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2021 Top Maine Women's D3 Basketball Schools

9 Colleges
$37,987 Avg Tuition & Fees*
55% 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. College Factual has developed its Best Colleges for Division III Women's Basketball in Maine ranking as one item you can use to help make this decision.

After analyzing 9 schools in Maine, we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for D3 Women's Basketball athletes in Maine. 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 Maine for D3 Women's Basketball athletes in Maine

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Bowdoin College

Brunswick, Maine

Our analysis found Bowdoin College to be the best school for D3 Women’s Basketball athletes in Maine in this year’s ranking. Located in Brunswick, Maine, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 664 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

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. In addition to its Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Maine ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Bowdoin is ranked #1 for overall quality in Maine.

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#2

Colby College

Waterville, Maine

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Colby College. The school came in at #2 in this year’s ranking. Waterville, Maine is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 608 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at Colby took home $213,751 in revenue.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 94%. In addition to its Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Maine ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Colby is ranked #2 for overall quality in Maine.

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#3

University of New England

Biddeford, Maine

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of New England. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D3 Women’s Basketball athletes in Maine list. Located in Biddeford, Maine, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school handed out 533 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at UNE took home $164,499 in revenue and paid out $156,853 in expenses in recent times. That boils down to a yearly profit of $7,646 for the sports team.

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#4

Maine Maritime Academy

Castine, Maine

Out of the 9 schools in Maine that were part of this year’s ranking, Maine Maritime Academy landed the #4 spot on the list. Castine, Maine is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 207 students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at Maine Maritime made $126,415 in revenue.

Maine Maritime did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #4 on our overall quality list.

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A rank of #5 on our list means Saint Joseph’s College of Maine is a great place for D3 Women’s Basketball athletes in Maine working on their bachelor’s degree. Standish, Maine is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 333 students in 2018-2019.

Saint Joseph’s Maine brought in $86,764 while tallying up $85,691 in expenses for its D3 Women’s Basketball team. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $1,073 in profit.

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#6

Bates College

Lewiston, Maine

Bates College came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Maine ranking. Located in Lewiston, Maine, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 565 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The team at Bates took home $195,799 in revenue and paid out $195,723 in expenses in recent times. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $76.

With a freshman retention rate of 95%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. In addition to its Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Maine ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Bates is ranked #3 for overall quality in Maine.

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University of Maine at Farmington came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Maine ranking. Located in Farmington, Maine, the small public school awarded 372 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at UMaine Farmington took home $95,356 in revenue.

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#8

University of Southern Maine

Portland, Maine

University of Southern Maine came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Maine ranking. University of Southern Maine is a public institution located in Portland, Maine. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 1,123 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at University of Southern Maine took home $133,758 in revenue and paid out $121,212 in expenses in recent times. That boils down to a yearly profit of $12,546 for the sports team.

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#9

Thomas College

Waterville, Maine

Thomas College landed the #9 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Maine ranking. Thomas College is a private not-for-profit institution located in Waterville, Maine. The school has a small population, and it awarded 202 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Thomas College took home $70,905 in revenue and paid out $68,171 in expenses in recent times. Thus, the team actually made $2,734, which isn’t bad at all.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 9 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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