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2021 Top Southwest Region Women's Basketball Schools

69 Colleges
$34,170 Avg Tuition & Fees*
44% 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. 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 Southwest Region ranking is one tool we have developed to help in this regard.

After analyzing 69 schools in the Southwest Region , we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for Women's Basketball athletes in the Southwest Region. 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 the Southwest Region for Women's Basketball athletes in the Southwest Region

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#1

Baylor University

Waco, Texas
#7 in Quality in the Southwest Region

Baylor University tops this year’s ranking as the best school for Women’s Basketball athletes in the Southwest Region. This fairly large private not-for-profit school is located in Waco, Texas, and it awarded 3,798 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at Baylor brought home $9,485,162 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 981.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 90%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Baylor 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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#2 in Quality in the Southwest Region

Out of the 69 schools in the Southwest Region that were part of this year’s ranking, The University of Texas at Austin landed the #2 spot on the list. This large public school is located in Austin, Texas, and it awarded 10,098 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at UT Austin brought home $2,305,200 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.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 95%. UT Austin also made our overall quality list, coming in at #2.

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#3

Rice University

Houston, Texas
#1 in Quality in the Southwest Region

The excellent sports programs at Rice University helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for Women’s Basketball athletes in the Southwest Region. Rice University is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in Houston, Texas that handed out 1,228 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at Rice took home $2,944,961 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 996 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

With a student-to-faculty ratio of 6 to 1, it’s easy to see that the school is committed to helping their undergraduates succeed. Rice also took the #1 spot in our overall quality rankings.

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#10 in Quality in the Southwest Region

Out of the 69 schools in the Southwest Region that were part of this year’s ranking, University of Oklahoma Norman Campus landed the #4 spot on the list. Located in Norman, Oklahoma, the large public school handed out 4,805 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at University of Oklahoma took home $2,854,726 in revenue.

With a freshman retention rate of 92%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, University of Oklahoma also is in the top 10% of our overall quality ranking.

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#6 in Quality in the Southwest Region

The excellent sports programs at Southern Methodist University helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for Women’s Basketball athletes in the Southwest Region. SMU is a private not-for-profit institution located in Dallas, Texas. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 1,942 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at SMU brought home $3,715,222 in revenue in a single year. The academic progress rate of the team is 967.

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, SMU also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#6

Texas A&M University - College Station

College Station, Texas
#4 in Quality in the Southwest Region

Texas A&M University - College Station landed the #6 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking. Located in College Station, Texas, the large public school handed out 13,198 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at Texas A&M College Station made $3,941,753 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 92%. In addition to its Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Texas A&M College Station is ranked #4 for overall quality in the Southwest Region .

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#11 in Quality in the Southwest Region

Arizona State University - Tempe ranked #7 on this year’s Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Southwest Region list. Tempe, Arizona is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 10,401 students in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at ASU - Tempe brought home $938,604 in revenue in a single year. The team had a perfect academic progress rate of 1000.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 87%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. In addition to its great ranking here, ASU - Tempe is in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#8

Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, Texas
#5 in Quality in the Southwest Region

With a ranking of #8, Texas Christian University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking. TCU is a private not-for-profit institution located in Fort Worth, Texas. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 2,447 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at TCU took home $6,441,739 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 995 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

With a freshman retention rate of 91%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. In addition to its Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, TCU is ranked #5 for overall quality in the Southwest Region .

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#9

Trinity University

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

Trinity University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking, coming in at #9. 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.

The Women’s Basketball team at Trinity U brought home $257,921 in revenue in a single year.

With a freshman retention rate of 89%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Trinity U also took the #3 spot in our overall quality rankings.

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#10

University of Tulsa

Tulsa, Oklahoma
#8 in Quality in the Southwest Region

University of Tulsa ranked #10 on this year’s Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Southwest Region list. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and it awarded 820 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at University of Tulsa brought home $2,515,857 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.

With a freshman retention rate of 88%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, University of Tulsa also is in the top 10% of our overall quality ranking.

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#11

Abilene Christian University

Abilene, Texas
#23 in Quality in the Southwest Region

Abilene Christian University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking, coming in at #11. Located in Abilene, Texas, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school awarded 844 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at Abilene Christian made $1,247,975 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 995, signifying that team members care about their grades.

