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2021 Top Rocky Mountains Region Men's Basketball Schools

28 Colleges
$25,740 Avg Tuition & Fees*
29% 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. At College Factual, we're committed to helping you make that decision by providing information such as that found in our Best Colleges for Men's Basketball in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking.

Our analysis looked at 28 schools in the Rocky Mountains Region to determine which ones were the best for Men's Basketball athletes in the Rocky Mountains Region. To come up with this ranking, we look at a number of factors that are all objective measurements. These factors include the school's overall quality as determined by our Best Colleges ranking and the athletic competitiveness of the school. Thus, in order to rank well, the school must offer a quality education in addition to having a great sports team.

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Top Colleges in the Rocky Mountains Region for Men's Basketball athletes in the Rocky Mountains Region

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

University of Utah

Salt Lake City, Utah
#5 in Quality in the Rocky Mountains Region

Our analysis found University of Utah to be the best school for Men’s Basketball athletes in the Rocky Mountains Region in this year’s ranking. U of U is located in Salt Lake City, Utah and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 5,236 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

U of U brought in $10,511,632 while tallying up $8,965,613 in expenses for its Men’s Basketball team. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $1,546,019. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 946.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 90%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. U of U did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #5 on our overall quality list.

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#2

University of Denver

Denver, Colorado
#4 in Quality in the Rocky Mountains Region

The excellent sports programs at University of Denver helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for Men’s Basketball athletes in the Rocky Mountains Region. Denver, Colorado is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,626 students in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at DU brought home $2,532,725 in revenue in a single year. The academic progress rate of the team is 975.

With a freshman retention rate of 87%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. DU also took the #4 spot in our overall quality rankings.

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#7 in Quality in the Rocky Mountains Region

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Colorado State University - Fort Collins. The school came in at #3 in this year’s ranking. Colorado State University - Fort Collins is a large public school located in Fort Collins, Colorado that handed out 5,498 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at Colorado State made $4,415,218 in revenue.

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

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#4

University of Colorado Boulder

Boulder, Colorado
#6 in Quality in the Rocky Mountains Region

A rank of #4 on our list means University of Colorado Boulder is a great place for Men’s Basketball athletes in the Rocky Mountains Region working on their bachelor’s degree. CU - Boulder is located in Boulder, Colorado and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 6,744 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The team at CU - Boulder took home $9,310,818 in revenue and paid out $7,252,987 in expenses in recent times. Thus, the team actually made $2,057,831, which isn’t bad at all. The academic progress rate of the team is 961.

With a freshman retention rate of 87%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. CU - Boulder 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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#2 in Quality in the Rocky Mountains Region

The excellent sports programs at Brigham Young University - Provo helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for Men’s Basketball athletes in the Rocky Mountains Region. Located in Provo, Utah, the large private not-for-profit school handed out 7,007 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at BYU took home $7,447,430 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 975.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 90%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. BYU also made our overall quality list, coming in at #2.

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#6

University of Idaho

Moscow, Idaho
#10 in Quality in the Rocky Mountains Region

University of Idaho did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking, coming in at #6. U of I is a fairly large public school situated in Moscow, Idaho. It awarded 1,848 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at U of I took home $1,729,001 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 937.

In addition to its great ranking here, U of I is in the top 20% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#7

University of Wyoming

Laramie, Wyoming
#8 in Quality in the Rocky Mountains Region

University of Wyoming did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking, coming in at #7. UW is a public institution located in Laramie, Wyoming. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 2,387 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at UW took home $3,329,650 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 960.

In addition to its great ranking here, UW is in the top 15% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#8

Regis University

Denver, Colorado
#13 in Quality in the Rocky Mountains Region

Regis University came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking. Regis U is located in Denver, Colorado and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 952 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The Men’s Basketball team at Regis U brought home $687,858 in revenue in a single year.

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#9

Colorado College

Colorado Springs, Colorado
#1 in Quality in the Rocky Mountains Region

Colorado College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking, coming in at #9. Colorado College is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Colorado Springs, Colorado. It awarded 581 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Colorado College took home $169,241 in revenue and paid out $165,945 in expenses in recent times. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $3,296 in profit.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 94%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Colorado College not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #1 on our overall quality list.

