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2021 Top Massachusetts Women's Basketball Schools

45 Colleges
$47,399 Avg Tuition & Fees*
71% 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 Massachusetts ranking.

Our analysis looked at 45 schools in Massachusetts to determine which ones were the best for Women's Basketball athletes in Massachusetts. Our ranking methodology focuses a number of different objective factors - such as the overall quality of the school, the school's athletic competitiveness, and the amount of athletic aid per student - to make this determination. Having a great sports team is not enough - the school must also focus on academic excellence.

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Top Colleges in Massachusetts for Women's Basketball athletes in Massachusetts

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#1

Boston University

Boston, Massachusetts

Boston University tops this year’s ranking as the best school for Women’s Basketball athletes in Massachusetts. Boston University is a large private not-for-profit school located in Boston, Massachusetts that handed out 4,780 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at Boston U took home $1,842,923 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 995, signifying that team members care about their grades.

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 great ranking here, Boston U is in the top 15% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#2

Amherst College

Amherst, Massachusetts

The excellent sports programs at Amherst College helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for Women’s Basketball athletes in Massachusetts. Amherst is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Amherst, Massachusetts. It awarded 705 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Amherst brought in $293,685 while tallying up $285,499 in expenses for its Women’s Basketball team. That boils down to a yearly profit of $8,186 for the sports team.

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

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#3

Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts

The excellent sports programs at Harvard University helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for Women’s Basketball athletes in Massachusetts. Harvard is a private not-for-profit institution located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The school has a large population, and it awarded 2,902 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at Harvard made $1,025,101 in revenue. The team had a perfect academic progress rate of 1000.

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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#4

Bentley University

Waltham, Massachusetts

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Bentley University. The school came in at #4 in this year’s 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. That boils down to a yearly profit of $12,386 for the sports team.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 92%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. In addition to its great ranking here, Bentley is in the top 20% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#5

Tufts University

Medford, Massachusetts

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Tufts University. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball athletes in Massachusetts list. Located in Medford, Massachusetts, the fairly large private not-for-profit school awarded 1,822 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Tufts brought in $257,548 while tallying up $221,566 in expenses for its Women’s Basketball team. Thus, the team actually made $35,982, which isn’t bad at all.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 96%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Tufts 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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#6

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts

Boston College came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Massachusetts ranking. Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 3,062 students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at Boston College made $536,766 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 980.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 95%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. On top of its placing in this ranking, Boston 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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#7

Northeastern University

Boston, Massachusetts

Northeastern University landed the #7 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Massachusetts ranking. 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.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at Northeastern took home $2,153,155 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 97%.

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#8

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Worcester, Massachusetts

Worcester Polytechnic Institute ranked #8 on this year’s Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Massachusetts list. Worcester Polytechnic Institute is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in Worcester, Massachusetts that handed out 1,138 bachelor’s degrees 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.

With a freshman retention rate of 95%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, WPI also is in the top 15% of our overall quality ranking.

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#9

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Massachusetts Institute of Technology did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Massachusetts ranking, coming in at #9. This fairly large private not-for-profit school is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and it awarded 1,333 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at MIT brought home $116,979 in revenue in a single year.

The student-to-faculty ratio of 3 to 1 is a sign that students will have more opportunities to engage with their professors one-on-one. MIT also took the #2 spot in our overall quality rankings.

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#10

Babson College

Wellesley, Massachusetts

Babson College ranked #10 on this year’s Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Massachusetts list. Wellesley, Massachusetts is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 548 students in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at Babson College brought home $253,716 in revenue in a single year.

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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#11

College of the Holy Cross

Worcester, Massachusetts

With a ranking of #11, College of the Holy Cross did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Massachusetts ranking. Holy Cross is located in Worcester, Massachusetts and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 848 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at Holy Cross took home $1,922,115 in revenue. 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 95%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Holy Cross 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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#12

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Amherst, Massachusetts

University of Massachusetts Amherst landed the #12 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Massachusetts ranking. UMass Amherst is a large public school situated in Amherst, Massachusetts. It awarded 6,878 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at UMass Amherst took home $2,449,196 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 973.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 91%.

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#13

Williams College

Williamstown, Massachusetts

Williams College landed the #13 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Massachusetts ranking. Williamstown, Massachusetts is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 718 students in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at Williams brought home $252,438 in revenue in a single year.

With a freshman retention rate of 98%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Williams also took the #3 spot in our overall quality rankings.

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#14

Assumption University

Worcester, Massachusetts

With a ranking of #14, Assumption University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Massachusetts ranking. Worcester, Massachusetts is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 571 students in 2018-2019.

Assumption brought in $769,629 while tallying up $749,378 in expenses for its Women’s Basketball team. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $20,251.

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#15

Stonehill College

Easton, Massachusetts

Stonehill College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Massachusetts ranking, coming in at #15. Easton, Massachusetts is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 719 students in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at Stonehill made $960,507 in revenue, while incurring $950,067 in expenses. Thus, the team actually made $10,440, which isn’t bad at all.

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

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#16

Brandeis University

Waltham, Massachusetts

Brandeis University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Massachusetts ranking, coming in at #16. Located in Waltham, Massachusetts, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school awarded 1,430 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at Brandeis took home $327,186 in revenue.

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

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#17

Western New England University

Springfield, Massachusetts

With a ranking of #17, Western New England University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Massachusetts ranking. Springfield, Massachusetts is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 569 students in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at Western New England made $171,720 in revenue, while incurring $152,186 in expenses. That boils down to a yearly profit of $19,534 for the sports team.

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#18

University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth

North Dartmouth, Massachusetts

University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Massachusetts ranking. This medium-sized public school is located in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts, and it awarded 1,469 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at UMass Dartmouth took home $105,840 in revenue and paid out $94,527 in expenses in recent times. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $11,313.

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#19

Springfield College

Springfield, Massachusetts

Springfield College ranked #19 on this year’s Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Massachusetts list. Springfield College is located in Springfield, Massachusetts and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 512 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The Women’s Basketball team at Springfield College brought home $208,783 in revenue in a single year.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 87%.

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#20

Clark University

Worcester, Massachusetts

Clark University ranked #20 on this year’s Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Massachusetts list. Clark is located in Worcester, Massachusetts and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 662 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at Clark made $174,828 in revenue.

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

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#21

Merrimack College

North Andover, Massachusetts

Merrimack College landed the #21 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Massachusetts ranking. This medium-sized private not-for-profit school is located in North Andover, Massachusetts, and it awarded 825 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at Merrimack brought home $953,818 in revenue in a single year.

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#22

Emerson College

Boston, Massachusetts

Emerson College landed the #22 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Massachusetts ranking. Emerson is located in Boston, Massachusetts and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 982 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at Emerson took home $154,725 in revenue.

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

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#23

Suffolk University

Boston, Massachusetts

With a ranking of #23, Suffolk University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Massachusetts ranking. Suffolk is a private not-for-profit institution located in Boston, Massachusetts. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 1,319 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at Suffolk made $69,738 in revenue.

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#24

Regis College

Weston, Massachusetts

Regis College landed the #24 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Massachusetts ranking. Located in Weston, Massachusetts, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 412 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at Regis College took home $99,943 in revenue.

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#25

Framingham State University

Framingham, Massachusetts

Framingham State University landed the #25 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Massachusetts ranking. Located in Framingham, Massachusetts, the medium-sized public school awarded 862 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at Framingham State made $90,641 in revenue, while incurring $80,061 in expenses. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $10,580 in profit.

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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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