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2021 Top Southeast Region Women's Basketball Schools

253 Colleges
$38,710 Avg Tuition & Fees*
62% 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. One of our goals at College Factual is to give you as much information as we can - such as our Best Colleges for Women's Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking - to help you make that decision.

After analyzing 253 schools in the Southeast Region , we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for Women's Basketball athletes in the Southeast Region. 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 the Southeast Region for Women's Basketball athletes in the Southeast Region

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#1

Duke University

Durham, North Carolina
#1 in Quality in the Southeast Region

Our 2021 rankings named Duke University the best school for Women’s Basketball athletes in the Southeast Region working on their bachelor’s degree. This fairly large private not-for-profit school is located in Durham, North Carolina, and it awarded 2,303 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at Duke took home $3,821,554 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 973.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 97%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. In addition to its Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Duke is ranked #1 for overall quality in the Southeast Region .

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#2

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, Tennessee
#2 in Quality in the Southeast Region

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Vanderbilt University. The school came in at #2 in this year’s ranking. Vanderbilt is a private not-for-profit institution located in Nashville, Tennessee. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 2,280 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at Vanderbilt brought home $4,401,360 in revenue in a single year. The great academic progress rate of 989 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, 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. Vanderbilt did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #2 on our overall quality list.

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#3

University of Miami

Coral Gables, Florida
#15 in Quality in the Southeast Region

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of Miami. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball athletes in the Southeast Region list. U Miami is a fairly large private not-for-profit school situated in Coral Gables, Florida. It awarded 3,118 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at U Miami made $5,723,586 in revenue.

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, U Miami also is in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking.

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Top 10% in Quality in the Southeast Region

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend The University of Tennessee - Knoxville. The school came in at #4 in this year’s ranking. Located in Knoxville, Tennessee, the large public school awarded 5,103 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at UT Knoxville made $3,504,184 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 971.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 86%. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UT Knoxville also is in the top 10% of our overall quality ranking.

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#5

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, Virginia
#7 in Quality in the Southeast Region

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend University of Virginia - Main Campus. The school came in at #5 in this year’s ranking. University of Virginia is a public institution located in Charlottesville, Virginia. The school has a large population, and it awarded 5,167 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at University of Virginia brought home $4,267,198 in revenue in a single year. 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 96%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. University of Virginia also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

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#6

Florida State University

Tallahassee, Florida
#24 in Quality in the Southeast Region

With a ranking of #6, Florida State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking. Florida State University is a large public school located in Tallahassee, Florida that handed out 9,688 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at Florida State took home $7,680,432 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 979 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%. Florida State 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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#7

Elon University

Elon, North Carolina
#14 in Quality in the Southeast Region

Elon University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking, coming in at #7. Elon is a private not-for-profit institution located in Elon, North Carolina. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 1,666 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at Elon made $1,781,585 in revenue. 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 89%. On top of its placing in this ranking, Elon 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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#8

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, North Carolina
#6 in Quality in the Southeast Region

Wake Forest University came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking. Wake Forest University is a private not-for-profit institution located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 1,431 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at Wake Forest University brought home $3,447,683 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 94%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. On top of its placing in this ranking, Wake Forest University 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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#9

University of South Carolina - Columbia

Columbia, South Carolina
Top 10% in Quality in the Southeast Region

University of South Carolina - Columbia ranked #9 on this year’s Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Southeast Region list. UofSC is a public institution located in Columbia, South Carolina. The school has a large population, and it awarded 6,966 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at UofSC brought home $2,207,171 in revenue in a single year. The team has a great academic progress rate of 990, 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 88%. UofSC 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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#10

Belmont University

Nashville, Tennessee
Top 15% in Quality in the Southeast Region

Belmont University came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking. Belmont is a private not-for-profit institution located in Nashville, Tennessee. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 1,635 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at Belmont took home $1,778,887 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 991 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

On top of its placing in this ranking, Belmont 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

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, Virginia
Top 10% in Quality in the Southeast Region

James Madison University came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking. Harrisonburg, Virginia is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 4,665 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at JMU took home $2,681,161 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 961.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 90%. JMU 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

Tulane University of Louisiana

New Orleans, Louisiana
#17 in Quality in the Southeast Region

Tulane University of Louisiana came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking. This fairly large private not-for-profit school is located in New Orleans, Louisiana, and it awarded 2,417 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at Tulane made $2,741,125 in revenue.

Since the school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 8 to 1, those pursuing a bachelor’s degree will have more opportunities to interact with their professors. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Tulane also is in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking.

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#13

University of Louisville

Louisville, Kentucky
Top 20% in Quality in the Southeast Region

With a ranking of #13, University of Louisville did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking. Located in Louisville, Kentucky, the large public school awarded 3,155 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at UofL made $5,800,173 in revenue. The team had a perfect academic progress rate of 1000.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UofL also is in the top 20% of our overall quality ranking.

