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2021 Top Kentucky Men's Basketball Schools

14 Colleges
$27,577 Avg Tuition & Fees*
32% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

When pursuing a degree in today's world, student athletes have many different options to choose from. 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 Kentucky ranking.

After analyzing 14 schools in Kentucky, we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for Men's Basketball athletes in Kentucky. Our ranking is based on several objective factors, including the school's overall quality and the athletic competitiveness of the school. We steer clear of subjective measures since they don't give a clear picture when determining how one school compares to another. So, even if a school has a great team, it won't place well if it is also considered a low quality college or university.

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Top Colleges in Kentucky for Men's Basketball athletes in Kentucky

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

University of Kentucky

Lexington, Kentucky

Our 2021 rankings named University of Kentucky the best school for Men’s Basketball athletes in Kentucky working on their bachelor’s degree. UK is a public institution located in Lexington, Kentucky. The school has a large population, and it awarded 5,535 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at UK made $38,829,651 in revenue, while incurring $20,202,558 in expenses. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $18,627,093 in profit. The team has a great academic progress rate of 994, signifying that team members care about their grades.

UK also made our overall quality list, coming in at #3.

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#2

University of Louisville

Louisville, Kentucky

The excellent sports programs at University of Louisville helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for Men’s Basketball athletes in Kentucky. UofL is located in Louisville, Kentucky and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 3,155 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The Men’s Basketball team at UofL made $42,759,248 in revenue, while incurring $19,180,078 in expenses. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $23,579,170. The great academic progress rate of 994 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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#3

Bellarmine University

Louisville, Kentucky

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Bellarmine University. The school came in at #3 in this year’s ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Louisville, Kentucky, and it awarded 690 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at Bellarmine U made $1,318,815 in revenue.

Bellarmine U did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #5 on our overall quality list.

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#4

Transylvania University

Lexington, Kentucky

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Transylvania University. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball athletes in Kentucky list. Transylvania is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Lexington, Kentucky. It awarded 272 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at Transylvania took home $377,882 in revenue.

Transylvania also made our overall quality list, coming in at #2.

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#5

Centre College

Danville, Kentucky

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Centre College. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball athletes in Kentucky list. Located in Danville, Kentucky, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 378 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at Centre College of Kentucky made $147,344 in revenue.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 91%. In addition to its Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Kentucky ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Centre College of Kentucky is ranked #1 for overall quality in Kentucky.

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#6

Murray State University

Murray, Kentucky

Murray State University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Kentucky ranking, coming in at #6. Murray State is located in Murray, Kentucky and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,611 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Murray State brought in $3,896,362 while tallying up $2,398,909 in expenses for its Men’s Basketball team. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $1,497,453. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 954.

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#7

Northern Kentucky University

Highland Heights, Kentucky

With a ranking of #7, Northern Kentucky University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Kentucky ranking. Located in Highland Heights, Kentucky, the fairly large public school handed out 2,197 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at NKU brought home $2,470,374 in revenue in a single year. The academic progress rate of the team is 964.

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#8

Western Kentucky University

Bowling Green, Kentucky

With a ranking of #8, Western Kentucky University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Kentucky ranking. Located in Bowling Green, Kentucky, the fairly large public school handed out 3,158 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at WKU brought home $3,455,918 in revenue in a single year. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 948.

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#9

Eastern Kentucky University

Richmond, Kentucky

With a ranking of #9, Eastern Kentucky University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Kentucky ranking. Richmond, Kentucky is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 2,737 students in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at Eastern brought home $1,576,265 in revenue in a single year. The academic progress rate of the team is 948.

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#10

Kentucky Wesleyan College

Owensboro, Kentucky

Kentucky Wesleyan College came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Kentucky ranking. Wesleyan is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Owensboro, Kentucky. It awarded 137 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at Wesleyan made $570,928 in revenue.

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#11

Thomas More College

Crestview Hills, Kentucky

Thomas More College came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Kentucky ranking. TMC is located in Crestview Hills, Kentucky and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 297 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The team at TMC took home $158,584 in revenue and paid out $116,970 in expenses in recent times. That boils down to a yearly profit of $41,614 for the sports team.

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#12

Morehead State University

Morehead, Kentucky

Morehead State University ranked #12 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Kentucky list. Morehead State University is located in Morehead, Kentucky and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,289 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at Morehead State University took home $1,361,968 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 974.

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#13

Spalding University

Louisville, Kentucky

With a ranking of #13, Spalding University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Kentucky ranking. Spalding is a private not-for-profit institution located in Louisville, Kentucky. The school has a small population, and it awarded 270 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at Spalding took home $105,024 in revenue.

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#14

Kentucky State University

Frankfort, Kentucky

Kentucky State University ranked #14 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Kentucky list. Located in Frankfort, Kentucky, the small public school handed out 212 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at KY State made $351,048 in revenue.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 14 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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