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

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#12

University of Arizona

Tucson, Arizona
#16 in Quality in the Southwest Region

University of Arizona landed the #12 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking. University of Arizona is located in Tucson, Arizona and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 8,231 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at University of Arizona made $1,051,972 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 991.

In addition to its great ranking here, University of Arizona is in the top 15% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#13

The University of Texas at Dallas

Richardson, Texas
#12 in Quality in the Southwest Region

The University of Texas at Dallas landed the #13 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking. UT Dallas is located in Richardson, Texas and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 4,225 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The Women’s Basketball team at UT Dallas made $194,490 in revenue, while incurring $152,457 in expenses. Thus, the team actually made $42,033, which isn’t bad at all.

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

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, Texas
#24 in Quality in the Southwest Region

With a ranking of #14, Texas Tech University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking. Located in Lubbock, Texas, the large public school awarded 6,599 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at Texas Tech made $1,110,694 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 985 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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

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#15

Saint Edward's University

Austin, Texas
Top 20% in Quality in the Southwest Region

With a ranking of #15, Saint Edward’s University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking. St. Edward’s University is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Austin, Texas. It awarded 1,015 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at St. Edward’s University made $943,704 in revenue, while incurring $859,575 in expenses. That boils down to a yearly profit of $84,129 for the sports team.

In addition to its great ranking here, St. Edward’s University is in the top 20% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#16

St. Mary's University

San Antonio, Texas
Top 20% in Quality in the Southwest Region

St. Mary’s University landed the #16 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking. St. Mary’s University is a small private not-for-profit school located in San Antonio, Texas that handed out 468 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

St. Mary’s brought in $594,493 while tallying up $583,498 in expenses for its Women’s Basketball team. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $10,995 in profit.

St. Mary’s 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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#25 in Quality in the Southwest Region

Oklahoma State University - Main Campus came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking. This large public school is located in Stillwater, Oklahoma, and it awarded 4,899 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at OSU took home $537,099 in revenue.

In addition to its great ranking here, OSU is in the top 20% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#18

Oral Roberts University

Tulsa, Oklahoma

With a ranking of #18, Oral Roberts University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking. Tulsa, Oklahoma is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 596 students in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at ORU made $1,546,477 in revenue, while incurring $1,518,547 in expenses. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $27,930 in profit. The team has a great academic progress rate of 986, signifying that team members care about their grades.

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#19

University of Houston

Houston, Texas
#17 in Quality in the Southwest Region

University of Houston came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking. University of Houston is a large public school located in Houston, Texas that handed out 7,631 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at UH brought home $2,404,717 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 978.

UH 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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#20

New Mexico State University - Main Campus

Las Cruces, New Mexico

New Mexico State University - Main Campus came in at #20 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking. Located in Las Cruces, New Mexico, the fairly large public school awarded 2,465 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at NMSU Main Campus brought home $1,665,773 in revenue in a single year. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 970.

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#21

University of New Mexico - Main Campus

Albuquerque, New Mexico

University of New Mexico - Main Campus did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking, coming in at #21. UNM is a public institution located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The school has a large population, and it awarded 4,321 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

UNM brought in $2,483,241 while tallying up $2,438,241 in expenses for its Women’s Basketball team. That boils down to a yearly profit of $45,000 for the sports team. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 973.

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#22

Texas State University

San Marcos, Texas
Top 25% in Quality in the Southwest Region

Texas State University came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking. San Marcos, Texas is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 7,427 students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at Texas State made $1,350,513 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 985.

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#23

Austin College

Sherman, Texas
#21 in Quality in the Southwest Region

Austin College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking, coming in at #23. Located in Sherman, Texas, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 342 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at Austin College made $130,208 in revenue.

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

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With a ranking of #24, The University of Texas at San Antonio did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking. UTSA is a public institution located in San Antonio, Texas. The school has a large population, and it awarded 5,655 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at UTSA brought home $1,342,046 in revenue in a single year. The team has a great academic progress rate of 986, signifying that team members care about their grades.

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#25

University of North Texas

Denton, Texas

University of North Texas came in at #25 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Southwest Region ranking. This large public school is located in Denton, Texas, and it awarded 7,639 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at UNT made $1,819,974 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 974.

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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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