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2021 Top Plains States Region Men's D3 Baseball Schools

32 Colleges
$40,803 Avg Tuition & Fees*
62% 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. Our mission at College Factual is to arm you with as much information as we can to help you make that decision. Our Best Colleges for Division III Men's Baseball in the Plains States Region ranking is one tool we have developed to help in this regard.

Our analysis looked at 32 schools in the Plains States Region to determine which ones were the best for D3 Men's Baseball athletes in the Plains States Region. Our ranking methodology focuses a number of different objective factors - such as the overall quality of the school, the school's athletic competitiveness, and the amount of athletic aid per student - to make this determination. Having a great sports team is not enough - the school must also focus on academic excellence.

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Top Colleges in the Plains States Region for D3 Men's Baseball athletes in the Plains States Region

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#1

Washington University in St Louis

Saint Louis, Missouri
#1 in Quality in the Plains States Region

Our 2021 rankings named Washington University in St Louis the best school for D3 Men’s Baseball athletes in the Plains States Region working on their bachelor’s degree. WUSTL is a fairly large private not-for-profit school situated in Saint Louis, Missouri. It awarded 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. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $21,671.

With a freshman retention rate of 97%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. WUSTL also took the #1 spot in our overall quality rankings.

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#2

Bethel University Minnesota

Saint Paul, Minnesota
Top 15% in Quality in the Plains States Region

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Bethel University Minnesota. The school came in at #2 in this year’s ranking. Bethel University Minnesota is located in Saint Paul, Minnesota and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 831 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

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

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

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#3

Macalester College

Saint Paul, Minnesota
#4 in Quality in the Plains States Region

Out of the 32 schools in the Plains States Region that were part of this year’s ranking, Macalester College landed the #3 spot on the list. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and it awarded 679 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Men’s Baseball team at Macalester made $222,993 in revenue.

With a freshman retention rate of 93%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. In addition to its Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Baseball in the Plains States Region ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Macalester is ranked #4 for overall quality in the Plains States Region .

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#4

The College of Saint Scholastica

Duluth, Minnesota
Top 20% in Quality in the Plains States Region

A rank of #4 on our list means The College of Saint Scholastica is a great place for D3 Men’s Baseball athletes in the Plains States Region working on their bachelor’s degree. St. Scholastica is a private not-for-profit institution located in Duluth, Minnesota. The school has a small population, and it awarded 902 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Men’s Baseball team at St. Scholastica took home $321,148 in revenue.

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

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#5

University of St Thomas Minnesota

Saint Paul, Minnesota
#14 in Quality in the Plains States Region

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend University of St Thomas Minnesota. The school came in at #5 in this year’s ranking. Located in Saint Paul, Minnesota, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school awarded 1,561 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Men’s Baseball team at UST MN made $204,198 in revenue.

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, UST MN also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#6

Grinnell College

Grinnell, Iowa
#5 in Quality in the Plains States Region

Grinnell College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Baseball in the Plains States Region ranking, coming in at #6. Grinnell is a private not-for-profit institution located in Grinnell, Iowa. The school has a small population, and it awarded 524 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Men’s Baseball team at Grinnell took home $203,034 in revenue.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 96%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Grinnell also made our overall quality list, coming in at #5.

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#7

Luther College

Decorah, Iowa
#18 in Quality in the Plains States Region

Luther College landed the #7 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Baseball in the Plains States Region ranking. Luther College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Decorah, Iowa that handed out 591 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Luther took home $179,555 in revenue and paid out $154,408 in expenses in recent times. Thus, the team actually made $25,147, which isn’t bad at all.

On top of its placing in this ranking, Luther also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#8

Gustavus Adolphus College

Saint Peter, Minnesota
#10 in Quality in the Plains States Region

Gustavus Adolphus College ranked #8 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Baseball in the Plains States Region list. Gustavus Adolphus College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Saint Peter, Minnesota that handed out 621 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Men’s Baseball team at Gustavus Adolphus took home $149,711 in revenue.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 89%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. In addition to its great ranking here, Gustavus Adolphus is in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#9

Concordia College at Moorhead

Moorhead, Minnesota
#16 in Quality in the Plains States Region

Concordia College at Moorhead landed the #9 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Baseball in the Plains States Region ranking. Concordia College at Moorhead is a small private not-for-profit school located in Moorhead, Minnesota that handed out 540 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Men’s Baseball team at Concordia College Moorhead took home $105,806 in revenue.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Concordia College Moorhead also is in the top 10% of our overall quality ranking.

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#10

Wartburg College

Waverly, Iowa

Wartburg College came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Baseball in the Plains States Region ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Waverly, Iowa, and it awarded 316 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Baseball team at Wartburg brought home $160,066 in revenue in a single year.

