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2021 Top Women's D3 Volleyball Schools

375 Colleges
$50,317 Avg Tuition & Fees*
74% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

Women's Division III Volleyball BadgeWhen it comes to choosing a college, student athletes have a lot of options - but not all of them are good. College Factual has developed its Best Colleges for Division III Women's Volleyball ranking as one item you can use to help make this decision.

Our analysis looked at 375 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for D3 Women's Volleyball athletes. 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 U.S. for D3 Women's Volleyball athletes

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#1

Colorado College

Colorado Springs, Colorado
Top 5% in Quality in the United States

Colorado College tops this year’s ranking as the best school for D3 Women’s Volleyball athletes. Colorado College is a private not-for-profit institution located in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The school has a small population, and it awarded 581 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Colorado College brought in $304,302 while tallying up $295,040 in expenses for its D3 Women’s Volleyball team. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $9,262.

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 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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#2

Emory University

Atlanta, Georgia
Top 5% in Quality in the United States

Out of the 375 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Emory University landed the #2 spot on the list. Atlanta, Georgia is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 2,598 students in 2018-2019.

The team at Emory took home $311,122 in revenue and paid out $291,728 in expenses in recent times. That boils down to a yearly profit of $19,394 for the sports team.

The impressive student-to-faculty ratio of 9 to 1 means that students may have more opportunities to work more closely with their professors than they would at other schools. Emory 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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#3

Calvin University

Grand Rapids, Michigan
Top 15% in Quality in the United States

Out of the 375 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Calvin University landed the #3 spot on the list. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and it awarded 969 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Calvin brought in $159,659 while tallying up $145,212 in expenses for its D3 Women’s Volleyball team. That boils down to a yearly profit of $14,447 for the sports team.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 87%. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Calvin also is in the top 15% of our overall quality ranking.

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#4

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, Massachusetts
#5 in Quality in the United States

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The school came in at #4 in this year’s ranking. MIT is a fairly large private not-for-profit school situated in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It awarded 1,333 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Women’s Volleyball team at MIT brought home $92,343 in revenue in a single year.

Since the school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 3 to 1, those pursuing a bachelor’s degree will have more opportunities to interact with their professors. MIT did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #5 on our overall quality list.

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#5

Tufts University

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

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Tufts University. The school came in at #5 in this year’s ranking. Tufts is a fairly large private not-for-profit school situated in Medford, Massachusetts. It awarded 1,822 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Women’s Volleyball team at Tufts made $164,524 in revenue, while incurring $157,713 in expenses. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $6,811.

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

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#6

Swarthmore College

Swarthmore, Pennsylvania
#21 in Quality in the United States

Swarthmore College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Volleyball ranking, coming in at #6. Swarthmore is located in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 545 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The D3 Women’s Volleyball team at Swarthmore made $126,381 in revenue, while incurring $109,721 in expenses. Thus, the team actually made $16,660, which isn’t bad at all.

With a freshman retention rate of 98%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Swarthmore also is in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking.

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#7

DePauw University

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

DePauw University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Volleyball ranking, coming in at #7. Located in Greencastle, Indiana, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 595 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Women’s Volleyball team at DePauw took home $155,862 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, DePauw is in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#8

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Top 5% in Quality in the United States

Carnegie Mellon University landed the #8 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Volleyball ranking. Carnegie Mellon is located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,848 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Women’s Volleyball team at Carnegie Mellon made $190,044 in revenue.

With a freshman retention rate of 96%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. On top of its placing in this ranking, Carnegie Mellon 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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#9

Southwestern University

Georgetown, Texas
Top 15% in Quality in the United States

Southwestern University came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Volleyball ranking. Southwestern University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Georgetown, Texas that handed out 375 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Southwestern took home $173,536 in revenue and paid out $171,114 in expenses in recent times. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $2,422 in profit.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 86%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Southwestern 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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#10

Stevens Institute of Technology

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

Stevens Institute of Technology ranked #10 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Volleyball list. Located in Hoboken, New Jersey, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school handed out 766 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Women’s Volleyball team at Stevens brought home $145,627 in revenue in a single year.

