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2021 Top Michigan Women's D3 Basketball Schools

8 Colleges
$37,625 Avg Tuition & Fees*
48% 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. Our mission at College Factual is to arm you with as much information as we can to help you make that decision. Our Best Colleges for Division III Women's Basketball in Michigan ranking is one tool we have developed to help in this regard.

Our analysis looked at 8 schools in Michigan to determine which ones were the best for D3 Women's Basketball athletes in Michigan. 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 Michigan for D3 Women's Basketball athletes in Michigan

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Hope College

Holland, Michigan

Our analysis found Hope College to be the best school for D3 Women’s Basketball athletes in Michigan in this year’s ranking. Holland, Michigan is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 838 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at Hope took home $166,005 in revenue.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 88%. In addition to its Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Michigan ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Hope is ranked #4 for overall quality in Michigan.

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#2

Calvin University

Grand Rapids, Michigan

The excellent sports programs at Calvin University helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for D3 Women’s Basketball athletes in Michigan. Located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 969 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Women’s Basketball team at Calvin made $149,809 in revenue, while incurring $148,076 in expenses. Thus, the team actually made $1,733, which isn’t bad at all.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 87%. In addition to its great ranking here, Calvin is in the top 20% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#3

Albion College

Albion, Michigan

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Albion College. The school came in at #3 in this year’s ranking. Located in Albion, Michigan, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 371 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at Albion took home $152,559 in revenue.

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#4

Kalamazoo College

Kalamazoo, Michigan

A rank of #4 on our list means Kalamazoo College is a great place for D3 Women’s Basketball athletes in Michigan working on their bachelor’s degree. Kalamazoo, Michigan is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 373 students in 2018-2019.

The D3 Women’s Basketball team at K College brought home $128,734 in revenue in a single year.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 90%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. K College did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #5 on our overall quality list.

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#5

Alma College

Alma, Michigan

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Alma College. The school came in at #5 in this year’s ranking. Located in Alma, Michigan, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 326 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The D3 Women’s Basketball team at Alma brought home $170,239 in revenue in a single year.

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#6

Adrian College

Adrian, Michigan

Adrian College came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Michigan ranking. Adrian is located in Adrian, Michigan and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 360 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at Adrian made $124,863 in revenue.

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#7

Finlandia University

Hancock, Michigan

With a ranking of #7, Finlandia University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Michigan ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Hancock, Michigan, and it awarded 61 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Women’s Basketball team at Finlandia brought home $159,944 in revenue in a single year.

Since the school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 7 to 1, those pursuing a bachelor’s degree will have more opportunities to interact with their professors.

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#8

Olivet College

Olivet, Michigan

Olivet College landed the #8 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Michigan ranking. Olivet is a private not-for-profit institution located in Olivet, Michigan. The school has a small population, and it awarded 184 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Olivet brought in $162,768 while tallying up $159,698 in expenses for its D3 Women’s Basketball team. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $3,070 in profit.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 8 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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