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2021 Top Alabama Women's Basketball Schools

16 Colleges
$22,389 Avg Tuition & Fees*
24% 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. College Factual was founded, in part, to help students make the decision as to what would be the best school for them. Our Best Colleges for Women's Basketball in Alabama ranking is part of that endeavor.

After analyzing 16 schools in Alabama, we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for Women's Basketball athletes in Alabama. 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 Alabama for Women's Basketball athletes in Alabama

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Auburn University

Auburn, Alabama

Our 2021 rankings named Auburn University the best school for Women’s Basketball athletes in Alabama working on their bachelor’s degree. 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.

With a freshman retention rate of 92%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Auburn not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #2 on our overall quality list.

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#2

The University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

A rank of #2 on our list means The University of Alabama is a great place for Women’s Basketball athletes in Alabama working on their bachelor’s degree. This large public school is located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and it awarded 7,542 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at UA took home $1,046,269 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 978 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 87%. In addition to its Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Alabama ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, UA is ranked #3 for overall quality in Alabama.

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#3

Samford University

Birmingham, Alabama

The excellent sports programs at Samford University helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for Women’s Basketball athletes in Alabama. Birmingham, Alabama is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 891 students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at Samford made $1,338,830 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 87%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Samford also took the #1 spot in our overall quality rankings.

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#4

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Birmingham, Alabama

A rank of #4 on our list means University of Alabama at Birmingham is a great place for Women’s Basketball athletes in Alabama working on their bachelor’s degree. This large public school is located in Birmingham, Alabama, and it awarded 2,613 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at UAB took home $2,087,432 in revenue. Sports aren’t the only thing that the team excels at - they had a perfect academic progress rate of 1000.

UAB did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #4 on our overall quality list.

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#5

Birmingham Southern College

Birmingham, Alabama

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Birmingham Southern College. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball athletes in Alabama list. BSC is a private not-for-profit institution located in Birmingham, Alabama. The school has a small population, and it awarded 354 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at BSC made $174,385 in revenue.

BSC not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #5 on our overall quality list.

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#6

University of South Alabama

Mobile, Alabama

University of South Alabama did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Alabama ranking, coming in at #6. Located in Mobile, Alabama, the fairly large public school awarded 1,940 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at USA made $1,444,903 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 968.

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#7

Troy University

Troy, Alabama

Troy University came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Alabama ranking. Located in Troy, Alabama, the fairly large public school handed out 2,450 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at TROY made $1,316,628 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 979 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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#8

Jacksonville State University

Jacksonville, Alabama

Jacksonville State University landed the #8 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Alabama ranking. Jacksonville State University is a public institution located in Jacksonville, Alabama. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 1,345 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at Jacksonville State University made $1,097,540 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 987, signifying that team members care about their grades.

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#9

University of North Alabama

Florence, Alabama

University of North Alabama did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Alabama ranking, coming in at #9. Florence, Alabama is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,208 students in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at UNA brought home $947,406 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.

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#10

Alabama State University

Montgomery, Alabama

Alabama State University landed the #10 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Alabama ranking. Located in Montgomery, Alabama, the small public school handed out 510 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at Alabama State brought home $802,316 in revenue in a single year. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 967.

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#11

Huntingdon College

Montgomery, Alabama

Huntingdon College ranked #11 on this year’s Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Alabama list. Huntingdon College is a private not-for-profit institution located in Montgomery, Alabama. The school has a small population, and it awarded 265 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at Huntingdon College made $220,341 in revenue.

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#12

University of Alabama in Huntsville

Huntsville, Alabama

University of Alabama in Huntsville ranked #12 on this year’s Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Alabama list. UAH is a public institution located in Huntsville, Alabama. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 1,348 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at UAH took home $415,779 in revenue.

UAH 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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#13

University of Montevallo

Montevallo, Alabama

With a ranking of #13, University of Montevallo did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Alabama ranking. University of Montevallo is a small public school located in Montevallo, Alabama that handed out 465 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at Montevallo brought home $542,743 in revenue in a single year.

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#14

Tuskegee University

Tuskegee, Alabama

With a ranking of #14, Tuskegee University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Alabama ranking. Tuskegee is located in Tuskegee, Alabama and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 403 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The Women’s Basketball team at Tuskegee brought home $479,093 in revenue in a single year.

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#15

Miles College

Fairfield, Alabama

With a ranking of #15, Miles College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Alabama ranking. Miles College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Fairfield, Alabama that handed out 230 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at Miles College brought home $459,047 in revenue in a single year.

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#16

University of West Alabama

Livingston, Alabama

University of West Alabama landed the #16 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Alabama ranking. Livingston, Alabama is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 319 students in 2018-2019.

The team at University of West Alabama took home $708,499 in revenue and paid out $626,654 in expenses in recent times. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $81,845 in profit.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 16 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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