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2021 Top Southeast Region Men's D2 Basketball Schools

100 Colleges
$30,919 Avg Tuition & Fees*
38% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

When it comes to choosing a college, student athletes have a lot of options - but not all of them are good. College Factual has developed its Best Colleges for Division II Men's Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking as one item you can use to help make this decision.

After analyzing 100 schools in the Southeast Region , we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for D2 Men's Basketball athletes in the Southeast 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 Southeast Region for D2 Men's Basketball athletes in the Southeast Region

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Bellarmine University

Louisville, Kentucky
Top 20% in Quality in the Southeast Region

Our analysis found Bellarmine University to be the best school for D2 Men’s Basketball athletes in the Southeast Region in this year’s ranking. Bellarmine U is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Louisville, Kentucky. It awarded 690 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D2 Men’s Basketball team at Bellarmine U brought home $1,318,815 in revenue in a single year.

On top of its placing in this ranking, Bellarmine U also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#2

Rollins College

Winter Park, Florida
Top 10% in Quality in the Southeast Region

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Rollins College. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D2 Men’s Basketball athletes in the Southeast Region list. Located in Winter Park, Florida, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 664 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at Rollins took home $948,786 in revenue.

In addition to its great ranking here, Rollins is in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#3

Eckerd College

Saint Petersburg, Florida
Top 15% in Quality in the Southeast Region

Out of the 100 schools in the Southeast Region that were part of this year’s ranking, Eckerd College landed the #3 spot on the list. Located in Saint Petersburg, Florida, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 507 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at Eckerd took home $627,187 in revenue.

Eckerd also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

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#4

Queens University of Charlotte

Charlotte, North Carolina
Top 25% in Quality in the Southeast Region

A rank of #4 on our list means Queens University of Charlotte is a great place for D2 Men’s Basketball athletes in the Southeast Region working on their bachelor’s degree. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Charlotte, North Carolina, and it awarded 400 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D2 Men’s Basketball team at Queens brought home $829,491 in revenue in a single year.

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#5

University of Alabama in Huntsville

Huntsville, Alabama
Top 25% in Quality in the Southeast Region

The excellent sports programs at University of Alabama in Huntsville helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for D2 Men’s Basketball athletes in the Southeast Region. Located in Huntsville, Alabama, the medium-sized public school handed out 1,348 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at UAH took home $705,934 in revenue.

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#6

Lincoln Memorial University

Harrogate, Tennessee

Lincoln Memorial University landed the #6 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking. Located in Harrogate, Tennessee, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 315 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at LMU made $943,670 in revenue.

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#7

Union University

Jackson, Tennessee
Top 15% in Quality in the Southeast Region

With a ranking of #7, Union University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking. Union is a private not-for-profit institution located in Jackson, Tennessee. The school has a small population, and it awarded 533 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Union took home $696,168 in revenue and paid out $659,649 in expenses in recent times. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $36,519 in profit.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 86%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Union also is in the top 15% of our overall quality ranking.

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#8

Harding University

Searcy, Arkansas
Top 15% in Quality in the Southeast Region

Harding University ranked #8 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in the Southeast Region list. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Searcy, Arkansas, and it awarded 888 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D2 Men’s Basketball team at Harding brought home $494,473 in revenue in a single year.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Harding also is in the top 15% of our overall quality ranking.

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#9

Georgia College & State University

Milledgeville, Georgia
Top 20% in Quality in the Southeast Region

Georgia College & State University came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking. Milledgeville, Georgia is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,304 students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at Georgia College made $334,299 in revenue.

Georgia College also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools in this category.

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#10

Florida Institute of Technology

Melbourne, Florida
Top 25% in Quality in the Southeast Region

Florida Institute of Technology landed the #10 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking. Located in Melbourne, Florida, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school handed out 787 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D2 Men’s Basketball team at Florida Tech made $838,004 in revenue, while incurring $766,139 in expenses. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $71,865.

