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2021 Top Middle Atlantic Region Women's D1 Basketball Schools

56 Colleges
$45,721 Avg Tuition & Fees*
66% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

When pursuing a degree in today's world, student athletes have many different options to choose from. 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 I Women's Basketball in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking is part of that endeavor.

Our analysis looked at 56 schools in the Middle Atlantic Region to determine which ones were the best for D1 Women's Basketball athletes in the Middle Atlantic 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 Middle Atlantic Region for D1 Women's Basketball athletes in the Middle Atlantic Region

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#1

University of Maryland - College Park

College Park, Maryland
Top 10% in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

Our analysis found University of Maryland - College Park to be the best school for D1 Women’s Basketball athletes in the Middle Atlantic Region in this year’s ranking. UMCP is a large public school situated in College Park, Maryland. It awarded 8,390 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Women’s Basketball team at UMCP brought home $677,530 in revenue in a single year. The academic progress rate of the team is 963.

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, UMCP also is in the top 10% of our overall quality ranking.

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#2

Syracuse University

Syracuse, New York
Top 10% in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

Out of the 56 schools in the Middle Atlantic Region that were part of this year’s ranking, Syracuse University landed the #2 spot on the list. Syracuse is located in Syracuse, New York and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 4,101 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at Syracuse took home $2,389,280 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 983 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 91%. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Syracuse also is in the top 10% of our overall quality ranking.

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#3

George Washington University

Washington, District of Columbia
Top 10% in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

A rank of #3 on our list means George Washington University is a great place for D1 Women’s Basketball athletes in the Middle Atlantic Region working on their bachelor’s degree. GWU is located in Washington, District of Columbia and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 3,447 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at GWU took home $2,518,181 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 991, signifying that team members care about their grades.

With a freshman retention rate of 91%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. GWU 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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#4

Bucknell University

Lewisburg, Pennsylvania
#13 in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Bucknell University. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D1 Women’s Basketball athletes in the Middle Atlantic Region list. Located in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 1,034 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at Bucknell made $2,048,062 in revenue. The team had a perfect academic progress rate of 1000.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 94%. On top of its placing in this ranking, Bucknell 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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#4

Drexel University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Top 20% in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Drexel University. The school came in at #4 in this year’s ranking. Located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the large private not-for-profit school handed out 3,710 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at Drexel took home $2,024,657 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 995, signifying that team members care about their grades.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 89%. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Drexel also is in the top 20% of our overall quality ranking.

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#6

Fordham University

Bronx, New York
Top 20% in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

With a ranking of #6, Fordham University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking. Located in Bronx, New York, the fairly large private not-for-profit school handed out 2,501 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at Fordham U took home $3,415,724 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 960.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 91%. Fordham U 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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#7

Pennsylvania State University - University Park

University Park, Pennsylvania
Top 10% in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

Pennsylvania State University - University Park landed the #7 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking. Located in University Park, Pennsylvania, the large public school awarded 10,893 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The D1 Women’s Basketball team at Penn State University Park brought home $1,063,835 in revenue in a single year. The academic progress rate of the team is 975.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 93%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Penn State University Park 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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#8

Georgetown University

Washington, District of Columbia
#17 in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

With a ranking of #8, Georgetown University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking. Georgetown is a fairly large private not-for-profit school situated in Washington, District of Columbia. It awarded 2,169 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Women’s Basketball team at Georgetown brought home $3,083,397 in revenue in a single year. The team had a perfect academic progress rate of 1000.

With a freshman retention rate of 96%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Georgetown 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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#9

Villanova University

Villanova, Pennsylvania
#21 in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

Villanova University ranked #9 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Middle Atlantic Region list. Located in Villanova, Pennsylvania, the fairly large private not-for-profit school handed out 2,240 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at Villanova took home $2,517,318 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 95%. In addition to its great ranking here, Villanova is in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#10

Temple University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Top 25% in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

Temple University came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking. Located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the large public school handed out 6,523 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Women’s Basketball team at Temple brought home $3,474,252 in revenue in a single year. The team has a great academic progress rate of 981, signifying that team members care about their grades.

With a freshman retention rate of 90%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students.

