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2021 Top Florida Women's D1 Basketball Schools

13 Colleges
$26,248 Avg Tuition & Fees*
37% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

It's not easy to decide which college to attend when there are so many options available for student athletes. College Factual has developed its Best Colleges for Division I Women's Basketball in Florida ranking as one item you can use to help make this decision.

After analyzing 13 schools in Florida, we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for D1 Women's Basketball athletes in Florida. 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 Florida for D1 Women's Basketball athletes in Florida

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

University of Miami

Coral Gables, Florida

University of Miami tops this year’s ranking as the best school for D1 Women’s Basketball athletes in Florida. Coral Gables, Florida is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 3,118 students in 2018-2019.

The D1 Women’s Basketball team at U Miami brought home $5,723,586 in revenue in a single year.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 91%. U Miami not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #2 on our overall quality list.

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#2

Florida State University

Tallahassee, Florida

Out of the 13 schools in Florida that were part of this year’s ranking, Florida State University landed the #2 spot on the list. Florida State University is a large public school located in Tallahassee, Florida that handed out 9,688 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at Florida State made $7,680,432 in revenue. 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 also took the #3 spot in our overall quality rankings.

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#3

University of Florida

Gainesville, Florida

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend University of Florida. The school came in at #3 in this year’s ranking. Located in Gainesville, Florida, the large public school awarded 9,663 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at UF made $85,038 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 96%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. UF not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #1 on our overall quality list.

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Out of the 13 schools in Florida that were part of this year’s ranking, University of South Florida - Main Campus landed the #4 spot on the list. USF Tampa is located in Tampa, Florida and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 8,684 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at USF Tampa took home $2,960,713 in revenue.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 90%. USF Tampa also made our overall quality list, coming in at #5.

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#5

Stetson University

DeLand, Florida

The excellent sports programs at Stetson University helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for D1 Women’s Basketball athletes in Florida. Stetson is located in DeLand, Florida and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 799 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at Stetson made $1,654,467 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 979, signifying that team members care about their grades.

On top of its placing in this ranking, Stetson 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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#6

University of Central Florida

Orlando, Florida

University of Central Florida landed the #6 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in Florida ranking. UCF is a large public school situated in Orlando, Florida. It awarded 14,087 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at UCF took home $2,505,784 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 981.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 90%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. In addition to its great ranking here, UCF is in the top 15% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#7

Jacksonville University

Jacksonville, Florida

Jacksonville University ranked #7 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in Florida list. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Jacksonville, Florida, and it awarded 762 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at JU made $1,454,163 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 982, signifying that team members care about their grades.

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#8

Florida Gulf Coast University

Fort Myers, Florida

Florida Gulf Coast University came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in Florida ranking. Florida Gulf Coast University is a fairly large public school located in Fort Myers, Florida that handed out 3,100 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at FGCU took home $1,611,245 in revenue. Sports aren’t the only thing that the team excels at - they had a perfect academic progress rate of 1000.

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#9

University of North Florida

Jacksonville, Florida

University of North Florida did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in Florida ranking, coming in at #9. Located in Jacksonville, Florida, the fairly large public school awarded 3,493 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at UNF took home $1,235,739 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 982 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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Florida International University landed the #10 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in Florida ranking. FIU is a large public school situated in Miami, Florida. It awarded 12,352 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at FIU took home $1,411,785 in revenue and paid out $1,390,085 in expenses in recent times. Thus, the team actually made $21,700, which isn’t bad at all. The great academic progress rate of 984 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 88%.

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Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University ranked #11 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in Florida list. Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University is a medium-sized public school located in Tallahassee, Florida that handed out 1,444 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Women’s Basketball team at Florida A&M University brought home $916,733 in revenue in a single year.

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#12

Bethune - Cookman University

Daytona Beach, Florida

Bethune - Cookman University came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in Florida ranking. Bethune - Cookman University is located in Daytona Beach, Florida and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 477 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at Bethune - Cookman University made $1,057,743 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 981, signifying that team members care about their grades.

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#13

Florida Atlantic University

Boca Raton, Florida

Florida Atlantic University ranked #13 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in Florida list. FAU is located in Boca Raton, Florida and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 5,855 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The D1 Women’s Basketball team at FAU brought home $1,657,636 in revenue in a single year. The great academic progress rate of 990 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 13 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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