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2021 Top Southwest Region Women's D3 Basketball Schools

16 Colleges
$32,657 Avg Tuition & Fees*
40% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

With all of the options student athletes have for higher education today, it can be tough to choose which direction to take. One of our goals at College Factual is to give you as much information as we can - such as our Best Colleges for Division III Women's Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking - to help you make that decision.

Our analysis looked at 16 schools in the Southwest Region to determine which ones were the best for D3 Women's Basketball athletes in the Southwest 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 Southwest Region for D3 Women's Basketball athletes in the Southwest Region

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Trinity University

San Antonio, Texas
#3 in Quality in the Southwest Region

Our analysis found Trinity University to be the best school for D3 Women’s Basketball athletes in the Southwest Region in this year’s ranking. Trinity U is a private not-for-profit institution located in San Antonio, Texas. The school has a small population, and it awarded 617 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at Trinity U took home $257,921 in revenue.

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. Trinity U did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #3 on our overall quality list.

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#12 in Quality in the Southwest Region

A rank of #2 on our list means The University of Texas at Dallas is a great place for D3 Women’s Basketball athletes in the Southwest Region working on their bachelor’s degree. UT Dallas is a large public school situated in Richardson, Texas. It awarded 4,225 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Women’s Basketball team at UT Dallas made $194,490 in revenue, while incurring $152,457 in expenses. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $42,033 in profit.

With a freshman retention rate of 88%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. In addition to its great ranking here, UT Dallas is in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#3

Austin College

Sherman, Texas
#21 in Quality in the Southwest Region

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Austin College. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D3 Women’s Basketball athletes in the Southwest Region list. Austin College is a private not-for-profit institution located in Sherman, Texas. The school has a small population, and it awarded 342 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at Austin College took home $130,208 in revenue.

Austin College 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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#4

Texas Lutheran University

Seguin, Texas

A rank of #4 on our list means Texas Lutheran University is a great place for D3 Women’s Basketball athletes in the Southwest Region working on their bachelor’s degree. TLU is located in Seguin, Texas and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 278 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The team at TLU took home $164,340 in revenue and paid out $164,212 in expenses in recent times. That boils down to a yearly profit of $128 for the sports team.

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#5

Southwestern University

Georgetown, Texas
#9 in Quality in the Southwest Region

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Southwestern University. The school came in at #5 in this year’s ranking. Georgetown, Texas is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 375 students in 2018-2019.

Southwestern brought in $165,977 while tallying up $159,240 in expenses for its D3 Women’s Basketball team. Thus, the team actually made $6,737, which isn’t bad at all.

With a freshman retention rate of 86%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Southwestern also is in the top 10% of our overall quality ranking.

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#6

University of Dallas

Irving, Texas
#14 in Quality in the Southwest Region

University of Dallas ranked #6 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in the Southwest Region list. UD is a private not-for-profit institution located in Irving, Texas. The school has a small population, and it awarded 353 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Women’s Basketball team at UD brought home $144,917 in revenue in a single year.

UD 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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The University of Texas at Tyler did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking, coming in at #7. UT Tyler is a public institution located in Tyler, Texas. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 1,904 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at UT Tyler made $219,089 in revenue.

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University of Mary Hardin - Baylor ranked #8 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in the Southwest Region list. UMHB is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Belton, Texas. It awarded 676 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Women’s Basketball team at UMHB brought home $275,714 in revenue in a single year.

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#9

LeTourneau University

Longview, Texas
Top 25% in Quality in the Southwest Region

With a ranking of #9, LeTourneau University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Longview, Texas, and it awarded 416 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Women’s Basketball team at LETU made $149,453 in revenue, while incurring $138,470 in expenses. That boils down to a yearly profit of $10,983 for the sports team.

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#10

Hardin - Simmons University

Abilene, Texas

With a ranking of #10, Hardin - Simmons University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking. Hardin - Simmons is a private not-for-profit institution located in Abilene, Texas. The school has a small population, and it awarded 381 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Hardin - Simmons took home $200,702 in revenue and paid out $192,522 in expenses in recent times. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $8,180 in profit.

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#11

Concordia University, Texas

Lakeway, Texas

Concordia University, Texas did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking, coming in at #11. Concordia University, Texas is a private not-for-profit institution located in Lakeway, Texas. The school has a small population, and it awarded 366 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at Concordia University, Texas made $149,002 in revenue.

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#12

Howard Payne University

Brownwood, Texas

Howard Payne University ranked #12 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in the Southwest Region list. Howard Payne University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Brownwood, Texas that handed out 200 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Women’s Basketball team at Howard Payne made $181,161 in revenue, while incurring $158,925 in expenses. That boils down to a yearly profit of $22,236 for the sports team.

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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#13

Schreiner University

Kerrville, Texas

With a ranking of #13, Schreiner University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking. Schreiner University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Kerrville, Texas that handed out 256 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at Schreiner University took home $125,641 in revenue.

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#14

McMurry University

Abilene, Texas

McMurry University ranked #14 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in the Southwest Region list. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Abilene, Texas, and it awarded 157 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at McMurray University took home $200,600 in revenue.

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#15

Sul Ross State University

Alpine, Texas

Sul Ross State University landed the #15 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking. Located in Alpine, Texas, the small public school awarded 381 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at Sul Ross made $105,950 in revenue.

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#16

East Texas Baptist University

Marshall, Texas

With a ranking of #16, East Texas Baptist University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking. East Texas Baptist University is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Marshall, Texas. It awarded 277 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at East Texas Baptist University made $299,058 in revenue.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 16 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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