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2021 Top Men's D2 Soccer Schools

183 Colleges
$36,936 Avg Tuition & Fees*
47% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

Men's Division II Soccer BadgeStudent athletes have lots of options to chooose from today when trying to decide which college to attend. 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 Division II Men's Soccer ranking is part of that endeavor.

Our analysis looked at 183 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for D2 Men's Soccer 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 Soccer athletes

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#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 Soccer athletes. Located in Garden City, New York, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school awarded 1,262 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Men’s Soccer team at Adelphi took home $544,864 in revenue.

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#2

University of California - San Diego

La Jolla, California
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

A rank of #2 on our list means University of California - San Diego is a great place for D2 Men’s Soccer athletes working on their bachelor’s degree. UCSD is a public institution located in La Jolla, California. The school has a large population, and it awarded 8,037 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Men’s Soccer team at UCSD made $701,364 in revenue.

With a freshman retention rate of 94%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. UCSD 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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#3

Saint Edward's University

Austin, Texas

Out of the 183 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Saint Edward’s University landed the #3 spot on the list. St. Edward’s University is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Austin, Texas. It awarded 1,015 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at St. Edward’s University took home $696,198 in revenue and paid out $678,445 in expenses in recent times. That boils down to a yearly profit of $17,753 for the sports team.

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#4

Rockhurst University

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

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Rockhurst University. The school came in at #4 in this year’s ranking. Rockhurst University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Kansas City, Missouri that handed out 463 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Men’s Soccer team at Rockhurst took home $513,425 in revenue.

With a freshman retention rate of 86%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students.

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#5

Rollins College

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

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Rollins College. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D2 Men’s Soccer athletes list. Rollins is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Winter Park, Florida. It awarded 664 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Men’s Soccer team at Rollins took home $577,223 in revenue.

On top of its placing in this ranking, Rollins 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

LIU Post

Brookville, New York

LIU Post landed the #6 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Soccer ranking. Located in Brookville, New York, the fairly large private not-for-profit school awarded 1,739 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Men’s Soccer team at LIU Post took home $1,386,179 in revenue.

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#7

Molloy College

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

Molloy College landed the #7 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Soccer ranking. This medium-sized private not-for-profit school is located in Rockville Centre, New York, and it awarded 811 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Molloy took home $294,235 in revenue and paid out $289,517 in expenses in recent times. That boils down to a yearly profit of $4,718 for the sports team.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 88%. 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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#8

Regis University

Denver, Colorado

Regis University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Soccer ranking, coming in at #8. Located in Denver, Colorado, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school awarded 952 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The D2 Men’s Soccer team at Regis U brought home $501,145 in revenue in a single year.

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#9

Le Moyne College

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

Le Moyne College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Soccer ranking, coming in at #9. Located in Syracuse, New York, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 798 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D2 Men’s Soccer team at LeMoyne made $529,774 in revenue, while incurring $522,906 in expenses. Thus, the team actually made $6,868, which isn’t bad at all.

On top of its placing in this ranking, LeMoyne 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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#10

Merrimack College

North Andover, Massachusetts

Merrimack College landed the #10 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Soccer ranking. This medium-sized private not-for-profit school is located in North Andover, Massachusetts, and it awarded 825 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D2 Men’s Soccer team at Merrimack brought home $536,092 in revenue in a single year.

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#11

Lynn University

Boca Raton, Florida

Lynn University landed the #11 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Soccer ranking. Lynn University Fighting Knights is located in Boca Raton, Florida and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 449 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The D2 Men’s Soccer team at Lynn University Fighting Knights brought home $537,150 in revenue in a single year.

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Top 15% in Quality in the United States

Missouri University of Science and Technology did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Soccer ranking, coming in at #12. Located in Rolla, Missouri, the medium-sized public school handed out 1,388 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Men’s Soccer team at Missouri University of Science and Technology took home $298,819 in revenue.

Missouri University of Science and Technology 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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#13

Mercyhurst University

Erie, Pennsylvania

With a ranking of #13, Mercyhurst University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Soccer ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Erie, Pennsylvania, and it awarded 526 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Men’s Soccer team at Mercyhurst made $591,929 in revenue.

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#14

Harding University

Searcy, Arkansas
Top 25% in Quality in the United States

Harding University ranked #14 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Soccer list. Harding is located in Searcy, Arkansas and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 888 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The D2 Men’s Soccer team at Harding brought home $286,084 in revenue in a single year.