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#11

Coe College

Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Top 20% in Quality in the Plains States Region

Coe College landed the #11 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Baseball in the Plains States Region ranking. Coe College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa that handed out 411 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Men’s Baseball team at Coe made $287,738 in revenue.

On top of its placing in this ranking, Coe 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

Cornell College

Mount Vernon, Iowa
#23 in Quality in the Plains States Region

Cornell College ranked #12 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Baseball in the Plains States Region list. Located in Mount Vernon, Iowa, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 268 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Baseball team at Cornell College brought home $251,406 in revenue in a single year.

On top of its placing in this ranking, Cornell College 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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#13

St Olaf College

Northfield, Minnesota
#8 in Quality in the Plains States Region

St Olaf College landed the #13 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Baseball in the Plains States Region ranking. Northfield, Minnesota is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 920 students in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Baseball team at St. Olaf made $235,157 in revenue, while incurring $205,507 in expenses. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $29,650.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 92%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. On top of its placing in this ranking, St. Olaf 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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#14

Central College

Pella, Iowa
#24 in Quality in the Plains States Region

Central College came in at #14 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Baseball in the Plains States Region ranking. Located in Pella, Iowa, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 290 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Baseball team at Central brought home $150,453 in revenue in a single year.

Central also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

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#15

Webster University

Saint Louis, Missouri

Webster University came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Baseball in the Plains States Region ranking. This medium-sized private not-for-profit school is located in Saint Louis, Missouri, and it awarded 724 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Webster took home $311,673 in revenue and paid out $248,023 in expenses in recent times. Thus, the team actually made $63,650, which isn’t bad at all.

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#16

Carleton College

Northfield, Minnesota
#2 in Quality in the Plains States Region

Carleton College landed the #16 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Baseball in the Plains States Region ranking. Carleton College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Northfield, Minnesota that handed out 512 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Baseball team at Carleton made $140,509 in revenue, while incurring $118,509 in expenses. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $22,000.

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 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Baseball in the Plains States Region ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Carleton is ranked #2 for overall quality in the Plains States Region .

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#17

University of Minnesota - Morris

Morris, Minnesota
Top 25% in Quality in the Plains States Region

University of Minnesota - Morris landed the #17 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Baseball in the Plains States Region ranking. UMN Morris is located in Morris, Minnesota and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 385 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The D3 Men’s Baseball team at UMN Morris made $86,258 in revenue, while incurring $84,316 in expenses. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $1,942 in profit.

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#18

Westminster College Missouri

Fulton, Missouri

Westminster College Missouri landed the #18 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Baseball in the Plains States Region ranking. Located in Fulton, Missouri, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 194 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Baseball team at Westminster Fulton brought home $80,117 in revenue in a single year.

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#19

Bethany Lutheran College

Mankato, Minnesota

Bethany Lutheran College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Baseball in the Plains States Region ranking, coming in at #19. BLC is a private not-for-profit institution located in Mankato, Minnesota. The school has a small population, and it awarded 135 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Men’s Baseball team at BLC made $165,473 in revenue.

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.

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#20

Augsburg University

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Augsburg University came in at #20 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Baseball in the Plains States Region ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and it awarded 637 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Baseball team at Augsburg brought home $187,881 in revenue in a single year.

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Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Baseball in the Plains States Region ranking, coming in at #21. SMU MN is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school situated in Winona, Minnesota. It awarded 375 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Men’s Baseball team at SMU MN took home $165,042 in revenue.

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#22

Fontbonne University

Saint Louis, Missouri

With a ranking of #22, Fontbonne University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Baseball in the Plains States Region ranking. Fontbonne University is a private not-for-profit institution located in Saint Louis, Missouri. The school has a small population, and it awarded 251 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Fontbonne University brought in $228,378 while tallying up $185,912 in expenses for its D3 Men’s Baseball team. That boils down to a yearly profit of $42,466 for the sports team.

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#23

Hamline University

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Hamline University came in at #23 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Baseball in the Plains States Region ranking. Hamline University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Saint Paul, Minnesota that handed out 582 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Men’s Baseball team at Hamline took home $259,100 in revenue.

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#24

Loras College

Dubuque, Iowa

Loras College landed the #24 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Baseball in the Plains States Region ranking. Dubuque, Iowa is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 429 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Men’s Baseball team at Loras took home $153,686 in revenue.

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#25

Nebraska Wesleyan University

Lincoln, Nebraska

Nebraska Wesleyan University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Baseball in the Plains States Region ranking, coming in at #25. NWU is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Lincoln, Nebraska. It awarded 480 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Men’s Baseball team at NWU made $144,428 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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