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2021 Top Washington Women's Basketball Schools

12 Colleges
$38,436 Avg Tuition & Fees*
51% 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. At College Factual, we're committed to helping you make that decision by providing information such as that found in our Best Colleges for Women's Basketball in Washington ranking.

After analyzing 12 schools in Washington, we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for Women's Basketball athletes in Washington. 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 Washington for Women's Basketball athletes in Washington

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Gonzaga University

Spokane, Washington

Our analysis found Gonzaga University to be the best school for Women’s Basketball athletes in Washington in this year’s ranking. This medium-sized private not-for-profit school is located in Spokane, Washington, and it awarded 1,441 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at Gonzaga took home $3,939,901 in revenue. The team had a perfect academic progress rate of 1000.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 94%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Gonzaga also took the #3 spot in our overall quality rankings.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of Washington - Seattle Campus. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball athletes in Washington list. UW Seattle is a public institution located in Seattle, Washington. The school has a large population, and it awarded 9,269 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at UW Seattle brought home $1,080,083 in revenue in a single year. The team has a great academic progress rate of 986, 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. UW Seattle did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #2 on our overall quality list.

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#3

Whitman College

Walla Walla, Washington

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Whitman College. The school came in at #3 in this year’s ranking. Located in Walla Walla, Washington, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 374 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The team at Whitman took home $286,165 in revenue and paid out $278,750 in expenses in recent times. Thus, the team actually made $7,415, which isn’t bad at all.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 94%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Whitman did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #1 on our overall quality list.

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#4

University of Puget Sound

Tacoma, Washington

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of Puget Sound. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball athletes in Washington list. Puget Sound is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Tacoma, Washington. It awarded 664 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at Puget Sound brought home $188,069 in revenue in a single year.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 86%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Puget Sound also made our overall quality list, coming in at #5.

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#5

Western Washington University

Bellingham, Washington

The excellent sports programs at Western Washington University helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for Women’s Basketball athletes in Washington. WWU is a fairly large public school situated in Bellingham, Washington. It awarded 3,785 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at WWU brought home $782,732 in revenue in a single year.

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#6

Washington State University

Pullman, Washington

Washington State University ranked #6 on this year’s Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Washington list. Located in Pullman, Washington, the large public school handed out 5,827 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at Wazzu made $1,116,662 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 991.

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#7

Seattle Pacific University

Seattle, Washington

With a ranking of #7, Seattle Pacific University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Washington ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Seattle, Washington, and it awarded 723 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at SPU made $833,395 in revenue.

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#8

Eastern Washington University

Cheney, Washington

With a ranking of #8, Eastern Washington University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Washington ranking. EWU is a public institution located in Cheney, Washington. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 2,439 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at EWU brought home $1,441,384 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 996.

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#9

Whitworth University

Spokane, Washington

Whitworth University ranked #9 on this year’s Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Washington list. Whitworth is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Spokane, Washington. It awarded 625 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Whitworth brought in $199,183 while tallying up $197,769 in expenses for its Women’s Basketball team. Thus, the team actually made $1,414, which isn’t bad at all.

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#10

Central Washington University

Ellensburg, Washington

With a ranking of #10, Central Washington University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Washington ranking. Located in Ellensburg, Washington, the fairly large public school handed out 2,789 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

CWU brought in $421,781 while tallying up $421,537 in expenses for its Women’s Basketball team. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $244 in profit.

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#11

Saint Martin's University

Lacey, Washington

Saint Martin’s University came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Washington ranking. Lacey, Washington is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 307 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at Saint Martin’s took home $622,810 in revenue.

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#12

Pacific Lutheran University

Tacoma, Washington

With a ranking of #12, Pacific Lutheran University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Washington ranking. Pacific Lutheran University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Tacoma, Washington that handed out 728 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at PLU took home $215,119 in revenue and paid out $214,031 in expenses in recent times. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $1,088.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 12 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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