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#10

Boise State University

Boise, Idaho
#24 in Quality in the Rocky Mountains Region

Boise State University ranked #10 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Rocky Mountains Region list. This large public school is located in Boise, Idaho, and it awarded 3,473 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at Boise State made $5,146,160 in revenue, while incurring $3,678,140 in expenses. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $1,468,020 in profit. The great academic progress rate of 985 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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#11

Utah State University

Logan, Utah
#15 in Quality in the Rocky Mountains Region

With a ranking of #11, Utah State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking. Located in Logan, Utah, the large public school awarded 4,531 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at USU brought home $4,250,996 in revenue in a single year. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 940.

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#12

Montana State University

Bozeman, Montana
#17 in Quality in the Rocky Mountains Region

Montana State University ranked #12 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Rocky Mountains Region list. MSU Bozeman is a fairly large public school situated in Bozeman, Montana. It awarded 2,551 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at MSU Bozeman made $1,833,808 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 942.

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#13

The University of Montana

Missoula, Montana

With a ranking of #13, The University of Montana did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking. This fairly large public school is located in Missoula, Montana, and it awarded 1,614 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at UM made $1,974,451 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 970.

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#14

University of Northern Colorado

Greeley, Colorado
#23 in Quality in the Rocky Mountains Region

University of Northern Colorado did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking, coming in at #14. University of Northern Colorado is located in Greeley, Colorado and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 2,026 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The Men’s Basketball team at University of Northern Colorado brought home $1,538,837 in revenue in a single year. The academic progress rate of the team is 954.

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#15

Weber State University

Ogden, Utah

Weber State University came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking. Located in Ogden, Utah, the large public school handed out 2,451 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at WSU took home $1,913,406 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 945.

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#16

Fort Lewis College

Durango, Colorado

Fort Lewis College came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking. Durango, Colorado is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 667 students in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at FLC made $633,969 in revenue, while incurring $630,324 in expenses. That boils down to a yearly profit of $3,645 for the sports team.

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#18 in Quality in the Rocky Mountains Region

Northwest Nazarene University landed the #17 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking. NNU is a private not-for-profit institution located in Nampa, Idaho. The school has a small population, and it awarded 340 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at NNU made $701,720 in revenue.

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#18

Utah Valley University

Orem, Utah

With a ranking of #18, Utah Valley University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking. UVU is a large public school situated in Orem, Utah. It awarded 3,471 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at UVU took home $2,006,839 in revenue and paid out $1,866,466 in expenses in recent times. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $140,373. The team has a great academic progress rate of 986, signifying that team members care about their grades.

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#19

Southern Utah University

Cedar City, Utah
#25 in Quality in the Rocky Mountains Region

With a ranking of #19, Southern Utah University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking. Southern Utah University is a public institution located in Cedar City, Utah. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 1,203 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at Southern Utah University brought home $1,274,977 in revenue in a single year. The academic progress rate of the team is 962.

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Colorado State University - Pueblo landed the #20 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking. Colorado State University - Pueblo is a public institution located in Pueblo, Colorado. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 749 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at Colorado State University - Pueblo brought home $447,132 in revenue in a single year. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 951.

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#21

Idaho State University

Pocatello, Idaho

Idaho State University came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking. ISU is located in Pocatello, Idaho and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,286 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The Men’s Basketball team at ISU brought home $1,461,637 in revenue in a single year. The academic progress rate of the team is 955.

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#22

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs, Colorado

With a ranking of #22, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking. Located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the fairly large public school awarded 1,948 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at UCCS brought home $607,999 in revenue in a single year.

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#23

Colorado Christian University

Lakewood, Colorado

Colorado Christian University came in at #23 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking. CCU is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school situated in Lakewood, Colorado. It awarded 730 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at CCU brought home $488,450 in revenue in a single year.

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#24

Dixie State University

Saint George, Utah

With a ranking of #24, Dixie State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking. Dixie State University is a fairly large public school located in Saint George, Utah that handed out 814 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at Dixie State College made $837,366 in revenue.

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Montana State University - Billings did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking, coming in at #25. Billings, Montana is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 439 students in 2018-2019.

The team at Montana State University - Billings took home $648,209 in revenue and paid out $642,067 in expenses in recent times. Thus, the team actually made $6,142, which isn’t bad at all.

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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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