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2021 Top Iowa Men's D3 Basketball Schools

10 Colleges
$41,716 Avg Tuition & Fees*
59% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

It's not easy to decide which college to attend when there are so many options available for student athletes. At College Factual, we're committed to helping you make that decision by providing information such as that found in our Best Colleges for Division III Men's Basketball in Iowa ranking.

Our analysis looked at 10 schools in Iowa to determine which ones were the best for D3 Men's Basketball athletes in Iowa. 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 Iowa for D3 Men's Basketball athletes in Iowa

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Grinnell College

Grinnell, Iowa

Our 2021 rankings named Grinnell College the best school for D3 Men’s Basketball athletes in Iowa working on their bachelor’s degree. Grinnell College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Grinnell, Iowa that handed out 524 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at Grinnell made $125,755 in revenue.

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. In addition to its Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Iowa ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Grinnell is ranked #1 for overall quality in Iowa.

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#2

Central College

Pella, Iowa

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Central College. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D3 Men’s Basketball athletes in Iowa list. Central College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Pella, Iowa that handed out 290 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Basketball team at Central brought home $180,793 in revenue in a single year.

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#3

Wartburg College

Waverly, Iowa

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Wartburg College. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D3 Men’s Basketball athletes in Iowa list. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Waverly, Iowa, and it awarded 316 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at Wartburg made $176,017 in revenue.

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#4

Loras College

Dubuque, Iowa

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Loras College. The school came in at #4 in this year’s ranking. Located in Dubuque, Iowa, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 429 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students 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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#5

Simpson College

Indianola, Iowa

The excellent sports programs at Simpson College helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for D3 Men’s Basketball athletes in Iowa. Located in Indianola, Iowa, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 464 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at Simpson College made $196,071 in revenue.

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#6

Cornell College

Mount Vernon, Iowa

Cornell College ranked #6 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Iowa list. Mount Vernon, Iowa is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 268 students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at Cornell College made $144,366 in revenue.

On top of its placing in this ranking, Cornell College also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#7

Coe College

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Coe College landed the #7 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Iowa ranking. Located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 411 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Basketball team at Coe brought home $213,180 in revenue in a single year.

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#8

Luther College

Decorah, Iowa

Luther College ranked #8 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Iowa list. Located in Decorah, Iowa, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 591 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Basketball team at Luther brought home $172,841 in revenue in a single year.

Luther also took the #5 spot in our overall quality rankings.

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#9

Buena Vista University

Storm Lake, Iowa

With a ranking of #9, Buena Vista University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Iowa ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Storm Lake, Iowa, and it awarded 643 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Basketball team at BVU made $192,692 in revenue, while incurring $182,365 in expenses. Thus, the team actually made $10,327, which isn’t bad at all.

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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#10

University of Dubuque

Dubuque, Iowa

With a ranking of #10, University of Dubuque did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Iowa ranking. UD is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Dubuque, Iowa. It awarded 389 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at UD took home $250,111 in revenue.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 10 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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