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2021 Top New Jersey Men's Basketball Schools

26 Colleges
$34,922 Avg Tuition & Fees*
41% 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. College Factual was founded, in part, to help students make the decision as to what would be the best school for them. Our Best Colleges for Men's Basketball in New Jersey ranking is part of that endeavor.

After analyzing 26 schools in New Jersey, we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for Men's Basketball athletes in New Jersey. Our ranking methodology focuses a number of different objective factors - such as the overall quality of the school, the school's athletic competitiveness, and the amount of athletic aid per student - to make this determination. Having a great sports team is not enough - the school must also focus on academic excellence.

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Top Colleges in New Jersey for Men's Basketball athletes in New Jersey

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Seton Hall University

South Orange, New Jersey

Seton Hall University tops this year’s ranking as the best school for Men’s Basketball athletes in New Jersey. Seton Hall is a private not-for-profit institution located in South Orange, New Jersey. The school has a fairly large population, 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 members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 985.

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#2

Princeton University

Princeton, New Jersey

The excellent sports programs at Princeton University helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for Men’s Basketball athletes in New Jersey. Princeton is a private not-for-profit institution located in Princeton, New Jersey. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 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 members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 996.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 98%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Princeton not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #1 on our overall quality list.

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#3

Monmouth University

West Long Branch, New Jersey

A rank of #3 on our list means Monmouth University is a great place for Men’s Basketball athletes in New Jersey working on their bachelor’s degree. Monmouth University is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in West Long Branch, New Jersey that handed out 1,185 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at Monmouth brought home $2,795,919 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 995.

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#4

Rutgers University - New Brunswick

New Brunswick, New Jersey

A rank of #4 on our list means Rutgers University - New Brunswick is a great place for Men’s Basketball athletes in New Jersey working on their bachelor’s degree. Rutgers New Brunswick is a public institution located in New Brunswick, New Jersey. The school has a large population, and it awarded 8,719 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at Rutgers New Brunswick brought home $7,545,360 in revenue in a single year. 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. Rutgers New Brunswick also took the #4 spot in our overall quality rankings.

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#5

Ramapo College of New Jersey

Mahwah, New Jersey

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Ramapo College of New Jersey. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball athletes in New Jersey list. Mahwah, New Jersey is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,307 students in 2018-2019.

Ramapo College brought in $275,875 while tallying up $274,623 in expenses for its Men’s Basketball team. Thus, the team actually made $1,252, which isn’t bad at all.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 86%.

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#6

Stevens Institute of Technology

Hoboken, New Jersey

With a ranking of #6, Stevens Institute of Technology did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in New Jersey ranking. Hoboken, New Jersey is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 766 students in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at Stevens brought home $198,326 in revenue in a single year.

With a freshman retention rate of 94%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Stevens also took the #3 spot in our overall quality rankings.

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#7

The College of New Jersey

Ewing, New Jersey

With a ranking of #7, The College of New Jersey did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in New Jersey ranking. TCNJ is located in Ewing, New Jersey and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,685 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at TCNJ took home $167,507 in revenue.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 94%. In addition to its Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in New Jersey ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, TCNJ is ranked #2 for overall quality in New Jersey.

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#8

Rider University

Lawrenceville, New Jersey

Rider University landed the #8 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in New Jersey ranking. Rider University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Lawrenceville, New Jersey that handed out 854 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at Rider made $2,508,228 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 965.

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New Jersey Institute of Technology ranked #9 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in New Jersey list. Located in Newark, New Jersey, the fairly large public school handed out 1,646 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at NJIT took home $1,857,284 in revenue and paid out $1,857,283 in expenses in recent times. That boils down to a yearly profit of $1 for the sports team. The academic progress rate of the team is 953.

NJIT did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #5 on our overall quality list.

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#10

Saint Peter's University

Jersey City, New Jersey

Saint Peter’s University landed the #10 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in New Jersey ranking. Saint Peter’s University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Jersey City, New Jersey that handed out 535 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at Saint Peter’s College made $1,641,425 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 970.

