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2021 Top Far Western US Region Men's D1 Basketball Schools

32 Colleges
$39,480 Avg Tuition & Fees*
52% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

It's not easy to decide which college to attend when there are so many options available for student athletes. 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 I Men's Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking is part of that endeavor.

After analyzing 32 schools in the Far Western US Region , we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for D1 Men's Basketball athletes in the Far Western US Region. To come up with this ranking, we look at a number of factors that are all objective measurements. These factors include the school's overall quality as determined by our Best Colleges ranking and the athletic competitiveness of the school. Thus, in order to rank well, the school must offer a quality education in addition to having a great sports team.

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Top Colleges in the Far Western US Region for D1 Men's Basketball athletes in the Far Western US Region

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#1

Gonzaga University

Spokane, Washington
#19 in Quality in the Far Western US Region

Gonzaga University tops this year’s ranking as the best school for D1 Men’s Basketball athletes in the Far Western US Region. Gonzaga University is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in Spokane, Washington that handed out 1,441 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Gonzaga took home $16,147,924 in revenue and paid out $10,496,251 in expenses in recent times. Thus, the team actually made $5,651,673, which isn’t bad at all. The team has a great academic progress rate of 990, signifying that team members care about their grades.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 94%. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Gonzaga also is in the top 15% of our overall quality ranking.

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#2

University of California - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California
#8 in Quality in the Far Western US Region

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend University of California - Los Angeles. The school came in at #2 in this year’s ranking. UCLA is a large public school situated in Los Angeles, California. It awarded 9,069 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at UCLA made $11,959,355 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 945.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 97%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. In addition to its great ranking here, UCLA is in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#3

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California
#6 in Quality in the Far Western US Region

The excellent sports programs at University of Southern California helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for D1 Men’s Basketball athletes in the Far Western US Region. USC is located in Los Angeles, California and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 5,337 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at USC made $6,275,440 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 967.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 96%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. On top of its placing in this ranking, USC 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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#4

University of Oregon

Eugene, Oregon
Top 25% in Quality in the Far Western US Region

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of Oregon. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D1 Men’s Basketball athletes in the Far Western US Region list. University of Oregon is a large public school located in Eugene, Oregon that handed out 5,139 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

UO brought in $10,918,131 while tallying up $10,348,633 in expenses for its D1 Men’s Basketball team. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $569,498. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 959.

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

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#5

Stanford University

Stanford, California
#2 in Quality in the Far Western US Region

The excellent sports programs at Stanford University helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for D1 Men’s Basketball athletes in the Far Western US Region. Stanford, California is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,892 students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at Stanford made $6,769,220 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 998 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 98%. Stanford did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #2 on our overall quality list.

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#6

University of California - Berkeley

Berkeley, California
#10 in Quality in the Far Western US Region

University of California - Berkeley landed the #6 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking. UC Berkeley is a public institution located in Berkeley, California. The school has a large population, and it awarded 9,627 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

UC Berkeley brought in $7,840,731 while tallying up $6,131,940 in expenses for its D1 Men’s Basketball team. Thus, the team actually made $1,708,791, which isn’t bad at all. The academic progress rate of the team is 960.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 97%. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UC Berkeley also is in the top 10% of our overall quality ranking.

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#7

University of California - Davis

Davis, California
#11 in Quality in the Far Western US Region

University of California - Davis came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking. This large public school is located in Davis, California, and it awarded 8,711 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Basketball team at UC Davis brought home $2,395,167 in revenue in a single year. The academic progress rate of the team is 975.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 93%. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UC Davis also is in the top 10% of our overall quality ranking.

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#8

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, California
#9 in Quality in the Far Western US Region

With a ranking of #8, Santa Clara University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking. Santa Clara, California is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,495 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at SCU took home $4,445,480 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 975.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 94%. In addition to its great ranking here, SCU is in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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University of Nevada - Reno landed the #9 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking. UNR is located in Reno, Nevada and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 4,101 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The D1 Men’s Basketball team at UNR brought home $4,706,010 in revenue in a single year. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 950.

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#10

University of San Francisco

San Francisco, California
Top 20% in Quality in the Far Western US Region

With a ranking of #10, University of San Francisco did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking. Located in San Francisco, California, the fairly large private not-for-profit school handed out 1,634 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Basketball team at USFCA brought home $4,071,649 in revenue in a single year. The academic progress rate of the team is 957.

USFCA 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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#11

San Diego State University

San Diego, California

With a ranking of #11, San Diego State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking. SDSU is a public institution located in San Diego, California. The school has a large population, and it awarded 8,159 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

SDSU brought in $6,248,159 while tallying up $5,786,034 in expenses for its D1 Men’s Basketball team. That boils down to a yearly profit of $462,125 for the sports team. The academic progress rate of the team is 975.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 89%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year.

