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2021 Top Southeast Region Women's D1 Basketball Schools

106 Colleges
$38,710 Avg Tuition & Fees*
62% 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. 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 the Southeast Region ranking is one tool we have developed to help in this regard.

After analyzing 106 schools in the Southeast Region , we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for D1 Women's Basketball athletes in the Southeast Region. 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 the Southeast Region for D1 Women's Basketball athletes in the Southeast Region

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#1

Duke University

Durham, North Carolina
#1 in Quality in the Southeast Region

Our 2021 rankings named Duke University the best school for D1 Women’s Basketball athletes in the Southeast Region working on their bachelor’s degree. Duke University is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in Durham, North Carolina that handed out 2,303 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at Duke took home $3,821,554 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 973.

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. Duke did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #1 on our overall quality list.

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#2

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, Tennessee
#2 in Quality in the Southeast Region

The excellent sports programs at Vanderbilt University helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for D1 Women’s Basketball athletes in the Southeast Region. Vanderbilt University is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in Nashville, Tennessee that handed out 2,280 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Women’s Basketball team at Vanderbilt brought home $4,401,360 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 989.

With a freshman retention rate of 97%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Vanderbilt also took the #2 spot in our overall quality rankings.

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#3

University of Miami

Coral Gables, Florida
#15 in Quality in the Southeast Region

The excellent sports programs at University of Miami helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for D1 Women’s Basketball athletes in the Southeast Region. Located in Coral Gables, Florida, the fairly large private not-for-profit school awarded 3,118 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at U Miami took home $5,723,586 in revenue.

With a freshman retention rate of 91%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, U Miami also is in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking.

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Top 10% in Quality in the Southeast Region

A rank of #4 on our list means The University of Tennessee - Knoxville is a great place for D1 Women’s Basketball athletes in the Southeast Region working on their bachelor’s degree. UT Knoxville is located in Knoxville, Tennessee and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 5,103 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at UT Knoxville made $3,504,184 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 971.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 86%. UT Knoxville 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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#5

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, Virginia
#7 in Quality in the Southeast Region

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend University of Virginia - Main Campus. The school came in at #5 in this year’s ranking. University of Virginia - Main Campus is a large public school located in Charlottesville, Virginia that handed out 5,167 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at University of Virginia took home $4,267,198 in revenue. 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 96%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. University of Virginia also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

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#6

Florida State University

Tallahassee, Florida
#24 in Quality in the Southeast Region

Florida State University landed the #6 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking. Located in Tallahassee, Florida, the large public school awarded 9,688 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The D1 Women’s Basketball team at Florida State brought home $7,680,432 in revenue in a single year. The team has a great academic progress rate of 979, 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. Florida State 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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#7

Elon University

Elon, North Carolina
#14 in Quality in the Southeast Region

Elon University came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking. Elon is located in Elon, North Carolina and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,666 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at Elon made $1,781,585 in revenue. The team had a perfect academic progress rate of 1000.

With a freshman retention rate of 89%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Elon also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

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#8

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, North Carolina
#6 in Quality in the Southeast Region

Wake Forest University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking, coming in at #8. Located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school awarded 1,431 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at Wake Forest University took home $3,447,683 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 94%. Wake Forest University also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

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#9

University of South Carolina - Columbia

Columbia, South Carolina
Top 10% in Quality in the Southeast Region

University of South Carolina - Columbia did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking, coming in at #9. UofSC is a large public school situated in Columbia, South Carolina. It awarded 6,966 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Women’s Basketball team at UofSC brought home $2,207,171 in revenue in a single year. The team has a great academic progress rate of 990, signifying that team members care about their grades.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 88%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UofSC also is in the top 10% of our overall quality ranking.

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#10

Belmont University

Nashville, Tennessee
Top 15% in Quality in the Southeast Region

Belmont University came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking. Belmont is located in Nashville, Tennessee and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,635 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at Belmont took home $1,778,887 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 991, signifying that team members care about their grades.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Belmont also is in the top 15% of our overall quality ranking.

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#11

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, Virginia
Top 10% in Quality in the Southeast Region

James Madison University came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking. JMU is a public institution located in Harrisonburg, Virginia. The school has a large population, and it awarded 4,665 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Women’s Basketball team at JMU brought home $2,681,161 in revenue in a single year. The academic progress rate of the team is 961.

