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2021 Top Texas Women's D1 Basketball Schools

19 Colleges
$31,359 Avg Tuition & Fees*
34% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

When pursuing a degree in today's world, student athletes have many different options to choose from. College Factual has developed its Best Colleges for Division I Women's Basketball in Texas ranking as one item you can use to help make this decision.

Our analysis looked at 19 schools in Texas to determine which ones were the best for D1 Women's Basketball athletes in Texas. 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 Texas for D1 Women's Basketball athletes in Texas

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Baylor University

Waco, Texas

Our analysis found Baylor University to be the best school for D1 Women’s Basketball athletes in Texas in this year’s ranking. This fairly large private not-for-profit school is located in Waco, Texas, 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. Baylor 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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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend The University of Texas at Austin. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D1 Women’s Basketball athletes in Texas list. 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 team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 991.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 95%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. UT Austin also made our overall quality list, coming in at #2.

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#3

Rice University

Houston, Texas

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Rice University. The school came in at #3 in this year’s ranking. This medium-sized private not-for-profit school is located in Houston, Texas, and it awarded 1,228 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at Rice made $2,944,961 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 996 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 97%. In addition to its Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in Texas ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Rice is ranked #1 for overall quality in Texas.

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You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Southern Methodist University. The school came in at #4 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.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at SMU made $3,715,222 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 967.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 91%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. In addition to its great ranking here, SMU is in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#5

Texas A&M University - College Station

College Station, Texas

The excellent sports programs at Texas A&M University - College Station helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for D1 Women’s Basketball athletes in Texas. Located in College Station, Texas, the large public school handed out 13,198 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at Texas A&M College Station took home $3,941,753 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 995.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 92%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. 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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#6

Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, Texas

Texas Christian University came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in Texas ranking. Fort Worth, Texas is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 2,447 students in 2018-2019.

The D1 Women’s Basketball team at TCU brought home $6,441,739 in revenue in a single year. The great academic progress rate of 995 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

With a freshman retention rate of 91%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. In addition to its Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in Texas ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, TCU is ranked #5 for overall quality in Texas.

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Abilene Christian University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in Texas ranking, coming in at #7. Abilene, Texas is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 844 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at Abilene Christian took home $1,247,975 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 995 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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

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#8

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, Texas

Texas Tech University ranked #8 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in Texas list. Texas Tech is a public institution located in Lubbock, Texas. The school has a large population, and it awarded 6,599 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at Texas Tech made $1,110,694 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 985.

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

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#9

University of Houston

Houston, Texas

University of Houston landed the #9 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in Texas ranking. Houston, Texas is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 7,631 students in 2018-2019.

The D1 Women’s Basketball team at UH brought home $2,404,717 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 978.

UH 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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#10

Texas State University

San Marcos, Texas

With a ranking of #10, Texas State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in Texas ranking. Located in San Marcos, Texas, the large public school awarded 7,427 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at Texas State took home $1,350,513 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 985, signifying that team members care about their grades.

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With a ranking of #11, The University of Texas at San Antonio did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in Texas ranking. Located in San Antonio, Texas, the large public school handed out 5,655 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at UTSA made $1,342,046 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 986, signifying that team members care about their grades.

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#12

University of North Texas

Denton, Texas

University of North Texas ranked #12 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in Texas list. Denton, Texas is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 7,639 students in 2018-2019.

The D1 Women’s Basketball team at UNT brought home $1,819,974 in revenue in a single year. The academic progress rate of the team is 974.

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#13

Texas Southern University

Houston, Texas

Texas Southern University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in Texas ranking, coming in at #13. Located in Houston, Texas, the medium-sized public school handed out 1,120 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at TSU took home $960,697 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 974.

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#14

University of the Incarnate Word

San Antonio, Texas

University of the Incarnate Word ranked #14 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in Texas list. UIW is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school situated in San Antonio, Texas. It awarded 1,363 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at UIW took home $1,201,507 in revenue and paid out $1,199,662 in expenses in recent times. Thus, the team actually made $1,845, which isn’t bad at all. The academic progress rate of the team is 963.

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#15

Houston Baptist University

Houston, Texas

Houston Baptist University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in Texas ranking, coming in at #15. Houston Baptist University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Houston, Texas that handed out 467 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Women’s Basketball team at HBU brought home $1,050,068 in revenue in a single year. The great academic progress rate of 988 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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With a ranking of #16, The University of Texas at El Paso did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in Texas ranking. The University of Texas at El Paso is a large public school located in El Paso, Texas that handed out 3,846 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Women’s Basketball team at UTEP brought home $2,367,876 in revenue in a single year. The academic progress rate of the team is 975.

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#17

Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi, Texas

With a ranking of #17, Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in Texas ranking. Texas A&M Corpus Christi is located in Corpus Christi, Texas and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,783 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The D1 Women’s Basketball team at Texas A&M Corpus Christi brought home $1,407,524 in revenue in a single year. The academic progress rate of the team is 969.

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#18

Sam Houston State University

Huntsville, Texas

Sam Houston State University landed the #18 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in Texas ranking. Huntsville, Texas is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 4,343 students in 2018-2019.

The D1 Women’s Basketball team at SHSU brought home $1,001,360 in revenue in a single year. The academic progress rate of the team is 967.

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#19

Prairie View A & M University

Prairie View, Texas

Prairie View A & M University ranked #19 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in Texas list. Prairie View A & M University is a medium-sized public school located in Prairie View, Texas that handed out 1,145 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at PVAMU took home $1,020,121 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 919.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 19 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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