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2021 Top Texas Men's Basketball Schools

45 Colleges
$32,934 Avg Tuition & Fees*
39% 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 Texas ranking is one tool we have developed to help in this regard.

After analyzing 45 schools in Texas, we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for Men's Basketball athletes in Texas. 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 Texas for Men's Basketball athletes in Texas

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Our 2021 rankings named Southern Methodist University the best school for Men’s Basketball athletes in Texas working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in Dallas, Texas, the fairly large private not-for-profit school awarded 1,942 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at SMU brought home $7,590,481 in revenue in a single year. The academic progress rate of the team is 975.

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 great ranking here, SMU is in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#2

Baylor University

Waco, Texas

A rank of #2 on our list means Baylor University is a great place for Men’s Basketball athletes in Texas working on their bachelor’s degree. Baylor University is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in Waco, Texas that handed out 3,798 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at Baylor made $9,860,432 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 972.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 90%. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Baylor also is in the top 10% of our overall quality ranking.

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#3

Rice University

Houston, Texas

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Rice University. The school came in at #3 in this year’s ranking. 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.

With a student-to-faculty ratio of 6 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 Texas ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Rice is ranked #1 for overall quality in Texas.

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Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, Texas

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Texas Christian University. The school came in at #4 in this year’s ranking. Fort Worth, Texas is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 2,447 students in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at TCU brought home $14,852,389 in revenue in a single year. 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%. TCU did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #5 on our overall quality list.

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A rank of #5 on our list means The University of Texas at Austin is a great place for Men’s Basketball athletes in Texas working on their bachelor’s degree. This large public school is located in Austin, Texas, and it awarded 10,098 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at UT Austin made $16,493,236 in revenue, while incurring $11,649,912 in expenses. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $4,843,324 in profit. 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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#6

Texas A&M University - College Station

College Station, Texas

Texas A&M University - College Station did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Texas ranking, coming in at #6. 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.

The Men’s Basketball team at Texas A&M College Station made $12,349,705 in revenue, while incurring $11,818,860 in expenses. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $530,845 in profit. The academic progress rate of the team is 953.

With a freshman retention rate of 92%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Texas A&M College Station also made our overall quality list, coming in at #4.

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#7

University of Houston

Houston, Texas

University of Houston did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Texas ranking, coming in at #7. UH is a large public school situated in Houston, Texas. It awarded 7,631 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at UH made $9,219,796 in revenue. 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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Texas Tech University

Lubbock, Texas

Texas Tech University landed the #8 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Texas ranking. Texas Tech is located in Lubbock, Texas and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 6,599 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The team at Texas Tech took home $12,382,899 in revenue and paid out $12,338,645 in expenses in recent times. Thus, the team actually made $44,254, which isn’t bad at all. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 954.

On top of its placing in this ranking, Texas Tech 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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Texas State University

San Marcos, Texas

Texas State University ranked #9 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Texas list. Texas State University is a large public school located in San Marcos, Texas that handed out 7,427 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at Texas State made $1,976,474 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 976.

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#10

Sam Houston State University

Huntsville, Texas

Sam Houston State University came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Texas ranking. SHSU is located in Huntsville, Texas and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 4,343 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The Men’s Basketball team at SHSU brought home $1,194,442 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 980.

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Trinity University

San Antonio, Texas

With a ranking of #11, Trinity University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Texas ranking. San Antonio, Texas is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 617 students in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at Trinity U made $269,865 in revenue, while incurring $266,353 in expenses. Thus, the team actually made $3,512, which isn’t bad at all.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 89%. Trinity U did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #3 on our overall quality list.

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#12

LeTourneau University

Longview, Texas

With a ranking of #12, LeTourneau University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Texas ranking. LETU is a private not-for-profit institution located in Longview, Texas. The school has a small population, and it awarded 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. Thus, the team actually made $3,737, which isn’t bad at all.

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#13

Southwestern University

Georgetown, Texas

With a ranking of #13, Southwestern University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Texas ranking. Southwestern is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Georgetown, Texas. It awarded 375 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at Southwestern made $174,096 in revenue, while incurring $163,864 in expenses. That boils down to a yearly profit of $10,232 for the sports team.

With a freshman retention rate of 86%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Southwestern 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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Saint Edward's University

Austin, Texas

Saint Edward’s University landed the #14 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Texas ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Austin, Texas, and it awarded 1,015 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

St. Edward’s University brought in $901,777 while tallying up $866,461 in expenses for its Men’s Basketball team. Thus, the team actually made $35,316, which isn’t bad at all.

On top of its placing in this ranking, St. Edward’s University 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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Houston Baptist University

Houston, Texas

With a ranking of #15, Houston Baptist University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Texas ranking. Located in Houston, Texas, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 467 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

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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Hardin - Simmons University

Abilene, Texas

Hardin - Simmons University landed the #16 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Texas ranking. Hardin - Simmons is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Abilene, Texas. It awarded 381 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Hardin - Simmons brought in $205,798 while tallying up $202,072 in expenses for its Men’s Basketball team. Thus, the team actually made $3,726, which isn’t bad at all.

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Abilene Christian University

Abilene, Texas

Abilene Christian University ranked #17 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Texas list. Abilene Christian is located in Abilene, Texas and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 844 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at Abilene Christian took home $1,178,426 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 981 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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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The University of Texas at Dallas

Richardson, Texas

With a ranking of #18, The University of Texas at Dallas did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Texas ranking. The University of Texas at Dallas is a large public school located in Richardson, Texas that handed out 4,225 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at UT Dallas took home $210,744 in revenue and paid out $169,584 in expenses in recent times. Thus, the team actually made $41,160, which isn’t bad at all.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 88%. UT Dallas 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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Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi, Texas

Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi landed the #19 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Texas ranking. Texas A&M Corpus Christi is a public institution located in Corpus Christi, Texas. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 1,783 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at Texas A&M Corpus Christi brought home $1,901,648 in revenue in a single year. The academic progress rate of the team is 947.

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The University of Texas at El Paso ranked #20 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Texas list. UTEP is a large public school situated in El Paso, Texas. It awarded 3,846 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

UTEP brought in $5,016,121 while tallying up $4,247,850 in expenses for its Men’s Basketball team. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $768,271. The academic progress rate of the team is 941.

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Texas Lutheran University

Seguin, Texas

Texas Lutheran University landed the #21 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Texas ranking. TLU is a private not-for-profit institution located in Seguin, Texas. The school has a small population, and it awarded 278 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at TLU made $182,187 in revenue, while incurring $172,924 in expenses. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $9,263 in profit.

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University of the Incarnate Word

San Antonio, Texas

University of the Incarnate Word came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Texas ranking. Located in San Antonio, Texas, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school awarded 1,363 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The team at UIW took home $1,416,859 in revenue and paid out $1,371,582 in expenses in recent times. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $45,277 in profit. The academic progress rate of the team is 941.

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Texas Southern University

Houston, Texas

Texas Southern University came in at #23 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Texas ranking. This medium-sized public school is located in Houston, Texas, and it awarded 1,120 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at TSU made $1,713,806 in revenue, while incurring $1,696,591 in expenses. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $17,215. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 955.

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The University of Texas of the Permian Basin did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Texas ranking, coming in at #24. This medium-sized public school is located in Odessa, Texas, and it awarded 910 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at UT Permian Basin brought home $340,139 in revenue in a single year.

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University of North Texas

Denton, Texas

University of North Texas landed the #25 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Texas ranking. Located in Denton, Texas, the large public school handed out 7,639 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at UNT brought home $2,847,662 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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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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