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2021 Top Alabama Men's Basketball Schools

16 Colleges
$22,389 Avg Tuition & Fees*
24% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

Student athletes have lots of options to chooose from today when trying to decide which college to attend. 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 Alabama ranking is one tool we have developed to help in this regard.

We analyzed 16 colleges and universities across Alabama to determine which were the best for Men's Basketball athletes in Alabama. 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 Alabama for Men's Basketball athletes in Alabama

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Auburn University

Auburn, Alabama

Auburn University tops this year’s ranking as the best school for Men’s Basketball athletes in Alabama. Auburn, Alabama is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 5,370 students 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. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $5,057,294. 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 92%. In addition to its Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Alabama ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Auburn is ranked #2 for overall quality in Alabama.

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#2

The University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend The University of Alabama. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball athletes in Alabama list. UA is located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 7,542 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

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 great academic progress rate of 990 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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 did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #3 on our overall quality list.

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#3

Samford University

Birmingham, Alabama

Out of the 16 schools in Alabama that were part of this year’s ranking, Samford University landed the #3 spot on the list. Samford is a private not-for-profit institution located in Birmingham, Alabama. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 891 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at Samford made $1,917,385 in revenue, while incurring $1,917,384 in expenses. Thus, the team actually made $1, which isn’t bad at all. The academic progress rate of the team is 964.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 87%. Samford also took the #1 spot in our overall quality rankings.

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#4

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Birmingham, Alabama

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of Alabama at Birmingham. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball athletes in Alabama list. UAB is a large public school situated in Birmingham, Alabama. It awarded 2,613 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at UAB made $3,628,668 in revenue, while incurring $3,533,944 in expenses. Thus, the team actually made $94,724, which isn’t bad at all. The team has a great academic progress rate of 995, signifying that team members care about their grades.

In addition to its Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Alabama ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, UAB is ranked #4 for overall quality in Alabama.

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#5

University of Alabama in Huntsville

Huntsville, Alabama

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend University of Alabama in Huntsville. The school came in at #5 in this year’s ranking. University of Alabama in Huntsville is a medium-sized public school located in Huntsville, Alabama that handed out 1,348 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at UAH made $705,934 in revenue.

On top of its placing in this ranking, UAH 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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#6

University of Montevallo

Montevallo, Alabama

University of Montevallo landed the #6 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Alabama ranking. This small public school is located in Montevallo, Alabama, and it awarded 465 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at Montevallo took home $663,482 in revenue.

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#7

Jacksonville State University

Jacksonville, Alabama

Jacksonville State University came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Alabama ranking. Jacksonville State University is a medium-sized public school situated in Jacksonville, Alabama. It awarded 1,345 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at Jacksonville State University brought home $1,497,090 in revenue in a single year. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 939.

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#8

Birmingham Southern College

Birmingham, Alabama

Birmingham Southern College ranked #8 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Alabama list. Located in Birmingham, Alabama, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 354 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at BSC brought home $218,591 in revenue in a single year.

BSC also took the #5 spot in our overall quality rankings.

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#9

University of South Alabama

Mobile, Alabama

University of South Alabama ranked #9 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Alabama list. USA is a fairly large public school situated in Mobile, Alabama. It awarded 1,940 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at USA made $2,313,701 in revenue, while incurring $2,052,778 in expenses. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $260,923. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 980.

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#10

Troy University

Troy, Alabama

Troy University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Alabama ranking, coming in at #10. This fairly large public school is located in Troy, Alabama, and it awarded 2,450 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at TROY took home $2,198,323 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 960.

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#11

University of North Alabama

Florence, Alabama

University of North Alabama did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Alabama ranking, coming in at #11. Located in Florence, Alabama, the medium-sized public school handed out 1,208 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at UNA made $1,159,508 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 939.

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#12

Alabama State University

Montgomery, Alabama

Alabama State University ranked #12 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Alabama list. Montgomery, Alabama is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 510 students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at Alabama State made $992,694 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 909.

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#13

Tuskegee University

Tuskegee, Alabama

With a ranking of #13, Tuskegee University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Alabama ranking. Tuskegee University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Tuskegee, Alabama that handed out 403 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at Tuskegee took home $423,605 in revenue.

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#14

University of West Alabama

Livingston, Alabama

University of West Alabama did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Alabama ranking, coming in at #14. University of West Alabama is located in Livingston, Alabama and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 319 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The Men’s Basketball team at University of West Alabama brought home $621,158 in revenue in a single year.

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#15

Miles College

Fairfield, Alabama

Miles College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Alabama ranking, coming in at #15. Located in Fairfield, Alabama, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 230 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at Miles College made $559,559 in revenue.

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#16

Huntingdon College

Montgomery, Alabama

Huntingdon College landed the #16 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Alabama ranking. Montgomery, Alabama is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 265 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at Huntingdon College took home $227,665 in revenue.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 16 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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