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2021 Top Washington Women's D3 Basketball Schools

4 Colleges
$48,544 Avg Tuition & Fees*
67% 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 Washington ranking is part of that endeavor.

We analyzed 4 colleges and universities across Washington to determine which were the best for D3 Women's Basketball athletes in Washington. Our ranking is based on several objective factors, including the school's overall quality and the athletic competitiveness of the school. We steer clear of subjective measures since they don't give a clear picture when determining how one school compares to another. So, even if a school has a great team, it won't place well if it is also considered a low quality college or university.

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Top Colleges in Washington for D3 Women's Basketball athletes in Washington

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Whitman College

Walla Walla, Washington

Whitman College tops this year’s ranking as the best school for D3 Women’s Basketball athletes in Washington. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Walla Walla, Washington, and it awarded 374 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Women’s Basketball team at Whitman made $286,165 in revenue, while incurring $278,750 in expenses. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $7,415.

With a freshman retention rate of 94%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Whitman also made our overall quality list, coming in at #1.

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#2

University of Puget Sound

Tacoma, Washington

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of Puget Sound. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D3 Women’s Basketball athletes in Washington list. 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.

The D3 Women’s Basketball team at Puget Sound brought home $188,069 in revenue in a single year.

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 took the #5 spot in our overall quality rankings.

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#3

Whitworth University

Spokane, Washington

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Whitworth University. The school came in at #3 in this year’s ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Spokane, Washington, and it awarded 625 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Whitworth brought in $199,183 while tallying up $197,769 in expenses for its D3 Women’s Basketball team. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $1,414 in profit.

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#4

Pacific Lutheran University

Tacoma, Washington

Out of the 4 schools in Washington that were part of this year’s ranking, Pacific Lutheran University landed the #4 spot on the 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.

The D3 Women’s Basketball team at PLU made $215,119 in revenue, while incurring $214,031 in expenses. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $1,088.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

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