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2021 Top Men's D2 Basketball Schools

274 Colleges
$34,773 Avg Tuition & Fees*
50% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

Men's Division II Basketball BadgeStudent athletes have lots of options to chooose from today when trying to decide which college to attend. One of our goals at College Factual is to give you as much information as we can - such as our Best Colleges for Division II Men's Basketball ranking - to help you make that decision.

Our analysis looked at 274 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for D2 Men's Basketball athletes. Our ranking is based on several objective factors, including the school's overall quality and the athletic competitiveness of the school. We steer clear of subjective measures since they don't give a clear picture when determining how one school compares to another. So, even if a school has a great team, it won't place well if it is also considered a low quality college or university.

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Top Colleges in the U.S. for D2 Men's Basketball athletes

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

University of California - San Diego

La Jolla, California
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

Our 2021 rankings named University of California - San Diego the best school for D2 Men’s Basketball athletes working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in La Jolla, California, the large public school awarded 8,037 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at UCSD took home $1,336,221 in revenue.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 94%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. UCSD 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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#2

Bellarmine University

Louisville, Kentucky
Top 25% in Quality in the United States

The excellent sports programs at Bellarmine University helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for D2 Men’s Basketball athletes. Bellarmine U is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Louisville, Kentucky. It awarded 690 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D2 Men’s Basketball team at Bellarmine U brought home $1,318,815 in revenue in a single year.

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#3

Rollins College

Winter Park, Florida
Top 15% in Quality in the United States

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Rollins College. The school came in at #3 in this year’s ranking. Located in Winter Park, Florida, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 664 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at Rollins took home $948,786 in revenue.

Rollins 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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#4

Augustana University

Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Top 15% in Quality in the United States

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Augustana University. The school came in at #4 in this year’s ranking. Sioux Falls, South Dakota is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 442 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at Augustana Sioux Falls took home $809,276 in revenue.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 86%. Augustana Sioux Falls 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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#5

Le Moyne College

Syracuse, New York
Top 20% in Quality in the United States

A rank of #5 on our list means Le Moyne College is a great place for D2 Men’s Basketball athletes working on their bachelor’s degree. LeMoyne is a private not-for-profit institution located in Syracuse, New York. The school has a small population, and it awarded 798 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

LeMoyne brought in $783,115 while tallying up $756,950 in expenses for its D2 Men’s Basketball team. Thus, the team actually made $26,165, which isn’t bad at all.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, LeMoyne also is in the top 20% of our overall quality ranking.

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#6

Western Washington University

Bellingham, Washington
Top 25% in Quality in the United States

Western Washington University came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball ranking. WWU is a public institution located in Bellingham, Washington. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 3,785 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at WWU made $863,277 in revenue.

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#7

Saint Anselm College

Manchester, New Hampshire
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

Saint Anselm College landed the #7 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball ranking. Saint Anselm College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Manchester, New Hampshire that handed out 517 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at St. Anselm College took home $1,017,229 in revenue and paid out $921,176 in expenses in recent times. That boils down to a yearly profit of $96,053 for the sports team.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 89%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. St. Anselm College 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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#8

Eckerd College

Saint Petersburg, Florida
Top 20% in Quality in the United States

Eckerd College landed the #8 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Saint Petersburg, Florida, and it awarded 507 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at Eckerd took home $627,187 in revenue.

On top of its placing in this ranking, Eckerd 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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#9

Queens University of Charlotte

Charlotte, North Carolina

Queens University of Charlotte landed the #9 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball ranking. Charlotte, North Carolina is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 400 students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at Queens made $829,491 in revenue.

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#10

The University of Findlay

Findlay, Ohio

The University of Findlay ranked #10 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball list. Located in Findlay, Ohio, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 622 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Findlay brought in $687,649 while tallying up $637,109 in expenses for its D2 Men’s Basketball team. Thus, the team actually made $50,540, which isn’t bad at all.

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#11

Molloy College

Rockville Centre, New York
Top 15% in Quality in the United States

Molloy College came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball ranking. This medium-sized private not-for-profit school is located in Rockville Centre, New York, and it awarded 811 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Molloy took home $341,461 in revenue and paid out $328,859 in expenses in recent times. Thus, the team actually made $12,602, which isn’t bad at all.

With a freshman retention rate of 88%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. In addition to its great ranking here, Molloy is in the top 15% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#12

Bentley University

Waltham, Massachusetts
Top 5% in Quality in the United States

Bentley University ranked #12 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball list. Bentley is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school situated in Waltham, Massachusetts. It awarded 1,106 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at Bentley took home $1,096,176 in revenue.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 92%. Bentley also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

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#13

Northwest Missouri State University

Maryville, Missouri

Northwest Missouri State University ranked #13 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball list. Located in Maryville, Missouri, the medium-sized public school handed out 1,101 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at Northwest made $867,129 in revenue.

