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2021 Top South Carolina Men's D1 Basketball Schools

11 Colleges
$33,622 Avg Tuition & Fees*
47% 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. Our mission at College Factual is to arm you with as much information as we can to help you make that decision. Our Best Colleges for Division I Men's Basketball in South Carolina ranking is one tool we have developed to help in this regard.

We analyzed 11 colleges and universities across South Carolina to determine which were the best for D1 Men's Basketball athletes in South Carolina. Our ranking is based on several objective factors, including the school's overall quality and the athletic competitiveness of the school. We steer clear of subjective measures since they don't give a clear picture when determining how one school compares to another. So, even if a school has a great team, it won't place well if it is also considered a low quality college or university.

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

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

University of South Carolina - Columbia

Columbia, South Carolina

Our analysis found University of South Carolina - Columbia to be the best school for D1 Men’s Basketball athletes in South Carolina in this year’s ranking. Columbia, South Carolina is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 6,966 students in 2018-2019.

The team at UofSC took home $11,093,661 in revenue and paid out $8,561,964 in expenses in recent times. Thus, the team actually made $2,531,697, which isn’t bad at all. The academic progress rate of the team is 966.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 88%. In addition to its Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in South Carolina ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, UofSC is ranked #4 for overall quality in South Carolina.

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#2

Clemson University

Clemson, South Carolina

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Clemson University. The school came in at #2 in this year’s ranking. Clemson University is a large public school located in Clemson, South Carolina that handed out 4,676 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Clemson took home $9,224,524 in revenue and paid out $8,229,736 in expenses in recent times. That boils down to a yearly profit of $994,788 for the sports team. 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. Clemson also made our overall quality list, coming in at #2.

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#3

Furman University

Greenville, South Carolina

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Furman University. The school came in at #3 in this year’s ranking. Furman University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Greenville, South Carolina that handed out 732 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Basketball team at Furman made $2,576,740 in revenue, while incurring $2,293,070 in expenses. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $283,670.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 93%. Furman also took the #1 spot in our overall quality rankings.

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#4

College of Charleston

Charleston, South Carolina

Out of the 11 schools in South Carolina that were part of this year’s ranking, College of Charleston landed the #4 spot on the list. Located in Charleston, South Carolina, the fairly large public school awarded 2,399 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at C of C took home $3,289,426 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 990.

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#5

Wofford College

Spartanburg, South Carolina

A rank of #5 on our list means Wofford College is a great place for D1 Men’s Basketball athletes in South Carolina working on their bachelor’s degree. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Spartanburg, South Carolina, and it awarded 476 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Basketball team at Wofford brought home $1,965,358 in revenue in a single year. The academic progress rate of the team is 970.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 89%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. In addition to its Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in South Carolina ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Wofford is ranked #3 for overall quality in South Carolina.

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#6

Winthrop University

Rock Hill, South Carolina

Winthrop University came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in South Carolina ranking. Winthrop University is a medium-sized public school located in Rock Hill, South Carolina that handed out 1,004 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Winthrop took home $2,101,706 in revenue and paid out $1,780,882 in expenses in recent times. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $320,824 in profit. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 971.

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#7

Presbyterian College

Clinton, South Carolina

Presbyterian College came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in South Carolina ranking. Presbyterian College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Clinton, South Carolina that handed out 228 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Basketball team at PC brought home $1,330,762 in revenue in a single year. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 950.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, PC also is in the top 20% of our overall quality ranking.

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#8

Coastal Carolina University

Conway, South Carolina

Coastal Carolina University ranked #8 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in South Carolina list. Conway, South Carolina is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,920 students in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Basketball team at Coastal Carolina University brought home $2,243,214 in revenue in a single year. The academic progress rate of the team is 974.

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#9

Charleston Southern University

Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston Southern University ranked #9 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in South Carolina list. Located in Charleston, South Carolina, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 661 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at CSU made $1,243,917 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 972.

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#10

University of South Carolina - Upstate

Spartanburg, South Carolina

University of South Carolina - Upstate ranked #10 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in South Carolina list. USC Upstate is located in Spartanburg, South Carolina and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,275 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at USC Upstate made $1,167,592 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 974.

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#11

South Carolina State University

Orangeburg, South Carolina

South Carolina State University came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in South Carolina ranking. South Carolina State University is located in Orangeburg, South Carolina and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 333 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at South Carolina State University made $785,619 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 966.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 11 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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