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2021 Top Kentucky Men's D3 Basketball Schools

4 Colleges
$35,125 Avg Tuition & Fees*
48% 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 Kentucky ranking as one item you can use to help make this decision.

After analyzing 4 schools in Kentucky, we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for D3 Men's Basketball athletes in Kentucky. 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 Kentucky for D3 Men's Basketball athletes in Kentucky

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:


Transylvania University

Lexington, Kentucky

Transylvania University tops this year’s ranking as the best school for D3 Men’s Basketball athletes in Kentucky. Transylvania University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Lexington, Kentucky that handed out 272 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at Transylvania took home $377,882 in revenue.

In addition to its Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Kentucky ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Transylvania is ranked #2 for overall quality in Kentucky.

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Centre College

Danville, Kentucky

Out of the 4 schools in Kentucky that were part of this year’s ranking, Centre College landed the #2 spot on the list. Located in Danville, Kentucky, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 378 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at Centre College of Kentucky took home $147,344 in revenue.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 91%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Centre College of Kentucky also made our overall quality list, coming in at #1.

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Thomas More College

Crestview Hills, Kentucky

A rank of #3 on our list means Thomas More College is a great place for D3 Men’s Basketball athletes in Kentucky working on their bachelor’s degree. TMC is located in Crestview Hills, Kentucky and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 297 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The team at TMC took home $158,584 in revenue and paid out $116,970 in expenses in recent times. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $41,614 in profit.

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Spalding University

Louisville, Kentucky

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Spalding University. The school came in at #4 in this year’s ranking. Spalding is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Louisville, Kentucky. It awarded 270 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Basketball team at Spalding brought home $105,024 in revenue in a single year.

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Notes and References


*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 4 schools only.


  • 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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