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#14

California Baptist University

Riverside, California

California Baptist University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball ranking, coming in at #14. Cal Baptist is located in Riverside, California and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,670 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The team at Cal Baptist took home $2,555,371 in revenue and paid out $2,503,353 in expenses in recent times. Thus, the team actually made $52,018, which isn’t bad at all. The academic progress rate of the team is 960.

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#15

University of Alabama in Huntsville

Huntsville, Alabama

University of Alabama in Huntsville landed the #15 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball ranking. UAH is a public institution located in Huntsville, Alabama. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 1,348 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at UAH made $705,934 in revenue.

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#16

Stonehill College

Easton, Massachusetts
Top 15% in Quality in the United States

Stonehill College came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball ranking. Stonehill College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Easton, Massachusetts that handed out 719 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D2 Men’s Basketball team at Stonehill made $907,027 in revenue, while incurring $902,606 in expenses. That boils down to a yearly profit of $4,421 for the sports team.

With a freshman retention rate of 86%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Stonehill 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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#17

Truman State University

Kirksville, Missouri
Top 25% in Quality in the United States

Truman State University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball ranking, coming in at #17. Kirksville, Missouri is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,216 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at Truman State took home $447,087 in revenue.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 86%.

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#18

Regis University

Denver, Colorado

Regis University ranked #18 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball list. Denver, Colorado is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 952 students in 2018-2019.

The D2 Men’s Basketball team at Regis U brought home $687,858 in revenue in a single year.

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#19

Michigan Technological University

Houghton, Michigan
Top 15% in Quality in the United States

Michigan Technological University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball ranking, coming in at #19. Located in Houghton, Michigan, the medium-sized public school awarded 1,197 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at Michigan Tech took home $841,711 in revenue.

Michigan Tech 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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#20

Adelphi University

Garden City, New York
Top 25% in Quality in the United States

With a ranking of #20, Adelphi University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball ranking. Adelphi is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school situated in Garden City, New York. It awarded 1,262 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at Adelphi took home $707,147 in revenue.

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#21

Ferris State University

Big Rapids, Michigan

Ferris State University came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball ranking. Big Rapids, Michigan is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 2,493 students in 2018-2019.

The D2 Men’s Basketball team at Ferris made $853,565 in revenue, while incurring $654,990 in expenses. That boils down to a yearly profit of $198,575 for the sports team.

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#22

The College of Saint Rose

Albany, New York

The College of Saint Rose landed the #22 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball ranking. Saint Rose is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Albany, New York. It awarded 538 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Saint Rose took home $473,152 in revenue and paid out $450,387 in expenses in recent times. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $22,765.

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#23

Gannon University

Erie, Pennsylvania

Gannon University landed the #23 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball ranking. Located in Erie, Pennsylvania, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 566 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Gannon took home $814,499 in revenue and paid out $792,823 in expenses in recent times. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $21,676 in profit.

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#24

Lincoln Memorial University

Harrogate, Tennessee

Lincoln Memorial University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball ranking, coming in at #24. LMU is a private not-for-profit institution located in Harrogate, Tennessee. The school has a small population, and it awarded 315 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at LMU took home $943,670 in revenue.

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#25

Merrimack College

North Andover, Massachusetts

Merrimack College ranked #25 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball list. Located in North Andover, Massachusetts, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school handed out 825 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at Merrimack took home $999,430 in revenue.

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Rest of the Top 15% Best Colleges for D2 Men's Basketball athletes

Not only did these schools make the top 41 list, but they also landed in the top 15% of this year’s ranking:

#26

Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

Kutztown, Pennsylvania
#27

Union University

Jackson, Tennessee
#28

Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania

Shippensburg, Pennsylvania
#29

St. Thomas Aquinas College

Sparkill, New York
#29

Lewis University

Romeoville, Illinois
#32

Rockhurst University

Kansas City, Missouri
#33

Grand Valley State University

Allendale, Michigan
#34

Wayne State University

Detroit, Michigan
#35

Saint Edward's University

Austin, Texas
#37

Harding University

Searcy, Arkansas
#38

University of Nebraska at Kearney

Kearney, Nebraska
#39

Drury University

Springfield, Missouri
#40

Georgia College & State University

Milledgeville, Georgia
#41

Azusa Pacific University

Azusa, California

Honorable Mentions

These schools also performed well in our Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball ranking:

Rank College Location
42 San Francisco State University San Francisco, CA
43 Ashland University Ashland, OH
44 Seattle Pacific University Seattle, WA
45 Cedarville University Cedarville, OH
46 Florida Institute of Technology Melbourne, FL
47 Sonoma State University Rohnert Park, CA
48 University of Montevallo Montevallo, AL
49 University of Southern Indiana Evansville, IN
50 Hawaii Pacific University Honolulu, HI
51 West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester, PA
52 Saint Martin’s University Lacey, WA
53 Pfeiffer University Misenheimer, NC
54 Mercyhurst University Erie, PA
55 Barry University Miami, FL

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Notes and References

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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