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2021 Top Middle Atlantic Region Women's Basketball Schools

230 Colleges
$45,721 Avg Tuition & Fees*
66% 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 Women's Basketball in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking.

After analyzing 230 schools in the Middle Atlantic Region , we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for Women's Basketball athletes in the Middle Atlantic Region. 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 the Middle Atlantic Region for Women's Basketball athletes in the Middle Atlantic Region

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#1

University of Maryland - College Park

College Park, Maryland
Top 10% in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

Our 2021 rankings named University of Maryland - College Park the best school for Women’s Basketball athletes in the Middle Atlantic Region working on their bachelor’s degree. College Park, Maryland is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 8,390 students in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at UMCP brought home $677,530 in revenue in a single year. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 963.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 96%. On top of its placing in this ranking, UMCP also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#2

Syracuse University

Syracuse, New York
Top 10% in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

A rank of #2 on our list means Syracuse University is a great place for Women’s Basketball athletes in the Middle Atlantic Region working on their bachelor’s degree. Syracuse is located in Syracuse, New York and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 4,101 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at Syracuse made $2,389,280 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 983.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 91%. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Syracuse also is in the top 10% of our overall quality ranking.

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#3

George Washington University

Washington, District of Columbia
Top 10% in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend George Washington University. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball athletes in the Middle Atlantic Region list. This large private not-for-profit school is located in Washington, District of Columbia, and it awarded 3,447 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at GWU brought home $2,518,181 in revenue in a single year. The great academic progress rate of 991 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

With a freshman retention rate of 91%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, GWU also is in the top 10% of our overall quality ranking.

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#4

Drexel University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Top 20% in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Drexel University. The school came in at #4 in this year’s ranking. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 3,710 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at Drexel took home $2,024,657 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 995 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, 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. Drexel also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools in this category.

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#4

Bucknell University

Lewisburg, Pennsylvania
#13 in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Bucknell University. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball athletes in the Middle Atlantic Region list. Bucknell is located in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,034 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The Women’s Basketball team at Bucknell brought home $2,048,062 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.

With a freshman retention rate of 94%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. On top of its placing in this ranking, Bucknell also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#6

Fordham University

Bronx, New York
Top 20% in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

Fordham University ranked #6 on this year’s Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Middle Atlantic Region list. Fordham U is located in Bronx, New York and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 2,501 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at Fordham U made $3,415,724 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 960.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 91%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. On top of its placing in this ranking, Fordham U 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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#7

Pennsylvania State University - University Park

University Park, Pennsylvania
Top 10% in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

With a ranking of #7, Pennsylvania State University - University Park did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking. Penn State University Park is a large public school situated in University Park, Pennsylvania. It awarded 10,893 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at Penn State University Park brought home $1,063,835 in revenue in a single year. The academic progress rate of the team is 975.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 93%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. On top of its placing in this ranking, Penn State University Park also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#8

Georgetown University

Washington, District of Columbia
#17 in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

Georgetown University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking, coming in at #8. This fairly large private not-for-profit school is located in Washington, District of Columbia, and it awarded 2,169 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at Georgetown made $3,083,397 in revenue. Sports aren’t the only thing that the team excels at - they had a perfect academic progress rate of 1000.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 96%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Georgetown also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

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#9

Villanova University

Villanova, Pennsylvania
#21 in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

Villanova University ranked #9 on this year’s Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Middle Atlantic Region list. Located in Villanova, Pennsylvania, the fairly large private not-for-profit school handed out 2,240 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at Villanova took home $2,517,318 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 995 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 95%. In addition to its great ranking here, Villanova is in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#10

Temple University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Top 25% in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

Temple University ranked #10 on this year’s Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Middle Atlantic Region list. Located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the large public school awarded 6,523 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at Temple made $3,474,252 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 981, signifying that team members care about their grades.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 90%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year.

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#11

St John's University - New York

Queens, New York

With a ranking of #11, St John’s University - New York did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking. Queens, New York is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 2,444 students in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at STJ brought home $2,948,753 in revenue in a single year. The great academic progress rate of 994 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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#12

University at Buffalo

Buffalo, New York
Top 20% in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

University at Buffalo ranked #12 on this year’s Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Middle Atlantic Region list. University at Buffalo is a public institution located in Buffalo, New York. The school has a large population, and it awarded 5,273 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at University at Buffalo brought home $2,007,936 in revenue in a single year. The academic progress rate of the team is 962.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 87%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. University at Buffalo 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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#13

University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Top 15% in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus landed the #13 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking. University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus is a large public school located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania that handed out 5,451 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at Pitt made $5,945,873 in revenue.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 93%. Pitt excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#14

Seton Hall University

South Orange, New Jersey

Seton Hall University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking, coming in at #14. Seton Hall is located in South Orange, New Jersey and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,683 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at Seton Hall took home $3,038,044 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 983, signifying that team members care about their grades.

