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2021 Top Southwest Region Women's D1 Basketball Schools

29 Colleges
$31,236 Avg Tuition & Fees*
36% 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. 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 Southwest Region ranking - to help you make that decision.

After analyzing 29 schools in the Southwest Region , we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for D1 Women's Basketball athletes in the Southwest 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 Southwest Region for D1 Women's Basketball athletes in the Southwest Region

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#1

Baylor University

Waco, Texas
#7 in Quality in the Southwest Region

Baylor University tops this year’s ranking as the best school for D1 Women’s Basketball athletes in the Southwest Region. Baylor is a private not-for-profit institution located in Waco, Texas. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 3,798 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Women’s Basketball team at Baylor brought home $9,485,162 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 981.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 90%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. On top of its placing in this ranking, Baylor 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 in Quality in the Southwest Region

The excellent sports programs at The University of Texas at Austin helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for D1 Women’s Basketball athletes in the Southwest Region. Located in Austin, Texas, the large public school handed out 10,098 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at UT Austin made $2,305,200 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 95%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. In addition to its Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, UT Austin is ranked #2 for overall quality in the Southwest Region .

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#3

Rice University

Houston, Texas
#1 in Quality in the Southwest Region

The excellent sports programs at Rice University helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for D1 Women’s Basketball athletes in the Southwest Region. This medium-sized private not-for-profit school is located in Houston, Texas, and it awarded 1,228 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Women’s Basketball team at Rice brought home $2,944,961 in revenue in a single year. The great academic progress rate of 996 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

The student-to-faculty ratio of 6 to 1 is a sign that students will have more opportunities to engage with their professors one-on-one. Rice did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #1 on our overall quality list.

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#10 in Quality in the Southwest Region

Out of the 29 schools in the Southwest Region that were part of this year’s ranking, University of Oklahoma Norman Campus landed the #4 spot on the list. University of Oklahoma is a public institution located in Norman, Oklahoma. The school has a large population, and it awarded 4,805 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at University of Oklahoma made $2,854,726 in revenue.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 92%. University of Oklahoma 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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#6 in Quality in the Southwest Region

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Southern Methodist University. The school came in at #5 in this year’s ranking. Southern Methodist University is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in Dallas, Texas that handed out 1,942 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Women’s Basketball team at SMU brought home $3,715,222 in revenue in a single year. The academic progress rate of the team is 967.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 91%. On top of its placing in this ranking, SMU 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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#6

Texas A&M University - College Station

College Station, Texas
#4 in Quality in the Southwest Region

Texas A&M University - College Station came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking. Texas A&M University - College Station is a large public school located in College Station, Texas that handed out 13,198 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at Texas A&M College Station made $3,941,753 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 995, signifying that team members care about their grades.

With a freshman retention rate of 92%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Texas A&M College Station not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #4 on our overall quality list.

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#11 in Quality in the Southwest Region

Arizona State University - Tempe came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking. Located in Tempe, Arizona, the large public school handed out 10,401 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at ASU - Tempe took home $938,604 in revenue. Sports aren’t the only thing that the team excels at - they had a perfect academic progress rate of 1000.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 87%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. In addition to its great ranking here, ASU - Tempe is in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#8

Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, Texas
#5 in Quality in the Southwest Region

With a ranking of #8, Texas Christian University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking. Located in Fort Worth, Texas, the fairly large private not-for-profit school awarded 2,447 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at TCU took home $6,441,739 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 995, signifying that team members care about their grades.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 91%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. TCU did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #5 on our overall quality list.

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#9

University of Tulsa

Tulsa, Oklahoma
#8 in Quality in the Southwest Region

University of Tulsa landed the #9 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking. Located in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 820 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at University of Tulsa made $2,515,857 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 983.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 88%. In addition to its great ranking here, University of Tulsa is in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#10

Abilene Christian University

Abilene, Texas
#23 in Quality in the Southwest Region

Abilene Christian University ranked #10 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Southwest Region list. This medium-sized private not-for-profit school is located in Abilene, Texas, and it awarded 844 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at Abilene Christian took home $1,247,975 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 995.

