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2021 Top Ohio Women's D3 Basketball Schools

21 Colleges
$38,459 Avg Tuition & Fees*
54% 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 Ohio ranking is one tool we have developed to help in this regard.

Our analysis looked at 21 schools in Ohio to determine which ones were the best for D3 Women's Basketball athletes in Ohio. 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 Ohio for D3 Women's Basketball athletes in Ohio

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

Our analysis found Ohio Northern University to be the best school for D3 Women’s Basketball athletes in Ohio in this year’s ranking. Located in Ada, Ohio, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 415 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at ONU made $268,794 in revenue.

ONU excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#2

Kenyon College

Gambier, Ohio

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Kenyon College. The school came in at #2 in this year’s ranking. Kenyon is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Gambier, Ohio. It awarded 517 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at Kenyon made $171,069 in revenue.

The student-to-faculty ratio of 9 to 1 is a sign that students will have more opportunities to engage with their professors one-on-one. Kenyon also made our overall quality list, coming in at #2.

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You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Baldwin Wallace University. The school came in at #3 in this year’s ranking. Located in Berea, Ohio, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 929 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The D3 Women’s Basketball team at Baldwin Wallace College brought home $187,291 in revenue in a single year.

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#4

Denison University

Granville, Ohio

Out of the 21 schools in Ohio that were part of this year’s ranking, Denison University landed the #4 spot on the list. Denison is a private not-for-profit institution located in Granville, Ohio. The school has a small population, and it awarded 643 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at Denison took home $267,180 in revenue. With a perfect academic progress rate of 1000, the team is showing that they know how to hit the books, too.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 91%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Denison also made our overall quality list, coming in at #3.

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#5

Oberlin College

Oberlin, Ohio

The excellent sports programs at Oberlin College helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for D3 Women’s Basketball athletes in Ohio. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Oberlin, Ohio, and it awarded 872 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at Oberlin made $120,191 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. Oberlin not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #4 on our overall quality list.

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#6

Marietta College

Marietta, Ohio

With a ranking of #6, Marietta College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Ohio ranking. Marietta College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Marietta, Ohio that handed out 210 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Marietta took home $150,184 in revenue and paid out $139,095 in expenses in recent times. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $11,089 in profit.

Since the school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 9 to 1, those pursuing a bachelor’s degree will have more opportunities to interact with their professors.

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Ohio Wesleyan University

Delaware, Ohio

With a ranking of #7, Ohio Wesleyan University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Ohio ranking. OWU is a private not-for-profit institution located in Delaware, Ohio. The school has a small population, and it awarded 395 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at OWU took home $155,651 in revenue.

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. OWU excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 20% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#8

Bluffton University

Bluffton, Ohio

Bluffton University came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Ohio ranking. Bluffton, Ohio is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 193 students in 2018-2019.

The D3 Women’s Basketball team at Bluffton brought home $96,020 in revenue in a single year.

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#9

Otterbein University

Westerville, Ohio

Otterbein University landed the #9 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Ohio ranking. Otterbein is a private not-for-profit institution located in Westerville, Ohio. The school has a small population, and it awarded 579 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Women’s Basketball team at Otterbein made $180,109 in revenue, while incurring $161,979 in expenses. Thus, the team actually made $18,130, which isn’t bad at all.

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#10

Hiram College

Hiram, Ohio

Hiram College came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Ohio ranking. Hiram is located in Hiram, Ohio and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 227 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The D3 Women’s Basketball team at Hiram brought home $126,638 in revenue in a single year.

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#11

John Carroll University

University Heights, Ohio

John Carroll University came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Ohio ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in University Heights, Ohio, and it awarded 831 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Women’s Basketball team at John Carroll brought home $219,713 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. John Carroll 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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University of Mount Union

Alliance, Ohio

With a ranking of #12, University of Mount Union did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Ohio ranking. University of Mount Union is a small private not-for-profit school located in Alliance, Ohio that handed out 511 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at Mount Union made $187,814 in revenue.

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#13

Capital University

Columbus, Ohio

With a ranking of #13, Capital University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Ohio ranking. Capital is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Columbus, Ohio. It awarded 678 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at Capital made $323,676 in revenue.

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#14

Wittenberg University

Springfield, Ohio

Wittenberg University landed the #14 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Ohio ranking. Wittenberg is a private not-for-profit institution located in Springfield, Ohio. The school has a small population, and it awarded 434 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at Wittenberg made $196,297 in revenue.

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#15

The College of Wooster

Wooster, Ohio

With a ranking of #15, The College of Wooster did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Ohio ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Wooster, Ohio, and it awarded 522 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Wooster College brought in $136,210 while tallying up $131,611 in expenses for its D3 Women’s Basketball team. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $4,599.

In addition to its great ranking here, Wooster College is in the top 15% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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With a ranking of #16, Franciscan University of Steubenville did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Ohio ranking. Located in Steubenville, Ohio, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 509 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at Franciscan U took home $48,782 in revenue.

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, Franciscan U is in the top 15% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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Wilmington College

Wilmington, Ohio

Wilmington College landed the #17 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Ohio ranking. Located in Wilmington, Ohio, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 346 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at Wilmington College took home $170,101 in revenue.

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#18

Muskingum University

New Concord, Ohio

Muskingum University landed the #18 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Ohio ranking. Muskingum is a private not-for-profit institution located in New Concord, Ohio. The school has a small population, and it awarded 331 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Women’s Basketball team at Muskingum made $171,073 in revenue, while incurring $162,000 in expenses. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $9,073 in profit.

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#19

Heidelberg University

Tiffin, Ohio

Heidelberg University came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Ohio ranking. Heidelburg College is located in Tiffin, Ohio and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 254 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The team at Heidelburg College took home $133,344 in revenue and paid out $128,483 in expenses in recent times. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $4,861 in profit.

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#20

Defiance College

Defiance, Ohio

Defiance College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Ohio ranking, coming in at #20. Located in Defiance, Ohio, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 147 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Defiance College brought in $157,953 while tallying up $147,243 in expenses for its D3 Women’s Basketball team. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $10,710 in profit.

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#21

Mount St. Joseph University

Cincinnati, Ohio

Mount St. Joseph University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Ohio ranking, coming in at #21. Mount St. Joe is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Cincinnati, Ohio. It awarded 280 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at Mount St. Joe took home $153,176 in revenue.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 21 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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