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2021 Top Men's D3 Lacrosse Schools

207 Colleges
$48,403 Avg Tuition & Fees*
75% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

Men's Division III Lacrosse BadgeWith all of the options student athletes have for higher education today, it can be tough to choose which direction to take. College Factual has developed its Best Colleges for Division III Men's Lacrosse ranking as one item you can use to help make this decision.

We analyzed 207 colleges and universities across the United States to determine which were the best for D3 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 D3 Men's Lacrosse athletes

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#1

Wesleyan University

Middletown, Connecticut
Top 5% in Quality in the United States

Our analysis found Wesleyan University to be the best school for D3 Men’s Lacrosse athletes in this year’s ranking. Wesleyan U is located in Middletown, Connecticut and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,096 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The D3 Men’s Lacrosse team at Wesleyan U made $531,778 in revenue, while incurring $452,099 in expenses. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $79,679 in profit.

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. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Wesleyan U also is in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking.

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#2

Bates College

Lewiston, Maine
Top 5% in Quality in the United States

A rank of #2 on our list means Bates College is a great place for D3 Men’s Lacrosse athletes working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in Lewiston, Maine, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 565 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Bates brought in $215,375 while tallying up $212,767 in expenses for its D3 Men’s Lacrosse team. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $2,608 in profit.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 95%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. In addition to its great ranking here, Bates is in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#3

Denison University

Granville, Ohio
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Denison University. The school came in at #3 in this year’s ranking. Located in Granville, Ohio, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 643 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Men’s Lacrosse team at Denison took home $348,227 in revenue.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 91%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Denison 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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#4

St Lawrence University

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

Out of the 207 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, St Lawrence University landed the #4 spot on the list. St. Lawrence is located in Canton, New York and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 765 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the D3 Men’s Lacrosse team at St. Lawrence took home $163,529 in revenue.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 92%. St. Lawrence 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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#5

Salisbury University

Salisbury, Maryland
Top 25% in Quality in the United States

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Salisbury University. The school came in at #5 in this year’s ranking. Located in Salisbury, Maryland, the medium-sized public school awarded 1,867 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The team at Salisbury took home $348,828 in revenue and paid out $315,119 in expenses in recent times. That boils down to a yearly profit of $33,709 for the sports team. The team had a perfect academic progress rate of 1000.

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#6

Rhodes College

Memphis, Tennessee
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

With a ranking of #6, Rhodes College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Lacrosse ranking. Rhodes College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Memphis, Tennessee that handed out 561 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Rhodes College brought in $280,075 while tallying up $224,020 in expenses for its D3 Men’s Lacrosse team. Thus, the team actually made $56,055, which isn’t bad at all.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 91%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. On top of its placing in this ranking, Rhodes College 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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#7

Amherst College

Amherst, Massachusetts
#16 in Quality in the United States

Amherst College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Lacrosse ranking, coming in at #7. Amherst College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Amherst, Massachusetts that handed out 705 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Amherst brought in $371,537 while tallying up $366,647 in expenses for its D3 Men’s Lacrosse team. That boils down to a yearly profit of $4,890 for the sports team.

The student-to-faculty ratio of 8 to 1 is a sign that students will have more opportunities to engage with their professors one-on-one. On top of its placing in this ranking, Amherst also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 1% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#8

United States Merchant Marine Academy

Kings Point, New York
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

United States Merchant Marine Academy came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Lacrosse ranking. Kings Point, New York is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 200 students in 2018-2019.

The team at USMMA took home $242,434 in revenue and paid out $228,671 in expenses in recent times. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $13,763 in profit. 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 92%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. In addition to its great ranking here, USMMA is in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#9

Dickinson College

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

With a ranking of #9, Dickinson College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Lacrosse ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and it awarded 752 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Dickinson took home $220,285 in revenue and paid out $164,514 in expenses in recent times. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $55,771 in profit.

Since the school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 9 to 1, those pursuing a bachelor’s degree will have more opportunities to interact with their professors. In addition to its great ranking here, Dickinson is in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#10

Catholic University of America

Washington, District of Columbia
Top 15% in Quality in the United States

Catholic University of America did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Lacrosse ranking, coming in at #10. Located in Washington, District of Columbia, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school handed out 830 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Men’s Lacrosse team at CUA made $195,741 in revenue.

The impressive student-to-faculty ratio of 7 to 1 means that students may have more opportunities to work more closely with their professors than they would at other schools. On top of its placing in this ranking, CUA 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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#11

Colorado College

Colorado Springs, Colorado
Top 5% in Quality in the United States

Colorado College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Lacrosse ranking, coming in at #11. Colorado Springs, Colorado is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 581 students in 2018-2019.

Colorado College brought in $471,697 while tallying up $466,631 in expenses for its D3 Men’s Lacrosse team. Thus, the team actually made $5,066, which isn’t bad at all.

With a freshman retention rate of 94%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. In addition to its great ranking here, Colorado College is in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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Top 5% in Quality in the United States

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Lacrosse ranking. Troy, New York is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,359 students in 2018-2019.

RPI brought in $207,542 while tallying up $179,851 in expenses for its D3 Men’s Lacrosse team. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $27,691.

With a freshman retention rate of 93%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. In addition to its great ranking here, RPI is in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#13

Ithaca College

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

Ithaca College came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Lacrosse ranking. Located in Ithaca, New York, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school awarded 1,501 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Men’s Lacrosse team at Ithaca made $249,627 in revenue.

