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2021 Top Men's D2 Lacrosse Schools

57 Colleges
$36,394 Avg Tuition & Fees*
45% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

Men's Division II Lacrosse BadgeWith all of the options student athletes have for higher education today, it can be tough to choose which direction to take. One of our goals at College Factual is to give you as much information as we can - such as our Best Colleges for Division II Men's Lacrosse ranking - to help you make that decision.

Our analysis looked at 57 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for D2 Men's Lacrosse athletes. 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 the U.S. for D2 Men's Lacrosse athletes

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#1

Adelphi University

Garden City, New York
Top 25% in Quality in the United States

Adelphi University tops this year’s ranking as the best school for D2 Men’s Lacrosse athletes. Located in Garden City, New York, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school handed out 1,262 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Men’s Lacrosse team at Adelphi made $680,022 in revenue.

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#2

Le Moyne College

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

Out of the 57 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Le Moyne College landed the #2 spot on the list. Syracuse, New York is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 798 students in 2018-2019.

LeMoyne brought in $693,392 while tallying up $690,743 in expenses for its D2 Men’s Lacrosse team. That boils down to a yearly profit of $2,649 for the sports team.

In addition to its great ranking here, LeMoyne is in the top 20% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#3

Mercyhurst University

Erie, Pennsylvania

Out of the 57 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Mercyhurst University landed the #3 spot on the list. Located in Erie, Pennsylvania, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 526 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Men’s Lacrosse team at Mercyhurst made $802,159 in revenue.

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#4

Merrimack College

North Andover, Massachusetts

A rank of #4 on our list means Merrimack College is a great place for D2 Men’s Lacrosse athletes working on their bachelor’s degree. Merrimack is a private not-for-profit institution located in North Andover, Massachusetts. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 825 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D2 Men’s Lacrosse team at Merrimack brought home $1,012,008 in revenue in a single year.

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#5

New York Institute of Technology

Old Westbury, New York

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend New York Institute of Technology. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D2 Men’s Lacrosse athletes list. Located in Old Westbury, New York, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school awarded 832 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The D2 Men’s Lacrosse team at NYIT made $788,165 in revenue, while incurring $785,453 in expenses. Thus, the team actually made $2,712, which isn’t bad at all.

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#6

Molloy College

Rockville Centre, New York
Top 15% in Quality in the United States

Molloy College landed the #6 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Lacrosse ranking. Molloy College is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in Rockville Centre, New York that handed out 811 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Molloy took home $331,042 in revenue and paid out $314,921 in expenses in recent times. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $16,121 in profit.

With a freshman retention rate of 88%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Molloy 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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#7

Rollins College

Winter Park, Florida
Top 15% in Quality in the United States

Rollins College ranked #7 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Lacrosse list. Located in Winter Park, Florida, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 664 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Men’s Lacrosse team at Rollins took home $484,898 in revenue.

Rollins 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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#8

Seton Hill University

Greensburg, Pennsylvania

With a ranking of #8, Seton Hill University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Lacrosse ranking. Seton Hill is a private not-for-profit institution located in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. The school has a small population, and it awarded 356 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Men’s Lacrosse team at Seton Hill made $572,002 in revenue.

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#9

Rockhurst University

Kansas City, Missouri
Top 25% in Quality in the United States

Rockhurst University ranked #9 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Lacrosse list. Located in Kansas City, Missouri, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 463 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D2 Men’s Lacrosse team at Rockhurst brought home $388,913 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.

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#10

Saint Anselm College

Manchester, New Hampshire
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

Saint Anselm College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Lacrosse ranking, coming in at #10. Manchester, New Hampshire is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 517 students in 2018-2019.

The team at St. Anselm College took home $272,043 in revenue and paid out $258,778 in expenses in recent times. That boils down to a yearly profit of $13,265 for the sports team.

With a freshman retention rate of 89%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. St. Anselm College 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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#11

Pace University - New York

New York, New York

Pace University - New York came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Lacrosse ranking. Pace University - New York is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in New York, New York that handed out 1,914 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D2 Men’s Lacrosse team at Pace University brought home $444,423 in revenue in a single year.

