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2021 Top Massachusetts Men's D1 Basketball Schools

7 Colleges
$49,037 Avg Tuition & Fees*
74% 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. 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 Division I Men's Basketball in Massachusetts ranking is part of that endeavor.

We analyzed 7 colleges and universities across Massachusetts to determine which were the best for D1 Men's Basketball athletes in Massachusetts. Instead of depending on subjective information, we focus on objective factors to determine this ranking. These factors include such things as the athletic competitiveness of the school and the school's overall quality. This means that a school must provide students with a great education in addition to having a good sports team if it wants to rank well.

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Top Colleges in Massachusetts for D1 Men's Basketball athletes in Massachusetts

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Boston University

Boston, Massachusetts

Boston University tops this year’s ranking as the best school for D1 Men’s Basketball athletes in Massachusetts. Boston U is located in Boston, Massachusetts and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 4,780 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The D1 Men’s Basketball team at Boston U brought home $2,669,686 in revenue in a single year. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 975.

With a freshman retention rate of 93%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. 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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#2

Northeastern University

Boston, Massachusetts

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Northeastern University. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D1 Men’s Basketball athletes in Massachusetts list. Boston, Massachusetts is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 4,127 students in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Basketball team at Northeastern brought home $3,207,255 in revenue in a single year. 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%.

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#3

Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Harvard University. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D1 Men’s Basketball athletes in Massachusetts list. Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the large private not-for-profit school awarded 2,902 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Basketball team at Harvard brought home $1,474,941 in revenue in a single year. With a perfect academic progress rate of 1000, the team is showing that they know how to hit the books, 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. Harvard did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #1 on our overall quality list.

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#4

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Boston College. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D1 Men’s Basketball athletes in Massachusetts 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. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $353,139. The academic progress rate of the team is 958.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 95%. On top of its placing in this ranking, Boston College 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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#5

College of the Holy Cross

Worcester, Massachusetts

Out of the 7 schools in Massachusetts that were part of this year’s ranking, College of the Holy Cross landed the #5 spot on the list. 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.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at Holy Cross made $2,282,921 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 986.

With a freshman retention rate of 95%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. 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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#6

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Amherst, Massachusetts

University of Massachusetts Amherst landed the #6 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in Massachusetts ranking. University of Massachusetts Amherst is a large public school located in Amherst, Massachusetts that handed out 6,878 bachelor’s degrees 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 team has a respectable academic progress rate of 946.

With a freshman retention rate of 91%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students.

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#7

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

Lowell, Massachusetts

University of Massachusetts - Lowell landed the #7 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in Massachusetts 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 team has a respectable academic progress rate of 964.

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

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 7 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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