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#15

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
#2 in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

University of Pennsylvania did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking, coming in at #15. Located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the large private not-for-profit school awarded 3,632 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at UPenn made $1,158,008 in revenue. The team had a perfect academic progress rate of 1000.

The impressive student-to-faculty ratio of 6 to 1 means that students may have more opportunities to work more closely with their professors than they would at other schools. UPenn also made our overall quality list, coming in at #2.

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#16

University of Delaware

Newark, Delaware
#24 in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

With a ranking of #16, University of Delaware did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking. Located in Newark, Delaware, the large public school awarded 4,849 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at UD brought home $2,522,440 in revenue in a single year. The team has a great academic progress rate of 981, signifying that team members care about their grades.

With a freshman retention rate of 91%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. On top of its placing in this ranking, UD also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#17

Saint Joseph's University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Top 20% in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

Saint Joseph’s University ranked #17 on this year’s Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Middle Atlantic Region list. St. Joe’s is a private not-for-profit institution located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 1,311 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at St. Joe’s took home $2,540,102 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 996 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 91%. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, St. Joe’s also is in the top 20% of our overall quality ranking.

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#18

Hofstra University

Hempstead, New York
Top 25% in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

Hofstra University landed the #18 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking. This fairly large private not-for-profit school is located in Hempstead, New York, and it awarded 1,745 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at Hofstra brought home $2,219,733 in revenue in a single year. The great academic progress rate of 995 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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#19

Rider University

Lawrenceville, New Jersey

Rider University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking, coming in at #19. Located in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 854 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at Rider made $1,620,103 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 995 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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#20

Colgate University

Hamilton, New York
#7 in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

Colgate University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking, coming in at #20. Colgate is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Hamilton, New York. It awarded 894 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at Colgate brought home $1,706,951 in revenue in a single year. The great academic progress rate of 976 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Colgate also is in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking.

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#21

Siena College

Loudonville, New York
Top 25% in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

Siena College ranked #21 on this year’s Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Middle Atlantic Region list. Located in Loudonville, New York, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 794 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at Siena brought home $1,791,641 in revenue in a single year. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 995.

With a freshman retention rate of 88%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students.

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#22

American University

Washington, District of Columbia
Top 15% in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

American University ranked #22 on this year’s Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Middle Atlantic Region list. This fairly large private not-for-profit school is located in Washington, District of Columbia, and it awarded 1,952 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at The American University made $1,682,790 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 985, signifying that team members care about their grades.

With a freshman retention rate of 90%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. The American University excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#23

Rutgers University - New Brunswick

New Brunswick, New Jersey
Top 15% in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

With a ranking of #23, Rutgers University - New Brunswick did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking. Located in New Brunswick, New Jersey, the large public school handed out 8,719 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at Rutgers New Brunswick made $5,450,614 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 987 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

With a freshman retention rate of 94%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. In addition to its great ranking here, Rutgers New Brunswick is in the top 15% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#24

Duquesne University

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Top 20% in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

With a ranking of #24, Duquesne University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking. Located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school awarded 1,487 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at Duquesne made $2,356,452 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 996.

With a freshman retention rate of 86%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Duquesne 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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#25

Cornell University

Ithaca, New York
#3 in Quality in the Middle Atlantic Region

Cornell University landed the #25 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking. Cornell is a private not-for-profit institution located in Ithaca, New York. The school has a large population, and it awarded 4,145 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at Cornell made $988,599 in revenue. The team had a perfect academic progress rate of 1000.

Since the school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 9 to 1, those pursuing a bachelor’s degree will have more opportunities to interact with their professors. In addition to its Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Cornell is ranked #3 for overall quality in the Middle Atlantic Region .

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Rest of the Top 15% Best Colleges for Women's Basketball athletes in the Middle Atlantic Region

Not only did these schools make the top 34 list, but they also landed in the top 15% of this year’s ranking:

#26

University at Albany

Albany, New York
#27

Adelphi University

Garden City, New York
#28

University of Scranton

Scranton, Pennsylvania
#29

Princeton University

Princeton, New Jersey
#30

Ithaca College

Ithaca, New York
#31

SUNY Geneseo

Geneseo, New York
#32

Howard University

Washington, District of Columbia
#33

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
#34

Messiah University

Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania

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Honorable Mentions

These schools also performed well in our Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking:

Rank College Location
35 Robert Morris University Moon Township, PA
36 Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA
37 Marist College Poughkeepsie, NY
38 Columbia University in the City of New York New York, NY
39 Catholic University of America Washington, DC
40 Stony Brook University Stony Brook, NY
41 Molloy College Rockville Centre, NY
42 Haverford College Haverford, PA
43 Iona College New Rochelle, NY
44 University of Maryland - Baltimore County Baltimore, MD
45 Loyola University Maryland Baltimore, MD
46 Gettysburg College Gettysburg, PA

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 25 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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