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2021 Top Rocky Mountains Region Men's D1 Basketball Schools

16 Colleges
$24,624 Avg Tuition & Fees*
27% 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. Our mission at College Factual is to arm you with as much information as we can to help you make that decision. Our Best Colleges for Division I Men's Basketball in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking is one tool we have developed to help in this regard.

Our analysis looked at 16 schools in the Rocky Mountains Region to determine which ones were the best for D1 Men's Basketball athletes in the Rocky Mountains 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 Rocky Mountains Region for D1 Men's Basketball athletes in the Rocky Mountains Region

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

University of Utah

Salt Lake City, Utah
#5 in Quality in the Rocky Mountains Region

University of Utah tops this year’s ranking as the best school for D1 Men’s Basketball athletes in the Rocky Mountains Region. This large public school is located in Salt Lake City, Utah, and it awarded 5,236 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

U of U brought in $10,511,632 while tallying up $8,965,613 in expenses for its D1 Men’s Basketball team. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $1,546,019 in profit. The academic progress rate of the team is 946.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 90%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. U of U did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #5 on our overall quality list.

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#2

University of Denver

Denver, Colorado
#4 in Quality in the Rocky Mountains Region

The excellent sports programs at University of Denver helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for D1 Men’s Basketball athletes in the Rocky Mountains Region. This fairly large private not-for-profit school is located in Denver, Colorado, and it awarded 1,626 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Basketball team at DU brought home $2,532,725 in revenue in a single year. The academic progress rate of the team is 975.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 87%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. In addition to its Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, DU is ranked #4 for overall quality in the Rocky Mountains Region .

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#7 in Quality in the Rocky Mountains Region

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Colorado State University - Fort Collins. The school came in at #3 in this year’s ranking. Fort Collins, Colorado is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 5,498 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at Colorado State took home $4,415,218 in revenue.

In addition to its great ranking here, Colorado State is in the top 15% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#4

University of Colorado Boulder

Boulder, Colorado
#6 in Quality in the Rocky Mountains Region

A rank of #4 on our list means University of Colorado Boulder is a great place for D1 Men’s Basketball athletes in the Rocky Mountains Region working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in Boulder, Colorado, the large public school handed out 6,744 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at CU - Boulder took home $9,310,818 in revenue and paid out $7,252,987 in expenses in recent times. That boils down to a yearly profit of $2,057,831 for the sports team. The academic progress rate of the team is 961.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 87%. CU - Boulder 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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#2 in Quality in the Rocky Mountains Region

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Brigham Young University - Provo. The school came in at #5 in this year’s ranking. BYU is a private not-for-profit institution located in Provo, Utah. The school has a large population, and it awarded 7,007 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at BYU took home $7,447,430 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 975.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 90%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. BYU also took the #2 spot in our overall quality rankings.

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#6

University of Idaho

Moscow, Idaho
#10 in Quality in the Rocky Mountains Region

University of Idaho ranked #6 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the Rocky Mountains Region list. This fairly large public school is located in Moscow, Idaho, and it awarded 1,848 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at U of I took home $1,729,001 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 937.

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

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#7

University of Wyoming

Laramie, Wyoming
#8 in Quality in the Rocky Mountains Region

University of Wyoming did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking, coming in at #7. This fairly large public school is located in Laramie, Wyoming, and it awarded 2,387 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at UW took home $3,329,650 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 960.

On top of its placing in this ranking, UW 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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#8

Boise State University

Boise, Idaho
#24 in Quality in the Rocky Mountains Region

Boise State University landed the #8 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking. Boise, Idaho is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 3,473 students in 2018-2019.

Boise State brought in $5,146,160 while tallying up $3,678,140 in expenses for its D1 Men’s Basketball team. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $1,468,020. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 985.

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#9

Utah State University

Logan, Utah
#15 in Quality in the Rocky Mountains Region

Utah State University landed the #9 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking. Logan, Utah is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 4,531 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at USU took home $4,250,996 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 940.

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#10

Montana State University

Bozeman, Montana
#17 in Quality in the Rocky Mountains Region

Montana State University ranked #10 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the Rocky Mountains Region list. Located in Bozeman, Montana, the fairly large public school awarded 2,551 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at MSU Bozeman took home $1,833,808 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 942.

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#11

The University of Montana

Missoula, Montana

The University of Montana ranked #11 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the Rocky Mountains Region list. Missoula, Montana is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,614 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at UM took home $1,974,451 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 970.

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#12

University of Northern Colorado

Greeley, Colorado
#23 in Quality in the Rocky Mountains Region

With a ranking of #12, University of Northern Colorado did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking. University of Northern Colorado is a public institution located in Greeley, Colorado. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 2,026 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Basketball team at University of Northern Colorado brought home $1,538,837 in revenue in a single year. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 954.

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#13

Weber State University

Ogden, Utah

With a ranking of #13, Weber State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking. This large public school is located in Ogden, Utah, and it awarded 2,451 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at WSU made $1,913,406 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 945.

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#14

Utah Valley University

Orem, Utah

Utah Valley University ranked #14 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the Rocky Mountains Region list. Located in Orem, Utah, the large public school awarded 3,471 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Basketball team at UVU made $2,006,839 in revenue, while incurring $1,866,466 in expenses. That boils down to a yearly profit of $140,373 for the sports team. The great academic progress rate of 986 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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#15

Southern Utah University

Cedar City, Utah
#25 in Quality in the Rocky Mountains Region

With a ranking of #15, Southern Utah University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking. Southern Utah University is a fairly large public school located in Cedar City, Utah that handed out 1,203 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at Southern Utah University took home $1,274,977 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 962.

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#16

Idaho State University

Pocatello, Idaho

Idaho State University ranked #16 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the Rocky Mountains Region list. ISU is a fairly large public school situated in Pocatello, Idaho. It awarded 1,286 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at ISU took home $1,461,637 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 955.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 16 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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