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2021 Top Southeast Region Men's D1 Basketball Schools

106 Colleges
$37,645 Avg Tuition & Fees*
60% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

When it comes to choosing a college, student athletes have a lot of options - but not all of them are good. One of our goals at College Factual is to give you as much information as we can - such as our Best Colleges for Division I Men's Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking - to help you make that decision.

After analyzing 106 schools in the Southeast Region , we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for D1 Men's Basketball athletes in the Southeast Region. 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 the Southeast Region for D1 Men's Basketball athletes in the Southeast Region

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#1

Duke University

Durham, North Carolina
#1 in Quality in the Southeast Region

Duke University tops this year’s ranking as the best school for D1 Men’s Basketball athletes in the Southeast Region. Duke is a private not-for-profit institution located in Durham, North Carolina. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 2,303 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Duke took home $35,489,891 in revenue and paid out $22,178,473 in expenses in recent times. Thus, the team actually made $13,311,418, which isn’t bad at all. The academic progress rate of the team is 958.

Since the school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 7 to 1, those pursuing a bachelor’s degree will have more opportunities to interact with their professors. Duke also made our overall quality list, coming in at #1.

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#2

University of Kentucky

Lexington, Kentucky
Top 15% in Quality in the Southeast Region

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of Kentucky. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D1 Men’s Basketball athletes in the Southeast Region list. UK is a public institution located in Lexington, Kentucky. The school has a large population, and it awarded 5,535 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at UK took home $38,829,651 in revenue and paid out $20,202,558 in expenses in recent times. That boils down to a yearly profit of $18,627,093 for the sports team. The team has a great academic progress rate of 994, signifying that team members care about their grades.

UK also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

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#3

University of Louisville

Louisville, Kentucky
Top 20% in Quality in the Southeast Region

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of Louisville. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D1 Men’s Basketball athletes in the Southeast Region list. UofL is a public institution located in Louisville, Kentucky. The school has a large population, and it awarded 3,155 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at UofL took home $42,759,248 in revenue and paid out $19,180,078 in expenses in recent times. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $23,579,170. The team has a great academic progress rate of 994, signifying that team members care about their grades.

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

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#4

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, Tennessee
#2 in Quality in the Southeast Region

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Vanderbilt University. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D1 Men’s Basketball athletes in the Southeast Region list. Located in Nashville, Tennessee, the fairly large private not-for-profit school handed out 2,280 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Vanderbilt took home $10,876,435 in revenue and paid out $9,901,818 in expenses in recent times. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $974,617. The team has a great academic progress rate of 989, signifying that team members care about their grades.

The impressive student-to-faculty ratio of 7 to 1 means that students may have more opportunities to work more closely with their professors than they would at other schools. Vanderbilt not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #2 on our overall quality list.

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#5

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, North Carolina
#8 in Quality in the Southeast Region

The excellent sports programs at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for D1 Men’s Basketball athletes in the Southeast Region. Chapel Hill, North Carolina is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 6,076 students in 2018-2019.

UNC Chapel Hill brought in $27,076,307 while tallying up $11,204,115 in expenses for its D1 Men’s Basketball team. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $15,872,192. The academic progress rate of the team is 971.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 96%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. UNC Chapel Hill also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

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#6

University of Miami

Coral Gables, Florida
#15 in Quality in the Southeast Region

With a ranking of #6, University of Miami did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking. U Miami is a fairly large private not-for-profit school situated in Coral Gables, Florida. It awarded 3,118 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Basketball team at U Miami made $9,988,284 in revenue, while incurring $8,895,333 in expenses. Thus, the team actually made $1,092,951, which isn’t bad at all.

With a freshman retention rate of 91%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. In addition to its great ranking here, U Miami is in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#7

University of Florida

Gainesville, Florida
#12 in Quality in the Southeast Region

University of Florida landed the #7 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking. Located in Gainesville, Florida, the large public school awarded 9,663 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

UF brought in $11,943,413 while tallying up $9,317,385 in expenses for its D1 Men’s Basketball team. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $2,626,028. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 968.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 96%. In addition to its great ranking here, UF is in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#8

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, North Carolina
#6 in Quality in the Southeast Region

With a ranking of #8, Wake Forest University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking. Winston-Salem, North Carolina is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,431 students in 2018-2019.

The team at Wake Forest University took home $9,148,670 in revenue and paid out $8,805,630 in expenses in recent times. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $343,040. The academic progress rate of the team is 959.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 94%. Wake Forest University also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

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#9

Florida State University

Tallahassee, Florida
#24 in Quality in the Southeast Region

Florida State University came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking. Florida State University is a large public school located in Tallahassee, Florida that handed out 9,688 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at Florida State made $16,773,013 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 985 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 94%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. In addition to its great ranking here, Florida State is in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#10

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, Virginia
#7 in Quality in the Southeast Region

University of Virginia - Main Campus did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking, coming in at #10. University of Virginia is located in Charlottesville, Virginia and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 5,167 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The D1 Men’s Basketball team at University of Virginia brought home $13,400,721 in revenue in a single year. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 961.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 96%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. On top of its placing in this ranking, University of Virginia also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#11

University of South Carolina - Columbia

Columbia, South Carolina
Top 10% in Quality in the Southeast Region

University of South Carolina - Columbia came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking. Located in Columbia, South Carolina, the large public school awarded 6,966 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Basketball team at UofSC made $11,093,661 in revenue, while incurring $8,561,964 in expenses. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $2,531,697 in profit. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 966.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 88%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. UofSC excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#12

University of Richmond

University of Richmond, Virginia
#9 in Quality in the Southeast Region

With a ranking of #12, University of Richmond did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking. URichmond is a small private not-for-profit school situated in University of Richmond, Virginia. It awarded 1,005 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at URichmond made $4,782,542 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 970.

