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2021 Top Virginia Men's D3 Basketball Schools

16 Colleges
$36,449 Avg Tuition & Fees*
46% 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 Virginia ranking is one tool we have developed to help in this regard.

We analyzed 16 colleges and universities across Virginia to determine which were the best for D3 Men's Basketball athletes in Virginia. 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 Virginia for D3 Men's Basketball athletes in Virginia

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Christopher Newport University

Newport News, Virginia

Our 2021 rankings named Christopher Newport University the best school for D3 Men’s Basketball athletes in Virginia working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in Newport News, Virginia, the small public school handed out 1,172 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at CNU made $360,914 in revenue.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 88%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. CNU 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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#2

Randolph - Macon College

Ashland, Virginia

A rank of #2 on our list means Randolph - Macon College is a great place for D3 Men’s Basketball athletes in Virginia working on their bachelor’s degree. Randolph - Macon is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Ashland, Virginia. It awarded 386 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Randolph - Macon brought in $284,973 while tallying up $277,531 in expenses for its D3 Men’s Basketball team. Thus, the team actually made $7,442, which isn’t bad at all.

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#3

Washington and Lee University

Lexington, Virginia

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Washington and Lee University. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D3 Men’s Basketball athletes in Virginia list. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Lexington, Virginia, and it awarded 564 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Washington and Lee brought in $181,221 while tallying up $171,893 in expenses for its D3 Men’s Basketball team. Thus, the team actually made $9,328, which isn’t bad at all.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 97%. Washington and Lee also made our overall quality list, coming in at #1.

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#4

Roanoke College

Salem, Virginia

The excellent sports programs at Roanoke College helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for D3 Men’s Basketball athletes in Virginia. Located in Salem, Virginia, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 474 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at Roanoke took home $201,070 in revenue.

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#5

Emory and Henry College

Emory, Virginia

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Emory and Henry College. The school came in at #5 in this year’s ranking. Located in Emory, Virginia, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 249 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Basketball team at Emory & Henry College brought home $204,283 in revenue in a single year.

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#6

University of Lynchburg

Lynchburg, Virginia

University of Lynchburg ranked #6 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Virginia list. Lynchburg, Virginia is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 480 students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at Lynchburg made $245,942 in revenue.

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#7

Virginia Wesleyan University

Virginia Beach, Virginia

Virginia Wesleyan University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Virginia ranking, coming in at #7. Virginia Beach, Virginia is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 288 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at VWU took home $314,266 in revenue.

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#8

University of Mary Washington

Fredericksburg, Virginia

University of Mary Washington landed the #8 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Virginia ranking. Fredericksburg, Virginia is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,087 students in 2018-2019.

UMW brought in $205,909 while tallying up $203,565 in expenses for its D3 Men’s Basketball team. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $2,344.

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#9

Marymount University

Arlington, Virginia

Marymount University ranked #9 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Virginia list. Marymount University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Arlington, Virginia that handed out 551 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Basketball team at Marymount brought home $212,319 in revenue in a single year.

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#10

Shenandoah University

Winchester, Virginia

With a ranking of #10, Shenandoah University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Virginia ranking. Located in Winchester, Virginia, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 570 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at Shenandoah made $208,453 in revenue.

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#11

Eastern Mennonite University

Harrisonburg, Virginia

Eastern Mennonite University came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Virginia ranking. Eastern Mennonite is located in Harrisonburg, Virginia and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 350 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The D3 Men’s Basketball team at Eastern Mennonite brought home $148,905 in revenue in a single year.

Since the school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 9 to 1, those pursuing a bachelor’s degree will have more opportunities to interact with their professors.

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#12

Randolph College

Lynchburg, Virginia

Randolph College ranked #12 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Virginia list. Randolph is a private not-for-profit institution located in Lynchburg, Virginia. The school has a small population, and it awarded 144 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Randolph brought in $127,350 while tallying up $116,224 in expenses for its D3 Men’s Basketball team. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $11,126 in profit.

With a student-to-faculty ratio of 9 to 1, it’s easy to see that the school is committed to helping their undergraduates succeed.

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#13

Bridgewater College

Bridgewater, Virginia

With a ranking of #13, Bridgewater College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Virginia ranking. Bridgewater, Virginia is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 415 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at Bridgewater took home $210,266 in revenue.

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#14

Averett University

Danville, Virginia

Averett University came in at #14 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Virginia ranking. Located in Danville, Virginia, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 195 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at AU made $128,669 in revenue.

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#15

Southern Virginia University

Buena Vista, Virginia

Southern Virginia University ranked #15 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Virginia list. Buena Vista, Virginia is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 168 students in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Basketball team at SVU brought home $145,979 in revenue in a single year.

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#16

Ferrum College

Ferrum, Virginia

With a ranking of #16, Ferrum College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Virginia ranking. Ferrum College is located in Ferrum, Virginia and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 209 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The D3 Men’s Basketball team at Ferrum College brought home $168,851 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 16 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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