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2021 Top Southwest Region Women's D2 Basketball Schools

24 Colleges
$17,397 Avg Tuition & Fees*
19% 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. College Factual has developed its Best Colleges for Division II Women's Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking as one item you can use to help make this decision.

After analyzing 24 schools in the Southwest Region , we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for D2 Women's Basketball athletes in the Southwest 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 Southwest Region for D2 Women's Basketball athletes in the Southwest Region

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Saint Edward's University

Austin, Texas
Top 20% in Quality in the Southwest Region

Saint Edward’s University tops this year’s ranking as the best school for D2 Women’s Basketball athletes in the Southwest Region. Located in Austin, Texas, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 1,015 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D2 Women’s Basketball team at St. Edward’s University made $943,704 in revenue, while incurring $859,575 in expenses. Thus, the team actually made $84,129, which isn’t bad at all.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, St. Edward’s University also is in the top 20% of our overall quality ranking.

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#2

St. Mary's University

San Antonio, Texas
Top 20% in Quality in the Southwest Region

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend St. Mary’s University. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D2 Women’s Basketball athletes in the Southwest Region list. St. Mary’s is located in San Antonio, Texas and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 468 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The team at St. Mary’s took home $594,493 in revenue and paid out $583,498 in expenses in recent times. Thus, the team actually made $10,995, which isn’t bad at all.

In addition to its great ranking here, St. Mary’s is in the top 20% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#3

Oklahoma Christian University

Edmond, Oklahoma

The excellent sports programs at Oklahoma Christian University helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for D2 Women’s Basketball athletes in the Southwest Region. OC is a private not-for-profit institution located in Edmond, Oklahoma. The school has a small population, and it awarded 337 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D2 Women’s Basketball team at OC brought home $508,274 in revenue in a single year.

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#4

West Texas A&M University

Canyon, Texas

Out of the 24 schools in the Southwest Region that were part of this year’s ranking, West Texas A&M University landed the #4 spot on the list. West Texas A&M University is a public institution located in Canyon, Texas. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 1,746 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D2 Women’s Basketball team at West Texas A&M University brought home $683,028 in revenue in a single year.

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#5

Texas Woman's University

Denton, Texas

Out of the 24 schools in the Southwest Region that were part of this year’s ranking, Texas Woman’s University landed the #5 spot on the list. Denton, Texas is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 2,061 students in 2018-2019.

TWU brought in $516,860 while tallying up $384,555 in expenses for its D2 Women’s Basketball team. That boils down to a yearly profit of $132,305 for the sports team.

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#6

Angelo State University

San Angelo, Texas

Angelo State University came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking. Angelo State University is a fairly large public school located in San Angelo, Texas that handed out 1,107 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Angelo State took home $549,183 in revenue and paid out $520,901 in expenses in recent times. That boils down to a yearly profit of $28,282 for the sports team.

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Texas A&M University - Commerce ranked #7 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in the Southwest Region list. Texas A&M Commerce is located in Commerce, Texas and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,862 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the D2 Women’s Basketball team at Texas A&M Commerce took home $699,361 in revenue.

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#8

University of Central Oklahoma

Edmond, Oklahoma

University of Central Oklahoma ranked #8 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in the Southwest Region list. Located in Edmond, Oklahoma, the fairly large public school handed out 2,534 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D2 Women’s Basketball team at UCO made $487,178 in revenue, while incurring $405,014 in expenses. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $82,164. The great academic progress rate of 990 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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#9

Tarleton State University

Stephenville, Texas

Tarleton State University came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking. Tarleton is located in Stephenville, Texas and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 2,530 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The team at Tarleton took home $696,067 in revenue and paid out $676,109 in expenses in recent times. That boils down to a yearly profit of $19,958 for the sports team.

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#10

Southwestern Oklahoma State University

Weatherford, Oklahoma

With a ranking of #10, Southwestern Oklahoma State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking. Southwestern Oklahoma State University is a small public school located in Weatherford, Oklahoma that handed out 821 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Women’s Basketball team at SWOSU made $466,139 in revenue.

