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2021 Top Minnesota Men's Basketball Schools

25 Colleges
$31,033 Avg Tuition & Fees*
50% 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. College Factual has developed its Best Colleges for Men's Basketball in Minnesota ranking as one item you can use to help make this decision.

Our analysis looked at 25 schools in Minnesota to determine which ones were the best for Men's Basketball athletes in Minnesota. Our ranking methodology focuses a number of different objective factors - such as the overall quality of the school, the school's athletic competitiveness, and the amount of athletic aid per student - to make this determination. Having a great sports team is not enough - the school must also focus on academic excellence.

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

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Our analysis found University of Minnesota - Twin Cities to be the best school for Men’s Basketball athletes in Minnesota in this year’s ranking. Located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the large public school awarded 8,988 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at UMN Twin Cities made $18,835,871 in revenue, while incurring $9,115,817 in expenses. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $9,720,054. The great academic progress rate of 977 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

With a freshman retention rate of 93%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. In addition to its Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Minnesota ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, UMN Twin Cities is ranked #3 for overall quality in Minnesota.

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#2

Carleton College

Northfield, Minnesota

Out of the 25 schools in Minnesota that were part of this year’s ranking, Carleton College landed the #2 spot on the list. Carleton is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Northfield, Minnesota. It awarded 512 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at Carleton made $204,890 in revenue.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 96%. Carleton did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #1 on our overall quality list.

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#3

University of St Thomas Minnesota

Saint Paul, Minnesota

The excellent sports programs at University of St Thomas Minnesota helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for Men’s Basketball athletes in Minnesota. UST MN is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school situated in Saint Paul, Minnesota. It awarded 1,561 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at UST MN brought home $236,843 in revenue in a single year.

With a freshman retention rate of 88%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students.

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#4

Bethel University Minnesota

Saint Paul, Minnesota

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Bethel University Minnesota. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball athletes in Minnesota list. Bethel University Minnesota is located in Saint Paul, Minnesota and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 831 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at Bethel University Minnesota took home $172,545 in revenue.

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#5

The College of Saint Scholastica

Duluth, Minnesota

A rank of #5 on our list means The College of Saint Scholastica is a great place for Men’s Basketball athletes in Minnesota working on their bachelor’s degree. The College of Saint Scholastica is a small private not-for-profit school located in Duluth, Minnesota that handed out 902 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at St. Scholastica made $156,848 in revenue, while incurring $146,440 in expenses. That boils down to a yearly profit of $10,408 for the sports team.

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#6

St Olaf College

Northfield, Minnesota

St Olaf College landed the #6 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Minnesota ranking. Located in Northfield, Minnesota, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 920 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The team at St. Olaf took home $173,015 in revenue and paid out $163,265 in expenses in recent times. Thus, the team actually made $9,750, which isn’t bad at all.

With a freshman retention rate of 92%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. St. Olaf also made our overall quality list, coming in at #4.

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#7

Concordia College at Moorhead

Moorhead, Minnesota

Concordia College at Moorhead did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Minnesota ranking, coming in at #7. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Moorhead, Minnesota, and it awarded 540 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at Concordia College Moorhead took home $139,633 in revenue.

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#8

Macalester College

Saint Paul, Minnesota

With a ranking of #8, Macalester College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Minnesota ranking. Located in Saint Paul, Minnesota, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 679 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at Macalester made $161,588 in revenue.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 93%. Macalester not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #2 on our overall quality list.

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#9

University of Northwestern - St Paul

Saint Paul, Minnesota

University of Northwestern - St Paul landed the #9 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Minnesota ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and it awarded 728 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Northwestern took home $89,412 in revenue and paid out $85,842 in expenses in recent times. Thus, the team actually made $3,570, which isn’t bad at all.

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#10

University of Minnesota - Morris

Morris, Minnesota

University of Minnesota - Morris came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Minnesota ranking. Located in Morris, Minnesota, the small public school handed out 385 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at UMN Morris made $101,372 in revenue, while incurring $98,981 in expenses. Thus, the team actually made $2,391, which isn’t bad at all.

