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2021 Top Great Lakes Region Men's Baseball Schools

129 Colleges
$39,661 Avg Tuition & Fees*
60% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

It's not easy to decide which college to attend when there are so many options available for student athletes. One of our goals at College Factual is to give you as much information as we can - such as our Best Colleges for Men's Baseball in the Great Lakes Region ranking - to help you make that decision.

After analyzing 129 schools in the Great Lakes Region , we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for Men's Baseball athletes in the Great Lakes Region. 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 the Great Lakes Region for Men's Baseball athletes in the Great Lakes Region

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#1

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, Michigan
#4 in Quality in the Great Lakes Region

Our analysis found University of Michigan - Ann Arbor to be the best school for Men’s Baseball athletes in the Great Lakes Region in this year’s ranking. Located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the large public school awarded 7,815 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Baseball team at U-M made $728,520 in revenue.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 97%. U-M not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #4 on our overall quality list.

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#2

Northwestern University

Evanston, Illinois
#1 in Quality in the Great Lakes Region

A rank of #2 on our list means Northwestern University is a great place for Men’s Baseball athletes in the Great Lakes Region working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in Evanston, Illinois, the large private not-for-profit school awarded 2,770 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Baseball team at Northwestern made $197,696 in revenue. The team had a perfect academic progress rate of 1000.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 98%. Northwestern did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #1 on our overall quality list.

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#3

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, Indiana
#2 in Quality in the Great Lakes Region

The excellent sports programs at University of Notre Dame helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for Men’s Baseball athletes in the Great Lakes Region. Notre Dame is a fairly large private not-for-profit school situated in Notre Dame, Indiana. It awarded 2,642 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Baseball team at Notre Dame took home $728,879 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 990, signifying that team members care about their grades.

With a freshman retention rate of 98%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Notre Dame not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #2 on our overall quality list.

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#4

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, Indiana
#9 in Quality in the Great Lakes Region

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Purdue University - Main Campus. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Baseball athletes in the Great Lakes Region list. West Lafayette, Indiana is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 7,568 students in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Baseball team at Purdue brought home $564,775 in revenue in a single year.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 91%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. In addition to its great ranking here, Purdue is in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#5

Michigan State University

East Lansing, Michigan
#12 in Quality in the Great Lakes Region

The excellent sports programs at Michigan State University helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for Men’s Baseball athletes in the Great Lakes Region. Michigan State is located in East Lansing, Michigan and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 8,997 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Baseball team at Michigan State made $559,028 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 974.

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, Michigan State is in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#6

Indiana University - Bloomington

Bloomington, Indiana
#17 in Quality in the Great Lakes Region

Indiana University - Bloomington came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Baseball in the Great Lakes Region ranking. Indiana University - Bloomington is a large public school located in Bloomington, Indiana that handed out 7,952 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Baseball team at IU Bloomington made $411,998 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 965.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 91%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. On top of its placing in this ranking, IU Bloomington 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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#11 in Quality in the Great Lakes Region

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ranked #7 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Baseball in the Great Lakes Region list. Located in Champaign, Illinois, the large public school handed out 8,983 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Baseball team at UIUC brought home $479,074 in revenue in a single year. The great academic progress rate of 995 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

With a freshman retention rate of 92%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UIUC also is in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking.

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Top 25% in Quality in the Great Lakes Region

University of Illinois at Chicago ranked #8 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Baseball in the Great Lakes Region list. UIC is located in Chicago, Illinois and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 4,524 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Baseball team at UIC took home $1,071,603 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 993.

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#9

Butler University

Indianapolis, Indiana
Top 15% in Quality in the Great Lakes Region

Butler University landed the #9 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Baseball in the Great Lakes Region ranking. Located in Indianapolis, Indiana, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school awarded 1,065 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Butler brought in $1,372,402 while tallying up $1,309,914 in expenses for its Men’s Baseball team. That boils down to a yearly profit of $62,488 for the sports team. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 990.

With a freshman retention rate of 89%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Butler also is in the top 15% of our overall quality ranking.

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#10

Xavier University

Cincinnati, Ohio
Top 20% in Quality in the Great Lakes Region

With a ranking of #10, Xavier University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Baseball in the Great Lakes Region ranking. Located in Cincinnati, Ohio, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school handed out 1,253 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Baseball team at Xavier brought home $658,850 in revenue in a single year. The team has a great academic progress rate of 995, signifying that team members care about their grades.

