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2021 Top California Men's D3 Basketball Schools

9 Colleges
$50,426 Avg Tuition & Fees*
67% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

When pursuing a degree in today's world, student athletes have many different options to choose from. College Factual has developed its Best Colleges for Division III Men's Basketball in California ranking as one item you can use to help make this decision.

After analyzing 9 schools in California, we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for D3 Men's Basketball athletes in California. 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 California for D3 Men's Basketball athletes in California

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Pomona College

Claremont, California

Our analysis found Pomona College to be the best school for D3 Men’s Basketball athletes in California in this year’s ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Claremont, California, and it awarded 449 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Pomona brought in $218,050 while tallying up $217,150 in expenses for its D3 Men’s Basketball team. Thus, the team actually made $900, which isn’t bad at all.

With a freshman retention rate of 98%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Pomona also made our overall quality list, coming in at #3.

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#2

California Lutheran University

Thousand Oaks, California

A rank of #2 on our list means California Lutheran University is a great place for D3 Men’s Basketball athletes in California working on their bachelor’s degree. CLU is a private not-for-profit institution located in Thousand Oaks, California. The school has a small population, and it awarded 849 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Basketball team at CLU brought home $295,435 in revenue in a single year.

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#3

Occidental College

Los Angeles, California

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Occidental College. The school came in at #3 in this year’s ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Los Angeles, California, and it awarded 529 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Basketball team at Oxy made $189,412 in revenue, while incurring $178,684 in expenses. That boils down to a yearly profit of $10,728 for the sports team.

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. On top of its placing in this ranking, Oxy 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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#4

University of La Verne

La Verne, California

Out of the 9 schools in California that were part of this year’s ranking, University of La Verne landed the #4 spot on the list. This medium-sized private not-for-profit school is located in La Verne, California, and it awarded 1,300 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Basketball team at ULV made $170,119 in revenue, while incurring $150,555 in expenses. Thus, the team actually made $19,564, which isn’t bad at all.

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#5

Chapman University

Orange, California

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Chapman University. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D3 Men’s Basketball athletes in California list. Located in Orange, California, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school awarded 1,717 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Basketball team at Chapman brought home $216,939 in revenue in a single year.

With a freshman retention rate of 91%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students.

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#6

California Institute of Technology

Pasadena, California

With a ranking of #6, California Institute of Technology did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in California ranking. Pasadena, California is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 241 students in 2018-2019.

Caltech brought in $185,726 while tallying up $122,615 in expenses for its D3 Men’s Basketball team. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $63,111 in profit.

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. Caltech did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #1 on our overall quality list.

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#7

University of California - Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, California

University of California - Santa Cruz came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in California ranking. UC Santa Cruz is a public institution located in Santa Cruz, California. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 4,713 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at UC Santa Cruz took home $168,387 in revenue and paid out $160,387 in expenses in recent times. Thus, the team actually made $8,000, which isn’t bad at all.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 91%.

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#8

Whittier College

Whittier, California

Whittier College landed the #8 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in California ranking. Whittier College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Whittier, California that handed out 407 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Whittier took home $105,207 in revenue and paid out $99,861 in expenses in recent times. Thus, the team actually made $5,346, which isn’t bad at all.

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#9

University of Redlands

Redlands, California

University of Redlands ranked #9 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in California list. University of Redlands is a private not-for-profit institution located in Redlands, California. The school has a small population, and it awarded 755 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

University of Redlands brought in $202,161 while tallying up $198,872 in expenses for its D3 Men’s Basketball team. That boils down to a yearly profit of $3,289 for the sports team.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 9 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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