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2021 Top North Dakota Men's D1 Basketball Schools

2 Colleges
$14,826 Avg Tuition & Fees*
26% 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. College Factual has developed its Best Colleges for Division I Men's Basketball in North Dakota ranking as one item you can use to help make this decision.

We analyzed 2 colleges and universities across North Dakota to determine which were the best for D1 Men's Basketball athletes in North Dakota. 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 North Dakota for D1 Men's Basketball athletes in North Dakota

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

Our analysis found North Dakota State University - Main Campus to be the best school for D1 Men’s Basketball athletes in North Dakota in this year’s ranking. North Dakota State University is located in Fargo, North Dakota and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 2,588 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at North Dakota State University took home $1,720,634 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 985 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

North Dakota State University did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #1 on our overall quality list.

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University of North Dakota

Grand Forks, North Dakota

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of North Dakota. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D1 Men’s Basketball athletes in North Dakota list. Grand Forks, North Dakota is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 2,231 students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at UND made $1,943,907 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 964.

UND also took the #2 spot in our overall quality rankings.

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Notes and References


*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 2 schools only.


  • 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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