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2021 Top Southwest Region Men's D1 Basketball Schools

29 Colleges
$31,104 Avg Tuition & Fees*
36% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

It's not easy to decide which college to attend when there are so many options available for student athletes. One of our goals at College Factual is to give you as much information as we can - such as our Best Colleges for Division I Men's Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking - to help you make that decision.

After analyzing 29 schools in the Southwest Region , we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for D1 Men's Basketball athletes in the Southwest Region. 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 the Southwest Region for D1 Men's Basketball athletes in the Southwest Region

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#6 in Quality in the Southwest Region

Our 2021 rankings named Southern Methodist University the best school for D1 Men’s Basketball athletes in the Southwest Region working on their bachelor’s degree. Dallas, Texas is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,942 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at SMU took home $7,590,481 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 975.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 91%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, SMU also is in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking.

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#2

University of Arizona

Tucson, Arizona
#16 in Quality in the Southwest Region

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of Arizona. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D1 Men’s Basketball athletes in the Southwest Region list. This large public school is located in Tucson, Arizona, and it awarded 8,231 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Basketball team at University of Arizona made $22,437,254 in revenue, while incurring $10,383,630 in expenses. That boils down to a yearly profit of $12,053,624 for the sports team. The great academic progress rate of 980 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

University of Arizona also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

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#3

Baylor University

Waco, Texas
#7 in Quality in the Southwest Region

A rank of #3 on our list means Baylor University is a great place for D1 Men’s Basketball athletes in the Southwest Region working on their bachelor’s degree. Baylor is located in Waco, Texas and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 3,798 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The D1 Men’s Basketball team at Baylor brought home $9,860,432 in revenue in a single year. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 972.

With a freshman retention rate of 90%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Baylor also is in the top 10% of our overall quality ranking.

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#4

Rice University

Houston, Texas
#1 in Quality in the Southwest Region

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Rice University. The school came in at #4 in this year’s ranking. Rice is located in Houston, Texas and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,228 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The D1 Men’s Basketball team at Rice brought home $3,169,654 in revenue in a single year. The academic progress rate of the team is 959.

With a freshman retention rate of 97%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Rice did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #1 on our overall quality list.

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#5

Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, Texas
#5 in Quality in the Southwest Region

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Texas Christian University. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D1 Men’s Basketball athletes in the Southwest Region list. TCU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school situated in Fort Worth, Texas. It awarded 2,447 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at TCU made $14,852,389 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 941.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 91%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. TCU also made our overall quality list, coming in at #5.

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#2 in Quality in the Southwest Region

The University of Texas at Austin landed the #6 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking. Austin, Texas is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 10,098 students in 2018-2019.

The team at UT Austin took home $16,493,236 in revenue and paid out $11,649,912 in expenses in recent times. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $4,843,324. The academic progress rate of the team is 968.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 95%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. UT Austin not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #2 on our overall quality list.

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#25 in Quality in the Southwest Region

With a ranking of #7, Oklahoma State University - Main Campus did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking. Oklahoma State University - Main Campus is a large public school located in Stillwater, Oklahoma that handed out 4,899 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

OSU brought in $12,659,706 while tallying up $6,700,510 in expenses for its D1 Men’s Basketball team. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $5,959,196.

On top of its placing in this ranking, OSU 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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Texas A&M University - College Station

College Station, Texas
#4 in Quality in the Southwest Region

Texas A&M University - College Station did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking, coming in at #8. This large public school is located in College Station, Texas, and it awarded 13,198 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Texas A&M College Station brought in $12,349,705 while tallying up $11,818,860 in expenses for its D1 Men’s Basketball team. That boils down to a yearly profit of $530,845 for the sports team. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 953.

With a freshman retention rate of 92%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Texas A&M College Station not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #4 on our overall quality list.

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#11 in Quality in the Southwest Region

Arizona State University - Tempe did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking, coming in at #9. ASU - Tempe is a large public school situated in Tempe, Arizona. It awarded 10,401 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Basketball team at ASU - Tempe made $10,609,465 in revenue, while incurring $8,349,598 in expenses. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $2,259,867. 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 87%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. ASU - Tempe excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#10

University of Tulsa

Tulsa, Oklahoma
#8 in Quality in the Southwest Region

University of Tulsa landed the #10 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking. University of Tulsa is a private not-for-profit institution located in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The school has a small population, and it awarded 820 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at University of Tulsa made $6,196,308 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 971.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 88%. University of Tulsa also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

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#10 in Quality in the Southwest Region

University of Oklahoma Norman Campus landed the #11 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking. Located in Norman, Oklahoma, the large public school awarded 4,805 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The team at University of Oklahoma took home $12,355,263 in revenue and paid out $10,072,404 in expenses in recent times. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $2,282,859 in profit.

