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2021 Top Southeast Region Men's Basketball Schools

250 Colleges
$37,645 Avg Tuition & Fees*
60% 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. 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 Southeast Region ranking.

After analyzing 250 schools in the Southeast Region , we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for Men's Basketball athletes in the Southeast 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 Southeast Region for Men's Basketball athletes in the Southeast Region

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#1

Duke University

Durham, North Carolina
#1 in Quality in the Southeast Region

Our analysis found Duke University to be the best school for Men’s Basketball athletes in the Southeast Region in this year’s ranking. Durham, North Carolina is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 2,303 students in 2018-2019.

Duke brought in $35,489,891 while tallying up $22,178,473 in expenses for its Men’s Basketball team. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $13,311,418 in profit. The academic progress rate of the team is 958.

Since the school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 7 to 1, those pursuing a bachelor’s degree will have more opportunities to interact with their professors. Duke not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #1 on our overall quality list.

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#2

University of Kentucky

Lexington, Kentucky
Top 15% in Quality in the Southeast Region

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend University of Kentucky. The school came in at #2 in this year’s ranking. This large public school is located in Lexington, Kentucky, and it awarded 5,535 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at UK took home $38,829,651 in revenue and paid out $20,202,558 in expenses in recent times. That boils down to a yearly profit of $18,627,093 for the sports team. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 994.

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

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#3

University of Louisville

Louisville, Kentucky
Top 20% in Quality in the Southeast Region

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of Louisville. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball athletes in the Southeast Region list. University of Louisville is a large public school located in Louisville, Kentucky that handed out 3,155 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at UofL made $42,759,248 in revenue, while incurring $19,180,078 in expenses. That boils down to a yearly profit of $23,579,170 for the sports team. The team has a great academic progress rate of 994, signifying that team members care about their grades.

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

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#4

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, Tennessee
#2 in Quality in the Southeast Region

Out of the 250 schools in the Southeast Region that were part of this year’s ranking, Vanderbilt University landed the #4 spot on the list. Vanderbilt University is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in Nashville, Tennessee that handed out 2,280 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Vanderbilt took home $10,876,435 in revenue and paid out $9,901,818 in expenses in recent times. That boils down to a yearly profit of $974,617 for the sports team. The great academic progress rate of 989 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

The impressive student-to-faculty ratio of 7 to 1 means that students may have more opportunities to work more closely with their professors than they would at other schools. Vanderbilt also took the #2 spot in our overall quality rankings.

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#5

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, North Carolina
#8 in Quality in the Southeast Region

The excellent sports programs at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for Men’s Basketball athletes in the Southeast Region. UNC Chapel Hill is located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 6,076 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

UNC Chapel Hill brought in $27,076,307 while tallying up $11,204,115 in expenses for its Men’s Basketball team. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $15,872,192. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 971.

With a freshman retention rate of 96%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. In addition to its great ranking here, UNC Chapel Hill is in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#6

University of Miami

Coral Gables, Florida
#15 in Quality in the Southeast Region

University of Miami landed the #6 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking. University of Miami is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in Coral Gables, Florida that handed out 3,118 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at U Miami made $9,988,284 in revenue, while incurring $8,895,333 in expenses. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $1,092,951.

With a freshman retention rate of 91%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. U Miami excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#7

University of Florida

Gainesville, Florida
#12 in Quality in the Southeast Region

University of Florida came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking. Gainesville, Florida is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 9,663 students in 2018-2019.

