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2021 Top Men's D3 Soccer Schools

375 Colleges
$48,070 Avg Tuition & Fees*
75% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

Men's Division III Soccer BadgeIt's not easy to decide which college to attend when there are so many options available for student athletes. Our mission at College Factual is to arm you with as much information as we can to help you make that decision. Our Best Colleges for Division III Men's Soccer ranking is one tool we have developed to help in this regard.

We analyzed 375 colleges and universities across the United States to determine which were the best for D3 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 D3 Men's Soccer athletes

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#1

Amherst College

Amherst, Massachusetts
#16 in Quality in the United States

Our analysis found Amherst College to be the best school for D3 Men’s Soccer athletes in this year’s ranking. Located in Amherst, Massachusetts, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 705 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Men’s Soccer team at Amherst took home $205,781 in revenue.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 97%. Amherst 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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#2

University of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois
#19 in Quality in the United States

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of Chicago. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D3 Men’s Soccer athletes list. UChicago is a fairly large private not-for-profit school situated in Chicago, Illinois. It awarded 2,024 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Men’s Soccer team at UChicago took home $256,500 in revenue.

Since the school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 5 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, UChicago also is in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking.

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#3

Trinity University

San Antonio, Texas
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Trinity University. The school came in at #3 in this year’s ranking. Trinity University is a small private not-for-profit school located in San Antonio, Texas that handed out 617 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Men’s Soccer team at Trinity U made $294,873 in revenue.

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. Trinity U 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

Colorado College

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

The excellent sports programs at Colorado College helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for D3 Men’s Soccer athletes. 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.

The D3 Men’s Soccer team at Colorado College made $255,674 in revenue, while incurring $253,225 in expenses. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $2,449.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 94%. Colorado College 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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#5

Kenyon College

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

Out of the 375 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Kenyon College landed the #5 spot on the list. Kenyon is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Gambier, Ohio. It awarded 517 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Soccer team at Kenyon brought home $216,191 in revenue in a single year.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 93%. Kenyon 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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#6

Messiah University

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

Messiah University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Soccer ranking, coming in at #6. Messiah is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. It awarded 636 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Soccer team at Messiah made $168,879 in revenue, while incurring $141,972 in expenses. Thus, the team actually made $26,907, which isn’t bad at all.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 88%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Messiah 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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#7

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, Maryland
#20 in Quality in the United States

Johns Hopkins University ranked #7 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Soccer list. This large private not-for-profit school is located in Baltimore, Maryland, and it awarded 1,747 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Men’s Soccer team at Johns Hopkins took home $163,390 in revenue.

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. Johns Hopkins 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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#8

Calvin University

Grand Rapids, Michigan
Top 15% in Quality in the United States

Calvin University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Soccer ranking, coming in at #8. Located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 969 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Soccer team at Calvin brought home $127,359 in revenue in a single year.

With a freshman retention rate of 87%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. In addition to its great ranking here, Calvin is in the top 15% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#9

Carnegie Mellon University

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

Carnegie Mellon University landed the #9 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Soccer ranking. Carnegie Mellon is a private not-for-profit institution located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 1,848 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Men’s Soccer team at Carnegie Mellon took home $176,187 in revenue.

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, Carnegie Mellon 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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#10

Vassar College

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

Vassar College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Soccer ranking, coming in at #10. 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 D3 Men’s Soccer team at Vassar made $231,243 in revenue, while incurring $210,599 in expenses. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $20,644.

The impressive student-to-faculty ratio of 8 to 1 means that students may have more opportunities to work more closely with their professors than they would at other schools. Vassar 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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#10

University of St Thomas Minnesota

Saint Paul, Minnesota
Top 15% in Quality in the United States

University of St Thomas Minnesota did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Soccer ranking, coming in at #10. Located in Saint Paul, Minnesota, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school awarded 1,561 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Men’s Soccer team at UST MN took home $132,754 in revenue.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 88%. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UST MN also is in the top 15% of our overall quality ranking.

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#12

Haverford College

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

Haverford College landed the #12 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Soccer ranking. Haverford is a private not-for-profit institution located in Haverford, Pennsylvania. The school has a small population, and it awarded 343 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Soccer team at Haverford brought home $98,256 in revenue in a single year.

With a freshman retention rate of 97%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Haverford also is in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking.

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#13

Washington and Lee University

Lexington, Virginia
#25 in Quality in the United States

Washington and Lee University landed the #13 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Soccer ranking. Washington and Lee is a private not-for-profit institution located in Lexington, Virginia. The school has a small population, and it awarded 564 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Washington and Lee brought in $192,319 while tallying up $179,047 in expenses for its D3 Men’s Soccer team. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $13,272.

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. Washington and Lee also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

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#14

United States Merchant Marine Academy

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

With a ranking of #14, United States Merchant Marine Academy did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Soccer ranking. United States Merchant Marine Academy is a small public school located in Kings Point, New York that handed out 200 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at USMMA took home $158,501 in revenue and paid out $84,862 in expenses in recent times. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $73,639 in profit. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 982.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 92%. USMMA 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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#15

University of Scranton

Scranton, Pennsylvania
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

University of Scranton came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Soccer ranking. University of Scranton is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in Scranton, Pennsylvania that handed out 938 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Men’s Soccer team at University of Scranton took home $200,429 in revenue.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 87%. University of Scranton 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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#16

Oberlin College

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

Oberlin College came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Soccer ranking. Oberlin, Ohio is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 872 students in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Soccer team at Oberlin made $151,335 in revenue, while incurring $143,430 in expenses. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $7,905 in profit.