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#15

Eckerd College

Saint Petersburg, Florida
Top 20% in Quality in the United States

With a ranking of #15, Eckerd College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Soccer ranking. Located in Saint Petersburg, Florida, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 507 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Men’s Soccer team at Eckerd took home $558,748 in revenue.

Eckerd also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools in this category.

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#16

Florida Institute of Technology

Melbourne, Florida

With a ranking of #16, Florida Institute of Technology did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Soccer ranking. Located in Melbourne, Florida, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school handed out 787 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Florida Tech took home $658,058 in revenue and paid out $622,909 in expenses in recent times. Thus, the team actually made $35,149, which isn’t bad at all.

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#17

Gannon University

Erie, Pennsylvania

Gannon University came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Soccer ranking. Gannon University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Erie, Pennsylvania that handed out 566 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D2 Men’s Soccer team at Gannon made $445,255 in revenue, while incurring $444,455 in expenses. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $800 in profit.

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#18

New York Institute of Technology

Old Westbury, New York

With a ranking of #18, New York Institute of Technology did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Soccer ranking. Old Westbury, 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 832 students in 2018-2019.

The D2 Men’s Soccer team at NYIT made $592,189 in revenue, while incurring $581,842 in expenses. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $10,347 in profit.

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#19

Western Washington University

Bellingham, Washington
Top 25% in Quality in the United States

With a ranking of #19, Western Washington University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Soccer ranking. WWU is a public institution located in Bellingham, Washington. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 3,785 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Men’s Soccer team at WWU made $535,904 in revenue.

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#20

Seattle Pacific University

Seattle, Washington
Top 25% in Quality in the United States

Seattle Pacific University came in at #20 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Soccer ranking. SPU is located in Seattle, Washington and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 723 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The D2 Men’s Soccer team at SPU made $800,788 in revenue, while incurring $775,459 in expenses. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $25,329 in profit.

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#21

Wingate University

Wingate, North Carolina

With a ranking of #21, Wingate University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Soccer ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Wingate, North Carolina, and it awarded 517 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Wingate took home $514,909 in revenue and paid out $499,130 in expenses in recent times. That boils down to a yearly profit of $15,779 for the sports team.

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#22

Cedarville University

Cedarville, Ohio
Top 20% in Quality in the United States

Cedarville University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Soccer ranking, coming in at #22. Located in Cedarville, Ohio, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 759 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Men’s Soccer team at Cedarville made $299,787 in revenue.

On top of its placing in this ranking, Cedarville 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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#23

Drury University

Springfield, Missouri

Drury University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Soccer ranking, coming in at #23. Located in Springfield, Missouri, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 347 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Men’s Soccer team at Drury University took home $496,815 in revenue.

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

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#24

California Baptist University

Riverside, California

California Baptist University landed the #24 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Soccer ranking. Located in Riverside, California, the fairly large private not-for-profit school handed out 1,670 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Cal Baptist brought in $959,425 while tallying up $938,112 in expenses for its D2 Men’s Soccer team. That boils down to a yearly profit of $21,313 for the sports team. Sports aren’t the only thing that the team excels at - they had a perfect academic progress rate of 1000.

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#25

West Chester University of Pennsylvania

West Chester, Pennsylvania
Top 25% in Quality in the United States

With a ranking of #25, West Chester University of Pennsylvania did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Soccer ranking. WCUPA is a fairly large public school situated in West Chester, Pennsylvania. It awarded 3,698 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

WCUPA brought in $261,355 while tallying up $225,104 in expenses for its D2 Men’s Soccer team. That boils down to a yearly profit of $36,251 for the sports team.

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Rest of the Top 15% Best Colleges for D2 Men's Soccer athletes

Not only did these schools make the top 28 list, but they also landed in the top 15% of this year’s ranking:

#27

The University of Tampa

Tampa, Florida
#28

Seton Hill University

Greensburg, Pennsylvania

Honorable Mentions

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

Rank College Location
29 University of Montevallo Montevallo, AL
30 Stonehill College Easton, MA
31 Sonoma State University Rohnert Park, CA
32 Palm Beach Atlantic University West Palm Beach, FL
33 Florida Southern College Lakeland, FL
34 Maryville University of Saint Louis Saint Louis, MO
35 Bellarmine University Louisville, KY
36 Pfeiffer University Misenheimer, NC
37 Northwest Nazarene University Nampa, ID

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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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