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2021 Top Pennsylvania Men's Basketball Schools

85 Colleges
$43,461 Avg Tuition & Fees*
63% 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. Our mission at College Factual is to arm you with as much information as we can to help you make that decision. Our Best Colleges for Men's Basketball in Pennsylvania ranking is one tool we have developed to help in this regard.

We analyzed 85 colleges and universities across Pennsylvania to determine which were the best for Men's Basketball athletes in Pennsylvania. 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 Pennsylvania for Men's Basketball athletes in Pennsylvania

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Villanova University

Villanova, Pennsylvania

Villanova University tops this year’s ranking as the best school for Men’s Basketball athletes in Pennsylvania. Villanova University is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in Villanova, Pennsylvania that handed out 2,240 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at Villanova brought home $14,428,932 in revenue in a single year. The team had a perfect academic progress rate of 1000.

With a freshman retention rate of 95%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Villanova also is in the top 10% of our overall quality ranking.

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#2

Bucknell University

Lewisburg, Pennsylvania

The excellent sports programs at Bucknell University helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for Men’s Basketball athletes in Pennsylvania. Located in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 1,034 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at Bucknell made $2,624,075 in revenue. With a perfect academic progress rate of 1000, the team is showing that they know how to hit the books, too.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 94%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. In addition to its Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Pennsylvania ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Bucknell is ranked #5 for overall quality in Pennsylvania.

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You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus. The school came in at #3 in this year’s ranking. Pitt is located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 5,451 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Pitt brought in $13,220,336 while tallying up $11,013,283 in expenses for its Men’s Basketball team. That boils down to a yearly profit of $2,207,053 for the sports team.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 93%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Pitt also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

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#4

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Out of the 85 schools in Pennsylvania that were part of this year’s ranking, Lehigh University landed the #4 spot on the list. Lehigh is located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,379 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at Lehigh took home $1,725,866 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 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. Lehigh also took the #4 spot in our overall quality rankings.

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#5

Pennsylvania State University - University Park

University Park, Pennsylvania

A rank of #5 on our list means Pennsylvania State University - University Park is a great place for Men’s Basketball athletes in Pennsylvania working on their bachelor’s degree. Penn State University Park is a public institution located in University Park, Pennsylvania. The school has a large population, and 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. That boils down to a yearly profit of $4,000,615 for the sports team. 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. In addition to its great ranking here, Penn State University Park is in the top 15% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#6

Swarthmore College

Swarthmore, Pennsylvania

Swarthmore College landed the #6 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Pennsylvania ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, and it awarded 545 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Swarthmore took home $216,588 in revenue and paid out $173,044 in expenses in recent times. Thus, the team actually made $43,544, which isn’t bad at all.

Since the school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 8 to 1, those pursuing a bachelor’s degree will have more opportunities to interact with their professors. Swarthmore also took the #2 spot in our overall quality rankings.

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#7

Temple University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Temple University landed the #7 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Pennsylvania ranking. Temple is a public institution located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The school has a large population, 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. The team had a perfect academic progress rate of 1000.

With a freshman retention rate of 90%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students.

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#8

University of Scranton

Scranton, Pennsylvania

University of Scranton came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Pennsylvania ranking. University of Scranton is located in Scranton, Pennsylvania and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 938 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at University of Scranton took home $346,191 in revenue.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 87%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. University of Scranton excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#9

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

University of Pennsylvania came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Pennsylvania ranking. UPenn is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 3,632 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The Men’s Basketball team at UPenn brought home $2,049,825 in revenue in a single year. The great academic progress rate of 987 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

The student-to-faculty ratio of 6 to 1 is a sign that students will have more opportunities to engage with their professors one-on-one. UPenn not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #1 on our overall quality list.

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#10

Lafayette College

Easton, Pennsylvania

Lafayette College came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Pennsylvania ranking. Lafayette is a private not-for-profit institution located in Easton, Pennsylvania. The school has a small population, and it awarded 804 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at Lafayette brought home $1,938,231 in revenue in a single year. The great academic progress rate of 989 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

With a freshman retention rate of 95%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. In addition to its great ranking here, Lafayette is in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#11

Drexel University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Drexel University came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Pennsylvania ranking. Located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the large private not-for-profit school awarded 3,710 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at Drexel made $2,760,011 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 980.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 89%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. In addition to its great ranking here, Drexel is in the top 15% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#12

Susquehanna University

Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania

Susquehanna University landed the #12 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Pennsylvania ranking. Located in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 597 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at Susquehanna made $164,598 in revenue.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 87%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year.

