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2021 Top Southeast Region Women's D3 Basketball Schools

47 Colleges
$38,764 Avg Tuition & Fees*
56% 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 the Southeast Region ranking as one item you can use to help make this decision.

Our analysis looked at 47 schools in the Southeast Region to determine which ones were the best for D3 Women's Basketball athletes in the Southeast Region. Instead of depending on subjective information, we focus on objective factors to determine this ranking. These factors include such things as the athletic competitiveness of the school and the school's overall quality. This means that a school must provide students with a great education in addition to having a good sports team if it wants to rank well.

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Top Colleges in the Southeast Region for D3 Women's Basketball athletes in the Southeast Region

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Christopher Newport University

Newport News, Virginia
Top 10% in Quality in the Southeast Region

Our 2021 rankings named Christopher Newport University the best school for D3 Women’s Basketball athletes in the Southeast Region working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in Newport News, Virginia, the small public school awarded 1,172 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at CNU took home $260,643 in revenue.

With a freshman retention rate of 88%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, CNU also is in the top 10% of our overall quality ranking.

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#2

Emory University

Atlanta, Georgia
#5 in Quality in the Southeast Region

A rank of #2 on our list means Emory University is a great place for D3 Women’s Basketball athletes in the Southeast Region working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in Atlanta, Georgia, the fairly large private not-for-profit school handed out 2,598 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Emory brought in $272,037 while tallying up $239,786 in expenses for its D3 Women’s Basketball team. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $32,251 in profit.

The impressive student-to-faculty ratio of 9 to 1 means that students may have more opportunities to work more closely with their professors than they would at other schools. In addition to its Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Emory is ranked #5 for overall quality in the Southeast Region .

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#3

Transylvania University

Lexington, Kentucky
Top 10% in Quality in the Southeast Region

A rank of #3 on our list means Transylvania University is a great place for D3 Women’s Basketball athletes in the Southeast Region working on their bachelor’s degree. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Lexington, Kentucky, and it awarded 272 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at Transylvania made $303,773 in revenue.

Transylvania 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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#4

University of Mary Washington

Fredericksburg, Virginia
Top 25% in Quality in the Southeast Region

The excellent sports programs at University of Mary Washington helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for D3 Women’s Basketball athletes in the Southeast Region. UMW is located in Fredericksburg, Virginia and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,087 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The team at UMW took home $195,166 in revenue and paid out $193,404 in expenses in recent times. That boils down to a yearly profit of $1,762 for the sports team.

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#5

Hendrix College

Conway, Arkansas
Top 10% in Quality in the Southeast Region

Out of the 47 schools in the Southeast Region that were part of this year’s ranking, Hendrix College landed the #5 spot on the list. Hendrix College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Conway, Arkansas that handed out 338 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at Hendrix took home $124,132 in revenue.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Hendrix also is in the top 10% of our overall quality ranking.

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#6

Washington and Lee University

Lexington, Virginia
#3 in Quality in the Southeast Region

Washington and Lee University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking, coming in at #6. Located in Lexington, Virginia, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 564 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Washington and Lee brought in $166,330 while tallying up $165,187 in expenses for its D3 Women’s Basketball team. Thus, the team actually made $1,143, which isn’t bad at all.

With a student-to-faculty ratio of 8 to 1, it’s easy to see that the school is committed to helping their undergraduates succeed. In addition to its Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Washington and Lee is ranked #3 for overall quality in the Southeast Region .

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#7

University of Lynchburg

Lynchburg, Virginia
Top 25% in Quality in the Southeast Region

University of Lynchburg came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Lynchburg, Virginia, and it awarded 480 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at Lynchburg took home $213,955 in revenue.

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#8

Millsaps College

Jackson, Mississippi
Top 15% in Quality in the Southeast Region

With a ranking of #8, Millsaps College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Jackson, Mississippi, and it awarded 181 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Women’s Basketball team at Millsaps brought home $138,573 in revenue in a single year.

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. On top of its placing in this ranking, Millsaps 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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#9

Randolph - Macon College

Ashland, Virginia
Top 15% in Quality in the Southeast Region

Randolph - Macon College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking, coming in at #9. Located in Ashland, Virginia, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 386 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at Randolph - Macon took home $264,542 in revenue.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Randolph - Macon also is in the top 15% of our overall quality ranking.

