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2021 Top Massachusetts Men's D3 Basketball Schools

33 Colleges
$40,247 Avg Tuition & Fees*
57% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

When pursuing a degree in today's world, student athletes have many different options to choose from. College Factual has developed its Best Colleges for Division III Men's Basketball in Massachusetts ranking as one item you can use to help make this decision.

After analyzing 33 schools in Massachusetts, we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for D3 Men's Basketball athletes in Massachusetts. 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 Massachusetts for D3 Men's Basketball athletes in Massachusetts

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#1

Babson College

Wellesley, Massachusetts

Our analysis found Babson College to be the best school for D3 Men’s Basketball athletes in Massachusetts in this year’s ranking. Located in Wellesley, Massachusetts, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 548 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Basketball team at Babson College brought home $241,637 in revenue in a single year.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 96%. On top of its placing in this ranking, Babson College 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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#2

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Out of the 33 schools in Massachusetts that were part of this year’s ranking, Massachusetts Institute of Technology landed the #2 spot on the list. Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in Cambridge, Massachusetts that handed out 1,333 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Basketball team at MIT brought home $134,961 in revenue in a single year.

Since the school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 3 to 1, those pursuing a bachelor’s degree will have more opportunities to interact with their professors. MIT also made our overall quality list, coming in at #2.

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#3

Tufts University

Medford, Massachusetts

A rank of #3 on our list means Tufts University is a great place for D3 Men’s Basketball athletes in Massachusetts working on their bachelor’s degree. Medford, Massachusetts is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,822 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at Tufts took home $180,793 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. Tufts also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

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#4

Williams College

Williamstown, Massachusetts

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Williams College. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D3 Men’s Basketball athletes in Massachusetts list. Williams is a private not-for-profit institution located in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The school has a small population, and it awarded 718 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at Williams took home $194,537 in revenue.

Since the school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 6 to 1, those pursuing a bachelor’s degree will have more opportunities to interact with their professors. Williams not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #3 on our overall quality list.

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#5

Amherst College

Amherst, Massachusetts

The excellent sports programs at Amherst College helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for D3 Men’s Basketball athletes in Massachusetts. Amherst is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Amherst, Massachusetts. It awarded 705 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Basketball team at Amherst made $351,756 in revenue, while incurring $332,754 in expenses. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $19,002 in profit.

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. Amherst also made our overall quality list, coming in at #4.

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#6

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Worcester, Massachusetts

With a ranking of #6, Worcester Polytechnic Institute did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Massachusetts ranking. Located in Worcester, Massachusetts, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school handed out 1,138 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Basketball team at WPI made $320,795 in revenue, while incurring $320,265 in expenses. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $530 in profit.

With a freshman retention rate of 95%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. WPI 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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#7

Endicott College

Beverly, Massachusetts

Endicott College came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Massachusetts ranking. Endicott is a private not-for-profit institution located in Beverly, Massachusetts. The school has a small population, and it awarded 799 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at Endicott made $140,230 in revenue.

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#8

Clark University

Worcester, Massachusetts

With a ranking of #8, Clark University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Massachusetts ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Worcester, Massachusetts, and it awarded 662 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at Clark took home $173,114 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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#9

Gordon College

Wenham, Massachusetts

Gordon College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Massachusetts ranking, coming in at #9. Gordon College is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Wenham, Massachusetts. It awarded 497 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at Gordon College made $155,017 in revenue.

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#10

Brandeis University

Waltham, Massachusetts

With a ranking of #10, Brandeis University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Massachusetts ranking. Brandeis is a private not-for-profit institution located in Waltham, Massachusetts. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 1,430 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Basketball team at Brandeis brought home $360,561 in revenue in a single year.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 94%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year.

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#11

Springfield College

Springfield, Massachusetts

Springfield College came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Massachusetts ranking. Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 512 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Basketball team at Springfield College brought home $243,703 in revenue in a single year.

