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2021 Top New York Women's Basketball Schools

87 Colleges
$42,386 Avg Tuition & Fees*
65% 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. 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 New York ranking.

After analyzing 87 schools in New York, we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for Women's Basketball athletes in New York. 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 New York for Women's Basketball athletes in New York

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Syracuse University

Syracuse, New York

Syracuse University tops this year’s ranking as the best school for Women’s Basketball athletes in New York. 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.

The Women’s Basketball team at Syracuse brought home $2,389,280 in revenue in a single year. The team has a great academic progress rate of 983, signifying that team members care about their grades.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 91%. Syracuse excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#2

Fordham University

Bronx, New York

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Fordham University. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball athletes in New York list. Fordham U is a private not-for-profit institution located in Bronx, New York. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 2,501 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

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

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The excellent sports programs at St John’s University - New York helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for Women’s Basketball athletes in New York. STJ is located in Queens, New York and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 2,444 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The Women’s Basketball team at STJ brought home $2,948,753 in revenue in a single year. The team has a great academic progress rate of 994, signifying that team members care about their grades.

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#4

University at Buffalo

Buffalo, New York

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University at Buffalo. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball athletes in New York list. University at Buffalo is a large public school situated in Buffalo, New York. 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 team has a respectable academic progress rate of 962.

With a freshman retention rate of 87%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, University at Buffalo also is in the top 20% of our overall quality ranking.

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#5

Hofstra University

Hempstead, New York

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Hofstra University. The school came in at #5 in this year’s ranking. Hempstead, New York is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,745 students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at Hofstra made $2,219,733 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 995, signifying that team members care about their grades.

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#6

Colgate University

Hamilton, New York

Colgate University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in New York ranking, coming in at #6. Colgate is located in Hamilton, New York and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 894 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at Colgate made $1,706,951 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 976 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 94%. Colgate not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #3 on our overall quality list.

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#7

Siena College

Loudonville, New York

With a ranking of #7, Siena College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in New York ranking. Siena is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Loudonville, New York. It awarded 794 bachelor’s degrees 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.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 88%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year.

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#8

Cornell University

Ithaca, New York

Cornell University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in New York ranking, coming in at #8. This large private not-for-profit school is located in Ithaca, New York, and it awarded 4,145 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at Cornell brought home $988,599 in revenue in a single year. Sports aren’t the only thing that the team excels at - they had a perfect academic progress rate of 1000.

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

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#9

University at Albany

Albany, New York

University at Albany came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in New York ranking. This fairly large public school is located in Albany, New York, and it awarded 3,525 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at UAlbany made $1,543,316 in revenue, while incurring $1,438,682 in expenses. That boils down to a yearly profit of $104,634 for the sports team.

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#10

Adelphi University

Garden City, New York

Adelphi University came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in New York ranking. This medium-sized private not-for-profit school is located in Garden City, New York, and it awarded 1,262 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at Adelphi took home $657,449 in revenue.

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#11

Ithaca College

Ithaca, New York

Ithaca College landed the #11 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in New York ranking. Ithaca is a private not-for-profit institution located in Ithaca, New York. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 1,501 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at Ithaca made $210,821 in revenue.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Ithaca also is in the top 15% of our overall quality ranking.

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#12

SUNY Geneseo

Geneseo, New York

SUNY Geneseo ranked #12 on this year’s Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in New York list. SUNY Geneseo is located in Geneseo, New York and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,408 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The Women’s Basketball team at SUNY Geneseo brought home $125,164 in revenue in a single year.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 86%.

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#13

Marist College

Poughkeepsie, New York

Marist College ranked #13 on this year’s Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in New York list. Marist is located in Poughkeepsie, New York and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,353 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The Women’s Basketball team at Marist brought home $1,917,983 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. Marist 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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Columbia University in the City of New York came in at #14 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in New York ranking. New York, New York is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 2,702 students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at Columbia made $977,713 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 987.

With a freshman retention rate of 97%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Columbia not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #4 on our overall quality list.

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#15

Stony Brook University

Stony Brook, New York

Stony Brook University ranked #15 on this year’s Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in New York list. SUNY Stony Brook is located in Stony Brook, New York and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 4,945 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at SUNY Stony Brook made $941,506 in revenue. Sports aren’t the only thing that the team excels at - they had a perfect academic progress rate of 1000.

With a freshman retention rate of 90%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. In addition to its great ranking here, SUNY Stony Brook is in the top 20% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#16

Molloy College

Rockville Centre, New York

With a ranking of #16, Molloy College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in New York ranking. Molloy is located in Rockville Centre, New York and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 811 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The Women’s Basketball team at Molloy made $276,361 in revenue, while incurring $267,588 in expenses. Thus, the team actually made $8,773, which isn’t bad at all.

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

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#17

Iona College

New Rochelle, New York

Iona College landed the #17 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in New York ranking. Iona is a private not-for-profit institution located in New Rochelle, New York. The school has a small population, and it awarded 579 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at Iona brought home $1,773,279 in revenue in a single year. The academic progress rate of the team is 961.

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#18

Binghamton University

Vestal, New York

With a ranking of #18, Binghamton University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in New York ranking. Binghamton University is a fairly large public school situated in Vestal, New York. It awarded 3,888 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at Binghamton University made $1,393,152 in revenue. Sports aren’t the only thing that the team excels at - they had a perfect academic progress rate of 1000.

With a freshman retention rate of 91%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. In addition to its great ranking here, Binghamton University is in the top 15% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#19

University of Rochester

Rochester, New York

University of Rochester came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in New York ranking. University of Rochester is a fairly large private not-for-profit school situated in Rochester, New York. It awarded 1,921 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at University of Rochester brought home $270,670 in revenue in a single year.

With a freshman retention rate of 97%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. University of Rochester 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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#20

Clarkson University

Potsdam, New York

Clarkson University came in at #20 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in New York ranking. Clarkson is a private not-for-profit institution located in Potsdam, New York. The school has a small population, and it awarded 785 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at Clarkson made $146,987 in revenue, while incurring $143,022 in expenses. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $3,965.

In addition to its great ranking here, Clarkson is in the top 15% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#21

Canisius College

Buffalo, New York

Canisius College came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in New York ranking. Canisius is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Buffalo, New York. It awarded 721 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at Canisius brought home $1,392,360 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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#22

Skidmore College

Saratoga Springs, New York

With a ranking of #22, Skidmore College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in New York ranking. Skidmore is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Saratoga Springs, New York. It awarded 717 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at Skidmore took home $110,731 in revenue.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 93%. On top of its placing in this ranking, Skidmore 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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Hobart and William Smith Colleges came in at #23 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in New York ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Geneva, New York, and it awarded 594 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at The Colleges brought home $215,182 in revenue in a single year.

With a freshman retention rate of 86%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. On top of its placing in this ranking, The Colleges 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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#24

St. Bonaventure University

Saint Bonaventure, New York

St. Bonaventure University came in at #24 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in New York ranking. St. Bonaventure University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Saint Bonaventure, New York that handed out 393 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at St. Bonaventure brought home $1,583,634 in revenue in a single year. The team has a great academic progress rate of 994, signifying that team members care about their grades.

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#25

Niagara University

Niagara University, New York

Niagara University came in at #25 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in New York ranking. Niagara University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Niagara University, New York that handed out 823 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at Niagara made $1,478,052 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 986 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 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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