When high school baseball players start thinking of playing at the college level, they naturally start with the NCAA D1 baseball schools. NCAA D1 is the most competitive for baseball and provides the most scholarships. Yet it might not be the right division based on their athletic abilities and academic requirements. Nonetheless, players need to start the recruiting process somewhere and it can’t hurt to start with D1 baseball teams. Just keep in mind, chances are that’s not where you’ll end up.
Of the 296 D1 baseball schools, the most are found in California with 26. Texas follows with 21, and North Carolina is third with 18. Ten states have 10 or more D1 college baseball programs. There are 9 states with only one D1 college baseball program and Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Vermont, and Wyoming don’t have any universities playing D1 Baseball.
Who Spends the Most on NCAA D1 College Baseball?
The Office of Postsecondary Education collects information on college athletic financial information, including Expenses. This includes game day expenses as well scholarships, recruiting expenses, and basically any other expenses attributed to intercollegiate baseball. The average in 2018, the most recently available year, was $1,59,909.
Florida State University had the highest Expenses at $7,466,680 and the only D1 baseball school over $7 million. Three teams, Texas Christian University, University of Mississippi, and Vanderbilt University had Expenses over $6 million. Another three, University of Arkansas, LSU, and University of South Carolina were all over $5 million.
Seven D1 baseball schools reported Expenses under $400,000. Alcorn State had the lowest at $159,325 and Utah State came in second at $189,383. Mississippi Valley State, Savannah State, and Coppin state were all under $300,000. Saint Peter’s University was under $400,000.
Not surprisingly, the SEC had the highest average Expense by conference at $4,627,053. The SEC accounted for 10 of the top 20 D1 baseball teams with the highest Expenses. The Big 12 came in second and the ACC in third with 5 and 3 teams respectively ranked among the top 20. The Southwestern Athletic Conference had the lowest average at $472,768 followed by the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. These two schools are followed by the non-athletic scholarship awarding conferences, The Ivy League and the Patriot League.
Which D1 Baseball Schools Have the Best Graduation Rates?
The average 4-year graduating rate for the general student population at these schools was 47.6%. The good news is that the graduation rates for athletes are generally higher than that of the general student population. Unfortunately, they don’t make it easy to show the specific sports athletic graduation rates but you can read How to Find Student-Athlete Graduation Rates to, obviously, look up graduation rates.
Yet players should still pay attention to the general student population graduation rate. The simple fact is that you never know when baseball is going to end. It only makes sense to know the school’s graduation rate and how it compares to other options.
Among D1 baseball schools, Notre Dame and Georgetown have the highest 4-year graduation rate at 91% each. They are followed by Boston College and Princeton at 90% each and Virginia rounds out the top five at 89%. Unfortunately,126 of the schools had graduation rates less than 40%, 46 were less than 25%. Chicago State University has the lowest 4-year graduation rate at 7%. Alabama A&M and Southern University and A&M are also under 10%. Texas Southern and Savannah State follow with rates of 10% each.
The Ivy League had the highest average graduation rate of 87% with 7 of its members ranking in the top 20 D1 baseball teams overall. The Patriot League follows with 84%. The third place ACC and Big East have a noticeable drop in average graduate rates with only 71% graduating in four years. Of the 31 D1 baseball conferences, 17 had average graduation rates under 50%. The Southwestern Athletic Conference and Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference had average less than 25%. The Mountain West, the Horizon League, and Western Athletic fill out the bottom five.
How Big are Colleges offering D1 Baseball?
Even when players are focused on getting recruited by a D1 college baseball team, they still have preferences. A major one for most high school students, prospective athletes are not, is size. And since players are looking at D1 schools, big is the expectation. And for the most part, they would be right. On the 296 D1 baseball schools, 134 have 10,000 or more full-time undergraduates. Another 82 are between 5,000 and 9,999. Only 80 are under 5,000.
However, this does include 34 under 3,000 which includes 8 traditional Liberal Arts Colleges. While these schools provide a small college experience, it also means the absence of “Big Time” college sports. Only two of the schools are members of the Power 5 conferences.
How Much do D1 Baseball Schools Cost?
While every player hopes for a full-ride scholarship, the 11.7 scholarship limit for Baseball means that players have to accept that they will be paying for a significant part of their college costs. Remember, chances are that the school doesn’t fully fund all of their scholarships. Then there’s always the possibility that students will quit the team for a variety of reasons. So you need some idea of what to expect in terms of tuition costs and financial aid.
The average Total Price for 2019-20 for the 96 private D1 Baseball schools was $62,933. Columbia’s sticker price of $79,752 was the most expensive and was one of 34 schools with price tags of $70,000 or more. There were only 14 colleges with total costs under $50,000.
For the 199 public institutions, the average total cost of attendance was $26,407 for those paying in-state tuition. Many schools that offer athletic scholarships charge students in-state tuition as part of their scholarship. However, if they should lose the scholarship, they pay out-of-state tuition which averaged over $40,000. Nine of the public schools charged out-of-state students more than $60,000 and another 27 had sticker prices over $50,000.
Of course, few students, athletes or not, pay the actual sticker price. Students, especially at private colleges are likely to receive some combination of need or merit-based aid that will significantly reduce the actual costs. That’s why players need to pay attention to the average net price after gift aid. This is the average price students paid after deducting all gift aid which does not include loans or work-study.
The average net price for private colleges for 2018-19 was $29,339. For public institutions, those paying in-state tuition had an average net price just under $15,000. Relatively speaking, these are more reasonable numbers. However, remember they are averages. Those in higher income categories can expect to pay more. Even when just considering average net price, 6 private colleges had averages over $40,000 a year. Families should always use the net price calculator for any school they’re considering.
296 NCAA D1 Baseball Schools
The table below lists all D1 baseball schools based on information available from the NCAA, the Office of Postsecondary Education, and the Integrated Post-secondary Education Data System. Given the frequency of colleges changing conferences and the occasional change in division, the data are not going to be 100% accurate. Consider it a place to start. This data is part of the DIY College Rankings Baseball Spreadsheet which also includes test scores, acceptance rates, and financial aid information.
NCAA D1 Baseball Schools with Graduation Rates
|wdt_ID||Name||State||Type||Baseball Conference||2018 Expenses||2018 # Partici-pants||Full-time Under-grad||4 yr Grad Rate|
|1||Alabama A & M University||AL||Public||Southwestern Athletic Conf.||588,354||30||4,957||8|
|2||Alabama State University||AL||Public||Southwestern Athletic Conf.||628,125||30||3,450||16|
|3||Auburn University||AL||Public||Southeastern Conference||4,466,467||38||22,626||51|
|4||Jacksonville State University||AL||Public||Ohio Valley Conference||996,031||40||5,967||20|
|5||Samford University||AL||Private||Southern Conference||1,206,729||35||3,519||65|
|6||The University of Alabama||AL||Public||Southeastern Conference||4,173,211||37||29,188||50|
|7||Troy University||AL||Public||Sun Belt Conference||946,495||37||8,707||25|
|8||University of Alabama at Birmingham||AL||Public||Conference USA||1,254,062||36||10,377||40|
|9||University of North Alabama||AL||Public||ASUN Conference||648,732||27||4,901||21|
|10||University of South Alabama||AL||Public||Sun Belt Conference||1,592,325||35||8,065||25|
|Name||State||Type||Baseball Conference||2018 Expenses||2018 # Partici-pants||Full-time Under-grad||4 yr Grad Rate|