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2021 Top New York Women's D1 Basketball Schools

20 Colleges
$41,063 Avg Tuition & Fees*
62% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

Student athletes have lots of options to chooose from today when trying to decide which college to attend. 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 New York ranking is part of that endeavor.

After analyzing 20 schools in New York, we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for D1 Women's Basketball athletes in New York. To come up with this ranking, we look at a number of factors that are all objective measurements. These factors include the school's overall quality as determined by our Best Colleges ranking and the athletic competitiveness of the school. Thus, in order to rank well, the school must offer a quality education in addition to having a great sports team.

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Top Colleges in New York for D1 Women's Basketball athletes in New York

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Syracuse University

Syracuse, New York

Our analysis found Syracuse University to be the best school for D1 Women’s Basketball athletes in New York in this year’s ranking. Syracuse is a large private not-for-profit school situated in Syracuse, New York. It awarded 4,101 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Women’s Basketball team at Syracuse brought home $2,389,280 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 91%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. In addition to its great ranking here, Syracuse is in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#2

Fordham University

Bronx, New York

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Fordham University. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D1 Women’s Basketball athletes in New York list. Fordham U is located in Bronx, New York and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 2,501 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

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.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 91%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year.

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A rank of #3 on our list means St John’s University - New York is a great place for D1 Women’s Basketball athletes in New York working on their bachelor’s degree. STJ is a private not-for-profit institution located in Queens, New York. The school has a large population, and it awarded 2,444 bachelor’s degrees 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 has a great academic progress rate of 994, signifying that team members care about their grades.

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#4

University at Buffalo

Buffalo, New York

Out of the 20 schools in New York that were part of this year’s ranking, University at Buffalo landed the #4 spot on the list. University at Buffalo is a large public school situated in Buffalo, New York. 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 team has a respectable academic progress rate of 962.

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, University at Buffalo also is in the top 20% of our overall quality ranking.

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#5

Hofstra University

Hempstead, New York

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Hofstra University. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D1 Women’s Basketball athletes in New York list. This fairly large private not-for-profit school is located in Hempstead, New York, and it awarded 1,745 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Women’s Basketball team at Hofstra brought home $2,219,733 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 995.

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#6

Colgate University

Hamilton, New York

Colgate University ranked #6 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in New York list. Located in Hamilton, New York, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 894 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The D1 Women’s Basketball team at Colgate brought home $1,706,951 in revenue in a single year. The team has a great academic progress rate of 976, signifying that team members care about their grades.

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 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in New York ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Colgate is ranked #3 for overall quality in New York.

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#7

Siena College

Loudonville, New York

Siena College came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in New York ranking. Siena is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Loudonville, New York. It awarded 794 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Women’s Basketball team at Siena brought home $1,791,641 in revenue in a single year. The team has a great academic progress rate of 995, signifying that team members care about their grades.

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

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#8

Cornell University

Ithaca, New York

With a ranking of #8, Cornell University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in New York ranking. Cornell is a private not-for-profit institution located in Ithaca, New York. The school has a large population, and it awarded 4,145 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at Cornell made $988,599 in revenue. With a perfect academic progress rate of 1000, the team is showing that they know how to hit the books, too.

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. Cornell not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #1 on our overall quality list.

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#9

University at Albany

Albany, New York

With a ranking of #9, University at Albany did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in New York ranking. UAlbany is located in Albany, New York and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 3,525 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The D1 Women’s Basketball team at UAlbany made $1,543,316 in revenue, while incurring $1,438,682 in expenses. Thus, the team actually made $104,634, which isn’t bad at all.

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#10

Marist College

Poughkeepsie, New York

Marist College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in New York ranking, coming in at #10. Marist College is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in Poughkeepsie, New York that handed out 1,353 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at Marist made $1,917,983 in revenue. Sports aren’t the only thing that the team excels at - they 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 89%. Marist 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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Columbia University in the City of New York came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in New York ranking. Columbia is a large private not-for-profit school situated in New York, New York. It awarded 2,702 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at Columbia took home $977,713 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 987 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. Columbia also made our overall quality list, coming in at #4.

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#12

Stony Brook University

Stony Brook, New York

Stony Brook University came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in New York ranking. Located in Stony Brook, New York, the large public school awarded 4,945 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at SUNY Stony Brook made $941,506 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 90%. On top of its placing in this ranking, SUNY Stony Brook also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#13

Iona College

New Rochelle, New York

Iona College came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in New York ranking. Iona College is a small private not-for-profit school located in New Rochelle, New York that handed out 579 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Women’s Basketball team at Iona brought home $1,773,279 in revenue in a single year. The academic progress rate of the team is 961.

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#14

Binghamton University

Vestal, New York

Binghamton University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in New York ranking, coming in at #14. Located in Vestal, New York, the fairly large public school handed out 3,888 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at Binghamton University took home $1,393,152 in revenue. With a perfect academic progress rate of 1000, the team is showing that they know how to hit the books, too.

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, Binghamton University is in the top 15% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#15

Canisius College

Buffalo, New York

Canisius College ranked #15 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in New York list. Buffalo, New York is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 721 students in 2018-2019.

The D1 Women’s Basketball team at Canisius brought home $1,392,360 in revenue in a single year. The team has a great academic progress rate of 995, signifying that team members care about their grades.

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#16

St. Bonaventure University

Saint Bonaventure, New York

With a ranking of #16, St. Bonaventure University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in New York ranking. St. Bonaventure is a private not-for-profit institution located in Saint Bonaventure, New York. The school has a small population, and it awarded 393 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Women’s Basketball team at St. Bonaventure brought home $1,583,634 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 994.

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#17

Niagara University

Niagara University, New York

Niagara University came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in New York ranking. Niagara University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Niagara University, New York that handed out 823 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at Niagara made $1,478,052 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 986 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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#18

Manhattan College

Riverdale, New York

Manhattan College ranked #18 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in New York list. Manhattan College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Riverdale, New York that handed out 956 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at Manhattan took home $1,706,291 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 982, signifying that team members care about their grades.

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#19

Wagner College

Staten Island, New York

Wagner College landed the #19 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in New York ranking. Staten Island, New York is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 457 students in 2018-2019.

The D1 Women’s Basketball team at Wagner brought home $1,355,372 in revenue in a single year. The team has a great academic progress rate of 990, signifying that team members care about their grades.

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#20

St. Francis College

Brooklyn Heights, New York

St. Francis College ranked #20 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in New York list. SFC is a private not-for-profit institution located in Brooklyn Heights, New York. The school has a small population, and it awarded 461 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at SFC made $1,166,858 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 995.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 20 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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