With a freshman retention rate of 91%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. On top of its placing in this ranking, Oberlin 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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#17

Macalester College

Saint Paul, Minnesota
Top 5% in Quality in the United States

Macalester College ranked #17 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Soccer list. Macalester is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Saint Paul, Minnesota. It awarded 679 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Soccer team at Macalester brought home $227,553 in revenue in a single year.

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, Macalester also is in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking.

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Top 15% in Quality in the United States

Ohio Northern University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Soccer ranking, coming in at #18. Located in Ada, Ohio, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 415 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Soccer team at ONU brought home $198,265 in revenue in a single year.

In addition to its great ranking here, ONU is in the top 15% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#19

Christopher Newport University

Newport News, Virginia
Top 20% in Quality in the United States

Christopher Newport University came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Soccer ranking. CNU is located in Newport News, Virginia and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,172 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the D3 Men’s Soccer team at CNU took home $213,675 in revenue.

With a freshman retention rate of 88%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. CNU 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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#20

Tufts University

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

Tufts University came in at #20 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Soccer ranking. Tufts is a fairly large private not-for-profit school situated in Medford, Massachusetts. It awarded 1,822 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Tufts brought in $214,984 while tallying up $194,064 in expenses for its D3 Men’s Soccer team. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $20,920 in profit.

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, 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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#21

Middlebury College

Middlebury, Vermont
Top 5% in Quality in the United States

Middlebury College landed the #21 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Soccer ranking. Middlebury is located in Middlebury, Vermont and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 771 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Men’s Soccer team at Middlebury made $156,588 in revenue.

With a freshman retention rate of 96%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. In addition to its great ranking here, Middlebury is in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#22

Rutgers University - Newark

Newark, New Jersey
Top 20% in Quality in the United States

With a ranking of #22, Rutgers University - Newark did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Soccer ranking. Rutgers Newark is located in Newark, New Jersey and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,775 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Men’s Soccer team at Rutgers Newark made $205,938 in revenue.

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

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#23

Washington University in St Louis

Saint Louis, Missouri
Top 5% in Quality in the United States

With a ranking of #23, Washington University in St Louis did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Soccer ranking. Located in Saint Louis, Missouri, the fairly large private not-for-profit school awarded 2,407 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

WUSTL brought in $413,378 while tallying up $392,987 in expenses for its D3 Men’s Soccer team. Thus, the team actually made $20,391, which isn’t bad at all.

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. WUSTL 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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#24

Emory University

Atlanta, Georgia
Top 5% in Quality in the United States

Emory University ranked #24 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Soccer list. Emory is a fairly large private not-for-profit school situated in Atlanta, Georgia. It awarded 2,598 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Soccer team at Emory brought home $211,064 in revenue in a single year.

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. Emory 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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#25

Lebanon Valley College

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

Lebanon Valley College ranked #25 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Soccer list. LVC is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Annville, Pennsylvania. It awarded 434 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Men’s Soccer team at LVC made $101,611 in revenue.

On top of its placing in this ranking, LVC 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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Rest of the Top 50 Best Colleges for D3 Men's Soccer athletes

Not only did these schools make the top 50 list, but they also landed in the top 15% of this year’s ranking:

#26

Williams College

Williamstown, Massachusetts
#27

St Lawrence University

Canton, New York
#28

Bowdoin College

Brunswick, Maine
#29

Springfield College

Springfield, Massachusetts
#30

Brandeis University

Waltham, Massachusetts
#31

DePauw University

Greencastle, Indiana
#32

Elizabethtown College

Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
#33

Clark University

Worcester, Massachusetts
#34

University of Rochester

Rochester, New York
#35

Babson College

Wellesley, Massachusetts
#36

Transylvania University

Lexington, Kentucky
#37

SUNY Cortland

Cortland, New York
#38

Centre College

Danville, Kentucky
#39

Saint Norbert College

De Pere, Wisconsin
#40

Connecticut College

New London, Connecticut
#41

Gettysburg College

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
#42

Union College New York

Schenectady, New York
#44

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Worcester, Massachusetts
#45

University of Redlands

Redlands, California
#46

Rowan University

Glassboro, New Jersey
#47

Hamilton College

Clinton, New York
#48

Stevens Institute of Technology

Hoboken, New Jersey
#49

Luther College

Decorah, Iowa

Rest of the Top 15% Best Colleges in the United States for International Students

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Rank College Location
51 Chapman University Orange, CA
52 Pomona College Claremont, CA
53 Carthage College Kenosha, WI
54 Knox College Galesburg, IL
55 Whitworth University Spokane, WA
56 Hanover College Hanover, IN
57 Carleton College Northfield, MN

Honorable Mentions

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

Rank College Location
58 University of Puget Sound Tacoma, WA
59 Grinnell College Grinnell, IA
60 St Mary’s College of Maryland St. Mary’s City, MD
61 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy, NY
62 The University of Texas at Dallas Richardson, TX
63 Ohio Wesleyan University Delaware, OH
64 University of Lynchburg Lynchburg, VA
65 Wheaton College Massachusetts Norton, MA
66 Clarkson University Potsdam, NY
67 Trinity College Hartford, CT
68 Gordon College Wenham, MA
69 University of La Verne La Verne, CA
70 John Carroll University University Heights, OH
71 Bates College Lewiston, ME
72 Central College Pella, IA
Rank College Location
73 Wheaton College Illinois Wheaton, IL
74 SUNY Oneonta Oneonta, NY
75 Dominican University River Forest, IL

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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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