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2021 Top Southwest Region Men's Basketball Schools

68 Colleges
$34,662 Avg Tuition & Fees*
43% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

When pursuing a degree in today's world, student athletes have many different options to choose from. 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 the Southwest Region ranking is one tool we have developed to help in this regard.

After analyzing 68 schools in the Southwest Region , we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for Men's Basketball athletes in the Southwest Region. Instead of depending on subjective information, we focus on objective factors to determine this ranking. These factors include such things as the athletic competitiveness of the school and the school's overall quality. This means that a school must provide students with a great education in addition to having a good sports team if it wants to rank well.

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Top Colleges in the Southwest Region for Men's Basketball athletes in the Southwest Region

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#6 in Quality in the Southwest Region

Southern Methodist University tops this year’s ranking as the best school for Men’s Basketball athletes in the Southwest Region. Southern Methodist University is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in Dallas, Texas that handed out 1,942 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at SMU took home $7,590,481 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 975.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 91%. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, SMU also is in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking.

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#2

University of Arizona

Tucson, Arizona
#16 in Quality in the Southwest Region

Out of the 68 schools in the Southwest Region that were part of this year’s ranking, University of Arizona landed the #2 spot on the list. University of Arizona is a large public school located in Tucson, Arizona that handed out 8,231 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

University of Arizona brought in $22,437,254 while tallying up $10,383,630 in expenses for its Men’s Basketball team. That boils down to a yearly profit of $12,053,624 for the sports team. The team has a great academic progress rate of 980, signifying that team members care about their grades.

On top of its placing in this ranking, University of Arizona also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#3

Baylor University

Waco, Texas
#7 in Quality in the Southwest Region

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Baylor University. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball athletes in the Southwest Region list. Baylor is located in Waco, Texas and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 3,798 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at Baylor took home $9,860,432 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 972.

With a freshman retention rate of 90%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Baylor 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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#4

Rice University

Houston, Texas
#1 in Quality in the Southwest Region

The excellent sports programs at Rice University helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for Men’s Basketball athletes in the Southwest Region. Rice is a private not-for-profit institution located in Houston, Texas. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 1,228 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at Rice brought home $3,169,654 in revenue in a single year. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 959.

The student-to-faculty ratio of 6 to 1 is a sign that students will have more opportunities to engage with their professors one-on-one. Rice also made our overall quality list, coming in at #1.

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#5

Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, Texas
#5 in Quality in the Southwest Region

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Texas Christian University. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball athletes in the Southwest Region list. TCU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school situated in Fort Worth, Texas. It awarded 2,447 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at TCU made $14,852,389 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 941.

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 the Southwest Region ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, TCU is ranked #5 for overall quality in the Southwest Region .

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#2 in Quality in the Southwest Region

The University of Texas at Austin did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking, coming in at #6. Located in Austin, Texas, the large public school awarded 10,098 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at UT Austin made $16,493,236 in revenue, while incurring $11,649,912 in expenses. That boils down to a yearly profit of $4,843,324 for the sports team. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 968.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 95%. UT Austin did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #2 on our overall quality list.

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#25 in Quality in the Southwest Region

Oklahoma State University - Main Campus came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking. This large public school is located in Stillwater, Oklahoma, and it awarded 4,899 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at OSU made $12,659,706 in revenue, while incurring $6,700,510 in expenses. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $5,959,196.

On top of its placing in this ranking, OSU 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

Texas A&M University - College Station

College Station, Texas
#4 in Quality in the Southwest Region

Texas A&M University - College Station did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking, coming in at #8. Texas A&M College Station is a public institution located in College Station, Texas. The school has a large population, and it awarded 13,198 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Texas A&M College Station brought in $12,349,705 while tallying up $11,818,860 in expenses for its Men’s Basketball team. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $530,845. The academic progress rate of the team is 953.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 92%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Texas A&M College Station not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #4 on our overall quality list.

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#11 in Quality in the Southwest Region

With a ranking of #9, Arizona State University - Tempe did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking. Arizona State University - Tempe is a large public school located in Tempe, Arizona that handed out 10,401 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

ASU - Tempe brought in $10,609,465 while tallying up $8,349,598 in expenses for its Men’s Basketball team. Thus, the team actually made $2,259,867, which isn’t bad at all. The great academic progress rate of 995 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. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, ASU - Tempe also is in the top 10% of our overall quality ranking.

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#10

University of Tulsa

Tulsa, Oklahoma
#8 in Quality in the Southwest Region

University of Tulsa landed the #10 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking. Located in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 820 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at University of Tulsa made $6,196,308 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 971.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 88%. University of Tulsa excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#10 in Quality in the Southwest Region

University of Oklahoma Norman Campus landed the #11 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking. Norman, Oklahoma is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 4,805 students in 2018-2019.

The team at University of Oklahoma took home $12,355,263 in revenue and paid out $10,072,404 in expenses in recent times. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $2,282,859 in profit.

