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2021 Top Tennessee Women's D3 Basketball Schools

3 Colleges
$43,277 Avg Tuition & Fees*
63% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

When pursuing a degree in today's world, student athletes have many different options to choose from. 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 Tennessee ranking.

We analyzed 3 colleges and universities across Tennessee to determine which were the best for D3 Women's Basketball athletes in Tennessee. 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 Tennessee for D3 Women's Basketball athletes in Tennessee

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

Our 2021 rankings named Sewanee - The University of the South the best school for D3 Women’s Basketball athletes in Tennessee working on their bachelor’s degree. Sewanee, Tennessee is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 432 students in 2018-2019.

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

With a freshman retention rate of 88%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Sewanee also made our overall quality list, coming in at #3.

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Maryville College

Maryville, Tennessee

The excellent sports programs at Maryville College helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for D3 Women’s Basketball athletes in Tennessee. Maryville College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Maryville, Tennessee that handed out 266 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Women’s Basketball team at Maryville College brought home $128,211 in revenue in a single year.

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Rhodes College

Memphis, Tennessee

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Rhodes College. The school came in at #3 in this year’s ranking. Rhodes College is a private not-for-profit institution located in Memphis, Tennessee. The school has a small population, and it awarded 561 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Rhodes College brought in $176,223 while tallying up $174,290 in expenses for its D3 Women’s Basketball team. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $1,933.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 91%. In addition to its Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Tennessee ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Rhodes College is ranked #2 for overall quality in Tennessee.

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Notes and References


*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 3 schools only.


  • 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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