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2021 Top New England Region Men's D1 Basketball Schools

22 Colleges
$45,592 Avg Tuition & Fees*
67% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

With all of the options student athletes have for higher education today, it can be tough to choose which direction to take. 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 the New England Region ranking.

We analyzed 22 colleges and universities across the New England Region to determine which were the best for D1 Men's Basketball athletes in the New England Region. 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 the New England Region for D1 Men's Basketball athletes in the New England Region

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#1

University of Vermont

Burlington, Vermont

University of Vermont tops this year’s ranking as the best school for D1 Men’s Basketball athletes in the New England Region. Located in Burlington, Vermont, the fairly large public school handed out 2,682 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

UVM brought in $2,520,742 while tallying up $2,261,158 in expenses for its D1 Men’s Basketball team. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $259,584 in profit. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 991.

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

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#2

Providence College

Providence, Rhode Island
Top 25% in Quality in the New England Region

Out of the 22 schools in the New England Region that were part of this year’s ranking, Providence College landed the #2 spot on the list. Providence is a private not-for-profit institution located in Providence, Rhode Island. The school has a small population, and it awarded 1,119 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Basketball team at Providence brought home $11,117,186 in revenue in a single year. The great academic progress rate of 984 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 92%.

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#3

University of Connecticut

Storrs, Connecticut
Top 20% in Quality in the New England Region

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend University of Connecticut. The school came in at #3 in this year’s ranking. UCONN is a large public school situated in Storrs, Connecticut. It awarded 6,052 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Basketball team at UCONN brought home $9,325,922 in revenue in a single year. The great academic progress rate of 990 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 94%. In addition to its great ranking here, UCONN is in the top 20% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#4

Boston University

Boston, Massachusetts
#16 in Quality in the New England Region

Out of the 22 schools in the New England Region that were part of this year’s ranking, Boston University landed the #4 spot on the list. Located in Boston, Massachusetts, the large private not-for-profit school handed out 4,780 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at Boston U made $2,669,686 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 975.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 93%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. In addition to its great ranking here, Boston U is in the top 15% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#5

Northeastern University

Boston, Massachusetts
#25 in Quality in the New England Region

The excellent sports programs at Northeastern University helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for D1 Men’s Basketball athletes in the New England Region. Northeastern University is a large private not-for-profit school located in Boston, Massachusetts that handed out 4,127 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at Northeastern took home $3,207,255 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 986 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 97%. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Northeastern also is in the top 20% of our overall quality ranking.

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With a ranking of #6, University of New Hampshire - Main Campus did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the New England Region ranking. UNH is a public institution located in Durham, New Hampshire. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 3,550 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Basketball team at UNH brought home $1,601,005 in revenue in a single year. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 975.

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

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#7

University of Rhode Island

Kingston, Rhode Island

University of Rhode Island ranked #7 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the New England Region list. This fairly large public school is located in Kingston, Rhode Island, and it awarded 3,624 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at URI took home $4,799,098 in revenue and paid out $4,745,208 in expenses in recent times. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $53,890 in profit. The great academic progress rate of 984 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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#8

Yale University

New Haven, Connecticut
#4 in Quality in the New England Region

Yale University ranked #8 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the New England Region list. Yale is a fairly large private not-for-profit school situated in New Haven, Connecticut. It awarded 1,664 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at Yale made $1,416,853 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 992 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

With a freshman retention rate of 99%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. In addition to its Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the New England Region ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Yale is ranked #4 for overall quality in the New England Region .

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#9

Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts
#1 in Quality in the New England Region

With a ranking of #9, Harvard University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the New England Region ranking. Harvard is a large private not-for-profit school situated in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It awarded 2,902 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at Harvard made $1,474,941 in revenue. 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 98%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. In addition to its Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the New England Region ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Harvard is ranked #1 for overall quality in the New England Region .

