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The Best College Baseball Programs in America

The Florida Gators celebrate a home run.

The Florida Gators celebrate a home run. It was a championship season for Florida, but the school’s strong academics make it among the best college baseball programs in the country. | Peter Aiken/Getty Images

It takes more than a few national championships to make a great collegiate sports program. Over the course of attending a four-year university, MLB hopefuls might endure injuries (or perhaps a change of heart) while pursuing their dreams of playing pro baseball. When the journey ends, they want to make sure they got a great education while improving their skills around the diamond and on the mound.

Fortunately, high school students looking at prospective colleges have plenty of options when they want a great education and a shot at playing in the big leagues. Here are the 10 best college baseball programs in the country, ranked from least to most successful.

10. Rice University

Jordan Dodson #7 of the Rice Owls patrols right field.

Jordan Dodson #7 of the Rice Owls patrols right field. The Rice baseball team is a perennial contender with one national championship (2003). | Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

On the baseball side of things, Rice will not disappoint amateur players in the slightest. Under the direction of head coach Wayne Graham, the Owls have made 23 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, beginning with the 1995 season. This team’s 2003 College World Series win was the school’s first national title in any sport.

Academically, Rice is a highly respected school (especially in the sciences) that features an astounding 6:1 student-teacher ratio while boasting a 78% full-time teacher rate, per College Factual.

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