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2021 Top New England Region Women's D3 Basketball Schools

63 Colleges
$47,195 Avg Tuition & Fees*
69% 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. One of our goals at College Factual is to give you as much information as we can - such as our Best Colleges for Division III Women's Basketball in the New England Region ranking - to help you make that decision.

We analyzed 63 colleges and universities across the New England Region to determine which were the best for D3 Women's Basketball athletes in the New England Region. 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 the New England Region for D3 Women's Basketball athletes in the New England Region

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#1

Amherst College

Amherst, Massachusetts
#7 in Quality in the New England Region

Amherst College tops this year’s ranking as the best school for D3 Women’s Basketball athletes in the New England Region. Amherst, Massachusetts is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 705 students in 2018-2019.

The team at Amherst took home $293,685 in revenue and paid out $285,499 in expenses in recent times. Thus, the team actually made $8,186, which isn’t bad at all.

The impressive student-to-faculty ratio of 8 to 1 means that students may have more opportunities to work more closely with their professors than they would at other schools. Amherst 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

Tufts University

Medford, Massachusetts
#18 in Quality in the New England Region

Out of the 63 schools in the New England Region that were part of this year’s ranking, Tufts University landed the #2 spot on the list. Tufts is located in Medford, Massachusetts and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,822 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The D3 Women’s Basketball team at Tufts made $257,548 in revenue, while incurring $221,566 in expenses. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $35,982.

With a freshman retention rate of 96%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Tufts excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#3

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Worcester, Massachusetts
#17 in Quality in the New England Region

The excellent sports programs at Worcester Polytechnic Institute helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for D3 Women’s Basketball athletes in the New England Region. Located in Worcester, Massachusetts, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school awarded 1,138 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The D3 Women’s Basketball team at WPI made $281,958 in revenue, while incurring $269,119 in expenses. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $12,839 in profit.

With a freshman retention rate of 95%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. On top of its placing in this ranking, WPI 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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#4

Bowdoin College

Brunswick, Maine
#9 in Quality in the New England Region

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Bowdoin College. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D3 Women’s Basketball athletes in the New England Region list. Bowdoin is located in Brunswick, Maine and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 664 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The D3 Women’s Basketball team at Bowdoin made $285,414 in revenue, while incurring $239,494 in expenses. Thus, the team actually made $45,920, which isn’t bad at all.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 96%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Bowdoin 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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#5

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, Massachusetts
#2 in Quality in the New England Region

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The school came in at #5 in this year’s ranking. Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the fairly large private not-for-profit school awarded 1,333 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The D3 Women’s Basketball team at MIT brought home $116,979 in revenue in a single year.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 99%. MIT also took the #2 spot in our overall quality rankings.

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#6

Babson College

Wellesley, Massachusetts
#21 in Quality in the New England Region

Babson College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in the New England Region ranking, coming in at #6. Located in Wellesley, Massachusetts, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 548 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at Babson College took home $253,716 in revenue.

With a freshman retention rate of 96%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Babson College 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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#7

Middlebury College

Middlebury, Vermont
#11 in Quality in the New England Region

Middlebury College landed the #7 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in the New England Region ranking. Middlebury is located in Middlebury, Vermont and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 771 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at Middlebury made $139,499 in revenue.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 96%. In addition to its great ranking here, Middlebury is in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#8

Williams College

Williamstown, Massachusetts
#3 in Quality in the New England Region

Williams College ranked #8 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in the New England Region list. Williamstown, Massachusetts is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 718 students in 2018-2019.

The D3 Women’s Basketball team at Williams brought home $252,438 in revenue in a single year.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 98%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Williams did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #3 on our overall quality list.

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#9

Connecticut College

New London, Connecticut
Top 25% in Quality in the New England Region

Connecticut College came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in the New England Region ranking. Connecticut College is a small private not-for-profit school located in New London, Connecticut that handed out 518 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at Conn College took home $140,271 in revenue.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 91%.

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#10

Roger Williams University

Bristol, Rhode Island

Roger Williams University landed the #10 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in the New England Region ranking. RWU is located in Bristol, Rhode Island and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 935 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The D3 Women’s Basketball team at RWU brought home $116,156 in revenue in a single year.

