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2021 Top Colorado Men's Basketball Schools

13 Colleges
$29,997 Avg Tuition & Fees*
36% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

When it comes to choosing a college, student athletes have a lot of options - but not all of them are good. 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 Colorado ranking is part of that endeavor.

Our analysis looked at 13 schools in Colorado to determine which ones were the best for Men's Basketball athletes in Colorado. 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 Colorado for Men's Basketball athletes in Colorado

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

University of Denver

Denver, Colorado

Our analysis found University of Denver to be the best school for Men’s Basketball athletes in Colorado in this year’s ranking. DU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school situated in Denver, Colorado. It awarded 1,626 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at DU took home $2,532,725 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 975.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 87%. DU also took the #3 spot in our overall quality rankings.

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A rank of #2 on our list means Colorado State University - Fort Collins is a great place for Men’s Basketball athletes in Colorado working on their bachelor’s degree. Colorado State is located in Fort Collins, Colorado and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 5,498 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

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

Colorado State also made our overall quality list, coming in at #5.

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#3

University of Colorado Boulder

Boulder, Colorado

A rank of #3 on our list means University of Colorado Boulder is a great place for Men’s Basketball athletes in Colorado working on their bachelor’s degree. CU - Boulder is a large public school situated in Boulder, Colorado. It awarded 6,744 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

CU - Boulder brought in $9,310,818 while tallying up $7,252,987 in expenses for its Men’s Basketball team. That boils down to a yearly profit of $2,057,831 for the sports team. The academic progress rate of the team is 961.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 87%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. CU - Boulder also made our overall quality list, coming in at #4.

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#4

Regis University

Denver, Colorado

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Regis University. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball athletes in Colorado list. Regis University is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in Denver, Colorado that handed out 952 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

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

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#5

Colorado College

Colorado Springs, Colorado

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Colorado College. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball athletes in Colorado list. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and 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. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $3,296.

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 Colorado ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Colorado College is ranked #1 for overall quality in Colorado.

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#6

University of Northern Colorado

Greeley, Colorado

University of Northern Colorado did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Colorado ranking, coming in at #6. This fairly large public school is located in Greeley, Colorado, and it awarded 2,026 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at University of Northern Colorado made $1,538,837 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 954.

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#7

Fort Lewis College

Durango, Colorado

Fort Lewis College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Colorado ranking, coming in at #7. Located in Durango, Colorado, the small public school handed out 667 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

FLC brought in $633,969 while tallying up $630,324 in expenses for its Men’s Basketball team. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $3,645.

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Colorado State University - Pueblo did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Colorado ranking, coming in at #8. Colorado State University - Pueblo is located in Pueblo, Colorado and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 749 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at Colorado State University - Pueblo took home $447,132 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 951.

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#9

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs, Colorado

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Colorado ranking, coming in at #9. 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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#10

Colorado Christian University

Lakewood, Colorado

With a ranking of #10, Colorado Christian University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Colorado ranking. CCU is located in Lakewood, Colorado and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 730 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at CCU took home $488,450 in revenue.

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#11

Adams State University

Alamosa, Colorado

Adams State University landed the #11 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Colorado ranking. Adams State is a public institution located in Alamosa, Colorado. The school has a small population, and it awarded 349 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at Adams State brought home $434,534 in revenue in a single year.

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#12

Western Colorado University

Gunnison, Colorado

Western Colorado University landed the #12 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Colorado ranking. Western is a small public school situated in Gunnison, Colorado. It awarded 463 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at Western made $463,884 in revenue.

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#13

Colorado Mesa University

Grand Junction, Colorado

Colorado Mesa University ranked #13 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Colorado list. Located in Grand Junction, Colorado, the medium-sized public school awarded 1,189 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at Colorado Mesa made $459,574 in revenue.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 13 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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