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2021 Top New York Men's Basketball Schools

89 Colleges
$45,342 Avg Tuition & Fees*
67% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

Student athletes have lots of options to chooose from today when trying to decide which college to attend. 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 York ranking is part of that endeavor.

After analyzing 89 schools in New York, we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for Men's Basketball athletes in New York. 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 New York for Men's Basketball athletes in New York

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#1

Syracuse University

Syracuse, New York

Our 2021 rankings named Syracuse University the best school for Men’s Basketball athletes in New York working on their bachelor’s degree. This large private not-for-profit school is located in Syracuse, New York, and it awarded 4,101 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Syracuse brought in $34,567,071 while tallying up $14,845,555 in expenses for its Men’s Basketball team. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $19,721,516 in profit. 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. On top of its placing in this ranking, Syracuse 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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#2

University of Rochester

Rochester, New York

A rank of #2 on our list means University of Rochester is a great place for Men’s Basketball athletes in New York working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in Rochester, New York, the fairly large private not-for-profit school awarded 1,921 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at University of Rochester brought home $298,274 in revenue in a single year.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 97%. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, University of Rochester also is in the top 10% of our overall quality ranking.

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#3

Stony Brook University

Stony Brook, New York

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Stony Brook University. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball athletes in New York list. Located in Stony Brook, New York, the large public school handed out 4,945 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at SUNY Stony Brook took home $2,064,588 in revenue. 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 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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#4

Colgate University

Hamilton, New York

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Colgate University. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball athletes in New York list. Located in Hamilton, New York, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 894 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at Colgate brought home $2,126,456 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 94%. Colgate did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #3 on our overall quality list.

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#5

St. Bonaventure University

Saint Bonaventure, New York

The excellent sports programs at St. Bonaventure University helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for Men’s Basketball athletes in New York. St. Bonaventure is a private not-for-profit institution located in Saint Bonaventure, New York. The school has a small population, and it awarded 393 bachelor’s degrees 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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#6

Hofstra University

Hempstead, New York

Hofstra University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in New York ranking, coming in at #6. This fairly large private not-for-profit school is located in Hempstead, New York, and it awarded 1,745 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at Hofstra made $2,939,154 in revenue. With a perfect academic progress rate of 1000, the team is showing that they know how to hit the books, too.

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#7

Fordham University

Bronx, New York

Fordham University landed the #7 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in New York ranking. Located in Bronx, New York, the fairly large private not-for-profit school awarded 2,501 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at Fordham U brought home $5,075,355 in revenue in a single year. The great academic progress rate of 985 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.

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#8

University at Buffalo

Buffalo, New York

With a ranking of #8, University at Buffalo did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in New York ranking. 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 team has a respectable academic progress rate of 947.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 87%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, University at Buffalo also is in the top 20% of our overall quality ranking.

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#9

St Lawrence University

Canton, New York

St Lawrence University came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in New York ranking. Located in Canton, New York, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 765 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at St. Lawrence brought home $143,387 in revenue in a single year.

With a freshman retention rate of 92%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, St. Lawrence also is in the top 15% of our overall quality ranking.

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#10

Siena College

Loudonville, New York

Siena College ranked #10 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in New York list. Siena is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Loudonville, New York. It awarded 794 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at Siena brought home $3,219,292 in revenue in a single year. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 975.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 88%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year.

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#11

Skidmore College

Saratoga Springs, New York

Skidmore College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in New York ranking, coming in at #11. Saratoga Springs, New York is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 717 students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at Skidmore made $147,816 in revenue.

With a freshman retention rate of 93%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Skidmore 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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#12

Le Moyne College

Syracuse, New York

Le Moyne College came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in New York ranking. Syracuse, New York is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 798 students in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at LeMoyne made $783,115 in revenue, while incurring $756,950 in expenses. Thus, the team actually made $26,165, which isn’t bad at all.

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#13

St. John Fisher College

Rochester, New York

With a ranking of #13, St. John Fisher College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in New York ranking. Fisher is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Rochester, New York. It awarded 761 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Fisher took home $245,161 in revenue and paid out $235,189 in expenses in recent times. Thus, the team actually made $9,972, which isn’t bad at all.

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#14

Hamilton College

Clinton, New York

Hamilton College ranked #14 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in New York list. Clinton, New York is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 603 students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at Hamilton made $256,571 in revenue.

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. Hamilton did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #2 on our overall quality list.

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#15

Wagner College

Staten Island, New York

With a ranking of #15, Wagner College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in New York ranking. Staten Island, New York is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 457 students in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at Wagner made $1,520,014 in revenue, while incurring $1,487,551 in expenses. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $32,463. The academic progress rate of the team is 960.

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#16

St John's University - New York

Queens, New York

St John’s University - New York ranked #16 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in New York list. St John’s University - New York is a large private not-for-profit school located in Queens, New York that handed out 2,444 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at STJ took home $10,028,677 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 954.

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Columbia University in the City of New York came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in New York ranking. Located in New York, New York, the large private not-for-profit school awarded 2,702 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at Columbia took home $1,445,658 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 961.

The impressive student-to-faculty ratio of 6 to 1 means that students may have more opportunities to work more closely with their professors than they would at other schools. Columbia also took the #4 spot in our overall quality rankings.

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#18

University at Albany

Albany, New York

University at Albany ranked #18 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in New York list. UAlbany is a fairly large public school situated in Albany, New York. It awarded 3,525 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at UAlbany made $2,109,818 in revenue, while incurring $1,799,859 in expenses. Thus, the team actually made $309,959, which isn’t bad at all.

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#19

Canisius College

Buffalo, New York

With a ranking of #19, Canisius College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in New York ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Buffalo, New York, and it awarded 721 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at Canisius brought home $1,639,094 in revenue in a single year. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 950.

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#20

Union College New York

Schenectady, New York

With a ranking of #20, Union College New York did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in New York ranking. Union College New York is a small private not-for-profit school located in Schenectady, New York that handed out 571 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Union College took home $192,077 in revenue and paid out $161,850 in expenses in recent times. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $30,227 in profit.

With a freshman retention rate of 92%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. In addition to its great ranking here, Union College is in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#21

Molloy College

Rockville Centre, New York

Molloy College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in New York ranking, coming in at #21. Located in Rockville Centre, New York, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school awarded 811 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Molloy brought in $341,461 while tallying up $328,859 in expenses for its Men’s Basketball team. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $12,602.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 88%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year.

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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in New York ranking. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in Troy, New York that handed out 1,359 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at RPI brought home $208,676 in revenue in a single year.

With a freshman retention rate of 93%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, RPI also is in the top 10% of our overall quality ranking.

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With a ranking of #23, Hobart and William Smith Colleges did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in New York ranking. The Colleges is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Geneva, New York. It awarded 594 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at The Colleges took home $294,832 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. The Colleges 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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#24

Cornell University

Ithaca, New York

Cornell University landed the #24 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in New York ranking. Cornell is a large private not-for-profit school situated in Ithaca, New York. It awarded 4,145 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at Cornell brought home $1,143,930 in revenue in a single year. The team has a great academic progress rate of 993, signifying that team members care about their grades.

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. Cornell did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #1 on our overall quality list.

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#25

Binghamton University

Vestal, New York

Binghamton University ranked #25 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in New York list. Located in Vestal, New York, the fairly large public school handed out 3,888 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at Binghamton University made $1,753,592 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 985 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

With a freshman retention rate of 91%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. In addition to its great ranking here, Binghamton University is in the top 15% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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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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