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2021 Top Rocky Mountains Region Women's Basketball Schools

28 Colleges
$26,079 Avg Tuition & Fees*
30% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

Student athletes have lots of options to chooose from today when trying to decide which college to attend. 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 the Rocky Mountains Region ranking.

We analyzed 28 colleges and universities across the Rocky Mountains Region to determine which were the best for Women's Basketball athletes in the Rocky Mountains 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 Rocky Mountains Region for Women's Basketball athletes in the Rocky Mountains Region

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#7 in Quality in the Rocky Mountains Region

Our 2021 rankings named Colorado State University - Fort Collins the best school for Women’s Basketball athletes in the Rocky Mountains Region working on their bachelor’s degree. This large public school is located in Fort Collins, Colorado, and it awarded 5,498 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at Colorado State took home $2,714,026 in revenue.

On top of its placing in this ranking, Colorado State 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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#2

University of Colorado Boulder

Boulder, Colorado
#6 in Quality in the Rocky Mountains Region

A rank of #2 on our list means University of Colorado Boulder is a great place for Women’s Basketball athletes in the Rocky Mountains Region working on their bachelor’s degree. University of Colorado Boulder is a large public school located in Boulder, Colorado that handed out 6,744 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at CU - Boulder took home $841,178 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 985, signifying that team members care about their grades.

With a freshman retention rate of 87%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. CU - Boulder 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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#2 in Quality in the Rocky Mountains Region

A rank of #3 on our list means Brigham Young University - Provo is a great place for Women’s Basketball athletes in the Rocky Mountains Region working on their bachelor’s degree. Provo, Utah is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 7,007 students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at BYU made $2,168,100 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 90%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. BYU did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #2 on our overall quality list.

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#4

University of Denver

Denver, Colorado
#4 in Quality in the Rocky Mountains Region

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend University of Denver. The school came in at #4 in this year’s ranking. Located in Denver, Colorado, the fairly large private not-for-profit school awarded 1,626 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at DU took home $2,002,365 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 979.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 87%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. DU did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #4 on our overall quality list.

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#5

University of Wyoming

Laramie, Wyoming
#8 in Quality in the Rocky Mountains Region

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of Wyoming. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball athletes in the Rocky Mountains Region list. This fairly large public school is located in Laramie, Wyoming, and it awarded 2,387 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at UW brought home $2,253,068 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.

UW 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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#6

University of Utah

Salt Lake City, Utah
#5 in Quality in the Rocky Mountains Region

University of Utah ranked #6 on this year’s Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Rocky Mountains Region list. Located in Salt Lake City, Utah, the large public school handed out 5,236 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at U of U brought home $214,491 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 986.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 90%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. U of U also made our overall quality list, coming in at #5.

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#7

Montana State University

Bozeman, Montana
#17 in Quality in the Rocky Mountains Region

Montana State University ranked #7 on this year’s Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Rocky Mountains Region list. Bozeman, Montana is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 2,551 students in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at MSU Bozeman brought home $1,299,991 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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#8

University of Idaho

Moscow, Idaho
#10 in Quality in the Rocky Mountains Region

University of Idaho came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking. Moscow, Idaho is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,848 students in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at U of I brought home $1,414,062 in revenue in a single year. The great academic progress rate of 986 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

On top of its placing in this ranking, U of I 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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#9

Regis University

Denver, Colorado
#13 in Quality in the Rocky Mountains Region

With a ranking of #9, Regis University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking. Denver, Colorado is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 952 students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at Regis U made $617,501 in revenue.

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#10

University of Northern Colorado

Greeley, Colorado
#23 in Quality in the Rocky Mountains Region

With a ranking of #10, University of Northern Colorado did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking. This fairly large public school is located in Greeley, Colorado, and it awarded 2,026 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at University of Northern Colorado made $1,251,349 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 968.

