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2021 Top Michigan Men's D2 Basketball Schools

7 Colleges
$22,039 Avg Tuition & Fees*
20% 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 II Men's Basketball in Michigan ranking as one item you can use to help make this decision.

After analyzing 7 schools in Michigan, we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for D2 Men's Basketball athletes in Michigan. 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 Michigan for D2 Men's Basketball athletes in Michigan

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Michigan Technological University

Houghton, Michigan

Our 2021 rankings named Michigan Technological University the best school for D2 Men’s Basketball athletes in Michigan 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.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at Michigan Tech made $841,711 in revenue.

In addition to its great ranking here, Michigan Tech is in the top 15% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#2

Ferris State University

Big Rapids, Michigan

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Ferris State University. The school came in at #2 in this year’s ranking. 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. Thus, the team actually made $198,575, which isn’t bad at all.

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#3

Grand Valley State University

Allendale, Michigan

A rank of #3 on our list means Grand Valley State University is a great place for D2 Men’s Basketball athletes in Michigan working on their bachelor’s degree. GVSU is a large public school situated in Allendale, Michigan. It awarded 5,421 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at GVSU made $747,271 in revenue.

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#4

Wayne State University

Detroit, Michigan

Out of the 7 schools in Michigan that were part of this year’s ranking, Wayne State University landed the #4 spot on the list. Detroit, Michigan is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 3,652 students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at Wayne State made $732,191 in revenue.

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#5

Lake Superior State University

Sault Ste Marie, Michigan

Out of the 7 schools in Michigan that were part of this year’s ranking, Lake Superior State University landed the #5 spot on the list. Lake Superior State University is a small public school located in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan that handed out 393 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at Lake Superior State University took home $498,559 in revenue.

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#6

Saginaw Valley State University

University Center, Michigan

With a ranking of #6, Saginaw Valley State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in Michigan ranking. Saginaw Valley State University is a medium-sized public school located in University Center, Michigan that handed out 1,527 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Saginaw Valley State University took home $646,791 in revenue and paid out $632,878 in expenses in recent times. Thus, the team actually made $13,913, which isn’t bad at all.

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#7

Northern Michigan University

Marquette, Michigan

Northern Michigan University landed the #7 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in Michigan ranking. Northern Michigan University is a medium-sized public school located in Marquette, Michigan that handed out 1,219 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D2 Men’s Basketball team at Northern Michigan University made $703,878 in revenue, while incurring $691,735 in expenses. Thus, the team actually made $12,143, which isn’t bad at all.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 7 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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