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2021 Top Southwest Region Men's Baseball Schools

60 Colleges
$32,473 Avg Tuition & Fees*
41% 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 was founded, in part, to help students make the decision as to what would be the best school for them. Our Best Colleges for Men's Baseball in the Southwest Region ranking is part of that endeavor.

After analyzing 60 schools in the Southwest Region , we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for Men's Baseball athletes in the Southwest 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 Southwest Region for Men's Baseball athletes in the Southwest Region

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#2 in Quality in the Southwest Region

The University of Texas at Austin tops this year’s ranking as the best school for Men’s Baseball athletes in the Southwest Region. This large public school is located in Austin, Texas, and it awarded 10,098 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Baseball team at UT Austin made $5,933,400 in revenue, while incurring $4,318,053 in expenses. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $1,615,347 in profit. The academic progress rate of the team is 973.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 95%. UT Austin not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #2 on our overall quality list.

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#2

Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, Texas
#5 in Quality in the Southwest Region

A rank of #2 on our list means Texas Christian University is a great place for Men’s Baseball athletes in the Southwest Region working on their bachelor’s degree. This fairly large private not-for-profit school is located in Fort Worth, Texas, and it awarded 2,447 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Baseball team at TCU took home $4,914,925 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 954.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 91%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. TCU not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #5 on our overall quality list.

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#3

Rice University

Houston, Texas
#1 in Quality in the Southwest Region

The excellent sports programs at Rice University helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for Men’s Baseball athletes in the Southwest Region. Located in Houston, Texas, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school awarded 1,228 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Baseball team at Rice brought home $2,436,407 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 988.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 97%. Rice not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #1 on our overall quality list.

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#4

Baylor University

Waco, Texas
#7 in Quality in the Southwest Region

A rank of #4 on our list means Baylor University is a great place for Men’s Baseball athletes in the Southwest Region working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in Waco, Texas, the fairly large private not-for-profit school handed out 3,798 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Baseball team at Baylor brought home $3,785,926 in revenue in a single year. The great academic progress rate of 985 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. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Baylor also is in the top 10% of our overall quality ranking.

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Texas A&M University - College Station

College Station, Texas
#4 in Quality in the Southwest Region

The excellent sports programs at Texas A&M University - College Station helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for Men’s Baseball athletes in the Southwest Region. Texas A&M College Station is located in College Station, Texas and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 13,198 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Baseball team at Texas A&M College Station took home $3,353,061 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 961.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 92%. Texas A&M College Station did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #4 on our overall quality list.

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#6

University of Arizona

Tucson, Arizona
#16 in Quality in the Southwest Region

University of Arizona did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Baseball in the Southwest Region ranking, coming in at #6. University of Arizona is a large public school situated in Tucson, Arizona. It awarded 8,231 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Baseball team at University of Arizona took home $1,214,952 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 974.

On top of its placing in this ranking, University of Arizona 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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#10 in Quality in the Southwest Region

University of Oklahoma Norman Campus landed the #7 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Baseball in the Southwest Region ranking. University of Oklahoma is a large public school situated in Norman, Oklahoma. It awarded 4,805 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Baseball team at University of Oklahoma made $796,731 in revenue.

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, University of Oklahoma also is in the top 10% of our overall quality ranking.

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Texas Tech University

Lubbock, Texas
#24 in Quality in the Southwest Region

Texas Tech University ranked #8 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Baseball in the Southwest Region list. Texas Tech is a large public school situated in Lubbock, Texas. It awarded 6,599 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Baseball team at Texas Tech made $1,851,692 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 985, signifying that team members care about their grades.

In addition to its great ranking here, Texas Tech is in the top 20% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#11 in Quality in the Southwest Region

Arizona State University - Tempe ranked #9 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Baseball in the Southwest Region list. Tempe, Arizona is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 10,401 students in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Baseball team at ASU - Tempe brought home $1,488,637 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.

With a freshman retention rate of 87%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. In addition to its great ranking here, ASU - Tempe is in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#10

University of Houston

Houston, Texas
#17 in Quality in the Southwest Region

University of Houston ranked #10 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Baseball in the Southwest Region list. Located in Houston, Texas, the large public school awarded 7,631 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Baseball team at UH brought home $3,324,202 in revenue in a single year. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 970.

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

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#11

Oral Roberts University

Tulsa, Oklahoma

With a ranking of #11, Oral Roberts University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Baseball in the Southwest Region ranking. Located in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 596 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

ORU brought in $1,158,320 while tallying up $1,150,734 in expenses for its Men’s Baseball team. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $7,586 in profit. The great academic progress rate of 989 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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Trinity University

San Antonio, Texas
#3 in Quality in the Southwest Region

Trinity University ranked #12 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Baseball in the Southwest Region list. Located in San Antonio, Texas, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 617 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Baseball team at Trinity U brought home $313,416 in revenue in a single year.

