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2021 Top Middle Atlantic Region Men's Basketball Schools

229 Colleges
$45,151 Avg Tuition & Fees*
69% 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 Men's Basketball in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking as one item you can use to help make this decision.

After analyzing 229 schools in the Middle Atlantic Region , we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for Men's Basketball athletes in the Middle Atlantic Region. 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 the Middle Atlantic Region for Men's Basketball athletes in the Middle Atlantic Region

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#1

Villanova University

Villanova, Pennsylvania
#21 in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

Villanova University tops this year’s ranking as the best school for Men’s Basketball athletes in the Middle Atlantic Region. Villanova is located in Villanova, Pennsylvania and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 2,240 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at Villanova took home $14,428,932 in revenue. With a perfect academic progress rate of 1000, the team is showing that they know how to hit the books, too.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 95%. In addition to its great ranking here, Villanova is in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#2

Syracuse University

Syracuse, New York
Top 10% in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Syracuse University. The school came in at #2 in this year’s ranking. Syracuse, New York is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 4,101 students in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at Syracuse made $34,567,071 in revenue, while incurring $14,845,555 in expenses. That boils down to a yearly profit of $19,721,516 for the sports team. The academic progress rate of the team is 970.

With a freshman retention rate of 91%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Syracuse also is in the top 10% of our overall quality ranking.

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#3

University of Maryland - College Park

College Park, Maryland
Top 10% in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

The excellent sports programs at University of Maryland - College Park helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for Men’s Basketball athletes in the Middle Atlantic Region. UMCP is a public institution located in College Park, Maryland. The school has a large population, and it awarded 8,390 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

UMCP brought in $14,059,425 while tallying up $9,163,793 in expenses for its Men’s Basketball team. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $4,895,632 in profit. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 959.

With a freshman retention rate of 96%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. UMCP 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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#4

Bucknell University

Lewisburg, Pennsylvania
#13 in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Bucknell University. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball athletes in the Middle Atlantic Region list. Bucknell University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania that handed out 1,034 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at Bucknell brought home $2,624,075 in revenue in a single year. With a perfect academic progress rate of 1000, the team is showing that they know how to hit the books, too.

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. Bucknell excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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Top 15% in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

The excellent sports programs at University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for Men’s Basketball athletes in the Middle Atlantic Region. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 5,451 students in 2018-2019.

The team at Pitt took home $13,220,336 in revenue and paid out $11,013,283 in expenses in recent times. Thus, the team actually made $2,207,053, which isn’t bad at all.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 93%. In addition to its great ranking here, Pitt is in the top 15% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#6

Seton Hall University

South Orange, New Jersey

Seton Hall University ranked #6 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Middle Atlantic Region list. This fairly large private not-for-profit school is located in South Orange, New Jersey, and it awarded 1,683 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at Seton Hall made $7,506,127 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 985, signifying that team members care about their grades.

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#7

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
#12 in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

Lehigh University ranked #7 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Middle Atlantic Region list. Located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school handed out 1,379 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at Lehigh took home $1,725,866 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 960.

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 great ranking here, Lehigh is in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#8

George Washington University

Washington, District of Columbia
Top 10% in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

George Washington University came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking. George Washington University is a large private not-for-profit school located in Washington, District of Columbia that handed out 3,447 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at GWU brought home $3,548,937 in revenue in a single year. The academic progress rate of the team is 973.

With a freshman retention rate of 91%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. GWU 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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#8

Princeton University

Princeton, New Jersey
#1 in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

Princeton University landed the #8 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking. Princeton University is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in Princeton, New Jersey that handed out 1,297 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at Princeton took home $1,342,776 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 996, signifying that team members care about their grades.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 98%. In addition to its Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Princeton is ranked #1 for overall quality in the Middle Atlantic Region .

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#10

Monmouth University

West Long Branch, New Jersey

Monmouth University landed the #10 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking. Monmouth is located in West Long Branch, New Jersey and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,185 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The Men’s Basketball team at Monmouth brought home $2,795,919 in revenue in a single year. The great academic progress rate of 995 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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#11

Pennsylvania State University - University Park

University Park, Pennsylvania
Top 10% in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

Pennsylvania State University - University Park did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking, coming in at #11. Penn State University Park is a large public school situated in University Park, Pennsylvania. It awarded 10,893 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at Penn State University Park made $11,344,446 in revenue, while incurring $7,343,831 in expenses. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $4,000,615 in profit. The academic progress rate of the team is 948.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 93%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Penn State University Park also is in the top 10% of our overall quality ranking.

