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2021 Top New England Region Men's D2 Basketball Schools

13 Colleges
$37,846 Avg Tuition & Fees*
51% 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. College Factual was founded, in part, to help students make the decision as to what would be the best school for them. Our Best Colleges for Division II Men's Basketball in the New England Region ranking is part of that endeavor.

Our analysis looked at 13 schools in the New England Region to determine which ones were the best for D2 Men's Basketball athletes in the New England Region. 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 New England Region for D2 Men's Basketball athletes in the New England Region

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Saint Anselm College

Manchester, New Hampshire
Top 25% in Quality in the New England Region

Our analysis found Saint Anselm College to be the best school for D2 Men’s Basketball athletes in the New England Region in this year’s ranking. St. Anselm College is located in Manchester, New Hampshire and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 517 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

St. Anselm College brought in $1,017,229 while tallying up $921,176 in expenses for its D2 Men’s Basketball team. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $96,053.

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

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#2

Bentley University

Waltham, Massachusetts
#20 in Quality in the New England Region

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Bentley University. The school came in at #2 in this year’s ranking. Bentley is located in Waltham, Massachusetts and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,106 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at Bentley made $1,096,176 in revenue.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 92%. Bentley 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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#3

Stonehill College

Easton, Massachusetts
Top 25% in Quality in the New England Region

Out of the 13 schools in the New England Region that were part of this year’s ranking, Stonehill College landed the #3 spot on the list. Stonehill is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Easton, Massachusetts. It awarded 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. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $4,421.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 86%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year.

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#4

Merrimack College

North Andover, Massachusetts

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Merrimack College. The school came in at #4 in this year’s ranking. North Andover, Massachusetts is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 825 students in 2018-2019.

The D2 Men’s Basketball team at Merrimack brought home $999,430 in revenue in a single year.

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#5

University of New Haven

West Haven, Connecticut

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend University of New Haven. The school came in at #5 in this year’s ranking. Located in West Haven, Connecticut, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school awarded 1,189 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The team at University of New Haven took home $710,549 in revenue and paid out $703,200 in expenses in recent times. Thus, the team actually made $7,349, which isn’t bad at all.

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#6

Southern Connecticut State University

New Haven, Connecticut

Southern Connecticut State University landed the #6 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in the New England Region ranking. SCSU is a public institution located in New Haven, Connecticut. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 1,676 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at SCSU made $639,658 in revenue.

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#7

Assumption University

Worcester, Massachusetts

Assumption University ranked #7 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in the New England Region list. Assumption is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Worcester, Massachusetts. It awarded 571 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Assumption took home $808,273 in revenue and paid out $771,218 in expenses in recent times. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $37,055.

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#8

Saint Michael's College

Colchester, Vermont

Saint Michael’s College ranked #8 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in the New England Region list. Located in Colchester, Vermont, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 516 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D2 Men’s Basketball team at Saint Michael’s brought home $802,715 in revenue in a single year.

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#9

University of Bridgeport

Bridgeport, Connecticut

With a ranking of #9, University of Bridgeport did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in the New England Region ranking. UBridgeport is a private not-for-profit institution located in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 621 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D2 Men’s Basketball team at UBridgeport brought home $703,561 in revenue in a single year.

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#10

Southern New Hampshire University

Manchester, New Hampshire

Southern New Hampshire University came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in the New England Region ranking. SNHU is a private not-for-profit institution located in Manchester, New Hampshire. The school has a large population, and it awarded 10,893 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at SNHU made $751,622 in revenue.

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#11

Franklin Pierce University

Rindge, New Hampshire

Franklin Pierce University came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in the New England Region ranking. Rindge, New Hampshire is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 345 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at Franklin Pierce took home $648,667 in revenue.

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#12

American International College

Springfield, Massachusetts

American International College came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in the New England Region ranking. AIC is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Springfield, Massachusetts. It awarded 294 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at AIC took home $639,194 in revenue.

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#13

Post University

Waterbury, Connecticut

Post University ranked #13 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in the New England Region list. Post University is located in Waterbury, Connecticut and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,043 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The D2 Men’s Basketball team at Post University made $455,019 in revenue, while incurring $454,721 in expenses. That boils down to a yearly profit of $298 for the sports team.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 13 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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