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2021 Top South Carolina Women's D1 Basketball Schools

11 Colleges
$33,622 Avg Tuition & Fees*
47% 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. College Factual has developed its Best Colleges for Division I Women's Basketball in South Carolina ranking as one item you can use to help make this decision.

Our analysis looked at 11 schools in South Carolina to determine which ones were the best for D1 Women's Basketball athletes in South Carolina. To come up with this ranking, we look at a number of factors that are all objective measurements. These factors include the school's overall quality as determined by our Best Colleges ranking and the athletic competitiveness of the school. Thus, in order to rank well, the school must offer a quality education in addition to having a great sports team.

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Top Colleges in South Carolina for D1 Women's Basketball athletes in South Carolina

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

University of South Carolina - Columbia

Columbia, South Carolina

University of South Carolina - Columbia tops this year’s ranking as the best school for D1 Women’s Basketball athletes in South Carolina. UofSC is a public institution located in Columbia, South Carolina. The school has a large population, and 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. UofSC not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #4 on our overall quality list.

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#2

Furman University

Greenville, South Carolina

A rank of #2 on our list means Furman University is a great place for D1 Women’s Basketball athletes in South Carolina working on their bachelor’s degree. Furman is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Greenville, South Carolina. It awarded 732 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Women’s Basketball team at Furman made $1,802,659 in revenue, while incurring $1,746,267 in expenses. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $56,392 in profit.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 93%, 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 South Carolina ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Furman is ranked #1 for overall quality in South Carolina.

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#3

Clemson University

Clemson, South Carolina

The excellent sports programs at Clemson University helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for D1 Women’s Basketball athletes in South Carolina. Clemson is a public institution located in Clemson, South Carolina. The school has a large population, and it awarded 4,676 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at Clemson made $1,429,390 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 977 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 93%. In addition to its Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in South Carolina ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Clemson is ranked #2 for overall quality in South Carolina.

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#4

Wofford College

Spartanburg, South Carolina

A rank of #4 on our list means Wofford College is a great place for D1 Women’s Basketball athletes in South Carolina working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in Spartanburg, South Carolina, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 476 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at Wofford took home $1,298,040 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 970.

With a freshman retention rate of 89%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Wofford not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #3 on our overall quality list.

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#5

Presbyterian College

Clinton, South Carolina

Out of the 11 schools in South Carolina that were part of this year’s ranking, Presbyterian College landed the #5 spot on the list. PC is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Clinton, South Carolina. It awarded 228 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at PC made $945,492 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 984 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

In addition to its great ranking here, PC is in the top 20% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#6

College of Charleston

Charleston, South Carolina

With a ranking of #6, College of Charleston did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in South Carolina ranking. Located in Charleston, South Carolina, the fairly large public school handed out 2,399 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at C of C made $1,666,105 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 985.

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#7

Coastal Carolina University

Conway, South Carolina

With a ranking of #7, Coastal Carolina University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in South Carolina ranking. Coastal Carolina University is located in Conway, South Carolina and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,920 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The D1 Women’s Basketball team at Coastal Carolina University brought home $1,714,312 in revenue in a single year. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 968.

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#8

Charleston Southern University

Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston Southern University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in South Carolina ranking, coming in at #8. Charleston, South Carolina is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 661 students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at CSU made $817,872 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 960.

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#9

Winthrop University

Rock Hill, South Carolina

With a ranking of #9, Winthrop University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in South Carolina ranking. Located in Rock Hill, South Carolina, the medium-sized public school handed out 1,004 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Winthrop took home $1,141,031 in revenue and paid out $1,104,740 in expenses in recent times. That boils down to a yearly profit of $36,291 for the sports team. The academic progress rate of the team is 953.

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#10

University of South Carolina - Upstate

Spartanburg, South Carolina

University of South Carolina - Upstate came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in South Carolina ranking. USC Upstate is a medium-sized public school situated in Spartanburg, South Carolina. It awarded 1,275 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at USC Upstate took home $850,314 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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#11

South Carolina State University

Orangeburg, South Carolina

South Carolina State University came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in South Carolina ranking. Located in Orangeburg, South Carolina, the small public school handed out 333 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at South Carolina State University took home $697,329 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 972.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 11 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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