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#12

Bentley University

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

Bentley University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Lacrosse ranking, coming in at #12. Waltham, Massachusetts is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,106 students in 2018-2019.

The D2 Men’s Lacrosse team at Bentley brought home $141,241 in revenue in a single year.

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, Bentley 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

The University of Tampa

Tampa, Florida

The University of Tampa ranked #13 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Lacrosse list. UT is located in Tampa, Florida and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,775 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The D2 Men’s Lacrosse team at UT made $877,144 in revenue, while incurring $852,484 in expenses. Thus, the team actually made $24,660, which isn’t bad at all.

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#14

Queens University of Charlotte

Charlotte, North Carolina

Queens University of Charlotte came in at #14 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Lacrosse ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Charlotte, North Carolina, and it awarded 400 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Men’s Lacrosse team at Queens made $681,116 in revenue.

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#15

Lenoir - Rhyne University

Hickory, North Carolina

With a ranking of #15, Lenoir - Rhyne University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Lacrosse ranking. Lenoir - Rhyne University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Hickory, North Carolina that handed out 323 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Men’s Lacrosse team at Lenoir - Rhyne University made $579,792 in revenue.

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#16

Florida Institute of Technology

Melbourne, Florida

Florida Institute of Technology ranked #16 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Lacrosse list. Located in Melbourne, Florida, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school awarded 787 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The team at Florida Tech took home $444,470 in revenue and paid out $425,054 in expenses in recent times. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $19,416 in profit.

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#17

Florida Southern College

Lakeland, Florida

Florida Southern College ranked #17 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Lacrosse list. Located in Lakeland, Florida, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 737 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The D2 Men’s Lacrosse team at Florida Southern brought home $531,882 in revenue in a single year.

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#18

Wingate University

Wingate, North Carolina

Wingate University ranked #18 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Lacrosse list. Wingate, North Carolina is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 517 students in 2018-2019.

The D2 Men’s Lacrosse team at Wingate made $526,490 in revenue, while incurring $473,073 in expenses. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $53,417 in profit.

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#19

Assumption University

Worcester, Massachusetts
Top 20% in Quality in the United States

Assumption University came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Lacrosse ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Worcester, Massachusetts, and it awarded 571 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Assumption took home $236,836 in revenue and paid out $215,140 in expenses in recent times. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $21,696.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Assumption also is in the top 20% of our overall quality ranking.

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#20

LIU Post

Brookville, New York

LIU Post came in at #20 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Lacrosse ranking. LIU Post is a private not-for-profit institution located in Brookville, New York. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 1,739 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Men’s Lacrosse team at LIU Post made $757,682 in revenue.

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#21

Lindenwood University

Saint Charles, Missouri

Lindenwood University ranked #21 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Lacrosse list. Located in Saint Charles, Missouri, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school awarded 1,829 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Men’s Lacrosse team at Lindenwood University took home $592,573 in revenue.

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#22

Limestone College

Gaffney, South Carolina

Limestone College came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Lacrosse ranking. Limestone College is located in Gaffney, South Carolina and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 500 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The D2 Men’s Lacrosse team at Limestone College brought home $669,828 in revenue in a single year.

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#23

University of Alabama in Huntsville

Huntsville, Alabama

University of Alabama in Huntsville came in at #23 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Lacrosse ranking. UAH is a public institution located in Huntsville, Alabama. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 1,348 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D2 Men’s Lacrosse team at UAH brought home $435,868 in revenue in a single year.

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#24

Lincoln Memorial University

Harrogate, Tennessee

Lincoln Memorial University came in at #24 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Lacrosse ranking. Harrogate, Tennessee is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 315 students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Men’s Lacrosse team at LMU made $477,721 in revenue.

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#25

Colorado Mesa University

Grand Junction, Colorado

With a ranking of #25, Colorado Mesa University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Lacrosse ranking. This medium-sized public school is located in Grand Junction, Colorado, and it awarded 1,189 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Men’s Lacrosse team at Colorado Mesa took home $427,253 in revenue.

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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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