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#12

University of Rochester

Rochester, New York
#18 in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

University of Rochester ranked #12 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Middle Atlantic Region list. Rochester, New York is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,921 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at University of Rochester took home $298,274 in revenue.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 97%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. In addition to its great ranking here, University of Rochester is in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#13

Rutgers University - New Brunswick

New Brunswick, New Jersey
Top 15% in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

Rutgers University - New Brunswick did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking, coming in at #13. This large public school is located in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and it awarded 8,719 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at Rutgers New Brunswick made $7,545,360 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 969.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 94%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. On top of its placing in this ranking, Rutgers New Brunswick also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#14

Georgetown University

Washington, District of Columbia
#17 in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

With a ranking of #14, Georgetown University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking. Located in Washington, District of Columbia, the fairly large private not-for-profit school awarded 2,169 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at Georgetown brought home $13,573,946 in revenue in a single year. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 950.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 96%. Georgetown 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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#15

Swarthmore College

Swarthmore, Pennsylvania
#5 in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

Swarthmore College landed the #15 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, and it awarded 545 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Swarthmore brought in $216,588 while tallying up $173,044 in expenses for its Men’s Basketball team. Thus, the team actually made $43,544, which isn’t bad at all.

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. Swarthmore also made our overall quality list, coming in at #5.

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#16

Stony Brook University

Stony Brook, New York
Top 20% in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

Stony Brook University came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking. Stony Brook, New York is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 4,945 students in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at SUNY Stony Brook brought home $2,064,588 in revenue in a single year. The team has a great academic progress rate of 985, signifying that team members care about their grades.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 90%. SUNY Stony Brook 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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#17

Temple University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Top 25% in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

Temple University came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking. This large public school is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and it awarded 6,523 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at Temple made $6,487,460 in revenue. With a perfect academic progress rate of 1000, the team is showing that they know how to hit the books, too.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 90%.

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#18

Colgate University

Hamilton, New York
#7 in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

With a ranking of #18, Colgate University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking. Located in Hamilton, New York, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 894 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at Colgate took home $2,126,456 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 985, signifying that team members care about their grades.

With a freshman retention rate of 94%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. On top of its placing in this ranking, Colgate also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#19

St. Bonaventure University

Saint Bonaventure, New York

With a ranking of #19, St. Bonaventure University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking. Located in Saint Bonaventure, New York, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 393 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at St. Bonaventure made $3,832,105 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 966.

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#20

Hofstra University

Hempstead, New York
Top 25% in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

With a ranking of #20, Hofstra University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking. Hempstead, New York is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,745 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at Hofstra took home $2,939,154 in revenue. Sports aren’t the only thing that the team excels at - they had a perfect academic progress rate of 1000.

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#21

Loyola University Maryland

Baltimore, Maryland
Top 15% in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

Loyola University Maryland came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking. Located in Baltimore, Maryland, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school awarded 925 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at Loyola Maryland took home $2,002,011 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 990.

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

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#22

Fordham University

Bronx, New York
Top 20% in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

Fordham University came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking. Fordham U is located in Bronx, New York and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 2,501 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The Men’s Basketball team at Fordham U brought home $5,075,355 in revenue in a single year. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 985.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 91%. Fordham U 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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#23

Ramapo College of New Jersey

Mahwah, New Jersey

With a ranking of #23, Ramapo College of New Jersey did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking. Ramapo College is a public institution located in Mahwah, New Jersey. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 1,307 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Ramapo College brought in $275,875 while tallying up $274,623 in expenses for its Men’s Basketball team. That boils down to a yearly profit of $1,252 for the sports team.

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

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#24

University at Buffalo

Buffalo, New York
Top 20% in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

University at Buffalo ranked #24 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Middle Atlantic Region list. University at Buffalo is located in Buffalo, New York and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 5,273 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at University at Buffalo took home $3,093,556 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 947.

With a freshman retention rate of 87%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. University at Buffalo 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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#25

St Lawrence University

Canton, New York
Top 15% in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

St Lawrence University ranked #25 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Middle Atlantic Region list. St. Lawrence is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Canton, New York. It awarded 765 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at St. Lawrence made $143,387 in revenue.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 92%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. On top of its placing in this ranking, St. Lawrence also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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Rest of the Top 15% Best Colleges for Men's Basketball athletes in the Middle Atlantic Region

Not only did these schools make the top 34 list, but they also landed in the top 15% of this year’s ranking:

#26

University of Delaware

Newark, Delaware
#27

Towson University

Towson, Maryland
#28

University of Scranton

Scranton, Pennsylvania
#29

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
#30

Siena College

Loudonville, New York
#31

Lafayette College

Easton, Pennsylvania
#32

Skidmore College

Saratoga Springs, New York
#33

Le Moyne College

Syracuse, New York
#34

St. John Fisher College

Rochester, New York

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Honorable Mentions

These schools also performed well in our Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking:

Rank College Location
35 Hamilton College Clinton, NY
36 Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD
37 Drexel University Philadelphia, PA
38 University of Maryland - Baltimore County Baltimore, MD
39 Wagner College Staten Island, NY
40 St John’s University - New York Queens, NY
41 Stevens Institute of Technology Hoboken, NJ
42 Columbia University in the City of New York New York, NY
43 University at Albany Albany, NY
44 The College of New Jersey Ewing, NJ
45 Canisius College Buffalo, NY

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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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