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2021 Top Plains States Region Men's Baseball Schools

78 Colleges
$35,966 Avg Tuition & Fees*
54% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

Student athletes have lots of options to chooose from today when trying to decide which college to attend. 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 Plains States Region ranking - to help you make that decision.

We analyzed 78 colleges and universities across the Plains States Region to determine which were the best for Men's Baseball athletes in the Plains States 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 Plains States Region for Men's Baseball athletes in the Plains States Region

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#1

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Minneapolis, Minnesota
#6 in Quality in the Plains States Region

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities tops this year’s ranking as the best school for Men’s Baseball athletes in the Plains States Region. Located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the large public school awarded 8,988 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Baseball team at UMN Twin Cities brought home $248,310 in revenue in a single year. Sports aren’t the only thing that the team excels at - they had a perfect academic progress rate of 1000.

With a freshman retention rate of 93%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UMN Twin Cities also is in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking.

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#2

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Lincoln, Nebraska
#20 in Quality in the Plains States Region

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of Nebraska - Lincoln. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Baseball athletes in the Plains States Region list. Lincoln, Nebraska is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 4,859 students in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Baseball team at UNL brought home $1,548,120 in revenue in a single year. The great academic progress rate of 989 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

On top of its placing in this ranking, UNL 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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#3

University of Iowa

Iowa City, Iowa
#15 in Quality in the Plains States Region

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend University of Iowa. The school came in at #3 in this year’s ranking. Iowa City, Iowa is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 5,811 students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Baseball team at Iowa made $455,338 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 964.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 86%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Iowa 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

Saint Louis University

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

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Saint Louis University. The school came in at #4 in this year’s ranking. SLU is located in Saint Louis, Missouri and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,867 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Baseball team at SLU took home $1,491,729 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 966.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 90%. In addition to its great ranking here, SLU is in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#5

Creighton University

Omaha, Nebraska
#7 in Quality in the Plains States Region

The excellent sports programs at Creighton University helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for Men’s Baseball athletes in the Plains States Region. This medium-sized private not-for-profit school is located in Omaha, Nebraska, and it awarded 1,243 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Baseball team at Creighton took home $1,847,599 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 950.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 89%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. On top of its placing in this ranking, Creighton 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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#6

University of Missouri - Columbia

Columbia, Missouri
#25 in Quality in the Plains States Region

University of Missouri - Columbia did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Baseball in the Plains States Region ranking, coming in at #6. Mizzou is located in Columbia, Missouri and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 6,314 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Baseball team at Mizzou took home $2,489,005 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 974.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 87%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Mizzou 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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#7

University of Kansas

Lawrence, Kansas
#21 in Quality in the Plains States Region

University of Kansas ranked #7 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Baseball in the Plains States Region list. This large public school is located in Lawrence, Kansas, and it awarded 4,536 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Baseball team at KU took home $67,993 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 976 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

KU 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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#8

Washington University in St Louis

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

Washington University in St Louis did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Baseball in the Plains States Region ranking, coming in at #8. Located in Saint Louis, Missouri, the fairly large private not-for-profit school awarded 2,407 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

WUSTL brought in $410,861 while tallying up $389,190 in expenses for its Men’s Baseball team. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $21,671.

Since the school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 8 to 1, those pursuing a bachelor’s degree will have more opportunities to interact with their professors. In addition to its Best Colleges for Men’s Baseball in the Plains States Region ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, WUSTL is ranked #1 for overall quality in the Plains States Region .

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#9

Kansas State University

Manhattan, Kansas
Top 15% in Quality in the Plains States Region

Kansas State University landed the #9 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Baseball in the Plains States Region ranking. Located in Manhattan, Kansas, the large public school awarded 4,048 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Baseball team at K -State brought home $153,738 in revenue in a single year. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 966.

K -State 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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Top 20% in Quality in the Plains States Region

North Dakota State University - Main Campus did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Baseball in the Plains States Region ranking, coming in at #10. North Dakota State University is located in Fargo, North Dakota and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 2,588 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Baseball team at North Dakota State University took home $948,063 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 995.

