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2021 Top Plains States Region Men's D3 Basketball Schools

32 Colleges
$41,161 Avg Tuition & Fees*
63% 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 the Plains States Region ranking as one item you can use to help make this decision.

After analyzing 32 schools in the Plains States Region , we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for D3 Men's Basketball athletes in the Plains States Region. 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 the Plains States Region for D3 Men's Basketball athletes in the Plains States Region

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#1

Washington University in St Louis

Saint Louis, Missouri
#1 in Quality in the Plains States Region

Our analysis found Washington University in St Louis to be the best school for D3 Men’s Basketball athletes in the Plains States Region in this year’s ranking. Located in Saint Louis, Missouri, the fairly large private not-for-profit school awarded 2,407 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The team at WUSTL took home $508,055 in revenue and paid out $477,763 in expenses in recent times. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $30,292.

The student-to-faculty ratio of 8 to 1 is a sign that students will have more opportunities to engage with their professors one-on-one. In addition to its Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, WUSTL is ranked #1 for overall quality in the Plains States Region .

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#2

Carleton College

Northfield, Minnesota
#2 in Quality in the Plains States Region

Out of the 32 schools in the Plains States Region that were part of this year’s ranking, Carleton College landed the #2 spot on the list. Carleton is a private not-for-profit institution located in Northfield, Minnesota. The school has a small population, and it awarded 512 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at Carleton made $204,890 in revenue.

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. Carleton also made our overall quality list, coming in at #2.

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#3

Grinnell College

Grinnell, Iowa
#5 in Quality in the Plains States Region

The excellent sports programs at Grinnell College helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for D3 Men’s Basketball athletes in the Plains States Region. Located in Grinnell, Iowa, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 524 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at Grinnell took home $125,755 in revenue.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 96%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. In addition to its Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Grinnell is ranked #5 for overall quality in the Plains States Region .

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#4

University of St Thomas Minnesota

Saint Paul, Minnesota
#14 in Quality in the Plains States Region

Out of the 32 schools in the Plains States Region that were part of this year’s ranking, University of St Thomas Minnesota landed the #4 spot on the list. UST MN is a private not-for-profit institution located in Saint Paul, Minnesota. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 1,561 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at UST MN made $236,843 in revenue.

With a freshman retention rate of 88%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. UST MN also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

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#5

Bethel University Minnesota

Saint Paul, Minnesota
Top 15% in Quality in the Plains States Region

The excellent sports programs at Bethel University Minnesota helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for D3 Men’s Basketball athletes in the Plains States Region. Located in Saint Paul, Minnesota, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 831 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at Bethel University Minnesota took home $172,545 in revenue.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Bethel University Minnesota also is in the top 15% of our overall quality ranking.

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#6

Central College

Pella, Iowa
#24 in Quality in the Plains States Region

Central College came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking. Central is located in Pella, Iowa and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 290 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at Central took home $180,793 in revenue.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Central also is in the top 15% of our overall quality ranking.

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#7

The College of Saint Scholastica

Duluth, Minnesota
Top 20% in Quality in the Plains States Region

The College of Saint Scholastica came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking. Duluth, Minnesota is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 902 students in 2018-2019.

St. Scholastica brought in $156,848 while tallying up $146,440 in expenses for its D3 Men’s Basketball team. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $10,408.

St. Scholastica 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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#8

Wartburg College

Waverly, Iowa

With a ranking of #8, Wartburg College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking. Located in Waverly, Iowa, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 316 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Basketball team at Wartburg brought home $176,017 in revenue in a single year.

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#9

Nebraska Wesleyan University

Lincoln, Nebraska

With a ranking of #9, Nebraska Wesleyan University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking. NWU is a private not-for-profit institution located in Lincoln, Nebraska. The school has a small population, and it awarded 480 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at NWU took home $164,353 in revenue.

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#10

Loras College

Dubuque, Iowa

Loras College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking, coming in at #10. Loras College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Dubuque, Iowa that handed out 429 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Basketball team at Loras brought home $345,421 in revenue in a single year.

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#11

Simpson College

Indianola, Iowa
Top 25% in Quality in the Plains States Region

With a ranking of #11, Simpson College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking. Located in Indianola, Iowa, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 464 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Basketball team at Simpson College brought home $196,071 in revenue in a single year.

