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2021 Top Men's D3 Basketball Schools

382 Colleges
$49,506 Avg Tuition & Fees*
78% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

Men's Division III Basketball BadgeWith all of the options student athletes have for higher education today, it can be tough to choose which direction to take. One of our goals at College Factual is to give you as much information as we can - such as our Best Colleges for Division III Men's Basketball ranking - to help you make that decision.

We analyzed 382 colleges and universities across the United States to determine which were the best for D3 Men's Basketball athletes. 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 U.S. for D3 Men's Basketball athletes

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#1

Whitman College

Walla Walla, Washington
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

Whitman College tops this year’s ranking as the best school for D3 Men’s Basketball athletes. Whitman is a private not-for-profit institution located in Walla Walla, Washington. The school has a small population, and it awarded 374 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Whitman took home $286,691 in revenue and paid out $281,738 in expenses in recent times. Thus, the team actually made $4,953, which isn’t bad at all.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 94%. On top of its placing in this ranking, Whitman also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#2

Babson College

Wellesley, Massachusetts
Top 5% in Quality in the United States

A rank of #2 on our list means Babson College is a great place for D3 Men’s Basketball athletes working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in Wellesley, Massachusetts, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 548 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Basketball team at Babson College brought home $241,637 in revenue in a single year.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 96%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. On top of its placing in this ranking, Babson College also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#3

Middlebury College

Middlebury, Vermont
Top 5% in Quality in the United States

A rank of #3 on our list means Middlebury College is a great place for D3 Men’s Basketball athletes working on their bachelor’s degree. Middlebury College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Middlebury, Vermont that handed out 771 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at Middlebury took home $169,104 in revenue.

With a student-to-faculty ratio of 8 to 1, it’s easy to see that the school is committed to helping their undergraduates succeed. In addition to its great ranking here, Middlebury is in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#4

University of Rochester

Rochester, New York
Top 5% in Quality in the United States

The excellent sports programs at University of Rochester helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for D3 Men’s Basketball athletes. University of Rochester is located in Rochester, New York and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,921 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at University of Rochester took home $298,274 in revenue.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 97%. University of Rochester excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#5

Swarthmore College

Swarthmore, Pennsylvania
#21 in Quality in the United States

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Swarthmore College. The school came in at #5 in this year’s ranking. Swarthmore is a private not-for-profit institution located in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania. The school has a small population, and it awarded 545 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Swarthmore took home $216,588 in revenue and paid out $173,044 in expenses in recent times. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $43,544 in profit.

The student-to-faculty ratio of 8 to 1 is a sign that students will have more opportunities to engage with their professors one-on-one. On top of its placing in this ranking, Swarthmore also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#6

Washington University in St Louis

Saint Louis, Missouri
Top 5% in Quality in the United States

Washington University in St Louis ranked #6 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball list. WUSTL is located in Saint Louis, Missouri and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 2,407 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The D3 Men’s Basketball team at WUSTL made $508,055 in revenue, while incurring $477,763 in expenses. That boils down to a yearly profit of $30,292 for the sports team.

Since the school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 8 to 1, those pursuing a bachelor’s degree will have more opportunities to interact with their professors. In addition to its great ranking here, WUSTL is in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#7

Denison University

Granville, Ohio
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

Denison University landed the #7 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball ranking. Denison is a private not-for-profit institution located in Granville, Ohio. The school has a small population, and it awarded 643 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at Denison made $240,013 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 950.

Since the school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 9 to 1, those pursuing a bachelor’s degree will have more opportunities to interact with their professors. On top of its placing in this ranking, Denison also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#8

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, Massachusetts
#5 in Quality in the United States

Massachusetts Institute of Technology did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball ranking, coming in at #8. MIT is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,333 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at MIT made $134,961 in revenue.

The student-to-faculty ratio of 3 to 1 is a sign that students will have more opportunities to engage with their professors one-on-one. MIT also made our overall quality list, coming in at #5.

