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2021 Top North Carolina Men's D2 Basketball Schools

20 Colleges
$23,951 Avg Tuition & Fees*
26% 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 North Carolina ranking is part of that endeavor.

Our analysis looked at 20 schools in North Carolina to determine which ones were the best for D2 Men's Basketball athletes in North Carolina. 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 North Carolina for D2 Men's Basketball athletes in North Carolina

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Queens University of Charlotte

Charlotte, North Carolina

Our 2021 rankings named Queens University of Charlotte the best school for D2 Men’s Basketball athletes in North Carolina working on their bachelor’s degree. Queens University of Charlotte is a small private not-for-profit school located in Charlotte, North Carolina that handed out 400 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at Queens took home $829,491 in revenue.

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#2

Pfeiffer University

Misenheimer, North Carolina

A rank of #2 on our list means Pfeiffer University is a great place for D2 Men’s Basketball athletes in North Carolina working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in Misenheimer, North Carolina, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 141 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Pfeiffer University brought in $158,477 while tallying up $151,593 in expenses for its D2 Men’s Basketball team. Thus, the team actually made $6,884, which isn’t bad at all.

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#3

Catawba College

Salisbury, North Carolina

Out of the 20 schools in North Carolina that were part of this year’s ranking, Catawba College landed the #3 spot on the list. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Salisbury, North Carolina, and it awarded 300 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Catawba brought in $633,377 while tallying up $629,284 in expenses for its D2 Men’s Basketball team. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $4,093 in profit.

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#4

Wingate University

Wingate, North Carolina

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Wingate University. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D2 Men’s Basketball athletes in North Carolina list. Wingate is a private not-for-profit institution located in Wingate, North Carolina. The school has a small population, and it awarded 517 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Wingate brought in $536,877 while tallying up $521,776 in expenses for its D2 Men’s Basketball team. That boils down to a yearly profit of $15,101 for the sports team.

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#5

Barton College

Wilson, North Carolina

The excellent sports programs at Barton College helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for D2 Men’s Basketball athletes in North Carolina. Barton College is located in Wilson, North Carolina and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 231 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at Barton College made $441,824 in revenue.

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#6

University of North Carolina at Pembroke

Pembroke, North Carolina

University of North Carolina at Pembroke did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in North Carolina ranking, coming in at #6. UNC Pembroke is a public institution located in Pembroke, North Carolina. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 990 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

UNC Pembroke brought in $370,244 while tallying up $346,136 in expenses for its D2 Men’s Basketball team. Thus, the team actually made $24,108, which isn’t bad at all.

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#7

Winston - Salem State University

Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Winston - Salem State University ranked #7 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in North Carolina list. Located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, the medium-sized public school awarded 1,026 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at WSSU made $417,155 in revenue.

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#8

Lenoir - Rhyne University

Hickory, North Carolina

With a ranking of #8, Lenoir - Rhyne University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in North Carolina ranking. Lenoir - Rhyne University is a private not-for-profit institution located in Hickory, North Carolina. The school has a small population, and it awarded 323 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at Lenoir - Rhyne University took home $768,524 in revenue.

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#9

Chowan University

Murfreesboro, North Carolina

Chowan University came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in North Carolina ranking. Murfreesboro, North Carolina is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 263 students in 2018-2019.

The D2 Men’s Basketball team at Chowan University brought home $435,802 in revenue in a single year.

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#10

Fayetteville State University

Fayetteville, North Carolina

With a ranking of #10, Fayetteville State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in North Carolina ranking. Located in Fayetteville, North Carolina, the medium-sized public school awarded 1,017 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The D2 Men’s Basketball team at Fayetteville State University brought home $471,828 in revenue in a single year.

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#11

Belmont Abbey College

Belmont, North Carolina

Belmont Abbey College ranked #11 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in North Carolina list. BAC is a private not-for-profit institution located in Belmont, North Carolina. The school has a small population, and it awarded 306 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D2 Men’s Basketball team at BAC brought home $501,265 in revenue in a single year.

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#12

Shaw University

Raleigh, North Carolina

Shaw University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in North Carolina ranking, coming in at #12. Located in Raleigh, North Carolina, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 168 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at Shaw University took home $596,826 in revenue.

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#13

Johnson C Smith University

Charlotte, North Carolina

With a ranking of #13, Johnson C Smith University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in North Carolina ranking. Located in Charlotte, North Carolina, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 226 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at JCSU made $556,309 in revenue.

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#14

Saint Augustine's University

Raleigh, North Carolina

Saint Augustine’s University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in North Carolina ranking, coming in at #14. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Raleigh, North Carolina, and it awarded 92 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at SAU made $227,818 in revenue.

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#15

University of Mount Olive

Mount Olive, North Carolina

University of Mount Olive ranked #15 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in North Carolina list. UMO is a private not-for-profit institution located in Mount Olive, North Carolina. The school has a small population, and it awarded 590 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

UMO brought in $435,301 while tallying up $388,026 in expenses for its D2 Men’s Basketball team. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $47,275.

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#16

Lees - McRae College

Banner Elk, North Carolina

Lees - McRae College ranked #16 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in North Carolina list. Lees - McRae College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Banner Elk, North Carolina that handed out 229 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at Lees - McRae College made $449,455 in revenue.

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#17

Livingstone College

Salisbury, North Carolina

With a ranking of #17, Livingstone College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in North Carolina ranking. Livingstone College is a private not-for-profit institution located in Salisbury, North Carolina. The school has a small population, and it awarded 143 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at Livingstone College made $629,905 in revenue.

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#18

Mars Hill University

Mars Hill, North Carolina

With a ranking of #18, Mars Hill University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in North Carolina ranking. Located in Mars Hill, North Carolina, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 239 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The D2 Men’s Basketball team at Mars Hill brought home $331,136 in revenue in a single year.

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#19

Elizabeth City State University

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Elizabeth City State University came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in North Carolina ranking. ECSU is located in Elizabeth City, North Carolina and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 226 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at ECSU took home $316,578 in revenue.

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#20

Brevard College

Brevard, North Carolina

With a ranking of #20, Brevard College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in North Carolina ranking. Brevard College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Brevard, North Carolina that handed out 116 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at Brevard College made $155,241 in revenue.

The student-to-faculty ratio of 9 to 1 is a sign that students will have more opportunities to engage with their professors one-on-one.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 20 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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