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2021 Top North Carolina Women's D1 Basketball Schools

15 Colleges
$32,012 Avg Tuition & Fees*
51% 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. At College Factual, we're committed to helping you make that decision by providing information such as that found in our Best Colleges for Division I Women's Basketball in North Carolina ranking.

We analyzed 15 colleges and universities across North Carolina to determine which were the best for D1 Women's Basketball athletes in North Carolina. 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 North Carolina for D1 Women's Basketball athletes in North Carolina

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Duke University

Durham, North Carolina

Our 2021 rankings named Duke University the best school for D1 Women’s Basketball athletes in North Carolina working on their bachelor’s degree. Duke is a private not-for-profit institution located in Durham, North Carolina. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 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.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 97%. Duke not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #1 on our overall quality list.

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#2

Elon University

Elon, North Carolina

A rank of #2 on our list means Elon University is a great place for D1 Women’s Basketball athletes in North Carolina working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in Elon, North Carolina, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school awarded 1,666 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The D1 Women’s Basketball team at Elon brought home $1,781,585 in revenue in a single year. 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 89%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Elon also made our overall quality list, coming in at #5.

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#3

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, North Carolina

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Wake Forest University. The school came in at #3 in this year’s ranking. This medium-sized private not-for-profit school is located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and it awarded 1,431 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at Wake Forest University made $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.

With a freshman retention rate of 94%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Wake Forest University not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #3 on our overall quality list.

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#4

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Out of the 15 schools in North Carolina that were part of this year’s ranking, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill landed the #4 spot on the list. Chapel Hill, North Carolina is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 6,076 students in 2018-2019.

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

With a freshman retention rate of 96%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. UNC Chapel Hill not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #4 on our overall quality list.

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#5

Campbell University

Buies Creek, North Carolina

A rank of #5 on our list means Campbell University is a great place for D1 Women’s Basketball athletes in North Carolina working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in Buies Creek, North Carolina, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school awarded 1,006 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The D1 Women’s Basketball team at Campbell made $1,480,398 in revenue, while incurring $1,480,397 in expenses. That boils down to a yearly profit of $1 for the sports team. The great academic progress rate of 995 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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#6

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Charlotte, North Carolina

With a ranking of #6, University of North Carolina at Charlotte did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in North Carolina ranking. UNC Charlotte is a large public school situated in Charlotte, North Carolina. It awarded 5,974 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at UNC Charlotte took home $2,117,951 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 960.

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#7

High Point University

High Point, North Carolina

High Point University ranked #7 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in North Carolina list. High Point, North Carolina is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,103 students in 2018-2019.

High Point brought in $1,541,750 while tallying up $1,489,498 in expenses for its D1 Women’s Basketball team. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $52,252. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 976.

High Point 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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#8

East Carolina University

Greenville, North Carolina

East Carolina University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in North Carolina ranking, coming in at #8. Greenville, North Carolina is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 5,140 students in 2018-2019.

ECU brought in $2,209,997 while tallying up $2,175,944 in expenses for its D1 Women’s Basketball team. Thus, the team actually made $34,053, which isn’t bad at all. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 961.

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#9

Davidson College

Davidson, North Carolina

Davidson College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in North Carolina ranking, coming in at #9. Davidson is located in Davidson, North Carolina and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 560 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Davidson brought in $1,880,382 while tallying up $1,832,674 in expenses for its D1 Women’s Basketball team. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $47,708. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 995.

With a student-to-faculty ratio of 9 to 1, it’s easy to see that the school is committed to helping their undergraduates succeed. Davidson not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #2 on our overall quality list.

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#10

University of North Carolina at Asheville

Asheville, North Carolina

University of North Carolina at Asheville did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in North Carolina ranking, coming in at #10. Asheville, North Carolina is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 874 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at UNCA took home $1,108,615 in revenue. With a perfect academic progress rate of 1000, the team is showing that they know how to hit the books, too.

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#11

Appalachian State University

Boone, North Carolina

With a ranking of #11, Appalachian State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in North Carolina ranking. Boone, North Carolina is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 4,172 students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at Appalachian State made $1,657,819 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 992.

With a freshman retention rate of 89%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Appalachian State also is in the top 15% of our overall quality ranking.

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#12

North Carolina A & T State University

Greensboro, North Carolina

With a ranking of #12, North Carolina A & T State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in North Carolina ranking. NC A&T is a fairly large public school situated in Greensboro, North Carolina. It awarded 1,686 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at NC A&T took home $1,447,460 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 986.

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#13

Gardner - Webb University

Boiling Springs, North Carolina

Gardner - Webb University landed the #13 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in North Carolina ranking. Boiling Springs, North Carolina is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 452 students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at Gardner - Webb made $945,822 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 980, signifying that team members care about their grades.

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#14

Western Carolina University

Cullowhee, North Carolina

Western Carolina University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in North Carolina ranking, coming in at #14. WCU is a fairly large public school situated in Cullowhee, North Carolina. It awarded 2,288 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Women’s Basketball team at WCU brought home $892,474 in revenue in a single year. The great academic progress rate of 985 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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#15

North Carolina Central University

Durham, North Carolina

With a ranking of #15, North Carolina Central University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in North Carolina ranking. This medium-sized public school is located in Durham, North Carolina, and it awarded 1,145 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at North Carolina Central University made $1,409,305 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 980.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 15 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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