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#9

Christopher Newport University

Newport News, Virginia
Top 20% in Quality in the United States

Christopher Newport University came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball ranking. Located in Newport News, Virginia, the small public school handed out 1,172 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at CNU took home $360,914 in revenue.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 88%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. On top of its placing in this ranking, CNU 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

Tufts University

Medford, Massachusetts
Top 5% in Quality in the United States

Tufts University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball ranking, coming in at #10. Tufts University is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in Medford, Massachusetts that handed out 1,822 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Basketball team at Tufts brought home $180,793 in revenue in a single year.

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. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Tufts also is in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking.

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#11

Williams College

Williamstown, Massachusetts
#7 in Quality in the United States

Williams College ranked #11 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball list. Williams is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Williamstown, Massachusetts. It awarded 718 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Basketball team at Williams brought home $194,537 in revenue in a single year.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 98%. On top of its placing in this ranking, Williams also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 1% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#12

Wesleyan University

Middletown, Connecticut
Top 5% in Quality in the United States

Wesleyan University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball ranking, coming in at #12. Wesleyan U is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Middletown, Connecticut. It awarded 1,096 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Wesleyan U took home $253,520 in revenue and paid out $241,728 in expenses in recent times. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $11,792 in profit.

With a freshman retention rate of 95%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Wesleyan U also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

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#13

Emory University

Atlanta, Georgia
Top 5% in Quality in the United States

Emory University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball ranking, coming in at #13. Located in Atlanta, Georgia, the fairly large private not-for-profit school handed out 2,598 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Emory took home $412,671 in revenue and paid out $320,925 in expenses in recent times. Thus, the team actually made $91,746, which isn’t bad at all.

The impressive student-to-faculty ratio of 9 to 1 means that students may have more opportunities to work more closely with their professors than they would at other schools. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Emory also is in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking.

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#14

Ramapo College of New Jersey

Mahwah, New Jersey
Top 25% in Quality in the United States

With a ranking of #14, Ramapo College of New Jersey did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball ranking. Ramapo College is a public institution located in Mahwah, New Jersey. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 1,307 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Basketball team at Ramapo College made $275,875 in revenue, while incurring $274,623 in expenses. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $1,252.

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

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#15

St Lawrence University

Canton, New York
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

St Lawrence University landed the #15 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball ranking. Located in Canton, New York, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 765 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at St. Lawrence took home $143,387 in revenue.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 92%. St. Lawrence also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

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#16

Amherst College

Amherst, Massachusetts
#16 in Quality in the United States

Amherst College came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball ranking. Located in Amherst, Massachusetts, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 705 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Amherst took home $351,756 in revenue and paid out $332,754 in expenses in recent times. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $19,002 in profit.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 97%. Amherst also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 1% of all schools in this category.

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#17

Hanover College

Hanover, Indiana
Top 20% in Quality in the United States

Hanover College ranked #17 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball list. Hanover, Indiana is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 247 students in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Basketball team at Hanover made $240,398 in revenue, while incurring $234,573 in expenses. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $5,825 in profit.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Hanover also is in the top 20% of our overall quality ranking.

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#18

University of Scranton

Scranton, Pennsylvania
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

With a ranking of #18, University of Scranton did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball ranking. University of Scranton is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school situated in Scranton, Pennsylvania. It awarded 938 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Basketball team at University of Scranton brought home $346,191 in revenue in a single year.

With a freshman retention rate of 87%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. University of Scranton excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#19

Hope College

Holland, Michigan
Top 15% in Quality in the United States

Hope College landed the #19 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball ranking. Hope is located in Holland, Michigan and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 838 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The D3 Men’s Basketball team at Hope brought home $211,106 in revenue in a single year.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 88%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Hope also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

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#20

Skidmore College

Saratoga Springs, New York
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

With a ranking of #20, Skidmore College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball ranking. Located in Saratoga Springs, New York, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 717 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at Skidmore took home $147,816 in revenue.

With a freshman retention rate of 93%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Skidmore excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#21

Whitworth University

Spokane, Washington
Top 20% in Quality in the United States

Whitworth University ranked #21 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball list. Whitworth is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Spokane, Washington. It awarded 625 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Basketball team at Whitworth made $325,076 in revenue, while incurring $325,026 in expenses. That boils down to a yearly profit of $50 for the sports team.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Whitworth also is in the top 20% of our overall quality ranking.

