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2021 Top North Carolina Women's Basketball Schools

41 Colleges
$30,174 Avg Tuition & Fees*
44% 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. 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 North Carolina ranking - to help you make that decision.

After analyzing 41 schools in North Carolina, we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for Women's Basketball athletes in North Carolina. Our ranking is based on several objective factors, including the school's overall quality and the athletic competitiveness of the school. We steer clear of subjective measures since they don't give a clear picture when determining how one school compares to another. So, even if a school has a great team, it won't place well if it is also considered a low quality college or university.

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Top Colleges in North Carolina for Women's Basketball athletes in North Carolina

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Duke University

Durham, North Carolina

Our 2021 rankings named Duke University the best school for Women’s Basketball athletes in North Carolina working on their bachelor’s degree. Duke is located in Durham, North Carolina and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 2,303 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The Women’s Basketball team at Duke brought home $3,821,554 in revenue in a single year. The academic progress rate of the team is 973.

The student-to-faculty ratio of 7 to 1 is a sign that students will have more opportunities to engage with their professors one-on-one. Duke did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #1 on our overall quality list.

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#2

Elon University

Elon, North Carolina

A rank of #2 on our list means Elon University is a great place for Women’s Basketball athletes in North Carolina working on their bachelor’s degree. 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.

The Women’s Basketball team at Elon brought home $1,781,585 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 school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 89%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Elon did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #5 on our overall quality list.

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#3

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, North Carolina

The excellent sports programs at Wake Forest University helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for Women’s Basketball athletes in North Carolina. Wake Forest University is located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,431 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at Wake Forest University made $3,447,683 in revenue. The team had a perfect academic progress rate of 1000.

With a freshman retention rate of 94%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Wake Forest University not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #3 on our overall quality list.

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#4

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

A rank of #4 on our list means University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a great place for Women’s Basketball athletes in North Carolina working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, the large public school awarded 6,076 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at UNC Chapel Hill brought home $818,663 in revenue in a single year. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 974.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 96%. UNC Chapel Hill also made our overall quality list, coming in at #4.

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#5

Campbell University

Buies Creek, North Carolina

The excellent sports programs at Campbell University helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for Women’s Basketball athletes in North Carolina. Campbell University is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in Buies Creek, North Carolina that handed out 1,006 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Campbell brought in $1,480,398 while tallying up $1,480,397 in expenses for its Women’s Basketball team. That boils down to a yearly profit of $1 for the sports team. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 995.

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#6

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Charlotte, North Carolina

University of North Carolina at Charlotte landed the #6 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in North Carolina ranking. University of North Carolina at Charlotte is a large public school located in Charlotte, North Carolina that handed out 5,974 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at UNC Charlotte took home $2,117,951 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 960.

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#7

High Point University

High Point, North Carolina

High Point University landed the #7 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in North Carolina ranking. High Point University is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in High Point, North Carolina that handed out 1,103 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at High Point took home $1,541,750 in revenue and paid out $1,489,498 in expenses in recent times. That boils down to a yearly profit of $52,252 for the sports team. The team has a great academic progress rate of 976, signifying that team members care about their grades.

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

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#8

East Carolina University

Greenville, North Carolina

East Carolina University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in North Carolina ranking, coming in at #8. ECU is located in Greenville, North Carolina and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 5,140 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

ECU brought in $2,209,997 while tallying up $2,175,944 in expenses for its Women’s Basketball team. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $34,053 in profit. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 961.

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#9

Davidson College

Davidson, North Carolina

Davidson College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in North Carolina ranking, coming in at #9. Davidson is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Davidson, North Carolina. It awarded 560 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at Davidson made $1,880,382 in revenue, while incurring $1,832,674 in expenses. That boils down to a yearly profit of $47,708 for the sports team. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 995.

The impressive student-to-faculty ratio of 9 to 1 means that students may have more opportunities to work more closely with their professors than they would at other schools. Davidson also made our overall quality list, coming in at #2.

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#10

University of North Carolina at Asheville

Asheville, North Carolina

University of North Carolina at Asheville ranked #10 on this year’s Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in North Carolina list. UNCA is a small public school situated in Asheville, North Carolina. It awarded 874 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at UNCA made $1,108,615 in revenue. With a perfect academic progress rate of 1000, the team is showing that they know how to hit the books, too.

