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2021 Top California Women's Basketball Schools

45 Colleges
$42,682 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 was founded, in part, to help students make the decision as to what would be the best school for them. Our Best Colleges for Women's Basketball in California ranking is part of that endeavor.

We analyzed 45 colleges and universities across California to determine which were the best for Women's Basketball athletes in California. 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 California for Women's Basketball athletes in California

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#1

Stanford University

Stanford, California

Our 2021 rankings named Stanford University the best school for Women’s Basketball athletes in California working on their bachelor’s degree. 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.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at Stanford made $2,289,210 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 98%. Stanford also made our overall quality list, coming in at #2.

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#2

University of California - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California

The excellent sports programs at University of California - Los Angeles helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for Women’s Basketball athletes in California. Los Angeles, California is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 9,069 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at UCLA took home $1,009,216 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 989 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 97%. UCLA 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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#3

University of San Francisco

San Francisco, California

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of San Francisco. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball athletes in California list. Located in San Francisco, California, the fairly large private not-for-profit school awarded 1,634 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at USFCA brought home $2,334,119 in revenue in a single year. The team has a great academic progress rate of 991, signifying that team members care about their grades.

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#4

University of California - Davis

Davis, California

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend University of California - Davis. The school came in at #4 in this year’s ranking. Located in Davis, California, the large public school awarded 8,711 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at UC Davis made $1,845,740 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 995 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 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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#5

University of California - Berkeley

Berkeley, California

The excellent sports programs at University of California - Berkeley helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for Women’s Basketball athletes in California. Located in Berkeley, California, the large public school awarded 9,627 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at UC Berkeley brought home $588,318 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 983.

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

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#6

Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, California

Loyola Marymount University came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in California ranking. Loyola Marymount is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school situated in Los Angeles, California. It awarded 1,674 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at Loyola Marymount brought home $2,147,235 in revenue in a single year. The team has a great academic progress rate of 981, signifying that team members care about their grades.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 91%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. 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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#7

University of San Diego

San Diego, California

University of San Diego did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in California ranking, coming in at #7. University of San Diego is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in San Diego, California that handed out 1,501 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

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

With a freshman retention rate of 90%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. USD 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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#8

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California

With a ranking of #8, University of Southern California did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in California ranking. Los Angeles, California is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 5,337 students in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at USC brought home $2,836,460 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 980.

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

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#9

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, California

Santa Clara University landed the #9 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in California 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.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at SCU made $2,222,128 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 984.

With a freshman retention rate of 94%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. SCU 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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#10

University of California - Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, California

University of California - Santa Barbara landed the #10 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in California ranking. UCSB is a large public school situated in Santa Barbara, California. 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%. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UCSB also is in the top 15% of our overall quality ranking.

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#11

University of the Pacific

Stockton, California

University of the Pacific did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in California ranking, coming in at #11. This medium-sized private not-for-profit school is located in Stockton, California, and it awarded 815 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at Pacific took home $2,198,286 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 987 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

On top of its placing in this ranking, Pacific also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#12

California State University - Long Beach

Long Beach, California

California State University - Long Beach ranked #12 on this year’s Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in California list. CSULB is located in Long Beach, California and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 8,950 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

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

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 88%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year.

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#13

Pepperdine University

Malibu, California

Pepperdine University ranked #13 on this year’s Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in California list. Pepperdine University is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in Malibu, California that handed out 943 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at Pepperdine took home $2,267,778 in revenue. 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%. On top of its placing in this ranking, Pepperdine also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#14

University of California - San Diego

La Jolla, California

University of California - San Diego did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in California ranking, coming in at #14. Located in La Jolla, California, the large public school handed out 8,037 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at UCSD made $1,080,753 in revenue.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 94%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. On top of its placing in this ranking, UCSD 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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#15

California Baptist University

Riverside, California

California Baptist University landed the #15 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in California ranking. Cal Baptist is a private not-for-profit institution located in Riverside, California. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 1,670 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at Cal Baptist made $1,650,057 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 946.

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#16

University of California - Riverside

Riverside, California

University of California - Riverside landed the #16 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in California ranking. This large public school is located in Riverside, California, and 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 academic progress rate of the team is 953.

With a freshman retention rate of 89%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students.

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With a ranking of #17, California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in California ranking. San Luis Obispo, California is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 5,185 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo took home $1,663,889 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 980, signifying that team members care about their grades.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 95%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo 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

San Diego State University

San Diego, California

San Diego State University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in California ranking, coming in at #18. SDSU is a public institution located in San Diego, California. The school has a large population, and it awarded 8,159 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at SDSU took home $1,796,883 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 991 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 89%.

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#19

Chapman University

Orange, California

Chapman University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in California ranking, coming in at #19. Located in Orange, California, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school awarded 1,717 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at Chapman took home $204,801 in revenue.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 91%.

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#20

San Jose State University

San Jose, California

With a ranking of #20, San Jose State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in California ranking. San Jose State University is a large public school located in San Jose, California that handed out 6,826 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at San Jose State made $1,656,137 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 991 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

With a freshman retention rate of 87%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students.

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#21

University of California - Irvine

Irvine, California

University of California - Irvine ranked #21 on this year’s Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in California list. UC Irvine is located in Irvine, California and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 8,394 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at UC Irvine made $1,722,114 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 962.

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, UC Irvine is in the top 15% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#22

Occidental College

Los Angeles, California

Occidental College came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in California ranking. Oxy is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Los Angeles, California. It awarded 529 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Oxy took home $161,728 in revenue and paid out $159,490 in expenses in recent times. Thus, the team actually made $2,238, which isn’t bad at all.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 91%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. On top of its placing in this ranking, Oxy 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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#23

Dominican University of California

San Rafael, California

With a ranking of #23, Dominican University of California did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in California ranking. Dominican University of California is a small private not-for-profit school located in San Rafael, California that handed out 320 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at DUofC took home $428,617 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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California State University - Fresno did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in California ranking, coming in at #24. Fresno State is a large public school situated in Fresno, California. It awarded 4,921 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at Fresno State took home $2,316,750 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 983 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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#25

California Lutheran University

Thousand Oaks, California

California Lutheran University landed the #25 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in California ranking. Thousand Oaks, California is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 849 students in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at CLU brought home $172,713 in revenue in a single year.

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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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