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2021 Top Pennsylvania Women's D3 Basketball Schools

51 Colleges
$41,362 Avg Tuition & Fees*
64% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

It's not easy to decide which college to attend when there are so many options available for student athletes. 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 Pennsylvania ranking.

We analyzed 51 colleges and universities across Pennsylvania to determine which were the best for D3 Women's Basketball athletes in Pennsylvania. To come up with this ranking, we look at a number of factors that are all objective measurements. These factors include the school's overall quality as determined by our Best Colleges ranking and the athletic competitiveness of the school. Thus, in order to rank well, the school must offer a quality education in addition to having a great sports team.

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

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#1

University of Scranton

Scranton, Pennsylvania

Our analysis found University of Scranton to be the best school for D3 Women’s Basketball athletes in Pennsylvania in this year’s ranking. University of Scranton is located in Scranton, Pennsylvania and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 938 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at University of Scranton made $278,348 in revenue.

With a freshman retention rate of 87%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. On top of its placing in this ranking, University of Scranton also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#2

Messiah University

Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania

A rank of #2 on our list means Messiah University is a great place for D3 Women’s Basketball athletes in Pennsylvania working on their bachelor’s degree. Messiah University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania that handed out 636 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Messiah took home $199,291 in revenue and paid out $151,407 in expenses in recent times. That boils down to a yearly profit of $47,884 for the sports team.

With a freshman retention rate of 88%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Messiah 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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#3

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Out of the 51 schools in Pennsylvania that were part of this year’s ranking, Carnegie Mellon University landed the #3 spot on the list. Carnegie Mellon is located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,848 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The D3 Women’s Basketball team at Carnegie Mellon brought home $217,520 in revenue in a single year.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 96%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Carnegie Mellon also took the #3 spot in our overall quality rankings.

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#4

Haverford College

Haverford, Pennsylvania

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Haverford College. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D3 Women’s Basketball athletes in Pennsylvania list. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Haverford, Pennsylvania, and it awarded 343 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Women’s Basketball team at Haverford brought home $134,397 in revenue in a single year.

Since the school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 8 to 1, those pursuing a bachelor’s degree will have more opportunities to interact with their professors. Haverford also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

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#5

Gettysburg College

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

The excellent sports programs at Gettysburg College helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for D3 Women’s Basketball athletes in Pennsylvania. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and it awarded 722 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at Gettysburg took home $130,389 in revenue.

With a freshman retention rate of 90%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Gettysburg also is in the top 10% of our overall quality ranking.

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#6

Dickinson College

Carlisle, Pennsylvania

Dickinson College landed the #6 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Pennsylvania ranking. Located in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 752 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Dickinson brought in $101,749 while tallying up $100,165 in expenses for its D3 Women’s Basketball team. That boils down to a yearly profit of $1,584 for the sports team.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 90%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Dickinson also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

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#7

Muhlenberg College

Allentown, Pennsylvania

Muhlenberg College ranked #7 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Pennsylvania list. Muhlenberg is located in Allentown, Pennsylvania and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 733 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at Muhlenberg made $295,522 in revenue.

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

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#8

Elizabethtown College

Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania

Elizabethtown College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Pennsylvania ranking, coming in at #8. Located in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 527 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at Etown took home $125,146 in revenue.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 87%. On top of its placing in this ranking, Etown also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#9

Washington & Jefferson College

Washington, Pennsylvania

Washington & Jefferson College came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Pennsylvania ranking. W&J is located in Washington, Pennsylvania and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 382 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The team at W&J took home $173,474 in revenue and paid out $173,465 in expenses in recent times. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $9 in profit.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 87%. W&J also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

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#10

Moravian College

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Moravian College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Pennsylvania ranking, coming in at #10. Moravian is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. It awarded 571 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at Moravian made $188,029 in revenue.

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#11

Saint Vincent College

Latrobe, Pennsylvania

Saint Vincent College landed the #11 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Pennsylvania ranking. Latrobe, Pennsylvania is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 394 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at Saint Vincent took home $204,868 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.

