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2021 Top Virginia Women's Basketball Schools

33 Colleges
$35,566 Avg Tuition & Fees*
50% 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. At College Factual, we're committed to helping you make that decision by providing information such as that found in our Best Colleges for Women's Basketball in Virginia ranking.

We analyzed 33 colleges and universities across Virginia to determine which were the best for Women's Basketball athletes in Virginia. 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 Virginia for Women's Basketball athletes in Virginia

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, Virginia

Our 2021 rankings named University of Virginia - Main Campus the best school for Women’s Basketball athletes in Virginia working on their bachelor’s degree. University of Virginia is a large public school situated in Charlottesville, Virginia. It awarded 5,167 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at University of Virginia took home $4,267,198 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 995, signifying that team members care about their grades.

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 did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #2 on our overall quality list.

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#2

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, Virginia

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend James Madison University. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball athletes in Virginia list. JMU is a large public school situated in Harrisonburg, Virginia. It awarded 4,665 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at JMU brought home $2,681,161 in revenue in a single year. The academic progress rate of the team is 961.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 90%. In addition to its great ranking here, JMU is in the top 15% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#3

College of William and Mary

Williamsburg, Virginia

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend College of William and Mary. The school came in at #3 in this year’s ranking. Located in Williamsburg, Virginia, the medium-sized public school awarded 2,072 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at William & Mary took home $1,816,962 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 991, signifying that team members care about their grades.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 95%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. William & Mary did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #4 on our overall quality list.

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#4

University of Richmond

University of Richmond, Virginia

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of Richmond. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball athletes in Virginia list. University of Richmond is a small private not-for-profit school located in University of Richmond, Virginia that handed out 1,005 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at URichmond brought home $2,532,669 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 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. URichmond did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #3 on our overall quality list.

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#5

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, Virginia

A rank of #5 on our list means Virginia Tech is a great place for Women’s Basketball athletes in Virginia working on their bachelor’s degree. Virginia Tech is a public institution located in Blacksburg, Virginia. The school has a large population, and it awarded 7,156 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at Virginia Tech made $735,842 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 947.

With a freshman retention rate of 93%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. In addition to its Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Virginia ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Virginia Tech is ranked #5 for overall quality in Virginia.

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#6

Virginia Commonwealth University

Richmond, Virginia

Virginia Commonwealth University landed the #6 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Virginia ranking. Located in Richmond, Virginia, the large public school handed out 5,372 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at VCU took home $2,720,150 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 982, signifying that team members care about their grades.

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#7

Christopher Newport University

Newport News, Virginia

Christopher Newport University landed the #7 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Virginia ranking. Christopher Newport University is a small public school located in Newport News, Virginia that handed out 1,172 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at CNU took home $260,643 in revenue.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 88%. CNU 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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#8

George Mason University

Fairfax, Virginia

George Mason University came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Virginia ranking. GMU is a large public school situated in Fairfax, Virginia. It awarded 5,866 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at GMU took home $2,346,424 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 982 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 88%. On top of its placing in this ranking, GMU also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#9

Old Dominion University

Norfolk, Virginia

Old Dominion University landed the #9 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Virginia ranking. This large public school is located in Norfolk, Virginia, and it awarded 3,987 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at Old Dominion took home $2,597,298 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 975.

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#10

Radford University

Radford, Virginia

With a ranking of #10, Radford University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Virginia ranking. Located in Radford, Virginia, the fairly large public school awarded 1,910 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at Radford made $1,167,573 in revenue. Sports aren’t the only thing that the team excels at - they had a perfect academic progress rate of 1000.

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#11

Hampton University

Hampton, Virginia

Hampton University came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Virginia ranking. Located in Hampton, Virginia, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 640 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at Hampton made $1,130,506 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 961.

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#12

University of Mary Washington

Fredericksburg, Virginia

University of Mary Washington did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Virginia ranking, coming in at #12. Located in Fredericksburg, Virginia, the small public school awarded 1,087 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The team at UMW took home $195,166 in revenue and paid out $193,404 in expenses in recent times. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $1,762.

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#13

Washington and Lee University

Lexington, Virginia

With a ranking of #13, Washington and Lee University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Virginia ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Lexington, Virginia, and it awarded 564 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Washington and Lee brought in $166,330 while tallying up $165,187 in expenses for its Women’s Basketball team. Thus, the team actually made $1,143, which isn’t bad at all.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 97%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Washington and Lee not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #1 on our overall quality list.

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#14

University of Lynchburg

Lynchburg, Virginia

With a ranking of #14, University of Lynchburg did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Virginia ranking. University of Lynchburg is a small private not-for-profit school located in Lynchburg, Virginia that handed out 480 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at Lynchburg brought home $213,955 in revenue in a single year.

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#15

Randolph - Macon College

Ashland, Virginia

With a ranking of #15, Randolph - Macon College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Virginia ranking. Ashland, Virginia is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 386 students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at Randolph - Macon made $264,542 in revenue.

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#16

Marymount University

Arlington, Virginia

Marymount University landed the #16 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Virginia ranking. Marymount is located in Arlington, Virginia and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 551 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The Women’s Basketball team at Marymount brought home $184,256 in revenue in a single year.

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#17

Liberty University

Lynchburg, Virginia

Liberty University came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Virginia ranking. Liberty University is located in Lynchburg, Virginia and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 9,140 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at Liberty University made $2,449,947 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 977 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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#18

Eastern Mennonite University

Harrisonburg, Virginia

Eastern Mennonite University came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Virginia ranking. Eastern Mennonite is located in Harrisonburg, Virginia and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 350 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The Women’s Basketball team at Eastern Mennonite brought home $110,862 in revenue in a single year.

The student-to-faculty ratio of 9 to 1 is a sign that students will have more opportunities to engage with their professors one-on-one.

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#19

Longwood University

Farmville, Virginia

With a ranking of #19, Longwood University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Virginia ranking. Longwood University is a small public school located in Farmville, Virginia that handed out 996 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at Longwood brought home $1,084,471 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 978.

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#20

Emory and Henry College

Emory, Virginia

Emory and Henry College landed the #20 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Virginia ranking. Emory & Henry College is a private not-for-profit institution located in Emory, Virginia. The school has a small population, and it awarded 249 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at Emory & Henry College took home $262,109 in revenue.

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#21

Norfolk State University

Norfolk, Virginia

Norfolk State University came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Virginia ranking. Norfolk State is located in Norfolk, Virginia and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 612 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The Women’s Basketball team at Norfolk State brought home $1,142,452 in revenue in a single year. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 943.

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#22

Roanoke College

Salem, Virginia

With a ranking of #22, Roanoke College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Virginia ranking. Located in Salem, Virginia, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 474 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at Roanoke made $150,149 in revenue.

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#23

Randolph College

Lynchburg, Virginia

Randolph College landed the #23 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Virginia ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Lynchburg, Virginia, and it awarded 144 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Randolph took home $94,721 in revenue and paid out $93,347 in expenses in recent times. Thus, the team actually made $1,374, which isn’t bad at all.

With a student-to-faculty ratio of 9 to 1, it’s easy to see that the school is committed to helping their undergraduates succeed.

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#24

Bridgewater College

Bridgewater, Virginia

Bridgewater College came in at #24 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Virginia ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Bridgewater, Virginia, and it awarded 415 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at Bridgewater made $174,303 in revenue.

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The University of Virginia’s College at Wise ranked #25 on this year’s Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Virginia list. UVa - Wise is a public institution located in Wise, Virginia. The school has a small population, and it awarded 266 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at UVa - Wise made $341,526 in revenue.

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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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