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2021 Top South Carolina Women's Basketball Schools

23 Colleges
$28,881 Avg Tuition & Fees*
38% 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 has developed its Best Colleges for Women's Basketball in South Carolina ranking as one item you can use to help make this decision.

Our analysis looked at 23 schools in South Carolina to determine which ones were the best for Women's Basketball athletes in South Carolina. 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 South Carolina for Women's Basketball athletes in South Carolina

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

University of South Carolina - Columbia

Columbia, South Carolina

Our analysis found University of South Carolina - Columbia to be the best school for Women’s Basketball athletes in South Carolina in this year’s ranking. Located in Columbia, South Carolina, the large public school awarded 6,966 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at UofSC brought home $2,207,171 in revenue in a single year. The great academic progress rate of 990 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

With a freshman retention rate of 88%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. In addition to its Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in South Carolina ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, UofSC is ranked #4 for overall quality in South Carolina.

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#2

Furman University

Greenville, South Carolina

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Furman University. The school came in at #2 in this year’s ranking. Greenville, South Carolina is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 732 students in 2018-2019.

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.

With a freshman retention rate of 93%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Furman also made our overall quality list, coming in at #1.

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#3

Clemson University

Clemson, South Carolina

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Clemson University. The school came in at #3 in this year’s ranking. Clemson is a public institution located in Clemson, South Carolina. The school has a large population, and it awarded 4,676 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at Clemson made $1,429,390 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 977.

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 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in South Carolina ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Clemson is ranked #2 for overall quality in South Carolina.

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#4

Wofford College

Spartanburg, South Carolina

The excellent sports programs at Wofford College helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for Women’s Basketball athletes in South Carolina. Wofford College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Spartanburg, South Carolina that handed out 476 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at Wofford made $1,298,040 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 970.

With a freshman retention rate of 89%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Wofford also took the #3 spot in our overall quality rankings.

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#5

Presbyterian College

Clinton, South Carolina

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Presbyterian College. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball athletes in South Carolina list. PC is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Clinton, South Carolina. It awarded 228 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at PC took home $945,492 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 984, signifying that team members care about their grades.

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

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#6

College of Charleston

Charleston, South Carolina

College of Charleston landed the #6 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in South Carolina ranking. C of C is located in Charleston, South Carolina and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 2,399 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The Women’s Basketball team at C of C brought home $1,666,105 in revenue in a single year. The team has a great academic progress rate of 985, signifying that team members care about their grades.

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#7

Anderson University South Carolina

Anderson, South Carolina

Anderson University South Carolina came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in South Carolina ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Anderson, South Carolina, and it awarded 648 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Anderson University South Carolina took home $560,061 in revenue and paid out $543,447 in expenses in recent times. That boils down to a yearly profit of $16,614 for the sports team.

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#8

Coastal Carolina University

Conway, South Carolina

Coastal Carolina University landed the #8 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in South Carolina ranking. Coastal Carolina University is located in Conway, South Carolina and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,920 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at Coastal Carolina University took home $1,714,312 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 968.

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#9

Charleston Southern University

Charleston, South Carolina

With a ranking of #9, Charleston Southern University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in South Carolina ranking. Located in Charleston, South Carolina, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 661 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at CSU took home $817,872 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 960.

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#10

Winthrop University

Rock Hill, South Carolina

Winthrop University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in South Carolina ranking, coming in at #10. This medium-sized public school is located in Rock Hill, South Carolina, and it awarded 1,004 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Winthrop took home $1,141,031 in revenue and paid out $1,104,740 in expenses in recent times. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $36,291 in profit. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 953.

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#11

Limestone College

Gaffney, South Carolina

Limestone College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in South Carolina ranking, coming in at #11. Limestone College is a private not-for-profit institution located in Gaffney, South Carolina. The school has a small population, and it awarded 500 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at Limestone College made $481,485 in revenue.

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#12

Lander University

Greenwood, South Carolina

Lander University came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in South Carolina ranking. Lander University is a small public school situated in Greenwood, South Carolina. It awarded 514 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Lander University took home $851,941 in revenue and paid out $686,913 in expenses in recent times. Thus, the team actually made $165,028, which isn’t bad at all. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 975.

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#13

Francis Marion University

Florence, South Carolina

With a ranking of #13, Francis Marion University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in South Carolina ranking. Located in Florence, South Carolina, the small public school awarded 549 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The team at Francis Marion University took home $436,555 in revenue and paid out $436,151 in expenses in recent times. That boils down to a yearly profit of $404 for the sports team.

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#14

Newberry College

Newberry, South Carolina

Newberry College ranked #14 on this year’s Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in South Carolina list. Newberry, South Carolina is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 248 students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at Newberry College made $467,377 in revenue.

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#15

North Greenville University

Tigerville, South Carolina

North Greenville University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in South Carolina ranking, coming in at #15. North Greenville is a private not-for-profit institution located in Tigerville, South Carolina. The school has a small population, and it awarded 486 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

North Greenville brought in $351,043 while tallying up $331,898 in expenses for its Women’s Basketball team. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $19,145.

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#16

Claflin University

Orangeburg, South Carolina

Claflin University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in South Carolina ranking, coming in at #16. Claflin University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Orangeburg, South Carolina that handed out 350 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at Claflin took home $365,490 in revenue.

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#17

University of South Carolina - Aiken

Aiken, South Carolina

University of South Carolina - Aiken ranked #17 on this year’s Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in South Carolina list. UofSC Aiken is located in Aiken, South Carolina and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 540 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The Women’s Basketball team at UofSC Aiken brought home $462,157 in revenue in a single year.

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#18

Benedict College

Columbia, South Carolina

Benedict College came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in South Carolina ranking. Columbia, South Carolina is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 287 students in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at Benedict College made $328,636 in revenue, while incurring $325,617 in expenses. That boils down to a yearly profit of $3,019 for the sports team.

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#19

University of South Carolina - Upstate

Spartanburg, South Carolina

University of South Carolina - Upstate landed the #19 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in South Carolina ranking. Located in Spartanburg, South Carolina, the medium-sized public school awarded 1,275 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at USC Upstate brought home $850,314 in revenue in a single year. The great academic progress rate of 980 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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#20

Erskine College

Due West, South Carolina

With a ranking of #20, Erskine College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in South Carolina ranking. Erskine College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Due West, South Carolina that handed out 101 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at Erskine brought home $190,512 in revenue in a single year.

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#21

South Carolina State University

Orangeburg, South Carolina

South Carolina State University came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in South Carolina ranking. South Carolina State University is a small public school located in Orangeburg, South Carolina that handed out 333 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at South Carolina State University brought home $697,329 in revenue in a single year. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 972.

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#22

Southern Wesleyan University

Central, South Carolina

Southern Wesleyan University ranked #22 on this year’s Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in South Carolina list. Central, South Carolina is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 298 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at SWU took home $302,206 in revenue.

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#23

Coker College

Hartsville, South Carolina

With a ranking of #23, Coker College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in South Carolina ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Hartsville, South Carolina, and it awarded 200 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Coker took home $450,676 in revenue and paid out $450,479 in expenses in recent times. That boils down to a yearly profit of $197 for the sports team.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 23 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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