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

32 Colleges
$40,385 Avg Tuition & Fees*
53% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

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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 Women's Basketball athletes in the Far Western US Region. 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 the Far Western US Region for D1 Women's Basketball athletes in the Far Western US Region

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#1

Stanford University

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

Our 2021 rankings named Stanford University the best school for D1 Women’s Basketball athletes in the Far Western US Region working on their bachelor’s degree. Stanford is a fairly large private not-for-profit school situated in Stanford, California. It awarded 1,892 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Women’s Basketball team at Stanford brought home $2,289,210 in revenue in a single year. Sports aren’t the only thing that the team excels at - they had a perfect academic progress rate of 1000.

With a freshman retention rate of 98%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Stanford not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #2 on our overall quality list.

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#2

Gonzaga University

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

A rank of #2 on our list means Gonzaga University is a great place for D1 Women’s Basketball athletes in the Far Western US Region working on their bachelor’s degree. 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.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at Gonzaga made $3,939,901 in revenue. 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. On top of its placing in this ranking, Gonzaga 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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#3

University of California - Los Angeles

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

Out of the 32 schools in the Far Western US Region that were part of this year’s ranking, University of California - Los Angeles landed the #3 spot on the list. This large public school is located in Los Angeles, California, and it awarded 9,069 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at UCLA made $1,009,216 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 989 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 97%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. UCLA also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

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#4

University of San Francisco

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

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of San Francisco. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D1 Women’s Basketball athletes in the Far Western US Region list. University of San Francisco is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in San Francisco, California that handed out 1,634 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at USFCA made $2,334,119 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 991.

USFCA 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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#14 in Quality in the Far Western US Region

The excellent sports programs at University of Washington - Seattle Campus helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for D1 Women’s Basketball athletes in the Far Western US Region. Located in Seattle, Washington, the large public school handed out 9,269 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at UW Seattle took home $1,080,083 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 986, 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%. 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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#6

Oregon State University

Corvallis, Oregon

Oregon State University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking, coming in at #6. Oregon State is a public institution located in Corvallis, Oregon. The school has a large population, and it awarded 5,981 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at Oregon State made $4,736,990 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 990, signifying that team members care about their grades.

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#7

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 Division I Women’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking, coming in at #7. Located in Davis, California, the large public school handed out 8,711 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Women’s Basketball team at UC Davis brought home $1,845,740 in revenue in a single year. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 995.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 93%. UC Davis 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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#8

University of California - Berkeley

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

University of California - Berkeley landed the #8 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking. UC Berkeley is located in Berkeley, California and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 9,627 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at UC Berkeley took home $588,318 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 983.

With a freshman retention rate of 97%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. 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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#9

Loyola Marymount University

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

With a ranking of #9, Loyola Marymount University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking. Loyola Marymount is a private not-for-profit institution located in Los Angeles, California. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 1,674 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at Loyola Marymount made $2,147,235 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 981, 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 91%. 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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#10

University of San Diego

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

University of San Diego came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking. USD is a private not-for-profit institution located in San Diego, California. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 1,501 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at USD took home $2,034,732 in revenue. The team had a perfect academic progress rate of 1000.

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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#11

University of Oregon

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

University of Oregon came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking. 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.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at UO made $1,858,179 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 990 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 86%.

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#12

University of Southern California

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

University of Southern California ranked #12 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region list. This large private not-for-profit school is located in Los Angeles, California, and it awarded 5,337 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at USC made $2,836,460 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 980, signifying that team members care about their grades.

With a freshman retention rate of 96%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. 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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#13

Santa Clara University

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

With a ranking of #13, Santa Clara University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking. This medium-sized private not-for-profit school is located in Santa Clara, California, and it awarded 1,495 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at SCU made $2,222,128 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 984 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 94%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, SCU also is in the top 10% of our overall quality ranking.

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#14

University of California - Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, California
#18 in Quality in the Far Western US Region

With a ranking of #14, University of California - Santa Barbara did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking. UCSB is located in Santa Barbara, California and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 6,327 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at UCSB made $1,746,440 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 958.

With a freshman retention rate of 93%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. In addition to its great ranking here, UCSB is in the top 15% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#15

University of the Pacific

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

University of the Pacific came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking. This medium-sized private not-for-profit school is located in Stockton, California, and it awarded 815 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Women’s Basketball team at Pacific brought home $2,198,286 in revenue in a single year. The great academic progress rate of 987 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

On top of its placing in this ranking, Pacific 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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#16

California State University - Long Beach

Long Beach, California

California State University - Long Beach came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking. CSULB is a large public school situated in Long Beach, California. It awarded 8,950 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at CSULB made $1,576,467 in revenue.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 88%.

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#17

Pepperdine University

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

Pepperdine University ranked #17 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region list. Pepperdine is located in Malibu, California and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 943 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at Pepperdine made $2,267,778 in revenue. 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 90%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. 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 California - Riverside

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

With a ranking of #18, University of California - Riverside did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking. University of California - Riverside is a large public school located in Riverside, California that handed out 4,649 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Women’s Basketball team at UCR brought home $1,818,737 in revenue in a single year. The academic progress rate of the team is 953.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 89%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. UCR 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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#19

Washington State University

Pullman, Washington

Washington State University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking, coming in at #19. Washington State University is a large public school located in Pullman, Washington that handed out 5,827 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at Wazzu took home $1,116,662 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 991 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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#20

University of Nevada - Las Vegas

Las Vegas, Nevada

University of Nevada - Las Vegas did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking, coming in at #20. UNLV is located in Las Vegas, Nevada and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 4,307 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at UNLV took home $1,789,108 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 982, signifying that team members care about their grades.

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#21

University of Portland

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

University of Portland came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking. University of Portland is located in Portland, Oregon and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,003 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The D1 Women’s Basketball team at University of Portland brought home $1,941,079 in revenue in a single year. The great academic progress rate of 990 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 88%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. In addition to its great ranking here, University of Portland is 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

California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo ranked #21 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region list. 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 Women’s Basketball team at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo made $1,663,889 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 95%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo also is in the top 15% of our overall quality ranking.

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#23

San Diego State University

San Diego, California

San Diego State University landed the #23 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’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.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at SDSU made $1,796,883 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 991 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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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#24

University of Hawaii at Manoa

Honolulu, Hawaii

University of Hawaii at Manoa did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking, coming in at #24. Located in Honolulu, Hawaii, the fairly large public school handed out 3,245 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at UH Manoa took home $2,348,133 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 964.

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University of Nevada - Reno did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking, coming in at #25. Located in Reno, Nevada, the large public school handed out 4,101 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at UNR took home $2,115,279 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 986 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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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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