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#12

Misericordia University

Dallas, Pennsylvania

With a ranking of #12, Misericordia University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Pennsylvania ranking. Misericordia University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Dallas, Pennsylvania that handed out 483 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Women’s Basketball team at Misericordia University made $101,090 in revenue, while incurring $98,478 in expenses. That boils down to a yearly profit of $2,612 for the sports team.

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#13

Ursinus College

Collegeville, Pennsylvania

Ursinus College came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Pennsylvania ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, and it awarded 400 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at Ursinus made $137,248 in revenue.

Ursinus 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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#14

DeSales University

Center Valley, Pennsylvania

With a ranking of #14, DeSales University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Pennsylvania ranking. DeSales is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Center Valley, Pennsylvania. It awarded 621 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Women’s Basketball team at DeSales made $166,737 in revenue, while incurring $161,637 in expenses. Thus, the team actually made $5,100, which isn’t bad at all.

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#15

Marywood University

Scranton, Pennsylvania

With a ranking of #15, Marywood University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Pennsylvania ranking. Located in Scranton, Pennsylvania, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 464 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at Marywood took home $66,476 in revenue.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 86%.

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#16

Susquehanna University

Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania

Susquehanna University ranked #16 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Pennsylvania list. Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 597 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at Susquehanna took home $132,189 in revenue.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 87%.

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#17

Lebanon Valley College

Annville, Pennsylvania

Lebanon Valley College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Pennsylvania ranking, coming in at #17. LVC is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Annville, Pennsylvania. It awarded 434 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Women’s Basketball team at LVC made $156,904 in revenue, while incurring $139,217 in expenses. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $17,687.

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#18

York College of Pennsylvania

York, Pennsylvania

York College of Pennsylvania came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Pennsylvania ranking. YCP is a small private not-for-profit school situated in York, Pennsylvania. It awarded 849 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Women’s Basketball team at YCP made $123,214 in revenue, while incurring $109,229 in expenses. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $13,985 in profit.

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#19

Albright College

Reading, Pennsylvania

Albright College came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Pennsylvania ranking. Albright is a private not-for-profit institution located in Reading, Pennsylvania. The school has a small population, and it awarded 398 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Women’s Basketball team at Albright brought home $106,953 in revenue in a single year.

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#20

Lycoming College

Williamsport, Pennsylvania

With a ranking of #20, Lycoming College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Pennsylvania ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, and it awarded 298 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Lycoming brought in $163,367 while tallying up $153,736 in expenses for its D3 Women’s Basketball team. That boils down to a yearly profit of $9,631 for the sports team.

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#21

Waynesburg University

Waynesburg, Pennsylvania

Waynesburg University came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Pennsylvania ranking. Located in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 308 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Women’s Basketball team at Waynesburg brought home $155,490 in revenue in a single year.

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#22

Juniata College

Huntingdon, Pennsylvania
Top 25% in Quality in Pennsylvania

Juniata College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Pennsylvania ranking, coming in at #22. Juniata College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania that handed out 330 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Women’s Basketball team at Juniata made $153,921 in revenue, while incurring $146,686 in expenses. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $7,235 in profit.

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#23

La Roche College

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

La Roche College came in at #23 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Pennsylvania ranking. LRC is a private not-for-profit institution located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The school has a small population, and it awarded 392 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Women’s Basketball team at LRC made $90,455 in revenue, while incurring $85,645 in expenses. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $4,810 in profit.

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Pennsylvania State University - Erie - Behrend College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Pennsylvania ranking, coming in at #24. Pennsylvania State University - Erie - Behrend College is a small public school located in Erie, Pennsylvania that handed out 829 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at Penn State Erie made $82,349 in revenue.

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#25

Gwynedd Mercy University

Gwynedd Valley, Pennsylvania

Gwynedd Mercy University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Pennsylvania ranking, coming in at #25. Gwynedd - Mercy is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Gwynedd Valley, Pennsylvania. It awarded 578 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at Gwynedd - Mercy made $49,322 in revenue.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 25 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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