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Home > Basketball > College >’s Best Division III Colleges for Female Basketball Players for 2016’s Best Division III Colleges for Female Basketball Players for 2016’s ranking (see listing below) of the “Best Division III Colleges for best-div-3-colleges-for-female-basketball-players-janet-tv-500x573-wFemale Basketball Players” for 2016 represents those excellent Division III colleges that give female basketball players the best education plus the highest career earning potential for graduates plus the opportunity to play college basketball. Our goal with this ranking is to educate high school female basketball players about the reality of, and benefits that come from, playing college basketball.

At the end of the day, the female college basketball players who graduate from the Division III colleges on our list, will make more money, get better educations, and have a more powerful professional network, than virtually every female basketball player from the teams on the final 2016 NCAA top 25 ranking of Division I teams. For perspective, if we apply the same criteria used in putting together the “Best Division III Colleges for Female Basketball Players” to the UConn women’s basketball program, the nation’s number 1 college basketball program would not rank among the top 50 Division III basketball programs. We love the UConn women’s basketball program. But, we know that not everyone can or will play there. There are plenty of other options for those wishing to play college basketball. 


Advice to female high school basketball players: These are all great colleges. Click the school names, check out their programs, read our other articles on how to prepare yourself for playing college basketball, and then contact the coaches of the programs that interest you. Also, while none of these schools offer athletic scholarships, they do offer financial aid and other scholarships. Go get yours!

Best Division III Colleges for Female Basketball Players

1. MIT (Massachusetts)
2. Swarthmore College (Pennsylvania)
3. Williams College (Massachusetts)
4. Pomona College (California)
5. Tufts University (Massachusetts)
6. University of Chicago (Illinois)
7. Bowdoin College (Maine)
8. Washington and Lee University (Virginia)
9. CalTech (California)
10. Wesleyan University (Connecticut)
11. Amherst College (Massachusetts)
12. Carnegie Mellon (Pennsylvania)
13. Vassar College (New York)
14. Carleton College (Minnesota)
15. Washington University (Missouri)
16. University of Rochester (New York)
17. Haverford College (Pennsylvania)
18. Middlebury College (Vermont)
19. Oberlin College (Ohio)
20. Colby College (Maine)
21. Wellesley College (Massachusetts)
22. Union College (New York)
23. New York University (New York)
24. Brandeis University (Massachusetts)
25. Smith College (Massachusetts)
26. Grinnell College (Iowa)
27. Bryn Mawr College (Pennsylvania)
28. Bates College (Maine)
29. Macalester College (Minnesota)
30. Emory University (Georgia)
31. Wheaton College (Illinois)
32. Denison (Ohio)

Read other articles on how-to get a college scholarship, get recruited, and play college basketball HERE.

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Methodology: The Ranking of the Best Division III Colleges for Female Basketball Players – 2016. This ranking uses analysis of data from Payscale (salary, benefits and compensation information) and the Forbes List of America’s Top Colleges in order to determine which colleges give you the best education and the highest median salary for graduates.

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