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2021 Top California Men's Baseball Schools

41 Colleges
$44,471 Avg Tuition & Fees*
59% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

When pursuing a degree in today's world, student athletes have many different options to choose from. At College Factual, we're committed to helping you make that decision by providing information such as that found in our Best Colleges for Men's Baseball in California ranking.

We analyzed 41 colleges and universities across California to determine which were the best for Men's Baseball athletes in California. 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 California for Men's Baseball athletes in California

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Stanford University

Stanford, California

Our analysis found Stanford University to be the best school for Men’s Baseball athletes in California in this year’s ranking. Stanford University is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in Stanford, California that handed out 1,892 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Baseball team at Stanford brought home $968,032 in revenue in a single year. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 989.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 98%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Stanford did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #2 on our overall quality list.

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#2

Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, California

A rank of #2 on our list means Loyola Marymount University is a great place for Men’s Baseball athletes in California working on their bachelor’s degree. Loyola Marymount University is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in Los Angeles, California that handed out 1,674 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Baseball team at Loyola Marymount brought home $1,762,650 in revenue in a single year. The academic progress rate of the team is 970.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 91%. In addition to its great ranking here, Loyola Marymount is in the top 15% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#3

University of California - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California

A rank of #3 on our list means University of California - Los Angeles is a great place for Men’s Baseball athletes in California working on their bachelor’s degree. UCLA is located in Los Angeles, California and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 9,069 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Baseball team at UCLA took home $1,188,767 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 987 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 97%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. UCLA 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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#4

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of Southern California. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Baseball athletes in California list. University of Southern California is a large private not-for-profit school located in Los Angeles, California that handed out 5,337 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Baseball team at USC made $2,296,929 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 987.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 96%. In addition to its great ranking here, USC is in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#5

University of San Diego

San Diego, California

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend University of San Diego. The school came in at #5 in this year’s ranking. Located in San Diego, California, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school handed out 1,501 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Baseball team at USD took home $1,615,052 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 977 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

With a freshman retention rate of 90%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. USD 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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#6

San Diego State University

San Diego, California

San Diego State University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Baseball in California ranking, coming in at #6. Located in San Diego, California, the large public school awarded 8,159 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

SDSU brought in $1,823,420 while tallying up $1,746,949 in expenses for its Men’s Baseball team. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $76,471 in profit. The great academic progress rate of 982 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 89%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year.

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#7

University of California - Berkeley

Berkeley, California

With a ranking of #7, University of California - Berkeley did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Baseball in California ranking. Located in Berkeley, California, the large public school handed out 9,627 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Baseball team at UC Berkeley made $1,493,807 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 974.

With a freshman retention rate of 97%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. On top of its placing in this ranking, UC Berkeley 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

University of San Francisco

San Francisco, California

University of San Francisco came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Baseball in California ranking. USFCA is a fairly large private not-for-profit school situated in San Francisco, California. It awarded 1,634 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Baseball team at USFCA took home $1,797,574 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 981.

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#9

Pepperdine University

Malibu, California

Pepperdine University landed the #9 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Baseball in California ranking. Located in Malibu, California, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school handed out 943 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Baseball team at Pepperdine made $1,783,159 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 981, signifying that team members care about their grades.

With a freshman retention rate of 90%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. On top of its placing in this ranking, Pepperdine 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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#10

University of California - Davis

Davis, California

University of California - Davis did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Baseball in California ranking, coming in at #10. University of California - Davis is a large public school located in Davis, California that handed out 8,711 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Baseball team at UC Davis brought home $1,074,084 in revenue in a single year. The team has a great academic progress rate of 989, signifying that team members care about their grades.

With a freshman retention rate of 93%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. In addition to its great ranking here, UC Davis is in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo landed the #11 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Baseball in California ranking. Located in San Luis Obispo, California, the large public school awarded 5,185 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Baseball team at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo took home $1,477,459 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 979.

