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2021 Top Massachusetts Women's D1 Basketball Schools

7 Colleges
$49,037 Avg Tuition & Fees*
74% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

Student athletes have lots of options to chooose from today when trying to decide which college to attend. Our mission at College Factual is to arm you with as much information as we can to help you make that decision. Our Best Colleges for Division I Women's Basketball in Massachusetts ranking is one tool we have developed to help in this regard.

Our analysis looked at 7 schools in Massachusetts to determine which ones were the best for D1 Women's Basketball athletes in Massachusetts. Our ranking is based on several objective factors, including the school's overall quality and the athletic competitiveness of the school. We steer clear of subjective measures since they don't give a clear picture when determining how one school compares to another. So, even if a school has a great team, it won't place well if it is also considered a low quality college or university.

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Top Colleges in Massachusetts for D1 Women's Basketball athletes in Massachusetts

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Boston University

Boston, Massachusetts

Boston University tops this year’s ranking as the best school for D1 Women’s Basketball athletes in Massachusetts. Boston U is located in Boston, Massachusetts and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 4,780 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The D1 Women’s Basketball team at Boston U brought home $1,842,923 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.

With a freshman retention rate of 93%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Boston U 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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#2

Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts

The excellent sports programs at Harvard University helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for D1 Women’s Basketball athletes in Massachusetts. Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the large private not-for-profit school awarded 2,902 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at Harvard took home $1,025,101 in revenue. The team 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 did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #1 on our overall quality list.

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#3

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Boston College. The school came in at #3 in this year’s ranking. Boston College is located in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 3,062 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

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.

With a freshman retention rate of 95%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. On top of its placing in this ranking, Boston College 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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#4

Northeastern University

Boston, Massachusetts

The excellent sports programs at Northeastern University helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for D1 Women’s Basketball athletes in Massachusetts. This large private not-for-profit school is located in Boston, Massachusetts, and it awarded 4,127 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Women’s Basketball team at Northeastern brought home $2,153,155 in revenue in a single year. The team had a perfect academic progress rate of 1000.

With a freshman retention rate of 97%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students.

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#5

College of the Holy Cross

Worcester, Massachusetts

The excellent sports programs at College of the Holy Cross helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for D1 Women’s Basketball athletes in Massachusetts. Located in Worcester, Massachusetts, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 848 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at Holy Cross took home $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.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 95%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. On top of its placing in this ranking, Holy Cross also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#6

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Amherst, Massachusetts

University of Massachusetts Amherst came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in Massachusetts ranking. University of Massachusetts Amherst is a large public school located in Amherst, Massachusetts that handed out 6,878 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

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

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

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#7

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 Massachusetts ranking, coming in at #7. This fairly large public school is located in Lowell, Massachusetts, and it awarded 2,906 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at UMass Lowell took home $1,578,140 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 86%.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 7 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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