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2021 Top Minnesota Men's D2 Basketball Schools

7 Colleges
$14,903 Avg Tuition & Fees*
28% 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 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 Minnesota ranking is part of that endeavor.

After analyzing 7 schools in Minnesota, we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for D2 Men's Basketball athletes in Minnesota. To come up with this ranking, we look at a number of factors that are all objective measurements. These factors include the school's overall quality as determined by our Best Colleges ranking and the athletic competitiveness of the school. Thus, in order to rank well, the school must offer a quality education in addition to having a great sports team.

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Top Colleges in Minnesota for D2 Men's Basketball athletes in Minnesota

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Winona State University

Winona, Minnesota

Winona State University tops this year’s ranking as the best school for D2 Men’s Basketball athletes in Minnesota. 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.

Speaking financially, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at Winona State took home $494,640 in revenue.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Southwest Minnesota State University. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D2 Men’s Basketball athletes in Minnesota list. Southwest Minnesota State University is located in Marshall, Minnesota and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 484 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at Southwest Minnesota State University made $427,205 in revenue.

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#3

Saint Cloud State University

Saint Cloud, Minnesota

Out of the 7 schools in Minnesota that were part of this year’s ranking, Saint Cloud State University landed the #3 spot on the list. This fairly large public school is located in Saint Cloud, Minnesota, and it awarded 2,065 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

St. Cloud State University brought in $652,470 while tallying up $610,917 in expenses for its D2 Men’s Basketball team. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $41,553 in profit.

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#4

University of Minnesota - Duluth

Duluth, Minnesota

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of Minnesota - Duluth. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D2 Men’s Basketball athletes in Minnesota list. UMN Duluth is a public institution located in Duluth, Minnesota. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 2,162 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at UMN Duluth made $327,245 in revenue.

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#5

Bemidji State University

Bemidji, Minnesota

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Bemidji State University. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D2 Men’s Basketball athletes in Minnesota list. Located in Bemidji, Minnesota, the small public school awarded 1,036 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at Bemidji State University made $433,499 in revenue.

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#6

University of Minnesota - Crookston

Crookston, Minnesota

University of Minnesota - Crookston did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in Minnesota ranking, coming in at #6. Located in Crookston, Minnesota, the small public school awarded 448 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at UMN Crookston made $483,294 in revenue.

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#7

Concordia University, Saint Paul

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Concordia University, Saint Paul landed the #7 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in Minnesota ranking. Saint Paul, Minnesota is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 752 students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at Concordia University, Saint Paul made $508,996 in revenue.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 7 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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