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#11

Trinity College

Hartford, Connecticut
#22 in Quality in the New England Region

Trinity College came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in the New England Region ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Hartford, Connecticut, and it awarded 596 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at Trinity Bantams made $193,202 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. In addition to its great ranking here, Trinity Bantams is in the top 20% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#12

Colby College

Waterville, Maine
#14 in Quality in the New England Region

With a ranking of #12, Colby College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in the New England Region ranking. Colby is a private not-for-profit institution located in Waterville, Maine. The school has a small population, and it awarded 608 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Women’s Basketball team at Colby brought home $213,751 in revenue in a single year.

With a freshman retention rate of 94%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Colby 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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#13

University of New England

Biddeford, Maine

University of New England landed the #13 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in the New England Region ranking. UNE is located in Biddeford, Maine and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 533 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The team at UNE took home $164,499 in revenue and paid out $156,853 in expenses in recent times. Thus, the team actually made $7,646, which isn’t bad at all.

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#14

Brandeis University

Waltham, Massachusetts
#24 in Quality in the New England Region

Brandeis University landed the #14 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in the New England Region ranking. This medium-sized private not-for-profit school is located in Waltham, Massachusetts, and it awarded 1,430 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at Brandeis made $327,186 in revenue.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 94%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. On top of its placing in this ranking, Brandeis 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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#15

Western New England University

Springfield, Massachusetts

Western New England University landed the #15 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in the New England Region ranking. Western New England is located in Springfield, Massachusetts and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 569 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Western New England brought in $171,720 while tallying up $152,186 in expenses for its D3 Women’s Basketball team. That boils down to a yearly profit of $19,534 for the sports team.

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#16

University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth

North Dartmouth, Massachusetts

University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in the New England Region ranking, coming in at #16. North Dartmouth, Massachusetts is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,469 students in 2018-2019.

UMass Dartmouth brought in $105,840 while tallying up $94,527 in expenses for its D3 Women’s Basketball team. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $11,313 in profit.

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#17

Springfield College

Springfield, Massachusetts

With a ranking of #17, Springfield College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in the New England Region ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Springfield, Massachusetts, and it awarded 512 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at Springfield College made $208,783 in revenue.

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

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#18

Maine Maritime Academy

Castine, Maine

Maine Maritime Academy ranked #18 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in the New England Region list. This small public school is located in Castine, Maine, and it awarded 207 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Women’s Basketball team at Maine Maritime brought home $126,415 in revenue in a single year.

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#19

Clark University

Worcester, Massachusetts

With a ranking of #19, Clark University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in the New England Region ranking. Clark is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Worcester, Massachusetts. It awarded 662 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Women’s Basketball team at Clark brought home $174,828 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.

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Saint Joseph’s College of Maine came in at #20 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in the New England Region ranking. Saint Joseph’s College of Maine is a small private not-for-profit school located in Standish, Maine that handed out 333 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Women’s Basketball team at Saint Joseph’s Maine made $86,764 in revenue, while incurring $85,691 in expenses. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $1,073.

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#21

Emerson College

Boston, Massachusetts

Emerson College landed the #21 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in the New England Region ranking. Boston, Massachusetts is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 982 students in 2018-2019.

The D3 Women’s Basketball team at Emerson brought home $154,725 in revenue in a single year.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 88%.

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#22

Keene State College

Keene, New Hampshire

Keene State College ranked #22 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in the New England Region list. Located in Keene, New Hampshire, the small public school handed out 912 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at Keene State took home $175,304 in revenue.

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#23

Suffolk University

Boston, Massachusetts

Suffolk University ranked #23 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in the New England Region list. Located in Boston, Massachusetts, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school handed out 1,319 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Women’s Basketball team at Suffolk brought home $69,738 in revenue in a single year.

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#24

Regis College

Weston, Massachusetts

Regis College came in at #24 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in the New England Region ranking. Weston, Massachusetts is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 412 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at Regis College took home $99,943 in revenue.

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#25

Bates College

Lewiston, Maine
#15 in Quality in the New England Region

Bates College landed the #25 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in the New England Region ranking. Bates is located in Lewiston, Maine and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 565 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Bates brought in $195,799 while tallying up $195,723 in expenses for its D3 Women’s Basketball team. Thus, the team actually made $76, which isn’t bad at all.

With a freshman retention rate of 95%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. On top of its placing in this ranking, Bates 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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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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