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2021 Top Pennsylvania Women's D1 Basketball Schools

14 Colleges
$44,479 Avg Tuition & Fees*
61% 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 Pennsylvania ranking is part of that endeavor.

Our analysis looked at 14 schools in Pennsylvania to determine which ones were the best for D1 Women's Basketball athletes in Pennsylvania. 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 Pennsylvania for D1 Women's Basketball athletes in Pennsylvania

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Bucknell University

Lewisburg, Pennsylvania

Bucknell University tops this year’s ranking as the best school for D1 Women’s Basketball athletes in Pennsylvania. Located in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 1,034 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at Bucknell took home $2,048,062 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 94%. Bucknell also took the #5 spot in our overall quality rankings.

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Drexel University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Our analysis found Drexel University to be the best school for D1 Women’s Basketball athletes in Pennsylvania in this year’s ranking. This large private not-for-profit school is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and it awarded 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%. Drexel 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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#3

Pennsylvania State University - University Park

University Park, Pennsylvania

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Pennsylvania State University - University Park. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D1 Women’s Basketball athletes in Pennsylvania list. Penn State University Park is a public institution located in University Park, Pennsylvania. The school has a large population, and it awarded 10,893 bachelor’s degrees 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.

With a freshman retention rate of 93%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. In addition to its great ranking here, Penn State University Park is in the top 15% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#4

Villanova University

Villanova, Pennsylvania

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Villanova University. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D1 Women’s Basketball athletes in Pennsylvania 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.

With a freshman retention rate of 95%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. 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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#5

Temple University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

A rank of #5 on our list means Temple University is a great place for D1 Women’s Basketball athletes in Pennsylvania working on their bachelor’s degree. Temple University is a large public school located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that 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 great academic progress rate of 981 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%.

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University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus ranked #6 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in Pennsylvania list. This large public school is located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and it awarded 5,451 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Women’s Basketball team at Pitt brought home $5,945,873 in revenue in a single year.

With a freshman retention rate of 93%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Pitt 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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#7

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

University of Pennsylvania ranked #7 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in Pennsylvania list. UPenn is a large private not-for-profit school situated in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It awarded 3,632 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at UPenn took home $1,158,008 in revenue. With a perfect academic progress rate of 1000, the team is showing that they know how to hit the books, too.

The student-to-faculty ratio of 6 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 Pennsylvania ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, UPenn is ranked #1 for overall quality in Pennsylvania.

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#8

Saint Joseph's University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Saint Joseph’s University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in Pennsylvania ranking, coming in at #8. Located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school awarded 1,311 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students 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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#9

Duquesne University

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Duquesne University came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in Pennsylvania ranking. Duquesne University is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania that handed out 1,487 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Women’s Basketball team at Duquesne brought home $2,356,452 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 996.

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

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Lehigh University came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in Pennsylvania ranking. Lehigh is located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,379 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at Lehigh took home $1,709,148 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 96%. Lehigh also took the #4 spot in our overall quality rankings.

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#11

Robert Morris University

Moon Township, Pennsylvania

Robert Morris University came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in Pennsylvania ranking. RMU is located in Moon Township, Pennsylvania and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 922 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The D1 Women’s Basketball team at RMU brought home $1,555,049 in revenue in a single year. The team had a perfect academic progress rate of 1000.

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#12

Saint Francis University

Loretto, Pennsylvania

Saint Francis University came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in Pennsylvania ranking. Located in Loretto, Pennsylvania, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 402 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The D1 Women’s Basketball team at Saint Francis brought home $1,552,791 in revenue in a single year. The team has a great academic progress rate of 982, signifying that team members care about their grades.

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#13

La Salle University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

La Salle University came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in Pennsylvania ranking. La Salle University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that handed out 793 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at La Salle made $1,528,939 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 995 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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#14

Lafayette College

Easton, Pennsylvania

Lafayette College ranked #14 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in Pennsylvania list. Lafayette is a private not-for-profit institution located in Easton, Pennsylvania. The school has a small population, and it awarded 804 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at Lafayette made $1,960,105 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%. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Lafayette also is in the top 10% of our overall quality ranking.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 14 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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