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2021 Top Colorado Men's D1 Basketball Schools

4 Colleges
$35,521 Avg Tuition & Fees*
46% 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. 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 Colorado ranking is part of that endeavor.

After analyzing 4 schools in Colorado, we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for D1 Men's Basketball athletes in Colorado. 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 Colorado for D1 Men's Basketball athletes in Colorado

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

University of Denver

Denver, Colorado

Our 2021 rankings named University of Denver the best school for D1 Men’s Basketball athletes in Colorado working on their bachelor’s degree. DU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school situated in Denver, Colorado. It awarded 1,626 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at DU took home $2,532,725 in revenue. 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. DU did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #3 on our overall quality list.

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You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Colorado State University - Fort Collins. The school came in at #2 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.

The D1 Men’s Basketball team at Colorado State brought home $4,415,218 in revenue in a single year.

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

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#3

University of Colorado Boulder

Boulder, Colorado

A rank of #3 on our list means University of Colorado Boulder is a great place for D1 Men’s Basketball athletes in Colorado working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in Boulder, Colorado, the large public school awarded 6,744 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students 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. Thus, the team actually made $2,057,831, which isn’t bad at all. The academic progress rate of the team is 961.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 87%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. CU - Boulder also made our overall quality list, coming in at #4.

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#4

University of Northern Colorado

Greeley, Colorado

Out of the 4 schools in Colorado that were part of this year’s ranking, University of Northern Colorado landed the #4 spot on the list. University of Northern Colorado is located in Greeley, Colorado and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 2,026 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at University of Northern Colorado made $1,538,837 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 954.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

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