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

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#11

Bethel University Minnesota

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

Bethel University Minnesota landed the #11 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Baseball in the Plains States Region ranking. Bethel University Minnesota is a private not-for-profit institution located in Saint Paul, Minnesota. The school has a small population, and it awarded 831 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

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

On top of its placing in this ranking, Bethel University Minnesota 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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#12

Missouri State University - Springfield

Springfield, Missouri

With a ranking of #12, Missouri State University - Springfield did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Baseball in the Plains States Region ranking. Springfield, Missouri is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 3,756 students in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Baseball team at Missouri State brought home $1,360,980 in revenue in a single year.

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#13

Augustana University

Sioux Falls, South Dakota
#19 in Quality in the Plains States Region

Augustana University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Baseball in the Plains States Region ranking, coming in at #13. Located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 442 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Baseball team at Augustana Sioux Falls took home $666,882 in revenue.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 86%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Augustana Sioux Falls 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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#14

Macalester College

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

Macalester College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Baseball in the Plains States Region ranking, coming in at #14. Saint Paul, Minnesota is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 679 students in 2018-2019.

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

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 93%. Macalester also made our overall quality list, coming in at #4.

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#15

The College of Saint Scholastica

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

The College of Saint Scholastica ranked #15 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Baseball in the Plains States Region list. St. Scholastica is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Duluth, Minnesota. It awarded 902 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Baseball team at St. Scholastica made $321,148 in revenue.

On top of its placing in this ranking, St. Scholastica 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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#16

South Dakota State University

Brookings, South Dakota

South Dakota State University came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Baseball in the Plains States Region ranking. Brookings, South Dakota is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 2,026 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Baseball team at South Dakota State took home $645,530 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 984, signifying that team members care about their grades.

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#17

University of St Thomas Minnesota

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

University of St Thomas Minnesota came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Baseball in the Plains States Region ranking. UST MN is located in Saint Paul, Minnesota and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,561 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The Men’s Baseball team at UST MN brought home $204,198 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. 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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#18

Grinnell College

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

Grinnell College ranked #18 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Baseball in the Plains States Region list. Grinnell is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Grinnell, Iowa. It awarded 524 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Baseball team at Grinnell made $203,034 in revenue.

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. Grinnell not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #5 on our overall quality list.

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#19

Luther College

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

Luther College landed the #19 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Baseball in the Plains States Region ranking. Luther is located in Decorah, Iowa and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 591 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The Men’s Baseball team at Luther made $179,555 in revenue, while incurring $154,408 in expenses. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $25,147.

Luther 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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#20

Gustavus Adolphus College

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

Gustavus Adolphus College came in at #20 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Baseball in the Plains States Region ranking. 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.

The Men’s Baseball team at Gustavus Adolphus brought home $149,711 in revenue in a single year.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 89%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Gustavus Adolphus also is in the top 10% of our overall quality ranking.

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#22 in Quality in the Plains States Region

Missouri University of Science and Technology came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Baseball in the Plains States Region ranking. Located in Rolla, Missouri, the medium-sized public school handed out 1,388 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Baseball team at Missouri University of Science and Technology made $369,864 in revenue.

Missouri University of Science and Technology 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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#22

Concordia College at Moorhead

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

Concordia College at Moorhead landed the #22 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for 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.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Baseball team at Concordia College Moorhead made $105,806 in revenue.

Concordia College Moorhead 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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#23

Wartburg College

Waverly, Iowa

Wartburg College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Baseball in the Plains States Region ranking, coming in at #23. Located in Waverly, Iowa, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 316 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

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

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#24

Drury University

Springfield, Missouri

Drury University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Baseball in the Plains States Region ranking, coming in at #24. Located in Springfield, Missouri, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 347 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Baseball team at Drury University made $634,611 in revenue.

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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#25

Rockhurst University

Kansas City, Missouri
Top 20% in Quality in the Plains States Region

Rockhurst University ranked #25 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Baseball in the Plains States Region list. Rockhurst is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Kansas City, Missouri. It awarded 463 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Baseball team at Rockhurst took home $541,312 in revenue.

With a freshman retention rate of 86%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. On top of its placing in this ranking, Rockhurst 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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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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