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2021 Top Plains States Region Men's D2 Basketball Schools

36 Colleges
$21,537 Avg Tuition & Fees*
33% 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. At College Factual, we're committed to helping you make that decision by providing information such as that found in our Best Colleges for Division II Men's Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking.

After analyzing 36 schools in the Plains States Region , we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for D2 Men's Basketball athletes in the Plains States 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 Plains States Region for D2 Men's Basketball athletes in the Plains States Region

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Augustana University

Sioux Falls, South Dakota
#19 in Quality in the Plains States Region

Augustana University tops this year’s ranking as the best school for D2 Men’s Basketball athletes in the Plains States Region. Sioux Falls, South Dakota is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 442 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at Augustana Sioux Falls took home $809,276 in revenue.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 86%. On top of its placing in this ranking, Augustana Sioux Falls also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#2

Northwest Missouri State University

Maryville, Missouri

A rank of #2 on our list means Northwest Missouri State University is a great place for D2 Men’s Basketball athletes in the Plains States Region working on their bachelor’s degree. Northwest is a public institution located in Maryville, Missouri. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 1,101 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at Northwest took home $867,129 in revenue.

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#3

Truman State University

Kirksville, Missouri
Top 20% in Quality in the Plains States Region

The excellent sports programs at Truman State 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 Plains States Region. Kirksville, Missouri is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,216 students in 2018-2019.

The D2 Men’s Basketball team at Truman State brought home $447,087 in revenue in a single year.

With a freshman retention rate of 86%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. On top of its placing in this ranking, Truman State 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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#4

Rockhurst University

Kansas City, Missouri
Top 20% in Quality in the Plains States Region

A rank of #4 on our list means Rockhurst University is a great place for D2 Men’s Basketball athletes in the Plains States Region working on their bachelor’s degree. Rockhurst is located in Kansas City, Missouri and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 463 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The D2 Men’s Basketball team at Rockhurst brought home $582,784 in revenue in a single year.

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, Rockhurst also is in the top 20% of our overall quality ranking.

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#22 in Quality in the Plains States Region

The excellent sports programs at Missouri University of Science and Technology helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for D2 Men’s Basketball athletes in the Plains States Region. Missouri University of Science and Technology is a medium-sized public school located in Rolla, Missouri that handed out 1,388 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at Missouri University of Science and Technology took home $605,416 in revenue.

In addition to its great ranking here, Missouri University of Science and Technology is in the top 15% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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University of Nebraska at Kearney ranked #6 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in the Plains States Region list. UNK is a medium-sized public school situated in Kearney, Nebraska. It awarded 850 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at UNK made $514,456 in revenue.

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#7

Drury University

Springfield, Missouri

With a ranking of #7, Drury University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Springfield, Missouri, and it awarded 347 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at Drury University took home $884,035 in revenue.

With a freshman retention rate of 88%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students.

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#8

Northern State University

Aberdeen, South Dakota

With a ranking of #8, Northern State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking. NSU is a public institution located in Aberdeen, South Dakota. The school has a small population, and it awarded 305 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at NSU took home $775,282 in revenue and paid out $668,479 in expenses in recent times. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $106,803.

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Top 25% in Quality in the Plains States Region

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking, coming in at #9. South Dakota School of Mines and Technology is a small public school located in Rapid City, South Dakota that handed out 465 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D2 Men’s Basketball team at SD Mines made $535,497 in revenue, while incurring $528,664 in expenses. Thus, the team actually made $6,833, which isn’t bad at all.

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#10

Winona State University

Winona, Minnesota

Winona State University landed the #10 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking. Winona State is located in Winona, Minnesota and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,822 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The D2 Men’s Basketball team at Winona State brought home $494,640 in revenue in a single year.

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#11

University of Central Missouri

Warrensburg, Missouri

University of Central Missouri landed the #11 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking. Located in Warrensburg, Missouri, the fairly large public school handed out 2,021 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at UCM took home $692,466 in revenue.