With a freshman retention rate of 92%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. University of Oklahoma excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#12

University of Houston

Houston, Texas
#17 in Quality in the Southwest Region

University of Houston landed the #12 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking. University of Houston is a large public school located in Houston, Texas that handed out 7,631 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at UH brought home $9,219,796 in revenue in a single year. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 970.

UH 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

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, Texas
#24 in Quality in the Southwest Region

Texas Tech University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking, coming in at #13. This large public school is located in Lubbock, Texas, and it awarded 6,599 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Texas Tech brought in $12,382,899 while tallying up $12,338,645 in expenses for its Men’s Basketball team. That boils down to a yearly profit of $44,254 for the sports team. The academic progress rate of the team is 954.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Texas Tech also is in the top 20% of our overall quality ranking.

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#14

New Mexico State University - Main Campus

Las Cruces, New Mexico

New Mexico State University - Main Campus landed the #14 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking. NMSU Main Campus is a public institution located in Las Cruces, New Mexico. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 2,465 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at NMSU Main Campus took home $3,077,862 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 972.

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#15

University of New Mexico - Main Campus

Albuquerque, New Mexico

University of New Mexico - Main Campus ranked #15 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Southwest Region list. Albuquerque, New Mexico is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 4,321 students in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at UNM brought home $4,206,654 in revenue in a single year. The great academic progress rate of 995 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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#16

Texas State University

San Marcos, Texas
Top 25% in Quality in the Southwest Region

Texas State University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking, coming in at #16. Texas State University is a large public school located in San Marcos, Texas that handed out 7,427 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at Texas State brought home $1,976,474 in revenue in a single year. The great academic progress rate of 976 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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#17

Sam Houston State University

Huntsville, Texas

With a ranking of #17, Sam Houston State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking. This large public school is located in Huntsville, Texas, and it awarded 4,343 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at SHSU brought home $1,194,442 in revenue in a single year. The team has a great academic progress rate of 980, signifying that team members care about their grades.

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#18

Trinity University

San Antonio, Texas
#3 in Quality in the Southwest Region

Trinity University came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking. Trinity U is a small private not-for-profit school situated in San Antonio, Texas. It awarded 617 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at Trinity U made $269,865 in revenue, while incurring $266,353 in expenses. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $3,512 in profit.

With a student-to-faculty ratio of 9 to 1, it’s easy to see that the school is committed to helping their undergraduates succeed. In addition to its Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Trinity U is ranked #3 for overall quality in the Southwest Region .

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#19

LeTourneau University

Longview, Texas
Top 25% in Quality in the Southwest Region

LeTourneau University ranked #19 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Southwest Region list. Located in Longview, Texas, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 416 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at LETU took home $172,855 in revenue and paid out $169,118 in expenses in recent times. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $3,737 in profit.

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#20

Southwestern University

Georgetown, Texas
#9 in Quality in the Southwest Region

Southwestern University came in at #20 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking. Southwestern is a private not-for-profit institution located in Georgetown, Texas. The school has a small population, and it awarded 375 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Southwestern took home $174,096 in revenue and paid out $163,864 in expenses in recent times. That boils down to a yearly profit of $10,232 for the sports team.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 86%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. In addition to its great ranking here, Southwestern is in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#21

Saint Edward's University

Austin, Texas
Top 20% in Quality in the Southwest Region

Saint Edward’s University landed the #21 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking. Located in Austin, Texas, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 1,015 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at St. Edward’s University took home $901,777 in revenue and paid out $866,461 in expenses in recent times. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $35,316 in profit.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, St. Edward’s University also is in the top 20% of our overall quality ranking.

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#22

Houston Baptist University

Houston, Texas

Houston Baptist University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking, coming in at #22. HBU is located in Houston, Texas and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 467 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at HBU took home $1,345,408 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 960.

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#23

Hardin - Simmons University

Abilene, Texas

Hardin - Simmons University ranked #23 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Southwest Region list. Located in Abilene, Texas, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 381 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at Hardin - Simmons made $205,798 in revenue, while incurring $202,072 in expenses. Thus, the team actually made $3,726, which isn’t bad at all.

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#24

Abilene Christian University

Abilene, Texas
#23 in Quality in the Southwest Region

Abilene Christian University landed the #24 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking. Abilene Christian is a private not-for-profit institution located in Abilene, Texas. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 844 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at Abilene Christian brought home $1,178,426 in revenue in a single year. The team has a great academic progress rate of 981, signifying that team members care about their grades.

On top of its placing in this ranking, Abilene Christian 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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#25

The University of Texas at Dallas

Richardson, Texas
#12 in Quality in the Southwest Region

The University of Texas at Dallas came in at #25 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking. Located in Richardson, Texas, the large public school awarded 4,225 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The team at UT Dallas took home $210,744 in revenue and paid out $169,584 in expenses in recent times. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $41,160 in profit.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 88%. UT Dallas excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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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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