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2021 Top Missouri Men's Basketball Schools

22 Colleges
$26,154 Avg Tuition & Fees*
39% 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 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 Missouri ranking is part of that endeavor.

After analyzing 22 schools in Missouri, we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for Men's Basketball athletes in Missouri. 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 Missouri for Men's Basketball athletes in Missouri

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Washington University in St Louis

Saint Louis, Missouri

Our 2021 rankings named Washington University in St Louis the best school for Men’s Basketball athletes in Missouri working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in Saint Louis, Missouri, the fairly large private not-for-profit school handed out 2,407 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at WUSTL took home $508,055 in revenue and paid out $477,763 in expenses in recent times. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $30,292.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 97%. In addition to its Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Missouri ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, WUSTL is ranked #1 for overall quality in Missouri.

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#2

Saint Louis University

Saint Louis, Missouri

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Saint Louis University. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball athletes in Missouri list. SLU is a private not-for-profit institution located in Saint Louis, Missouri. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 1,867 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at SLU brought home $7,428,566 in revenue in a single year. The academic progress rate of the team is 938.

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. SLU also made our overall quality list, coming in at #3.

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#3

Northwest Missouri State University

Maryville, Missouri

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Northwest Missouri State University. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball athletes in Missouri list. This medium-sized public school is located in Maryville, Missouri, and it awarded 1,101 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at Northwest took home $867,129 in revenue.

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#4

Truman State University

Kirksville, Missouri

Out of the 22 schools in Missouri that were part of this year’s ranking, Truman State University landed the #4 spot on the list. Truman State is a public institution located in Kirksville, Missouri. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 1,216 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at Truman State brought home $447,087 in revenue in a single year.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 86%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. On top of its placing in this ranking, Truman State 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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#5

University of Missouri - Columbia

Columbia, Missouri

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of Missouri - Columbia. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball athletes in Missouri list. Located in Columbia, Missouri, the large public school handed out 6,314 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at Mizzou made $12,586,990 in revenue, while incurring $8,255,259 in expenses. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $4,331,731 in profit. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 958.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 87%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Mizzou not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #5 on our overall quality list.

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#6

University of Missouri - Kansas City

Kansas City, Missouri

University of Missouri - Kansas City ranked #6 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Missouri list. Located in Kansas City, Missouri, the fairly large public school awarded 1,827 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at UMKC made $3,902,606 in revenue, while incurring $2,246,404 in expenses. Thus, the team actually made $1,656,202, which isn’t bad at all. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 957.

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#7

Rockhurst University

Kansas City, Missouri

With a ranking of #7, Rockhurst University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Missouri ranking. Located in Kansas City, Missouri, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 463 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at Rockhurst made $582,784 in revenue.

With a freshman retention rate of 86%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Rockhurst also is in the top 15% of our overall quality ranking.

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Missouri State University - Springfield landed the #8 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Missouri ranking. Located in Springfield, Missouri, the large public school awarded 3,756 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at Missouri State brought home $2,808,838 in revenue in a single year.

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Missouri University of Science and Technology came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Missouri ranking. This medium-sized public school is located in Rolla, Missouri, and it awarded 1,388 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at Missouri University of Science and Technology made $605,416 in revenue.

Missouri University of Science and Technology also made our overall quality list, coming in at #4.

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#10

Drury University

Springfield, Missouri

Drury University came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Missouri ranking. Drury University is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Springfield, Missouri. It awarded 347 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at Drury University made $884,035 in revenue.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 88%.

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#11

Westminster College Missouri

Fulton, Missouri

Westminster College Missouri landed the #11 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Missouri ranking. Fulton, Missouri is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 194 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at Westminster Fulton took home $52,678 in revenue.

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#12

University of Central Missouri

Warrensburg, Missouri

University of Central Missouri did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Missouri ranking, coming in at #12. UCM is a public institution located in Warrensburg, Missouri. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 2,021 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at UCM brought home $692,466 in revenue in a single year.

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#13

Webster University

Saint Louis, Missouri

Webster University landed the #13 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Missouri ranking. Located in Saint Louis, Missouri, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school awarded 724 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at Webster made $184,627 in revenue, while incurring $147,367 in expenses. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $37,260 in profit.

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#14

Lindenwood University

Saint Charles, Missouri

Lindenwood University landed the #14 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Missouri ranking. Lindenwood University is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in Saint Charles, Missouri that handed out 1,829 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at Lindenwood University took home $910,699 in revenue.

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#15

Southeast Missouri State University

Cape Girardeau, Missouri

Southeast Missouri State University landed the #15 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Missouri ranking. Southeast Missouri State University is located in Cape Girardeau, Missouri and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,711 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The Men’s Basketball team at Southeast Missouri State University brought home $1,304,144 in revenue in a single year. The academic progress rate of the team is 939.

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#16

William Jewell College

Liberty, Missouri

William Jewell College came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Missouri ranking. William Jewell is a private not-for-profit institution located in Liberty, Missouri. The school has a small population, and it awarded 323 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at William Jewell took home $452,998 in revenue and paid out $451,998 in expenses in recent times. That boils down to a yearly profit of $1,000 for the sports team.

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#17

Maryville University of Saint Louis

Saint Louis, Missouri

Maryville University of Saint Louis ranked #17 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Missouri list. Maryville U is a private not-for-profit institution located in Saint Louis, Missouri. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 616 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Maryville U took home $745,531 in revenue and paid out $715,727 in expenses in recent times. Thus, the team actually made $29,804, which isn’t bad at all.

On top of its placing in this ranking, Maryville U 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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#18

University of Missouri - St Louis

Saint Louis, Missouri

University of Missouri - St Louis came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Missouri ranking. Saint Louis, Missouri is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,921 students in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at UMSL brought home $616,556 in revenue in a single year.

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#19

Southwest Baptist University

Bolivar, Missouri

With a ranking of #19, Southwest Baptist University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Missouri ranking. Southwest Baptist University is located in Bolivar, Missouri and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 378 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at Southwest Baptist University took home $589,185 in revenue.

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With a ranking of #20, Missouri Southern State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Missouri ranking. This medium-sized public school is located in Joplin, Missouri, and it awarded 979 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at Missouri Southern made $675,244 in revenue, while incurring $594,865 in expenses. Thus, the team actually made $80,379, which isn’t bad at all.

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#21

Fontbonne University

Saint Louis, Missouri

Fontbonne University ranked #21 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Missouri list. Located in Saint Louis, Missouri, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 251 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Fontbonne University brought in $115,547 while tallying up $103,091 in expenses for its Men’s Basketball team. Thus, the team actually made $12,456, which isn’t bad at all.

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#22

Missouri Western State University

Saint Joseph, Missouri

Missouri Western State University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Missouri ranking, coming in at #22. Missouri Western is a medium-sized public school situated in Saint Joseph, Missouri. It awarded 759 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at Missouri Western made $593,193 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 938.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 22 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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