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2021 Top Illinois Men's D3 Basketball Schools

21 Colleges
$36,661 Avg Tuition & Fees*
51% 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. 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 III Men's Basketball in Illinois ranking is part of that endeavor.

Our analysis looked at 21 schools in Illinois to determine which ones were the best for D3 Men's Basketball athletes in Illinois. 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 Illinois for D3 Men's Basketball athletes in Illinois

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

University of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

Our 2021 rankings named University of Chicago the best school for D3 Men’s Basketball athletes in Illinois working on their bachelor’s degree. This fairly large private not-for-profit school is located in Chicago, Illinois, and it awarded 2,024 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Basketball team at UChicago brought home $308,141 in revenue in a single year.

The student-to-faculty ratio of 5 to 1 is a sign that students will have more opportunities to engage with their professors one-on-one. UChicago also took the #2 spot in our overall quality rankings.

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#2

Illinois Wesleyan University

Bloomington, Illinois

A rank of #2 on our list means Illinois Wesleyan University is a great place for D3 Men’s Basketball athletes in Illinois working on their bachelor’s degree. Bloomington, Illinois is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 434 students in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Basketball team at Illinois Wesleyan brought home $167,725 in revenue in a single year.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 89%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Illinois Wesleyan 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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#3

Augustana College

Rock Island, Illinois

The excellent sports programs at Augustana College helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for D3 Men’s Basketball athletes in Illinois. Rock Island, Illinois is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 855 students in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Basketball team at Augustana brought home $409,478 in revenue in a single year.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 87%. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Augustana also is in the top 20% of our overall quality ranking.

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#4

Wheaton College Illinois

Wheaton, Illinois

The excellent sports programs at Wheaton College Illinois helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for D3 Men’s Basketball athletes in Illinois. Located in Wheaton, Illinois, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 720 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Basketball team at Wheaton College Illinois brought home $289,183 in revenue in a single year.

With a freshman retention rate of 93%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Wheaton College Illinois did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #4 on our overall quality list.

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#5

Lake Forest College

Lake Forest, Illinois

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Lake Forest College. The school came in at #5 in this year’s ranking. Lake Forest College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Lake Forest, Illinois that handed out 453 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at Lake Forest made $131,450 in revenue.

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#6

North Central College

Naperville, Illinois

North Central College ranked #6 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Illinois list. Naperville, Illinois is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 872 students in 2018-2019.

North Central brought in $318,817 while tallying up $282,220 in expenses for its D3 Men’s Basketball team. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $36,597.

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#7

Benedictine University

Lisle, Illinois

Benedictine University landed the #7 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Illinois ranking. Lisle, Illinois is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 777 students in 2018-2019.

The team at Benedictine U took home $531,711 in revenue and paid out $463,197 in expenses in recent times. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $68,514 in profit.

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#8

North Park University

Chicago, Illinois

North Park University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Illinois ranking, coming in at #8. Chicago, Illinois is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 499 students in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Basketball team at North Park brought home $223,193 in revenue in a single year.

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#9

Greenville University

Greenville, Illinois

Greenville University landed the #9 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Illinois ranking. Greenville University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Greenville, Illinois that handed out 304 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Greenville took home $190,817 in revenue and paid out $125,631 in expenses in recent times. Thus, the team actually made $65,186, which isn’t bad at all.

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#10

Dominican University

River Forest, Illinois

Dominican University ranked #10 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Illinois list. Dominican U is a private not-for-profit institution located in River Forest, Illinois. The school has a small population, and it awarded 500 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at Dominican U made $139,749 in revenue.

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#11

Aurora University

Aurora, Illinois

Aurora University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Illinois ranking, coming in at #11. Aurora is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school situated in Aurora, Illinois. It awarded 1,138 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Aurora brought in $205,149 while tallying up $202,636 in expenses for its D3 Men’s Basketball team. That boils down to a yearly profit of $2,513 for the sports team.

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#12

Elmhurst University

Elmhurst, Illinois

With a ranking of #12, Elmhurst University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Illinois ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Elmhurst, Illinois, and it awarded 863 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at Elmhurst took home $252,240 in revenue.

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#13

Illinois College

Jacksonville, Illinois

Illinois College came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Illinois ranking. Illinois College is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Jacksonville, Illinois. It awarded 256 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at Illinois College took home $154,353 in revenue.

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#14

Knox College

Galesburg, Illinois

Knox College landed the #14 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Illinois ranking. Located in Galesburg, Illinois, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 367 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Basketball team at Knox brought home $143,804 in revenue in a single year.

With a freshman retention rate of 87%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. In addition to its great ranking here, Knox is in the top 20% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#15

Monmouth College

Monmouth, Illinois

With a ranking of #15, Monmouth College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Illinois ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Monmouth, Illinois, and it awarded 238 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Basketball team at Monmouth brought home $105,075 in revenue in a single year.

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#16

Eureka College

Eureka, Illinois

Eureka College ranked #16 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Illinois list. Eureka, Illinois is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 157 students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at Eureka College made $109,944 in revenue.

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#17

Blackburn College

Carlinville, Illinois

Blackburn College landed the #17 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Illinois ranking. Blackburn College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Carlinville, Illinois that handed out 120 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at Blackburn took home $111,148 in revenue.

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#18

Millikin University

Decatur, Illinois

Millikin University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Illinois ranking, coming in at #18. Located in Decatur, Illinois, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 448 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Basketball team at Millikin made $238,386 in revenue, while incurring $235,614 in expenses. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $2,772 in profit.

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#19

Rockford University

Rockford, Illinois

Rockford University ranked #19 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Illinois list. Rockford University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Rockford, Illinois that handed out 251 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Basketball team at Rockford brought home $166,956 in revenue in a single year.

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#20

Concordia University, Chicago

River Forest, Illinois

Concordia University, Chicago came in at #20 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Illinois ranking. Concordia University, Chicago is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in River Forest, Illinois that handed out 385 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Concordia University, Chicago took home $171,526 in revenue and paid out $164,941 in expenses in recent times. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $6,585.

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#21

MacMurray College

Jacksonville, Illinois

With a ranking of #21, MacMurray College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Illinois ranking. Located in Jacksonville, Illinois, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 123 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Mac took home $91,548 in revenue and paid out $88,950 in expenses in recent times. Thus, the team actually made $2,598, which isn’t bad at all.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 21 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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