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2021 Top Missouri Men's D2 Basketball Schools

13 Colleges
$23,451 Avg Tuition & Fees*
35% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

When it comes to choosing a college, student athletes have a lot of options - but not all of them are good. Our mission at College Factual is to arm you with as much information as we can to help you make that decision. Our Best Colleges for Division II Men's Basketball in Missouri ranking is one tool we have developed to help in this regard.

After analyzing 13 schools in Missouri, we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for D2 Men's Basketball athletes in Missouri. 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 Missouri for D2 Men's Basketball athletes in Missouri

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Northwest Missouri State University

Maryville, Missouri

Northwest Missouri State University tops this year’s ranking as the best school for D2 Men’s Basketball athletes in Missouri. Northwest is a medium-sized public school situated in Maryville, Missouri. It awarded 1,101 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D2 Men’s Basketball team at Northwest brought home $867,129 in revenue in a single year.

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#2

Truman State University

Kirksville, Missouri

A rank of #2 on our list means Truman State University is a great place for D2 Men’s Basketball athletes in Missouri working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in Kirksville, Missouri, the medium-sized public school handed out 1,216 bachelor’s degrees 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. Truman State also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools in this category.

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#3

Rockhurst University

Kansas City, Missouri

A rank of #3 on our list means Rockhurst University is a great place for D2 Men’s Basketball athletes in Missouri working on their bachelor’s degree. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Kansas City, Missouri, and it awarded 463 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

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

With a freshman retention rate of 86%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Rockhurst also is in the top 15% of our overall quality ranking.

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The excellent sports programs at Missouri University of Science and Technology helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for D2 Men’s Basketball athletes in Missouri. This medium-sized public school is located in Rolla, Missouri, and it awarded 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.

Missouri University of Science and Technology not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #4 on our overall quality list.

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#5

Drury University

Springfield, Missouri

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Drury University. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D2 Men’s Basketball athletes in Missouri list. Located in Springfield, Missouri, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 347 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students 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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#6

University of Central Missouri

Warrensburg, Missouri

University of Central Missouri ranked #6 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in Missouri list. 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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#7

Lindenwood University

Saint Charles, Missouri

Lindenwood University landed the #7 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in Missouri ranking. Lindenwood University is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school situated in Saint Charles, Missouri. It awarded 1,829 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D2 Men’s Basketball team at Lindenwood University brought home $910,699 in revenue in a single year.

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#8

William Jewell College

Liberty, Missouri

William Jewell College came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in Missouri ranking. William Jewell College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Liberty, Missouri that handed out 323 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D2 Men’s Basketball team at William Jewell made $452,998 in revenue, while incurring $451,998 in expenses. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $1,000.

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#9

Maryville University of Saint Louis

Saint Louis, Missouri

Maryville University of Saint Louis landed the #9 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in Missouri ranking. Maryville U is located in Saint Louis, Missouri and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 616 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Maryville U brought in $745,531 while tallying up $715,727 in expenses for its D2 Men’s Basketball team. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $29,804 in profit.

On top of its placing in this ranking, Maryville U 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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#10

University of Missouri - St Louis

Saint Louis, Missouri

University of Missouri - St Louis landed the #10 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in Missouri ranking. Located in Saint Louis, Missouri, the fairly large public school awarded 1,921 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree 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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#11

Southwest Baptist University

Bolivar, Missouri

Southwest Baptist University ranked #11 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in Missouri list. Bolivar, Missouri is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 378 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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With a ranking of #12, Missouri Southern State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in Missouri ranking. Joplin, Missouri is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 979 students in 2018-2019.

Missouri Southern brought in $675,244 while tallying up $594,865 in expenses for its D2 Men’s Basketball team. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $80,379 in profit.

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#13

Missouri Western State University

Saint Joseph, Missouri

Missouri Western State University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in Missouri ranking, coming in at #13. Missouri Western is located in Saint Joseph, Missouri and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 759 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The D2 Men’s Basketball team at Missouri Western brought home $593,193 in revenue in a single year. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 938.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 13 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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