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2021 Top Michigan Men's D3 Basketball Schools

8 Colleges
$37,625 Avg Tuition & Fees*
48% 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. 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 Michigan ranking is part of that endeavor.

Our analysis looked at 8 schools in Michigan to determine which ones were the best for D3 Men's Basketball athletes in Michigan. 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 Michigan for D3 Men's Basketball athletes in Michigan

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Hope College

Holland, Michigan

Our analysis found Hope College to be the best school for D3 Men’s Basketball athletes in Michigan in this year’s ranking. Hope College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Holland, Michigan that handed out 838 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at Hope took home $211,106 in revenue.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 88%. Hope not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #4 on our overall quality list.

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#2

Calvin University

Grand Rapids, Michigan

The excellent sports programs at Calvin University helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for D3 Men’s Basketball athletes in Michigan. Calvin is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It awarded 969 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Basketball team at Calvin brought home $162,651 in revenue in a single year.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 87%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Calvin also is in the top 20% of our overall quality ranking.

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#3

Kalamazoo College

Kalamazoo, Michigan

Out of the 8 schools in Michigan that were part of this year’s ranking, Kalamazoo College landed the #3 spot on the list. Located in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 373 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at K College took home $193,586 in revenue.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 90%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. K College not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #5 on our overall quality list.

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#4

Alma College

Alma, Michigan

Out of the 8 schools in Michigan that were part of this year’s ranking, Alma College landed the #4 spot on the list. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Alma, Michigan, and it awarded 326 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at Alma made $221,390 in revenue.

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#5

Albion College

Albion, Michigan

The excellent sports programs at Albion College helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for D3 Men’s Basketball athletes in Michigan. Located in Albion, Michigan, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 371 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at Albion made $194,043 in revenue.

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#6

Adrian College

Adrian, Michigan

Adrian College came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Michigan ranking. Adrian College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Adrian, Michigan that handed out 360 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at Adrian made $113,776 in revenue.

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#7

Olivet College

Olivet, Michigan

Olivet College came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Michigan ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Olivet, Michigan, and it awarded 184 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Olivet took home $324,278 in revenue and paid out $241,915 in expenses in recent times. That boils down to a yearly profit of $82,363 for the sports team.

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#8

Finlandia University

Hancock, Michigan

Finlandia University landed the #8 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Michigan ranking. Finlandia University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Hancock, Michigan that handed out 61 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Basketball team at Finlandia brought home $105,350 in revenue in a single year.

Since the school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 7 to 1, those pursuing a bachelor’s degree will have more opportunities to interact with their professors.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 8 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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