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2021 Top Ohio Men's D1 Basketball Schools

13 Colleges
$24,527 Avg Tuition & Fees*
36% 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. At College Factual, we're committed to helping you make that decision by providing information such as that found in our Best Colleges for Division I Men's Basketball in Ohio ranking.

Our analysis looked at 13 schools in Ohio to determine which ones were the best for D1 Men's Basketball athletes in Ohio. 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 Ohio for D1 Men's Basketball athletes in Ohio

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

University of Cincinnati - Main Campus tops this year’s ranking as the best school for D1 Men’s Basketball athletes in Ohio. Located in Cincinnati, Ohio, the large public school awarded 6,175 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at UC made $7,644,770 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 995 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

With a freshman retention rate of 86%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students.

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#2

University of Dayton

Dayton, Ohio

The excellent sports programs at University of Dayton helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for D1 Men’s Basketball athletes in Ohio. UDayton is a private not-for-profit institution located in Dayton, Ohio. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 2,167 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at UDayton took home $16,281,364 in revenue and paid out $7,434,825 in expenses in recent times. That boils down to a yearly profit of $8,846,539 for the sports team. The academic progress rate of the team is 969.

With a freshman retention rate of 90%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. UDayton also took the #5 spot in our overall quality rankings.

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A rank of #3 on our list means Ohio State University - Main Campus is a great place for D1 Men’s Basketball athletes in Ohio working on their bachelor’s degree. Ohio State is located in Columbus, Ohio and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 11,596 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Ohio State brought in $24,953,122 while tallying up $10,996,364 in expenses for its D1 Men’s Basketball team. Thus, the team actually made $13,956,758, which isn’t bad at all.

With a freshman retention rate of 94%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. On top of its placing in this ranking, Ohio State 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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Xavier University

Cincinnati, Ohio

Out of the 13 schools in Ohio that were part of this year’s ranking, Xavier University landed the #4 spot on the list. Xavier is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school situated in Cincinnati, Ohio. It awarded 1,253 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Basketball team at Xavier made $13,916,975 in revenue, while incurring $7,406,374 in expenses. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $6,510,601. The academic progress rate of the team is 967.

Xavier 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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Out of the 13 schools in Ohio that were part of this year’s ranking, Ohio University - Athens Campus landed the #5 spot on the list. OHIO Athens is a large public school situated in Athens, Ohio. It awarded 7,349 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at OHIO Athens made $3,337,404 in revenue.

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Miami University - Oxford ranked #6 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in Ohio list. Miami University - Oxford is a public institution located in Oxford, Ohio. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 5,139 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at Miami University - Oxford made $2,234,349 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 91%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Miami University - Oxford also is in the top 10% of our overall quality ranking.

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Kent State University at Kent ranked #7 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in Ohio list. 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.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at Kent State made $2,158,311 in revenue.

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#8

University of Toledo

Toledo, Ohio

University of Toledo landed the #8 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in Ohio ranking. University of Toledo is a public institution located in Toledo, Ohio. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 3,077 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at University of Toledo made $2,673,988 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 980, signifying that team members care about their grades.

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University of Akron Main Campus came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in Ohio ranking. University of Akron Main Campus is a fairly large public school situated in Akron, Ohio. It awarded 2,925 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at University of Akron Main Campus made $3,045,115 in revenue.

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Wright State University - Main Campus did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in Ohio ranking, coming in at #10. Wright State University - Main Campus is a public institution located in Dayton, Ohio. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 2,315 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Basketball team at Wright State University - Main Campus brought home $3,330,147 in revenue in a single year.

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Bowling Green State University - Main Campus ranked #11 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in Ohio list. BGSU is a fairly large public school situated in Bowling Green, Ohio. It awarded 3,167 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Basketball team at BGSU brought home $2,544,177 in revenue in a single year. The academic progress rate of the team is 970.

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#12

Cleveland State University

Cleveland, Ohio

Cleveland State University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in Ohio ranking, coming in at #12. Cleveland State University is a fairly large public school located in Cleveland, Ohio that handed out 2,879 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Basketball team at Cleveland State University brought home $2,122,220 in revenue in a single year. The academic progress rate of the team is 941.

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Youngstown State University

Youngstown, Ohio

Youngstown State University came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in Ohio ranking. This fairly large public school is located in Youngstown, Ohio, and it awarded 1,645 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at Youngstown State University made $1,555,175 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 958.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 13 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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