With a freshman retention rate of 95%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo 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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#12

California State University - Long Beach

Long Beach, California

California State University - Long Beach did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Baseball in California ranking, coming in at #12. CSULB is a large public school situated in Long Beach, California. It awarded 8,950 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Baseball team at CSULB brought home $1,388,693 in revenue in a single year.

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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#13

University of California - Irvine

Irvine, California

With a ranking of #13, University of California - Irvine did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Baseball in California ranking. This large public school is located in Irvine, California, and it awarded 8,394 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Baseball team at UC Irvine took home $1,551,012 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 982.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 94%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UC Irvine also is in the top 15% of our overall quality ranking.

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#14

University of California - San Diego

La Jolla, California

University of California - San Diego ranked #14 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Baseball in California list. University of California - San Diego is a large public school located in La Jolla, California that handed out 8,037 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Baseball team at UCSD brought home $837,542 in revenue in a single year.

With a freshman retention rate of 94%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UCSD also is in the top 15% of our overall quality ranking.

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#15

University of the Pacific

Stockton, California

With a ranking of #15, University of the Pacific did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Baseball in California ranking. University of the Pacific is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in Stockton, California that handed out 815 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Baseball team at Pacific made $1,379,042 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 959.

Pacific 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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#16

University of California - Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, California

University of California - Santa Barbara did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Baseball in California ranking, coming in at #16. UCSB is a large public school situated in Santa Barbara, California. It awarded 6,327 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Baseball team at UCSB took home $2,301,656 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 959.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 93%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. On top of its placing in this ranking, UCSB 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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#17

Azusa Pacific University

Azusa, California

With a ranking of #17, Azusa Pacific University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Baseball in California ranking. Located in Azusa, California, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school awarded 1,694 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Azusa Pacific brought in $974,487 while tallying up $857,101 in expenses for its Men’s Baseball team. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $117,386 in profit.

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#18

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, California

Santa Clara University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Baseball in California ranking, coming in at #18. SCU is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school situated in Santa Clara, California. It awarded 1,495 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Baseball team at SCU brought home $1,803,559 in revenue in a single year. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 969.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 94%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. SCU 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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#19

California State University - Fullerton

Fullerton, California

California State University - Fullerton came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Baseball in California ranking. Located in Fullerton, California, the large public school awarded 9,996 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The team at Cal State Fullerton took home $2,974,818 in revenue and paid out $2,587,189 in expenses in recent times. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $387,629 in profit. The academic progress rate of the team is 952.

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

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#20

California Lutheran University

Thousand Oaks, California

With a ranking of #20, California Lutheran University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Baseball in California ranking. Located in Thousand Oaks, California, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 849 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Baseball team at CLU made $214,172 in revenue.

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#21

Chapman University

Orange, California

Chapman University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Baseball in California ranking, coming in at #21. Chapman University is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in Orange, California that handed out 1,717 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Baseball team at Chapman brought home $343,487 in revenue in a single year.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 91%.

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#22

University of California - Riverside

Riverside, California

With a ranking of #22, University of California - Riverside did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Baseball in California ranking. UCR is located in Riverside, California and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 4,649 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Baseball team at UCR made $1,229,035 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 969.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 89%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year.

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#23

Occidental College

Los Angeles, California

Occidental College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Baseball in California ranking, coming in at #23. Oxy is a private not-for-profit institution located in Los Angeles, California. The school has a small population, and it awarded 529 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Oxy took home $204,289 in revenue and paid out $179,628 in expenses in recent times. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $24,661.

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, Oxy 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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#24

University of Redlands

Redlands, California

With a ranking of #24, University of Redlands did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Baseball in California ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Redlands, California, and it awarded 755 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Baseball team at University of Redlands made $198,151 in revenue.

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#25

Pomona College

Claremont, California

Pomona College landed the #25 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Baseball in California ranking. Located in Claremont, California, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 449 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Baseball team at Pomona made $282,506 in revenue, while incurring $272,032 in expenses. That boils down to a yearly profit of $10,474 for the sports team.

With a freshman retention rate of 98%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Pomona did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #3 on our overall quality list.

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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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