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#11

Boise State University

Boise, Idaho
#24 in Quality in the Rocky Mountains Region

Boise State University came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking. Located in Boise, Idaho, the large public school handed out 3,473 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at Boise State made $1,075,903 in revenue. With a perfect academic progress rate of 1000, the team is showing that they know how to hit the books, too.

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#12

Utah State University

Logan, Utah
#15 in Quality in the Rocky Mountains Region

With a ranking of #12, Utah State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking. Utah State University is a large public school located in Logan, Utah that handed out 4,531 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at USU took home $1,879,589 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 973.

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#13

Idaho State University

Pocatello, Idaho

Idaho State University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking, coming in at #13. ISU is a fairly large public school situated in Pocatello, Idaho. It awarded 1,286 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at ISU took home $1,226,310 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 995, signifying that team members care about their grades.

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#14

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs, Colorado

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs ranked #14 on this year’s Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Rocky Mountains Region list. UCCS is located in Colorado Springs, Colorado and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,948 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The team at UCCS took home $443,269 in revenue and paid out $442,356 in expenses in recent times. That boils down to a yearly profit of $913 for the sports team.

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Colorado State University - Pueblo ranked #15 on this year’s Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Rocky Mountains Region list. Colorado State University - Pueblo is a public institution located in Pueblo, Colorado. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 749 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at Colorado State University - Pueblo made $476,957 in revenue. With a perfect academic progress rate of 1000, the team is showing that they know how to hit the books, too.

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#16

Fort Lewis College

Durango, Colorado

Fort Lewis College ranked #16 on this year’s Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Rocky Mountains Region list. FLC is a public institution located in Durango, Colorado. The school has a small population, and it awarded 667 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at FLC took home $430,523 in revenue and paid out $422,272 in expenses in recent times. That boils down to a yearly profit of $8,251 for the sports team.

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#18 in Quality in the Rocky Mountains Region

With a ranking of #17, Northwest Nazarene University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking. Located in Nampa, Idaho, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 340 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at NNU brought home $609,760 in revenue in a single year.

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#18

The University of Montana

Missoula, Montana

The University of Montana came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking. Located in Missoula, Montana, the fairly large public school handed out 1,614 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at UM brought home $1,413,133 in revenue in a single year. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 968.

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#19

Southern Utah University

Cedar City, Utah
#25 in Quality in the Rocky Mountains Region

Southern Utah University landed the #19 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking. Southern Utah University is located in Cedar City, Utah and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,203 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at Southern Utah University made $766,798 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 984.

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#20

Colorado College

Colorado Springs, Colorado
#1 in Quality in the Rocky Mountains Region

Colorado College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking, coming in at #20. Colorado College is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Colorado Springs, Colorado. It awarded 581 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at Colorado College made $228,122 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. Colorado College not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #1 on our overall quality list.

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#21

Weber State University

Ogden, Utah

Weber State University landed the #21 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking. Located in Ogden, Utah, the large public school handed out 2,451 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at WSU made $975,884 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 949.

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#22

Colorado Mesa University

Grand Junction, Colorado

Colorado Mesa University landed the #22 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking. Colorado Mesa is a public institution located in Grand Junction, Colorado. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 1,189 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Colorado Mesa brought in $492,204 while tallying up $490,152 in expenses for its Women’s Basketball team. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $2,052.

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#23

Utah Valley University

Orem, Utah

Utah Valley University came in at #23 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking. Located in Orem, Utah, the large public school awarded 3,471 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at UVU made $1,052,836 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 973.

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#24

Colorado Christian University

Lakewood, Colorado

With a ranking of #24, Colorado Christian University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking. CCU is a private not-for-profit institution located in Lakewood, Colorado. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 730 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at CCU took home $446,541 in revenue.

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#25

Western Colorado University

Gunnison, Colorado

Western Colorado University came in at #25 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking. Western is located in Gunnison, Colorado and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 463 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at Western took home $509,753 in revenue.

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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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