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2021 Top North Carolina Men's D1 Basketball Schools

15 Colleges
$32,012 Avg Tuition & Fees*
51% 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. College Factual has developed its Best Colleges for Division I Men's Basketball in North Carolina ranking as one item you can use to help make this decision.

After analyzing 15 schools in North Carolina, we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for D1 Men's Basketball athletes in North Carolina. Our ranking methodology focuses a number of different objective factors - such as the overall quality of the school, the school's athletic competitiveness, and the amount of athletic aid per student - to make this determination. Having a great sports team is not enough - the school must also focus on academic excellence.

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Top Colleges in North Carolina for D1 Men's Basketball athletes in North Carolina

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Duke University

Durham, North Carolina

Our 2021 rankings named Duke University the best school for D1 Men’s Basketball athletes in North Carolina working on their bachelor’s degree. Duke is a fairly large private not-for-profit school situated in Durham, North Carolina. It awarded 2,303 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Basketball team at Duke made $35,489,891 in revenue, while incurring $22,178,473 in expenses. Thus, the team actually made $13,311,418, which isn’t bad at all. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 958.

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. Duke not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #1 on our overall quality list.

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#2

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

The excellent sports programs at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for D1 Men’s Basketball athletes in North Carolina. UNC Chapel Hill is a large public school situated in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. It awarded 6,076 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at UNC Chapel Hill took home $27,076,307 in revenue and paid out $11,204,115 in expenses in recent times. Thus, the team actually made $15,872,192, which isn’t bad at all. 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 not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #4 on our overall quality list.

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#3

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Out of the 15 schools in North Carolina that were part of this year’s ranking, Wake Forest University landed the #3 spot on the list. 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 D1 Men’s Basketball team at Wake Forest University made $9,148,670 in revenue, while incurring $8,805,630 in expenses. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $343,040. The academic progress rate of the team is 959.

With a freshman retention rate of 94%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. In addition to its Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in North Carolina ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Wake Forest University is ranked #3 for overall quality in North Carolina.

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#4

Elon University

Elon, North Carolina

A rank of #4 on our list means Elon University is a great place for D1 Men’s Basketball athletes in North Carolina working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in Elon, North Carolina, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school handed out 1,666 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Basketball team at Elon brought home $3,221,829 in revenue in a single year. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 995.

With a freshman retention rate of 89%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Elon not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #5 on our overall quality list.

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#5

Davidson College

Davidson, North Carolina

The excellent sports programs at Davidson College helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for D1 Men’s Basketball athletes in North Carolina. Davidson is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Davidson, North Carolina. It awarded 560 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Davidson took home $3,476,469 in revenue and paid out $3,297,453 in expenses in recent times. That boils down to a yearly profit of $179,016 for the sports team. The great academic progress rate of 990 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

The impressive student-to-faculty ratio of 9 to 1 means that students may have more opportunities to work more closely with their professors than they would at other schools. Davidson not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #2 on our overall quality list.

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#6

High Point University

High Point, North Carolina

High Point University came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in North Carolina ranking. High Point is located in High Point, North Carolina and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,103 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

High Point brought in $3,457,345 while tallying up $3,369,936 in expenses for its D1 Men’s Basketball team. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $87,409 in profit. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 971.

On top of its placing in this ranking, High Point also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#7

University of North Carolina at Asheville

Asheville, North Carolina

With a ranking of #7, University of North Carolina at Asheville did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in North Carolina ranking. Located in Asheville, North Carolina, the small public school awarded 874 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Basketball team at UNCA brought home $1,183,573 in revenue in a single year. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 956.

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#8

North Carolina Central University

Durham, North Carolina

With a ranking of #8, North Carolina Central University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in North Carolina ranking. North Carolina Central University is a medium-sized public school situated in Durham, North Carolina. It awarded 1,145 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at North Carolina Central University took home $1,710,811 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 955.

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#9

East Carolina University

Greenville, North Carolina

With a ranking of #9, East Carolina University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in North Carolina ranking. This large public school is located in Greenville, North Carolina, and it awarded 5,140 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Basketball team at ECU made $3,945,332 in revenue, while incurring $3,942,406 in expenses. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $2,926. The academic progress rate of the team is 935.

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#10

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Charlotte, North Carolina

With a ranking of #10, University of North Carolina at Charlotte did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in North Carolina ranking. UNC Charlotte is a large public school situated in Charlotte, North Carolina. It awarded 5,974 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Basketball team at UNC Charlotte brought home $3,295,523 in revenue in a single year. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 947.

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#11

Campbell University

Buies Creek, North Carolina

Campbell University landed the #11 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in North Carolina ranking. Buies Creek, 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 1,006 students in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Basketball team at Campbell made $2,085,183 in revenue, while incurring $2,085,182 in expenses. That boils down to a yearly profit of $1 for the sports team. The team has a great academic progress rate of 980, signifying that team members care about their grades.

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#12

Gardner - Webb University

Boiling Springs, North Carolina

Gardner - Webb University came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in North Carolina ranking. Located in Boiling Springs, North Carolina, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 452 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Basketball team at Gardner - Webb brought home $1,195,668 in revenue in a single year. The team has a great academic progress rate of 990, signifying that team members care about their grades.

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#13

Appalachian State University

Boone, North Carolina

Appalachian State University landed the #13 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in North Carolina ranking. Appalachian State is located in Boone, North Carolina and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 4,172 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at Appalachian State took home $1,952,593 in revenue. 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 89%. In addition to its great ranking here, Appalachian State is in the top 15% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#14

Western Carolina University

Cullowhee, North Carolina

Western Carolina University landed the #14 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in North Carolina ranking. Located in Cullowhee, North Carolina, the fairly large public school handed out 2,288 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Basketball team at WCU brought home $1,089,269 in revenue in a single year. The academic progress rate of the team is 973.

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#15

North Carolina A & T State University

Greensboro, North Carolina

North Carolina A & T State University ranked #15 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in North Carolina list. North Carolina A & T State University is a fairly large public school located in Greensboro, North Carolina that handed out 1,686 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Basketball team at NC A&T brought home $1,409,516 in revenue in a single year. 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 15 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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