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2021 Top Tennessee Men's D2 Basketball Schools

10 Colleges
$23,122 Avg Tuition & Fees*
29% 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 has developed its Best Colleges for Division II Men's Basketball in Tennessee ranking as one item you can use to help make this decision.

Our analysis looked at 10 schools in Tennessee to determine which ones were the best for D2 Men's Basketball athletes in Tennessee. 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 Tennessee for D2 Men's Basketball athletes in Tennessee

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Lincoln Memorial University

Harrogate, Tennessee

Our 2021 rankings named Lincoln Memorial University the best school for D2 Men’s Basketball athletes in Tennessee working on their bachelor’s degree. LMU is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Harrogate, Tennessee. It awarded 315 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at LMU took home $943,670 in revenue.

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#2

Union University

Jackson, Tennessee

A rank of #2 on our list means Union University is a great place for D2 Men’s Basketball athletes in Tennessee working on their bachelor’s degree. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Jackson, Tennessee, and it awarded 533 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Union brought in $696,168 while tallying up $659,649 in expenses for its D2 Men’s Basketball team. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $36,519 in profit.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 86%. 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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#3

Christian Brothers University

Memphis, Tennessee

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Christian Brothers University. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D2 Men’s Basketball athletes in Tennessee list. Located in Memphis, Tennessee, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 363 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at Christian Brothers made $552,094 in revenue.

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#4

Lee University

Cleveland, Tennessee

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Lee University. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D2 Men’s Basketball athletes in Tennessee list. Located in Cleveland, Tennessee, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school awarded 848 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at Lee University made $593,051 in revenue.

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#5

Carson - Newman University

Jefferson City, Tennessee

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Carson - Newman University. The school came in at #5 in this year’s ranking. Located in Jefferson City, Tennessee, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 431 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D2 Men’s Basketball team at Carson - Newman made $708,149 in revenue, while incurring $597,952 in expenses. That boils down to a yearly profit of $110,197 for the sports team.

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#6

King University

Bristol, Tennessee

With a ranking of #6, King University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in Tennessee ranking. King is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Bristol, Tennessee. It awarded 526 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at King made $525,920 in revenue.

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#7

Trevecca Nazarene University

Nashville, Tennessee

Trevecca Nazarene University ranked #7 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in Tennessee list. Located in Nashville, Tennessee, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 428 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at TNU made $613,434 in revenue.

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#8

Lane College

Jackson, Tennessee

Lane College landed the #8 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in Tennessee ranking. Lane College is located in Jackson, Tennessee and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 176 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The D2 Men’s Basketball team at Lane College brought home $627,532 in revenue in a single year.

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#9

Tusculum College

Greeneville, Tennessee

Tusculum College landed the #9 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in Tennessee ranking. Located in Greeneville, Tennessee, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 309 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Tusculum College took home $524,081 in revenue and paid out $521,081 in expenses in recent times. That boils down to a yearly profit of $3,000 for the sports team.

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#10

Le Moyne - Owen College

Memphis, Tennessee

Le Moyne - Owen College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in Tennessee ranking, coming in at #10. Le Moyne - Owen College is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Memphis, Tennessee. It awarded 137 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D2 Men’s Basketball team at Le Moyne - Owen College brought home $179,548 in revenue in a single year.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 10 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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