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2021 Top Great Lakes Region Men's D2 Basketball Schools

23 Colleges
$25,353 Avg Tuition & Fees*
29% 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. Our mission at College Factual is to arm you with as much information as we can to help you make that decision. Our Best Colleges for Division II Men's Basketball in the Great Lakes Region ranking is one tool we have developed to help in this regard.

Our analysis looked at 23 schools in the Great Lakes Region to determine which ones were the best for D2 Men's Basketball athletes in the Great Lakes Region. 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 the Great Lakes Region for D2 Men's Basketball athletes in the Great Lakes Region

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

The University of Findlay

Findlay, Ohio

The University of Findlay tops this year’s ranking as the best school for D2 Men’s Basketball athletes in the Great Lakes Region. The University of Findlay is a small private not-for-profit school located in Findlay, Ohio that handed out 622 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D2 Men’s Basketball team at Findlay made $687,649 in revenue, while incurring $637,109 in expenses. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $50,540.

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#2

Michigan Technological University

Houghton, Michigan
Top 15% in Quality in the Great Lakes Region

A rank of #2 on our list means Michigan Technological University is a great place for D2 Men’s Basketball athletes in the Great Lakes Region working on their bachelor’s degree. Michigan Tech is a public institution located in Houghton, Michigan. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 1,197 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

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

On top of its placing in this ranking, Michigan Tech also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#3

Ferris State University

Big Rapids, Michigan

Out of the 23 schools in the Great Lakes Region that were part of this year’s ranking, Ferris State University landed the #3 spot on the list. Ferris is a public institution located in Big Rapids, Michigan. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 2,493 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Ferris took home $853,565 in revenue and paid out $654,990 in expenses in recent times. That boils down to a yearly profit of $198,575 for the sports team.

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#4

Lewis University

Romeoville, Illinois
Top 25% in Quality in the Great Lakes Region

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Lewis University. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D2 Men’s Basketball athletes in the Great Lakes Region list. Located in Romeoville, Illinois, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school awarded 1,234 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The D2 Men’s Basketball team at Lewis brought home $661,650 in revenue in a single year.

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#5

Grand Valley State University

Allendale, Michigan
Top 25% in Quality in the Great Lakes Region

A rank of #5 on our list means Grand Valley State University is a great place for D2 Men’s Basketball athletes in the Great Lakes Region working on their bachelor’s degree. Allendale, Michigan is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 5,421 students in 2018-2019.

The D2 Men’s Basketball team at GVSU brought home $747,271 in revenue in a single year.

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#6

Wayne State University

Detroit, Michigan

Wayne State University landed the #6 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in the Great Lakes Region ranking. Wayne State University is a large public school located in Detroit, Michigan that handed out 3,652 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D2 Men’s Basketball team at Wayne State brought home $732,191 in revenue in a single year.

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#7

Ashland University

Ashland, Ohio

Ashland University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in the Great Lakes Region ranking, coming in at #7. Ashland is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school situated in Ashland, Ohio. It awarded 801 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D2 Men’s Basketball team at Ashland brought home $601,260 in revenue in a single year.

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#8

Cedarville University

Cedarville, Ohio
Top 25% in Quality in the Great Lakes Region

Cedarville University came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in the Great Lakes Region ranking. Cedarville is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Cedarville, Ohio. It awarded 759 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D2 Men’s Basketball team at Cedarville brought home $610,934 in revenue in a single year.

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#9

University of Southern Indiana

Evansville, Indiana

With a ranking of #9, University of Southern Indiana did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in the Great Lakes Region ranking. Located in Evansville, Indiana, the fairly large public school handed out 1,623 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at USI took home $719,453 in revenue and paid out $696,123 in expenses in recent times. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $23,330.

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#10

Lake Superior State University

Sault Ste Marie, Michigan

Lake Superior State University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in the Great Lakes Region ranking, coming in at #10. Located in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan, the small public school awarded 393 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at Lake Superior State University made $498,559 in revenue.

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#11

Walsh University

North Canton, Ohio

With a ranking of #11, Walsh University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in the Great Lakes Region ranking. Walsh is located in North Canton, Ohio and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 511 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Walsh brought in $769,101 while tallying up $731,648 in expenses for its D2 Men’s Basketball team. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $37,453.

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#12

Quincy University

Quincy, Illinois

With a ranking of #12, Quincy University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in the Great Lakes Region ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Quincy, Illinois, and it awarded 218 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at Quincy U made $655,692 in revenue.

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#13

Saginaw Valley State University

University Center, Michigan

Saginaw Valley State University came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in the Great Lakes Region ranking. Saginaw Valley State University is located in University Center, Michigan and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,527 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The team at Saginaw Valley State University took home $646,791 in revenue and paid out $632,878 in expenses in recent times. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $13,913.

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#14

Malone University

Canton, Ohio

Malone University ranked #14 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in the Great Lakes Region list. Malone University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Canton, Ohio that handed out 325 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at Malone made $306,752 in revenue.

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#15

University of Illinois at Springfield

Springfield, Illinois

University of Illinois at Springfield did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in the Great Lakes Region ranking, coming in at #15. This small public school is located in Springfield, Illinois, and it awarded 680 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D2 Men’s Basketball team at UIS brought home $428,017 in revenue in a single year.

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#16

University of Wisconsin - Parkside

Kenosha, Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin - Parkside came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in the Great Lakes Region ranking. This small public school is located in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and it awarded 786 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at UW - Parkside made $471,657 in revenue.

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#17

Ohio Dominican University

Columbus, Ohio

Ohio Dominican University landed the #17 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in the Great Lakes Region ranking. ODU is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Columbus, Ohio. It awarded 267 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

ODU brought in $560,220 while tallying up $498,816 in expenses for its D2 Men’s Basketball team. Thus, the team actually made $61,404, which isn’t bad at all.

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#18

McKendree University

Lebanon, Illinois

McKendree University landed the #18 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in the Great Lakes Region ranking. Located in Lebanon, Illinois, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 484 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

McKendree brought in $725,396 while tallying up $670,832 in expenses for its D2 Men’s Basketball team. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $54,564.

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#19

Northern Michigan University

Marquette, Michigan

Northern Michigan University came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in the Great Lakes Region ranking. Located in Marquette, Michigan, the medium-sized public school awarded 1,219 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Northern Michigan University brought in $703,878 while tallying up $691,735 in expenses for its D2 Men’s Basketball team. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $12,143.

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#20

Notre Dame College

Cleveland, Ohio

Notre Dame College ranked #20 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in the Great Lakes Region list. NDC is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Cleveland, Ohio. It awarded 301 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at NDC made $501,378 in revenue.

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#21

Tiffin University

Tiffin, Ohio

Tiffin University came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in the Great Lakes Region ranking. Located in Tiffin, Ohio, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 535 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at Tiffin University took home $561,755 in revenue.

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#22

Central State University

Wilberforce, Ohio

Central State University came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in the Great Lakes Region ranking. Wilberforce, Ohio is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 185 students in 2018-2019.

The D2 Men’s Basketball team at Central State University brought home $364,427 in revenue in a single year. The academic progress rate of the team is 971.

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#23

Lake Erie College

Painesville, Ohio

Lake Erie College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in the Great Lakes Region ranking, coming in at #23. Located in Painesville, Ohio, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 155 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The D2 Men’s Basketball team at LEC brought home $474,773 in revenue in a single year.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 23 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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