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2021 Top Massachusetts Women's D3 Basketball Schools

33 Colleges
$39,101 Avg Tuition & Fees*
57% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

When pursuing a degree in today's world, student athletes have many different options to choose from. College Factual was founded, in part, to help students make the decision as to what would be the best school for them. Our Best Colleges for Division III Women's Basketball in Massachusetts ranking is part of that endeavor.

After analyzing 33 schools in Massachusetts, we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for D3 Women's Basketball athletes in Massachusetts. 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 Massachusetts for D3 Women's Basketball athletes in Massachusetts

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Amherst College

Amherst, Massachusetts

Our analysis found Amherst College to be the best school for D3 Women’s Basketball athletes in Massachusetts in this year’s ranking. Located in Amherst, Massachusetts, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 705 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Amherst brought in $293,685 while tallying up $285,499 in expenses for its D3 Women’s Basketball team. That boils down to a yearly profit of $8,186 for the sports team.

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 not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #4 on our overall quality list.

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#2

Tufts University

Medford, Massachusetts

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Tufts University. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D3 Women’s Basketball athletes in Massachusetts list. Located in Medford, Massachusetts, the fairly large private not-for-profit school handed out 1,822 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Tufts took home $257,548 in revenue and paid out $221,566 in expenses in recent times. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $35,982 in profit.

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. 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

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Worcester Polytechnic Institute. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D3 Women’s Basketball athletes in Massachusetts list. Worcester Polytechnic Institute is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in Worcester, Massachusetts that handed out 1,138 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Women’s Basketball team at WPI made $281,958 in revenue, while incurring $269,119 in expenses. That boils down to a yearly profit of $12,839 for the sports team.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 95%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. In addition to its great ranking here, WPI is in the top 15% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#4

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, Massachusetts

The excellent sports programs at Massachusetts Institute of Technology helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for D3 Women’s Basketball athletes in Massachusetts. MIT is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,333 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

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

Since the school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 3 to 1, those pursuing a bachelor’s degree will have more opportunities to interact with their professors. In addition to its Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Massachusetts ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, MIT is ranked #2 for overall quality in Massachusetts.

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#5

Babson College

Wellesley, Massachusetts

The excellent sports programs at Babson College helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for D3 Women’s Basketball athletes in Massachusetts. Located in Wellesley, Massachusetts, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 548 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at Babson College made $253,716 in revenue.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 96%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Babson College also is in the top 20% of our overall quality ranking.

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#6

Williams College

Williamstown, Massachusetts

Williams College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Massachusetts ranking, coming in at #6. Williams is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Williamstown, Massachusetts. It awarded 718 bachelor’s degrees 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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#7

Brandeis University

Waltham, Massachusetts

With a ranking of #7, Brandeis University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Massachusetts ranking. Brandeis is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school situated in Waltham, Massachusetts. It awarded 1,430 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Women’s Basketball team at Brandeis brought home $327,186 in revenue in a single year.

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

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#8

Western New England University

Springfield, Massachusetts

Western New England University ranked #8 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Massachusetts list. Western New England is a private not-for-profit institution located in Springfield, Massachusetts. The school has a small population, and it awarded 569 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Women’s Basketball team at Western New England made $171,720 in revenue, while incurring $152,186 in expenses. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $19,534.

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#9

University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth

North Dartmouth, Massachusetts

University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth landed the #9 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Massachusetts ranking. UMass Dartmouth is a public institution located in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 1,469 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at UMass Dartmouth took home $105,840 in revenue and paid out $94,527 in expenses in recent times. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $11,313 in profit.

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#10

Springfield College

Springfield, Massachusetts

With a ranking of #10, Springfield College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Massachusetts ranking. Springfield College is located in Springfield, Massachusetts and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 512 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

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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#11

Clark University

Worcester, Massachusetts

Clark University ranked #11 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Massachusetts list. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Worcester, Massachusetts, and it awarded 662 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at Clark made $174,828 in revenue.

With a freshman retention rate of 86%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students.

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#12

Emerson College

Boston, Massachusetts

Emerson College came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Massachusetts ranking. Emerson is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Boston, Massachusetts. It awarded 982 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at Emerson made $154,725 in revenue.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 88%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year.

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#13

Suffolk University

Boston, Massachusetts

Suffolk University ranked #13 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Massachusetts list. Suffolk is a private not-for-profit institution located in Boston, Massachusetts. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 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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#14

Regis College

Weston, Massachusetts

Regis College ranked #14 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Massachusetts list. Regis College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Weston, Massachusetts that handed out 412 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

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

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#15

Framingham State University

Framingham, Massachusetts

Framingham State University landed the #15 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Massachusetts ranking. Framingham State University is a medium-sized public school located in Framingham, Massachusetts that handed out 862 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Women’s Basketball team at Framingham State made $90,641 in revenue, while incurring $80,061 in expenses. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $10,580.

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#16

Westfield State University

Westfield, Massachusetts

Westfield State University ranked #16 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Massachusetts list. Located in Westfield, Massachusetts, the medium-sized public school awarded 1,555 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The D3 Women’s Basketball team at Westfield brought home $134,379 in revenue in a single year.

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#17

Endicott College

Beverly, Massachusetts

With a ranking of #17, Endicott College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Massachusetts ranking. Endicott is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Beverly, Massachusetts. It awarded 799 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at Endicott took home $85,366 in revenue.

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#18

Elms College

Chicopee, Massachusetts

Elms College came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Massachusetts ranking. Elms College is a private not-for-profit institution located in Chicopee, Massachusetts. The school has a small population, and it awarded 420 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at Elms College made $50,917 in revenue.

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#19

Wheaton College Massachusetts

Norton, Massachusetts

Wheaton College Massachusetts did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Massachusetts ranking, coming in at #19. Wheaton College Massachusetts is a small private not-for-profit school located in Norton, Massachusetts that handed out 391 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at Wheaton College Massachusetts made $147,074 in revenue.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 88%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year.

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#20

Gordon College

Wenham, Massachusetts

Gordon College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Massachusetts ranking, coming in at #20. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Wenham, Massachusetts, and it awarded 497 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Women’s Basketball team at Gordon College brought home $142,214 in revenue in a single year.

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#21

Worcester State University

Worcester, Massachusetts

Worcester State University came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Massachusetts ranking. Located in Worcester, Massachusetts, the medium-sized public school awarded 1,217 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at Worcester State took home $117,080 in revenue.

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#22

Bridgewater State University

Bridgewater, Massachusetts

With a ranking of #22, Bridgewater State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Massachusetts ranking. Located in Bridgewater, Massachusetts, the fairly large public school handed out 2,306 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Bridgewater State brought in $78,673 while tallying up $68,287 in expenses for its D3 Women’s Basketball team. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $10,386 in profit.

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#23

Fitchburg State University

Fitchburg, Massachusetts

With a ranking of #23, Fitchburg State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Massachusetts ranking. Located in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, the medium-sized public school handed out 815 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Women’s Basketball team at Fitchburg State brought home $46,536 in revenue in a single year.

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#24

University of Massachusetts - Boston

Boston, Massachusetts

University of Massachusetts - Boston ranked #24 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Massachusetts list. UMass Boston is a public institution located in Boston, Massachusetts. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 2,576 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at UMass Boston took home $150,365 in revenue.

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#25

Salem State University

Salem, Massachusetts

Salem State University came in at #25 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Massachusetts ranking. Located in Salem, Massachusetts, the medium-sized public school handed out 1,672 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at Salem State made $57,263 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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