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2021 Top Women's D3 Field Hockey Schools

150 Colleges
$50,605 Avg Tuition & Fees*
78% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

Women's Division III Field Hockey BadgeWith all of the options student athletes have for higher education today, it can be tough to choose which direction to take. 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 Division III Women's Field Hockey ranking is part of that endeavor.

Our analysis looked at 150 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for D3 Women's Field Hockey athletes. 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 U.S. for D3 Women's Field Hockey athletes

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#1

Babson College

Wellesley, Massachusetts
Top 5% in Quality in the United States

Our analysis found Babson College to be the best school for D3 Women’s Field Hockey athletes in this year’s ranking. Located in Wellesley, Massachusetts, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 548 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Women’s Field Hockey team at Babson College brought home $177,717 in revenue in a single year.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 96%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Babson College also is in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking.

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#2

Tufts University

Medford, Massachusetts
Top 5% in Quality in the United States

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Tufts University. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D3 Women’s Field Hockey athletes list. Tufts University is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in Medford, Massachusetts that handed out 1,822 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Women’s Field Hockey team at Tufts made $221,478 in revenue, while incurring $211,370 in expenses. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $10,108.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 96%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Tufts also is in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking.

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#3

Messiah University

Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
Top 15% in Quality in the United States

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Messiah University. The school came in at #3 in this year’s ranking. Messiah is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. It awarded 636 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Messiah brought in $78,533 while tallying up $72,246 in expenses for its D3 Women’s Field Hockey team. Thus, the team actually made $6,287, which isn’t bad at all.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 88%. Messiah 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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#4

Middlebury College

Middlebury, Vermont
Top 5% in Quality in the United States

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Middlebury College. The school came in at #4 in this year’s ranking. Middlebury is located in Middlebury, Vermont and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 771 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The D3 Women’s Field Hockey team at Middlebury brought home $319,587 in revenue in a single year.

The impressive student-to-faculty ratio of 8 to 1 means that students may have more opportunities to work more closely with their professors than they would at other schools. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Middlebury also is in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking.

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#5

DePauw University

Greencastle, Indiana
Top 5% in Quality in the United States

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend DePauw University. The school came in at #5 in this year’s ranking. DePauw University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Greencastle, Indiana that handed out 595 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Women’s Field Hockey team at DePauw made $144,361 in revenue.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 89%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. DePauw 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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#6

Rhodes College

Memphis, Tennessee
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

Rhodes College came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Field Hockey ranking. Rhodes College is located in Memphis, Tennessee and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 561 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Rhodes College brought in $178,134 while tallying up $165,258 in expenses for its D3 Women’s Field Hockey team. Thus, the team actually made $12,876, which isn’t bad at all.

With a freshman retention rate of 91%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. On top of its placing in this ranking, Rhodes College 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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#7

University of Rochester

Rochester, New York
Top 5% in Quality in the United States

University of Rochester did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Field Hockey ranking, coming in at #7. Located in Rochester, New York, the fairly large private not-for-profit school awarded 1,921 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Women’s Field Hockey team at University of Rochester made $195,529 in revenue.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 97%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. University of Rochester excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#8

Vassar College

Poughkeepsie, New York
Top 5% in Quality in the United States

Vassar College landed the #8 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Field Hockey ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Poughkeepsie, New York, and it awarded 761 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Women’s Field Hockey team at Vassar made $159,442 in revenue, while incurring $152,047 in expenses. Thus, the team actually made $7,395, which isn’t bad at all.

With a student-to-faculty ratio of 8 to 1, it’s easy to see that the school is committed to helping their undergraduates succeed. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Vassar also is in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking.

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#9

Muhlenberg College

Allentown, Pennsylvania
Top 15% in Quality in the United States

Muhlenberg College landed the #9 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Field Hockey ranking. Muhlenberg College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Allentown, Pennsylvania that handed out 733 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Women’s Field Hockey team at Muhlenberg brought home $165,525 in revenue in a single year.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 91%. On top of its placing in this ranking, Muhlenberg 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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#10

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, Massachusetts
#5 in Quality in the United States

With a ranking of #10, Massachusetts Institute of Technology did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Field Hockey ranking. Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in Cambridge, Massachusetts that handed out 1,333 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Women’s Field Hockey team at MIT brought home $106,637 in revenue in a single year.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 99%. MIT did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #5 on our overall quality list.

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#11

The College of New Jersey

Ewing, New Jersey
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

The College of New Jersey came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Field Hockey ranking. Ewing, New Jersey is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,685 students in 2018-2019.

The D3 Women’s Field Hockey team at TCNJ brought home $161,589 in revenue in a single year.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 94%. TCNJ 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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#12

Hamilton College

Clinton, New York
#22 in Quality in the United States

Hamilton College ranked #12 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Field Hockey list. Located in Clinton, New York, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 603 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Women’s Field Hockey team at Hamilton made $169,178 in revenue.

