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2021 Top Virginia Men's Basketball Schools

33 Colleges
$35,257 Avg Tuition & Fees*
50% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

Student athletes have lots of options to chooose from today when trying to decide which college to attend. 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 Virginia ranking is part of that endeavor.

After analyzing 33 schools in Virginia, we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for Men's Basketball athletes in Virginia. 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 Virginia for Men's Basketball athletes in Virginia

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, Virginia

University of Virginia - Main Campus tops this year’s ranking as the best school for Men’s Basketball athletes in Virginia. Located in Charlottesville, Virginia, the large public school awarded 5,167 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at University of Virginia took home $13,400,721 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 961.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 96%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. University of Virginia did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #2 on our overall quality list.

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#2

University of Richmond

University of Richmond, Virginia

A rank of #2 on our list means University of Richmond is a great place for Men’s Basketball athletes in Virginia working on their bachelor’s degree. University of Richmond is a small private not-for-profit school located in University of Richmond, Virginia that handed out 1,005 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at URichmond took home $4,782,542 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 970.

The impressive student-to-faculty ratio of 8 to 1 means that students may have more opportunities to work more closely with their professors than they would at other schools. In addition to its Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Virginia ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, URichmond is ranked #3 for overall quality in Virginia.

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#3

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, Virginia

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Virginia Tech. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball athletes in Virginia list. Virginia Tech is located in Blacksburg, Virginia and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 7,156 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Virginia Tech brought in $9,886,728 while tallying up $8,525,606 in expenses for its Men’s Basketball team. That boils down to a yearly profit of $1,361,122 for the sports team. 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. Virginia Tech did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #5 on our overall quality list.

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#4

Virginia Commonwealth University

Richmond, Virginia

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Virginia Commonwealth University. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball athletes in Virginia list. Located in Richmond, Virginia, the large public school awarded 5,372 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at VCU made $8,833,917 in revenue, while incurring $6,102,633 in expenses. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $2,731,284 in profit. The academic progress rate of the team is 966.

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#5

College of William and Mary

Williamsburg, Virginia

A rank of #5 on our list means College of William and Mary is a great place for Men’s Basketball athletes in Virginia working on their bachelor’s degree. This medium-sized public school is located in Williamsburg, Virginia, and it awarded 2,072 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at William & Mary brought home $3,970,949 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 984.

With a freshman retention rate of 95%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. William & Mary not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #4 on our overall quality list.

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#6

Christopher Newport University

Newport News, Virginia

Christopher Newport University ranked #6 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Virginia list. This small public school is located in Newport News, Virginia, and it awarded 1,172 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at CNU made $360,914 in revenue.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 88%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. On top of its placing in this ranking, CNU 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

George Mason University

Fairfax, Virginia

George Mason University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Virginia ranking, coming in at #7. Located in Fairfax, Virginia, the large public school awarded 5,866 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at GMU made $4,287,689 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 979 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 88%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. On top of its placing in this ranking, GMU 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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#8

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, Virginia

With a ranking of #8, James Madison University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Virginia ranking. Located in Harrisonburg, Virginia, the large public school awarded 4,665 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at JMU made $2,709,807 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 967.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 90%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. In addition to its great ranking here, JMU is in the top 15% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#9

Old Dominion University

Norfolk, Virginia

Old Dominion University ranked #9 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Virginia list. Old Dominion is located in Norfolk, Virginia and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 3,987 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The Men’s Basketball team at Old Dominion brought home $3,953,002 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.

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#10

Randolph - Macon College

Ashland, Virginia

With a ranking of #10, Randolph - Macon College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Virginia ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Ashland, Virginia, and it awarded 386 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at Randolph - Macon made $284,973 in revenue, while incurring $277,531 in expenses. That boils down to a yearly profit of $7,442 for the sports team.

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#11

Washington and Lee University

Lexington, Virginia

Washington and Lee University came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Virginia ranking. Located in Lexington, Virginia, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 564 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at Washington and Lee made $181,221 in revenue, while incurring $171,893 in expenses. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $9,328 in profit.