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#11

University of Montevallo

Montevallo, Alabama

With a ranking of #11, University of Montevallo did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking. Montevallo is a small public school situated in Montevallo, Alabama. It awarded 465 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at Montevallo took home $663,482 in revenue.

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#12

Pfeiffer University

Misenheimer, North Carolina

Pfeiffer University came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking. Pfeiffer University is a private not-for-profit institution located in Misenheimer, North Carolina. The school has a small population, and it awarded 141 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Pfeiffer University took home $158,477 in revenue and paid out $151,593 in expenses in recent times. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $6,884 in profit.

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#13

Barry University

Miami, Florida

Barry University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking, coming in at #13. This medium-sized private not-for-profit school is located in Miami, Florida, and it awarded 697 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D2 Men’s Basketball team at Barry University brought home $647,423 in revenue in a single year.

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#14

The University of Tampa

Tampa, Florida

The University of Tampa landed the #14 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking. Tampa, Florida is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,775 students in 2018-2019.

UT brought in $743,593 while tallying up $740,818 in expenses for its D2 Men’s Basketball team. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $2,775 in profit.

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#15

Wheeling Jesuit University

Wheeling, West Virginia

With a ranking of #15, Wheeling Jesuit University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking. Located in Wheeling, West Virginia, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 164 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Wheeling Jesuit took home $376,821 in revenue and paid out $363,266 in expenses in recent times. That boils down to a yearly profit of $13,555 for the sports team.

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#16

Ouachita Baptist University

Arkadelphia, Arkansas
Top 25% in Quality in the Southeast Region

Ouachita Baptist University landed the #16 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking. Located in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 399 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at Ouachita Baptist took home $486,054 in revenue.

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#17

The University of West Florida

Pensacola, Florida

The University of West Florida came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking. UWF is a fairly large public school situated in Pensacola, Florida. It awarded 2,410 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D2 Men’s Basketball team at UWF brought home $567,847 in revenue in a single year.

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#18

West Liberty University

West Liberty, West Virginia

With a ranking of #18, West Liberty University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking. West Liberty University is a small public school situated in West Liberty, West Virginia. It awarded 423 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at West Liberty University took home $375,397 in revenue.

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#19

Florida Southern College

Lakeland, Florida
Top 20% in Quality in the Southeast Region

Florida Southern College came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking. Located in Lakeland, Florida, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 737 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D2 Men’s Basketball team at Florida Southern brought home $1,021,863 in revenue in a single year.

Florida Southern also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools in this category.

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#20

Catawba College

Salisbury, North Carolina

Catawba College ranked #20 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in the Southeast Region list. Located in Salisbury, North Carolina, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 300 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D2 Men’s Basketball team at Catawba made $633,377 in revenue, while incurring $629,284 in expenses. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $4,093.

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#21

Wingate University

Wingate, North Carolina

Wingate University came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking. Wingate, North Carolina is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 517 students in 2018-2019.

The D2 Men’s Basketball team at Wingate made $536,877 in revenue, while incurring $521,776 in expenses. Thus, the team actually made $15,101, which isn’t bad at all.

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#22

Valdosta State University

Valdosta, Georgia

Valdosta State University landed the #22 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking. This fairly large public school is located in Valdosta, Georgia, and it awarded 1,503 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at VSU took home $586,522 in revenue.

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#23

Christian Brothers University

Memphis, Tennessee

Christian Brothers University landed the #23 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking. Memphis, Tennessee is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 363 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at Christian Brothers took home $552,094 in revenue.

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#24

Palm Beach Atlantic University

West Palm Beach, Florida

Palm Beach Atlantic University came in at #24 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in West Palm Beach, Florida, and it awarded 541 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D2 Men’s Basketball team at Palm Beach Atlantic made $454,790 in revenue, while incurring $449,418 in expenses. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $5,372 in profit.

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#25

Lynn University

Boca Raton, Florida

Lynn University ranked #25 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in the Southeast Region list. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Boca Raton, Florida, and it awarded 449 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at Lynn University Fighting Knights took home $750,639 in revenue.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 25 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%.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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