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#12

Southwest Minnesota State University

Marshall, Minnesota

Southwest Minnesota State University ranked #12 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in the Plains States Region list. Marshall, Minnesota is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 484 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at Southwest Minnesota State University took home $427,205 in revenue.

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#13

Lindenwood University

Saint Charles, Missouri

Lindenwood University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking, coming in at #13. Lindenwood University is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in Saint Charles, Missouri that handed out 1,829 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at Lindenwood University took home $910,699 in revenue.

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#14

Washburn University

Topeka, Kansas

With a ranking of #14, Washburn University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking. Located in Topeka, Kansas, the medium-sized public school awarded 896 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The D2 Men’s Basketball team at Washburn University brought home $703,633 in revenue in a single year.

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#15

University of Mary

Bismarck, North Dakota

University of Mary did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking, coming in at #15. UMary is a private not-for-profit institution located in Bismarck, North Dakota. The school has a small population, and it awarded 532 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D2 Men’s Basketball team at UMary brought home $536,539 in revenue in a single year.

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#16

Saint Cloud State University

Saint Cloud, Minnesota

With a ranking of #16, Saint Cloud State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking. St. Cloud State University is a fairly large public school situated in Saint Cloud, Minnesota. It awarded 2,065 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D2 Men’s Basketball team at St. Cloud State University made $652,470 in revenue, while incurring $610,917 in expenses. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $41,553 in profit.

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#17

William Jewell College

Liberty, Missouri

William Jewell College landed the #17 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking. William Jewell is located in Liberty, Missouri and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 323 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The team at William Jewell took home $452,998 in revenue and paid out $451,998 in expenses in recent times. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $1,000 in profit.

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#18

Maryville University of Saint Louis

Saint Louis, Missouri
Top 25% in Quality in the Plains States Region

Maryville University of Saint Louis came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking. Located in Saint Louis, Missouri, the fairly large private not-for-profit school awarded 616 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The team at Maryville U took home $745,531 in revenue and paid out $715,727 in expenses in recent times. Thus, the team actually made $29,804, which isn’t bad at all.

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#19

University of Missouri - St Louis

Saint Louis, Missouri

University of Missouri - St Louis did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking, coming in at #19. Saint Louis, Missouri is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,921 students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at UMSL made $616,556 in revenue.

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#20

Fort Hays State University

Hays, Kansas

Fort Hays State University came in at #20 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking. FHSU is a public institution located in Hays, Kansas. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 2,888 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

FHSU brought in $551,942 while tallying up $478,626 in expenses for its D2 Men’s Basketball team. That boils down to a yearly profit of $73,316 for the sports team.

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#21

Emporia State University

Emporia, Kansas

Emporia State University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking, coming in at #21. Located in Emporia, Kansas, the medium-sized public school awarded 822 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at ESU took home $568,563 in revenue.

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#22

Upper Iowa University

Fayette, Iowa

Upper Iowa University ranked #22 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in the Plains States Region list. UIU is located in Fayette, Iowa and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,155 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The D2 Men’s Basketball team at UIU made $601,102 in revenue, while incurring $597,406 in expenses. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $3,696.

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#23

University of Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

University of Sioux Falls came in at #23 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking. University of Sioux Falls is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. It awarded 363 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

University of Sioux Falls brought in $564,320 while tallying up $546,866 in expenses for its D2 Men’s Basketball team. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $17,454.

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#24

Southwest Baptist University

Bolivar, Missouri

Southwest Baptist University landed the #24 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking. Located in Bolivar, Missouri, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 378 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at Southwest Baptist University made $589,185 in revenue.

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#25

University of Minnesota - Duluth

Duluth, Minnesota

With a ranking of #25, University of Minnesota - Duluth did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking. University of Minnesota - Duluth is a fairly large public school located in Duluth, Minnesota that handed out 2,162 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at UMN Duluth took home $327,245 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%.

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