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#12

St Olaf College

Northfield, Minnesota
#8 in Quality in the Plains States Region

St Olaf College ranked #12 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in the Plains States Region list. St Olaf College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Northfield, Minnesota that handed out 920 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

St. Olaf brought in $173,015 while tallying up $163,265 in expenses for its D3 Men’s Basketball team. That boils down to a yearly profit of $9,750 for the sports team.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 92%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. In addition to its great ranking here, St. Olaf is in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#13

Concordia College at Moorhead

Moorhead, Minnesota
#16 in Quality in the Plains States Region

With a ranking of #13, Concordia College at Moorhead did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking. Concordia College Moorhead is a private not-for-profit institution located in Moorhead, Minnesota. The school has a small population, and it awarded 540 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at Concordia College Moorhead made $139,633 in revenue.

In addition to its great ranking here, Concordia College Moorhead is in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#14

Cornell College

Mount Vernon, Iowa
#23 in Quality in the Plains States Region

Cornell College came in at #14 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking. Cornell College is a private not-for-profit institution located in Mount Vernon, Iowa. The school has a small population, and it awarded 268 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at Cornell College took home $144,366 in revenue.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Cornell College also is in the top 15% of our overall quality ranking.

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#15

Macalester College

Saint Paul, Minnesota
#4 in Quality in the Plains States Region

With a ranking of #15, Macalester College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking. Located in Saint Paul, Minnesota, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 679 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Basketball team at Macalester brought home $161,588 in revenue in a single year.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 93%. Macalester also made our overall quality list, coming in at #4.

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#16

University of Northwestern - St Paul

Saint Paul, Minnesota

University of Northwestern - St Paul ranked #16 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in the Plains States Region list. Northwestern is a private not-for-profit institution located in Saint Paul, Minnesota. The school has a small population, and it awarded 728 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Northwestern took home $89,412 in revenue and paid out $85,842 in expenses in recent times. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $3,570 in profit.

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#17

University of Minnesota - Morris

Morris, Minnesota
Top 25% in Quality in the Plains States Region

University of Minnesota - Morris came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking. University of Minnesota - Morris is a small public school located in Morris, Minnesota that handed out 385 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Basketball team at UMN Morris made $101,372 in revenue, while incurring $98,981 in expenses. Thus, the team actually made $2,391, which isn’t bad at all.

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#18

Bethany Lutheran College

Mankato, Minnesota

With a ranking of #18, Bethany Lutheran College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking. Located in Mankato, Minnesota, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 135 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at BLC took home $129,516 in revenue.

The impressive student-to-faculty ratio of 9 to 1 means that students may have more opportunities to work more closely with their professors than they would at other schools.

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#19

Westminster College Missouri

Fulton, Missouri

Westminster College Missouri landed the #19 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Fulton, Missouri, and it awarded 194 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at Westminster Fulton took home $52,678 in revenue.

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#20

Hamline University

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Hamline University ranked #20 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in the Plains States Region list. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and it awarded 582 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at Hamline made $193,053 in revenue.

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#21

Coe College

Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Top 20% in Quality in the Plains States Region

Coe College ranked #21 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in the Plains States Region list. Coe is a private not-for-profit institution located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The school has a small population, and it awarded 411 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at Coe made $213,180 in revenue.

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

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#22

Webster University

Saint Louis, Missouri

Webster University came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking. Webster is located in Saint Louis, Missouri and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 724 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Webster brought in $184,627 while tallying up $147,367 in expenses for its D3 Men’s Basketball team. That boils down to a yearly profit of $37,260 for the sports team.

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#23

Gustavus Adolphus College

Saint Peter, Minnesota
#10 in Quality in the Plains States Region

Gustavus Adolphus College came in at #23 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking. Gustavus Adolphus College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Saint Peter, Minnesota that handed out 621 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at Gustavus Adolphus made $178,296 in revenue.

With a freshman retention rate of 89%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. In addition to its great ranking here, Gustavus Adolphus is in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#24

Augsburg University

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Augsburg University came in at #24 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking. Located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 637 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Basketball team at Augsburg brought home $212,330 in revenue in a single year.

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#25

Luther College

Decorah, Iowa
#18 in Quality in the Plains States Region

Luther College ranked #25 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in the Plains States Region list. Decorah, Iowa is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 591 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at Luther took home $172,841 in revenue.

Luther 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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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 25 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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