin is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It awarded 969 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Men’s Baseball team at Calvin made $144,961 in revenue.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 87%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Calvin also is in the top 15% of our overall quality ranking.

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#22

Knox College

Galesburg, Illinois
Top 20% in Quality in the Great Lakes Region

Knox College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Baseball in the Great Lakes Region ranking, coming in at #22. Knox is located in Galesburg, Illinois and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 367 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Men’s Baseball team at Knox made $137,303 in revenue.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 87%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Knox also is in the top 20% of our overall quality ranking.

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#23

Beloit College

Beloit, Wisconsin
Top 20% in Quality in the Great Lakes Region

Beloit College came in at #23 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Baseball in the Great Lakes Region ranking. Beloit College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Beloit, Wisconsin that handed out 417 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Men’s Baseball team at Beloit took home $170,492 in revenue.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Beloit also is in the top 20% of our overall quality ranking.

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Baldwin Wallace University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Baseball in the Great Lakes Region ranking, coming in at #24. Baldwin Wallace College is located in Berea, Ohio and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 929 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the D3 Men’s Baseball team at Baldwin Wallace College took home $197,257 in revenue.

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#25

Edgewood College

Madison, Wisconsin

Edgewood College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Baseball in the Great Lakes Region ranking, coming in at #25. Edgewood College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Madison, Wisconsin that handed out 418 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Men’s Baseball team at Edgewood took home $190,242 in revenue.

With a student-to-faculty ratio of 9 to 1, it’s easy to see that the school is committed to helping their undergraduates succeed.

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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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