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#11

Rowan University

Glassboro, New Jersey

Rowan University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in New Jersey ranking, coming in at #11. Glassboro, New Jersey is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 3,684 students in 2018-2019.

The team at Rowan took home $376,608 in revenue and paid out $353,732 in expenses in recent times. That boils down to a yearly profit of $22,876 for the sports team.

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#12

Montclair State University

Montclair, New Jersey

Montclair State University came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in New Jersey ranking. Montclair, New Jersey is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 4,013 students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at Montclair State made $191,599 in revenue.

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#13

Drew University

Madison, New Jersey

Drew University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in New Jersey ranking, coming in at #13. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Madison, New Jersey, and it awarded 345 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at Drew took home $164,104 in revenue.

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Fairleigh Dickinson University - Metropolitan Campus did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in New Jersey ranking, coming in at #14. FDU is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school situated in Teaneck, New Jersey. It awarded 732 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at FDU made $1,846,780 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 985 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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#15

Rutgers University - Newark

Newark, New Jersey

Rutgers University - Newark did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in New Jersey ranking, coming in at #15. Rutgers Newark is a fairly large public school situated in Newark, New Jersey. It awarded 1,775 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at Rutgers Newark made $206,012 in revenue, while incurring $197,523 in expenses. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $8,489 in profit.

On top of its placing in this ranking, Rutgers Newark 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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#16

Caldwell University

Caldwell, New Jersey

With a ranking of #16, Caldwell University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in New Jersey ranking. Caldwell, New Jersey is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 333 students in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at Caldwell made $572,640 in revenue, while incurring $556,736 in expenses. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $15,904.

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#17

New Jersey City University

Jersey City, New Jersey

New Jersey City University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in New Jersey ranking, coming in at #17. This medium-sized public school is located in Jersey City, New Jersey, and it awarded 1,295 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at NJCU took home $194,538 in revenue.

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#18

Rutgers University - Camden

Camden, New Jersey

Rutgers University - Camden ranked #18 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in New Jersey list. Rutgers Camden is a medium-sized public school situated in Camden, New Jersey. It awarded 1,368 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at Rutgers Camden brought home $125,373 in revenue in a single year.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 88%.

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William Paterson University of New Jersey landed the #19 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in New Jersey ranking. William Paterson University of New Jersey is a fairly large public school located in Wayne, New Jersey that handed out 1,785 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at William Paterson University made $148,180 in revenue, while incurring $147,763 in expenses. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $417 in profit.

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#20

Bloomfield College

Bloomfield, New Jersey

Bloomfield College ranked #20 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in New Jersey list. Located in Bloomfield, New Jersey, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 283 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at Bloomfield College took home $425,522 in revenue.

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Fairleigh Dickinson University - Florham Campus ranked #21 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in New Jersey list. Madison, New Jersey is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 573 students in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at FDU made $110,429 in revenue, while incurring $104,210 in expenses. Thus, the team actually made $6,219, which isn’t bad at all.

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#22

Felician University

Lodi, New Jersey

Felician University came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in New Jersey ranking. Felician is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Lodi, New Jersey. It awarded 332 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at Felician took home $357,834 in revenue.

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#23

Centenary University

Hackettstown, New Jersey

Centenary University ranked #23 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in New Jersey list. Centenary is located in Hackettstown, New Jersey and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 351 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at Centenary made $67,452 in revenue.

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#24

College of Saint Elizabeth

Morristown, New Jersey

College of Saint Elizabeth landed the #24 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in New Jersey ranking. College of Saint Elizabeth is a small private not-for-profit school located in Morristown, New Jersey that handed out 171 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at CSE took home $58,258 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.

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#25

Georgian Court University

Lakewood, New Jersey

Georgian Court University ranked #25 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in New Jersey list. Georgian Court is a private not-for-profit institution located in Lakewood, New Jersey. The school has a small population, and it awarded 375 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at Georgian Court took home $510,015 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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