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2021 Top New England Region Women's Basketball Schools

98 Colleges
$50,529 Avg Tuition & Fees*
78% 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 Women's Basketball in the New England Region ranking as one item you can use to help make this decision.

After analyzing 98 schools in the New England Region , we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for Women's Basketball athletes in the New England Region. 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 the New England Region for Women's Basketball athletes in the New England Region

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

University of Connecticut

Storrs, Connecticut
Top 20% in Quality in the New England Region

Our 2021 rankings named University of Connecticut the best school for Women’s Basketball athletes in the New England Region working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in Storrs, Connecticut, the large public school awarded 6,052 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at UCONN made $7,853,769 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 989.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 94%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. UCONN 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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#2

Quinnipiac University

Hamden, Connecticut

The excellent sports programs at Quinnipiac University helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for Women’s Basketball athletes in the New England Region. Quinnipiac University is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in Hamden, Connecticut that handed out 1,891 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at Quinnipiac brought home $2,735,931 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 86%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students.

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The excellent sports programs at University of New Hampshire - Main Campus helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for Women’s Basketball athletes in the New England Region. Durham, New Hampshire is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 3,550 students in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at UNH brought home $1,347,430 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.

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

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#4

Boston University

Boston, Massachusetts
#16 in Quality in the New England Region

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Boston University. The school came in at #4 in this year’s ranking. Boston U is a private not-for-profit institution located in Boston, Massachusetts. The school has a large population, and it awarded 4,780 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at Boston U made $1,842,923 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 995, 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 93%. On top of its placing in this ranking, Boston U also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#5

Amherst College

Amherst, Massachusetts
#7 in Quality in the New England Region

A rank of #5 on our list means Amherst College is a great place for Women’s Basketball athletes in the New England Region working on their bachelor’s degree. Amherst is located in Amherst, Massachusetts and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 705 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The team at Amherst took home $293,685 in revenue and paid out $285,499 in expenses in recent times. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $8,186 in profit.

The student-to-faculty ratio of 8 to 1 is a sign that students will have more opportunities to engage with their professors one-on-one. Amherst 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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#6

Fairfield University

Fairfield, Connecticut
Top 25% in Quality in the New England Region

Fairfield University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the New England Region ranking, coming in at #6. Located in Fairfield, Connecticut, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school handed out 1,069 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at Fairfield U took home $1,956,064 in revenue. The team 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 90%.

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#7

Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts
#1 in Quality in the New England Region

Harvard University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the New England Region ranking, coming in at #7. Harvard is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 2,902 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The Women’s Basketball team at Harvard brought home $1,025,101 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 impressive student-to-faculty ratio of 7 to 1 means that students may have more opportunities to work more closely with their professors than they would at other schools. Harvard also took the #1 spot in our overall quality rankings.

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#8

Bentley University

Waltham, Massachusetts
#20 in Quality in the New England Region

Bentley University landed the #8 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the New England Region ranking. Waltham, Massachusetts is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,106 students in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at Bentley made $1,115,187 in revenue, while incurring $1,102,801 in expenses. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $12,386.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 92%. On top of its placing in this ranking, Bentley also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#9

Tufts University

Medford, Massachusetts
#18 in Quality in the New England Region

Tufts University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the New England Region ranking, coming in at #9. This fairly large private not-for-profit school is located in Medford, Massachusetts, and it awarded 1,822 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at Tufts made $257,548 in revenue, while incurring $221,566 in expenses. Thus, the team actually made $35,982, which isn’t bad at all.

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

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#10

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
#19 in Quality in the New England Region

With a ranking of #10, Boston College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the New England Region ranking. Boston College is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts that handed out 3,062 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at Boston College made $536,766 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 980 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

With a freshman retention rate of 95%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. On top of its placing in this ranking, Boston College also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#11

Northeastern University

Boston, Massachusetts
#25 in Quality in the New England Region

Northeastern University ranked #11 on this year’s Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the New England Region list. Northeastern University is a large private not-for-profit school located in Boston, Massachusetts that handed out 4,127 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at Northeastern brought home $2,153,155 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.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 97%. In addition to its great ranking here, Northeastern is in the top 20% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#12

Providence College

Providence, Rhode Island
Top 25% in Quality in the New England Region

Providence College came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the New England Region ranking. Located in Providence, Rhode Island, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 1,119 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at Providence brought home $3,109,357 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.

With a freshman retention rate of 92%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students.