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#22

Carleton College

Northfield, Minnesota
Top 5% in Quality in the United States

With a ranking of #22, Carleton College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball ranking. Carleton College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Northfield, Minnesota that handed out 512 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at Carleton made $204,890 in revenue.

With a student-to-faculty ratio of 9 to 1, it’s easy to see that the school is committed to helping their undergraduates succeed. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Carleton also is in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking.

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#23

St. John Fisher College

Rochester, New York
Top 20% in Quality in the United States

St. John Fisher College landed the #23 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball ranking. St. John Fisher College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Rochester, New York that handed out 761 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Fisher took home $245,161 in revenue and paid out $235,189 in expenses in recent times. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $9,972 in profit.

In addition to its great ranking here, Fisher is in the top 20% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#24

Grinnell College

Grinnell, Iowa
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

Grinnell College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball ranking, coming in at #24. Grinnell is located in Grinnell, Iowa and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 524 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The D3 Men’s Basketball team at Grinnell brought home $125,755 in revenue in a single year.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 96%. Grinnell excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#25

Saint Norbert College

De Pere, Wisconsin
Top 20% in Quality in the United States

With a ranking of #25, Saint Norbert College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball ranking. Located in De Pere, Wisconsin, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 604 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Basketball team at SNC brought home $212,168 in revenue in a single year.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, SNC also is in the top 20% of our overall quality ranking.

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Rest of the Top 50 Best Colleges for D3 Men's Basketball athletes

Not only did these schools make the top 50 list, but they also landed in the top 15% of this year’s ranking:

#26

University of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois
#27

Hamilton College

Clinton, New York
#28

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Worcester, Massachusetts
#29

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, Maryland
#30

Ripon College

Ripon, Wisconsin
#31

Stevens Institute of Technology

Hoboken, New Jersey
#32

University of St Thomas Minnesota

Saint Paul, Minnesota
#33

The College of New Jersey

Ewing, New Jersey
#34

The College of Wooster

Wooster, Ohio
#35

Union College New York

Schenectady, New York
#36

Illinois Wesleyan University

Bloomington, Illinois
#37

Augustana College

Rock Island, Illinois
#38

Ohio Wesleyan University

Delaware, Ohio
#39

Trinity College

Hartford, Connecticut
#40

Bethel University Minnesota

Saint Paul, Minnesota
#40

Bates College

Lewiston, Maine
#42

Susquehanna University

Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania
#43

Marietta College

Marietta, Ohio
#45

Roger Williams University

Bristol, Rhode Island
#46

Dickinson College

Carlisle, Pennsylvania
#47

Saint Vincent College

Latrobe, Pennsylvania
#48

Rhodes College

Memphis, Tennessee
#49

Pomona College

Claremont, California
#50

Lycoming College

Williamsport, Pennsylvania

Rest of the Top 15% Best Colleges in the United States for International Students

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Rank College Location
51 Catholic University of America Washington, DC
52 Hobart and William Smith Colleges Geneva, NY
53 California Lutheran University Thousand Oaks, CA
54 Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA
55 John Carroll University University Heights, OH
56 Bowdoin College Brunswick, ME
57 Connecticut College New London, CT
58 Yeshiva University New York, NY

Honorable Mentions

These schools also performed well in our Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball ranking:

Rank College Location
59 Endicott College Beverly, MA
60 Salisbury University Salisbury, MD
61 Transylvania University Lexington, KY
62 Pennsylvania State University - Erie - Behrend College Erie, PA
63 Calvin University Grand Rapids, MI
64 Centre College Danville, KY
65 Sewanee - The University of the South Sewanee, TN
66 Ohio Northern University Ada, OH
67 Misericordia University Dallas, PA
68 Randolph - Macon College Ashland, VA
69 Washington and Lee University Lexington, VA
70 Lebanon Valley College Annville, PA
71 Clarkson University Potsdam, NY
72 Colorado College Colorado Springs, CO
73 Ursinus College Collegeville, PA
Rank College Location
74 DePauw University Greencastle, IN
75 Moravian College Bethlehem, PA
76 Central College Pella, IA
77 Wheaton College Illinois Wheaton, IL

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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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