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2021 Top North Carolina Men's D3 Basketball Schools

5 Colleges
$30,980 Avg Tuition & Fees*
25% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

When it comes to choosing a college, student athletes have a lot of options - but not all of them are good. 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 North Carolina ranking is one tool we have developed to help in this regard.

Our analysis looked at 5 schools in North Carolina to determine which ones were the best for D3 Men's Basketball athletes in North Carolina. 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 North Carolina for D3 Men's Basketball athletes in North Carolina

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:


Guilford College

Greensboro, North Carolina

Guilford College tops this year’s ranking as the best school for D3 Men’s Basketball athletes in North Carolina. Guilford is located in Greensboro, North Carolina and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 349 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Guilford brought in $327,087 while tallying up $285,763 in expenses for its D3 Men’s Basketball team. That boils down to a yearly profit of $41,324 for the sports team.

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Methodist University

Fayetteville, North Carolina

The excellent sports programs at Methodist University helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for D3 Men’s Basketball athletes in North Carolina. Fayetteville, North Carolina is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 383 students in 2018-2019.

Methodist brought in $143,628 while tallying up $142,628 in expenses for its D3 Men’s Basketball team. Thus, the team actually made $1,000, which isn’t bad at all.

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William Peace University

Raleigh, North Carolina

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend William Peace University. The school came in at #3 in this year’s ranking. WPU is a private not-for-profit institution located in Raleigh, North Carolina. The school has a small population, and it awarded 213 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

WPU brought in $112,714 while tallying up $99,468 in expenses for its D3 Men’s Basketball team. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $13,246.

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Greensboro College

Greensboro, North Carolina

A rank of #4 on our list means Greensboro College is a great place for D3 Men’s Basketball athletes in North Carolina working on their bachelor’s degree. Greensboro College is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Greensboro, North Carolina. It awarded 148 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at Greensboro College made $110,141 in revenue.

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North Carolina Wesleyan College

Rocky Mount, North Carolina

Out of the 5 schools in North Carolina that were part of this year’s ranking, North Carolina Wesleyan College landed the #5 spot on the list. Located in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 591 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at North Carolina Wesleyan College took home $219,929 in revenue.

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Notes and References


*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 5 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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