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2021 Top Alabama Women's D1 Basketball Schools

8 Colleges
$23,482 Avg Tuition & Fees*
28% 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 has developed its Best Colleges for Division I Women's Basketball in Alabama ranking as one item you can use to help make this decision.

Our analysis looked at 8 schools in Alabama to determine which ones were the best for D1 Women's Basketball athletes in Alabama. 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 Alabama for D1 Women's Basketball athletes in Alabama

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Auburn University

Auburn, Alabama

Our analysis found Auburn University to be the best school for D1 Women’s Basketball athletes in Alabama in this year’s ranking. Located in Auburn, Alabama, the large public school awarded 5,370 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at Auburn took home $538,944 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 981.

With a freshman retention rate of 92%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Auburn also made our overall quality list, coming in at #2.

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#2

The University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Out of the 8 schools in Alabama that were part of this year’s ranking, The University of Alabama landed the #2 spot on the list. Tuscaloosa, Alabama is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 7,542 students in 2018-2019.

The D1 Women’s Basketball team at UA brought home $1,046,269 in revenue in a single year. The team has a great academic progress rate of 978, signifying that team members care about their grades.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 87%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. In addition to its Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in Alabama ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, UA is ranked #3 for overall quality in Alabama.

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#3

Samford University

Birmingham, Alabama

A rank of #3 on our list means Samford University is a great place for D1 Women’s Basketball athletes in Alabama working on their bachelor’s degree. This medium-sized private not-for-profit school is located in Birmingham, Alabama, and it awarded 891 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at Samford made $1,338,830 in revenue. With a perfect academic progress rate of 1000, the team is showing that they know how to hit the books, too.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 87%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. In addition to its Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in Alabama ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Samford is ranked #1 for overall quality in Alabama.

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#4

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Birmingham, Alabama

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend University of Alabama at Birmingham. The school came in at #4 in this year’s ranking. UAB is a public institution located in Birmingham, Alabama. The school has a large population, and it awarded 2,613 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at UAB made $2,087,432 in revenue. The team had a perfect academic progress rate of 1000.

UAB did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #4 on our overall quality list.

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#5

University of South Alabama

Mobile, Alabama

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend University of South Alabama. The school came in at #5 in this year’s ranking. USA is a public institution located in Mobile, Alabama. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 1,940 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Women’s Basketball team at USA brought home $1,444,903 in revenue in a single year. The academic progress rate of the team is 968.

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#6

Troy University

Troy, Alabama

Troy University landed the #6 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in Alabama ranking. Troy University is a fairly large public school located in Troy, Alabama that handed out 2,450 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at TROY took home $1,316,628 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 979.

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#7

Jacksonville State University

Jacksonville, Alabama

Jacksonville State University landed the #7 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in Alabama ranking. Jacksonville, Alabama is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,345 students in 2018-2019.

The D1 Women’s Basketball team at Jacksonville State University brought home $1,097,540 in revenue in a single year. The great academic progress rate of 987 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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#8

Alabama State University

Montgomery, Alabama

Alabama State University ranked #8 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in Alabama list. This small public school is located in Montgomery, Alabama, and it awarded 510 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at Alabama State took home $802,316 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 967.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 8 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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