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2021 Top Florida Men's Basketball Schools

24 Colleges
$30,212 Avg Tuition & Fees*
38% 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. One of our goals at College Factual is to give you as much information as we can - such as our Best Colleges for Men's Basketball in Florida ranking - to help you make that decision.

After analyzing 24 schools in Florida, we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for Men's Basketball athletes in Florida. 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 Florida for Men's Basketball athletes in Florida

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

University of Miami

Coral Gables, Florida

Our analysis found University of Miami to be the best school for Men’s Basketball athletes in Florida in this year’s ranking. Located in Coral Gables, Florida, the fairly large private not-for-profit school handed out 3,118 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at U Miami took home $9,988,284 in revenue and paid out $8,895,333 in expenses in recent times. Thus, the team actually made $1,092,951, which isn’t bad at all.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 91%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. In addition to its Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Florida ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, U Miami is ranked #2 for overall quality in Florida.

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#2

University of Florida

Gainesville, Florida

A rank of #2 on our list means University of Florida is a great place for Men’s Basketball athletes in Florida working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in Gainesville, Florida, the large public school awarded 9,663 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at UF made $11,943,413 in revenue, while incurring $9,317,385 in expenses. Thus, the team actually made $2,626,028, which isn’t bad at all. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 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 did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #1 on our overall quality list.

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#3

Florida State University

Tallahassee, Florida

Out of the 24 schools in Florida that were part of this year’s ranking, Florida State University landed the #3 spot on the list. Located in Tallahassee, Florida, the large public school awarded 9,688 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at Florida State brought home $16,773,013 in revenue in a single year. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 985.

With a freshman retention rate of 94%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Florida State did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #3 on our overall quality list.

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#4

University of Central Florida

Orlando, Florida

A rank of #4 on our list means University of Central Florida is a great place for Men’s Basketball athletes in Florida working on their bachelor’s degree. UCF is a public institution located in Orlando, Florida. The school has a large population, and it awarded 14,087 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at UCF took home $3,879,707 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 965.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 90%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. UCF 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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#5

Rollins College

Winter Park, Florida

A rank of #5 on our list means Rollins College is a great place for Men’s Basketball athletes in Florida working on their bachelor’s degree. Winter Park, Florida is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 664 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at Rollins took home $948,786 in revenue.

Rollins also took the #4 spot in our overall quality rankings.

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#6

Eckerd College

Saint Petersburg, Florida

Eckerd College came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Florida ranking. Located in Saint Petersburg, Florida, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 507 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at Eckerd took home $627,187 in revenue.

On top of its placing in this ranking, Eckerd 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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#7

Florida Gulf Coast University

Fort Myers, Florida

Florida Gulf Coast University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Florida ranking, coming in at #7. This fairly large public school is located in Fort Myers, Florida, and it awarded 3,100 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at FGCU took home $1,589,474 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 975.

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With a ranking of #8, University of South Florida - Main Campus did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Florida ranking. University of South Florida - Main Campus is a large public school located in Tampa, Florida that handed out 8,684 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at USF Tampa brought home $4,931,868 in revenue in a single year.

With a freshman retention rate of 90%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. USF Tampa did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #5 on our overall quality list.

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#9

Jacksonville University

Jacksonville, Florida

Jacksonville University ranked #9 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Florida list. Located in Jacksonville, Florida, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 762 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at JU brought home $2,025,816 in revenue in a single year. The team has a great academic progress rate of 985, signifying that team members care about their grades.

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#10

University of North Florida

Jacksonville, Florida

University of North Florida ranked #10 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Florida list. This fairly large public school is located in Jacksonville, Florida, and it awarded 3,493 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at UNF took home $1,532,649 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 959.

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#11

Stetson University

DeLand, Florida

With a ranking of #11, Stetson University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Florida ranking. DeLand, Florida is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 799 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at Stetson took home $2,386,051 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 962.

Stetson 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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#12

Florida Institute of Technology

Melbourne, Florida

With a ranking of #12, Florida Institute of Technology did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Florida ranking. Florida Tech is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school situated in Melbourne, Florida. It awarded 787 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at Florida Tech made $838,004 in revenue, while incurring $766,139 in expenses. Thus, the team actually made $71,865, which isn’t bad at all.

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#13

Barry University

Miami, Florida

Barry University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Florida ranking, coming in at #13. This medium-sized private not-for-profit school is located in Miami, Florida, and it awarded 697 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at Barry University took home $647,423 in revenue.

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#14

The University of Tampa

Tampa, Florida

The University of Tampa came in at #14 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Florida ranking. This medium-sized private not-for-profit school is located in Tampa, Florida, and it awarded 1,775 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

UT brought in $743,593 while tallying up $740,818 in expenses for its Men’s Basketball team. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $2,775 in profit.

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With a ranking of #15, Florida International University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Florida ranking. FIU is located in Miami, Florida and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 12,352 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The team at FIU took home $2,004,600 in revenue and paid out $1,951,680 in expenses in recent times. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $52,920. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 976.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 88%.

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#16

The University of West Florida

Pensacola, Florida

The University of West Florida ranked #16 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Florida list. UWF is located in Pensacola, Florida and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 2,410 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at UWF made $567,847 in revenue.

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#17

Florida Atlantic University

Boca Raton, Florida

Florida Atlantic University came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Florida ranking. FAU is located in Boca Raton, Florida and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 5,855 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at FAU took home $2,352,069 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 990.

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#18

Florida Southern College

Lakeland, Florida

Florida Southern College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Florida ranking, coming in at #18. Florida Southern is located in Lakeland, Florida and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 737 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at Florida Southern made $1,021,863 in revenue.

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#19

Palm Beach Atlantic University

West Palm Beach, Florida

Palm Beach Atlantic University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Florida ranking, coming in at #19. Palm Beach Atlantic University is a small private not-for-profit school located in West Palm Beach, Florida that handed out 541 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Palm Beach Atlantic took home $454,790 in revenue and paid out $449,418 in expenses in recent times. That boils down to a yearly profit of $5,372 for the sports team.

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#20

Lynn University

Boca Raton, Florida

With a ranking of #20, Lynn University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Florida ranking. Lynn University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Boca Raton, Florida that handed out 449 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at Lynn University Fighting Knights brought home $750,639 in revenue in a single year.

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#21

Nova Southeastern University

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Nova Southeastern University ranked #21 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Florida list. Located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the large private not-for-profit school awarded 1,108 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at NUS Florida made $792,518 in revenue.

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Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Florida ranking, coming in at #22. Tallahassee, Florida is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,444 students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at Florida A&M University made $1,033,463 in revenue.

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#23

Saint Leo University

Saint Leo, Florida

Saint Leo University came in at #23 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Florida ranking. Located in Saint Leo, Florida, the fairly large private not-for-profit school handed out 2,050 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at St. Leo University took home $676,495 in revenue and paid out $619,766 in expenses in recent times. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $56,729 in profit.

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#24

Bethune - Cookman University

Daytona Beach, Florida

With a ranking of #24, Bethune - Cookman University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Florida ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Daytona Beach, Florida, and it awarded 477 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at Bethune - Cookman University took home $1,079,602 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 969.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 24 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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