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2021 Top Florida Men's D1 Basketball Schools

13 Colleges
$26,248 Avg Tuition & Fees*
37% 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 Florida ranking.

We analyzed 13 colleges and universities across Florida to determine which were the best for D1 Men's Basketball athletes in Florida. 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 Florida for D1 Men's Basketball athletes in Florida

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

University of Miami

Coral Gables, Florida

Our 2021 rankings named University of Miami the best school for D1 Men’s Basketball athletes in Florida working on their bachelor’s degree. U Miami is a private not-for-profit institution located in Coral Gables, Florida. The school has a fairly large population, and 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. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $1,092,951 in profit.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 91%. U Miami not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #2 on our overall quality list.

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#2

University of Florida

Gainesville, Florida

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of Florida. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D1 Men’s Basketball athletes in Florida list. UF is a public institution located in Gainesville, Florida. The school has a large population, and it awarded 9,663 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

UF brought in $11,943,413 while tallying up $9,317,385 in expenses for its D1 Men’s Basketball team. That boils down to a yearly profit of $2,626,028 for the sports team. The academic progress rate of the team is 968.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 96%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. UF did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #1 on our overall quality list.

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#3

Florida State University

Tallahassee, Florida

The excellent sports programs at Florida State University helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for D1 Men’s Basketball athletes in Florida. Located in Tallahassee, Florida, the large public school awarded 9,688 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at Florida State took home $16,773,013 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 985, 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 94%. Florida State also made our overall quality list, coming in at #3.

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#4

University of Central Florida

Orlando, Florida

The excellent sports programs at University of Central Florida helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for D1 Men’s Basketball athletes in Florida. Located in Orlando, Florida, the large public school awarded 14,087 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at UCF took home $3,879,707 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 965.

With a freshman retention rate of 90%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UCF also is in the top 15% of our overall quality ranking.

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#5

Florida Gulf Coast University

Fort Myers, Florida

A rank of #5 on our list means Florida Gulf Coast University is a great place for D1 Men’s Basketball athletes in Florida working on their bachelor’s degree. Florida Gulf Coast University is a fairly large public school located in Fort Myers, Florida that handed out 3,100 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at FGCU made $1,589,474 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 975.

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With a ranking of #6, University of South Florida - Main Campus did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in Florida ranking. Tampa, Florida is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 8,684 students in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Basketball team at USF Tampa brought home $4,931,868 in revenue in a single year.

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

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#7

Jacksonville University

Jacksonville, Florida

Jacksonville University landed the #7 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in Florida ranking. JU is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Jacksonville, Florida. It awarded 762 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Basketball team at JU brought home $2,025,816 in revenue in a single year. The team has a great academic progress rate of 985, signifying that team members care about their grades.

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#8

University of North Florida

Jacksonville, Florida

University of North Florida ranked #8 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in Florida list. University of North Florida is a fairly large public school located in Jacksonville, Florida that handed out 3,493 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at UNF took home $1,532,649 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 959.

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#9

Stetson University

DeLand, Florida

Stetson University ranked #9 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in Florida list. Stetson is located in DeLand, Florida and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 799 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at Stetson made $2,386,051 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 962.

Stetson excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 20% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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Florida International University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in Florida ranking, coming in at #10. FIU is a public institution located in Miami, Florida. The school has a large population, and it awarded 12,352 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at FIU took home $2,004,600 in revenue and paid out $1,951,680 in expenses in recent times. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $52,920. The team has a great academic progress rate of 976, signifying that team members care about their grades.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 88%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year.

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#11

Florida Atlantic University

Boca Raton, Florida

With a ranking of #11, Florida Atlantic University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in Florida ranking. FAU is a public institution located in Boca Raton, Florida. The school has a large population, and it awarded 5,855 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at FAU made $2,352,069 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 990 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in Florida ranking, coming in at #12. Florida A&M University is located in Tallahassee, Florida and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,444 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at Florida A&M University made $1,033,463 in revenue.

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#13

Bethune - Cookman University

Daytona Beach, Florida

Bethune - Cookman University ranked #13 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in Florida list. Daytona Beach, Florida is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 477 students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at Bethune - Cookman University made $1,079,602 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 969.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 13 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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