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#11

Appalachian State University

Boone, North Carolina

Appalachian State University came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in North Carolina ranking. Appalachian State is a public institution located in Boone, North Carolina. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 4,172 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at Appalachian State made $1,657,819 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 992.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 89%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Appalachian State 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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#12

Wingate University

Wingate, North Carolina

Wingate University landed the #12 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in North Carolina ranking. Wingate, North Carolina 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.

The Women’s Basketball team at Wingate made $537,366 in revenue, while incurring $512,879 in expenses. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $24,487 in profit.

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#13

Guilford College

Greensboro, North Carolina

With a ranking of #13, Guilford College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in North Carolina ranking. Located in Greensboro, North Carolina, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 349 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Guilford brought in $199,545 while tallying up $187,392 in expenses for its Women’s Basketball team. Thus, the team actually made $12,153, which isn’t bad at all.

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#14

North Carolina A & T State University

Greensboro, North Carolina

With a ranking of #14, North Carolina A & T State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in North Carolina ranking. NC A&T is a public institution located in Greensboro, North Carolina. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 1,686 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at NC A&T took home $1,447,460 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 986, signifying that team members care about their grades.

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#15

Gardner - Webb University

Boiling Springs, North Carolina

Gardner - Webb University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in North Carolina ranking, coming in at #15. Gardner - Webb University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Boiling Springs, North Carolina that handed out 452 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at Gardner - Webb took home $945,822 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 980 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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#16

Western Carolina University

Cullowhee, North Carolina

Western Carolina University came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in North Carolina ranking. Western Carolina University is a fairly large public school located in Cullowhee, North Carolina that handed out 2,288 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at WCU took home $892,474 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 985 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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#17

Catawba College

Salisbury, North Carolina

Catawba College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in North Carolina ranking, coming in at #17. Located in Salisbury, North Carolina, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 300 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Catawba brought in $420,037 while tallying up $417,038 in expenses for its Women’s Basketball team. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $2,999.

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#18

Lenoir - Rhyne University

Hickory, North Carolina

With a ranking of #18, Lenoir - Rhyne University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in North Carolina ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Hickory, North Carolina, and it awarded 323 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at Lenoir - Rhyne University made $609,280 in revenue.

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#19

North Carolina Central University

Durham, North Carolina

North Carolina Central University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in North Carolina ranking, coming in at #19. North Carolina Central University is a medium-sized public school situated in Durham, North Carolina. It awarded 1,145 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at North Carolina Central University brought home $1,409,305 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 980.

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#20

Barton College

Wilson, North Carolina

With a ranking of #20, Barton College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in North Carolina ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Wilson, North Carolina, and it awarded 231 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at Barton College made $445,048 in revenue.

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#21

University of Mount Olive

Mount Olive, North Carolina

University of Mount Olive ranked #21 on this year’s Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in North Carolina list. UMO is a private not-for-profit institution located in Mount Olive, North Carolina. The school has a small population, and it awarded 590 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at UMO made $385,373 in revenue, while incurring $380,923 in expenses. Thus, the team actually made $4,450, which isn’t bad at all.

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#22

Johnson C Smith University

Charlotte, North Carolina

Johnson C Smith University ranked #22 on this year’s Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in North Carolina list. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Charlotte, North Carolina, and it awarded 226 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at JCSU made $598,166 in revenue.

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#23

Winston - Salem State University

Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Winston - Salem State University landed the #23 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in North Carolina ranking. WSSU is a medium-sized public school situated in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. It awarded 1,026 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at WSSU took home $433,141 in revenue.

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#24

Queens University of Charlotte

Charlotte, North Carolina

With a ranking of #24, Queens University of Charlotte did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in North Carolina ranking. Located in Charlotte, North Carolina, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 400 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at Queens brought home $653,899 in revenue in a single year.

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#25

University of North Carolina at Pembroke

Pembroke, North Carolina

University of North Carolina at Pembroke ranked #25 on this year’s Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in North Carolina list. UNC Pembroke is a public institution located in Pembroke, North Carolina. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 990 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

UNC Pembroke brought in $316,119 while tallying up $289,679 in expenses for its Women’s Basketball team. Thus, the team actually made $26,440, which isn’t bad at all.

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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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