With a freshman retention rate of 92%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. University of Oklahoma excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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University of Houston

Houston, Texas
#17 in Quality in the Southwest Region

University of Houston landed the #12 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking. This large public school is located in Houston, Texas, and it awarded 7,631 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at UH took home $9,219,796 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 970.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UH also is in the top 15% of our overall quality ranking.

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#13

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, Texas
#24 in Quality in the Southwest Region

Texas Tech University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking, coming in at #13. Texas Tech University is a large public school located in Lubbock, Texas that handed out 6,599 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Basketball team at Texas Tech made $12,382,899 in revenue, while incurring $12,338,645 in expenses. Thus, the team actually made $44,254, which isn’t bad at all. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 954.

In addition to its great ranking here, Texas Tech is in the top 20% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#14

New Mexico State University - Main Campus

Las Cruces, New Mexico

New Mexico State University - Main Campus came in at #14 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking. NMSU Main Campus is located in Las Cruces, New Mexico and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 2,465 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at NMSU Main Campus made $3,077,862 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 972.

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University of New Mexico - Main Campus

Albuquerque, New Mexico

University of New Mexico - Main Campus landed the #15 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking. UNM is located in Albuquerque, New Mexico and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 4,321 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at UNM made $4,206,654 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 995, signifying that team members care about their grades.

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#16

Texas State University

San Marcos, Texas
Top 25% in Quality in the Southwest Region

Texas State University ranked #16 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the Southwest Region list. San Marcos, Texas is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 7,427 students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at Texas State made $1,976,474 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 976.

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Sam Houston State University

Huntsville, Texas

Sam Houston State University ranked #17 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the Southwest Region list. SHSU is a large public school situated in Huntsville, Texas. It awarded 4,343 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at SHSU took home $1,194,442 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 980, signifying that team members care about their grades.

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#18

Houston Baptist University

Houston, Texas

Houston Baptist University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking, coming in at #18. Located in Houston, Texas, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 467 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at HBU made $1,345,408 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 960.

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#19

Abilene Christian University

Abilene, Texas
#23 in Quality in the Southwest Region

With a ranking of #19, Abilene Christian University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking. Abilene Christian is a private not-for-profit institution located in Abilene, Texas. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 844 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Basketball team at Abilene Christian brought home $1,178,426 in revenue in a single year. The great academic progress rate of 981 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

In addition to its great ranking here, Abilene Christian is in the top 20% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#20

Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi, Texas

Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi came in at #20 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking. Corpus Christi, Texas is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,783 students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at Texas A&M Corpus Christi made $1,901,648 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 947.

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The University of Texas at El Paso did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking, coming in at #21. This large public school is located in El Paso, Texas, and it awarded 3,846 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

UTEP brought in $5,016,121 while tallying up $4,247,850 in expenses for its D1 Men’s Basketball team. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $768,271. The academic progress rate of the team is 941.

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#22

Grand Canyon University

Phoenix, Arizona

Grand Canyon University ranked #22 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the Southwest Region list. This large private for-profit school is located in Phoenix, Arizona, and it awarded 11,319 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Basketball team at Grand Canyon University brought home $5,331,006 in revenue in a single year. The academic progress rate of the team is 950.

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#23

University of the Incarnate Word

San Antonio, Texas

University of the Incarnate Word ranked #23 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the Southwest Region list. San Antonio, Texas is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,363 students in 2018-2019.

The team at UIW took home $1,416,859 in revenue and paid out $1,371,582 in expenses in recent times. That boils down to a yearly profit of $45,277 for the sports team. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 941.

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#24

Texas Southern University

Houston, Texas

Texas Southern University ranked #24 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the Southwest Region list. Texas Southern University is a medium-sized public school located in Houston, Texas that handed out 1,120 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Basketball team at TSU made $1,713,806 in revenue, while incurring $1,696,591 in expenses. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $17,215 in profit. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 955.

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#25

Oral Roberts University

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Oral Roberts University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking, coming in at #25. ORU is a private not-for-profit institution located in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The school has a small population, and it awarded 596 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

ORU brought in $2,300,880 while tallying up $2,085,974 in expenses for its D1 Men’s Basketball team. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $214,906 in profit. The academic progress rate of the team is 964.

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Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 25 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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