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2021 Top Iowa Men's Basketball Schools

15 Colleges
$37,932 Avg Tuition & Fees*
55% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

It's not easy to decide which college to attend when there are so many options available for student athletes. 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 Iowa ranking is one tool we have developed to help in this regard.

We analyzed 15 colleges and universities across Iowa to determine which were the best for Men's Basketball athletes in Iowa. 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 Iowa for Men's Basketball athletes in Iowa

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Iowa State University

Ames, Iowa

Our analysis found Iowa State University to be the best school for Men’s Basketball athletes in Iowa in this year’s ranking. Located in Ames, Iowa, the large public school awarded 7,380 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The team at Iowa State took home $14,670,525 in revenue and paid out $7,693,014 in expenses in recent times. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $6,977,511. The academic progress rate of the team is 949.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 87%. In addition to its Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Iowa ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Iowa State is ranked #4 for overall quality in Iowa.

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#2

University of Iowa

Iowa City, Iowa

The excellent sports programs at University of Iowa helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for Men’s Basketball athletes in Iowa. Located in Iowa City, Iowa, the large public school awarded 5,811 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The team at Iowa took home $12,120,342 in revenue and paid out $8,097,014 in expenses in recent times. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $4,023,328. The academic progress rate of the team is 960.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 86%. Iowa not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #3 on our overall quality list.

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#3

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, Iowa

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of Northern Iowa. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball athletes in Iowa list. University of Northern Iowa is a fairly large public school located in Cedar Falls, Iowa that handed out 2,500 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at UNI made $3,550,793 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 980 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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#3

Grinnell College

Grinnell, Iowa

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Grinnell College. The school came in at #3 in this year’s ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Grinnell, Iowa, and it awarded 524 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at Grinnell made $125,755 in revenue.

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. Grinnell not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #1 on our overall quality list.

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#5

Central College

Pella, Iowa

Out of the 15 schools in Iowa that were part of this year’s ranking, Central College landed the #5 spot on the list. Central College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Pella, Iowa that handed out 290 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at Central made $180,793 in revenue.

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#6

Drake University

Des Moines, Iowa

Drake University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Iowa ranking, coming in at #6. Located in Des Moines, Iowa, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 896 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at Drake made $2,557,916 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 968.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 87%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Drake not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #2 on our overall quality list.

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#7

Wartburg College

Waverly, Iowa

With a ranking of #7, Wartburg College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Iowa ranking. Wartburg College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Waverly, Iowa that handed out 316 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at Wartburg made $176,017 in revenue.

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#8

Loras College

Dubuque, Iowa

Loras College came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Iowa ranking. Loras is located in Dubuque, Iowa and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 429 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at Loras took home $345,421 in revenue.

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#9

Simpson College

Indianola, Iowa

Simpson College landed the #9 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Iowa ranking. Located in Indianola, Iowa, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 464 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at Simpson College made $196,071 in revenue.

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#10

Cornell College

Mount Vernon, Iowa

Cornell College ranked #10 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Iowa list. Located in Mount Vernon, Iowa, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 268 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at Cornell College took home $144,366 in revenue.

Cornell College excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 20% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#11

Coe College

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Coe College came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Iowa ranking. Coe is a private not-for-profit institution located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The school has a small population, and it awarded 411 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at Coe brought home $213,180 in revenue in a single year.

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#12

Luther College

Decorah, Iowa

Luther College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Iowa ranking, coming in at #12. Located in Decorah, Iowa, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 591 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at Luther brought home $172,841 in revenue in a single year.

In addition to its Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Iowa ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Luther is ranked #5 for overall quality in Iowa.

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#13

Upper Iowa University

Fayette, Iowa

Upper Iowa University came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Iowa ranking. Fayette, Iowa is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,155 students in 2018-2019.

UIU brought in $601,102 while tallying up $597,406 in expenses for its Men’s Basketball team. Thus, the team actually made $3,696, which isn’t bad at all.

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#14

Buena Vista University

Storm Lake, Iowa

Buena Vista University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Iowa ranking, coming in at #14. BVU is located in Storm Lake, Iowa and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 643 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

BVU brought in $192,692 while tallying up $182,365 in expenses for its Men’s Basketball team. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $10,327 in profit.

The student-to-faculty ratio of 9 to 1 is a sign that students will have more opportunities to engage with their professors one-on-one.

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#15

University of Dubuque

Dubuque, Iowa

With a ranking of #15, University of Dubuque did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Iowa ranking. Dubuque, Iowa is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 389 students in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at UD brought home $250,111 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 15 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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