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2021 Top Far Western US Region Women's D2 Basketball Schools

26 Colleges
$27,305 Avg Tuition & Fees*
26% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

It's not easy to decide which college to attend when there are so many options available for student athletes. College Factual has developed its Best Colleges for Division II Women's Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking as one item you can use to help make this decision.

We analyzed 26 colleges and universities across the Far Western US Region to determine which were the best for D2 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 D2 Women's Basketball athletes in the Far Western US Region

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

University of California - San Diego

La Jolla, California
#12 in Quality in the Far Western US Region

University of California - San Diego tops this year’s ranking as the best school for D2 Women’s Basketball athletes in the Far Western US Region. UCSD is a large public school situated in La Jolla, California. It awarded 8,037 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Women’s Basketball team at UCSD took home $1,080,753 in revenue.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 94%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. UCSD excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#2

California Baptist University

Riverside, California

The excellent sports programs at California Baptist University helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for D2 Women’s Basketball athletes in the Far Western US Region. Cal Baptist is a fairly large private not-for-profit school situated in Riverside, California. It awarded 1,670 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Women’s Basketball team at Cal Baptist took home $1,650,057 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 946.

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#3

Western Washington University

Bellingham, Washington

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Western Washington University. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D2 Women’s Basketball athletes in the Far Western US Region list. This fairly large public school is located in Bellingham, Washington, and it awarded 3,785 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Women’s Basketball team at WWU made $782,732 in revenue.

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#4

Seattle Pacific University

Seattle, Washington

A rank of #4 on our list means Seattle Pacific University is a great place for D2 Women’s Basketball athletes in the Far Western US Region working on their bachelor’s degree. SPU is a private not-for-profit institution located in Seattle, Washington. The school has a small population, and it awarded 723 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Women’s Basketball team at SPU made $833,395 in revenue.

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#5

University of Alaska Anchorage

Anchorage, Alaska

The excellent sports programs at University of Alaska Anchorage helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for D2 Women’s Basketball athletes in the Far Western US Region. UAA is located in Anchorage, Alaska and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,148 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The D2 Women’s Basketball team at UAA brought home $948,138 in revenue in a single year.

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#6

Dominican University of California

San Rafael, California

Dominican University of California landed the #6 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in San Rafael, California, and it awarded 320 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Women’s Basketball team at DUofC made $428,617 in revenue.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 86%.

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California State Polytechnic University - Pomona came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking. Located in Pomona, California, the large public school awarded 4,810 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The D2 Women’s Basketball team at Cal Poly Pomona made $613,579 in revenue, while incurring $581,759 in expenses. Thus, the team actually made $31,820, which isn’t bad at all.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 86%.

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#8

Azusa Pacific University

Azusa, California

Azusa Pacific University landed the #8 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking. Located in Azusa, California, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school handed out 1,694 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D2 Women’s Basketball team at Azusa Pacific made $685,027 in revenue, while incurring $664,570 in expenses. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $20,457.

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#9

Hawaii Pacific University

Honolulu, Hawaii

Hawaii Pacific University landed the #9 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking. Hawaii Pacific University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Honolulu, Hawaii that handed out 586 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D2 Women’s Basketball team at Hawaii Pacific University brought home $693,227 in revenue in a single year.

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California State University - East Bay did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking, coming in at #10. Located in Hayward, California, the fairly large public school handed out 3,195 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D2 Women’s Basketball team at Cal State East Bay brought home $586,669 in revenue in a single year.

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#11

Sonoma State University

Rohnert Park, California

Sonoma State University ranked #11 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region list. SSU is a medium-sized public school situated in Rohnert Park, California. It awarded 2,444 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Women’s Basketball team at SSU took home $421,108 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 977 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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#12

California State University - San Bernardino

San Bernardino, California

California State University - San Bernardino ranked #12 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region list. CSUSB is located in San Bernardino, California and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 4,453 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

CSUSB brought in $515,221 while tallying up $502,436 in expenses for its D2 Women’s Basketball team. That boils down to a yearly profit of $12,785 for the sports team.

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#13

Central Washington University

Ellensburg, Washington

Central Washington University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking, coming in at #13. Located in Ellensburg, Washington, the fairly large public school handed out 2,789 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at CWU took home $421,781 in revenue and paid out $421,537 in expenses in recent times. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $244 in profit.

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#14

University of Alaska Fairbanks

Fairbanks, Alaska

University of Alaska Fairbanks came in at #14 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking. Located in Fairbanks, Alaska, the medium-sized public school handed out 602 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Women’s Basketball team at UAF made $507,871 in revenue.

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#15

California State University - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California

With a ranking of #15, California State University - Los Angeles did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking. This large public school is located in Los Angeles, California, and it awarded 5,803 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Women’s Basketball team at Cal State LA took home $617,781 in revenue.

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Brigham Young University - Hawaii came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking. Located in Laie, Hawaii, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 623 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

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#17

Saint Martin's University

Lacey, Washington

Saint Martin’s University landed the #17 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking. Saint Martin’s is a private not-for-profit institution located in Lacey, Washington. The school has a small population, and it awarded 307 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Women’s Basketball team at Saint Martin’s made $622,810 in revenue.

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#18

Notre Dame de Namur University

Belmont, California

Notre Dame de Namur University ranked #18 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region list. NDNU is a private not-for-profit institution located in Belmont, California. The school has a small population, and it awarded 187 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Women’s Basketball team at NDNU took home $265,568 in revenue.

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With a ranking of #19, University of Hawaii at Hilo did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking. Located in Hilo, Hawaii, the small public school awarded 774 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The D2 Women’s Basketball team at UH Hilo brought home $465,128 in revenue in a single year.

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California State University - Monterey Bay came in at #20 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking. CSUMB is a medium-sized public school situated in Seaside, California. It awarded 1,953 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Women’s Basketball team at CSUMB took home $393,269 in revenue.

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#21

Fresno Pacific University

Fresno, California

Fresno Pacific University ranked #21 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region list. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Fresno, California, and it awarded 1,026 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Fresno Pacific took home $561,651 in revenue and paid out $552,649 in expenses in recent times. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $9,002.

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#22

Chaminade University of Honolulu

Honolulu, Hawaii

With a ranking of #22, Chaminade University of Honolulu did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking. Located in Honolulu, Hawaii, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 362 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Women’s Basketball team at Chaminade University of Honolulu made $197,754 in revenue.

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#23

Humboldt State University

Arcata, California

Humboldt State University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking, coming in at #23. Humboldt State University is a medium-sized public school situated in Arcata, California. It awarded 2,053 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Women’s Basketball team at Humboldt State University made $468,878 in revenue.

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#24

San Francisco State University

San Francisco, California

With a ranking of #24, San Francisco State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking. This large public school is located in San Francisco, California, and it awarded 6,508 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Women’s Basketball team at SFSU made $356,777 in revenue.

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#25

Western Oregon University

Monmouth, Oregon

With a ranking of #25, Western Oregon University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking. Western Oregon State College is located in Monmouth, Oregon and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,145 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The D2 Women’s Basketball team at Western Oregon State College brought home $407,886 in revenue in a single year.

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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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