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2021 Top Kentucky Men's D2 Basketball Schools

3 Colleges
$27,190 Avg Tuition & Fees*
30% 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 Kentucky ranking as one item you can use to help make this decision.

We analyzed 3 colleges and universities across Kentucky to determine which were the best for D2 Men's Basketball athletes in Kentucky. 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 Kentucky for D2 Men's Basketball athletes in Kentucky

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:


Bellarmine University

Louisville, Kentucky

Our 2021 rankings named Bellarmine University the best school for D2 Men’s Basketball athletes in Kentucky working on their bachelor’s degree. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Louisville, Kentucky, and it awarded 690 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at Bellarmine U took home $1,318,815 in revenue.

Bellarmine U also made our overall quality list, coming in at #5.

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Kentucky Wesleyan College

Owensboro, Kentucky

The excellent sports programs at Kentucky Wesleyan College helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for D2 Men’s Basketball athletes in Kentucky. Kentucky Wesleyan College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Owensboro, Kentucky that handed out 137 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at Wesleyan made $570,928 in revenue.

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Kentucky State University

Frankfort, Kentucky

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Kentucky State University. The school came in at #3 in this year’s ranking. Located in Frankfort, Kentucky, the small public school awarded 212 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at KY State took home $351,048 in revenue.

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Notes and References


*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 3 schools only.


  • 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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