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2021 Top New England Region Women's D1 Basketball Schools

22 Colleges
$45,592 Avg Tuition & Fees*
67% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

With all of the options student athletes have for higher education today, it can be tough to choose which direction to take. College Factual has developed its Best Colleges for Division I Women's Basketball in the New England Region ranking as one item you can use to help make this decision.

We analyzed 22 colleges and universities across the New England Region to determine which were the best for D1 Women's Basketball athletes in the New England 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 New England Region for D1 Women's Basketball athletes in the New England Region

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#1

University of Connecticut

Storrs, Connecticut
Top 20% in Quality in the New England Region

Our 2021 rankings named University of Connecticut the best school for D1 Women’s Basketball athletes in the New England Region working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in Storrs, Connecticut, the large public school handed out 6,052 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at UCONN made $7,853,769 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 989, 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. UCONN 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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#2

Quinnipiac University

Hamden, Connecticut

Out of the 22 schools in the New England Region that were part of this year’s ranking, Quinnipiac University landed the #2 spot on the list. This medium-sized private not-for-profit school is located in Hamden, Connecticut, and it awarded 1,891 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Women’s Basketball team at Quinnipiac brought home $2,735,931 in revenue in a single year. The team had a perfect academic progress rate of 1000.

With a freshman retention rate of 86%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students.

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You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend University of New Hampshire - Main Campus. The school came in at #3 in this year’s ranking. Durham, New Hampshire is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 3,550 students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at UNH made $1,347,430 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 995.

With a freshman retention rate of 86%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students.

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#4

Boston University

Boston, Massachusetts
#16 in Quality in the New England Region

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Boston University. The school came in at #4 in this year’s ranking. Located in Boston, Massachusetts, the large private not-for-profit school handed out 4,780 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at Boston U took home $1,842,923 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 995, signifying that team members care about their grades.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 93%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Boston U 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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#5

Fairfield University

Fairfield, Connecticut
Top 25% in Quality in the New England Region

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Fairfield University. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D1 Women’s Basketball athletes in the New England Region list. Fairfield U is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school situated in Fairfield, Connecticut. It awarded 1,069 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Women’s Basketball team at Fairfield U brought home $1,956,064 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.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 90%.

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#6

Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts
#1 in Quality in the New England Region

With a ranking of #6, Harvard University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the New England Region ranking. Harvard is a large private not-for-profit school situated in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It awarded 2,902 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at Harvard took home $1,025,101 in revenue. Sports aren’t the only thing that the team excels at - they had a perfect academic progress rate of 1000.

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. Harvard also took the #1 spot in our overall quality rankings.

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#7

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
#19 in Quality in the New England Region

Boston College ranked #7 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the New England Region list. Boston College is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts that handed out 3,062 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at Boston College made $536,766 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 980.

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, Boston College also is in the top 15% of our overall quality ranking.

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#8

Northeastern University

Boston, Massachusetts
#25 in Quality in the New England Region

Northeastern University landed the #8 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the New England Region ranking. Located in Boston, Massachusetts, the large private not-for-profit school awarded 4,127 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The D1 Women’s Basketball team at Northeastern brought home $2,153,155 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.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 97%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Northeastern also is in the top 20% of our overall quality ranking.

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#9

Providence College

Providence, Rhode Island
Top 25% in Quality in the New England Region

Providence College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the New England Region ranking, coming in at #9. Providence is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Providence, Rhode Island. It awarded 1,119 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at Providence took home $3,109,357 in revenue. Sports aren’t the only thing that the team excels at - they had a perfect academic progress rate of 1000.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 92%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year.

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#10

Bryant University

Smithfield, Rhode Island

Bryant University ranked #10 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the New England Region list. Bryant is located in Smithfield, Rhode Island and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 931 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The D1 Women’s Basketball team at Bryant brought home $1,523,225 in revenue in a single year. The great academic progress rate of 991 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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

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#11

Yale University

New Haven, Connecticut
#4 in Quality in the New England Region

With a ranking of #11, Yale University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the New England Region ranking. This fairly large private not-for-profit school is located in New Haven, Connecticut, and it awarded 1,664 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at Yale took home $728,521 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 99%. Yale did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #4 on our overall quality list.

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#12

Brown University

Providence, Rhode Island
#5 in Quality in the New England Region

Brown University ranked #12 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the New England Region list. Located in Providence, Rhode Island, the fairly large private not-for-profit school awarded 2,097 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at Brown made $812,289 in revenue. Sports aren’t the only thing that the team excels at - they had a perfect academic progress rate of 1000.

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. Brown also took the #5 spot in our overall quality rankings.

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#13

Sacred Heart University

Fairfield, Connecticut

Sacred Heart University landed the #13 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the New England Region ranking. Sacred Heart is located in Fairfield, Connecticut and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,411 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at Sacred Heart made $1,393,337 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 995, signifying that team members care about their grades.

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#14

University of Hartford

West Hartford, Connecticut

With a ranking of #14, University of Hartford did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the New England Region ranking. Located in West Hartford, Connecticut, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school handed out 1,123 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at UHart took home $2,045,795 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 981 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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#15

College of the Holy Cross

Worcester, Massachusetts
#10 in Quality in the New England Region

College of the Holy Cross did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the New England Region ranking, coming in at #15. College of the Holy Cross is a small private not-for-profit school located in Worcester, Massachusetts that handed out 848 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at Holy Cross made $1,922,115 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 95%. Holy Cross 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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#16

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Amherst, Massachusetts
Top 25% in Quality in the New England Region

University of Massachusetts Amherst did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the New England Region ranking, coming in at #16. UMass Amherst is located in Amherst, Massachusetts and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 6,878 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at UMass Amherst took home $2,449,196 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 973.

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

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#17

University of Vermont

Burlington, Vermont

With a ranking of #17, University of Vermont did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the New England Region ranking. Burlington, Vermont is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 2,682 students in 2018-2019.

The D1 Women’s Basketball team at UVM brought home $1,243,439 in revenue in a single year. The great academic progress rate of 995 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.

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#18

University of Maine

Orono, Maine

University of Maine did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the New England Region ranking, coming in at #18. Orono, Maine is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,739 students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at UMaine made $1,372,435 in revenue. The team had a perfect academic progress rate of 1000.

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#19

Dartmouth College

Hanover, New Hampshire
#6 in Quality in the New England Region

With a ranking of #19, Dartmouth College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the New England Region ranking. Dartmouth College is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in Hanover, New Hampshire that handed out 1,249 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at Dartmouth made $963,310 in revenue. Sports aren’t the only thing that the team excels at - they had a perfect academic progress rate of 1000.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 96%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Dartmouth 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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#20

University of Rhode Island

Kingston, Rhode Island

With a ranking of #20, University of Rhode Island did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the New England Region ranking. URI is a fairly large public school situated in Kingston, Rhode Island. It awarded 3,624 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at URI made $2,710,476 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 996 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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#21

Central Connecticut State University

New Britain, Connecticut

Central Connecticut State University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the New England Region ranking, coming in at #21. CCSU is located in New Britain, Connecticut and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 2,083 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at CCSU took home $1,191,504 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 995 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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#22

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

Lowell, Massachusetts

University of Massachusetts - Lowell did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the New England Region ranking, coming in at #22. UMass Lowell is located in Lowell, Massachusetts and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 2,906 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The D1 Women’s Basketball team at UMass Lowell brought home $1,578,140 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 985.

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

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 22 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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