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2021 Top Pennsylvania Men's D3 Basketball Schools

50 Colleges
$43,303 Avg Tuition & Fees*
64% 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 Pennsylvania ranking is part of that endeavor.

After analyzing 50 schools in Pennsylvania, we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for D3 Men's Basketball athletes in Pennsylvania. 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 Pennsylvania for D3 Men's Basketball athletes in Pennsylvania

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Swarthmore College

Swarthmore, Pennsylvania

Swarthmore College tops this year’s ranking as the best school for D3 Men’s Basketball athletes in Pennsylvania. Swarthmore is located in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 545 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The D3 Men’s Basketball team at Swarthmore made $216,588 in revenue, while incurring $173,044 in expenses. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $43,544 in profit.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 98%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Swarthmore did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #2 on our overall quality list.

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#2

University of Scranton

Scranton, Pennsylvania

A rank of #2 on our list means University of Scranton is a great place for D3 Men’s Basketball athletes in Pennsylvania working on their bachelor’s degree. University of Scranton is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school situated in Scranton, Pennsylvania. It awarded 938 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at University of Scranton made $346,191 in revenue.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 87%. In addition to its great ranking here, University of Scranton is in the top 15% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#3

Susquehanna University

Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania

The excellent sports programs at Susquehanna University helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for D3 Men’s Basketball athletes in Pennsylvania. Susquehanna University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania that handed out 597 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at Susquehanna made $164,598 in revenue.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 87%.

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#4

Dickinson College

Carlisle, Pennsylvania

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Dickinson College. The school came in at #4 in this year’s ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and it awarded 752 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Dickinson brought in $137,733 while tallying up $121,447 in expenses for its D3 Men’s Basketball team. Thus, the team actually made $16,286, which isn’t bad at all.

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, Dickinson also is in the top 10% of our overall quality ranking.

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#5

Saint Vincent College

Latrobe, Pennsylvania

Out of the 50 schools in Pennsylvania that were part of this year’s ranking, Saint Vincent College landed the #5 spot on the list. Located in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 394 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at Saint Vincent made $304,781 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.

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#6

Lycoming College

Williamsport, Pennsylvania

Lycoming College landed the #6 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Pennsylvania ranking. Lycoming College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Williamsport, Pennsylvania that handed out 298 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Basketball team at Lycoming made $195,384 in revenue, while incurring $159,243 in expenses. Thus, the team actually made $36,141, which isn’t bad at all.

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#7

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Carnegie Mellon University ranked #7 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Pennsylvania list. Carnegie Mellon is located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,848 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at Carnegie Mellon took home $243,725 in revenue.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 96%, 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 Pennsylvania ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Carnegie Mellon is ranked #3 for overall quality in Pennsylvania.

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Pennsylvania State University - Erie - Behrend College came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Pennsylvania ranking. Penn State Erie is a small public school situated in Erie, Pennsylvania. It awarded 829 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Penn State Erie took home $148,813 in revenue and paid out $139,270 in expenses in recent times. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $9,543.

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#9

Misericordia University

Dallas, Pennsylvania

Misericordia University ranked #9 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Pennsylvania list. Located in Dallas, Pennsylvania, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 483 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The team at Misericordia University took home $104,885 in revenue and paid out $102,330 in expenses in recent times. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $2,555.

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#10

Lebanon Valley College

Annville, Pennsylvania

Lebanon Valley College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Pennsylvania ranking, coming in at #10. LVC is located in Annville, Pennsylvania and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 434 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The D3 Men’s Basketball team at LVC made $159,739 in revenue, while incurring $146,609 in expenses. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $13,130 in profit.

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#11

Ursinus College

Collegeville, Pennsylvania

Ursinus College came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Pennsylvania ranking. Collegeville, Pennsylvania is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 400 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at Ursinus took home $315,757 in revenue.

Ursinus also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools in this category.

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#12

Moravian College

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Moravian College landed the #12 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Pennsylvania ranking. Moravian College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania that handed out 571 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at Moravian made $189,475 in revenue.

