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2021 Top Far Western US Region Women's Basketball Schools

76 Colleges
$42,818 Avg Tuition & Fees*
58% 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. 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 Women's Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking is one tool we have developed to help in this regard.

Our analysis looked at 76 schools in the Far Western US Region to determine which ones were the best for Women's Basketball athletes in the Far Western US Region. Our ranking is based on several objective factors, including the school's overall quality and the athletic competitiveness of the school. We steer clear of subjective measures since they don't give a clear picture when determining how one school compares to another. So, even if a school has a great team, it won't place well if it is also considered a low quality college or university.

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Top Colleges in the Far Western US Region for Women's Basketball athletes in the Far Western US Region

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Stanford University

Stanford, California
#2 in Quality in the Far Western US Region

Stanford University tops this year’s ranking as the best school for Women’s Basketball athletes in the Far Western US Region. Stanford, California is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,892 students in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at Stanford brought home $2,289,210 in revenue in a single year. The team had a perfect academic progress rate of 1000.

With a freshman retention rate of 98%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Stanford not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #2 on our overall quality list.

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#2

Gonzaga University

Spokane, Washington
#19 in Quality in the Far Western US Region

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Gonzaga University. The school came in at #2 in this year’s ranking. Spokane, Washington is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,441 students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at Gonzaga made $3,939,901 in revenue. With a perfect academic progress rate of 1000, the team is showing that they know how to hit the books, too.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 94%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. In addition to its great ranking here, Gonzaga is in the top 15% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#3

University of California - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California
#8 in Quality in the Far Western US Region

Out of the 76 schools in the Far Western US Region that were part of this year’s ranking, University of California - Los Angeles landed the #3 spot on the list. Located in Los Angeles, California, the large public school awarded 9,069 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at UCLA made $1,009,216 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 989.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 97%. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UCLA also is in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking.

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#4

University of San Francisco

San Francisco, California
Top 20% in Quality in the Far Western US Region

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of San Francisco. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball athletes in the Far Western US Region list. San Francisco, California is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,634 students in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at USFCA brought home $2,334,119 in revenue in a single year. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 991.

USFCA 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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#14 in Quality in the Far Western US Region

The excellent sports programs at University of Washington - Seattle Campus helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for Women’s Basketball athletes in the Far Western US Region. Located in Seattle, Washington, the large public school awarded 9,269 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at UW Seattle brought home $1,080,083 in revenue in a single year. The great academic progress rate of 986 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

With a freshman retention rate of 94%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. In addition to its great ranking here, UW Seattle is in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#6

Oregon State University

Corvallis, Oregon

With a ranking of #6, Oregon State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking. Oregon State is a public institution located in Corvallis, Oregon. The school has a large population, and it awarded 5,981 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at Oregon State took home $4,736,990 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 990 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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#7

University of California - Davis

Davis, California
#11 in Quality in the Far Western US Region

University of California - Davis did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking, coming in at #7. UC Davis is located in Davis, California and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 8,711 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at UC Davis took home $1,845,740 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 995.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 93%. UC Davis 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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#8

University of California - Berkeley

Berkeley, California
#10 in Quality in the Far Western US Region

University of California - Berkeley came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking. UC Berkeley is a public institution located in Berkeley, California. The school has a large population, and it awarded 9,627 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at UC Berkeley took home $588,318 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 983, signifying that team members care about their grades.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 97%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. UC Berkeley also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

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#9

Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, California
#20 in Quality in the Far Western US Region

Loyola Marymount University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking, coming in at #9. Loyola Marymount is located in Los Angeles, California and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,674 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The Women’s Basketball team at Loyola Marymount brought home $2,147,235 in revenue in a single year. The great academic progress rate of 981 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 91%. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Loyola Marymount also is in the top 15% of our overall quality ranking.

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#10

University of San Diego

San Diego, California
#25 in Quality in the Far Western US Region

University of San Diego landed the #10 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking. USD is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school situated in San Diego, California. It awarded 1,501 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at USD brought home $2,034,732 in revenue in a single year. With a perfect academic progress rate of 1000, the team is showing that they know how to hit the books, too.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 90%. USD also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

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#11

University of Oregon

Eugene, Oregon
Top 25% in Quality in the Far Western US Region

University of Oregon ranked #11 on this year’s Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region list. UO is located in Eugene, Oregon and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 5,139 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at UO took home $1,858,179 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 990.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 86%.