UF brought in $11,943,413 while tallying up $9,317,385 in expenses for its Men’s Basketball team. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $2,626,028 in profit. The academic progress rate of the team is 968.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 96%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. UF also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

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#8

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, North Carolina
#6 in Quality in the Southeast Region

With a ranking of #8, Wake Forest University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking. Located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school handed out 1,431 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Wake Forest University brought in $9,148,670 while tallying up $8,805,630 in expenses for its Men’s Basketball team. Thus, the team actually made $343,040, which isn’t bad at all. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 959.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 94%. Wake Forest University excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#9

Florida State University

Tallahassee, Florida
#24 in Quality in the Southeast Region

Florida State University ranked #9 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Southeast Region list. Florida State is a public institution located in Tallahassee, Florida. The school has a large population, and it awarded 9,688 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at Florida State brought home $16,773,013 in revenue in a single year. The great academic progress rate of 985 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 94%. On top of its placing in this ranking, Florida State 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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#10

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, Virginia
#7 in Quality in the Southeast Region

With a ranking of #10, University of Virginia - Main Campus did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking. University of Virginia is located in Charlottesville, Virginia and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 5,167 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at University of Virginia made $13,400,721 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 961.

With a freshman retention rate of 96%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, University of Virginia also is in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking.

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#11

University of South Carolina - Columbia

Columbia, South Carolina
Top 10% in Quality in the Southeast Region

With a ranking of #11, University of South Carolina - Columbia did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking. UofSC is located in Columbia, South Carolina and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 6,966 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

UofSC brought in $11,093,661 while tallying up $8,561,964 in expenses for its Men’s Basketball team. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $2,531,697. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 966.

With a freshman retention rate of 88%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. In addition to its great ranking here, UofSC is in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#12

University of Richmond

University of Richmond, Virginia
#9 in Quality in the Southeast Region

University of Richmond landed the #12 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking. URichmond is a small private not-for-profit school situated in University of Richmond, Virginia. It awarded 1,005 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at URichmond made $4,782,542 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 970.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 93%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, URichmond also is in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking.

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#11 in Quality in the Southeast Region

Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking, coming in at #13. Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus is a large public school located in Atlanta, Georgia that handed out 3,717 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at Georgia Tech took home $6,910,271 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 970.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 97%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Georgia Tech also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

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#14

Belmont University

Nashville, Tennessee
Top 15% in Quality in the Southeast Region

Belmont University landed the #14 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking. Nashville, Tennessee is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,635 students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at Belmont made $5,129,856 in revenue. The team had a perfect academic progress rate of 1000.

Belmont 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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#15

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, Virginia
#13 in Quality in the Southeast Region

Virginia Tech ranked #15 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Southeast Region list. Virginia Tech is a public institution located in Blacksburg, Virginia. The school has a large population, and it awarded 7,156 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Virginia Tech brought in $9,886,728 while tallying up $8,525,606 in expenses for its Men’s Basketball team. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $1,361,122 in profit. 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 93%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. In addition to its great ranking here, Virginia Tech is in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#16

University of Arkansas

Fayetteville, Arkansas
Top 15% in Quality in the Southeast Region

With a ranking of #16, University of Arkansas did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking. Located in Fayetteville, Arkansas, the large public school handed out 5,181 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at UARK took home $21,424,702 in revenue and paid out $10,440,326 in expenses in recent times. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $10,984,376 in profit.

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

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#17

Clemson University

Clemson, South Carolina
#23 in Quality in the Southeast Region

Clemson University ranked #17 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Southeast Region list. Located in Clemson, South Carolina, the large public school awarded 4,676 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Clemson brought in $9,224,524 while tallying up $8,229,736 in expenses for its Men’s Basketball team. Thus, the team actually made $994,788, which isn’t bad at all. The academic progress rate of the team is 975.

