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2021 Top Far Western US Region Women's D3 Basketball Schools

18 Colleges
$48,938 Avg Tuition & Fees*
66% 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 III Women's Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking is part of that endeavor.

After analyzing 18 schools in the Far Western US Region , we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for D3 Women's Basketball athletes in the Far Western US Region. 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 the Far Western US Region for D3 Women's Basketball athletes in the Far Western US Region

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Whitman College

Walla Walla, Washington
#13 in Quality in the Far Western US Region

Our 2021 rankings named Whitman College the best school for D3 Women’s Basketball athletes in the Far Western US Region working on their bachelor’s degree. Walla Walla, Washington is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 374 students in 2018-2019.

Whitman brought in $286,165 while tallying up $278,750 in expenses for its D3 Women’s Basketball team. That boils down to a yearly profit of $7,415 for the sports team.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 94%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Whitman also is in the top 10% of our overall quality ranking.

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#2

University of Puget Sound

Tacoma, Washington
Top 20% in Quality in the Far Western US Region

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend University of Puget Sound. The school came in at #2 in this year’s ranking. Tacoma, Washington is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 664 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at Puget Sound took home $188,069 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. Puget Sound also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools in this category.

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#3

George Fox University

Newberg, Oregon

Out of the 18 schools in the Far Western US Region that were part of this year’s ranking, George Fox University landed the #3 spot on the list. GFU is a private not-for-profit institution located in Newberg, Oregon. The school has a small population, and it awarded 718 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at GFU took home $269,260 in revenue and paid out $264,796 in expenses in recent times. Thus, the team actually made $4,464, which isn’t bad at all.

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#4

Chapman University

Orange, California
Top 20% in Quality in the Far Western US Region

A rank of #4 on our list means Chapman University is a great place for D3 Women’s Basketball athletes in the Far Western US Region working on their bachelor’s degree. Chapman is located in Orange, California and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,717 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at Chapman made $204,801 in revenue.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 91%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Chapman also is in the top 20% of our overall quality ranking.

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#5

Lewis & Clark College

Portland, Oregon
Top 25% in Quality in the Far Western US Region

The excellent sports programs at Lewis & Clark College helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for D3 Women’s Basketball athletes in the Far Western US Region. Located in Portland, Oregon, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 567 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The D3 Women’s Basketball team at Lewis and Clark College brought home $160,975 in revenue in a single year.

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#6

Occidental College

Los Angeles, California
#16 in Quality in the Far Western US Region

With a ranking of #6, Occidental College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking. Oxy is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Los Angeles, California. It awarded 529 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Oxy brought in $161,728 while tallying up $159,490 in expenses for its D3 Women’s Basketball team. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $2,238.

With a student-to-faculty ratio of 9 to 1, it’s easy to see that the school is committed to helping their undergraduates succeed. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Oxy also is in the top 10% of our overall quality ranking.

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#7

California Lutheran University

Thousand Oaks, California

California Lutheran University landed the #7 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking. CLU is a private not-for-profit institution located in Thousand Oaks, California. The school has a small population, and it awarded 849 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Women’s Basketball team at CLU brought home $172,713 in revenue in a single year.

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#8

University of Redlands

Redlands, California
Top 25% in Quality in the Far Western US Region

University of Redlands did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking, coming in at #8. University of Redlands is located in Redlands, California and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 755 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The team at University of Redlands took home $187,721 in revenue and paid out $182,579 in expenses in recent times. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $5,142.

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#9

University of California - Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, California
Top 25% in Quality in the Far Western US Region

University of California - Santa Cruz came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking. UC Santa Cruz is located in Santa Cruz, California and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 4,713 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The D3 Women’s Basketball team at UC Santa Cruz brought home $164,856 in revenue in a single year.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 91%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year.

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#10

Willamette University

Salem, Oregon
Top 20% in Quality in the Far Western US Region

Willamette University came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking. Located in Salem, Oregon, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 513 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at Willamette took home $208,152 in revenue.

With a freshman retention rate of 86%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. In addition to its great ranking here, Willamette is in the top 20% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#11

Whitworth University

Spokane, Washington
Top 25% in Quality in the Far Western US Region

Whitworth University came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking. Whitworth is a private not-for-profit institution located in Spokane, Washington. The school has a small population, and it awarded 625 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Whitworth took home $199,183 in revenue and paid out $197,769 in expenses in recent times. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $1,414 in profit.

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Linfield University - McMinnville Campus came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking. Linfield is a small private not-for-profit school situated in McMinnville, Oregon. It awarded 338 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Linfield took home $188,267 in revenue and paid out $163,219 in expenses in recent times. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $25,048 in profit.

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#13

California Institute of Technology

Pasadena, California
#1 in Quality in the Far Western US Region

California Institute of Technology landed the #13 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking. Located in Pasadena, California, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 241 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The D3 Women’s Basketball team at Caltech made $127,181 in revenue, while incurring $116,114 in expenses. That boils down to a yearly profit of $11,067 for the sports team.

The student-to-faculty ratio of 3 to 1 is a sign that students will have more opportunities to engage with their professors one-on-one. In addition to its Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Caltech is ranked #1 for overall quality in the Far Western US Region .

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#14

Pacific University

Forest Grove, Oregon

Pacific University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking, coming in at #14. Located in Forest Grove, Oregon, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 519 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at Pacific took home $228,306 in revenue.

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#15

Whittier College

Whittier, California

Whittier College ranked #15 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region list. Whittier, California is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 407 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at Whittier took home $131,065 in revenue.

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#16

Pomona College

Claremont, California
#3 in Quality in the Far Western US Region

Pomona College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking, coming in at #16. Claremont, California is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 449 students in 2018-2019.

The D3 Women’s Basketball team at Pomona made $138,880 in revenue, while incurring $138,126 in expenses. That boils down to a yearly profit of $754 for the sports team.

The student-to-faculty ratio of 7 to 1 is a sign that students will have more opportunities to engage with their professors one-on-one. In addition to its Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Pomona is ranked #3 for overall quality in the Far Western US Region .

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#17

University of La Verne

La Verne, California

University of La Verne ranked #17 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region list. Located in La Verne, California, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school awarded 1,300 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

ULV brought in $174,150 while tallying up $148,571 in expenses for its D3 Women’s Basketball team. Thus, the team actually made $25,579, which isn’t bad at all.

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#18

Pacific Lutheran University

Tacoma, Washington

Pacific Lutheran University ranked #18 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region list. Pacific Lutheran University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Tacoma, Washington that handed out 728 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

PLU brought in $215,119 while tallying up $214,031 in expenses for its D3 Women’s Basketball team. Thus, the team actually made $1,088, which isn’t bad at all.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 18 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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