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2021 Top California Women's D3 Basketball Schools

9 Colleges
$50,426 Avg Tuition & Fees*
67% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

When it comes to choosing a college, student athletes have a lot of options - but not all of them are good. At College Factual, we're committed to helping you make that decision by providing information such as that found in our Best Colleges for Division III Women's Basketball in California ranking.

After analyzing 9 schools in California, we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for D3 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 D3 Women's Basketball athletes in California

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Chapman University

Orange, California

Chapman University tops this year’s ranking as the best school for D3 Women’s Basketball athletes in California. 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.

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#2

Occidental College

Los Angeles, California

Out of the 9 schools in California that were part of this year’s ranking, Occidental College landed the #2 spot on the list. Los Angeles, California is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 529 students in 2018-2019.

The D3 Women’s Basketball team at Oxy made $161,728 in revenue, while incurring $159,490 in expenses. That boils down to a yearly profit of $2,238 for the sports team.

With a freshman retention rate of 91%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. In addition to its great ranking here, Oxy is in the top 15% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#3

California Lutheran University

Thousand Oaks, California

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend California Lutheran University. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D3 Women’s Basketball athletes in California list. CLU is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Thousand Oaks, California. It awarded 849 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at CLU took home $172,713 in revenue.

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#4

University of Redlands

Redlands, California

Out of the 9 schools in California that were part of this year’s ranking, University of Redlands landed the #4 spot on the list. University of Redlands is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Redlands, California. It awarded 755 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at University of Redlands took home $187,721 in revenue and paid out $182,579 in expenses in recent times. That boils down to a yearly profit of $5,142 for the sports team.

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#5

University of California - Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, California

A rank of #5 on our list means University of California - Santa Cruz is a great place for D3 Women’s Basketball athletes in California working on their bachelor’s degree. UC Santa Cruz is a fairly large public school situated in Santa Cruz, California. It awarded 4,713 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at UC Santa Cruz took home $164,856 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.

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#6

California Institute of Technology

Pasadena, California

With a ranking of #6, California Institute of Technology did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in California ranking. Pasadena, California is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 241 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. Caltech did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #1 on our overall quality list.

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#7

Whittier College

Whittier, California

Whittier College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in California ranking, coming in at #7. Whittier is located in Whittier, California and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 407 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

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

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#8

Pomona College

Claremont, California

Pomona College came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in California ranking. Located in Claremont, California, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 449 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The D3 Women’s Basketball team at Pomona made $138,880 in revenue, while incurring $138,126 in expenses. Thus, the team actually made $754, which isn’t bad at all.

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. Pomona did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #3 on our overall quality list.

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#9

University of La Verne

La Verne, California

University of La Verne came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in California ranking. University of La Verne is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in La Verne, California that handed out 1,300 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at ULV took home $174,150 in revenue and paid out $148,571 in expenses in recent times. That boils down to a yearly profit of $25,579 for the sports team.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 9 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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