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

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#11

Miami University - Oxford

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

Miami University - Oxford came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Baseball in the Great Lakes Region ranking. Located in Oxford, Ohio, the fairly large public school awarded 5,139 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Baseball team at Miami University - Oxford took home $1,187,811 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 977.

With a freshman retention rate of 91%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Miami University - Oxford 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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#25 in Quality in the Great Lakes Region

Ohio State University - Main Campus came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Baseball in the Great Lakes Region ranking. Ohio State University - Main Campus is a large public school located in Columbus, Ohio that handed out 11,596 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Baseball team at Ohio State brought home $466,248 in revenue in a single year.

With a freshman retention rate of 94%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Ohio State 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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#13

DePauw University

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

DePauw University came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Baseball in the Great Lakes Region ranking. DePauw is located in Greencastle, Indiana and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 595 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

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

With a freshman retention rate of 89%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. DePauw not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #5 on our overall quality list.

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#14

Bradley University

Peoria, Illinois
Top 15% in Quality in the Great Lakes Region

Bradley University landed the #14 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Baseball in the Great Lakes Region ranking. Located in Peoria, Illinois, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school awarded 1,048 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Baseball team at Bradley brought home $1,257,043 in revenue in a single year. The team had a perfect academic progress rate of 1000.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 86%. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Bradley also is in the top 15% of our overall quality ranking.

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Top 25% in Quality in the Great Lakes Region

University of Cincinnati - Main Campus did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Baseball in the Great Lakes Region ranking, coming in at #15. UC is a public institution located in Cincinnati, Ohio. The school has a large population, and it awarded 6,175 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Baseball team at UC took home $1,775,336 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 990.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 86%.

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#16

Denison University

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

Denison University landed the #16 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Baseball in the Great Lakes Region ranking. Denison is a private not-for-profit institution located in Granville, Ohio. The school has a small population, and it awarded 643 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Baseball team at Denison brought home $253,716 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 976.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 91%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. 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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#17

The College of Wooster

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

The College of Wooster came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Baseball in the Great Lakes Region ranking. Wooster College is located in Wooster, Ohio and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 522 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The team at Wooster College took home $319,297 in revenue and paid out $262,898 in expenses in recent times. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $56,399 in profit.

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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Ohio University - Athens Campus did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Baseball in the Great Lakes Region ranking, coming in at #18. OHIO Athens is a public institution located in Athens, Ohio. The school has a large population, and it awarded 7,349 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Baseball team at OHIO Athens made $1,088,870 in revenue.

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#19

University of Dayton

Dayton, Ohio
#21 in Quality in the Great Lakes Region

University of Dayton did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Baseball in the Great Lakes Region ranking, coming in at #19. University of Dayton is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in Dayton, Ohio that handed out 2,167 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Baseball team at UDayton took home $795,559 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 90%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. On top of its placing in this ranking, UDayton 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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Kent State University at Kent landed the #20 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Baseball in the Great Lakes Region ranking. Kent State is located in Kent, Ohio and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 5,465 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Baseball team at Kent State took home $1,238,826 in revenue.

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#21

Ball State University

Muncie, Indiana

Ball State University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Baseball in the Great Lakes Region ranking, coming in at #21. Ball State is located in Muncie, Indiana and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 3,621 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Baseball team at Ball State made $1,232,420 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 978 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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#22

University of Chicago

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

University of Chicago landed the #22 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Baseball in the Great Lakes Region ranking. 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.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Baseball team at UChicago took home $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 did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #3 on our overall quality list.

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#23

Valparaiso University

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

Valparaiso University ranked #23 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Baseball in the Great Lakes Region list. Valparaiso University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Valparaiso, Indiana that handed out 893 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Valpo took home $969,809 in revenue and paid out $950,046 in expenses in recent times. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $19,763 in profit. The great academic progress rate of 983 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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#24

Central Michigan University

Mount Pleasant, Michigan

Central Michigan University landed the #24 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Baseball in the Great Lakes Region ranking. Central Michigan is located in Mount Pleasant, Michigan and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 4,343 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Baseball team at Central Michigan took home $1,111,613 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 986 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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#25

Kalamazoo College

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

Kalamazoo College came in at #25 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Baseball in the Great Lakes Region ranking. Located in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 373 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Baseball team at K College took home $401,765 in revenue.

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