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#13

Muhlenberg College

Allentown, Pennsylvania

With a ranking of #13, Muhlenberg College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Pennsylvania ranking. Muhlenberg is located in Allentown, Pennsylvania and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 733 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Muhlenberg brought in $175,510 while tallying up $138,935 in expenses for its D3 Men’s Basketball team. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $36,575 in profit.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 91%. Muhlenberg 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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#14

Messiah University

Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania

Messiah University came in at #14 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Pennsylvania ranking. Located in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 636 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Messiah took home $152,226 in revenue and paid out $130,991 in expenses in recent times. That boils down to a yearly profit of $21,235 for the sports team.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 88%. In addition to its great ranking here, Messiah is in the top 20% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#15

Juniata College

Huntingdon, Pennsylvania
Top 25% in Quality in Pennsylvania

Juniata College landed the #15 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Pennsylvania ranking. Located in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 330 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Basketball team at Juniata made $155,744 in revenue, while incurring $154,915 in expenses. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $829.

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#16

DeSales University

Center Valley, Pennsylvania

With a ranking of #16, DeSales University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Pennsylvania ranking. DeSales is located in Center Valley, Pennsylvania and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 621 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

DeSales brought in $167,242 while tallying up $155,071 in expenses for its D3 Men’s Basketball team. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $12,171.

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#17

Gettysburg College

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Gettysburg College landed the #17 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Pennsylvania ranking. Gettysburg College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania that handed out 722 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Basketball team at Gettysburg brought home $152,631 in revenue in a single year.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 90%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Gettysburg 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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#18

Westminster College Pennsylvania

New Wilmington, Pennsylvania

With a ranking of #18, Westminster College Pennsylvania did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Pennsylvania ranking. Westminster New Wilmington is a private not-for-profit institution located in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania. The school has a small population, and it awarded 269 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Westminster New Wilmington brought in $128,701 while tallying up $111,831 in expenses for its D3 Men’s Basketball team. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $16,870.

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#19

Widener University

Chester, Pennsylvania

Widener University ranked #19 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Pennsylvania list. Chester, Pennsylvania is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 753 students in 2018-2019.

Widener brought in $165,557 while tallying up $164,194 in expenses for its D3 Men’s Basketball team. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $1,363.

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#20

Gwynedd Mercy University

Gwynedd Valley, Pennsylvania

With a ranking of #20, Gwynedd Mercy University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Pennsylvania ranking. Gwynedd - Mercy is a private not-for-profit institution located in Gwynedd Valley, Pennsylvania. The school has a small population, and it awarded 578 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at Gwynedd - Mercy took home $96,011 in revenue.

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#21

York College of Pennsylvania

York, Pennsylvania

York College of Pennsylvania ranked #21 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Pennsylvania list. Located in York, Pennsylvania, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 849 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at YCP took home $173,198 in revenue and paid out $143,044 in expenses in recent times. Thus, the team actually made $30,154, which isn’t bad at all.

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#22

Neumann University

Aston, Pennsylvania

Neumann University landed the #22 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Pennsylvania ranking. Neumann is a private not-for-profit institution located in Aston, Pennsylvania. The school has a small population, and it awarded 456 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at Neumann made $82,218 in revenue.

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#23

Allegheny College

Meadville, Pennsylvania

Allegheny College ranked #23 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Pennsylvania list. Allegheny is located in Meadville, Pennsylvania and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 452 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at Allegheny took home $178,600 in revenue.

Allegheny excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 20% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#24

Pennsylvania State University - Altoona

Altoona, Pennsylvania

With a ranking of #24, Pennsylvania State University - Altoona did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Pennsylvania ranking. Pennsylvania State University - Altoona is a small public school located in Altoona, Pennsylvania that handed out 308 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at Penn State Altoona took home $98,457 in revenue.

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#25

Haverford College

Haverford, Pennsylvania

Haverford College landed the #25 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Pennsylvania ranking. Located in Haverford, Pennsylvania, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 343 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Basketball team at Haverford brought home $153,374 in revenue in a single year.

With a student-to-faculty ratio of 8 to 1, it’s easy to see that the school is committed to helping their undergraduates succeed. In addition to its great ranking here, Haverford is in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 25 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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