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2021 Top Washington Men's Basketball Schools

12 Colleges
$38,436 Avg Tuition & Fees*
51% 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. College Factual has developed its Best Colleges for Men's Basketball in Washington ranking as one item you can use to help make this decision.

After analyzing 12 schools in Washington, we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for Men's Basketball athletes in Washington. Instead of depending on subjective information, we focus on objective factors to determine this ranking. These factors include such things as the athletic competitiveness of the school and the school's overall quality. This means that a school must provide students with a great education in addition to having a good sports team if it wants to rank well.

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Top Colleges in Washington for Men's Basketball athletes in Washington

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Gonzaga University

Spokane, Washington

Gonzaga University tops this year’s ranking as the best school for Men’s Basketball athletes in Washington. Gonzaga is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school situated in Spokane, Washington. It awarded 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. That boils down to a yearly profit of $5,651,673 for the sports team. The team has a great academic progress rate of 990, signifying that team members care about their grades.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 94%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Gonzaga did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #3 on our overall quality list.

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#2

Whitman College

Walla Walla, Washington

The excellent sports programs at Whitman College helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for Men’s Basketball athletes in Washington. Whitman is located in Walla Walla, Washington and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 374 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The 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. Whitman not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #1 on our overall quality list.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of Washington - Seattle Campus. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball athletes in Washington list. UW Seattle is a public institution located in Seattle, Washington. The school has a large population, and it awarded 9,269 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at UW Seattle took home $11,409,380 in revenue and paid out $9,224,123 in expenses in recent times. Thus, the team actually made $2,185,257, which isn’t bad at all. 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. UW Seattle also took the #2 spot in our overall quality rankings.

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#4

Whitworth University

Spokane, Washington

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Whitworth University. The school came in at #4 in this year’s ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Spokane, Washington, and it awarded 625 bachelor’s degrees 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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#5

Western Washington University

Bellingham, Washington

The excellent sports programs at Western Washington University helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for Men’s Basketball athletes in Washington. WWU is a fairly large public school situated in Bellingham, Washington. It awarded 3,785 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Men’s Basketball team at WWU made $863,277 in revenue.

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#6

Washington State University

Pullman, Washington

Washington State University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Washington ranking, coming in at #6. Located in Pullman, Washington, the large public school awarded 5,827 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students 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. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $687,475. The academic progress rate of the team is 959.

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#7

Eastern Washington University

Cheney, Washington

Eastern Washington University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Washington ranking, coming in at #7. 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.

The Men’s Basketball team at EWU made $1,630,809 in revenue, while incurring $1,630,808 in expenses. Thus, the team actually made $1, which isn’t bad at all. The great academic progress rate of 980 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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#8

University of Puget Sound

Tacoma, Washington

University of Puget Sound did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Washington ranking, coming in at #8. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Tacoma, Washington, and it awarded 664 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The 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%. Puget Sound also made our overall quality list, coming in at #5.

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#9

Seattle Pacific University

Seattle, Washington

Seattle Pacific University came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Washington ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Seattle, Washington, and it awarded 723 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at SPU made $1,022,376 in revenue, while incurring $972,368 in expenses. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $50,008.

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#10

Saint Martin's University

Lacey, Washington

Saint Martin’s University came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Washington ranking. Located in Lacey, Washington, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 307 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The Men’s Basketball team at Saint Martin’s brought home $704,328 in revenue in a single year.

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#11

Pacific Lutheran University

Tacoma, Washington

Pacific Lutheran University landed the #11 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Washington ranking. Located in Tacoma, Washington, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 728 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

PLU brought in $258,866 while tallying up $216,765 in expenses for its Men’s Basketball team. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $42,101 in profit.

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#12

Central Washington University

Ellensburg, Washington

Central Washington University ranked #12 on this year’s Best Colleges for Men’s Basketball in Washington list. Central Washington University is a fairly large public school located in Ellensburg, Washington that handed out 2,789 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at CWU took home $536,267 in revenue and paid out $480,341 in expenses in recent times. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $55,926.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 12 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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