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#14

Mercer University

Macon, Georgia
Top 15% in Quality in the Southeast Region

Mercer University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking, coming in at #14. Mercer University is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in Macon, Georgia that handed out 1,205 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at Mercer brought home $1,792,704 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 986.

With a freshman retention rate of 86%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Mercer 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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#15

University of Kentucky

Lexington, Kentucky
Top 15% in Quality in the Southeast Region

University of Kentucky landed the #15 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking. Located in Lexington, Kentucky, the large public school handed out 5,535 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at UK brought home $469,223 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.

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

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#16

Auburn University

Auburn, Alabama
Top 10% in Quality in the Southeast Region

With a ranking of #16, Auburn University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking. Auburn is a public institution located in Auburn, Alabama. The school has a large population, and it awarded 5,370 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at Auburn took home $538,944 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 981.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 92%. In addition to its great ranking here, Auburn is in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#17

Mississippi State University

Mississippi State, Mississippi
Top 25% in Quality in the Southeast Region

Mississippi State University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking, coming in at #17. Mississippi State, Mississippi is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 3,923 students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at Mississippi State made $6,115,465 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 978 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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#18

Furman University

Greenville, South Carolina
#18 in Quality in the Southeast Region

Furman University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking, coming in at #18. Furman is located in Greenville, South Carolina and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 732 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The team at Furman took home $1,802,659 in revenue and paid out $1,746,267 in expenses in recent times. That boils down to a yearly profit of $56,392 for the sports team.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 93%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Furman also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

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#11 in Quality in the Southeast Region

With a ranking of #19, Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking. Georgia Tech is a public institution located in Atlanta, Georgia. The school has a large population, and it awarded 3,717 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at Georgia Tech made $446,523 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 982, signifying that team members care about their grades.

With a freshman retention rate of 97%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. On top of its placing in this ranking, Georgia Tech 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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#20

College of William and Mary

Williamsburg, Virginia
#10 in Quality in the Southeast Region

With a ranking of #20, College of William and Mary did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking. William & Mary is located in Williamsburg, Virginia and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 2,072 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The Women’s Basketball team at William & Mary brought home $1,816,962 in revenue in a single year. 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 95%. William & Mary also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

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#21

University of Georgia

Athens, Georgia
#22 in Quality in the Southeast Region

University of Georgia did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking, coming in at #21. UGA is a large public school situated in Athens, Georgia. It awarded 8,022 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at UGA took home $1,110,865 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 95%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. UGA 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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#22

University of Richmond

University of Richmond, Virginia
#9 in Quality in the Southeast Region

With a ranking of #22, University of Richmond did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in University of Richmond, Virginia, and it awarded 1,005 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at URichmond took home $2,532,669 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 977.

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. URichmond also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

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#23

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, Virginia
#13 in Quality in the Southeast Region

Virginia Tech did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking, coming in at #23. Virginia Tech is located in Blacksburg, Virginia and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 7,156 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at Virginia Tech took home $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%. In addition to its great ranking here, Virginia Tech is in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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Top 10% in Quality in the Southeast Region

Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College landed the #24 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking. Located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the large public school handed out 5,129 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at Louisiana State University brought home $248,005 in revenue in a single year.

In addition to its great ranking here, Louisiana State University is in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#25

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, North Carolina
#8 in Quality in the Southeast Region

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill came in at #25 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Southeast Region ranking. UNC Chapel Hill is a large public school situated in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. It awarded 6,076 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at UNC Chapel Hill made $818,663 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 974.

With a freshman retention rate of 96%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. UNC Chapel Hill excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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

Not only did these schools make the top 37 list, but they also landed in the top 15% of this year’s ranking:

#26

University of Florida

Gainesville, Florida
#27

The University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, Alabama
#29

Stetson University

DeLand, Florida
#30

West Virginia University

Morgantown, West Virginia
#31

University of Central Florida

Orlando, Florida
#32

Clemson University

Clemson, South Carolina
#33

Rollins College

Winter Park, Florida
#34

Eckerd College

Saint Petersburg, Florida
#35

Harding University

Searcy, Arkansas
#36

University of Mississippi

University, Mississippi
#37

Jacksonville University

Jacksonville, Florida

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Honorable Mentions

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

Rank College Location
38 Samford University Birmingham, AL
39 Campbell University Buies Creek, NC
40 University of North Carolina at Charlotte Charlotte, NC
41 University of Alabama at Birmingham Birmingham, AL
42 Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, VA
43 Wofford College Spartanburg, SC
44 Christopher Newport University Newport News, VA
45 Middle Tennessee State University Murfreesboro, TN
46 High Point University High Point, NC
47 University of Arkansas Fayetteville, AR
48 Florida Gulf Coast University Fort Myers, FL
49 Presbyterian College Clinton, SC
50 George Mason University Fairfax, VA

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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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