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2021 Top Ohio Men's D3 Basketball Schools

21 Colleges
$38,459 Avg Tuition & Fees*
54% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

It's not easy to decide which college to attend when there are so many options available for student athletes. At College Factual, we're committed to helping you make that decision by providing information such as that found in our Best Colleges for Division III Men's Basketball in Ohio ranking.

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

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Denison University

Granville, Ohio

Denison University tops this year’s ranking as the best school for D3 Men’s Basketball athletes in Ohio. Located in Granville, Ohio, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 643 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at Denison took home $240,013 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 950.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 91%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Denison did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #3 on our overall quality list.

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#2

The College of Wooster

Wooster, Ohio

The excellent sports programs at The College of Wooster helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for D3 Men’s Basketball athletes in Ohio. Wooster College is a private not-for-profit institution located in Wooster, Ohio. The school has a small population, and it awarded 522 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Wooster College brought in $318,510 while tallying up $289,112 in expenses for its D3 Men’s Basketball team. That boils down to a yearly profit of $29,398 for the sports team.

In addition to its great ranking here, Wooster College is in the top 15% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#3

Ohio Wesleyan University

Delaware, Ohio

Out of the 21 schools in Ohio that were part of this year’s ranking, Ohio Wesleyan University landed the #3 spot on the list. Located in Delaware, Ohio, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 395 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at OWU made $214,280 in revenue.

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, OWU also is in the top 20% of our overall quality ranking.

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#4

Marietta College

Marietta, Ohio

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Marietta College. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D3 Men’s Basketball athletes in Ohio list. Located in Marietta, Ohio, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 210 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Marietta brought in $300,252 while tallying up $229,373 in expenses for its D3 Men’s Basketball team. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $70,879.

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.

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#5

John Carroll University

University Heights, Ohio

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend John Carroll University. The school came in at #5 in this year’s ranking. John Carroll University is a small private not-for-profit school located in University Heights, Ohio that handed out 831 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at John Carroll took home $193,836 in revenue.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 86%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. On top of its placing in this ranking, John Carroll 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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Ohio Northern University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Ohio ranking, coming in at #6. ONU is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Ada, Ohio. It awarded 415 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Basketball team at ONU brought home $228,760 in revenue in a single year.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, ONU also is in the top 10% of our overall quality ranking.

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#7

Wittenberg University

Springfield, Ohio

Wittenberg University ranked #7 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Ohio list. Wittenberg University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Springfield, Ohio that handed out 434 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Wittenberg took home $247,060 in revenue and paid out $240,354 in expenses in recent times. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $6,706 in profit.

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Baldwin Wallace University came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Ohio ranking. Berea, Ohio is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 929 students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at Baldwin Wallace College made $194,518 in revenue.

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#9

Capital University

Columbus, Ohio

With a ranking of #9, Capital University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Ohio ranking. Capital is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Columbus, Ohio. It awarded 678 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at Capital took home $272,156 in revenue.

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#10

University of Mount Union

Alliance, Ohio

University of Mount Union did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Ohio ranking, coming in at #10. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Alliance, Ohio, and it awarded 511 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at Mount Union made $203,688 in revenue.

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#11

Mount St. Joseph University

Cincinnati, Ohio

With a ranking of #11, Mount St. Joseph University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Ohio ranking. Located in Cincinnati, Ohio, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 280 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at Mount St. Joe made $174,903 in revenue.

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#12

Kenyon College

Gambier, Ohio

With a ranking of #12, Kenyon College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Ohio ranking. Kenyon is a private not-for-profit institution located in Gambier, Ohio. The school has a small population, and it awarded 517 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Basketball team at Kenyon brought home $232,470 in revenue in a single year.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 93%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. In addition to its Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Ohio ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Kenyon is ranked #2 for overall quality in Ohio.

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#13

Oberlin College

Oberlin, Ohio

Oberlin College ranked #13 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Ohio list. Oberlin is a private not-for-profit institution located in Oberlin, Ohio. The school has a small population, and it awarded 872 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at Oberlin made $148,730 in revenue.

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. Oberlin did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #4 on our overall quality list.

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#14

Muskingum University

New Concord, Ohio

Muskingum University landed the #14 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Ohio ranking. New Concord, Ohio is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 331 students in 2018-2019.

The team at Muskingum took home $198,954 in revenue and paid out $174,450 in expenses in recent times. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $24,504.

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#15

Otterbein University

Westerville, Ohio

Otterbein University came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Ohio ranking. Otterbein University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Westerville, Ohio that handed out 579 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Otterbein took home $165,780 in revenue and paid out $136,972 in expenses in recent times. Thus, the team actually made $28,808, which isn’t bad at all.

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Franciscan University of Steubenville came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Ohio ranking. Franciscan U is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Steubenville, Ohio. It awarded 509 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Basketball team at Franciscan U brought home $65,682 in revenue in a single year.

With a freshman retention rate of 87%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Franciscan U excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#17

Bluffton University

Bluffton, Ohio

Bluffton University landed the #17 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Ohio ranking. Bluffton is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Bluffton, Ohio. It awarded 193 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Basketball team at Bluffton brought home $125,269 in revenue in a single year.

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#18

Hiram College

Hiram, Ohio

Hiram College came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Ohio ranking. Hiram is located in Hiram, Ohio and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 227 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The D3 Men’s Basketball team at Hiram brought home $171,734 in revenue in a single year.

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#19

Heidelberg University

Tiffin, Ohio

Heidelberg University came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Ohio ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Tiffin, Ohio, and it awarded 254 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Heidelburg College brought in $146,802 while tallying up $144,833 in expenses for its D3 Men’s Basketball team. Thus, the team actually made $1,969, which isn’t bad at all.

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#20

Wilmington College

Wilmington, Ohio

Wilmington College came in at #20 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Ohio ranking. Wilmington College is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Wilmington, Ohio. It awarded 346 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at Wilmington College took home $148,346 in revenue.

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#21

Defiance College

Defiance, Ohio

Defiance College landed the #21 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Ohio ranking. Defiance, Ohio is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 147 students in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Basketball team at Defiance College made $171,185 in revenue, while incurring $161,760 in expenses. Thus, the team actually made $9,425, 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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