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#11

Bethany Lutheran College

Mankato, Minnesota

Bethany Lutheran College landed the #11 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Minnesota ranking. BLC is located in Mankato, Minnesota and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 135 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at BLC took home $129,516 in revenue.

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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#12

Hamline University

Saint Paul, Minnesota

With a ranking of #12, Hamline University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Minnesota ranking. Hamline is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Saint Paul, Minnesota. It awarded 582 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at Hamline made $193,053 in revenue.

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#13

Winona State University

Winona, Minnesota

With a ranking of #13, Winona State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Minnesota ranking. Winona State is located in Winona, Minnesota and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,822 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at Winona State took home $494,640 in revenue.

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#14

Southwest Minnesota State University

Marshall, Minnesota

With a ranking of #14, Southwest Minnesota State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Minnesota ranking. Southwest Minnesota State University is located in Marshall, Minnesota and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 484 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at Southwest Minnesota State University took home $427,205 in revenue.

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#15

Gustavus Adolphus College

Saint Peter, Minnesota

Gustavus Adolphus College landed the #15 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Minnesota ranking. Gustavus Adolphus is a private not-for-profit institution located in Saint Peter, Minnesota. The school has a small population, and it awarded 621 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at Gustavus Adolphus made $178,296 in revenue.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 89%. Gustavus Adolphus not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #5 on our overall quality list.

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#16

Saint Cloud State University

Saint Cloud, Minnesota

Saint Cloud State University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Minnesota ranking, coming in at #16. Located in Saint Cloud, Minnesota, the fairly large public school awarded 2,065 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

St. Cloud State University brought in $652,470 while tallying up $610,917 in expenses for its Men’s Basketball team. That boils down to a yearly profit of $41,553 for the sports team.

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#17

Augsburg University

Minneapolis, Minnesota

With a ranking of #17, Augsburg University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Minnesota ranking. Augsburg is a private not-for-profit institution located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The school has a small population, and it awarded 637 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at Augsburg made $212,330 in revenue.

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#18

University of Minnesota - Duluth

Duluth, Minnesota

University of Minnesota - Duluth did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Minnesota ranking, coming in at #18. UMN Duluth is a fairly large public school situated in Duluth, Minnesota. It awarded 2,162 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at UMN Duluth made $327,245 in revenue.

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Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Minnesota ranking. This medium-sized private not-for-profit school is located in Winona, Minnesota, and it awarded 375 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at SMU MN made $206,554 in revenue.

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#20

Bemidji State University

Bemidji, Minnesota

Bemidji State University came in at #20 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Minnesota ranking. Bemidji State University is a small public school located in Bemidji, Minnesota that handed out 1,036 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at Bemidji State University took home $433,499 in revenue.

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#21

Martin Luther College

New Ulm, Minnesota

Martin Luther College landed the #21 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Minnesota ranking. Martin Luther College is a small private not-for-profit school located in New Ulm, Minnesota that handed out 190 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at MLC took home $54,812 in revenue.

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#22

North Central University

Minneapolis, Minnesota

North Central University ranked #22 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Minnesota list. North Central University is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 249 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at North Central University took home $54,302 in revenue.

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#23

University of Minnesota - Crookston

Crookston, Minnesota

University of Minnesota - Crookston landed the #23 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Minnesota ranking. University of Minnesota - Crookston is a small public school located in Crookston, Minnesota that handed out 448 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at UMN Crookston brought home $483,294 in revenue in a single year.

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#24

Concordia University, Saint Paul

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Concordia University, Saint Paul did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Minnesota ranking, coming in at #24. This medium-sized private not-for-profit school is located in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and it awarded 752 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at Concordia University, Saint Paul brought home $508,996 in revenue in a single year.

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#25

Crown College

Saint Bonifacius, Minnesota

Crown College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Minnesota ranking, coming in at #25. Located in Saint Bonifacius, Minnesota, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 273 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Crown brought in $84,123 while tallying up $79,548 in expenses for its Men’s Basketball team. Thus, the team actually made $4,575, which isn’t bad at all.

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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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