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2021 Top Illinois Men's D3 Baseball Schools

20 Colleges
$36,073 Avg Tuition & Fees*
51% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

When pursuing a degree in today's world, student athletes have many different options to choose from. College Factual has developed its Best Colleges for Division III Men's Baseball in Illinois ranking as one item you can use to help make this decision.

After analyzing 20 schools in Illinois, we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for D3 Men's Baseball athletes in Illinois. Our ranking is based on several objective factors, including the school's overall quality and the athletic competitiveness of the school. We steer clear of subjective measures since they don't give a clear picture when determining how one school compares to another. So, even if a school has a great team, it won't place well if it is also considered a low quality college or university.

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Top Colleges in Illinois for D3 Men's Baseball athletes in Illinois

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

University of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

Our 2021 rankings named University of Chicago the best school for D3 Men’s Baseball athletes in Illinois working on their bachelor’s degree. 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.

Speaking financially, the D3 Men’s Baseball team at UChicago took home $221,504 in revenue.

Since the school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 5 to 1, those pursuing a bachelor’s degree will have more opportunities to interact with their professors. UChicago not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #2 on our overall quality list.

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#2

Augustana College

Rock Island, Illinois

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Augustana College. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D3 Men’s Baseball athletes in Illinois list. Augustana is a private not-for-profit institution located in Rock Island, Illinois. The school has a small population, and it awarded 855 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Men’s Baseball team at Augustana made $304,771 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. In addition to its great ranking here, Augustana is in the top 20% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#3

Wheaton College Illinois

Wheaton, Illinois

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Wheaton College Illinois. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D3 Men’s Baseball athletes in Illinois list. Wheaton College Illinois is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Wheaton, Illinois. 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.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 93%. In addition to its Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Baseball in Illinois ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Wheaton College Illinois is ranked #4 for overall quality in Illinois.

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#4

Illinois Wesleyan University

Bloomington, Illinois

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Illinois Wesleyan University. The school came in at #4 in this year’s ranking. Illinois Wesleyan is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Bloomington, Illinois. 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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#5

North Central College

Naperville, Illinois

A rank of #5 on our list means North Central College is a great place for D3 Men’s Baseball athletes in Illinois working on their bachelor’s degree. Naperville, Illinois is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 872 students in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Baseball team at North Central made $386,180 in revenue, while incurring $319,565 in expenses. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $66,615 in profit.

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#6

Knox College

Galesburg, Illinois

Knox College came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Baseball in Illinois ranking. Knox is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Galesburg, Illinois. It awarded 367 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Men’s Baseball team at Knox took home $137,303 in revenue.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 87%. Knox 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

Elmhurst University

Elmhurst, Illinois

Elmhurst University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Baseball in Illinois ranking, coming in at #7. Located in Elmhurst, Illinois, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 863 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Baseball team at Elmhurst brought home $136,781 in revenue in a single year.

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#8

Millikin University

Decatur, Illinois

Millikin University came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Baseball in Illinois ranking. Millikin is located in Decatur, Illinois and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 448 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the D3 Men’s Baseball team at Millikin took home $233,929 in revenue.

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#9

Dominican University

River Forest, Illinois

Dominican University ranked #9 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Baseball in Illinois list. This small private not-for-profit school is located in River Forest, Illinois, and it awarded 500 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Men’s Baseball team at Dominican U took home $186,570 in revenue.

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#10

Concordia University, Chicago

River Forest, Illinois

Concordia University, Chicago did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Baseball in Illinois ranking, coming in at #10. Concordia University, Chicago is a private not-for-profit institution located in River Forest, Illinois. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 385 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Concordia University, Chicago brought in $316,030 while tallying up $313,246 in expenses for its D3 Men’s Baseball team. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $2,784.

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#11

Monmouth College

Monmouth, Illinois

Monmouth College landed the #11 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Baseball in Illinois ranking. Monmouth is located in Monmouth, Illinois and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 238 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Men’s Baseball team at Monmouth made $94,821 in revenue.

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#12

Benedictine University

Lisle, Illinois

Benedictine University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Baseball in Illinois ranking, coming in at #12. Benedictine U is located in Lisle, Illinois and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 777 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The team at Benedictine U took home $865,712 in revenue and paid out $783,204 in expenses in recent times. That boils down to a yearly profit of $82,508 for the sports team.

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#13

Greenville University

Greenville, Illinois

Greenville University landed the #13 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Baseball in Illinois ranking. Greenville University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Greenville, Illinois that handed out 304 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Men’s Baseball team at Greenville took home $153,646 in revenue.

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#14

Aurora University

Aurora, Illinois

Aurora University landed the #14 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Baseball in Illinois ranking. This medium-sized private not-for-profit school is located in Aurora, Illinois, and it awarded 1,138 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Men’s Baseball team at Aurora made $228,483 in revenue.

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#15

Illinois College

Jacksonville, Illinois

Illinois College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Baseball in Illinois ranking, coming in at #15. Located in Jacksonville, Illinois, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 256 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Men’s Baseball team at Illinois College took home $149,558 in revenue.

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#16

North Park University

Chicago, Illinois

With a ranking of #16, North Park University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Baseball in Illinois ranking. North Park University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Chicago, Illinois that handed out 499 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Baseball team at North Park brought home $207,643 in revenue in a single year.

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#17

MacMurray College

Jacksonville, Illinois

MacMurray College landed the #17 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Baseball in Illinois ranking. Jacksonville, Illinois is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 123 students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Men’s Baseball team at Mac made $81,701 in revenue.

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#18

Rockford University

Rockford, Illinois

With a ranking of #18, Rockford University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Baseball in Illinois ranking. Located in Rockford, Illinois, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 251 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Baseball team at Rockford brought home $226,762 in revenue in a single year.

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#19

Blackburn College

Carlinville, Illinois

Blackburn College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Baseball in Illinois ranking, coming in at #19. Blackburn is located in Carlinville, Illinois and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 120 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Men’s Baseball team at Blackburn made $108,857 in revenue.

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#20

Eureka College

Eureka, Illinois

Eureka College landed the #20 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Baseball in Illinois ranking. Eureka College is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Eureka, Illinois. It awarded 157 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Men’s Baseball team at Eureka College took home $73,059 in revenue.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 20 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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