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2021 Top Virginia Men's D1 Basketball Schools

14 Colleges
$34,396 Avg Tuition & Fees*
50% 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. College Factual has developed its Best Colleges for Division I Men's Basketball in Virginia ranking as one item you can use to help make this decision.

After analyzing 14 schools in Virginia, we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for D1 Men's Basketball athletes in Virginia. 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 Virginia for D1 Men's Basketball athletes in Virginia

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#1

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, Virginia

Our 2021 rankings named University of Virginia - Main Campus the best school for D1 Men’s Basketball athletes in Virginia working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in Charlottesville, Virginia, the large public school handed out 5,167 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at University of Virginia took home $13,400,721 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 961.

With a freshman retention rate of 96%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. University of Virginia also took the #2 spot in our overall quality rankings.

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#2

University of Richmond

University of Richmond, Virginia

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of Richmond. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D1 Men’s Basketball athletes in Virginia list. This small private not-for-profit school is located in University of Richmond, Virginia, and it awarded 1,005 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Basketball team at URichmond brought home $4,782,542 in revenue in a single year. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 970.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 93%. In addition to its Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in Virginia ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, URichmond is ranked #3 for overall quality in Virginia.

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#3

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, Virginia

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Virginia Tech. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D1 Men’s Basketball athletes in Virginia list. Virginia Tech is a large public school located in Blacksburg, Virginia that handed out 7,156 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Virginia Tech brought in $9,886,728 while tallying up $8,525,606 in expenses for its D1 Men’s Basketball team. Thus, the team actually made $1,361,122, which isn’t bad at all. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 980.

With a freshman retention rate of 93%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Virginia Tech not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #5 on our overall quality list.

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#4

Virginia Commonwealth University

Richmond, Virginia

A rank of #4 on our list means Virginia Commonwealth University is a great place for D1 Men’s Basketball athletes in Virginia working on their bachelor’s degree. VCU is a public institution located in Richmond, Virginia. The school has a large population, and it awarded 5,372 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

VCU brought in $8,833,917 while tallying up $6,102,633 in expenses for its D1 Men’s Basketball team. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $2,731,284 in profit. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 966.

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#5

College of William and Mary

Williamsburg, Virginia

Out of the 14 schools in Virginia that were part of this year’s ranking, College of William and Mary landed the #5 spot on the list. William & Mary is located in Williamsburg, Virginia and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 2,072 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at William & Mary made $3,970,949 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 984 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 95%. William & Mary did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #4 on our overall quality list.

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#6

George Mason University

Fairfax, Virginia

George Mason University ranked #6 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in Virginia list. GMU is a public institution located in Fairfax, Virginia. The school has a large population, and it awarded 5,866 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at GMU took home $4,287,689 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 979.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 88%. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, GMU also is in the top 20% of our overall quality ranking.

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#7

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, Virginia

James Madison University landed the #7 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in Virginia ranking. JMU is a public institution located in Harrisonburg, Virginia. The school has a large population, and it awarded 4,665 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at JMU took home $2,709,807 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 967.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 90%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. JMU excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#8

Old Dominion University

Norfolk, Virginia

Old Dominion University landed the #8 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in Virginia ranking. Old Dominion is a large public school situated in Norfolk, Virginia. It awarded 3,987 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at Old Dominion made $3,953,002 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 985.

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#9

Virginia Military Institute

Lexington, Virginia

Virginia Military Institute came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in Virginia ranking. Located in Lexington, Virginia, the small public school awarded 363 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Basketball team at VMI brought home $1,547,786 in revenue in a single year. The academic progress rate of the team is 954.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 87%. VMI excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#10

Hampton University

Hampton, Virginia

Hampton University ranked #10 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in Virginia list. Located in Hampton, Virginia, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 640 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Hampton brought in $1,828,090 while tallying up $1,460,137 in expenses for its D1 Men’s Basketball team. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $367,953. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 964.

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#11

Radford University

Radford, Virginia

Radford University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in Virginia ranking, coming in at #11. Radford is located in Radford, Virginia and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,910 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at Radford made $1,682,177 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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#12

Liberty University

Lynchburg, Virginia

Liberty University ranked #12 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in Virginia list. Liberty University is located in Lynchburg, Virginia and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 9,140 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The D1 Men’s Basketball team at Liberty University brought home $3,400,852 in revenue in a single year. The academic progress rate of the team is 970.

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#13

Longwood University

Farmville, Virginia

Longwood University landed the #13 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in Virginia ranking. Longwood is a small public school situated in Farmville, Virginia. It awarded 996 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Longwood brought in $1,837,437 while tallying up $1,640,350 in expenses for its D1 Men’s Basketball team. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $197,087. The academic progress rate of the team is 940.

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#14

Norfolk State University

Norfolk, Virginia

Norfolk State University landed the #14 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in Virginia ranking. Norfolk State is a medium-sized public school situated in Norfolk, Virginia. It awarded 612 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at Norfolk State took home $1,477,761 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 970.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 14 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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