With a freshman retention rate of 94%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. In addition to its great ranking here, Stevens is in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#11

The University of Texas at Dallas

Richardson, Texas
Top 20% in Quality in the United States

The University of Texas at Dallas landed the #11 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Volleyball 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 D3 Women’s Volleyball team at UT Dallas made $173,329 in revenue, while incurring $144,463 in expenses. Thus, the team actually made $28,866, which isn’t bad at all.

With a freshman retention rate of 88%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. UT Dallas 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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#12

Ithaca College

Ithaca, New York
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

Ithaca College landed the #12 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Volleyball ranking. Ithaca is a private not-for-profit institution located in Ithaca, New York. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 1,501 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Women’s Volleyball team at Ithaca brought home $168,559 in revenue in a single year.

Ithaca 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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Top 15% in Quality in the United States

Ohio Northern University came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Volleyball ranking. Ada, Ohio is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 415 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Women’s Volleyball team at ONU took home $181,665 in revenue.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, ONU also is in the top 15% of our overall quality ranking.

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#14

Trinity University

San Antonio, Texas
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

Trinity University ranked #14 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Volleyball list. This small private not-for-profit school is located in San Antonio, Texas, and it awarded 617 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Women’s Volleyball team at Trinity U took home $250,754 in revenue.

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. In addition to its great ranking here, Trinity U is in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#15

Washington University in St Louis

Saint Louis, Missouri
Top 5% in Quality in the United States

Washington University in St Louis came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Volleyball ranking. Located in Saint Louis, Missouri, the fairly large private not-for-profit school handed out 2,407 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Women’s Volleyball team at WUSTL made $423,584 in revenue, while incurring $377,223 in expenses. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $46,361 in profit.

With a freshman retention rate of 97%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. WUSTL 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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#16

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, Maryland
#20 in Quality in the United States

Johns Hopkins University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Volleyball ranking, coming in at #16. Baltimore, Maryland is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,747 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Women’s Volleyball team at Johns Hopkins took home $137,967 in revenue.

With a student-to-faculty ratio of 7 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, Johns Hopkins also is in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking.

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#17

Washington and Lee University

Lexington, Virginia
#25 in Quality in the United States

Washington and Lee University landed the #17 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Volleyball ranking. Washington and Lee is located in Lexington, Virginia and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 564 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Washington and Lee brought in $173,725 while tallying up $171,982 in expenses for its D3 Women’s Volleyball team. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $1,743.

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, Washington and Lee also is in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking.

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#18

Hope College

Holland, Michigan
Top 15% in Quality in the United States

Hope College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Volleyball ranking, coming in at #18. Hope is a private not-for-profit institution located in Holland, Michigan. The school has a small population, and it awarded 838 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Women’s Volleyball team at Hope made $98,292 in revenue.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 88%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Hope also is in the top 15% of our overall quality ranking.

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#19

Gustavus Adolphus College

Saint Peter, Minnesota
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

Gustavus Adolphus College came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Volleyball ranking. Located in Saint Peter, Minnesota, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 621 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Women’s Volleyball team at Gustavus Adolphus brought home $163,182 in revenue in a single year.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 89%. Gustavus Adolphus 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

Vassar College

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

Vassar College came in at #20 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Volleyball ranking. Vassar College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Poughkeepsie, New York that handed out 761 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Vassar brought in $192,280 while tallying up $187,087 in expenses for its D3 Women’s Volleyball team. Thus, the team actually made $5,193, which isn’t bad at all.