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#13

Bryant University

Smithfield, Rhode Island

Bryant University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the New England Region ranking, coming in at #13. Bryant is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Smithfield, Rhode Island. It awarded 931 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at Bryant made $1,523,225 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 991 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 90%.

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#14

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Worcester, Massachusetts
#17 in Quality in the New England Region

Worcester Polytechnic Institute landed the #14 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the New England Region ranking. Worcester, Massachusetts is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,138 students in 2018-2019.

WPI brought in $281,958 while tallying up $269,119 in expenses for its Women’s Basketball team. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $12,839 in profit.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 95%. WPI 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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#15

Yale University

New Haven, Connecticut
#4 in Quality in the New England Region

Yale University landed the #15 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the New England Region ranking. New Haven, Connecticut is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,664 students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at Yale made $728,521 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 99%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. In addition to its Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the New England Region ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Yale is ranked #4 for overall quality in the New England Region .

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#16

Bowdoin College

Brunswick, Maine
#9 in Quality in the New England Region

With a ranking of #16, Bowdoin College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the New England Region ranking. Located in Brunswick, Maine, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 664 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at Bowdoin made $285,414 in revenue, while incurring $239,494 in expenses. That boils down to a yearly profit of $45,920 for the sports team.

The student-to-faculty ratio of 9 to 1 is a sign that students will have more opportunities to engage with their professors one-on-one. On top of its placing in this ranking, Bowdoin 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

Brown University

Providence, Rhode Island
#5 in Quality in the New England Region

With a ranking of #17, Brown University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the New England Region ranking. Located in Providence, Rhode Island, the fairly large private not-for-profit school handed out 2,097 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at Brown made $812,289 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 98%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. In addition to its Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the New England Region ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Brown is ranked #5 for overall quality in the New England Region .

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#18

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, Massachusetts
#2 in Quality in the New England Region

Massachusetts Institute of Technology ranked #18 on this year’s Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the New England Region list. Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in Cambridge, Massachusetts that handed out 1,333 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at MIT made $116,979 in revenue.

The impressive student-to-faculty ratio of 3 to 1 means that students may have more opportunities to work more closely with their professors than they would at other schools. MIT not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #2 on our overall quality list.

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#19

Babson College

Wellesley, Massachusetts
#21 in Quality in the New England Region

Babson College landed the #19 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the New England Region ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Wellesley, Massachusetts, and it awarded 548 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at Babson College made $253,716 in revenue.

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, Babson College 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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#20

Sacred Heart University

Fairfield, Connecticut

With a ranking of #20, Sacred Heart University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the New England Region ranking. Located in Fairfield, Connecticut, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school handed out 1,411 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at Sacred Heart took home $1,393,337 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 995 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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#21

University of Hartford

West Hartford, Connecticut

University of Hartford ranked #21 on this year’s Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the New England Region list. This medium-sized private not-for-profit school is located in West Hartford, Connecticut, and it awarded 1,123 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at UHart made $2,045,795 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 981 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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#22

College of the Holy Cross

Worcester, Massachusetts
#10 in Quality in the New England Region

With a ranking of #22, College of the Holy Cross did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the New England Region ranking. Holy Cross is a private not-for-profit institution located in Worcester, Massachusetts. The school has a small population, and it awarded 848 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at Holy Cross brought home $1,922,115 in revenue in a single year. The team had a perfect academic progress rate of 1000.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 95%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Holy Cross also is in the top 10% of our overall quality ranking.

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#23

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Amherst, Massachusetts
Top 25% in Quality in the New England Region

University of Massachusetts Amherst came in at #23 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the New England Region ranking. UMass Amherst is a large public school situated in Amherst, Massachusetts. It awarded 6,878 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at UMass Amherst made $2,449,196 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 973.

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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#24

Saint Anselm College

Manchester, New Hampshire
Top 25% in Quality in the New England Region

Saint Anselm College landed the #24 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the New England Region ranking. Manchester, New Hampshire is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 517 students in 2018-2019.

St. Anselm College brought in $824,581 while tallying up $808,333 in expenses for its Women’s Basketball team. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $16,248 in profit.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 89%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year.

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#25

Middlebury College

Middlebury, Vermont
#11 in Quality in the New England Region

Middlebury College landed the #25 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the New England Region ranking. Middlebury College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Middlebury, Vermont that handed out 771 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at Middlebury made $139,499 in revenue.

With a student-to-faculty ratio of 8 to 1, it’s easy to see that the school is committed to helping their undergraduates succeed. Middlebury 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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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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