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

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#12

University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth

North Dartmouth, Massachusetts

University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth landed the #12 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Massachusetts ranking. UMass Dartmouth is located in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,469 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The D3 Men’s Basketball team at UMass Dartmouth made $112,913 in revenue, while incurring $86,602 in expenses. Thus, the team actually made $26,311, which isn’t bad at all.

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#13

Lesley University

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Lesley University landed the #13 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Massachusetts ranking. Lesley is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It awarded 489 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Basketball team at Lesley brought home $25,110 in revenue in a single year.

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#14

Wheaton College Massachusetts

Norton, Massachusetts

With a ranking of #14, Wheaton College Massachusetts did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Massachusetts ranking. Wheaton College Massachusetts is located in Norton, Massachusetts and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 391 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The D3 Men’s Basketball team at Wheaton College Massachusetts brought home $153,230 in revenue in a single year.

With a freshman retention rate of 88%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students.

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#15

Fitchburg State University

Fitchburg, Massachusetts

Fitchburg State University landed the #15 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Massachusetts ranking. Fitchburg State University is a medium-sized public school located in Fitchburg, Massachusetts that handed out 815 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at Fitchburg State made $53,991 in revenue.

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#16

Lasell College

Newton, Massachusetts

Lasell College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Massachusetts ranking, coming in at #16. Lasell is located in Newton, Massachusetts and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 426 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The D3 Men’s Basketball team at Lasell brought home $59,803 in revenue in a single year.

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#17

Salem State University

Salem, Massachusetts

With a ranking of #17, Salem State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Massachusetts ranking. Salem State is a public institution located in Salem, Massachusetts. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 1,672 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at Salem State made $46,895 in revenue.

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#18

Emerson College

Boston, Massachusetts

Emerson College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Massachusetts ranking, coming in at #18. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Boston, Massachusetts, and it awarded 982 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Basketball team at Emerson brought home $181,559 in revenue in a single year.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 88%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year.

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#19

University of Massachusetts - Boston

Boston, Massachusetts

University of Massachusetts - Boston ranked #19 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Massachusetts list. UMass Boston is a fairly large public school situated in Boston, Massachusetts. It awarded 2,576 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Basketball team at UMass Boston brought home $154,927 in revenue in a single year.

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#20

Bridgewater State University

Bridgewater, Massachusetts

Bridgewater State University landed the #20 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Massachusetts ranking. Bridgewater, Massachusetts is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 2,306 students in 2018-2019.

Bridgewater State brought in $132,471 while tallying up $93,174 in expenses for its D3 Men’s Basketball team. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $39,297 in profit.

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#21

Nichols College

Dudley, Massachusetts

Nichols College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Massachusetts ranking, coming in at #21. Located in Dudley, Massachusetts, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 294 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The team at Nichols took home $168,444 in revenue and paid out $160,701 in expenses in recent times. That boils down to a yearly profit of $7,743 for the sports team.

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#22

Western New England University

Springfield, Massachusetts

Western New England University ranked #22 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Massachusetts list. Western New England is located in Springfield, Massachusetts and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 569 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at Western New England took home $171,078 in revenue.

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#23

Westfield State University

Westfield, Massachusetts

Westfield State University landed the #23 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Massachusetts ranking. Westfield is a medium-sized public school situated in Westfield, Massachusetts. It awarded 1,555 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Basketball team at Westfield made $110,046 in revenue, while incurring $107,087 in expenses. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $2,959 in profit.

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#24

Becker College

Worcester, Massachusetts

Becker College landed the #24 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Massachusetts ranking. Worcester, Massachusetts is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 332 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at Becker College took home $81,986 in revenue.

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#25

Suffolk University

Boston, Massachusetts

Suffolk University came in at #25 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Massachusetts ranking. Located in Boston, Massachusetts, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school awarded 1,319 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Basketball team at Suffolk brought home $113,165 in revenue in a single year.

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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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