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. On top of its placing in this ranking, Vassar 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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#20

Union College New York

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

With a ranking of #20, Union College New York did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Volleyball ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Schenectady, New York, and it awarded 571 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Union College brought in $130,283 while tallying up $124,699 in expenses for its D3 Women’s Volleyball team. That boils down to a yearly profit of $5,584 for the sports team.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 92%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. On top of its placing in this ranking, Union College 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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#22

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

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

Worcester Polytechnic Institute landed the #22 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Volleyball ranking. This medium-sized private not-for-profit school is located in Worcester, Massachusetts, and it awarded 1,138 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at WPI took home $115,186 in revenue and paid out $102,849 in expenses in recent times. That boils down to a yearly profit of $12,337 for the sports team.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 95%. WPI 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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#23

University of Rochester

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

University of Rochester came in at #23 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Volleyball ranking. 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.

Speaking financially, the D3 Women’s Volleyball team at University of Rochester took home $150,085 in revenue.

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

California Lutheran University

Thousand Oaks, California
Top 25% in Quality in the United States

With a ranking of #24, California Lutheran University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Volleyball 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 D3 Women’s Volleyball team at CLU brought home $249,317 in revenue in a single year.

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#25

Amherst College

Amherst, Massachusetts
#16 in Quality in the United States

Amherst College came in at #25 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Volleyball ranking. Amherst, Massachusetts is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 705 students in 2018-2019.

The D3 Women’s Volleyball team at Amherst brought home $242,658 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. On top of its placing in this ranking, Amherst also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 1% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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Rest of the Top 50 Best Colleges for D3 Women's Volleyball athletes

Not only did these schools make the top 50 list, but they also landed in the top 15% of this year’s ranking:

#26

Juniata College

Huntingdon, Pennsylvania
#27

Wesleyan University

Middletown, Connecticut
#28

Middlebury College

Middlebury, Vermont
#29

University of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois
#30

Messiah University

Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
#31

United States Merchant Marine Academy

Kings Point, New York
#32

Clarkson University

Potsdam, New York
#33

Whitworth University

Spokane, Washington
#34

University of St Thomas Minnesota

Saint Paul, Minnesota
#35

Augustana College

Rock Island, Illinois
#36

Cornell College

Mount Vernon, Iowa
#37

Carleton College

Northfield, Minnesota
#38

Clark University

Worcester, Massachusetts
#39

University of Wisconsin - La Crosse

La Crosse, Wisconsin
#40

Maine Maritime Academy

Castine, Maine
#41

Gettysburg College

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
#41

Luther College

Decorah, Iowa
#43

Ramapo College of New Jersey

Mahwah, New Jersey
#44

Hendrix College

Conway, Arkansas
#45

Illinois Wesleyan University

Bloomington, Illinois
#46

Bowdoin College

Brunswick, Maine
#47

Springfield College

Springfield, Massachusetts
#48

Catholic University of America

Washington, District of Columbia
#49

Christopher Newport University

Newport News, Virginia
#50

Hanover College

Hanover, Indiana

Rest of the Top 15% Best Colleges in the United States for International Students

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Rank College Location
51 Haverford College Haverford, PA
52 Susquehanna University Selinsgrove, PA
53 Randolph - Macon College Ashland, VA
54 University of Mary Washington Fredericksburg, VA
55 Kenyon College Gambier, OH
56 Washington & Jefferson College Washington, PA
57 Berry College Mount Berry, GA

Honorable Mentions

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

Rank College Location
58 The College at Brockport Brockport, NY
59 Muhlenberg College Allentown, PA
60 Baldwin Wallace University Berea, OH
61 Williams College Williamstown, MA
62 Babson College Wellesley, MA
63 Roger Williams University Bristol, RI
64 Birmingham Southern College Birmingham, AL
65 University of Puget Sound Tacoma, WA
66 Lebanon Valley College Annville, PA
67 University of La Verne La Verne, CA
68 Grinnell College Grinnell, IA
69 Wartburg College Waverly, IA
70 Pomona College Claremont, CA
71 Salisbury University Salisbury, MD
72 Nazareth College Rochester, NY
Rank College Location
73 Hamilton College Clinton, NY
74 Ripon College Ripon, WI
75 University of Scranton Scranton, 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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