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2021 Top Men's D1 Lacrosse Schools

64 Colleges
$47,891 Avg Tuition & Fees*
75% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

Men's Division I Lacrosse BadgeStudent athletes have lots of options to chooose from today when trying to decide which college to attend. One of our goals at College Factual is to give you as much information as we can - such as our Best Colleges for Division I Men's Lacrosse ranking - to help you make that decision.

Our analysis looked at 64 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for D1 Men's Lacrosse athletes. Instead of depending on subjective information, we focus on objective factors to determine this ranking. These factors include such things as the athletic competitiveness of the school and the school's overall quality. This means that a school must provide students with a great education in addition to having a good sports team if it wants to rank well.

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Top Colleges in the U.S. for D1 Men's Lacrosse athletes

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#1

Duke University

Durham, North Carolina

Our 2021 rankings named Duke University the best school for D1 Men’s Lacrosse athletes working on their bachelor’s degree. This fairly large private not-for-profit school is located in Durham, North Carolina, and it awarded 2,303 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Lacrosse team at Duke brought home $2,043,512 in revenue in a single year. The team has a great academic progress rate of 998, signifying that team members care about their grades.

Since the school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 7 to 1, those pursuing a bachelor’s degree will have more opportunities to interact with their professors. Duke also took the #2 spot in our overall quality rankings.

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#2

Syracuse University

Syracuse, New York
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Syracuse University. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D1 Men’s Lacrosse athletes list. Syracuse is located in Syracuse, New York and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 4,101 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Lacrosse team at Syracuse made $2,527,044 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 998 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 91%. Syracuse excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#3

University of Denver

Denver, Colorado
Top 15% in Quality in the United States

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of Denver. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D1 Men’s Lacrosse athletes list. Located in Denver, Colorado, the fairly large private not-for-profit school awarded 1,626 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Lacrosse team at DU brought home $2,163,084 in revenue in a single year. The academic progress rate of the team is 963.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 87%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. In addition to its great ranking here, DU is in the top 15% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#4

Hofstra University

Hempstead, New York
Top 20% in Quality in the United States

The excellent sports programs at Hofstra University helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for D1 Men’s Lacrosse athletes. Located in Hempstead, New York, the fairly large private not-for-profit school awarded 1,745 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Lacrosse team at Hofstra made $1,744,845 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 988 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

Hofstra 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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Top 15% in Quality in the United States

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Ohio State University - Main Campus. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D1 Men’s Lacrosse athletes list. Ohio State is a public institution located in Columbus, Ohio. The school has a large population, and it awarded 11,596 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Men’s Lacrosse team at Ohio State took home $1,025,545 in revenue.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 94%. On top of its placing in this ranking, Ohio State also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#6

University of Maryland - College Park

College Park, Maryland
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

University of Maryland - College Park ranked #6 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Lacrosse list. University of Maryland - College Park is a large public school located in College Park, Maryland that handed out 8,390 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Men’s Lacrosse team at UMCP took home $238,446 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 977, signifying that team members care about their grades.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 96%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UMCP also is in the top 10% of our overall quality ranking.

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#7

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, Indiana
#14 in Quality in the United States

University of Notre Dame did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Lacrosse ranking, coming in at #7. Located in Notre Dame, Indiana, the fairly large private not-for-profit school handed out 2,642 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Lacrosse team at Notre Dame brought home $624,933 in revenue in a single year. The team has a great academic progress rate of 991, signifying that team members care about their grades.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 98%. Notre Dame excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 1% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#8

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, Virginia
Top 5% in Quality in the United States

University of Virginia - Main Campus did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Lacrosse ranking, coming in at #8. Charlottesville, Virginia is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 5,167 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Men’s Lacrosse team at University of Virginia took home $2,049,815 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 994, signifying that team members care about their grades.

With a freshman retention rate of 96%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. On top of its placing in this ranking, University of Virginia also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#9

Pennsylvania State University - University Park

University Park, Pennsylvania
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

With a ranking of #9, Pennsylvania State University - University Park did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Lacrosse ranking. Located in University Park, Pennsylvania, the large public school handed out 10,893 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Men’s Lacrosse team at Penn State University Park took home $1,023,600 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 996 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 93%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Penn State University Park 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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#10

Rutgers University - New Brunswick

New Brunswick, New Jersey
Top 15% in Quality in the United States

Rutgers University - New Brunswick came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Lacrosse ranking. This large public school is located in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and it awarded 8,719 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Lacrosse team at Rutgers New Brunswick made $1,723,981 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 983.

With a freshman retention rate of 94%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Rutgers New Brunswick 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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#11

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, Michigan
Top 5% in Quality in the United States

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor ranked #11 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Lacrosse list. U-M is a large public school situated in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It awarded 7,815 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Lacrosse team at U-M brought home $146,103 in revenue in a single year.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 97%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, U-M also is in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking.

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#12

University of Richmond

University of Richmond, Virginia
Top 5% in Quality in the United States

University of Richmond ranked #12 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Lacrosse list. URichmond is a small private not-for-profit school situated in University of Richmond, Virginia. It awarded 1,005 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Lacrosse team at URichmond brought home $1,264,116 in revenue in a single year. The team has a great academic progress rate of 989, signifying that team members care about their grades.