The student-to-faculty ratio of 8 to 1 is a sign that students will have more opportunities to engage with their professors one-on-one. Washington and Lee did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #1 on our overall quality list.

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#12

Virginia Military Institute

Lexington, Virginia

Virginia Military Institute came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Virginia ranking. VMI is a public institution located in Lexington, Virginia. The school has a small population, and it awarded 363 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at VMI took home $1,547,786 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 954.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 87%. VMI 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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#13

Roanoke College

Salem, Virginia

Roanoke College ranked #13 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Virginia list. Roanoke is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Salem, Virginia. It awarded 474 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at Roanoke brought home $201,070 in revenue in a single year.

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#14

Hampton University

Hampton, Virginia

With a ranking of #14, Hampton University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Virginia ranking. Hampton is located in Hampton, Virginia and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 640 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The Men’s Basketball team at Hampton made $1,828,090 in revenue, while incurring $1,460,137 in expenses. That boils down to a yearly profit of $367,953 for the sports team. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 964.

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#15

Radford University

Radford, Virginia

Radford University came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Virginia ranking. Radford is a public institution located in Radford, Virginia. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 1,910 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at Radford made $1,682,177 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 990 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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#16

Liberty University

Lynchburg, Virginia

With a ranking of #16, Liberty University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Virginia ranking. Liberty University is a large private not-for-profit school located in Lynchburg, Virginia that handed out 9,140 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at Liberty University brought home $3,400,852 in revenue in a single year. The academic progress rate of the team is 970.

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#17

Emory and Henry College

Emory, Virginia

Emory and Henry College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Virginia ranking, coming in at #17. Emory & Henry College is located in Emory, Virginia and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 249 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The Men’s Basketball team at Emory & Henry College brought home $204,283 in revenue in a single year.

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#18

University of Lynchburg

Lynchburg, Virginia

With a ranking of #18, University of Lynchburg did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Virginia ranking. Lynchburg is a private not-for-profit institution located in Lynchburg, Virginia. The school has a small population, and it awarded 480 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at Lynchburg took home $245,942 in revenue.

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#19

Longwood University

Farmville, Virginia

Longwood University came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Virginia ranking. Located in Farmville, Virginia, the small public school handed out 996 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Longwood took home $1,837,437 in revenue and paid out $1,640,350 in expenses in recent times. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $197,087. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 940.

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#20

Virginia Wesleyan University

Virginia Beach, Virginia

With a ranking of #20, Virginia Wesleyan University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Virginia ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and it awarded 288 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at VWU made $314,266 in revenue.

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#21

University of Mary Washington

Fredericksburg, Virginia

University of Mary Washington ranked #21 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Virginia list. UMW is a public institution located in Fredericksburg, Virginia. The school has a small population, and it awarded 1,087 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

UMW brought in $205,909 while tallying up $203,565 in expenses for its Men’s Basketball team. That boils down to a yearly profit of $2,344 for the sports team.

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#22

Virginia State University

Petersburg, Virginia

Virginia State University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Virginia ranking, coming in at #22. Virginia State is located in Petersburg, Virginia and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 672 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at Virginia State made $693,049 in revenue.

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#23

Marymount University

Arlington, Virginia

With a ranking of #23, Marymount University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Virginia ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Arlington, Virginia, and it awarded 551 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at Marymount brought home $212,319 in revenue in a single year.

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#24

Norfolk State University

Norfolk, Virginia

Norfolk State University came in at #24 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Virginia ranking. Norfolk State University is a medium-sized public school located in Norfolk, Virginia that handed out 612 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at Norfolk State made $1,477,761 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 970.

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#25

Shenandoah University

Winchester, Virginia

Shenandoah University landed the #25 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Virginia ranking. Shenandoah is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Winchester, Virginia. It awarded 570 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at Shenandoah brought home $208,453 in revenue in a single year.

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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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