On top of its placing in this ranking, Abilene Christian 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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#11

University of Arizona

Tucson, Arizona
#16 in Quality in the Southwest Region

University of Arizona came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking. Located in Tucson, Arizona, the large public school awarded 8,231 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at University of Arizona took home $1,051,972 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 991, signifying that team members care about their grades.

On top of its placing in this ranking, University of Arizona 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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#12

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, Texas
#24 in Quality in the Southwest Region

With a ranking of #12, Texas Tech University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking. Texas Tech is located in Lubbock, Texas and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 6,599 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at Texas Tech took home $1,110,694 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 985 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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

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#25 in Quality in the Southwest Region

Oklahoma State University - Main Campus landed the #13 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking. This large public school is located in Stillwater, Oklahoma, and it awarded 4,899 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at OSU made $537,099 in revenue.

On top of its placing in this ranking, OSU 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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#14

Oral Roberts University

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Oral Roberts University ranked #14 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Southwest Region list. Oral Roberts University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Tulsa, Oklahoma that handed out 596 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at ORU took home $1,546,477 in revenue and paid out $1,518,547 in expenses in recent times. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $27,930. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 986.

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#15

University of Houston

Houston, Texas
#17 in Quality in the Southwest Region

University of Houston landed the #15 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking. Located in Houston, Texas, the large public school handed out 7,631 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at UH took home $2,404,717 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 978.

UH 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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#16

New Mexico State University - Main Campus

Las Cruces, New Mexico

New Mexico State University - Main Campus landed the #16 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking. NMSU Main Campus is a public institution located in Las Cruces, New Mexico. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 2,465 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at NMSU Main Campus made $1,665,773 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 970.

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#17

University of New Mexico - Main Campus

Albuquerque, New Mexico

University of New Mexico - Main Campus landed the #17 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking. University of New Mexico - Main Campus is a large public school located in Albuquerque, New Mexico that handed out 4,321 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at UNM took home $2,483,241 in revenue and paid out $2,438,241 in expenses in recent times. Thus, the team actually made $45,000, which isn’t bad at all. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 973.

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#18

Texas State University

San Marcos, Texas
Top 25% in Quality in the Southwest Region

Texas State University ranked #18 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Southwest Region list. Texas State is located in San Marcos, Texas and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 7,427 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at Texas State made $1,350,513 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 985 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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The University of Texas at San Antonio did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking, coming in at #19. The University of Texas at San Antonio is a large public school located in San Antonio, Texas that handed out 5,655 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Women’s Basketball team at UTSA brought home $1,342,046 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 986.

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#20

University of North Texas

Denton, Texas

University of North Texas did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking, coming in at #20. Located in Denton, Texas, the large public school handed out 7,639 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at UNT took home $1,819,974 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 974.

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#21

Texas Southern University

Houston, Texas

Texas Southern University ranked #21 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Southwest Region list. Located in Houston, Texas, the medium-sized public school handed out 1,120 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Women’s Basketball team at TSU brought home $960,697 in revenue in a single year. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 974.

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#22

University of the Incarnate Word

San Antonio, Texas

With a ranking of #22, University of the Incarnate Word did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking. Located in San Antonio, Texas, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school handed out 1,363 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Women’s Basketball team at UIW made $1,201,507 in revenue, while incurring $1,199,662 in expenses. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $1,845. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 963.

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#23

Houston Baptist University

Houston, Texas

Houston Baptist University came in at #23 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking. HBU is a private not-for-profit institution located in Houston, Texas. The school has a small population, and it awarded 467 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at HBU made $1,050,068 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 988 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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#24

Northern Arizona University

Flagstaff, Arizona

Northern Arizona University came in at #24 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking. Located in Flagstaff, Arizona, the large public school awarded 6,248 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at NAU made $1,447,056 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 974.

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The University of Texas at El Paso ranked #25 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Southwest Region list. UTEP is located in El Paso, Texas and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 3,846 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at UTEP made $2,367,876 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 975.

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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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