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2021 Top Southwest Region Men's D3 Basketball Schools

16 Colleges
$32,657 Avg Tuition & Fees*
40% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

Student athletes have lots of options to chooose from today when trying to decide which college to attend. College Factual was founded, in part, to help students make the decision as to what would be the best school for them. Our Best Colleges for Division III Men's Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking is part of that endeavor.

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

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Trinity University

San Antonio, Texas
#3 in Quality in the Southwest Region

Trinity University tops this year’s ranking as the best school for D3 Men’s Basketball athletes in the Southwest Region. This small private not-for-profit school is located in San Antonio, Texas, and it awarded 617 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Trinity U took home $269,865 in revenue and paid out $266,353 in expenses in recent times. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $3,512.

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. Trinity U did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #3 on our overall quality list.

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#2

LeTourneau University

Longview, Texas
Top 25% in Quality in the Southwest Region

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend LeTourneau University. The school came in at #2 in this year’s ranking. LeTourneau University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Longview, Texas that handed out 416 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

LETU brought in $172,855 while tallying up $169,118 in expenses for its D3 Men’s Basketball team. That boils down to a yearly profit of $3,737 for the sports team.

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#3

Southwestern University

Georgetown, Texas
#9 in Quality in the Southwest Region

Out of the 16 schools in the Southwest Region that were part of this year’s ranking, Southwestern University landed the #3 spot on the list. Southwestern is located in Georgetown, Texas and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 375 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The team at Southwestern took home $174,096 in revenue and paid out $163,864 in expenses in recent times. That boils down to a yearly profit of $10,232 for the sports team.

With a freshman retention rate of 86%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Southwestern also is in the top 10% of our overall quality ranking.

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#4

Hardin - Simmons University

Abilene, Texas

Out of the 16 schools in the Southwest Region that were part of this year’s ranking, Hardin - Simmons University landed the #4 spot on the list. Located in Abilene, Texas, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 381 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Hardin - Simmons brought in $205,798 while tallying up $202,072 in expenses for its D3 Men’s Basketball team. That boils down to a yearly profit of $3,726 for the sports team.

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#12 in Quality in the Southwest Region

A rank of #5 on our list means The University of Texas at Dallas is a great place for D3 Men’s Basketball athletes in the Southwest Region working on their bachelor’s degree. This large public school is located in Richardson, Texas, and it awarded 4,225 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

UT Dallas brought in $210,744 while tallying up $169,584 in expenses for its D3 Men’s Basketball team. That boils down to a yearly profit of $41,160 for the sports team.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 88%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. UT Dallas excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#6

Texas Lutheran University

Seguin, Texas

Texas Lutheran University landed the #6 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking. Located in Seguin, Texas, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 278 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

TLU brought in $182,187 while tallying up $172,924 in expenses for its D3 Men’s Basketball team. Thus, the team actually made $9,263, which isn’t bad at all.

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#7

University of Dallas

Irving, Texas
#14 in Quality in the Southwest Region

University of Dallas landed the #7 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Irving, Texas, and it awarded 353 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Basketball team at UD brought home $185,937 in revenue in a single year.

In addition to its great ranking here, UD is in the top 15% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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University of Mary Hardin - Baylor did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking, coming in at #8. UMHB is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Belton, Texas. It awarded 676 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at UMHB took home $275,541 in revenue.

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#9

Austin College

Sherman, Texas
#21 in Quality in the Southwest Region

Austin College ranked #9 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in the Southwest Region list. Austin College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Sherman, Texas that handed out 342 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at Austin College made $129,617 in revenue.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Austin College also is in the top 20% of our overall quality ranking.

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The University of Texas at Tyler did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking, coming in at #10. Located in Tyler, Texas, the medium-sized public school awarded 1,904 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Basketball team at UT Tyler brought home $270,287 in revenue in a single year.

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#11

Concordia University, Texas

Lakeway, Texas

Concordia University, Texas did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking, coming in at #11. Lakeway, Texas is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 366 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at Concordia University, Texas took home $229,167 in revenue.

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#12

Schreiner University

Kerrville, Texas

Schreiner University landed the #12 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking. Schreiner University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Kerrville, Texas that handed out 256 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Basketball team at Schreiner University brought home $178,904 in revenue in a single year.

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#13

East Texas Baptist University

Marshall, Texas

East Texas Baptist University ranked #13 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in the Southwest Region list. Located in Marshall, Texas, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 277 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Basketball team at East Texas Baptist University brought home $291,564 in revenue in a single year.

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#14

Howard Payne University

Brownwood, Texas

Howard Payne University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking, coming in at #14. Howard Payne University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Brownwood, Texas that handed out 200 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Howard Payne brought in $190,469 while tallying up $182,276 in expenses for its D3 Men’s Basketball team. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $8,193 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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#15

McMurry University

Abilene, Texas

With a ranking of #15, McMurry University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking. McMurry University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Abilene, Texas that handed out 157 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Basketball team at McMurray University made $204,950 in revenue, while incurring $204,268 in expenses. That boils down to a yearly profit of $682 for the sports team.

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#16

Sul Ross State University

Alpine, Texas

Sul Ross State University came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking. This small public school is located in Alpine, Texas, and it awarded 381 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Sul Ross brought in $160,915 while tallying up $159,355 in expenses for its D3 Men’s Basketball team. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $1,560 in profit.

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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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