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2021 Top Ohio Men's Basketball Schools

44 Colleges
$32,857 Avg Tuition & Fees*
49% 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. One of our goals at College Factual is to give you as much information as we can - such as our Best Colleges for Men's Basketball in Ohio ranking - to help you make that decision.

Our analysis looked at 44 schools in Ohio to determine which ones were the best for Men's Basketball athletes in Ohio. 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 Ohio for Men's Basketball athletes in Ohio

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

University of Cincinnati - Main Campus tops this year’s ranking as the best school for Men’s Basketball athletes in Ohio. University of Cincinnati - Main Campus is a large public school located in Cincinnati, Ohio that handed out 6,175 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at UC made $7,644,770 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 995 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

With a freshman retention rate of 86%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students.

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#2

University of Dayton

Dayton, Ohio

Out of the 44 schools in Ohio that were part of this year’s ranking, University of Dayton landed the #2 spot on the list. UDayton is located in Dayton, Ohio and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 2,167 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The Men’s Basketball team at UDayton made $16,281,364 in revenue, while incurring $7,434,825 in expenses. That boils down to a yearly profit of $8,846,539 for the sports team. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 969.

With a freshman retention rate of 90%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. In addition to its Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Ohio ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, UDayton is ranked #5 for overall quality in Ohio.

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You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Ohio State University - Main Campus. The school came in at #3 in this year’s ranking. Columbus, Ohio is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 11,596 students in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at Ohio State made $24,953,122 in revenue, while incurring $10,996,364 in expenses. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $13,956,758 in profit.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 94%. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Ohio State also is in the top 10% of our overall quality ranking.

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#4

Xavier University

Cincinnati, Ohio

A rank of #4 on our list means Xavier University is a great place for Men’s Basketball athletes in Ohio working on their bachelor’s degree. This medium-sized private not-for-profit school is located in Cincinnati, Ohio, and it awarded 1,253 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Xavier took home $13,916,975 in revenue and paid out $7,406,374 in expenses in recent times. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $6,510,601 in profit. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 967.

Xavier excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 20% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Ohio University - Athens Campus. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball athletes in Ohio list. OHIO Athens is a large public school situated in Athens, Ohio. It awarded 7,349 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at OHIO Athens made $3,337,404 in revenue.

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#6

Denison University

Granville, Ohio

Denison University landed the #6 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Ohio ranking. Located in Granville, Ohio, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 643 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at Denison made $240,013 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 950.

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

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With a ranking of #7, Miami University - Oxford did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Ohio ranking. Miami University - Oxford is located in Oxford, Ohio and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 5,139 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The Men’s Basketball team at Miami University - Oxford brought home $2,234,349 in revenue in a single year. The great academic progress rate of 981 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 91%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Miami University - Oxford 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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#8

The College of Wooster

Wooster, Ohio

The College of Wooster did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Ohio ranking, coming in at #8. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Wooster, Ohio, and it awarded 522 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Wooster College brought in $318,510 while tallying up $289,112 in expenses for its Men’s Basketball team. That boils down to a yearly profit of $29,398 for the sports team.

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

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Ohio Wesleyan University

Delaware, Ohio

Ohio Wesleyan University ranked #9 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Ohio list. Located in Delaware, Ohio, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 395 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at OWU made $214,280 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. OWU excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 20% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#10

Marietta College

Marietta, Ohio

With a ranking of #10, Marietta College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Ohio ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Marietta, Ohio, and it awarded 210 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Marietta brought in $300,252 while tallying up $229,373 in expenses for its Men’s Basketball team. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $70,879 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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The University of Findlay

Findlay, Ohio

The University of Findlay landed the #11 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Ohio ranking. Located in Findlay, Ohio, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 622 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Findlay brought in $687,649 while tallying up $637,109 in expenses for its Men’s Basketball team. Thus, the team actually made $50,540, which isn’t bad at all.

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John Carroll University

University Heights, Ohio

John Carroll University ranked #12 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Ohio list. John Carroll is a small private not-for-profit school situated in University Heights, Ohio. It awarded 831 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at John Carroll made $193,836 in revenue.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 86%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, John Carroll also is in the top 20% of our overall quality ranking.

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Kent State University at Kent did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Ohio ranking, coming in at #13. Kent, Ohio is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 5,465 students in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at Kent State brought home $2,158,311 in revenue in a single year.

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University of Toledo

Toledo, Ohio

University of Toledo ranked #14 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Ohio list. University of Toledo is located in Toledo, Ohio and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 3,077 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The Men’s Basketball team at University of Toledo brought home $2,673,988 in revenue in a single year. The great academic progress rate of 980 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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Ohio Northern University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Ohio ranking, coming in at #15. ONU is a private not-for-profit institution located in Ada, Ohio. The school has a small population, and it awarded 415 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at ONU took home $228,760 in revenue.

On top of its placing in this ranking, ONU also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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University of Akron Main Campus ranked #16 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Ohio list. Akron, Ohio is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 2,925 students in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at University of Akron Main Campus brought home $3,045,115 in revenue in a single year.

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Ashland University

Ashland, Ohio

Ashland University came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Ohio ranking. Ashland University is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in Ashland, Ohio that handed out 801 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at Ashland brought home $601,260 in revenue in a single year.

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#18

Wittenberg University

Springfield, Ohio

With a ranking of #18, Wittenberg University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Ohio ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Springfield, Ohio, and it awarded 434 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at Wittenberg made $247,060 in revenue, while incurring $240,354 in expenses. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $6,706.

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Wright State University - Main Campus landed the #19 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Ohio ranking. Wright State University - Main Campus is a fairly large public school situated in Dayton, Ohio. It awarded 2,315 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at Wright State University - Main Campus made $3,330,147 in revenue.

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#20

Cedarville University

Cedarville, Ohio

Cedarville University came in at #20 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Ohio ranking. Located in Cedarville, Ohio, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 759 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at Cedarville brought home $610,934 in revenue in a single year.

On top of its placing in this ranking, Cedarville 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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Baldwin Wallace University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Ohio ranking, coming in at #21. Baldwin Wallace University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Berea, Ohio that handed out 929 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at Baldwin Wallace College made $194,518 in revenue.

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Bowling Green State University - Main Campus did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Ohio ranking, coming in at #22. BGSU is located in Bowling Green, Ohio and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 3,167 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The Men’s Basketball team at BGSU brought home $2,544,177 in revenue in a single year. The academic progress rate of the team is 970.

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#23

Walsh University

North Canton, Ohio

Walsh University came in at #23 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Ohio ranking. Walsh University is a small private not-for-profit school located in North Canton, Ohio that handed out 511 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Walsh brought in $769,101 while tallying up $731,648 in expenses for its Men’s Basketball team. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $37,453 in profit.

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#24

Capital University

Columbus, Ohio

With a ranking of #24, Capital University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Ohio ranking. Capital is located in Columbus, Ohio and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 678 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at Capital made $272,156 in revenue.

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#25

University of Mount Union

Alliance, Ohio

University of Mount Union did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Ohio ranking, coming in at #25. Alliance, Ohio is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 511 students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at Mount Union made $203,688 in revenue.

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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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