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. In addition to its great ranking here, Hamilton is in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#13

Trinity College

Hartford, Connecticut
Top 5% in Quality in the United States

Trinity College ranked #13 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Field Hockey list. Trinity College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Hartford, Connecticut that handed out 596 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Women’s Field Hockey team at Trinity Bantams took home $222,975 in revenue.

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. Trinity Bantams excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#14

Ursinus College

Collegeville, Pennsylvania
Top 15% in Quality in the United States

Ursinus College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Field Hockey ranking, coming in at #14. Located in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 400 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The D3 Women’s Field Hockey team at Ursinus brought home $160,607 in revenue in a single year.

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

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#15

St. John Fisher College

Rochester, New York
Top 20% in Quality in the United States

St. John Fisher College came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Field Hockey ranking. Fisher is located in Rochester, New York and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 761 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The team at Fisher took home $128,018 in revenue and paid out $122,401 in expenses in recent times. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $5,617 in profit.

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

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#16

Centre College

Danville, Kentucky
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

Centre College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Field Hockey ranking, coming in at #16. Centre College of Kentucky is a private not-for-profit institution located in Danville, Kentucky. The school has a small population, and it awarded 378 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Women’s Field Hockey team at Centre College of Kentucky brought home $112,258 in revenue in a single year.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 91%. In addition to its great ranking here, Centre College of Kentucky is in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#17

Amherst College

Amherst, Massachusetts
#16 in Quality in the United States

Amherst College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Field Hockey ranking, coming in at #17. Located in Amherst, Massachusetts, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 705 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Women’s Field Hockey team at Amherst made $192,497 in revenue.

The student-to-faculty ratio of 8 to 1 is a sign that students will have more opportunities to engage with their professors one-on-one. Amherst excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 1% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#18

Bowdoin College

Brunswick, Maine
Top 5% in Quality in the United States

Bowdoin College ranked #18 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Field Hockey list. Bowdoin is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Brunswick, Maine. It awarded 664 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Bowdoin took home $213,670 in revenue and paid out $202,893 in expenses in recent times. Thus, the team actually made $10,777, which isn’t bad at all.

With a student-to-faculty ratio of 9 to 1, it’s easy to see that the school is committed to helping their undergraduates succeed. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Bowdoin also is in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking.

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#19

Denison University

Granville, Ohio
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

With a ranking of #19, Denison University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Field Hockey ranking. Denison is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Granville, Ohio. It awarded 643 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Women’s Field Hockey team at Denison took home $156,253 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 student-to-faculty ratio of 9 to 1, it’s easy to see that the school is committed to helping their undergraduates succeed. Denison 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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#20

Salisbury University

Salisbury, Maryland
Top 25% in Quality in the United States

Salisbury University ranked #20 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Field Hockey list. Salisbury University is a medium-sized public school located in Salisbury, Maryland that handed out 1,867 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Salisbury took home $150,993 in revenue and paid out $136,807 in expenses in recent times. Thus, the team actually made $14,186, which isn’t bad at all.

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#21

Skidmore College

Saratoga Springs, New York
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

Skidmore College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Field Hockey ranking, coming in at #21. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Saratoga Springs, New York, and it awarded 717 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Women’s Field Hockey team at Skidmore took home $112,788 in revenue.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 93%. On top of its placing in this ranking, Skidmore 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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Top 5% in Quality in the United States

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute landed the #22 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Field Hockey ranking. RPI is located in Troy, New York and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,359 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

RPI brought in $135,295 while tallying up $115,950 in expenses for its D3 Women’s Field Hockey team. Thus, the team actually made $19,345, which isn’t bad at all.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 93%. RPI 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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#23

Washington and Lee University

Lexington, Virginia
#25 in Quality in the United States

Washington and Lee University landed the #23 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Field Hockey ranking. Washington and Lee is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Lexington, Virginia. It awarded 564 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Women’s Field Hockey team at Washington and Lee made $161,742 in revenue, while incurring $159,173 in expenses. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $2,569 in profit.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 97%. Washington and Lee 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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#24

Washington & Jefferson College

Washington, Pennsylvania
Top 15% in Quality in the United States

Washington & Jefferson College ranked #24 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Field Hockey list. Located in Washington, Pennsylvania, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 382 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at W&J took home $129,292 in revenue and paid out $129,179 in expenses in recent times. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $113.

With a freshman retention rate of 87%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, W&J also is in the top 15% of our overall quality ranking.

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Top 10% in Quality in the United States

Hobart and William Smith Colleges did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Field Hockey ranking, coming in at #25. Geneva, New York is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 594 students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Women’s Field Hockey team at The Colleges made $194,835 in revenue.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 86%. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, The Colleges also is in the top 10% of our overall quality ranking.

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Honorable Mentions

These schools also performed well in our Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Field Hockey ranking:

Rank College Location
26 Kenyon College Gambier, OH
27 Christopher Newport University Newport News, VA
28 Williams College Williamstown, MA
29 Elizabethtown College Elizabethtown, PA
30 Dickinson College Carlisle, PA

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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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