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#12

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California
#6 in Quality in the Far Western US Region

With a ranking of #12, University of Southern California did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking. USC is a private not-for-profit institution located in Los Angeles, California. The school has a large population, and it awarded 5,337 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at USC took home $2,836,460 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 980, signifying that team members care about their grades.

With a freshman retention rate of 96%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. USC also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

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#13

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, California
#9 in Quality in the Far Western US Region

Santa Clara University came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking. SCU is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school situated in Santa Clara, California. It awarded 1,495 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at SCU took home $2,222,128 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 984, signifying that team members care about their grades.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 94%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. SCU also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

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#14

University of California - Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, California
#18 in Quality in the Far Western US Region

University of California - Santa Barbara landed the #14 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking. This large public school is located in Santa Barbara, California, and it awarded 6,327 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at UCSB took home $1,746,440 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 958.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 93%. In addition to its great ranking here, UCSB is in the top 15% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#15

University of the Pacific

Stockton, California
Top 20% in Quality in the Far Western US Region

With a ranking of #15, University of the Pacific did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking. University of the Pacific is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in Stockton, California that handed out 815 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at Pacific made $2,198,286 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 987.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Pacific also is in the top 20% of our overall quality ranking.

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#16

Whitman College

Walla Walla, Washington
#13 in Quality in the Far Western US Region

Whitman College landed the #16 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking. Whitman is a private not-for-profit institution located in Walla Walla, Washington. The school has a small population, and it awarded 374 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at Whitman made $286,165 in revenue, while incurring $278,750 in expenses. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $7,415.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 94%. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Whitman also is in the top 10% of our overall quality ranking.

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#17

University of Puget Sound

Tacoma, Washington
Top 20% in Quality in the Far Western US Region

University of Puget Sound ranked #17 on this year’s Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region list. Tacoma, Washington is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 664 students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at Puget Sound made $188,069 in revenue.

With a freshman retention rate of 86%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Puget Sound also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools in this category.

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#18

California State University - Long Beach

Long Beach, California

California State University - Long Beach ranked #18 on this year’s Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region list. Located in Long Beach, California, the large public school handed out 8,950 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at CSULB brought home $1,576,467 in revenue in a single year.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 88%.

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#19

Pepperdine University

Malibu, California
#23 in Quality in the Far Western US Region

Pepperdine University came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking. Located in Malibu, California, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school awarded 943 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at Pepperdine took home $2,267,778 in revenue. The team had a perfect academic progress rate of 1000.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 90%. On top of its placing in this ranking, Pepperdine 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

University of California - San Diego

La Jolla, California
#12 in Quality in the Far Western US Region

University of California - San Diego came in at #20 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking. This large public school is located in La Jolla, California, and it awarded 8,037 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at UCSD took home $1,080,753 in revenue.

With a freshman retention rate of 94%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UCSD also is in the top 10% of our overall quality ranking.

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#21

California Baptist University

Riverside, California

California Baptist University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking, coming in at #21. This fairly large private not-for-profit school is located in Riverside, California, and it awarded 1,670 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at Cal Baptist brought home $1,650,057 in revenue in a single year. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 946.

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#22

University of California - Riverside

Riverside, California
Top 20% in Quality in the Far Western US Region

With a ranking of #22, University of California - Riverside did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking. UCR is a large public school situated in Riverside, California. It awarded 4,649 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at UCR took home $1,818,737 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 953.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 89%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. UCR 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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#23

Western Washington University

Bellingham, Washington

Western Washington University ranked #23 on this year’s Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region list. Located in Bellingham, Washington, the fairly large public school handed out 3,785 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at WWU took home $782,732 in revenue.

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#24

Washington State University

Pullman, Washington

Washington State University came in at #24 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking. Wazzu is a public institution located in Pullman, Washington. The school has a large population, and it awarded 5,827 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at Wazzu brought home $1,116,662 in revenue in a single year. The great academic progress rate of 991 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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#25

University of Nevada - Las Vegas

Las Vegas, Nevada

With a ranking of #25, University of Nevada - Las Vegas did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Far Western US Region ranking. UNLV is a public institution located in Las Vegas, Nevada. The school has a large population, and it awarded 4,307 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at UNLV took home $1,789,108 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 982, signifying that team members care about their grades.

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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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