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#13

Saint Joseph's University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Saint Joseph’s University came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Pennsylvania ranking. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,311 students in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at St. Joe’s brought home $6,152,876 in revenue in a single year. The academic progress rate of the team is 975.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 91%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. On top of its placing in this ranking, St. Joe’s 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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#14

Dickinson College

Carlisle, Pennsylvania

With a ranking of #14, Dickinson College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Pennsylvania ranking. Dickinson is a private not-for-profit institution located in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. The school has a small population, and it awarded 752 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at Dickinson made $137,733 in revenue, while incurring $121,447 in expenses. Thus, the team actually made $16,286, which isn’t bad at all.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 90%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Dickinson 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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#15

Saint Vincent College

Latrobe, Pennsylvania

Saint Vincent College ranked #15 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Pennsylvania list. Saint Vincent is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. It awarded 394 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at Saint Vincent made $304,781 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.

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#16

Duquesne University

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Duquesne University ranked #16 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Pennsylvania list. This medium-sized private not-for-profit school is located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and it awarded 1,487 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at Duquesne took home $5,612,982 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 945.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 86%. On top of its placing in this ranking, Duquesne 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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#17

Lycoming College

Williamsport, Pennsylvania

Lycoming College landed the #17 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Pennsylvania ranking. Lycoming is located in Williamsport, Pennsylvania and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 298 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Lycoming brought in $195,384 while tallying up $159,243 in expenses for its Men’s Basketball team. Thus, the team actually made $36,141, which isn’t bad at all.

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#18

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

With a ranking of #18, Carnegie Mellon University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Pennsylvania ranking. This fairly large private not-for-profit school is located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and it awarded 1,848 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at Carnegie Mellon took home $243,725 in revenue.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 96%. Carnegie Mellon also took the #3 spot in our overall quality rankings.

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#19

La Salle University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

La Salle University landed the #19 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Pennsylvania ranking. La Salle is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It awarded 793 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at La Salle made $3,558,014 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 971.

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#20

Saint Francis University

Loretto, Pennsylvania

Saint Francis University came in at #20 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Pennsylvania ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Loretto, Pennsylvania, and it awarded 402 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at Saint Francis took home $2,040,877 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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#21

Gannon University

Erie, Pennsylvania

With a ranking of #21, Gannon University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Pennsylvania ranking. Gannon is located in Erie, Pennsylvania and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 566 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The team at Gannon took home $814,499 in revenue and paid out $792,823 in expenses in recent times. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $21,676.

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Pennsylvania State University - Erie - Behrend College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Pennsylvania ranking, coming in at #22. Located in Erie, Pennsylvania, the small public school handed out 829 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Penn State Erie brought in $148,813 while tallying up $139,270 in expenses for its Men’s Basketball team. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $9,543.

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#23

Misericordia University

Dallas, Pennsylvania

Misericordia University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Pennsylvania ranking, coming in at #23. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Dallas, Pennsylvania, and it awarded 483 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Misericordia University brought in $104,885 while tallying up $102,330 in expenses for its Men’s Basketball team. That boils down to a yearly profit of $2,555 for the sports team.

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#24

Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

Kutztown, Pennsylvania

Kutztown University of Pennsylvania did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Pennsylvania ranking, coming in at #24. This medium-sized public school is located in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, and it awarded 1,651 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Kutztown University brought in $504,151 while tallying up $432,778 in expenses for its Men’s Basketball team. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $71,373 in profit.

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#25

Lebanon Valley College

Annville, Pennsylvania

Lebanon Valley College ranked #25 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Pennsylvania list. LVC is a private not-for-profit institution located in Annville, Pennsylvania. The school has a small population, and it awarded 434 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at LVC took home $159,739 in revenue and paid out $146,609 in expenses in recent times. That boils down to a yearly profit of $13,130 for the sports team.

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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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