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2021 Top Pennsylvania Men's D2 Basketball Schools

21 Colleges
$22,890 Avg Tuition & Fees*
36% 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 Pennsylvania ranking as one item you can use to help make this decision.

After analyzing 21 schools in Pennsylvania, we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for D2 Men's Basketball athletes in Pennsylvania. 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 Pennsylvania for D2 Men's Basketball athletes in Pennsylvania

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Gannon University

Erie, Pennsylvania

Gannon University tops this year’s ranking as the best school for D2 Men’s Basketball athletes in Pennsylvania. Gannon is a private not-for-profit institution located in Erie, Pennsylvania. The school has a small population, and it awarded 566 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D2 Men’s Basketball team at Gannon made $814,499 in revenue, while incurring $792,823 in expenses. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $21,676 in profit.

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#2

Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

Kutztown, Pennsylvania

A rank of #2 on our list means Kutztown University of Pennsylvania is a great place for D2 Men’s Basketball athletes in Pennsylvania working on their bachelor’s degree. Kutztown University is located in Kutztown, Pennsylvania and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,651 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Kutztown University brought in $504,151 while tallying up $432,778 in expenses for its D2 Men’s Basketball team. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $71,373 in profit.

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#3

Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania

Shippensburg, Pennsylvania

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. The school came in at #3 in this year’s ranking. Ship is a medium-sized public school situated in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania. It awarded 1,328 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at Ship made $446,175 in revenue.

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Out of the 21 schools in Pennsylvania that were part of this year’s ranking, Indiana University of Pennsylvania - Main Campus landed the #4 spot on the list. Indiana University of Pennsylvania - Main Campus is a fairly large public school located in Indiana, Pennsylvania that handed out 2,152 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at IUP took home $976,649 in revenue and paid out $862,643 in expenses in recent times. Thus, the team actually made $114,006, which isn’t bad at all.

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#5

West Chester University of Pennsylvania

West Chester, Pennsylvania

A rank of #5 on our list means West Chester University of Pennsylvania is a great place for D2 Men’s Basketball athletes in Pennsylvania working on their bachelor’s degree. WCUPA is a fairly large public school situated in West Chester, Pennsylvania. It awarded 3,698 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

WCUPA brought in $702,886 while tallying up $624,255 in expenses for its D2 Men’s Basketball team. Thus, the team actually made $78,631, which isn’t bad at all.

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#6

Mercyhurst University

Erie, Pennsylvania

Mercyhurst University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in Pennsylvania ranking, coming in at #6. Mercyhurst is located in Erie, Pennsylvania and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 526 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The D2 Men’s Basketball team at Mercyhurst brought home $892,555 in revenue in a single year.

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#7

University of Pittsburgh - Johnstown

Johnstown, Pennsylvania

University of Pittsburgh - Johnstown came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in Pennsylvania ranking. Johnstown, Pennsylvania is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 524 students in 2018-2019.

The D2 Men’s Basketball team at Pitt Johnstown brought home $375,898 in revenue in a single year.

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#8

Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania

Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania

Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in Pennsylvania ranking, coming in at #8. Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,807 students in 2018-2019.

The D2 Men’s Basketball team at SRU brought home $435,274 in revenue in a single year.

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#9

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania

Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in Pennsylvania ranking, coming in at #9. This medium-sized public school is located in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, and it awarded 1,973 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at Bloomsburg took home $305,959 in revenue.

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#10

Seton Hill University

Greensburg, Pennsylvania

Seton Hill University ranked #10 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in Pennsylvania list. Seton Hill University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Greensburg, Pennsylvania that handed out 356 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Seton Hill brought in $505,928 while tallying up $505,927 in expenses for its D2 Men’s Basketball team. Thus, the team actually made $1, which isn’t bad at all.

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#11

Lock Haven University

Lock Haven, Pennsylvania

Lock Haven University landed the #11 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in Pennsylvania ranking. Lock Haven, Pennsylvania is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 697 students in 2018-2019.

LHU brought in $364,726 while tallying up $328,564 in expenses for its D2 Men’s Basketball team. That boils down to a yearly profit of $36,162 for the sports team.

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#12

East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania

East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania

East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania landed the #12 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in Pennsylvania ranking. East Stroudsburg University is a public institution located in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 1,267 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

East Stroudsburg University brought in $564,105 while tallying up $555,390 in expenses for its D2 Men’s Basketball team. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $8,715 in profit.

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#13

Holy Family University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

With a ranking of #13, Holy Family University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in Pennsylvania ranking. Holy Family is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 467 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The D2 Men’s Basketball team at Holy Family brought home $436,624 in revenue in a single year.

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#14

Millersville University of Pennsylvania

Millersville, Pennsylvania

Millersville University of Pennsylvania ranked #14 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in Pennsylvania list. Millersville, Pennsylvania is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,415 students in 2018-2019.

The D2 Men’s Basketball team at Millersville brought home $508,117 in revenue in a single year.

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#15

California University of Pennsylvania

California, Pennsylvania

California University of Pennsylvania came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in Pennsylvania ranking. California University of Pennsylvania is a medium-sized public school located in California, Pennsylvania that handed out 1,345 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at Cal U made $413,474 in revenue.

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#16

Mansfield University of Pennsylvania

Mansfield, Pennsylvania

With a ranking of #16, Mansfield University of Pennsylvania did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in Pennsylvania ranking. Mansfield University is a small public school situated in Mansfield, Pennsylvania. It awarded 377 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at Mansfield University took home $242,089 in revenue.

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#17

Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

Edinboro, Pennsylvania

Edinboro University of Pennsylvania ranked #17 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in Pennsylvania list. Edinboro, Pennsylvania is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 798 students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at Edinboro made $323,660 in revenue.

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#18

Clarion University of Pennsylvania

Clarion, Pennsylvania

Clarion University of Pennsylvania came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in Pennsylvania ranking. Clarion, Pennsylvania is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 895 students in 2018-2019.

Clarion University brought in $367,154 while tallying up $365,671 in expenses for its D2 Men’s Basketball team. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $1,483.

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#19

Lincoln University

Lincoln University, Pennsylvania

Lincoln University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in Pennsylvania ranking, coming in at #19. Located in Lincoln University, Pennsylvania, the small public school handed out 358 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D2 Men’s Basketball team at Lincoln brought home $450,377 in revenue in a single year.

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#20

Chestnut Hill College

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Chestnut Hill College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in Pennsylvania ranking, coming in at #20. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and it awarded 329 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

CHC brought in $256,961 while tallying up $254,552 in expenses for its D2 Men’s Basketball team. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $2,409 in profit.

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#21

Cheyney University of Pennsylvania

Cheyney, Pennsylvania

Cheyney University of Pennsylvania came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in Pennsylvania ranking. Cheyney, Pennsylvania is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 105 students in 2018-2019.

The D2 Men’s Basketball team at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania brought home $200,203 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 21 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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