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#12

Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, California
#20 in Quality in the Far Western US Region

With a ranking of #12, Loyola Marymount University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking. Located in Los Angeles, California, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school awarded 1,674 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at Loyola Marymount took home $4,137,858 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 970.

With a freshman retention rate of 91%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. In addition to its great ranking here, Loyola Marymount is in the top 15% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#13

University of California - Irvine

Irvine, California
#17 in Quality in the Far Western US Region

University of California - Irvine did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking, coming in at #13. University of California - Irvine is a large public school located in Irvine, California that handed out 8,394 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Basketball team at UC Irvine brought home $2,953,537 in revenue in a single year. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 955.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 94%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. UC Irvine 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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#14 in Quality in the Far Western US Region

University of Washington - Seattle Campus did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking, coming in at #14. Located in Seattle, Washington, the large public school handed out 9,269 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Basketball team at UW Seattle made $11,409,380 in revenue, while incurring $9,224,123 in expenses. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $2,185,257 in profit. With a perfect academic progress rate of 1000, the team is showing that they know how to hit the books, too.

With a freshman retention rate of 94%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. On top of its placing in this ranking, UW Seattle 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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#15

University of San Diego

San Diego, California
#25 in Quality in the Far Western US Region

University of San Diego ranked #15 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region list. Located in San Diego, California, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school awarded 1,501 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at USD took home $3,120,907 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 975.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 90%. In addition to its great ranking here, USD is in the top 15% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#16

University of Portland

Portland, Oregon
Top 20% in Quality in the Far Western US Region

University of Portland did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking, coming in at #16. University of Portland is a private not-for-profit institution located in Portland, Oregon. The school has a small population, and it awarded 1,003 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at University of Portland took home $3,599,607 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 965.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 88%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. On top of its placing in this ranking, University of Portland 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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#17

Pepperdine University

Malibu, California
#23 in Quality in the Far Western US Region

Pepperdine University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking, coming in at #17. Pepperdine University is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in Malibu, California that handed out 943 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at Pepperdine made $3,975,688 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 960.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 90%. Pepperdine 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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#18

University of the Pacific

Stockton, California
Top 20% in Quality in the Far Western US Region

University of the Pacific landed the #18 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking. University of the Pacific is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in Stockton, California that handed out 815 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at Pacific took home $3,181,522 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 945.

Pacific 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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#24 in Quality in the Far Western US Region

With a ranking of #19, California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking. Located in San Luis Obispo, California, the large public school handed out 5,185 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo made $2,181,492 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 958.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 95%. On top of its placing in this ranking, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo 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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#20

Washington State University

Pullman, Washington

Washington State University came in at #20 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking. Located in Pullman, Washington, the large public school handed out 5,827 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Wazzu brought in $6,171,373 while tallying up $5,483,898 in expenses for its D1 Men’s Basketball team. Thus, the team actually made $687,475, which isn’t bad at all. The academic progress rate of the team is 959.

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#21

University of Hawaii at Manoa

Honolulu, Hawaii

University of Hawaii at Manoa ranked #21 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region list. Located in Honolulu, Hawaii, the fairly large public school awarded 3,245 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at UH Manoa made $2,960,055 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 983 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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#22

California State University - Fullerton

Fullerton, California

California State University - Fullerton came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking. Cal State Fullerton is a public institution located in Fullerton, California. The school has a large population, and it awarded 9,996 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at Cal State Fullerton took home $2,114,807 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 945.

With a freshman retention rate of 87%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students.

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#23

San Jose State University

San Jose, California

San Jose State University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking, coming in at #23. San Jose, California is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 6,826 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Men’s Basketball team at San Jose State took home $2,035,793 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 980.

With a freshman retention rate of 87%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students.

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#24

Oregon State University

Corvallis, Oregon

Oregon State University landed the #24 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking. Oregon State University is a large public school located in Corvallis, Oregon that handed out 5,981 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Men’s Basketball team at Oregon State made $6,326,806 in revenue, while incurring $6,203,088 in expenses. That boils down to a yearly profit of $123,718 for the sports team. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 981.

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#25

Eastern Washington University

Cheney, Washington

Eastern Washington University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Men’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking, coming in at #25. EWU is located in Cheney, Washington and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 2,439 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

EWU brought in $1,630,809 while tallying up $1,630,808 in expenses for its D1 Men’s Basketball team. Thus, the team actually made $1, which isn’t bad at all. The team has a great academic progress rate of 980, signifying that team members care about their grades.

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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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