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2021 Top Far Western US Region Men's D3 Basketball Schools

18 Colleges
$48,938 Avg Tuition & Fees*
66% 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 III Men's Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking is part of that endeavor.

We analyzed 18 colleges and universities across the Far Western US Region to determine which were the best for D3 Men's Basketball athletes in the Far Western US Region. 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 Far Western US Region for D3 Men's Basketball athletes in the Far Western US Region

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Whitman College

Walla Walla, Washington
#13 in Quality in the Far Western US Region

Our 2021 rankings named Whitman College the best school for D3 Men’s Basketball athletes in the Far Western US Region working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in Walla Walla, Washington, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 374 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Basketball team at Whitman made $286,691 in revenue, while incurring $281,738 in expenses. Thus, the team actually made $4,953, which isn’t bad at all.

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. On top of its placing in this ranking, Whitman 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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#2

Whitworth University

Spokane, Washington
Top 25% in Quality in the Far Western US Region

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Whitworth University. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D3 Men’s Basketball athletes in the Far Western US Region list. Whitworth is located in Spokane, Washington and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 625 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Whitworth brought in $325,076 while tallying up $325,026 in expenses for its D3 Men’s Basketball team. That boils down to a yearly profit of $50 for the sports team.

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#3

Pomona College

Claremont, California
#3 in Quality in the Far Western US Region

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Pomona College. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D3 Men’s Basketball athletes in the Far Western US Region list. Claremont, California is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 449 students in 2018-2019.

The team at Pomona took home $218,050 in revenue and paid out $217,150 in expenses in recent times. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $900.

The impressive student-to-faculty ratio of 7 to 1 means that students may have more opportunities to work more closely with their professors than they would at other schools. In addition to its Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Pomona is ranked #3 for overall quality in the Far Western US Region .

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#4

California Lutheran University

Thousand Oaks, California

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend California Lutheran University. The school came in at #4 in this year’s ranking. Located in Thousand Oaks, California, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 849 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at CLU made $295,435 in revenue.

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#5

Occidental College

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

The excellent sports programs at Occidental College helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for D3 Men’s Basketball athletes in the Far Western US Region. Oxy is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Los Angeles, California. It awarded 529 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Oxy took home $189,412 in revenue and paid out $178,684 in expenses in recent times. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $10,728 in profit.

Since the school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 9 to 1, those pursuing a bachelor’s degree will have more opportunities to interact with their professors. Oxy 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

University of Puget Sound

Tacoma, Washington
Top 20% in Quality in the Far Western US Region

University of Puget Sound ranked #6 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region list. Located in Tacoma, Washington, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 664 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Basketball team at Puget Sound brought home $243,580 in revenue in a single year.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 86%. In addition to its great ranking here, Puget Sound is in the top 20% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#7

University of La Verne

La Verne, California

University of La Verne landed the #7 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking. ULV is a private not-for-profit institution located in La Verne, California. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 1,300 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at ULV took home $170,119 in revenue and paid out $150,555 in expenses in recent times. Thus, the team actually made $19,564, which isn’t bad at all.

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With a ranking of #8, Linfield University - McMinnville Campus did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking. Linfield is located in McMinnville, Oregon and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 338 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The team at Linfield took home $212,728 in revenue and paid out $209,133 in expenses in recent times. That boils down to a yearly profit of $3,595 for the sports team.

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#9

Pacific University

Forest Grove, Oregon

Pacific University ranked #9 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region list. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Forest Grove, Oregon, and it awarded 519 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at Pacific took home $270,938 in revenue.

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#10

Chapman University

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

Chapman University came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking. Chapman is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school situated in Orange, California. It awarded 1,717 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at Chapman took home $216,939 in revenue.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 91%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Chapman 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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#11

California Institute of Technology

Pasadena, California
#1 in Quality in the Far Western US Region

California Institute of Technology came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Pasadena, California, and it awarded 241 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Caltech took home $185,726 in revenue and paid out $122,615 in expenses in recent times. That boils down to a yearly profit of $63,111 for the sports team.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 98%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Caltech also made our overall quality list, coming in at #1.

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#12

Pacific Lutheran University

Tacoma, Washington

Pacific Lutheran University ranked #12 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region list. Tacoma, Washington is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 728 students in 2018-2019.

The team at PLU took home $258,866 in revenue and paid out $216,765 in expenses in recent times. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $42,101.

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#13

University of California - Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, California
Top 25% in Quality in the Far Western US Region

University of California - Santa Cruz landed the #13 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking. University of California - Santa Cruz is a fairly large public school located in Santa Cruz, California that handed out 4,713 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at UC Santa Cruz took home $168,387 in revenue and paid out $160,387 in expenses in recent times. That boils down to a yearly profit of $8,000 for the sports team.

With a freshman retention rate of 91%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students.

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#14

Lewis & Clark College

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

Lewis & Clark College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking, coming in at #14. Portland, Oregon is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 567 students in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Basketball team at Lewis and Clark College brought home $191,464 in revenue in a single year.

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#15

Whittier College

Whittier, California

Whittier College ranked #15 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region list. Located in Whittier, California, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 407 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Whittier brought in $105,207 while tallying up $99,861 in expenses for its D3 Men’s Basketball team. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $5,346 in profit.

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#16

George Fox University

Newberg, Oregon

George Fox University ranked #16 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region list. GFU is located in Newberg, Oregon and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 718 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

GFU brought in $222,905 while tallying up $216,883 in expenses for its D3 Men’s Basketball team. That boils down to a yearly profit of $6,022 for the sports team.

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#17

University of Redlands

Redlands, California
Top 25% in Quality in the Far Western US Region

With a ranking of #17, University of Redlands did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking. Located in Redlands, California, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 755 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Men’s Basketball team at University of Redlands made $202,161 in revenue, while incurring $198,872 in expenses. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $3,289 in profit.

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#18

Willamette University

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

Willamette University came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Men’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking. Located in Salem, Oregon, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 513 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Men’s Basketball team at Willamette made $233,456 in revenue.

With a freshman retention rate of 86%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. In addition to its great ranking here, Willamette is in the top 20% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 18 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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