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2021 Top Far Western US Region Men's D2 Basketball Schools

26 Colleges
$26,595 Avg Tuition & Fees*
25% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

With all of the options student athletes have for higher education today, it can be tough to choose which direction to take. 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 II Men's Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking is one tool we have developed to help in this regard.

Our analysis looked at 26 schools in the Far Western US Region to determine which ones were the best for D2 Men's Basketball athletes in the Far Western US Region. Our ranking methodology focuses a number of different objective factors - such as the overall quality of the school, the school's athletic competitiveness, and the amount of athletic aid per student - to make this determination. Having a great sports team is not enough - the school must also focus on academic excellence.

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Top Colleges in the Far Western US Region for D2 Men's Basketball athletes in the Far Western US Region

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

University of California - San Diego

La Jolla, California
#12 in Quality in the Far Western US Region

Our analysis found University of California - San Diego to be the best school for D2 Men’s Basketball athletes in the Far Western US Region in this year’s ranking. University of California - San Diego is a large public school located in La Jolla, California that handed out 8,037 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D2 Men’s Basketball team at UCSD brought home $1,336,221 in revenue in a single year.

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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#2

Western Washington University

Bellingham, Washington

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Western Washington University. The school came in at #2 in this year’s ranking. WWU is a fairly large public school situated in Bellingham, Washington. It awarded 3,785 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at WWU took home $863,277 in revenue.

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#3

California Baptist University

Riverside, California

Out of the 26 schools in the Far Western US Region that were part of this year’s ranking, California Baptist University landed the #3 spot on the list. California Baptist University is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in Riverside, California that handed out 1,670 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D2 Men’s Basketball team at Cal Baptist made $2,555,371 in revenue, while incurring $2,503,353 in expenses. Thus, the team actually made $52,018, which isn’t bad at all. The academic progress rate of the team is 960.

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#4

Azusa Pacific University

Azusa, California

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Azusa Pacific University. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D2 Men’s Basketball athletes in the Far Western US Region list. This medium-sized private not-for-profit school is located in Azusa, California, and it awarded 1,694 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Azusa Pacific took home $774,239 in revenue and paid out $753,364 in expenses in recent times. Thus, the team actually made $20,875, which isn’t bad at all.

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#5

San Francisco State University

San Francisco, California

Out of the 26 schools in the Far Western US Region that were part of this year’s ranking, San Francisco State University landed the #5 spot on the list. SFSU is a public institution located in San Francisco, California. The school has a large population, and it awarded 6,508 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at SFSU took home $372,567 in revenue and paid out $372,566 in expenses in recent times. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $1 in profit.

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#6

Seattle Pacific University

Seattle, Washington

Seattle Pacific University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking, coming in at #6. SPU is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Seattle, Washington. It awarded 723 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D2 Men’s Basketball team at SPU made $1,022,376 in revenue, while incurring $972,368 in expenses. That boils down to a yearly profit of $50,008 for the sports team.

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#7

Sonoma State University

Rohnert Park, California

Sonoma State University ranked #7 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region list. SSU is a public institution located in Rohnert Park, California. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 2,444 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at SSU made $438,311 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 968.

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#8

Hawaii Pacific University

Honolulu, Hawaii

Hawaii Pacific University landed the #8 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking. Honolulu, Hawaii is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 586 students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at Hawaii Pacific University made $746,040 in revenue.

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#9

Saint Martin's University

Lacey, Washington

Saint Martin’s University came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking. Located in Lacey, Washington, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 307 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at Saint Martin’s made $704,328 in revenue.

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With a ranking of #10, California State Polytechnic University - Pomona did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking. Located in Pomona, California, the large public school awarded 4,810 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The team at Cal Poly Pomona took home $692,333 in revenue and paid out $691,500 in expenses in recent times. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $833.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 86%.

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#11

Chaminade University of Honolulu

Honolulu, Hawaii

Chaminade University of Honolulu came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking. Located in Honolulu, Hawaii, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 362 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at Chaminade University of Honolulu made $659,162 in revenue.

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#12

Dominican University of California

San Rafael, California

With a ranking of #12, Dominican University of California did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking. Located in San Rafael, California, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 320 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D2 Men’s Basketball team at DUofC brought home $492,747 in revenue in a single year.

The impressive student-to-faculty ratio of 9 to 1 means that students may have more opportunities to work more closely with their professors than they would at other schools.

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#13

University of Alaska Anchorage

Anchorage, Alaska

University of Alaska Anchorage ranked #13 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region list. Located in Anchorage, Alaska, the fairly large public school awarded 1,148 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at UAA took home $860,013 in revenue.

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#14

Central Washington University

Ellensburg, Washington

Central Washington University ranked #14 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region list. CWU is located in Ellensburg, Washington and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 2,789 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

CWU brought in $536,267 while tallying up $480,341 in expenses for its D2 Men’s Basketball team. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $55,926 in profit.

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#15

University of Alaska Fairbanks

Fairbanks, Alaska

With a ranking of #15, University of Alaska Fairbanks did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking. Fairbanks, Alaska is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 602 students in 2018-2019.

The D2 Men’s Basketball team at UAF brought home $617,706 in revenue in a single year.

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#16

California State University - San Bernardino

San Bernardino, California

California State University - San Bernardino came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking. Located in San Bernardino, California, the large public school handed out 4,453 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D2 Men’s Basketball team at CSUSB made $754,268 in revenue, while incurring $724,745 in expenses. Thus, the team actually made $29,523, which isn’t bad at all.

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#17

California State University - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California

California State University - Los Angeles did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking, coming in at #17. Cal State LA is a large public school situated in Los Angeles, California. It awarded 5,803 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at Cal State LA took home $646,682 in revenue.

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University of Hawaii at Hilo ranked #18 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region list. UH Hilo is located in Hilo, Hawaii and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 774 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at UH Hilo made $510,379 in revenue.

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#19

Western Oregon University

Monmouth, Oregon

Western Oregon University landed the #19 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking. Western Oregon State College is a small public school situated in Monmouth, Oregon. It awarded 1,145 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at Western Oregon State College took home $444,179 in revenue.

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California State University - Dominguez Hills ranked #20 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region list. Carson, California is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 3,183 students in 2018-2019.

The D2 Men’s Basketball team at CSUDH brought home $512,017 in revenue in a single year.

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California State University - East Bay ranked #21 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region list. This fairly large public school is located in Hayward, California, and it awarded 3,195 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at Cal State East Bay made $575,144 in revenue.

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#22

Humboldt State University

Arcata, California

Humboldt State University ranked #22 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region list. Located in Arcata, California, the medium-sized public school awarded 2,053 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Men’s Basketball team at Humboldt State University took home $599,014 in revenue.

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Brigham Young University - Hawaii did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking, coming in at #23. Located in Laie, Hawaii, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 623 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

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#24

Fresno Pacific University

Fresno, California

Fresno Pacific University landed the #24 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking. Fresno Pacific University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Fresno, California that handed out 1,026 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D2 Men’s Basketball team at Fresno Pacific made $600,729 in revenue, while incurring $581,214 in expenses. Thus, the team actually made $19,515, which isn’t bad at all.

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With a ranking of #25, California State University - Monterey Bay did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Men’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking. Located in Seaside, California, the medium-sized public school handed out 1,953 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D2 Men’s Basketball team at CSUMB brought home $449,155 in revenue in a single year.

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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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