With a freshman retention rate of 90%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. JMU 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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#12

Tulane University of Louisiana

New Orleans, Louisiana
#17 in Quality in the Southeast Region

Tulane University of Louisiana did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking, coming in at #12. Located in New Orleans, Louisiana, the fairly large private not-for-profit school awarded 2,417 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at Tulane made $2,741,125 in revenue.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 93%. Tulane 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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#13

University of Louisville

Louisville, Kentucky
Top 20% in Quality in the Southeast Region

With a ranking of #13, University of Louisville did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking. UofL is located in Louisville, Kentucky and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 3,155 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at UofL took home $5,800,173 in revenue. Sports aren’t the only thing that the team excels at - they had a perfect academic progress rate of 1000.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UofL also is in the top 20% of our overall quality ranking.

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#14

Mercer University

Macon, Georgia
Top 15% in Quality in the Southeast Region

Mercer University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking, coming in at #14. Mercer University is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in Macon, Georgia that handed out 1,205 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at Mercer took home $1,792,704 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 986 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, Mercer is in the top 15% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#15

University of Kentucky

Lexington, Kentucky
Top 15% in Quality in the Southeast Region

University of Kentucky came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking. Located in Lexington, Kentucky, the large public school awarded 5,535 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at UK made $469,223 in revenue. Sports aren’t the only thing that the team excels at - they had a perfect academic progress rate of 1000.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UK also is in the top 15% of our overall quality ranking.

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#16

Auburn University

Auburn, Alabama
Top 10% in Quality in the Southeast Region

Auburn University landed the #16 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking. Auburn is a public institution located in Auburn, Alabama. The school has a large population, and it awarded 5,370 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Women’s Basketball team at Auburn brought home $538,944 in revenue in a single year. The team has a great academic progress rate of 981, 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 92%. Auburn 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

Mississippi State University

Mississippi State, Mississippi
Top 25% in Quality in the Southeast Region

With a ranking of #17, Mississippi State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking. This large public school is located in Mississippi State, Mississippi, and it awarded 3,923 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Women’s Basketball team at Mississippi State brought home $6,115,465 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 978.

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#18

Furman University

Greenville, South Carolina
#18 in Quality in the Southeast Region

Furman University came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking. Greenville, South Carolina is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 732 students in 2018-2019.

Furman brought in $1,802,659 while tallying up $1,746,267 in expenses for its D1 Women’s Basketball team. That boils down to a yearly profit of $56,392 for the sports team.

With a freshman retention rate of 93%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Furman also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

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#11 in Quality in the Southeast Region

Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus ranked #19 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Southeast Region list. This large public school is located in Atlanta, Georgia, and it awarded 3,717 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Women’s Basketball team at Georgia Tech brought home $446,523 in revenue in a single year. The team has a great academic progress rate of 982, 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 97%. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Georgia Tech also is in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking.

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#20

College of William and Mary

Williamsburg, Virginia
#10 in Quality in the Southeast Region

College of William and Mary did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking, coming in at #20. Located in Williamsburg, Virginia, the medium-sized public school awarded 2,072 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at William & Mary took home $1,816,962 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 991, signifying that team members care about their grades.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 95%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. In addition to its great ranking here, William & Mary is in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#21

University of Georgia

Athens, Georgia
#22 in Quality in the Southeast Region

University of Georgia landed the #21 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking. UGA is a large public school situated in Athens, Georgia. It awarded 8,022 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at UGA made $1,110,865 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 995.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 95%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UGA also is in the top 10% of our overall quality ranking.

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#22

University of Richmond

University of Richmond, Virginia
#9 in Quality in the Southeast Region

University of Richmond came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking. University of Richmond, Virginia is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,005 students in 2018-2019.

The D1 Women’s Basketball team at URichmond brought home $2,532,669 in revenue in a single year. The great academic progress rate of 977 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 93%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. On top of its placing in this ranking, URichmond 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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#23

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, Virginia
#13 in Quality in the Southeast Region

Virginia Tech ranked #23 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Southeast Region list. Virginia Tech is located in Blacksburg, Virginia and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 7,156 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The D1 Women’s Basketball team at Virginia Tech brought home $735,842 in revenue in a single year. The academic progress rate of the team is 947.

With a freshman retention rate of 93%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. On top of its placing in this ranking, Virginia Tech 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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Top 10% in Quality in the Southeast Region

Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College landed the #24 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking. Located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the large public school handed out 5,129 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Women’s Basketball team at Louisiana State University brought home $248,005 in revenue in a single year.

In addition to its great ranking here, Louisiana State University is in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#25

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, North Carolina
#8 in Quality in the Southeast Region

With a ranking of #25, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking. UNC Chapel Hill is a public institution located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The school has a large population, and it awarded 6,076 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Women’s Basketball team at UNC Chapel Hill brought home $818,663 in revenue in a single year. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 974.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 96%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. In addition to its great ranking here, UNC Chapel Hill is in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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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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