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2021 Top Virginia Women's D1 Basketball Schools

13 Colleges
$33,506 Avg Tuition & Fees*
49% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

When it comes to choosing a college, student athletes have a lot of options - but not all of them are good. College Factual has developed its Best Colleges for Division I Women's Basketball in Virginia ranking as one item you can use to help make this decision.

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

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, Virginia

Our analysis found University of Virginia - Main Campus to be the best school for D1 Women’s Basketball athletes in Virginia in this year’s ranking. Located in Charlottesville, Virginia, the large public school handed out 5,167 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at University of Virginia made $4,267,198 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 995.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 96%. University of Virginia also made our overall quality list, coming in at #2.

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#2

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, Virginia

Out of the 13 schools in Virginia that were part of this year’s ranking, James Madison University landed the #2 spot on the list. JMU is a large public school situated in Harrisonburg, Virginia. 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.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 90%. JMU also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

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#3

College of William and Mary

Williamsburg, Virginia

A rank of #3 on our list means College of William and Mary is a great place for D1 Women’s Basketball athletes in Virginia working on their bachelor’s degree. William & Mary is a medium-sized public school situated in Williamsburg, Virginia. It awarded 2,072 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at William & Mary made $1,816,962 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 991, signifying that team members care about their grades.

With a freshman retention rate of 95%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. In addition to its Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in Virginia ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, William & Mary is ranked #4 for overall quality in Virginia.

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#4

University of Richmond

University of Richmond, Virginia

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of Richmond. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D1 Women’s Basketball athletes in Virginia list. URichmond is located in University of Richmond, Virginia and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,005 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

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

The impressive student-to-faculty ratio of 8 to 1 means that students may have more opportunities to work more closely with their professors than they would at other schools. In addition to its Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in Virginia ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, URichmond is ranked #3 for overall quality in Virginia.

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#5

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, Virginia

Out of the 13 schools in Virginia that were part of this year’s ranking, Virginia Tech landed the #5 spot on the list. Located in Blacksburg, Virginia, the large public school handed out 7,156 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at Virginia Tech made $735,842 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 947.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 93%. Virginia Tech also took the #5 spot in our overall quality rankings.

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#6

Virginia Commonwealth University

Richmond, Virginia

Virginia Commonwealth University ranked #6 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in Virginia list. Richmond, Virginia is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 5,372 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at VCU took home $2,720,150 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 982 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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#7

George Mason University

Fairfax, Virginia

With a ranking of #7, George Mason University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in Virginia ranking. Fairfax, Virginia is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 5,866 students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at GMU made $2,346,424 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 982.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 88%. On top of its placing in this ranking, GMU 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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#8

Old Dominion University

Norfolk, Virginia

Old Dominion University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in Virginia ranking, coming in at #8. Norfolk, Virginia is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 3,987 students in 2018-2019.

The D1 Women’s Basketball team at Old Dominion brought home $2,597,298 in revenue in a single year. The academic progress rate of the team is 975.

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#9

Radford University

Radford, Virginia

Radford University ranked #9 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in Virginia list. This fairly large public school is located in Radford, Virginia, and it awarded 1,910 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at Radford took home $1,167,573 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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#10

Hampton University

Hampton, Virginia

With a ranking of #10, Hampton University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in Virginia ranking. Hampton, Virginia is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 640 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at Hampton took home $1,130,506 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 961.

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#11

Liberty University

Lynchburg, Virginia

Liberty University ranked #11 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in Virginia list. Liberty University is located in Lynchburg, Virginia and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 9,140 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at Liberty University made $2,449,947 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 977, signifying that team members care about their grades.

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#12

Longwood University

Farmville, Virginia

Longwood University landed the #12 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in Virginia ranking. This small public school is located in Farmville, Virginia, and it awarded 996 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at Longwood took home $1,084,471 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 978, signifying that team members care about their grades.

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#13

Norfolk State University

Norfolk, Virginia

Norfolk State University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in Virginia ranking, coming in at #13. Located in Norfolk, Virginia, the medium-sized public school handed out 612 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at Norfolk State took home $1,142,452 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 943.

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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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