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2021 Top Kentucky Men's D1 Basketball Schools

7 Colleges
$23,429 Avg Tuition & Fees*
24% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

When pursuing a degree in today's world, student athletes have many different options to choose from. College Factual has developed its Best Colleges for Division I Men's Basketball in Kentucky ranking as one item you can use to help make this decision.

After analyzing 7 schools in Kentucky, we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for D1 Men's Basketball athletes in Kentucky. 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 Kentucky for D1 Men's Basketball athletes in Kentucky

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

University of Kentucky

Lexington, Kentucky

Our analysis found University of Kentucky to be the best school for D1 Men’s Basketball athletes in Kentucky in this year’s ranking. University of Kentucky is a large public school located in Lexington, Kentucky that handed out 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 not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #3 on our overall quality list.

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#2

University of Louisville

Louisville, Kentucky

Out of the 7 schools in Kentucky that were part of this year’s ranking, University of Louisville landed the #2 spot on the list. UofL is located in Louisville, Kentucky and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 3,155 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

UofL brought in $42,759,248 while tallying up $19,180,078 in expenses for its D1 Men’s Basketball team. Thus, the team actually made $23,579,170, which isn’t bad at all. The team has a great academic progress rate of 994, signifying that team members care about their grades.

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#3

Murray State University

Murray, Kentucky

Out of the 7 schools in Kentucky that were part of this year’s ranking, Murray State University landed the #3 spot on the list. Murray, Kentucky is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,611 students in 2018-2019.

The team at Murray State took home $3,896,362 in revenue and paid out $2,398,909 in expenses in recent times. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $1,497,453. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 954.

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#4

Northern Kentucky University

Highland Heights, Kentucky

The excellent sports programs at Northern Kentucky University helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for D1 Men’s Basketball athletes in Kentucky. NKU is located in Highland Heights, Kentucky and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 2,197 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at NKU made $2,470,374 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 964.

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#5

Western Kentucky University

Bowling Green, Kentucky

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Western Kentucky University. The school came in at #5 in this year’s ranking. WKU is located in Bowling Green, Kentucky and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 3,158 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at WKU took home $3,455,918 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 948.

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#6

Eastern Kentucky University

Richmond, Kentucky

Eastern Kentucky University came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in Kentucky ranking. This fairly large public school is located in Richmond, Kentucky, and it awarded 2,737 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at Eastern made $1,576,265 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 948.

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#7

Morehead State University

Morehead, Kentucky

Morehead State University came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in Kentucky ranking. Located in Morehead, Kentucky, the medium-sized public school handed out 1,289 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at Morehead State University made $1,361,968 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 974.

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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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