With a freshman retention rate of 93%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. URichmond excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#11 in Quality in the Southeast Region

Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus landed the #13 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking. Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus is a large public school located in Atlanta, Georgia that handed out 3,717 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Basketball team at Georgia Tech brought home $6,910,271 in revenue in a single year. The academic progress rate of the team is 970.

With a freshman retention rate of 97%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. In addition to its great ranking here, Georgia Tech is in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#14

Belmont University

Nashville, Tennessee
Top 15% in Quality in the Southeast Region

Belmont University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking, coming in at #14. Nashville, Tennessee is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,635 students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at Belmont made $5,129,856 in revenue. The team had a perfect academic progress rate of 1000.

Belmont also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

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#15

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, Virginia
#13 in Quality in the Southeast Region

Virginia Tech came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking. Located in Blacksburg, Virginia, the large public school awarded 7,156 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The team at Virginia Tech took home $9,886,728 in revenue and paid out $8,525,606 in expenses in recent times. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $1,361,122 in profit. The team has a great academic progress rate of 980, signifying that team members care about their grades.

With a freshman retention rate of 93%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. In addition to its great ranking here, Virginia Tech is in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#16

University of Arkansas

Fayetteville, Arkansas
Top 15% in Quality in the Southeast Region

With a ranking of #16, University of Arkansas did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking. UARK is a large public school situated in Fayetteville, Arkansas. It awarded 5,181 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

UARK brought in $21,424,702 while tallying up $10,440,326 in expenses for its D1 Men’s Basketball team. Thus, the team actually made $10,984,376, which isn’t bad at all.

On top of its placing in this ranking, UARK 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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#17

Clemson University

Clemson, South Carolina
#23 in Quality in the Southeast Region

Clemson University ranked #17 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the Southeast Region list. Located in Clemson, South Carolina, the large public school awarded 4,676 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Basketball team at Clemson made $9,224,524 in revenue, while incurring $8,229,736 in expenses. Thus, the team actually made $994,788, which isn’t bad at all. The academic progress rate of the team is 975.

With a freshman retention rate of 93%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. On top of its placing in this ranking, Clemson 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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#18

Furman University

Greenville, South Carolina
#18 in Quality in the Southeast Region

Furman University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking, coming in at #18. Located in Greenville, South Carolina, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 732 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Basketball team at Furman made $2,576,740 in revenue, while incurring $2,293,070 in expenses. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $283,670 in profit.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 93%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Furman also is in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking.

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#19

Elon University

Elon, North Carolina
#14 in Quality in the Southeast Region

With a ranking of #19, Elon University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking. Elon, North Carolina is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,666 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at Elon took home $3,221,829 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 995, signifying that team members care about their grades.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 89%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Elon excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#20

University of Georgia

Athens, Georgia
#22 in Quality in the Southeast Region

University of Georgia came in at #20 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking. Located in Athens, Georgia, the large public school handed out 8,022 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Basketball team at UGA made $10,693,803 in revenue, while incurring $7,756,002 in expenses. That boils down to a yearly profit of $2,937,801 for the sports team. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 975.

With a freshman retention rate of 95%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. UGA excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#21

Auburn University

Auburn, Alabama
Top 10% in Quality in the Southeast Region

Auburn University landed the #21 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking. Auburn, Alabama is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 5,370 students in 2018-2019.

The team at Auburn took home $15,593,947 in revenue and paid out $10,536,653 in expenses in recent times. That boils down to a yearly profit of $5,057,294 for the sports team. The team has a great academic progress rate of 995, signifying that team members care about their grades.

With a freshman retention rate of 92%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. In addition to its great ranking here, Auburn is in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#22

Virginia Commonwealth University

Richmond, Virginia
Top 15% in Quality in the Southeast Region

Virginia Commonwealth University ranked #22 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the Southeast Region list. This large public school is located in Richmond, Virginia, and it awarded 5,372 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Basketball team at VCU made $8,833,917 in revenue, while incurring $6,102,633 in expenses. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $2,731,284 in profit. The academic progress rate of the team is 966.

VCU also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

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#23

The University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Top 15% in Quality in the Southeast Region

The University of Alabama ranked #23 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the Southeast Region list. UA is a large public school situated in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. It awarded 7,542 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

UA brought in $16,028,795 while tallying up $15,966,875 in expenses for its D1 Men’s Basketball team. Thus, the team actually made $61,920, which isn’t bad at all. The team has a great academic progress rate of 990, signifying that team members care about their grades.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 87%. In addition to its great ranking here, UA is in the top 15% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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Top 10% in Quality in the Southeast Region

With a ranking of #24, The University of Tennessee - Knoxville did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking. UT Knoxville is a public institution located in Knoxville, Tennessee. The school has a large population, and it awarded 5,103 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Basketball team at UT Knoxville made $17,003,826 in revenue, while incurring $10,554,613 in expenses. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $6,449,213 in profit. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 974.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 86%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. UT Knoxville also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

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#25

West Virginia University

Morgantown, West Virginia
Top 25% in Quality in the Southeast Region

West Virginia University came in at #25 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking. Morgantown, West Virginia is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 4,561 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at WVU took home $8,484,584 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 995 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 25 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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