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2021 Top Tennessee Men's D3 Basketball Schools

3 Colleges
$43,277 Avg Tuition & Fees*
63% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

Student athletes have lots of options to chooose from today when trying to decide which college to attend. 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 Tennessee ranking is one tool we have developed to help in this regard.

After analyzing 3 schools in Tennessee, we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for D3 Men's Basketball athletes in Tennessee. Our ranking is based on several objective factors, including the school's overall quality and the athletic competitiveness of the school. We steer clear of subjective measures since they don't give a clear picture when determining how one school compares to another. So, even if a school has a great team, it won't place well if it is also considered a low quality college or university.

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Top Colleges in Tennessee for D3 Men's Basketball athletes in Tennessee

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Rhodes College

Memphis, Tennessee

Our 2021 rankings named Rhodes College the best school for D3 Men’s Basketball athletes in Tennessee working on their bachelor’s degree. Rhodes College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Memphis, Tennessee that handed out 561 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at Rhodes College took home $186,729 in revenue.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 91%. Rhodes College also took the #2 spot in our overall quality rankings.

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A rank of #2 on our list means Sewanee - The University of the South is a great place for D3 Men’s Basketball athletes in Tennessee working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in Sewanee, Tennessee, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 432 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at Sewanee took home $197,403 in revenue.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 88%. Sewanee did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #3 on our overall quality list.

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#3

Maryville College

Maryville, Tennessee

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Maryville College. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D3 Men’s Basketball athletes in Tennessee list. Maryville, Tennessee is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 266 students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at Maryville College made $237,673 in revenue.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 3 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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