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2021 Top Tennessee Men's D1 Basketball Schools

11 Colleges
$26,842 Avg Tuition & Fees*
32% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

Student athletes have lots of options to chooose from today when trying to decide which college to attend. 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 Tennessee ranking.

We analyzed 11 colleges and universities across Tennessee to determine which were the best for D1 Men's Basketball athletes in Tennessee. 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 Tennessee for D1 Men's Basketball athletes in Tennessee

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, Tennessee

Our 2021 rankings named Vanderbilt University the best school for D1 Men’s Basketball athletes in Tennessee working on their bachelor’s degree. Nashville, Tennessee is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 2,280 students 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. That boils down to a yearly profit of $974,617 for the sports team. The team has a great academic progress rate of 989, signifying that team members care about their grades.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 97%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Vanderbilt not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #1 on our overall quality list.

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#2

Belmont University

Nashville, Tennessee

Out of the 11 schools in Tennessee that were part of this year’s ranking, Belmont University landed the #2 spot on the list. 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.

The D1 Men’s Basketball team at Belmont brought home $5,129,856 in revenue in a single year. The team had a perfect academic progress rate of 1000.

Belmont did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #5 on our overall quality list.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend The University of Tennessee - Knoxville. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D1 Men’s Basketball athletes in Tennessee list. Located in Knoxville, Tennessee, the large public school handed out 5,103 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

UT Knoxville brought in $17,003,826 while tallying up $10,554,613 in expenses for its D1 Men’s Basketball team. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $6,449,213 in profit. The academic progress rate of the team is 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 made our overall quality list, coming in at #4.

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#4

Middle Tennessee State University

Murfreesboro, Tennessee

A rank of #4 on our list means Middle Tennessee State University is a great place for D1 Men’s Basketball athletes in Tennessee working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, the large public school awarded 4,078 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at Middle Tennessee State University made $2,982,636 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 957.

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#5

Lipscomb University

Nashville, Tennessee

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Lipscomb University. The school came in at #5 in this year’s ranking. Lipscomb is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Nashville, Tennessee. It awarded 774 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at Lipscomb made $2,228,677 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 986, signifying that team members care about their grades.

On top of its placing in this ranking, Lipscomb 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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#6

University of Memphis

Memphis, Tennessee

With a ranking of #6, University of Memphis did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in Tennessee ranking. UofM is located in Memphis, Tennessee and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 3,088 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at UofM made $8,217,757 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 968.

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The University of Tennessee - Martin landed the #7 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in Tennessee ranking. UT Martin is located in Martin, Tennessee and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,176 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The D1 Men’s Basketball team at UT Martin made $1,270,841 in revenue, while incurring $1,119,003 in expenses. That boils down to a yearly profit of $151,838 for the sports team. The academic progress rate of the team is 973.

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The University of Tennessee - Chattanooga came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in Tennessee ranking. Chattanooga, Tennessee is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 2,082 students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at UT Chattanooga made $1,940,945 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 938.

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#9

Tennessee Technological University

Cookeville, Tennessee

Tennessee Technological University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in Tennessee ranking, coming in at #9. Located in Cookeville, Tennessee, the fairly large public school handed out 2,248 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at Tennessee Tech University made $1,161,305 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 950.

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#10

Tennessee State University

Nashville, Tennessee

Tennessee State University came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in Tennessee ranking. Tennessee State University is a public institution located in Nashville, Tennessee. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 1,081 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Tennessee State University brought in $1,414,097 while tallying up $1,330,636 in expenses for its D1 Men’s Basketball team. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $83,461 in profit. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 955.

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#11

Austin Peay State University

Clarksville, Tennessee

Austin Peay State University came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in Tennessee ranking. Austin Peay State University is a fairly large public school situated in Clarksville, Tennessee. It awarded 1,517 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Basketball team at Austin Peay State University made $2,338,400 in revenue, while incurring $1,904,820 in expenses. That boils down to a yearly profit of $433,580 for the sports team. The academic progress rate of the team is 946.

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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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