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2021 Top Iowa Men's D1 Basketball Schools

4 Colleges
$30,035 Avg Tuition & Fees*
49% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

Student athletes have lots of options to chooose from today when trying to decide which college to attend. College Factual has developed its Best Colleges for Division I Men's Basketball in Iowa ranking as one item you can use to help make this decision.

After analyzing 4 schools in Iowa, we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for D1 Men's Basketball athletes in Iowa. 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 Iowa for D1 Men's Basketball athletes in Iowa

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Iowa State University

Ames, Iowa

Iowa State University tops this year’s ranking as the best school for D1 Men’s Basketball athletes in Iowa. Iowa State is a large public school situated in Ames, Iowa. It awarded 7,380 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Basketball team at Iowa State made $14,670,525 in revenue, while incurring $7,693,014 in expenses. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $6,977,511 in profit. The academic progress rate of the team is 949.

With a freshman retention rate of 87%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Iowa State also made our overall quality list, coming in at #4.

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#2

University of Iowa

Iowa City, Iowa

The excellent sports programs at University of Iowa helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for D1 Men’s Basketball athletes in Iowa. Iowa is a large public school situated in Iowa City, Iowa. It awarded 5,811 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Iowa brought in $12,120,342 while tallying up $8,097,014 in expenses for its D1 Men’s Basketball team. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $4,023,328 in profit. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 960.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 86%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Iowa not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #3 on our overall quality list.

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#3

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, Iowa

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend University of Northern Iowa. The school came in at #3 in this year’s ranking. University of Northern Iowa is a fairly large public school located in Cedar Falls, Iowa that handed out 2,500 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Basketball team at UNI brought home $3,550,793 in revenue in a single year. The great academic progress rate of 980 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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#4

Drake University

Des Moines, Iowa

A rank of #4 on our list means Drake University is a great place for D1 Men’s Basketball athletes in Iowa working on their bachelor’s degree. Drake is located in Des Moines, Iowa and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 896 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The D1 Men’s Basketball team at Drake brought home $2,557,916 in revenue in a single year. The academic progress rate of the team is 968.

With a freshman retention rate of 87%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Drake not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #2 on our overall quality list.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

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