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2021 Top Florida Women's Basketball Schools

24 Colleges
$30,212 Avg Tuition & Fees*
38% 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. College Factual has developed its Best Colleges for Women's Basketball in Florida ranking as one item you can use to help make this decision.

We analyzed 24 colleges and universities across Florida to determine which were the best for Women's Basketball athletes in Florida. 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 Florida for Women's Basketball athletes in Florida

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

University of Miami

Coral Gables, Florida

University of Miami tops this year’s ranking as the best school for Women’s Basketball athletes in Florida. University of Miami is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in Coral Gables, Florida that handed out 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.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 91%. U Miami did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #2 on our overall quality list.

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#2

Florida State University

Tallahassee, Florida

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Florida State University. The school came in at #2 in this year’s ranking. This large public school is located in Tallahassee, Florida, and it awarded 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.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 94%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Florida State also made our overall quality list, coming in at #3.

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#3

University of Florida

Gainesville, Florida

Out of the 24 schools in Florida that were part of this year’s ranking, University of Florida landed the #3 spot on the list. University of Florida is a large public school located in Gainesville, Florida that handed out 9,663 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at UF made $85,038 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 995.

With a freshman retention rate of 96%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. In addition to its Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Florida ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, UF is ranked #1 for overall quality in Florida.

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A rank of #4 on our list means University of South Florida - Main Campus is a great place for Women’s Basketball athletes in Florida working on their bachelor’s degree. Tampa, Florida is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 8,684 students in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at USF Tampa brought home $2,960,713 in revenue in a single year.

With a freshman retention rate of 90%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. USF Tampa also took the #5 spot in our overall quality rankings.

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#5

Stetson University

DeLand, Florida

The excellent sports programs at Stetson University helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for Women’s Basketball athletes in Florida. Located in DeLand, Florida, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 799 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at Stetson brought home $1,654,467 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 979.

In addition to its great ranking here, Stetson is in the top 20% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#6

University of Central Florida

Orlando, Florida

University of Central Florida did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Florida ranking, coming in at #6. Orlando, Florida is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 14,087 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at UCF took home $2,505,784 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 981.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 90%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. On top of its placing in this ranking, UCF 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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#7

Rollins College

Winter Park, Florida

Rollins College ranked #7 on this year’s Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Florida list. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Winter Park, Florida, and it awarded 664 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at Rollins made $833,974 in revenue.

In addition to its Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Florida ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Rollins is ranked #4 for overall quality in Florida.

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#8

Eckerd College

Saint Petersburg, Florida

With a ranking of #8, Eckerd College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Florida ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Saint Petersburg, Florida, and it awarded 507 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at Eckerd took home $672,336 in revenue.

In addition to its great ranking here, Eckerd is in the top 20% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#9

Jacksonville University

Jacksonville, Florida

Jacksonville University landed the #9 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Florida ranking. Located in Jacksonville, Florida, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 762 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at JU brought home $1,454,163 in revenue in a single year. The great academic progress rate of 982 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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#10

Florida Gulf Coast University

Fort Myers, Florida

Florida Gulf Coast University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Florida ranking, coming in at #10. Fort Myers, Florida is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 3,100 students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at FGCU made $1,611,245 in revenue. The team had a perfect academic progress rate of 1000.

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#11

Florida Southern College

Lakeland, Florida

Florida Southern College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Florida ranking, coming in at #11. Florida Southern College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Lakeland, Florida that handed out 737 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at Florida Southern made $680,912 in revenue.

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#12

Nova Southeastern University

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Nova Southeastern University ranked #12 on this year’s Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Florida list. Located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the large private not-for-profit school handed out 1,108 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at NUS Florida made $780,809 in revenue.

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#13

Florida Institute of Technology

Melbourne, Florida

With a ranking of #13, Florida Institute of Technology did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Florida ranking. Florida Tech is a private not-for-profit institution located in Melbourne, Florida. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 787 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at Florida Tech made $699,920 in revenue, while incurring $689,334 in expenses. Thus, the team actually made $10,586, which isn’t bad at all.

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#14

University of North Florida

Jacksonville, Florida

University of North Florida landed the #14 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Florida ranking. UNF is a fairly large public school situated in Jacksonville, Florida. It awarded 3,493 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at UNF took home $1,235,739 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 982.

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With a ranking of #15, Florida International University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Florida ranking. This large public school is located in Miami, Florida, and it awarded 12,352 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at FIU took home $1,411,785 in revenue and paid out $1,390,085 in expenses in recent times. Thus, the team actually made $21,700, which isn’t bad at all. The team has a great academic progress rate of 984, signifying that team members care about their grades.

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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#16

The University of West Florida

Pensacola, Florida

The University of West Florida came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Florida ranking. Located in Pensacola, Florida, the fairly large public school handed out 2,410 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at UWF took home $531,917 in revenue.

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#17

The University of Tampa

Tampa, Florida

With a ranking of #17, The University of Tampa did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Florida ranking. The University of Tampa is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in Tampa, Florida that handed out 1,775 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at UT made $721,685 in revenue, while incurring $703,857 in expenses. That boils down to a yearly profit of $17,828 for the sports team.

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Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Florida ranking, coming in at #18. Located in Tallahassee, Florida, the medium-sized public school awarded 1,444 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at Florida A&M University made $916,733 in revenue.

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#19

Bethune - Cookman University

Daytona Beach, Florida

Bethune - Cookman University landed the #19 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Florida ranking. Bethune - Cookman University is located in Daytona Beach, Florida and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 477 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at Bethune - Cookman University took home $1,057,743 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 981.

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#20

Lynn University

Boca Raton, Florida

Lynn University landed the #20 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Florida ranking. Lynn University Fighting Knights is located in Boca Raton, Florida and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 449 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at Lynn University Fighting Knights took home $655,253 in revenue.

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#21

Florida Atlantic University

Boca Raton, Florida

Florida Atlantic University landed the #21 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Florida ranking. Boca Raton, Florida is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 5,855 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at FAU took home $1,657,636 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 990.

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#22

Palm Beach Atlantic University

West Palm Beach, Florida

Palm Beach Atlantic University came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Florida ranking. Palm Beach Atlantic is located in West Palm Beach, Florida and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 541 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Palm Beach Atlantic brought in $391,324 while tallying up $387,552 in expenses for its Women’s Basketball team. That boils down to a yearly profit of $3,772 for the sports team.

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#23

Saint Leo University

Saint Leo, Florida

Saint Leo University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Florida ranking, coming in at #23. Saint Leo University is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in Saint Leo, Florida that handed out 2,050 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at St. Leo University made $565,951 in revenue, while incurring $531,558 in expenses. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $34,393.

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#24

Barry University

Miami, Florida

With a ranking of #24, Barry University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Florida ranking. Located in Miami, Florida, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school awarded 697 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at Barry University brought home $582,790 in revenue in a single year.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 24 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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