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#11

St John's University - New York

Queens, New York

St John’s University - New York did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking, coming in at #11. Queens, New York is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 2,444 students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at STJ made $2,948,753 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 994.

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#12

University at Buffalo

Buffalo, New York
Top 20% in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

University at Buffalo ranked #12 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Middle Atlantic Region list. This large public school is located in Buffalo, New York, and it awarded 5,273 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Women’s Basketball team at University at Buffalo brought home $2,007,936 in revenue in a single year. The academic progress rate of the team is 962.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 87%. University at Buffalo 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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#13

University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Top 15% in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus landed the #13 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking. University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus is a large public school located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania that handed out 5,451 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at Pitt made $5,945,873 in revenue.

With a freshman retention rate of 93%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Pitt 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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#14

Seton Hall University

South Orange, New Jersey

With a ranking of #14, Seton Hall University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking. South Orange, New Jersey is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,683 students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at Seton Hall made $3,038,044 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 983.

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#15

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
#2 in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

University of Pennsylvania ranked #15 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Middle Atlantic Region list. UPenn is a large private not-for-profit school situated in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It awarded 3,632 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Women’s Basketball team at UPenn brought home $1,158,008 in revenue in a single year. Sports aren’t the only thing that the team excels at - they had a perfect academic progress rate of 1000.

With a freshman retention rate of 98%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. UPenn not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #2 on our overall quality list.

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#16

University of Delaware

Newark, Delaware
#24 in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

University of Delaware ranked #16 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Middle Atlantic Region list. Located in Newark, Delaware, the large public school handed out 4,849 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at UD took home $2,522,440 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 981, signifying that team members care about their grades.

With a freshman retention rate of 91%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. UD 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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#17

Saint Joseph's University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Top 20% in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

Saint Joseph’s University came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking. St. Joe’s is a private not-for-profit institution located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 1,311 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at St. Joe’s took home $2,540,102 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 996.

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, St. Joe’s is in the top 20% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#18

Hofstra University

Hempstead, New York
Top 25% in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

Hofstra University ranked #18 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Middle Atlantic Region list. Located in Hempstead, New York, the fairly large private not-for-profit school awarded 1,745 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at Hofstra took home $2,219,733 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 995 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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#19

Rider University

Lawrenceville, New Jersey

Rider University ranked #19 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Middle Atlantic Region list. Located in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 854 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at Rider took home $1,620,103 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 995 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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#20

Colgate University

Hamilton, New York
#7 in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

Colgate University ranked #20 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Middle Atlantic Region list. Located in Hamilton, New York, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 894 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Women’s Basketball team at Colgate brought home $1,706,951 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 976.

Since the school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 9 to 1, those pursuing a bachelor’s degree will have more opportunities to interact with their professors. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Colgate also is in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking.

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#21

Siena College

Loudonville, New York
Top 25% in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

Siena College ranked #21 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Middle Atlantic Region list. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Loudonville, New York, and it awarded 794 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at Siena took home $1,791,641 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 88%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students.

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#22

American University

Washington, District of Columbia
Top 15% in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

American University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking, coming in at #22. The American University is a fairly large private not-for-profit school situated in Washington, District of Columbia. It awarded 1,952 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at The American University took home $1,682,790 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 985 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 90%. The American University 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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#23

Rutgers University - New Brunswick

New Brunswick, New Jersey
Top 15% in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

Rutgers University - New Brunswick came in at #23 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking. New Brunswick, New Jersey is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 8,719 students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at Rutgers New Brunswick made $5,450,614 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 987, signifying that team members care about their grades.

With a freshman retention rate of 94%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Rutgers New Brunswick 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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#24

Duquesne University

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Top 20% in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

Duquesne University landed the #24 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking. Duquesne is a private not-for-profit institution located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 1,487 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at Duquesne took home $2,356,452 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 996 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 86%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. In addition to its great ranking here, Duquesne is in the top 20% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#25

Cornell University

Ithaca, New York
#3 in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

Cornell University ranked #25 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Middle Atlantic Region list. Ithaca, New York is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 4,145 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at Cornell took home $988,599 in revenue. The team had a perfect academic progress rate of 1000.

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. Cornell also took the #3 spot in our overall quality rankings.

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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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