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#10

Marymount University

Arlington, Virginia

Marymount University ranked #10 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in the Southeast Region list. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Arlington, Virginia, and it awarded 551 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at Marymount took home $184,256 in revenue.

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#11

Birmingham Southern College

Birmingham, Alabama
Top 20% in Quality in the Southeast Region

Birmingham Southern College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking, coming in at #11. Located in Birmingham, Alabama, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 354 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at BSC took home $174,385 in revenue.

BSC 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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#12

Guilford College

Greensboro, North Carolina

Guilford College landed the #12 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Greensboro, North Carolina, and it awarded 349 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Guilford took home $199,545 in revenue and paid out $187,392 in expenses in recent times. Thus, the team actually made $12,153, which isn’t bad at all.

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#13

Eastern Mennonite University

Harrisonburg, Virginia
Top 25% in Quality in the Southeast Region

Eastern Mennonite University came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking. Located in Harrisonburg, Virginia, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 350 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at Eastern Mennonite made $110,862 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.

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#14

Covenant College

Lookout Mountain, Georgia
Top 15% in Quality in the Southeast Region

With a ranking of #14, Covenant College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking. Covenant is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Lookout Mountain, Georgia. It awarded 222 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Covenant brought in $117,459 while tallying up $116,959 in expenses for its D3 Women’s Basketball team. Thus, the team actually made $500, which isn’t bad at all.

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, Covenant 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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#20 in Quality in the Southeast Region

Sewanee - The University of the South did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking, coming in at #15. Sewanee is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Sewanee, Tennessee. It awarded 432 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Women’s Basketball team at Sewanee brought home $177,179 in revenue in a single year.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 88%. On top of its placing in this ranking, Sewanee also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#16

Berry College

Mount Berry, Georgia
Top 10% in Quality in the Southeast Region

Berry College landed the #16 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Mount Berry, Georgia, and it awarded 539 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Berry took home $212,257 in revenue and paid out $206,779 in expenses in recent times. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $5,478 in profit.

In addition to its great ranking here, Berry is in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#17

Emory and Henry College

Emory, Virginia

Emory and Henry College came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Emory, Virginia, and it awarded 249 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at Emory & Henry College made $262,109 in revenue.

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#18

Maryville College

Maryville, Tennessee

Maryville College came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking. Located in Maryville, Tennessee, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 266 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at Maryville College made $128,211 in revenue.

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#19

Thomas More College

Crestview Hills, Kentucky

Thomas More College landed the #19 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking. Thomas More College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Crestview Hills, Kentucky that handed out 297 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Women’s Basketball team at TMC made $155,391 in revenue, while incurring $130,962 in expenses. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $24,429 in profit.

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#20

Centre College

Danville, Kentucky
#21 in Quality in the Southeast Region

Centre College ranked #20 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in the Southeast Region list. Danville, Kentucky is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 378 students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at Centre College of Kentucky made $124,367 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, Centre College of Kentucky is in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#21

Roanoke College

Salem, Virginia
Top 15% in Quality in the Southeast Region

With a ranking of #21, Roanoke College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking. Salem, Virginia is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 474 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at Roanoke took home $150,149 in revenue.

On top of its placing in this ranking, Roanoke 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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#22

Randolph College

Lynchburg, Virginia
Top 25% in Quality in the Southeast Region

Randolph College ranked #22 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in the Southeast Region list. Located in Lynchburg, Virginia, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 144 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Randolph took home $94,721 in revenue and paid out $93,347 in expenses in recent times. Thus, the team actually made $1,374, which isn’t bad at all.

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.

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#23

Piedmont College

Demorest, Georgia

Piedmont College ranked #23 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in the Southeast Region list. Piedmont College is located in Demorest, Georgia and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 272 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The team at Piedmont College took home $199,734 in revenue and paid out $193,166 in expenses in recent times. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $6,568 in profit.

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#24

Rhodes College

Memphis, Tennessee
#19 in Quality in the Southeast Region

With a ranking of #24, Rhodes College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking. Located in Memphis, Tennessee, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 561 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Rhodes College took home $176,223 in revenue and paid out $174,290 in expenses in recent times. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $1,933 in profit.

With a freshman retention rate of 91%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. On top of its placing in this ranking, Rhodes College also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#25

Bridgewater College

Bridgewater, Virginia

Bridgewater College came in at #25 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking. Bridgewater is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Bridgewater, Virginia. It awarded 415 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at Bridgewater made $174,303 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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