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2021 Top Massachusetts Men's Basketball Schools

45 Colleges
$46,479 Avg Tuition & Fees*
71% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

With all of the options student athletes have for higher education today, it can be tough to choose which direction to take. 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 Massachusetts ranking is one tool we have developed to help in this regard.

We analyzed 45 colleges and universities across Massachusetts to determine which were the best for Men's Basketball athletes in Massachusetts. 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 Massachusetts for Men's Basketball athletes in Massachusetts

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#1

Babson College

Wellesley, Massachusetts

Babson College tops this year’s ranking as the best school for Men’s Basketball athletes in Massachusetts. Located in Wellesley, Massachusetts, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 548 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at Babson College made $241,637 in revenue.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 96%. Babson College 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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#2

Boston University

Boston, Massachusetts

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Boston University. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball athletes in Massachusetts list. Located in Boston, Massachusetts, the large private not-for-profit school awarded 4,780 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at Boston U took home $2,669,686 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 975.

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, Boston U is in the top 15% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#3

Northeastern University

Boston, Massachusetts

A rank of #3 on our list means Northeastern University is a great place for Men’s Basketball athletes in Massachusetts working on their bachelor’s degree. Northeastern University is a large private not-for-profit school located in Boston, Massachusetts that handed out 4,127 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at Northeastern took home $3,207,255 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 986 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 97%.

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#4

Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Out of the 45 schools in Massachusetts that were part of this year’s ranking, Harvard University landed the #4 spot on the list. Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the large private not-for-profit school handed out 2,902 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at Harvard made $1,474,941 in revenue. The team had a perfect academic progress rate of 1000.

With a student-to-faculty ratio of 7 to 1, it’s easy to see that the school is committed to helping their undergraduates succeed. Harvard also took the #1 spot in our overall quality rankings.

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#5

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Boston College. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball athletes in Massachusetts list. This fairly large private not-for-profit school is located in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, and it awarded 3,062 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Boston College took home $7,225,974 in revenue and paid out $6,872,835 in expenses in recent times. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $353,139. The academic progress rate of the team is 958.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 95%. Boston College 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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#6

College of the Holy Cross

Worcester, Massachusetts

College of the Holy Cross landed the #6 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Massachusetts ranking. Holy Cross is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Worcester, Massachusetts. It awarded 848 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at Holy Cross made $2,282,921 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 986, 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 95%. On top of its placing in this ranking, Holy Cross 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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#7

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Amherst, Massachusetts

University of Massachusetts Amherst ranked #7 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Massachusetts list. UMass Amherst is located in Amherst, Massachusetts and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 6,878 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at UMass Amherst made $4,025,395 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 946.

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

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#8

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Massachusetts Institute of Technology landed the #8 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Massachusetts ranking. Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the fairly large private not-for-profit school handed out 1,333 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at MIT made $134,961 in revenue.

The impressive student-to-faculty ratio of 3 to 1 means that students may have more opportunities to work more closely with their professors than they would at other schools. MIT did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #2 on our overall quality list.

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#9

Tufts University

Medford, Massachusetts

Tufts University came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Massachusetts ranking. Tufts University is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in Medford, Massachusetts that handed out 1,822 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at Tufts brought home $180,793 in revenue in a single year.

The student-to-faculty ratio of 9 to 1 is a sign that students will have more opportunities to engage with their professors one-on-one. On top of its placing in this ranking, Tufts 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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#10

Williams College

Williamstown, Massachusetts

Williams College landed the #10 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Massachusetts ranking. Williams College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Williamstown, Massachusetts that handed out 718 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at Williams brought home $194,537 in revenue in a single year.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 98%. Williams also made our overall quality list, coming in at #3.

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#11

Amherst College

Amherst, Massachusetts

Amherst College landed the #11 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Massachusetts ranking. Located in Amherst, Massachusetts, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 705 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Amherst brought in $351,756 while tallying up $332,754 in expenses for its Men’s Basketball team. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $19,002 in profit.

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. Amherst did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #4 on our overall quality list.

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#12

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Worcester, Massachusetts

With a ranking of #12, Worcester Polytechnic Institute did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Massachusetts ranking. WPI is located in Worcester, Massachusetts and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,138 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The Men’s Basketball team at WPI made $320,795 in revenue, while incurring $320,265 in expenses. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $530.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 95%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, WPI also is in the top 15% of our overall quality ranking.

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#13

Bentley University

Waltham, Massachusetts

Bentley University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Massachusetts ranking, coming in at #13. Waltham, Massachusetts is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,106 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at Bentley took home $1,096,176 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, Bentley 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

Stonehill College

Easton, Massachusetts

Stonehill College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Massachusetts ranking, coming in at #14. Stonehill College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Easton, Massachusetts that handed out 719 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Stonehill took home $907,027 in revenue and paid out $902,606 in expenses in recent times. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $4,421.

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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#15

Endicott College

Beverly, Massachusetts

Endicott College landed the #15 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Massachusetts ranking. Endicott is located in Beverly, Massachusetts and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 799 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at Endicott made $140,230 in revenue.

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#16

Merrimack College

North Andover, Massachusetts

Merrimack College came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Massachusetts ranking. Located in North Andover, Massachusetts, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school awarded 825 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at Merrimack took home $999,430 in revenue.

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#17

Clark University

Worcester, Massachusetts

Clark University ranked #17 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Massachusetts list. Located in Worcester, Massachusetts, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 662 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at Clark brought home $173,114 in revenue in a single year.

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

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#18

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

Lowell, Massachusetts

University of Massachusetts - Lowell did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Massachusetts ranking, coming in at #18. UMass Lowell is a public institution located in Lowell, Massachusetts. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 2,906 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at UMass Lowell took home $2,001,656 in revenue and paid out $1,882,325 in expenses in recent times. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $119,331. The academic progress rate of the team is 964.

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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#19

Gordon College

Wenham, Massachusetts

Gordon College landed the #19 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Massachusetts ranking. Gordon College is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Wenham, Massachusetts. It awarded 497 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at Gordon College took home $155,017 in revenue.

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#20

Brandeis University

Waltham, Massachusetts

Brandeis University ranked #20 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Massachusetts list. Brandeis is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school situated in Waltham, Massachusetts. It awarded 1,430 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at Brandeis brought home $360,561 in revenue in a single year.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 94%.

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#21

Springfield College

Springfield, Massachusetts

With a ranking of #21, Springfield College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Massachusetts ranking. Springfield, Massachusetts is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 512 students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at Springfield College made $243,703 in revenue.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 87%.

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#22

University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth

North Dartmouth, Massachusetts

University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Massachusetts ranking, coming in at #22. UMass Dartmouth is a public institution located in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 1,469 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at UMass Dartmouth made $112,913 in revenue, while incurring $86,602 in expenses. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $26,311 in profit.

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#23

Lesley University

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Lesley University landed the #23 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Massachusetts ranking. Lesley University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Cambridge, Massachusetts that handed out 489 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at Lesley took home $25,110 in revenue.

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#24

Wheaton College Massachusetts

Norton, Massachusetts

Wheaton College Massachusetts did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Massachusetts ranking, coming in at #24. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Norton, Massachusetts, and it awarded 391 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at Wheaton College Massachusetts brought home $153,230 in revenue in a single year.

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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#25

Fitchburg State University

Fitchburg, Massachusetts

Fitchburg State University came in at #25 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Massachusetts ranking. Located in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, the medium-sized public school handed out 815 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at Fitchburg State made $53,991 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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