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. In addition to its Best Colleges for Men’s Baseball in the Southwest Region ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Trinity U is ranked #3 for overall quality in the Southwest Region .

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The University of Texas at Dallas

Richardson, Texas
#12 in Quality in the Southwest Region

The University of Texas at Dallas came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Baseball in the Southwest Region ranking. This large public school is located in Richardson, Texas, and it awarded 4,225 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

UT Dallas brought in $199,421 while tallying up $156,932 in expenses for its Men’s Baseball team. Thus, the team actually made $42,489, which isn’t bad at all.

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, UT Dallas 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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#25 in Quality in the Southwest Region

Oklahoma State University - Main Campus did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Baseball in the Southwest Region ranking, coming in at #14. Located in Stillwater, Oklahoma, the large public school handed out 4,899 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Baseball team at OSU made $1,324,840 in revenue.

OSU 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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#15

Saint Edward's University

Austin, Texas
Top 20% in Quality in the Southwest Region

With a ranking of #15, Saint Edward’s University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Baseball in the Southwest Region ranking. St. Edward’s University is located in Austin, Texas and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,015 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The Men’s Baseball team at St. Edward’s University made $981,605 in revenue, while incurring $950,996 in expenses. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $30,609 in profit.

St. Edward’s University 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

New Mexico State University - Main Campus

Las Cruces, New Mexico

New Mexico State University - Main Campus did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Baseball in the Southwest Region ranking, coming in at #16. Located in Las Cruces, New Mexico, the fairly large public school handed out 2,465 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Baseball team at NMSU Main Campus took home $1,251,344 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 974.

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#17

Sam Houston State University

Huntsville, Texas

With a ranking of #17, Sam Houston State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Baseball in the Southwest Region ranking. This large public school is located in Huntsville, Texas, and it awarded 4,343 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Baseball team at SHSU brought home $1,360,883 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 979.

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#18

Houston Baptist University

Houston, Texas

Houston Baptist University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Baseball in the Southwest Region ranking, coming in at #18. Located in Houston, Texas, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 467 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Baseball team at HBU made $936,743 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 971.

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#19

Texas State University

San Marcos, Texas
Top 25% in Quality in the Southwest Region

Texas State University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Baseball in the Southwest Region ranking, coming in at #19. This large public school is located in San Marcos, Texas, and it awarded 7,427 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Baseball team at Texas State made $1,273,244 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 969.

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#20

University of New Mexico - Main Campus

Albuquerque, New Mexico

University of New Mexico - Main Campus landed the #20 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Baseball in the Southwest Region ranking. Albuquerque, New Mexico is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 4,321 students in 2018-2019.

The team at UNM took home $1,592,997 in revenue and paid out $1,474,216 in expenses in recent times. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $118,781. The academic progress rate of the team is 965.

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#21

Southwestern University

Georgetown, Texas
#9 in Quality in the Southwest Region

Southwestern University came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Baseball in the Southwest Region ranking. Southwestern is located in Georgetown, Texas and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 375 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Southwestern brought in $298,571 while tallying up $271,453 in expenses for its Men’s Baseball team. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $27,118 in profit.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 86%. Southwestern 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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The University of Texas at San Antonio landed the #22 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Baseball in the Southwest Region ranking. Located in San Antonio, Texas, the large public school awarded 5,655 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Baseball team at UTSA made $1,068,447 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 979, signifying that team members care about their grades.

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St. Mary's University

San Antonio, Texas
Top 20% in Quality in the Southwest Region

St. Mary’s University landed the #23 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Baseball in the Southwest Region ranking. Located in San Antonio, Texas, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 468 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The team at St. Mary’s took home $729,302 in revenue and paid out $710,319 in expenses in recent times. That boils down to a yearly profit of $18,983 for the sports team.

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

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The University of Texas at Tyler landed the #24 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Baseball in the Southwest Region ranking. The University of Texas at Tyler is a medium-sized public school located in Tyler, Texas that handed out 1,904 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Baseball team at UT Tyler brought home $281,786 in revenue in a single year.

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Abilene Christian University

Abilene, Texas
#23 in Quality in the Southwest Region

Abilene Christian University came in at #25 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Baseball in the Southwest Region ranking. Abilene Christian is located in Abilene, Texas and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 844 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Baseball team at Abilene Christian made $899,826 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 955.

On top of its placing in this ranking, Abilene Christian 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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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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