On top of its placing in this ranking, Ithaca 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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#14

Illinois Wesleyan University

Bloomington, Illinois
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

Illinois Wesleyan University landed the #14 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Lacrosse ranking. Bloomington, Illinois is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 434 students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Men’s Lacrosse team at Illinois Wesleyan made $198,783 in revenue.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 89%. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Illinois Wesleyan also is in the top 10% of our overall quality ranking.

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#15

Vassar College

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

Vassar College came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Lacrosse ranking. Located in Poughkeepsie, New York, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 761 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The team at Vassar took home $237,195 in revenue and paid out $191,923 in expenses in recent times. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $45,272 in profit.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 96%. On top of its placing in this ranking, Vassar 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

Stevens Institute of Technology

Hoboken, New Jersey
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

Stevens Institute of Technology did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Lacrosse ranking, coming in at #16. Stevens Institute of Technology is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in Hoboken, New Jersey that handed out 766 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Men’s Lacrosse team at Stevens made $302,959 in revenue.

With a freshman retention rate of 94%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Stevens 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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#17

Tufts University

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

Tufts University landed the #17 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Lacrosse ranking. Tufts University is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in Medford, Massachusetts that handed out 1,822 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Tufts brought in $498,864 while tallying up $420,748 in expenses for its D3 Men’s Lacrosse team. Thus, the team actually made $78,116, which isn’t bad at all.

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. On top of its placing in this ranking, Tufts 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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#18

Elizabethtown College

Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
Top 15% in Quality in the United States

Elizabethtown College came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Lacrosse ranking. Etown is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania. It awarded 527 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Men’s Lacrosse team at Etown took home $153,786 in revenue.

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, Etown is in the top 15% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#19

Bowdoin College

Brunswick, Maine
Top 5% in Quality in the United States

Bowdoin College ranked #19 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Lacrosse list. Located in Brunswick, Maine, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 664 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Bowdoin brought in $369,271 while tallying up $311,702 in expenses for its D3 Men’s Lacrosse team. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $57,569.

The impressive student-to-faculty ratio of 9 to 1 means that students may have more opportunities to work more closely with their professors than they would at other schools. Bowdoin 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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#19

Swarthmore College

Swarthmore, Pennsylvania
#21 in Quality in the United States

Swarthmore College landed the #19 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Lacrosse ranking. Located in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 545 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Swarthmore brought in $237,733 while tallying up $190,243 in expenses for its D3 Men’s Lacrosse team. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $47,490.

With a student-to-faculty ratio of 8 to 1, it’s easy to see that the school is committed to helping their undergraduates succeed. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Swarthmore also is in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking.

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#21

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, Massachusetts
#5 in Quality in the United States

Massachusetts Institute of Technology ranked #21 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Lacrosse list. Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in Cambridge, Massachusetts that handed out 1,333 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Men’s Lacrosse team at MIT made $132,745 in revenue.

The student-to-faculty ratio of 3 to 1 is a sign that students will have more opportunities to engage with their professors one-on-one. MIT also took the #5 spot in our overall quality rankings.

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#22

Gettysburg College

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

Gettysburg College ranked #22 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Lacrosse list. Located in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 722 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Lacrosse team at Gettysburg brought home $235,928 in revenue in a single year.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 90%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Gettysburg also is in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking.

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#23

SUNY Cortland

Cortland, New York

SUNY Cortland did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Lacrosse ranking, coming in at #23. Located in Cortland, New York, the medium-sized public school awarded 1,560 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Men’s Lacrosse team at SUNY Cortland made $263,092 in revenue.

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#24

Clark University

Worcester, Massachusetts
Top 15% in Quality in the United States

Clark University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Lacrosse ranking, coming in at #24. Clark is a private not-for-profit institution located in Worcester, Massachusetts. The school has a small population, and it awarded 662 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Men’s Lacrosse team at Clark made $146,982 in revenue.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 86%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Clark 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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#25

Washington and Lee University

Lexington, Virginia
#25 in Quality in the United States

Washington and Lee University ranked #25 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Lacrosse list. Located in Lexington, Virginia, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 564 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Washington and Lee took home $305,694 in revenue and paid out $303,822 in expenses in recent times. Thus, the team actually made $1,872, which isn’t bad at all.

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. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Washington and Lee also is in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking.

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Rest of the Top 15% Best Colleges for D3 Men's Lacrosse athletes

Not only did these schools make the top 31 list, but they also landed in the top 15% of this year’s ranking:

#26

Transylvania University

Lexington, Kentucky
#27

Clarkson University

Potsdam, New York
#28

Union College New York

Schenectady, New York
#29

John Carroll University

University Heights, Ohio
#30

Albion College

Albion, Michigan
#31

Berry College

Mount Berry, Georgia

Honorable Mentions

These schools also performed well in our Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Lacrosse ranking:

Rank College Location
32 Roanoke College Salem, VA
33 Ursinus College Collegeville, PA
34 DePauw University Greencastle, IN
35 Baldwin Wallace University Berea, OH
36 Misericordia University Dallas, PA
37 Sewanee - The University of the South Sewanee, TN
38 Middlebury College Middlebury, VT
39 Hope College Holland, MI
40 Christopher Newport University Newport News, VA
41 Ohio Wesleyan University Delaware, OH
42 Carthage College Kenosha, WI

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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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