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2021 Top Rocky Mountains Region Men's D2 Basketball Schools

11 Colleges
$23,263 Avg Tuition & Fees*
23% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

When pursuing a degree in today's world, student athletes have many different options to choose from. 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 Rocky Mountains Region ranking is part of that endeavor.

After analyzing 11 schools in the Rocky Mountains Region , we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for D2 Men's Basketball athletes in the Rocky Mountains Region. Instead of depending on subjective information, we focus on objective factors to determine this ranking. These factors include such things as the athletic competitiveness of the school and the school's overall quality. This means that a school must provide students with a great education in addition to having a good sports team if it wants to rank well.

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Top Colleges in the Rocky Mountains Region for D2 Men's Basketball athletes in the Rocky Mountains Region

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Regis University

Denver, Colorado
#13 in Quality in the Rocky Mountains Region

Our analysis found Regis University to be the best school for D2 Men’s Basketball athletes in the Rocky Mountains Region in this year’s ranking. Regis U is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school situated in Denver, Colorado. It awarded 952 bachelor’s degrees 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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#2

Fort Lewis College

Durango, Colorado

A rank of #2 on our list means Fort Lewis College is a great place for D2 Men’s Basketball athletes in the Rocky Mountains Region working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in Durango, Colorado, the small public school handed out 667 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D2 Men’s Basketball team at FLC made $633,969 in revenue, while incurring $630,324 in expenses. That boils down to a yearly profit of $3,645 for the sports team.

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#18 in Quality in the Rocky Mountains Region

The excellent sports programs at Northwest Nazarene University helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for D2 Men’s Basketball athletes in the Rocky Mountains Region. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Nampa, Idaho, and it awarded 340 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at NNU made $701,720 in revenue.

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The excellent sports programs at Colorado State University - Pueblo helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for D2 Men’s Basketball athletes in the Rocky Mountains Region. Located in Pueblo, Colorado, the medium-sized public school handed out 749 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at Colorado State University - Pueblo took home $447,132 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 951.

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#5

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs, Colorado

A rank of #5 on our list means University of Colorado at Colorado Springs is a great place for D2 Men’s Basketball athletes in the Rocky Mountains Region working on their bachelor’s degree. UCCS is a public institution located in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 1,948 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D2 Men’s Basketball team at UCCS brought home $607,999 in revenue in a single year.

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#6

Colorado Christian University

Lakewood, Colorado

Colorado Christian University ranked #6 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in the Rocky Mountains Region list. CCU is located in Lakewood, Colorado and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 730 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at CCU made $488,450 in revenue.

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#7

Dixie State University

Saint George, Utah

With a ranking of #7, Dixie State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking. Dixie State College is a fairly large public school situated in Saint George, Utah. It awarded 814 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D2 Men’s Basketball team at Dixie State College brought home $837,366 in revenue in a single year.

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Montana State University - Billings ranked #8 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in the Rocky Mountains Region list. Montana State University - Billings is located in Billings, Montana and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 439 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Montana State University - Billings brought in $648,209 while tallying up $642,067 in expenses for its D2 Men’s Basketball team. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $6,142 in profit.

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#9

Adams State University

Alamosa, Colorado

With a ranking of #9, Adams State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking. Alamosa, Colorado is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 349 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at Adams State took home $434,534 in revenue.

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#10

Western Colorado University

Gunnison, Colorado

With a ranking of #10, Western Colorado University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking. Western Colorado University is a small public school located in Gunnison, Colorado that handed out 463 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D2 Men’s Basketball team at Western brought home $463,884 in revenue in a single year.

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#11

Colorado Mesa University

Grand Junction, Colorado

Colorado Mesa University came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking. Located in Grand Junction, Colorado, the medium-sized public school awarded 1,189 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at Colorado Mesa took home $459,574 in revenue.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 11 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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