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2021 Top Minnesota Men's D3 Basketball Schools

17 Colleges
$37,540 Avg Tuition & Fees*
59% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

With all of the options student athletes have for higher education today, it can be tough to choose which direction to take. 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 Minnesota ranking.

After analyzing 17 schools in Minnesota, we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for D3 Men's Basketball athletes in Minnesota. 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 Minnesota for D3 Men's Basketball athletes in Minnesota

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Carleton College

Northfield, Minnesota

Carleton College tops this year’s ranking as the best school for D3 Men’s Basketball athletes in Minnesota. Located in Northfield, Minnesota, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 512 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Basketball team at Carleton brought home $204,890 in revenue in a single year.

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

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#2

University of St Thomas Minnesota

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Out of the 17 schools in Minnesota that were part of this year’s ranking, University of St Thomas Minnesota landed the #2 spot on the list. UST MN is located in Saint Paul, Minnesota and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,561 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

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.

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#3

Bethel University Minnesota

Saint Paul, Minnesota

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Bethel University Minnesota. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D3 Men’s Basketball athletes in Minnesota list. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and it awarded 831 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Basketball team at Bethel University Minnesota brought home $172,545 in revenue in a single year.

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#4

The College of Saint Scholastica

Duluth, Minnesota

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend The College of Saint Scholastica. The school came in at #4 in this year’s ranking. Located in Duluth, Minnesota, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 902 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at St. Scholastica took home $156,848 in revenue and paid out $146,440 in expenses in recent times. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $10,408.

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#5

St Olaf College

Northfield, Minnesota

Out of the 17 schools in Minnesota that were part of this year’s ranking, St Olaf College landed the #5 spot on the list. Located in Northfield, Minnesota, the small private not-for-profit school 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.

With a freshman retention rate of 92%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. In addition to its Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Minnesota ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, St. Olaf is ranked #4 for overall quality in Minnesota.

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#6

Concordia College at Moorhead

Moorhead, Minnesota

Concordia College at Moorhead ranked #6 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Minnesota list. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Moorhead, Minnesota, and it awarded 540 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Basketball team at Concordia College Moorhead brought home $139,633 in revenue in a single year.

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#7

Macalester College

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Macalester College ranked #7 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Minnesota list. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and it awarded 679 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at Macalester made $161,588 in revenue.

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 #2.

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#8

University of Northwestern - St Paul

Saint Paul, Minnesota

University of Northwestern - St Paul came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Minnesota ranking. Located in Saint Paul, Minnesota, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 728 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Basketball team at Northwestern made $89,412 in revenue, while incurring $85,842 in expenses. That boils down to a yearly profit of $3,570 for the sports team.

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#9

University of Minnesota - Morris

Morris, Minnesota

University of Minnesota - Morris landed the #9 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Minnesota ranking. Located in Morris, Minnesota, the small public school 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. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $2,391 in profit.

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#10

Bethany Lutheran College

Mankato, Minnesota

Bethany Lutheran College ranked #10 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Minnesota list. Located in Mankato, Minnesota, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 135 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Basketball team at BLC brought home $129,516 in revenue in a single year.

The student-to-faculty ratio of 9 to 1 is a sign that students will have more opportunities to engage with their professors one-on-one.

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#11

Hamline University

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Hamline University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Minnesota ranking, coming in at #11. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and it awarded 582 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Basketball team at Hamline brought home $193,053 in revenue in a single year.

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#12

Gustavus Adolphus College

Saint Peter, Minnesota

Gustavus Adolphus College came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Minnesota ranking. Gustavus Adolphus is a private not-for-profit institution located in Saint Peter, Minnesota. The school has a small population, and it awarded 621 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at Gustavus Adolphus took home $178,296 in revenue.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 89%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Gustavus Adolphus also took the #5 spot in our overall quality rankings.

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#13

Augsburg University

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Augsburg University came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Minnesota ranking. Located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 637 bachelor’s degrees 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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Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota came in at #14 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Minnesota ranking. SMU MN is located in Winona, Minnesota and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 375 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The D3 Men’s Basketball team at SMU MN brought home $206,554 in revenue in a single year.

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#15

Martin Luther College

New Ulm, Minnesota

Martin Luther College came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Minnesota ranking. MLC is a small private not-for-profit school situated in New Ulm, Minnesota. It awarded 190 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at MLC took home $54,812 in revenue.

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#16

North Central University

Minneapolis, Minnesota

North Central University ranked #16 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Minnesota list. Located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 249 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at North Central University took home $54,302 in revenue.

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#17

Crown College

Saint Bonifacius, Minnesota

Crown College ranked #17 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in Minnesota list. Crown College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Saint Bonifacius, Minnesota that handed out 273 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Crown took home $84,123 in revenue and paid out $79,548 in expenses in recent times. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $4,575.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 17 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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