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2021 Top New Jersey Men's D3 Basketball Schools

14 Colleges
$30,784 Avg Tuition & Fees*
39% 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. Our mission at College Factual is to arm you with as much information as we can to help you make that decision. Our Best Colleges for Division III Men's Basketball in New Jersey ranking is one tool we have developed to help in this regard.

Our analysis looked at 14 schools in New Jersey to determine which ones were the best for D3 Men's Basketball athletes in New Jersey. 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 New Jersey for D3 Men's Basketball athletes in New Jersey

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Ramapo College of New Jersey

Mahwah, New Jersey

Ramapo College of New Jersey tops this year’s ranking as the best school for D3 Men’s Basketball athletes in New Jersey. 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 team at Ramapo College took home $275,875 in revenue and paid out $274,623 in expenses in recent times. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $1,252.

With a freshman retention rate of 86%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students.

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#2

Stevens Institute of Technology

Hoboken, New Jersey

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Stevens Institute of Technology. The school came in at #2 in this year’s ranking. Located in Hoboken, New Jersey, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school handed out 766 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Basketball team at Stevens brought home $198,326 in revenue in a single year.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 94%. Stevens did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #3 on our overall quality list.

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#3

The College of New Jersey

Ewing, New Jersey

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend The College of New Jersey. The school came in at #3 in this year’s ranking. This medium-sized public school is located in Ewing, New Jersey, and it awarded 1,685 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at TCNJ took home $167,507 in revenue.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 94%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. TCNJ also took the #2 spot in our overall quality rankings.

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#4

Rowan University

Glassboro, New Jersey

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Rowan University. The school came in at #4 in this year’s ranking. Rowan is located in Glassboro, New Jersey and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 3,684 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The team at Rowan took home $376,608 in revenue and paid out $353,732 in expenses in recent times. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $22,876.

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#5

Montclair State University

Montclair, New Jersey

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Montclair State University. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D3 Men’s Basketball athletes in New Jersey list. Located in Montclair, New Jersey, the large public school awarded 4,013 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at Montclair State made $191,599 in revenue.

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#6

Drew University

Madison, New Jersey

Drew University ranked #6 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in New Jersey list. Located in Madison, New Jersey, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 345 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at Drew made $164,104 in revenue.

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#7

Rutgers University - Newark

Newark, New Jersey

Rutgers University - Newark ranked #7 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in New Jersey list. Rutgers University - Newark is a fairly large public school located in Newark, New Jersey that handed out 1,775 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Rutgers Newark took home $206,012 in revenue and paid out $197,523 in expenses in recent times. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $8,489.

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

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#8

New Jersey City University

Jersey City, New Jersey

New Jersey City University came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in New Jersey ranking. NJCU is a medium-sized public school situated in Jersey City, New Jersey. It awarded 1,295 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at NJCU made $194,538 in revenue.

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#9

Rutgers University - Camden

Camden, New Jersey

Rutgers University - Camden came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in New Jersey ranking. Rutgers Camden is a public institution located in Camden, New Jersey. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 1,368 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at Rutgers Camden took home $125,373 in revenue.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 88%.

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William Paterson University of New Jersey landed the #10 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in New Jersey ranking. William Paterson University of New Jersey is a fairly large public school located in Wayne, New Jersey that handed out 1,785 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Basketball team at William Paterson University made $148,180 in revenue, while incurring $147,763 in expenses. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $417.

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Fairleigh Dickinson University - Florham Campus ranked #11 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in New Jersey list. Located in Madison, New Jersey, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 573 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Basketball team at FDU made $110,429 in revenue, while incurring $104,210 in expenses. That boils down to a yearly profit of $6,219 for the sports team.

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#12

Centenary University

Hackettstown, New Jersey

With a ranking of #12, Centenary University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in New Jersey ranking. Centenary is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Hackettstown, New Jersey. It awarded 351 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at Centenary took home $67,452 in revenue.

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#13

College of Saint Elizabeth

Morristown, New Jersey

With a ranking of #13, College of Saint Elizabeth did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in New Jersey ranking. CSE is a private not-for-profit institution located in Morristown, New Jersey. The school has a small population, and it awarded 171 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at CSE made $58,258 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.

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#14

Kean University

Union, New Jersey

Kean University came in at #14 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in New Jersey ranking. Union, New Jersey is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 2,493 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at Kean took home $194,243 in revenue.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 14 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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