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2021 Top Rocky Mountains Region Women's D1 Basketball Schools

16 Colleges
$24,624 Avg Tuition & Fees*
27% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

When pursuing a degree in today's world, student athletes have many different options to choose from. One of our goals at College Factual is to give you as much information as we can - such as our Best Colleges for Division I Women's Basketball in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking - to help you make that decision.

Our analysis looked at 16 schools in the Rocky Mountains Region to determine which ones were the best for D1 Women's Basketball athletes in the Rocky Mountains 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 Rocky Mountains Region for D1 Women's Basketball athletes in the Rocky Mountains Region

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#7 in Quality in the Rocky Mountains Region

Our analysis found Colorado State University - Fort Collins to be the best school for D1 Women’s Basketball athletes in the Rocky Mountains Region in this year’s ranking. Colorado State is a public institution located in Fort Collins, Colorado. The school has a large population, and it awarded 5,498 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at Colorado State made $2,714,026 in revenue.

Colorado State 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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University of Colorado Boulder

Boulder, Colorado
#6 in Quality in the Rocky Mountains Region

The excellent sports programs at University of Colorado Boulder helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for D1 Women’s Basketball athletes in the Rocky Mountains Region. CU - Boulder is located in Boulder, Colorado and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 6,744 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at CU - Boulder made $841,178 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 985.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 87%. On top of its placing in this ranking, CU - Boulder 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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#2 in Quality in the Rocky Mountains Region

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Brigham Young University - Provo. The school came in at #3 in this year’s ranking. BYU is a large private not-for-profit school situated in Provo, Utah. It awarded 7,007 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at BYU took home $2,168,100 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 983 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

With a freshman retention rate of 90%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. BYU also made our overall quality list, coming in at #2.

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University of Denver

Denver, Colorado
#4 in Quality in the Rocky Mountains Region

The excellent sports programs at University of Denver helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for D1 Women’s Basketball athletes in the Rocky Mountains Region. University of Denver is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in Denver, Colorado that handed out 1,626 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at DU made $2,002,365 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 979.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 87%. In addition to its Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, DU is ranked #4 for overall quality in the Rocky Mountains Region .

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University of Wyoming

Laramie, Wyoming
#8 in Quality in the Rocky Mountains Region

The excellent sports programs at University of Wyoming helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for D1 Women’s Basketball athletes in the Rocky Mountains Region. UW is a public institution located in Laramie, Wyoming. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 2,387 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Women’s Basketball team at UW brought home $2,253,068 in revenue in a single year. The team had a perfect academic progress rate of 1000.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UW also is in the top 15% of our overall quality ranking.

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University of Utah

Salt Lake City, Utah
#5 in Quality in the Rocky Mountains Region

University of Utah came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking. U of U is a large public school situated in Salt Lake City, Utah. It awarded 5,236 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Women’s Basketball team at U of U brought home $214,491 in revenue in a single year. The great academic progress rate of 986 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 90%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. U of U also took the #5 spot in our overall quality rankings.

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Montana State University

Bozeman, Montana
#17 in Quality in the Rocky Mountains Region

With a ranking of #7, Montana State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking. MSU Bozeman is a fairly large public school situated in Bozeman, Montana. It awarded 2,551 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at MSU Bozeman took home $1,299,991 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 991, signifying that team members care about their grades.

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University of Idaho

Moscow, Idaho
#10 in Quality in the Rocky Mountains Region

University of Idaho landed the #8 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking. This fairly large public school is located in Moscow, Idaho, and it awarded 1,848 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at U of I took home $1,414,062 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 986 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

U of I 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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University of Northern Colorado

Greeley, Colorado
#23 in Quality in the Rocky Mountains Region

University of Northern Colorado landed the #9 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking. University of Northern Colorado is a fairly large public school situated in Greeley, Colorado. It awarded 2,026 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at University of Northern Colorado took home $1,251,349 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 968.

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Boise State University

Boise, Idaho
#24 in Quality in the Rocky Mountains Region

Boise State University ranked #10 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Rocky Mountains Region list. Boise State University is a large public school located in Boise, Idaho that handed out 3,473 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at Boise State made $1,075,903 in revenue. The team had a perfect academic progress rate of 1000.

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Utah State University

Logan, Utah
#15 in Quality in the Rocky Mountains Region

With a ranking of #11, Utah State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking. USU is located in Logan, Utah and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 4,531 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at USU took home $1,879,589 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 973.

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#12

Idaho State University

Pocatello, Idaho

With a ranking of #12, Idaho State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking. Located in Pocatello, Idaho, the fairly large public school handed out 1,286 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Women’s Basketball team at ISU brought home $1,226,310 in revenue in a single year. The great academic progress rate of 995 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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#13

The University of Montana

Missoula, Montana

The University of Montana came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking. UM is a public institution located in Missoula, Montana. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 1,614 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Women’s Basketball team at UM brought home $1,413,133 in revenue in a single year. The academic progress rate of the team is 968.

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Southern Utah University

Cedar City, Utah
#25 in Quality in the Rocky Mountains Region

Southern Utah University came in at #14 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking. Located in Cedar City, Utah, the fairly large public school awarded 1,203 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at Southern Utah University took home $766,798 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 984 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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Weber State University

Ogden, Utah

Weber State University came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking. WSU is a public institution located in Ogden, Utah. The school has a large population, and it awarded 2,451 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Women’s Basketball team at WSU brought home $975,884 in revenue in a single year. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 949.

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Utah Valley University

Orem, Utah

Utah Valley University came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking. Located in Orem, Utah, the large public school awarded 3,471 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at UVU made $1,052,836 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 973.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 16 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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