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2021 Top Far Western US Region Men's Basketball Schools

76 Colleges
$42,416 Avg Tuition & Fees*
60% 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. At College Factual, we're committed to helping you make that decision by providing information such as that found in our Best Colleges for Men's Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking.

After analyzing 76 schools in the Far Western US Region , we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for 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 Men's Basketball athletes in the Far Western US Region

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Gonzaga University

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

Our analysis found Gonzaga University to be the best school for Men’s Basketball athletes in the Far Western US Region in this year’s ranking. Gonzaga is located in Spokane, Washington and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,441 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Gonzaga brought in $16,147,924 while tallying up $10,496,251 in expenses for its Men’s Basketball team. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $5,651,673. 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%. Gonzaga also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

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#2

University of California - Los Angeles

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

Out of the 76 schools in the Far Western US Region that were part of this year’s ranking, University of California - Los Angeles landed the #2 spot on the list. Located in Los Angeles, California, the large public school handed out 9,069 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at UCLA brought home $11,959,355 in revenue in a single year. The academic progress rate of the team is 945.

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, UCLA also is in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking.

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#3

University of Southern California

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

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend University of Southern California. The school came in at #3 in this year’s ranking. Located in Los Angeles, California, the large private not-for-profit school handed out 5,337 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at USC took home $6,275,440 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 967.

With a freshman retention rate of 96%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, USC also is in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking.

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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 Men’s Basketball athletes in the Far Western US Region list. Eugene, Oregon is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 5,139 students in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at UO made $10,918,131 in revenue, while incurring $10,348,633 in expenses. Thus, the team actually made $569,498, which isn’t bad at all. The academic progress rate of the team is 959.

With a freshman retention rate of 86%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students.

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#5

Stanford University

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

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Stanford University. The school came in at #5 in this year’s ranking. Located in Stanford, California, the fairly large private not-for-profit school awarded 1,892 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at Stanford took home $6,769,220 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 998, 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 98%. In addition to its Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Stanford is ranked #2 for overall quality in the Far Western US Region .

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#6

University of California - Berkeley

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

With a ranking of #6, University of California - Berkeley did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking. Located in Berkeley, California, the large public school awarded 9,627 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at UC Berkeley made $7,840,731 in revenue, while incurring $6,131,940 in expenses. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $1,708,791. The academic progress rate of the team is 960.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 97%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. On top of its placing in this ranking, UC Berkeley 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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#7

Whitman College

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

Whitman College landed the #7 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking. Located in Walla Walla, Washington, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 374 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at Whitman made $286,691 in revenue, while incurring $281,738 in expenses. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $4,953 in profit.

With a student-to-faculty ratio of 9 to 1, it’s easy to see that the school is committed to helping their undergraduates succeed. 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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#8

University of California - Davis

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

University of California - Davis did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking, coming in at #8. UC Davis is a public institution located in Davis, California. The school has a large population, and it awarded 8,711 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

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

With a freshman retention rate of 93%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. 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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#9

Santa Clara University

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

Santa Clara University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking, coming in at #9. 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.

The Men’s Basketball team at SCU brought home $4,445,480 in revenue in a single year. The academic progress rate of the team is 975.

With a freshman retention rate of 94%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. SCU 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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University of Nevada - Reno did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking, coming in at #10. Located in Reno, Nevada, the large public school awarded 4,101 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at UNR took home $4,706,010 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 950.

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#11

University of San Francisco

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

University of San Francisco ranked #11 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region list. Located in San Francisco, California, the fairly large private not-for-profit school handed out 1,634 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at USFCA took home $4,071,649 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 957.

In addition to its great ranking here, USFCA is in the top 20% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#12

University of California - San Diego

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

University of California - San Diego landed the #12 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking. UCSD is located in La Jolla, California and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 8,037 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

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

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, UCSD also is in the top 10% of our overall quality ranking.

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#13

San Diego State University

San Diego, California

San Diego State University landed the #13 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking. Located in San Diego, California, the large public school awarded 8,159 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at SDSU made $6,248,159 in revenue, while incurring $5,786,034 in expenses. That boils down to a yearly profit of $462,125 for the sports team. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 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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#14

Loyola Marymount University

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

Loyola Marymount University landed the #14 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for 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 Men’s Basketball team at Loyola Marymount took home $4,137,858 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 970.

With a freshman retention rate of 91%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. On top of its placing in this ranking, Loyola Marymount 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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#15

University of California - Irvine

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

University of California - Irvine landed the #15 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking. Located in Irvine, California, the large public school handed out 8,394 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Men’s Basketball team at UC Irvine took home $2,953,537 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 955.

With a freshman retention rate of 94%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. UC Irvine 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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#14 in Quality in the Far Western US Region

University of Washington - Seattle Campus came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking. Located in Seattle, Washington, the large public school awarded 9,269 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

UW Seattle brought in $11,409,380 while tallying up $9,224,123 in expenses for its Men’s Basketball team. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $2,185,257 in profit. The team had a perfect academic progress rate of 1000.

With a freshman retention rate of 94%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. In addition to its great ranking here, UW Seattle is in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#17

Whitworth University

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

Whitworth University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking, coming in at #17. Located in Spokane, Washington, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 625 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Whitworth brought in $325,076 while tallying up $325,026 in expenses for its Men’s Basketball team. Thus, the team actually made $50, which isn’t bad at all.

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#18

University of San Diego

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

University of San Diego did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking, coming in at #18. Located in San Diego, California, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school handed out 1,501 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at USD made $3,120,907 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 975.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 90%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. 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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#19

Western Washington University

Bellingham, Washington

Western Washington University landed the #19 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking. Located in Bellingham, Washington, the fairly large public school awarded 3,785 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

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

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#20

University of Portland

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

University of Portland landed the #20 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Portland, Oregon, and it awarded 1,003 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at University of Portland made $3,599,607 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 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. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, University of Portland also is in the top 20% of our overall quality ranking.

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#21

Pepperdine University

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

Pepperdine University ranked #21 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region list. Located in Malibu, California, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school awarded 943 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at Pepperdine brought home $3,975,688 in revenue in a single year. 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 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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#22

University of the Pacific

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

University of the Pacific landed the #22 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking. Located in Stockton, California, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school handed out 815 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at Pacific made $3,181,522 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 945.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Pacific also is in the top 20% of our overall quality ranking.

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#24 in Quality in the Far Western US Region

California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking, coming in at #23. Located in San Luis Obispo, California, the large public school handed out 5,185 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo brought home $2,181,492 in revenue in a single year. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 958.

With a freshman retention rate of 95%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. In addition to its great ranking here, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is in the top 15% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#24

Washington State University

Pullman, Washington

Washington State University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking, coming in at #24. This large public school is located in Pullman, Washington, and it awarded 5,827 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Wazzu took home $6,171,373 in revenue and paid out $5,483,898 in expenses in recent times. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $687,475 in profit. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 959.

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#25

California Baptist University

Riverside, California

California Baptist University ranked #25 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region list. This fairly large private not-for-profit school is located in Riverside, California, and it awarded 1,670 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Cal Baptist brought in $2,555,371 while tallying up $2,503,353 in expenses for its Men’s Basketball team. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $52,018 in profit. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 960.

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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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