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2021 Top South Dakota Men's Basketball Schools

7 Colleges
$16,760 Avg Tuition & Fees*
30% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

When pursuing a degree in today's world, student athletes have many different options to choose from. College Factual has developed its Best Colleges for Men's Basketball in South Dakota ranking as one item you can use to help make this decision.

Our analysis looked at 7 schools in South Dakota to determine which ones were the best for Men's Basketball athletes in South Dakota. 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 South Dakota for Men's Basketball athletes in South Dakota

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Augustana University

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Augustana University tops this year’s ranking as the best school for Men’s Basketball athletes in South Dakota. Augustana Sioux Falls is a private not-for-profit institution located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The school has a small population, and it awarded 442 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at Augustana Sioux Falls made $809,276 in revenue.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 86%. Augustana Sioux Falls not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #1 on our overall quality list.

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#2

University of South Dakota

Vermillion, South Dakota

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of South Dakota. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball athletes in South Dakota list. USD is located in Vermillion, South Dakota and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,352 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at USD made $1,469,868 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 961.

USD did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #4 on our overall quality list.

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#3

South Dakota State University

Brookings, South Dakota

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend South Dakota State University. The school came in at #3 in this year’s ranking. Located in Brookings, South Dakota, the fairly large public school handed out 2,026 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at South Dakota State made $2,177,776 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 975.

South Dakota State did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #3 on our overall quality list.

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#4

Northern State University

Aberdeen, South Dakota

A rank of #4 on our list means Northern State University is a great place for Men’s Basketball athletes in South Dakota working on their bachelor’s degree. NSU is a small public school situated in Aberdeen, South Dakota. It awarded 305 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at NSU took home $775,282 in revenue and paid out $668,479 in expenses in recent times. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $106,803.

NSU also made our overall quality list, coming in at #5.

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You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. The school came in at #5 in this year’s ranking. Rapid City, South Dakota is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 465 students in 2018-2019.

SD Mines brought in $535,497 while tallying up $528,664 in expenses for its Men’s Basketball team. That boils down to a yearly profit of $6,833 for the sports team.

In addition to its Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in South Dakota ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, SD Mines is ranked #2 for overall quality in South Dakota.

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#6

University of Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

University of Sioux Falls landed the #6 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in South Dakota ranking. Located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 363 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

University of Sioux Falls brought in $564,320 while tallying up $546,866 in expenses for its Men’s Basketball team. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $17,454.

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#7

Black Hills State University

Spearfish, South Dakota

Black Hills State University ranked #7 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in South Dakota list. Located in Spearfish, South Dakota, the small public school awarded 438 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The team at BHSU took home $584,752 in revenue and paid out $524,539 in expenses in recent times. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $60,213.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 7 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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