With a freshman retention rate of 93%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. In addition to its great ranking here, Clemson is in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#18

Furman University

Greenville, South Carolina
#18 in Quality in the Southeast Region

Furman University landed the #18 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking. Furman is located in Greenville, South Carolina and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 732 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Furman brought in $2,576,740 while tallying up $2,293,070 in expenses for its Men’s Basketball team. That boils down to a yearly profit of $283,670 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. Furman also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

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#19

Elon University

Elon, North Carolina
#14 in Quality in the Southeast Region

Elon University landed the #19 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking. Located in Elon, North Carolina, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school awarded 1,666 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at Elon took home $3,221,829 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 995, 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 89%. In addition to its great ranking here, Elon is in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#20

University of Georgia

Athens, Georgia
#22 in Quality in the Southeast Region

University of Georgia did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking, coming in at #20. University of Georgia is a large public school located in Athens, Georgia that handed out 8,022 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at UGA made $10,693,803 in revenue, while incurring $7,756,002 in expenses. That boils down to a yearly profit of $2,937,801 for the sports team. The academic progress rate of the team is 975.

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, UGA also is in the top 10% of our overall quality ranking.

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#21

Auburn University

Auburn, Alabama
Top 10% in Quality in the Southeast Region

Auburn University came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking. Located in Auburn, Alabama, the large public school handed out 5,370 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Auburn took home $15,593,947 in revenue and paid out $10,536,653 in expenses in recent times. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $5,057,294 in profit. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 995.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 92%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Auburn also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

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#22

Virginia Commonwealth University

Richmond, Virginia
Top 15% in Quality in the Southeast Region

Virginia Commonwealth University came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking. Located in Richmond, Virginia, the large public school handed out 5,372 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

VCU brought in $8,833,917 while tallying up $6,102,633 in expenses for its Men’s Basketball team. Thus, the team actually made $2,731,284, which isn’t bad at all. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 966.

VCU 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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#23

The University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Top 15% in Quality in the Southeast Region

The University of Alabama ranked #23 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Southeast Region list. Located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, the large public school awarded 7,542 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The team at UA took home $16,028,795 in revenue and paid out $15,966,875 in expenses in recent times. That boils down to a yearly profit of $61,920 for the sports team. The team has a great academic progress rate of 990, signifying that team members care about their grades.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 87%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. UA 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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Top 10% in Quality in the Southeast Region

The University of Tennessee - Knoxville ranked #24 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Southeast Region list. This large public school is located in Knoxville, Tennessee, and it awarded 5,103 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at UT Knoxville took home $17,003,826 in revenue and paid out $10,554,613 in expenses in recent times. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $6,449,213. The academic progress rate of the team is 974.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 86%. UT Knoxville also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

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#25

West Virginia University

Morgantown, West Virginia
Top 25% in Quality in the Southeast Region

West Virginia University landed the #25 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking. Located in Morgantown, West Virginia, the large public school awarded 4,561 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at WVU took home $8,484,584 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 995 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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Rest of the Top 15% Best Colleges for Men's Basketball athletes in the Southeast Region

Not only did these schools make the top 37 list, but they also landed in the top 15% of this year’s ranking:

#26

College of William and Mary

Williamsburg, Virginia
#27

University of Central Florida

Orlando, Florida
#28

Davidson College

Davidson, North Carolina
#29

Samford University

Birmingham, Alabama
#30

College of Charleston

Charleston, South Carolina
#31

Tulane University of Louisiana

New Orleans, Louisiana
#32

Bellarmine University

Louisville, Kentucky
#33

University of Mississippi

University, Mississippi
#34

Christopher Newport University

Newport News, Virginia
#34

Wofford College

Spartanburg, South Carolina
#36

Middle Tennessee State University

Murfreesboro, Tennessee
#37

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Birmingham, Alabama

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Honorable Mentions

These schools also performed well in our Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking:

Rank College Location
38 George Mason University Fairfax, VA
39 Rollins College Winter Park, FL
40 Emory University Atlanta, GA
41 Winthrop University Rock Hill, SC
42 Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College Baton Rouge, LA
43 Mercer University Macon, GA
44 Eckerd College Saint Petersburg, FL
45 High Point University High Point, NC
45 Queens University of Charlotte Charlotte, NC
47 Florida Gulf Coast University Fort Myers, FL
48 Lipscomb University Nashville, TN
49 University of North Carolina at Asheville Asheville, NC
50 James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA

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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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