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#10

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
#19 in Quality in the New England Region

Boston College ranked #10 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the New England Region list. Boston College is located in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 3,062 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The D1 Men’s Basketball team at Boston College made $7,225,974 in revenue, while incurring $6,872,835 in expenses. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $353,139 in profit. The academic progress rate of the team is 958.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 95%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. On top of its placing in this ranking, Boston College 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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#11

College of the Holy Cross

Worcester, Massachusetts
#10 in Quality in the New England Region

College of the Holy Cross came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the New England Region ranking. Worcester, Massachusetts is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 848 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at Holy Cross took home $2,282,921 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 986, signifying that team members care about their grades.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 95%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Holy Cross also is in the top 10% of our overall quality ranking.

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#12

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Amherst, Massachusetts
Top 25% in Quality in the New England Region

With a ranking of #12, University of Massachusetts Amherst did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the New England Region ranking. Located in Amherst, Massachusetts, the large public school awarded 6,878 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at UMass Amherst made $4,025,395 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 946.

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

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#13

Fairfield University

Fairfield, Connecticut
Top 25% in Quality in the New England Region

Fairfield University landed the #13 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the New England Region ranking. This medium-sized private not-for-profit school is located in Fairfield, Connecticut, and it awarded 1,069 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at Fairfield U made $3,280,514 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 951.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 90%.

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#14

Quinnipiac University

Hamden, Connecticut

With a ranking of #14, Quinnipiac University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the New England Region ranking. Located in Hamden, Connecticut, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school awarded 1,891 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at Quinnipiac made $3,203,013 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 966.

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

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#15

Brown University

Providence, Rhode Island
#5 in Quality in the New England Region

Brown University came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the New England Region ranking. This fairly large private not-for-profit school is located in Providence, Rhode Island, and it awarded 2,097 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at Brown took home $1,239,495 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 996 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

With a student-to-faculty ratio of 7 to 1, it’s easy to see that the school is committed to helping their undergraduates succeed. Brown also took the #5 spot in our overall quality rankings.

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#16

Bryant University

Smithfield, Rhode Island

Bryant University ranked #16 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the New England Region list. Smithfield, Rhode Island is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 931 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at Bryant took home $1,883,381 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 960.

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

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#17

Dartmouth College

Hanover, New Hampshire
#6 in Quality in the New England Region

Dartmouth College came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the New England Region ranking. This medium-sized private not-for-profit school is located in Hanover, New Hampshire, and it awarded 1,249 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at Dartmouth made $1,131,199 in revenue. The team had a perfect academic progress rate of 1000.

With a student-to-faculty ratio of 7 to 1, it’s easy to see that the school is committed to helping their undergraduates succeed. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Dartmouth also is in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking.

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#18

Sacred Heart University

Fairfield, Connecticut

Sacred Heart University ranked #18 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the New England Region list. Located in Fairfield, Connecticut, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school handed out 1,411 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at Sacred Heart made $1,496,346 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 954.

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#19

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

Lowell, Massachusetts

With a ranking of #19, University of Massachusetts - Lowell did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the New England Region ranking. Lowell, Massachusetts is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 2,906 students in 2018-2019.

UMass Lowell brought in $2,001,656 while tallying up $1,882,325 in expenses for its D1 Men’s Basketball team. That boils down to a yearly profit of $119,331 for the sports team. The academic progress rate of the team is 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.

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#20

University of Hartford

West Hartford, Connecticut

University of Hartford ranked #20 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the New England Region list. UHart is a private not-for-profit institution located in West Hartford, Connecticut. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 1,123 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at UHart took home $2,303,817 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 990, signifying that team members care about their grades.

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#21

University of Maine

Orono, Maine

University of Maine did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the New England Region ranking, coming in at #21. UMaine is a fairly large public school situated in Orono, Maine. It awarded 1,739 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at UMaine made $1,432,766 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 956.

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#22

Central Connecticut State University

New Britain, Connecticut

Central Connecticut State University landed the #22 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the New England Region ranking. Located in New Britain, Connecticut, the fairly large public school handed out 2,083 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Basketball team at CCSU brought home $1,402,297 in revenue in a single year. The academic progress rate of the team is 945.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 22 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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