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2021 Top California Women's D2 Basketball Schools

15 Colleges
$27,194 Avg Tuition & Fees*
25% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

Student athletes have lots of options to chooose from today when trying to decide which college to attend. College Factual was founded, in part, to help students make the decision as to what would be the best school for them. Our Best Colleges for Division II Women's Basketball in California ranking is part of that endeavor.

After analyzing 15 schools in California, we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for D2 Women's Basketball athletes in California. 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 California for D2 Women's Basketball athletes in California

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

University of California - San Diego

La Jolla, California

University of California - San Diego tops this year’s ranking as the best school for D2 Women’s Basketball athletes in California. This large public school is located in La Jolla, California, and it awarded 8,037 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D2 Women’s Basketball team at UCSD brought home $1,080,753 in revenue in a single year.

With a freshman retention rate of 94%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. UCSD 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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#2

California Baptist University

Riverside, California

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend California Baptist University. The school came in at #2 in this year’s ranking. Riverside, California is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,670 students in 2018-2019.

The D2 Women’s Basketball team at Cal Baptist brought home $1,650,057 in revenue in a single year. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 946.

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#3

Dominican University of California

San Rafael, California

Out of the 15 schools in California that were part of this year’s ranking, Dominican University of California landed the #3 spot on the list. 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.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 86%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year.

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You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend California State Polytechnic University - Pomona. The school came in at #4 in this year’s ranking. Cal Poly Pomona is a public institution located in Pomona, California. The school has a large population, and it awarded 4,810 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Cal Poly Pomona brought in $613,579 while tallying up $581,759 in expenses for its D2 Women’s Basketball team. That boils down to a yearly profit of $31,820 for the sports team.

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

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#5

Azusa Pacific University

Azusa, California

Out of the 15 schools in California that were part of this year’s ranking, Azusa Pacific University landed the #5 spot on the list. This medium-sized private not-for-profit school is located in Azusa, California, and it awarded 1,694 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Azusa Pacific took home $685,027 in revenue and paid out $664,570 in expenses in recent times. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $20,457 in profit.

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California State University - East Bay ranked #6 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in California list. Cal State East Bay is a fairly large public school situated in Hayward, California. It awarded 3,195 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Women’s Basketball team at Cal State East Bay took home $586,669 in revenue.

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#7

Sonoma State University

Rohnert Park, California

With a ranking of #7, Sonoma State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in California ranking. 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 team has a great academic progress rate of 977, signifying that team members care about their grades.

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#8

California State University - San Bernardino

San Bernardino, California

California State University - San Bernardino did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in California ranking, coming in at #8. San Bernardino, California is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 4,453 students in 2018-2019.

CSUSB brought in $515,221 while tallying up $502,436 in expenses for its D2 Women’s Basketball team. Thus, the team actually made $12,785, which isn’t bad at all.

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#9

California State University - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California

With a ranking of #9, California State University - Los Angeles did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in California ranking. Located in Los Angeles, California, the large public school awarded 5,803 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The D2 Women’s Basketball team at Cal State LA brought home $617,781 in revenue in a single year.

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#10

Notre Dame de Namur University

Belmont, California

Notre Dame de Namur University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in California ranking, coming in at #10. Notre Dame de Namur University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Belmont, California that handed out 187 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Women’s Basketball team at NDNU made $265,568 in revenue.

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California State University - Monterey Bay ranked #11 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in California list. CSUMB is a medium-sized public school situated in Seaside, California. It awarded 1,953 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Women’s Basketball team at CSUMB made $393,269 in revenue.

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#12

Fresno Pacific University

Fresno, California

With a ranking of #12, Fresno Pacific University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in California ranking. 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. That boils down to a yearly profit of $9,002 for the sports team.

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#13

Humboldt State University

Arcata, California

Humboldt State University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in California ranking, coming in at #13. Arcata, California is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 2,053 students 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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#14

San Francisco State University

San Francisco, California

San Francisco State University came in at #14 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in California ranking. Located in San Francisco, California, the large public school awarded 6,508 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The D2 Women’s Basketball team at SFSU brought home $356,777 in revenue in a single year.

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California State University - Dominguez Hills came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in California ranking. Located in Carson, California, the fairly large public school awarded 3,183 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The D2 Women’s Basketball team at CSUDH brought home $486,631 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 15 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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