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2021 Top Virginia Women's D3 Basketball Schools

17 Colleges
$36,135 Avg Tuition & Fees*
45% 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. Our mission at College Factual is to arm you with as much information as we can to help you make that decision. Our Best Colleges for Division III Women's Basketball in Virginia ranking is one tool we have developed to help in this regard.

After analyzing 17 schools in Virginia, we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for D3 Women's Basketball athletes in Virginia. 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 Virginia for D3 Women's Basketball athletes in Virginia

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Christopher Newport University

Newport News, Virginia

Our 2021 rankings named Christopher Newport University the best school for D3 Women’s Basketball athletes in Virginia working on their bachelor’s degree. CNU is located in Newport News, Virginia and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,172 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at CNU made $260,643 in revenue.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 88%. In addition to its great ranking here, CNU is in the top 20% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#2

University of Mary Washington

Fredericksburg, Virginia

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of Mary Washington. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D3 Women’s Basketball athletes in Virginia list. UMW is a public institution located in Fredericksburg, Virginia. The school has a small population, and it awarded 1,087 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

UMW brought in $195,166 while tallying up $193,404 in expenses for its D3 Women’s Basketball team. Thus, the team actually made $1,762, which isn’t bad at all.

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#3

Washington and Lee University

Lexington, Virginia

Out of the 17 schools in Virginia that were part of this year’s ranking, Washington and Lee University landed the #3 spot on the list. Washington and Lee is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Lexington, Virginia. It awarded 564 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Washington and Lee took home $166,330 in revenue and paid out $165,187 in expenses in recent times. Thus, the team actually made $1,143, which isn’t bad at all.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 97%. Washington and Lee also made our overall quality list, coming in at #1.

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#4

University of Lynchburg

Lynchburg, Virginia

The excellent sports programs at University of Lynchburg helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for D3 Women’s Basketball athletes in Virginia. Lynchburg is located in Lynchburg, Virginia and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 480 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The D3 Women’s Basketball team at Lynchburg brought home $213,955 in revenue in a single year.

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#5

Randolph - Macon College

Ashland, Virginia

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Randolph - Macon College. The school came in at #5 in this year’s ranking. Randolph - Macon College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Ashland, Virginia that handed out 386 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Women’s Basketball team at Randolph - Macon brought home $264,542 in revenue in a single year.

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#6

Marymount University

Arlington, Virginia

Marymount University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Virginia ranking, coming in at #6. Marymount University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Arlington, Virginia that handed out 551 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Women’s Basketball team at Marymount brought home $184,256 in revenue in a single year.

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#7

Eastern Mennonite University

Harrisonburg, Virginia

Eastern Mennonite University came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Virginia ranking. Harrisonburg, Virginia is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 350 students in 2018-2019.

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

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.

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#8

Emory and Henry College

Emory, Virginia

Emory and Henry College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Virginia ranking, coming in at #8. Located in Emory, Virginia, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 249 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The D3 Women’s Basketball team at Emory & Henry College brought home $262,109 in revenue in a single year.

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#9

Roanoke College

Salem, Virginia

Roanoke College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Virginia ranking, coming in at #9. Located in Salem, Virginia, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 474 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at Roanoke made $150,149 in revenue.

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#10

Randolph College

Lynchburg, Virginia

Randolph College came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Virginia ranking. Randolph College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Lynchburg, Virginia that handed out 144 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Women’s Basketball team at Randolph made $94,721 in revenue, while incurring $93,347 in expenses. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $1,374.

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.

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#11

Bridgewater College

Bridgewater, Virginia

Bridgewater College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Virginia ranking, coming in at #11. Located in Bridgewater, Virginia, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 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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#12

Virginia Wesleyan University

Virginia Beach, Virginia

Virginia Wesleyan University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Virginia ranking, coming in at #12. VWU is located in Virginia Beach, Virginia and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 288 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at VWU took home $185,150 in revenue.

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#13

Averett University

Danville, Virginia

With a ranking of #13, Averett University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Virginia ranking. Located in Danville, Virginia, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 195 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at AU made $117,364 in revenue.

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#14

Shenandoah University

Winchester, Virginia

Shenandoah University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Virginia ranking, coming in at #14. Located in Winchester, Virginia, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 570 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Women’s Basketball team at Shenandoah brought home $184,838 in revenue in a single year.

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#15

Ferrum College

Ferrum, Virginia

Ferrum College ranked #15 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Virginia list. Located in Ferrum, Virginia, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 209 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at Ferrum College took home $157,371 in revenue.

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#16

Southern Virginia University

Buena Vista, Virginia

With a ranking of #16, Southern Virginia University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Virginia ranking. SVU is located in Buena Vista, Virginia and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 168 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The D3 Women’s Basketball team at SVU brought home $145,004 in revenue in a single year.

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#17

Mary Baldwin University

Staunton, Virginia

Mary Baldwin University came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Virginia ranking. Located in Staunton, Virginia, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 226 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at Mary Baldwin made $123,365 in revenue.

Since the school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 9 to 1, those pursuing a bachelor’s degree will have more opportunities to interact with their professors.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 17 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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