Since the school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 8 to 1, those pursuing a bachelor’s degree will have more opportunities to interact with their professors. On top of its placing in this ranking, URichmond also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#13

Loyola University Maryland

Baltimore, Maryland
Top 15% in Quality in the United States

Loyola University Maryland came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Lacrosse ranking. Loyola Maryland is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school situated in Baltimore, Maryland. It awarded 925 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Lacrosse team at Loyola Maryland brought home $1,804,117 in revenue in a single year. The team has a great academic progress rate of 988, signifying that team members care about their grades.

Loyola Maryland 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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#14

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Top 5% in Quality in the United States

Lehigh University ranked #14 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Lacrosse list. Bethlehem, Pennsylvania is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,379 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Men’s Lacrosse team at Lehigh took home $1,535,954 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 989 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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. Lehigh excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#15

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, Maryland

With a ranking of #15, Johns Hopkins University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Lacrosse ranking. Johns Hopkins is a large private not-for-profit school situated in Baltimore, Maryland. It awarded 1,747 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Johns Hopkins brought in $2,565,091 while tallying up $2,313,512 in expenses for its D1 Men’s Lacrosse team. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $251,579 in profit. The team has a great academic progress rate of 987, signifying that team members care about their grades.

With a student-to-faculty ratio of 7 to 1, it’s easy to see that the school is committed to helping their undergraduates succeed. On top of its placing in this ranking, Johns Hopkins also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#16

Villanova University

Villanova, Pennsylvania
Top 5% in Quality in the United States

Villanova University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Lacrosse ranking, coming in at #16. Located in Villanova, Pennsylvania, the fairly large private not-for-profit school awarded 2,240 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Lacrosse team at Villanova brought home $1,178,787 in revenue in a single year. Sports aren’t the only thing that the team excels at - they had a perfect academic progress rate of 1000.

With a freshman retention rate of 95%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Villanova excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#17

University of Delaware

Newark, Delaware
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

University of Delaware did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Lacrosse ranking, coming in at #17. Newark, Delaware is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 4,849 students in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Lacrosse team at UD brought home $1,596,112 in revenue in a single year. The great academic progress rate of 979 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

With a freshman retention rate of 91%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UD also is in the top 10% of our overall quality ranking.

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#18

Boston University

Boston, Massachusetts
Top 5% in Quality in the United States

Boston University landed the #18 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Lacrosse ranking. Boston U is located in Boston, Massachusetts and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 4,780 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The D1 Men’s Lacrosse team at Boston U brought home $1,821,503 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 988.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 93%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Boston U also is in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking.

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#19

Providence College

Providence, Rhode Island
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

With a ranking of #19, Providence College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Lacrosse ranking. Providence is located in Providence, Rhode Island and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,119 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Lacrosse team at Providence made $1,713,168 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 985 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 92%. On top of its placing in this ranking, Providence also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#20

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Top 5% in Quality in the United States

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ranked #20 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Lacrosse list. Located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, the large public school awarded 6,076 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Men’s Lacrosse team at UNC Chapel Hill took home $854,215 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 984.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 96%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. On top of its placing in this ranking, UNC Chapel Hill also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#21

University at Albany

Albany, New York
Top 25% in Quality in the United States

University at Albany came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Lacrosse ranking. UAlbany is a fairly large public school situated in Albany, New York. It awarded 3,525 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Lacrosse team at UAlbany made $1,230,956 in revenue, while incurring $894,543 in expenses. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $336,413 in profit.

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#22

Colgate University

Hamilton, New York
Top 5% in Quality in the United States

Colgate University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Lacrosse ranking, coming in at #22. Colgate University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Hamilton, New York that handed out 894 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Men’s Lacrosse team at Colgate took home $1,428,462 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 998, signifying that team members care about their grades.

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. In addition to its great ranking here, Colgate is in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#23

Yale University

New Haven, Connecticut

Yale University came in at #23 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Lacrosse ranking. This fairly large private not-for-profit school is located in New Haven, Connecticut, and it awarded 1,664 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Yale brought in $1,509,396 while tallying up $1,482,658 in expenses for its D1 Men’s Lacrosse team. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $26,738 in profit. The team has a great academic progress rate of 993, signifying that team members care about their grades.

The impressive student-to-faculty ratio of 6 to 1 means that students may have more opportunities to work more closely with their professors than they would at other schools. In addition to its great ranking here, Yale is in the top 1% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#24

Princeton University

Princeton, New Jersey
#1 in Quality in the United States

Princeton University ranked #24 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Lacrosse list. Princeton is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school situated in Princeton, New Jersey. It awarded 1,297 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Lacrosse team at Princeton made $779,856 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 990, signifying that team members care about their grades.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 98%. Princeton also made our overall quality list, coming in at #1.

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#25

Bryant University

Smithfield, Rhode Island
Top 15% in Quality in the United States

Bryant University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Lacrosse ranking, coming in at #25. Bryant University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Smithfield, Rhode Island that handed out 931 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Men’s Lacrosse team at Bryant took home $1,521,566 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 985 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 90%. Bryant excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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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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