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Eastern New Mexico University - Main Campus landed the #11 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking. ENMU - Main Campus is a medium-sized public school situated in Portales, New Mexico. It awarded 707 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Women’s Basketball team at ENMU - Main Campus took home $431,064 in revenue.

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With a ranking of #12, Southeastern Oklahoma State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking. Located in Durant, Oklahoma, the medium-sized public school handed out 583 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D2 Women’s Basketball team at Southeastern Oklahoma State University brought home $371,627 in revenue in a single year.

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#13

Texas A&M University - Kingsville

Kingsville, Texas

Texas A&M University - Kingsville landed the #13 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking. Texas A&M Kingsville is a medium-sized public school situated in Kingsville, Texas. It awarded 1,090 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Women’s Basketball team at Texas A&M Kingsville made $462,969 in revenue.

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#14

MSU Texas

Wichita Falls, Texas

With a ranking of #14, MSU Texas did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking. MSU Texas is located in Wichita Falls, Texas and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,201 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Women’s Basketball team at MSU Texas made $450,633 in revenue.

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#15

East Central University

Ada, Oklahoma

East Central University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking, coming in at #15. ECU is located in Ada, Oklahoma and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 613 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

ECU brought in $322,752 while tallying up $310,577 in expenses for its D2 Women’s Basketball team. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $12,175.

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The University of Texas of the Permian Basin did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking, coming in at #16. This medium-sized public school is located in Odessa, Texas, and it awarded 910 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Women’s Basketball team at UT Permian Basin took home $386,949 in revenue.

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#17

Cameron University

Lawton, Oklahoma

Cameron University ranked #17 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in the Southwest Region list. Cameron University is a small public school situated in Lawton, Oklahoma. It awarded 448 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Cameron University brought in $345,929 while tallying up $345,882 in expenses for its D2 Women’s Basketball team. Thus, the team actually made $47, which isn’t bad at all.

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#18

Northeastern State University

Tahlequah, Oklahoma

Northeastern State University ranked #18 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in the Southwest Region list. NSU is located in Tahlequah, Oklahoma and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,412 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the D2 Women’s Basketball team at NSU took home $450,143 in revenue.

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With a ranking of #19, Northwestern Oklahoma State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking. Located in Alva, Oklahoma, the small public school awarded 352 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The team at NWOSU took home $409,327 in revenue and paid out $365,642 in expenses in recent times. Thus, the team actually made $43,685, which isn’t bad at all.

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#20

Rogers State University

Claremore, Oklahoma

Rogers State University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking, coming in at #20. Located in Claremore, Oklahoma, the small public school handed out 370 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Women’s Basketball team at RSU made $577,470 in revenue.

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Texas A&M International University ranked #21 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in the Southwest Region list. Texas A&M International University is located in Laredo, Texas and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,211 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The D2 Women’s Basketball team at Texas A&M International University brought home $426,516 in revenue in a single year.

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#22

Western New Mexico University

Silver City, New Mexico

Western New Mexico University came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking. Silver City, New Mexico is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 254 students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Women’s Basketball team at Western New Mexico University made $269,556 in revenue.

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#23

Oklahoma Panhandle State University

Goodwell, Oklahoma

Oklahoma Panhandle State University came in at #23 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking. Located in Goodwell, Oklahoma, the small public school awarded 269 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

OPSU brought in $316,992 while tallying up $308,318 in expenses for its D2 Women’s Basketball team. Thus, the team actually made $8,674, which isn’t bad at all.

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#24

New Mexico Highlands University

Las Vegas, New Mexico

New Mexico Highlands University ranked #24 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in the Southwest Region list. New Mexico Highlands University is a small public school located in Las Vegas, New Mexico that handed out 489 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Women’s Basketball team at New Mexico Highlands University made $276,167 in revenue.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 24 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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